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Wednesday’s Woman: Bathsheba

In the David and Bathsheba story, arguably the biggest scandal of the Old Testament, David gets all the attention.  He’s the main character of at least 7 Old Testament books, so perhaps that’s understandable.  But, the story would not exist if not for a beautiful woman taking a bath…so let’s talk about her for a few.

Laying aside the fact that David was a king and the political pressures that might have accompanied his request, Bathsheba did come when the king called her.  She was married.  And when she discovered she was pregnant, she was apparently complicit in David’s plan to hide the pregnancy by sleeping with her husband and calling the child his.  Only, their plan didn’t work, and as you probably know, David then had her husband killed so she could marry him and no one would know their secret.

My point in retelling this story is that Bathsheba was not innocent, and she paid the price for her sin when her son died, just like David. If that’s where the story ended, it wouldn’t be very hopeful.  But, that’s not where it ends.  Bathsheba conceived again, and this son, Solomon, became the wealthiest, wisest man to walk the earth; an ancestor of Jesus; and was nick-named Jedidiah, meaning, “beloved of the Lord.”

I love the end of this story.  David and Bathsheba messed up – no way around that.  And because God is just, there were consequences for their sin.  But, because He is also merciful, the consequences did not go on forever.  God does not hold our sin over our heads, making us pay for the rest of our life.  Instead, He forgives us, removing our sin “as far as the east is from the west”, and then goes back to blessing us beyond anything we could imagine.

Sometimes, especially in the post-Jesus’ resurrection world, God’s mercy even spares us the consequences of our sin.  Regardless, though, if you’ve messed up – as I have, more times than I would ever want to admit – I hope it encourages you that you’re not doomed.  God can take our failures and turn them into the biggest blessings of our lives, if we’ll just allow Him to be Him.

Have you seen God do this in your life – take a terrible mistake and work it for good?  Isn’t His kindness incredible?



80 Days of Shoes: Purple Pumps

One of the things I was (very shallowly) most excited about when taking my new position in Georgia was that I could dress casually for work.  I was tired of pencil skirts and heels.  Or so I thought.

But, many days, I find myself wearing my old law school clothes and shoes.  I don’t know if this is a deep rut I can’t get out of, a subconscious belief that business or at least business casual should prevail in the office, or if I just really like dressing up.  Regardless, more often than not, I wear shoes like these pretty purple pumps my friend Vivian gave me:
DSC_1334and conservative straight-leg trousers like these:
1 - winter white, turquoise, purpleOf course, we all know that I can’t do anything strictly conservatively, so, I spiced up my professional look with bright colors.  Unacceptable in the court room, but okay just about anywhere else.

Purple and turquoise are one of my favorite color combos.  What are yours?

80 Days of Summer: Barbie Shoes

Honestly, I don’t think I need to say anything about these shoes.  Metallic (or really, any contrasting color) capped toes are still super in, and these pumps are the perfect dress-up-any-look go-to.
Of course the real star of this look is my Barbie shoe bracelet. I’ve blogged about it before – I’m sure you remember, because how could you forget something like that?  And how fitting for my summer shoe theme.  I should probably wear it everyday this summer.  Do you think that might be overkill?
I realized I’d kinda dropped off telling you about my great deals somewhere along the way.  My bad.  These shoes were from Macy’s during last year’s shoe shopping spree, the tank from H&M for like $7, and the blazer was free at a swap party.  Free is my favorite price.

Pink blazer, capped toe heels, shoe bracelet

Mango black shirt
$25 – johnlewis.com

Chaus pink blazer

Pointed toe pumps

Amrita Singh earrings

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