July 9, 2019

Fashioned by God

"Psalm 30:11-12 tells us, 'You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may since praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever." ~ 25%

Fashioned by God is a 30-day devotional designed to fashion your soul, spirit and wardrobe. We all know beauty lies within but that is not an excuse to look a hot mess on the outside. I was taught to always look your best so you will feel your best. This non-fiction book supports this theory.

Each day offers a Bible verse, spiritual lesson, prayer, style icon quote, questions and actions. By day 30, readers will honor God with a personal style, declutter closets, express personality through wardrobe and have a deeper spiritual relationship. I felt a sense of "girl, this is so me!"

Fashioned by God is what I consider a journal read. The kind of book that you whip out a highlighter and take notes in a journal as you read along. To capture my review and as not to spoil the joy or journey, I am posting a few of my daily devotional notes. Keep in mind that my journey is not your journey. What I take away from that daily devotional is my own interpretation. Yours will most likely be different. It is all the more reason that I recommend this book. I hope that by sharing a few of my notes that you are willing to give this new devotional a try. It gets you going!

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06.15.2019 I need to schedule daily quiet time. It seems easy but to actually sit quietly, pray and reflect takes an effort. It is hard to turn my brain off and stop from wandering about my never-ending to do list, what outfit I am wearing tomorrow, what's for dinner, blah blah blah. But worship and peace of mind is a must so in the calendar it goes!

06.16.2019 Oh, this is getting down to the bone. Today's wardrobe action is to begin with the foundation—lingerie. Go through the panties drawer. Examine bras. Throw out. Replace. Breathe.

06.23.2019 Purse Palooza. EEK! The real question is how portable is my faith? Do I carry it everywhere I go? Is my mind too heavy due to clutter? Do my purses weigh me down? Am I carrying a load for no reason? I see where this is going in regards to my life and relationship with God.

07.01.2019 Ooh! I actually created new outfits from the items already in my closet! There are color combinations and fabric matching that I would've never considered on my own. And the best part is it transcends across all seasons. I am free from bondage and have an open mind when it comes to style. Praise Him!

07.02.2019 Growing up in the Midwest, I too have a closet devoted to only coats, jackets and outerwear. I really don't want to get rid of any. Coats are an investment! They are rarely subject to fashion trends. To relate it spiritually, coats are my armor. Protect me from evil. And don't cram the coat closet! Create space.

07.05.2019 Now this is the chapter I need. Drawers! Mine are so stuffed it is overflowing. Some things are buried so far back that I forgot about them. Drawers are meant to sort items in an organized manner so it's easier to find things. When clothes are placed in drawers, they get tossed around eventually. But the author points out how clothes in a drawer can also hold a sentimental value. For example, I have a Sex and the City tank top that always reminds me of when Chickadee and My BFF had a girls' day and saw the movie, followed by dinner and playing Club Keno. Clothes can also have a damaging memory. Fortunate for me, I don't hold on to such items. God guards me!

07.07.2019 Oh this is me all the way. Hangers and clothes in closet have to hang the same way. The open side of hook on hangers face the wall of closet. The Bible also talks about the direction of our lives. It is a pretty simple concept: Go in the right direction!

07.08.2019 Last day of this 30-day devotional. Due to review deadline, I doubled up on a few. Now my walk-in closet is becoming a place of prayer. I am going to put my small wooden chair stool in there along with a basket for my Bible, journal, pen and highlighter. What better place to pray? The closet is a representation of my organization and personality. It is filled with color and I chose everything in it.

Happy Belated Pub Day, Kathryn Graves! Fashioned By God is now available.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Fashioned by God
Author: Kathryn Graves
Published: April 2019
Pages: 150
Edition: Galley
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