Fashion Forward

My sweet sister Abby is one of the most stylish girls I know.  True, she may make fun of my Talbots jeans, but she’s always willing to take risks and pull looks together I would never even begin to envision.  She also LOVES a good theme party and always has the perfect outfit for any and all occasions.  Though our styles differ a bit, I’m always quick to accept her opinions as fact and appreciate her expert advice.

Last month for my birthday, Abby took a risk by buying me a new pair of fancy sunglasses.  I don’t know about you, but sunglasses are a personal purchase I wouldn’t reccomend getting as a gift, but Abby saw a cry for help in me and decided I was long overdue for a pair of fabulous shades.  (Much like shoes and handbags, sunglasses are a feel good accessory because they fit even on the flabbiest of days!)

I’ll admit, when I opened them, I was totally unsure.  Could I, “Miss Talbots Mom Jeans,” really pull these off?  But since she’s the expert, I ignored the gift receipt in the bag and just decided to go with it!

Little by little, these little shades have wiggled their way into my fashionably challenged heart and when I put them on last week, I wondered just how I ever managed to live without them.  Abby and I agree: you never think you need a new pair of sunglasses, but once you take the plunge and buy a new pair, you are well aware of what a fabulous decision it is! 

Though they’re not something I would have chosen for myself, they have not become a part of my everyday routine and now, I just can’t imagine my life without them.  I decided  to trust my fashion expert and just do it!

Similarly, we might think we know what works for us in life, but sometimes, our life stylist has other plans for us.  Plans we might not have ever envisioned, plans we don’t think we can “pull off”, or plans that we haven’t planned for, but we have to choose to trust that our God is the expert.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  He knows what works for us.  He knows what will fit us the best.

We might be hesitant, apprehensive, or reluctant at first, but when we choose to allow God to guide and shape our plans, we can be confident that He will lead and guide us to exactly where we need to be.  It might not feel like our style/shade/or size at first, but just give it a little time and choose to trust that HE is the ultimate expert!

I trust in you, LORD;
   I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands.
Psalm 31:14-15
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8

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