Previous Outfit pictures part 2

Here are some more pictures from past posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nearly all our clothes were bought at a Thrift store and mostly ranged anywhere from 50c to $3 but a few were a little higher at around $4-$6. ๐Ÿ™‚

This bright turquoise and royal blue rayon skirt is fun to wear. I was wearing my pink blouse and white long-sleeve under it. I forget what brand the purple wrap, that I held my nephew in, was. :/

Navy blue polyester stretch short sleeve over a white long sleeve shirt, and red tiered skirt. -July 2015
This was actually a very cool outfit to wear in the summer time. ๐Ÿ™‚

White long-sleeve T under a pink striped half-length sleeved shirt, with a raspberry cotton skirt from Israel, with flower and vine embroideryWhite blouse with an easy-to-make homemade 3-paneled purple cotton skirt
-May 2014 (?)


Small pink checkered shirt with my green tiered denim skirt. It was 8 degrees and very breezy when we took this picture. I was freezing!! Haha I’d tense up and shiver all over and then take a deep breath and forcing myself to relax for a few seconds, posed for my little sister to take a picture. ๐Ÿ˜€ย  >Adventure!!!
2015/2016

Greenish-blue paisley shirt with a black skirt ๐Ÿ™‚ย  -2016 (?)

 

Light pink turtle neck shirt and Samantha’s purple skirt ๐Ÿ˜‰Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

~Sarah

 

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Previous Outfit pictures

Hello y’all!

Wow, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything here!! I went back through, finding previous outfit pictures and my….well, let’s just say, my style and tastes have changed some!! hahaย  Ah well, life is about growing, right? ;p And it is really fun, trying to find new styles that I really like. I’ve found a lot of inspiring ideas from Fresh Modesty. She has so many neat ideas and outfits that I find cute. I hope to upload some new outfit pictures in the near future, and I hope they may inspire y’all to find your style, and inspire new ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some pictures! Haha I was cringing with some of the pictures…but they were a start ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I think that Lolly having invited and encouraged me to do outfit picture posts here really encouraged me to actively keep pursuing a search to find fresh and feminine modest outfits. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here they are! These are from the last several years, but mostly 2014 and 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

This outfit is a homemade 2-shade blue denim A-line skirt with a ruffle, paired with my bright pink blouse and denim jacket.

The same outfit without the jacket. Yes, it was really cold!!!ย  2016

Navy blue, pleated shirt with lace and turquoise skirt

 

2015

Black knit long-sleeve T with pink T under it, and green tiered denim skirt

Pink blouse with white tiered skirt

White blouse and Black and white flowered rayon skirt

2014
Pink cotton shirt with a very wide, denim tiered skirt

Sharon’s Pink pleated blouse with her homemade turquoise and royal blue tiered skirt

Raspberry knit T with a peachy pink homemade skirt. (This skirt was a big favorite of mine as it made me feel so graceful and feminine!! And I reallly liked the color -which isn’t very visible in this washed out picture :/ ๐Ÿ™‚

This picture, above, I don’t think ever made it on the blog…hmm I think I may post that one. It was a formal velvety rose dress ($3) and a white crocheted cape (birthday gift)ย ย ย ย ย  -Beginning of 2016

Royal blue knit sweater over white turtle neck and light-weigh cotton white and blue skirt ๐Ÿ™‚

 

~Sarah

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Deleted Posts

Shalom my precious sisters,

I just went through and deleted some of the posts which had almost nothing but pictures (like the Feminine Modesty, tutorials, etc). I hope to be able to get some of them back up, eventually, as I know some of them were some favorites, but for now I thought this would be the best way of handling it, as it would be almost impossible for me to be able to remember which photos were used for which posts. But I did speak to my sister who helps with the FM posts, and we will try to get some of those back up for you to enjoy, but it may take quite a bit of time (as I don’t have any of those pictures with me).

Again, I am really for this issue and pray we won’t run into this again. :o)

Have a blessed evening,

Samantha

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Photos

Shalom my precious sisters,

I pray this finds you doing wonderfully!! Things here are going very well (in Israel) and I have to say, love to say, I am enjoying every minute of it! It has been such an amazing gift and I find myself often just thanking Yhwh for blessing me with such an opportunity! I absolutely love volunteering here and have become close to quite a few of the residence. If any of you are looking for an amazing place to volunteer at, I’d highly recommend Ebenezer! :o)

Recently, it was brought to my knowledge that there was some issues with the loss of all of the pictures in past posts. I finally took some time to research and figure out what in the world happened. What I had been doing is posting my pictures up on Photobucket, and then linking the pictures into the posts, to save on space here. I have since changed upgraded my hosting plan, so I think I can now just post the pictures straight into posts. BUT, for the past 8 years, this is how I have been doing it, and Photobucket now wants over $300 a year, to use them as 3rd party hosting…which we aren’t going to be doing. :o| But that means that all of the past pictures in posts, are no longer view-able here. I am really sorry about this! I really don’t have the time to try to recover (and remember!) which photo’s I used in which post, but will try to correct this from here on out. In the mean time, you will see those grey boxes explaining that you can’t view the pictures anymore.

Again, I am really sorry about this!

Much love and blessings,

Samantha

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Remembering…

You know, I was thinking. I realize Israel is the only country who stops everything to remember the Holocaust for two minutes in silence, tomorrow at 10am. But why should they be the only ones? So many of American college age children don’t even believe it ever happened! Maybe they don’t WANT to believe it ever happened. Regardlessly, should this not be something that every single person, should remember? Its two minutes. I bet if everyone stopped what they were doing in remembrance of what happened, people would start asking questions. Guys, it doesn’t have to be just us here in Israel! Let’s show Israel and the people of Israel that we do NOT forget what happened and that we stand with them!! I urge you, set a timer on your phone and no matter where in the world you are, stand still and remember with us!

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Yes, I’m in Israel! :)

I received a comment from a dear reader asking what I was up to and if I was in Israel? I’m happy to announce that yes, I am here!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I arrived last Thursday and have been thoroughly enjoying myself!! You can read the updates here:

www.onegirlsjourney.virtuousdaughters.com

Blessings and thank you for your prayers!

Samantha

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Celebrating 21 Years with my lover of my soul!

I can hardly believe how the years have flown by! I woke this morning thinking โ€œwow! It seems like just yesterday, has it really been 21 years already?!โ€ I canโ€™t imagine life without Him, and I can honestly say, the years only get sweeter and sweeter with Him, as I learn to love Him the way He needs me to! How I am learning I can truly depend upon Him for my all in all! The more time goes by, the more I am realizes just how amazing my God is, just how great of a provider He is, just how deep His love and forgiveness is, and just how much He truly blesses my life, day in and day out! I canโ€™t sing His praises more and I pray that if He graces me with another 21 years here on earth, that our relationship will only grow stronger, deeper, and sweeter by the day!!! To say I am looking forward to being in His arms, is an understatement! But I know for now, He still has a lot of work for me to be doing, and so I cheerfully put my all into it, and look forward to the day when He calls me home to Himself. :o)

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Be Still and KNOW that I am Yhwh thy God

Shalom my precious girls,

(I realize the format in this post is terribly messed up and it’s due to my only having notepad on my pc right now, as I had to leave before my Office cd came in the mail. So please just bear with me for a few more post and hopefully I will get a program loaded back on my laptop :o)

I mentioned in the last post about my possibly going overseas for 6 months and prayers taking longer than I expected for
them to be answered. I would like to share a little bit more about this journey Yhwh has brought me down, in hopes that it will be an encouragement to you,
as it has definitely been for me…and a reminder that none of us should ever forget what He has said.

Through the years, Yhwh has laid different things on my heart and shared different things with me. One of which, was serving in Israel. For years now, I have felt Him
calling me there. In fact, my heart had been in Africa for many, many years before (pretty much since I was a young believer), but I felt Him clearly tell me that my
heart was in the wrong place and it needed to be in Israel. At that point, I really had no desire to even go to Israel, let alone serve there. I began a journey of pouring
my heart out to Him and asking Him to give me a love for His people, like He had. I wanted to be where He wanted me, and I wanted to love the people He had called me
to love…and not just love, but to love them like HE loved them! I needed him to do a heart transplant, and He did a complete one in record time!
I know I have shared this story with you all before, how He told me to get into the book of Isaiah, and to keep reading it over and over again! You can not (in my humble
opinion!) read that book WITHOUT getting a heart for His people!
My heart began to change and a love began to sprout within it, that I can’t even describe. Within 8 months, I was standing on Israeli soil! He had my heart, and He had blessed
me with the most amazing month of my life. Just before I left, I felt Him tell me to get a certain ring, as a reminder of His love for me and as a reminder that He would always
be there with me, He would never leave me nor forsake me, and as a reminder that He WOULD bring me back! We had just had a walk together and I began just crying out to Him.
He had my heart where He wanted it, why was He now sending me back? But I felt Him tell me I wasn’t ready just yet, and He had more work to do in me, and had more work
for me to do back home (where I lived).

Week after week passed, month after month, and year after year. I thought surely He would bring be back within a year! But no, He had other plans still. And one year turned
into two, and two into almost three. March 26 would have been the three year mark for when I first arrived in Israel. Then for the first time this past fall/winter, I felt
Him tell me that it was time to return! I was soooo excited! Beyond excited! Knowing a little bit from prayer as to what He wanted me to do while there, I began searching
as to where and how long I was to be gone for. One lead led to another, and finally, to the most amazing place ever. At that point, there wasn’t any question that this was
where He wanted me to be and I sat there marvelling at His goodness! It was a home caring for the elderly believers in the land. I thought back over the past three years,
and everything He had me doing, was in preparation for preparing me so that I qualified to do what I am about to be doing. It was amazing! With my parents blessing, I sent
my application in. I thought surely I would hear right away. Nope. Yhwh had still other plans. He had a lesson He wanted to drill home to me, before sending me.

“Be still and know that I am YHWH thy God”.

Day after day, week after week, eventually turned into a months time. I had been in contact with a lady there before, but now all I heard was absolute silence. I began to waver.
I questioned if I had even heard Yhwh correctly. Why was I so sure, yet now, all I got was silence? Had I really made everything up in my mind, or had I heard Him loud
and clear? If so, why the silence? Everything became a question. What was He doing? Things weren’t exactly going as I had planned or thought He wanted.
But as I sought His face, really sought His face, He began to remind me of all He had once told me. Scriptures came back. Things He had me doing to prepare me, all came
back. I felt like the Israelite’s who had been told, had been shown, yet soon forgot. They started questioning Yhwh’s goodness, His truth, and what He had told them He was
doing. I sat there and told Yhwh I was so sorry for even doubting Him at His word. I found I was no different than the Israelite’s. He brought Sarah back to my mind. Yhwh
had told them He would bless them with a son. But when year after year passed on by, and she soon found that even her childbearing years had gone by, and still no son had been born,
she began to doubt. Maybe Yhwh didn’t intend to give HER a son. Maybe He intended to provide for her in a different way. We all know the story. Hagar came into the picture
and with her, a son who has hated Yhwh’s chosen from the first day. It wasn’t how Yhwh had intended to provide for her. He meant what He had said. He would give Abraham and
HER a son, not Abraham and Hagar a son. Yet because she doubted, and thus made things happen in her own way of reasoning, look at the mess that came about. They had heard
Yhwh correctly. But trust began to falter, as time passed on.

When Yhwh tells us something, will we listen? Will we follow? Or will we grow weary and begin to doubt we ever heard Him correctly? Will we take things into our own hands and
just assume He had other ways He intended to use us, other than what He had told us? Or other places, than where He had told us He wanted us?

But as soon as I had come to this place, feeling more and more settled that I had heard Him right, all of a sudden, the doors swung open wide! The very next morning, I heard
back and within two days, heard that I was approved and that we needed to start the visa application process and get things moving! I wanted to cry. I wanted to shout.
I wanted to sing for joy. I found myself so incredibly thankful for Him bringing me down the path He had, through the waters He had, to the place I was now at. It was
a testing for sure to see if I would follow Him, and although I didn’t know it at the time, although sensed it a couple of times, I now knew for sure. Would I be a Sarah,
or would I follow Him and trust Him to lead me each step of the way…giving me the strength that I needed for the journey He had me on?

Girls, listen to your heavenly Father and stand strong! When He says “be still”, be still! When He says He has called you to a place, trust that He has, and that He will
provide a way. When His timing isn’t ours, don’t change His will, to fit into your time-frame, or doubt Him at His word, simply because we think things should have happened
already. That month of silence taught me more than I can ever say. It stretched me. It tried me. But it has also confirmed things in a whole new way for me. It has deepened
my dependency upon my God, it has shown me how weak I am without Him, and how I need Him at each and every single step of the way! I can’t do this in my own strength. I don’t WANT
to do this in my own strength! And I know that these next 7 months are going to be trying, to say the least. But knowing I am in the center of His will, is more comforting
than I could ever possibly explain. Although I will miss everyone dearly, I am excited to finally be preparing, and finally getting to His field! And I look soooo forward
to what He will accomplish and teach me while I am there! I look so forward to how He will use me, while I am there!

But in all this, I can’t ask you enough to keep me in your prayers as I venture to this new field of service He is calling me to. Especially as forms are filled and sent,
meetings with the interior happen, for preparations to go smoothly, especially that I would know what to bring and what I shouldn’t, etc. I had to laugh as I arrived down here
to Boston, to care for a precious elderly friend of mine who had hurt himself. As I took my first bus here in the states, had to deal with trains, and had my first experience
of taxi life. Me being in the innocent gal that I am, and who has only had two taxi rides her entire life, one of which was with my father, the other one, one that he had
set up for me. Well, lets just say, as my friend said “girl, he saw you coming!”. This country girl doesn’t know much about the ins and outs of city living. He had told
me to either take the taxi or subway (which would require another change in stations to get to the correct train I needed), and on my way there, a man asked if I would like
a taxi ride there (to my train)? Its only a mile away, so I said “sure”. First mistake, he didn’t have a meter, and second was, I didn’t know you had to ask him how much
before he left! I just assumed it would be the same price and forgot that we do not live in a righteous world. I got there and about fell over when he told me (yes, an older
man who we had been having a very nice conversation together) that it was $25! Mindย  you, my bus ticket for a 6 hr ride was $35! But what do you do. As I told L, it’s a lesson
I guess I had to learn and glad I learned it BEFORE leaving the country! So its been amazing as Yhwh prepares me in how to deal with the public transportation’s, as I have never
had to deal with this before…not really. Getting on one train is one thing. Swapping tracks, trains, subways, taxi’s, buses…it’s a whole new world for me. So definitely
keep me inย  your prayers and that Yhwh would show me how to navigate around Israel. I thank Him constantly for my smartphone and apps that help with such things! :o)

Also, as it stands right now, I should be leaving sometime the end of March/early April. Pretty much as soon as I get the paperwork over there, I will have a date. I will
try to keep you girls updated, but if things become a bit quiet again, you know why! (I will try to write that article about the passage of scripture tomorrow!)

So until later,
Yours truly,
Samantha

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My Grace IS Sufficient

Shalom my precious sisters!
For weeks now, I have been wondering what I should share with you. There is so much going through my mind and heart, yet I find myself at loss of words. I know, not too often. :o) But I will try to share my heart with you and what has been taking place.
As you know, I was the primary care-taker of my grandfather for 3.5 years, until his passing this last July. Soon after that, I was needed out of state, only to arrive home for 2 weeks, and leave to go help my precious sister with her beautiful family and new set of equally beautiful twin girls, for another 3.5 months. Upon my return home January 5, I was not in the least bit prepared for what met me. I was so immensely glad to be back home, having missed my family a great deal, and knowing that I was most likely about to leave the country for another 6 months. But at the same time, even amongst the joy and excitement at seeing and being with my beloved family, I was hit with the realization that my grandfather was gone, once again. Not only did my arms feel incredibly empty, having had the three little ones in them for three and a half months, but I just felt at such a loss. I had always had my grandfather to take care of upon my return trips home, yet basically for the first time, I arrived home to not having him to look after.
I have to say that the loneliness that hit, and the heartache and longing, was nothing I was prepared for. Yes, I could help around the house for sure, but I found myself trying to find a new normal and not really knowing where to start. I had pretty much wrapped my loose ends up before leaving, having had Yhwh lay it on my heart to get things done beforehand, so I didn’t really have any projects going. And since I’m also getting ready, Yhwh willing, to leave to serve overseas for 6 months, starting something big, I knew was out of the question.
Nights were the worst and became something that I dreaded. I had a beautiful routine where I would rock the girls to sleep pretty much each night. I found my heart aching, my hands empty. That’s when I began to sense Yhwh telling me to “be still” and I realized just how hard that was for me to do. I love serving. I love helping. Sitting still isn’t something I am good at doing and made me deal with a lot that I honestly, would have rathered not had to think about. Sure, I help out around our home, I cook, I clean, I run errands, I knit, I sew, etc. But keep in mind, for the past 4 years, my life looked a lot different. He was always there to take care of, to get up in the morning, to feed during the day and care for, and we always had an especially sweet routine in the evenings when I put him to bed. But all of a sudden, I realized my life was taking on a totally different “new normal”. And at the present, I didn’t have anyone to take care of, and that was a rough reality that set in.
I found myself spending more time in the Word, reading encouraging books, and just praying. I never realized this season would be so difficult, and I guess, because I have been so busy since July, I never really thought much about the fact that I was going to have to re-organize my life (if you want to call it that). I never realized just how hard it would be when things began to quiet down, and answers to prayer about my next step, would take longer to be answered than I expected. So instead of life being extremely busy, I found it to be quiet…for a first time in a very long time. I didn’t even have births happening. Which has been a blessing, but nonetheless, hard. But through all this, I have found myself drawing ever closer to the One who never leaves us nor forsakes us, and oh, how sweet our time has been! When you are in the midst of serving, at times it is hard to spend quality time together, but in the stillness, I found myself learning to love the One my soul loves, even moreso! Those evenings, instead of being something that I dreaded, became sweet times. Early mornings became sweet coffee times with my Saviour, my Lover, my Guide, my Provider, and my Counselor. And I have to say, every day, I am learning to depend upon Him in a whole new way. The more I realize just how weak I am, the stronger I realize He is. In the lonely hours of the night, I found Him to be especially close.
Girls, I share all this to encourage you, go to Him. Seek Him. Lean on Him. We all have our moments of weakness, loneliness, heartache, and struggle. In those times, draw all the closer to Him! Let Him supply all your needs. Let Him show you He is your Provider, your Comforter, your Joy, your Strength! Dig ever deeper into His Word, and let Him show you new and wonderful things from it! It is His love letter to you! It is a letter about your Love, that He wrote just for YOU! Treasure it! Study it! Ponder it! When the nights become lonely, which Satan loves to try to come in during our weakest moments – so beware!!, meditate on His Word!!! You may not be like me, most aren’t :o), but for me, what really really helps, is to write out scripture verses on index cards (okay, I like color so mine are bright!) and post them all over your room and bathroom! The key to learning how to turn these struggles into something beautiful, is to turn your eyes to Him! Focus on Him. Meditate on His Word…the truth!!ย  Take each thought captive to the obedience of Messiah. Satan wants us to dwell on our loneliness and struggles, Yhwh wants you to dwell upon His truth and what He has already told you! Yhwh says that “the JOY of Yhwh IS OUR STRENGTH!” Satan wants to steal our joy, don’t you let him do it! He knows that if he can get your focus off of Yahshua and onto your seeming problems, he has you. He will also try to distract you. Again, don’t let him. KEEP YOUR EYES FOCUSED ON YAHSHUA!
Yesterday He brought back a Psalm which has meant so much to me. Psalm 106 (now going into Psalms 107…ever thought about the waves of life like the waves of the sea? That’s a chapter to ponder!), but back to Psalms 106…it speaks about the Israelites forgetting what Yhwh had already done. They murmored. They once remembered, but soon forgat.ย  So often, I think that is us (or atleast me). I often forget just what He has done in my life, and just WHO my God is. May we never forget. May we never complain about where He has us, but instead, ask Him why He has us here, and what He has for us to accomplish for Him while we are here. Maybe its within our own hearts that He longs to minister to, more than to have us ministering. In my case, I think that is just what He longed to do. In the next post I will share with you all a passage of scripture that has been on my heart for weeks. I find myself meditating upon it day and night. I can’t get enough of it and I know I am far from grasping the entire truth of it. But oh! How I long to! It has been ever so convicting and I know more than ever, He longs for me to gain the truth of what He is trying to say through it.
But until next time…I know…I’m leaving you all hanging! :o)
Yours humbly,
Samantha

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Thirty-Three and Thoughts to Ponder

Shortly after waking this morning, what Yahshua went through around this age, began to play through my mind. You see, today I turned 33 years old. People generally say that Yahshua died on the cross around this time in His life, as close as they can figure from dates and things that happened around that time.

As I pondered this, I began pondering and comparing our lives. What has my life accomplished for His Kingdom, vs. what did His life accomplish? I marvel at what His life accomplished!! He was always about His Father’s business, even as a young boy. Everything He did in life, had purpose. It had an ultimate goal; our redemption, our cleansing, our growing ever closer to His Father, Yahweh, to name a few.

I began to ponder the fact that Yahshua paid the highest price for me, His own precious blood! I am no longer my own, for I have been bought by His blood, …and I have (as do we all!) a Kingdom purpose. I am not here to accomplish my own desires or wishes, but His. And because I am not my own (HalleluYah!), but His, my time is not my own, but His. This brought me to farther question, โ€œWhat am I doing, and how am I using, my time? Is it how He desires and planned? Or am I wasting it on useless things?โ€

You see, my precious sisters, I know for myself, so often I can get so focused on โ€œmyโ€ desires. What โ€œIโ€ want to accomplish. (Or worse yet, simply find myself having wasted precious hours on things that do not amount to anything of worth!) But this isn’t supposed to be our attitude! We are here for a very specific purpose! And it isn’t to bring pleasure to ourselves! It’s to please, serve, and obey our King! It is to further HIS Kingdom, His family.

So let me ask you a question; how are you spending your time? Are you spending it in a way that is pleasing to your Saviour? Are you in obedience to His Word? A servant doesn’t do what he/she pleases! She does what pleases her Master. How do our lives line up with His Word? Are we even in the Word?

My precious sisters, life is but for a moment here on earth. As you reflect upon each day, how much of that day was used doing what pleases your King, verses what pleases your flesh? Did you even spend time with your King? Have you asked Him lately what He desires for you to accomplish for Him? Or do you assume you already know? And once you do know, have you asked Him how you should accomplish each task? Just because we may think it should be done one way, doesn’t mean that’s what He wants or desires. We have to be in constant contact and conversation with our Saviour, so that we know what each day’s assignments are! Don’t let the time He has given to you, the time that He has bought with His precious Son’s blood, go to waste! Use your time wisely!! Better yet, ask Him how He wants you to use it!! :o)

May our lives, just as His Son’s life, count for His Kingdom and accomplish great and mighty things for Him! May we use each situation in our life, as a means of drawing ever closer to our King. May we constantly be in prayer, each step of the way, asking Him how He wants us to do whatever it is we need to do. Let’s not assume we know what His wishes and desires are, but instead, seek His wisdom, His counsel, His constant help each and every step of the way. And when you realize that you have not been walking as He would want, repent and turn. Each day starts afresh. Seek Him and seek His Kingdom, first!

Instead of looking back on each day with regret, realizing that we have let opportunities slip on past us, and have wasted the precious minutes and hours that He has blessed us with, instead find ourselves clinging to each one and using each one to farther His Kingdom!

Shabbat Shalom!

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