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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: Be Free, Week 5

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 5 | Kindness

Yesterday my husband, Scott and I watched the movie Enchanted. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it for a light-hearted laugh. Gizelle is a story book princess who finds herself no longer in her fairytale land (literally) and is wandering the streets of NYC, a true damsel in distress. While this character is highly exaggerated there are a few characteristics of her nature that model the kindness that we should strive to have inside us.

When there were people who treated her poorly, she didn’t harbor bitterness - she showed them kindness. When someone was rude to her, she always thought the best of the other person. She went out of her way to help her friends and put their needs above her own. Indeed, we are not fairytale characters and life has greater complexity than black and white. However, when it comes to the outward kindness that we give to one another, it stems from the way we see Jesus.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

When we truly understand the forgiveness that we have received from the cross, the meaning of forgiveness has a whole new perspective. We can then treat each other with a genuine, pure, kindness that will overflow from our hearts.

In Luke 5, there is a story about a paralyzed man who was eager to meet Jesus and be healed by him. His friends couldn’t find room for him inside the house where Jesus was teaching. They had such kindness, love, and compassion toward their friend that they lowered him into the house through the roof to meet Jesus! This perfectly exemplifies how we are to treat one another in kindness. Not only did Jesus heal the paralyzed man, but he also healed the sins of his friends because of their faith.

IMG_0144I encourage you when you are wronged to not harbor bitterness but instead show them kindness.

I encourage you to clothe yourself in compassion and kindness.

I encourage you to think the best of others.

I challenge you to go out of your way to show kindness to one friend this week.

“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Be blessed my friends, Meg

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.