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Country Music Festival: the Reveal

Well, everyone, I took all of your advice about what to wear to the country music festival last weekend into consideration…and I think I still failed miserably.  Not that what I wore wasn’t cute.  I just didn’t have on crochet shorts (because I bought a pair 3 years ago, so I’m tired of them now), or a kimono – so I wasn’t wearing what the other 20,000 or so girls were.  Which could be good or bad, I suppose, depending on how you look at it.

Following an excellent suggestion from Jeana, and realizing that I didn’t really have any cute rompers despite my great love for them, I immediately went out and bought this lovely black and white number from Target.  Paired with my hat, I felt very pretty…and more appropriate for a country club than a country concert.  Also, I lost the shoes about an hour in and walked barefoot the rest of the day, which kinda put a damper on my look, but saved my feet.  I always forget which shoes are actually comfortable – and which are definitely not.
1 - jump suit and floppy hatThis second look is a little more on-track.  Every girl who wasn’t wearing crochet shorts was wearing American flag shorts.  So, I fit in a little better on the second day of the festival.  I didn’t love this outfit only because it’s a little more basic, which isn’t as fun for me personally.  But, when it poured, I was grateful to be wearing something that would not get ruined by a little rain.  (Side note, I did not wear my hat, because I ended up wearing my hair up, but I was very torn about that decision, so I thought I would give it a little air time here).  1 - Americana shorts, baseball capAs you likely surmised, I took these pictures after the fact; I’ll show you the action shots in just a moment. But, one last thought – as you know, I completely over-thought this whole picking out outfits thing.  However, it was SUPER hot, we did sit on grass, and it did rain.  So, really, all of my concerns happened, and I was glad not to have long sleeves, a short skirt, and soggy boots.  Or a terrible sunburn.

Here is the day 1 look (or, as I like to call it, the one where I look like Casper):

wpid-20150516802014739.jpgAnd no full outfit shot for day 2, but here’s real life:

wpid-0517151614.jpgSo, how did I do?  I feel like there is still room to grow for next year, but at least now I know what to expect.  Let me know what you think I should keep or change for next time!

Wednesday’s Woman: Hagar

I had planned to talk about Sarah this week.   She’s the mother of Israel and probably has more scripture dedicated to her than any other woman in the Bible who wasn’t the mother of Jesus.  Also, she and I have the same name, and apparently, she was smoking hot (see Genesis 12 and 20).

For these reasons, I really want to like Sarah. I just have trouble finding much that is redeeming in her story.  I tried this time to read it with open eyes and ears, but still nothing.  God’s going to have to show me something else about her at a later date if He wants me to talk about that woman. Today is not that day.

What reading Sarah’s story did accomplish, though, was pointing me to another woman of the Bible: Hagar.  I’ve always felt so sorry for Hagar.  To catch you up, Hagar was Sarah’s servant.  When Sarah realized she was barren, she sent Hagar in to sleep with Abraham (Sarah’s husband), so that the family line would be preserved.  (This, by the way, is sex trafficking.  Just thought I’d point that out.)

Predictably, when Hagar becomes pregnant, Sarah gets jealous and mistreats her servant.  In her pain, Hagar runs to the desert where she experiences one of the sweetest interactions with the Lord in all of Scripture.  Here is a poor, knocked-up, abused servant girl, lying in the desert, unsure where to go, but thinking anything was better than where she had just been.  And the God of all creation – the one who had promised Abraham that he would be the father of nations – speaks to her in that lowest point.  He promises that He will bless her son, too, and that she should name him Ishmael, meaning God hears.  Then, every time she called her son, she would be reminded that God had heard her and was taking care of and loving her, even when life wasn’t.

Hagar is so moved by this encounter that she also makes up her own name for God, calling him: The One Who Sees Me.  It’s with this comforting knowledge of a God who sees and hears that she then goes back to Sarah as a humbled woman who knows that her God is with her, no matter what else may come her way.

Fast forward 14 years, and Sarah finally has a son, Isaac – the son of God’s promise.  Again, Sarah does not like the threat posed by Hagar and Ishmael, so she sends them away.  In a rather dramatic but obviously desperate moment, Hagar leaves Ishmael alone, walking away from him so that she won’t have to see him die.  She has already forgotten the reason she gave her son his name – God hears.  She’s already forgotten the name she gave to the Lord – the One who sees me.

But, God is merciful in our forgetfulness.  He speaks to Hagar again, reminding her that He still hears, and He has not forgotten His promises to make Ishmael into a great nation.  He remains faithful, even if the circumstances have changed.

How many times have I done the same?  God shows me His faithfulness in such profound ways, and a few years/months/days/hours later, I’m doubting again, convinced that He’s forgotten about me, He no longer sees or hears, and that surely I will (metaphorically) die in the wilderness.  God’s promises might have been true once, but are they still true now, I wonder.

Hagar’s story proves that they are.  God is not a man that He should lie (Number 23:19), and all His promises are yes and amen (2 Corinthians 2:10).  So, why do we forget and doubt?  Who knows.  Maybe it’s just human nature.  Maybe it’s old age.  Regardless, I’m glad that my forgetfulness is not a disqualifier for God’s faithfulness, but that He is patient and kind, even when I question and doubt.

What are some of the promises God has given you that you’re questioning in the “wilderness” of unfulfillment now?  As you reflect on those, take another moment to think about the past times when God has seen and heard you and spoken right to your heart.  He does not change, so if He was there for you before, He will be again.  Cling to that, no matter how desperate the situation seems, and be encouraged by all that God has done in the past, as you seek Him for the future.

Hagar

 

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