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Sunday, March 17, 2013

What I Wore Sunday

Happy St. Patrick's Day and happy Sunday! Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it is my husband's only day off from work. Sunday really is family day for us, and we start the day with Mass. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend Mass as a family this morning because the stomach bug that Ralph had last Sunday is making its was through the family. Thomas, our 9 year old, has had it for a couple days and was too sick to go to Mass this morning, so Chris and Ralph stayed home with him. I headed to Mass this morning with Holden, our 16 year old, and this is what I wore.




My cardigan, top, and shoes are from Kohl's. My somewhat green skirt is from Shade. I have on sheer mesh tights that I bought at Walmart, but you can not see them in the picture.



*Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and see what he had done began to believe in him.
John 11:45

During his homily today, Father said we are to be like Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. We are to bring the light of Christ to everyone we meet. Our love and faith in Jesus should be so contagious to those around us that they will become believers, too.

His message touched on something that I have been thinking about a lot this week. I am very shy and insecure and being in public places is not always easy for me. I have a difficult time making eye contact, and my face often looks angry if I am not smiling. I do push myself to smile and speak to others when I am running errands around town, but many times my effort is met with silence, sometimes hostility, and that makes me want to retreat into myself more.

This week I have been praying for guidance in this area of my life. I feel certain that my insecurities not only hurt myself but have also hurt others around me. Other women especially. There have been times when I have met other women and they offered their friendship to me, but I shied away from it.
 This is definitely an area in my life where I need Jesus. My confidence in him needs to shine through me, taking my fears away, and allowing me to show kindness and love to everyone I meet.

My prayers this week are for a contagious, transforming love so that those who come into contact with me will see what Jesus has done for me and want him in their life as well.



Now please head over to Fine Linen and Purple to check out all the fabulously fashionable divas!  


*Edited to add: The Gospel reading at our church today was from John 11, the death of Lazarus, for the RCIA group.







14 comments:

  1. You look very Eddie Bauer in your earth tones.

    I too have a problem being ... friendly. Thanks for the reflection.

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  2. I love your prayer and goal for the week. Beautiful!

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  3. Hi Erica! You look great in your very classic and classy Sunday outfit.

    I struggle with shyness, too--and feel inspired to try and exude the "contagious, transforming love" you speak of.

    Have a great week. (And I'm hoping to get that Liebster post up tomorrow.)

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I can't wait to read it!

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  4. You look great and. Not old enough to have a 16 year old! Your goal for the week is awesome! :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks! My BB cream must be hiding my wrinkles!

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  5. looking lovely in those humble tones. I really like the fit of the skirt. Very flattering.

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  6. you do look beautiful, but my favorite thing is your gorgeous hair! you could get away with wearing anything! blessings.

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    1. Thank you, Courtney. I fought my hair with a falt iron for many years, but the curls could not be beaten so I had to give up. Now I love my crazy, big hair.

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  7. Yes- I've probably already said it too- but your hair is so lovely!

    As for insecurities, yes, it is so hard to put yourself out there when so often it is not received well! Having moved from the south to other places in the nation, I'm surprised by how "unfriendly" the general public is. Just keep doing your best, God will handle the rest! <3+

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    1. Thanks! My husband's family is from the south, and everyone is so friendly when we visit. Grocery shopping is a very different experience.

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