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The Darling Blog

Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Devotional Series: Altogether Beautiful, Week 2

Linnea White

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Song of Solomon, Week 2 | The Discovery of Full Acceptance

He's got the whole world in His hands. That Sunday School song always amazed me as a kid, awe-struck by the idea of a God so big He could hold all of us, the entire world, in His hands.

"The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters." Psalm 24:1-2

When did it become so hard for me to accept that He holds me in His hands? Why did I start to believe my problems aren't big enough or important enough for God? The enemy seeks to tear us down, to fill us with doubt and unbelief. These attacks on our spirit can cause us to question the character of God.

Just this morning, my car wouldn't start. My heart sunk, and I wish I could say I didn't let the enemy assault me with lies and anxiety about finances or being late for my barre class. But he did assault me, and I felt defeated for a little while. With barre class out of the picture, I sat on my bed with my devotional and prayed. God quickly gave me the image of holding me in His hands, surrounded by the fullness of His love and provision. I laid there basking in the warmth of that fullness, accepting His love and grace, and praising Him for His unchanging goodness.

Photo by Linnea WhiteThe Song of Solomon is a beautiful testament to the fullness and the goodness of relationship with God. In a world thirsty for truth, the Song of Solomon speaks of a union made whole by God's love - the marriage relationship. When the bride struggles with the fear of separation from her beloved, he reassures her of his love for her (Song of Solomon 5:2-8:14), just as God reassured me this morning when I fell prey to anxiety and fear. He meets us when we are beautifully in over our heads, to remind us that He remains the same.

In Ephesians 3, Paul writes a beautiful prayer about the fullness of God's love, and how, through faith, this love can dwell in us:

"In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:12-19

All we are, all we have belongs to Him. Lay aside selfish intent or possessiveness, for it is an obstacle to God's leading and peace in your life. Give it ALL to Him. Surrender what already belongs to Him, and see how wonderful the garden of your life will become through His power and care!

It's okay to not understand that Sunday School song - to be in awe at the greatness and goodness of God, to be filled with wonder at the love of Christ. But let it never lead to doubt, fear, or worry. This is a "love that surpasses knowledge," that we cannot comprehend with our minds. Accepting the fullness of God's love means being filled with the fullness in our spirit. It's a leap of faith, and sometimes a daily, even hourly, leap we need to take to believe, to trust, to accept the fullness of our Father's love. Because it's altogether beautiful, my darling.

Lord, forgive my unbelief. Forgive me for doubting You. Bring back that childlike zeal for full acceptance, for full provision and protection, for full trust in You. Help me re-discover the fullness of Your love. Thank you for Your grace that meets me with the dawn. Today, I choose to speak words of truth to combat the fear and lies the enemy has put in my path.You are a good, good Father, and I am loved by You. You are Provider, Counselor, Comforter, Deliverer, and Shield. I give thanks for every blessing, and for every trial. Amen!

xo, Linnea

Devotional Series: Altogether Beautiful, Week 1

Linnea White

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Song of Solomon, Week 1 | Altogether Beautiful

Restored. Altogether Beautiful. Loved.

The heart of Darling Boutique is a personal testimony of grace, love, and redemption. While Megan travels abroad to celebrate one year of marriage (!!), I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my heart through a beautiful book of the Bible - the Song of Solomon.

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you." Song of Solomon 4:7

God brought Megan and I together two and a half years ago for more than friendship. He brought us together to become a duet, a partnership walking out His will. We are so divinely gifted for this partnership, from our similar redemption stories, to our gifts, to our personalities, to our shared heart for empowering women (and girls). It is none other than God's handiwork. After all, He sends us out in twos (Mark 6:7)!

It's been over four years since God began His restorative work in my heart, mind, body, and spirit. I grew up in a Christian home, but in college, I went astray. I was so consumed by controlling my own life, my own reputation and image, I ended up living two lives, even convincing my family I was still the same "good" girl. But underneath, I was drowning in a sea of sexual immorality, lies, and pain. I'd like to say I quickly ran back to the Lord and everything was okay again. But, to be honest, I fell on my knees and cried out to God repeatedly in my early twenties, unable to find freedom from the strongholds in my life and continually falling back into the same sin. I remember thinking (often), "There's no way God can love me after everything I've done." I felt so dirty and unworthy, and the enemy kept convincing me it was true. It wasn't until after college when I became rooted in a church community and started to confess with my tongue to family and friends that God began to unravel the chains.

I'm still on the journey of redemption and healing, but a few years ago, God used a dear friend to tell me that my sin has not diminished His love for me - that in His eyes, I am a pure, white lilac. What a beautiful blessing, to know we can be pure and washed clean, unburdened and unchained!

Photo by Linnea WhiteThe Song of Solomon reminds me of God's relentless love. In chapter 4, He reassures His bride that His love has not diminished because of her sin. In fact, just the opposite. His heart overflows with love for her.

Too often women become burdened by self-doubt, believing lies of worthlessness because we have failed. Failed whom? The world? Christ shows us in Song of Solomon the intensity of His love for His bride never ceases.

In Song of Solomon 4:1-6, He describes eight attributes of her physical features, a number symbolizing new beginnings - there were eight people in the Ark in Genesis.  In His eyes, we are blemish free, we are pure, and "altogether beautiful" to Him (Song of Solomon 4:7). Other translations of this verse state "all fair" or "beautiful in every way." It's in this "all," this "every" that we find true redemption, because it is a fullness, a wholeness of beauty only found in union with Christ.

This week, let Christ speak to your wounded heart. Let yourself find peace and rest in the presence of the Father's never-ceasing love. It is through Christ that we understand the love of the Father. Daughters, receive the intimate healing of His love. Ask Him to reveal how He sees you - altogether beautiful and without blemish.

"Father, what You see in me must be so because You are truth. Forgive me for believing lies that cause me to not see what You see in me. In faith I receive these amazing words of love for me from Your heart. Thank you for teaching me and showing me You are not looking for perfection in me while I walk this earth, but simply a total surrender of my will to You. You are patiently transforming me into Your beautiful image! My soul is flooded with worship for You. In Your most worthy name, Beloved of my heart, my Lord and my God, amen!"

xo, Linnea