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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: Ruth, Week 3

Linnea White

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Ruth, Week 3 | Threshing Floor

What a challenging task it must have been when Naomi asked Ruth to be obedient to her and lay at the feet of Boaz. However, Ruth so humbly did so saying, “I will do whatever you say.” (Ruth 3:5) During this time the people of God were under the Law of Moses and that meant that Ruth was eligible to have a kinsman redeemer. This was a part of Israeli family tradition. A man who was a close relative was responsible to care for a childless widow and thus carry on the family name (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). Naomi was not asking this of Ruth in a selfish way - she was doing so because she wanted what was best for her daughter-in-law. She wanted rest and security for her. She knew that in Ruth doing so she would be offering herself as a bride to Boaz.

The patience that Ruth must have had to bear during that time is a perfect example of the patience that we should strive to have during whatever it is we are enduring. She not only had to be patient and wait until Boaz was asleep to approach him in the night, but after she had to wait and see if he would accept her offer.

If you are wrestling with being patient in an area of your life right now, then the story of Ruth is one for you… myself included.

When Boaz woke to Ruth at his feet, I can only assume that he was a bit stunned. She asked him, “Spread the corner or your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9) When Ruth asked Boaz to spread a corner of his garment over her, I believe she was asking him to both spiritually and physically be her covering. Boaz saw Ruth for the woman she was and not for what life had thrown at her. He noticed in her “kindness, and that she was a woman of noble character.” Boaz vowed to be her kinsman redeemer if a man of nearer kin was not willing.

Ruth was a woman of integrity with a kind heart and great nobility, but to the rest of the world she could have been seen as a barren widow in a foreign land.

I believe that there is a specific reason why this encounter between Boaz and Ruth takes place in a threshing room. A threshing room was a place where grain was separated from husks. Where the old was being stripped away from the goodness inside. Ruth was being separated from the past. She was becoming redeemed:

From poverty to wealth.

From widow to wife.

From barren to fertile.

From foreigner to an Israelite.

IMG_0846This is a beautiful picture of the redemption and transformation that happens when we surrender and lay our lives down at the feet of Jesus.

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering

his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew

3:12

I challenge you this week to allow God to thresh out all that you do not need to be carrying and to lay down your life at His feet.

I challenge you to be patient in the time of waiting and trust that He is making something beautiful out of your life.

Trust that God can restore and redeem all things in your life.

Be blessed!

Our Darlings: Sseko Designs

Linnea White

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Darling is now a proud retailer of Sseko Designs. We currently have a selection of the Sseko Ribbon Sandals in stock and on display at the shop. Stay tuned for a styled shoot featuring these sandals, and fun ways to wear them!

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11136681_1098215520195437_152480726568874364_nThe impact you make when purchasing Sseko Ribbon Sandals empowers women in Uganda:

"Sseko Ribbon Sandals are produced in Uganda and help enable young women to attend university. Sseko hires academically gifted young women during the nine month gap between secondary school and university to earn money that will go directly towards their education. At the end of their nine month term, Sseko will match 100% of their savings with a college scholarship."

Buying and wearing the Sseko Ribbon Sandals directly impacts the life of a woman in Uganda, opening doors of opportunity to work, to succeed, to earn and save, to end the cycle of poverty.

"Sseko is not a charity," says founder Liz Forkin Bohannon in a letter. "What we’re trying to do is create partnership, possibility and opportunity where it didn’t exist before. And we do this by making beautiful things together. We work (hard) and we laugh and we love and we learn. And every nine months, we let go and we send these incredible women off to pursue dreams of their own."

What better way to walk through life than with confidence in your purchase, in your product, and in your fashion?

Photo courtesy of Sseko Designs

We love what Sseko stands for, the women they empower, and their awesome products. It is our hope to bring in more Sseko products in the coming weeks and months, as we see our vision for the store come to life. We hope to support women on the local and global level through collaborations with local artisans, consignment (not going anywhere!), and global artisans and mission-based brands, like Sseko Designs.

Stop by the shop to pick up your own Sseko Ribbon Sandals, and empower women like Ester to achieve their dreams and overcome poverty! Learn ways to tie these fun sandals over on the Sseko site.

Photo courtesy of Sseko Designs

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The series Our Darlings will spotlight our local and global collaborations, featuring artisans and brands that we are bringing into the shop!

Our Darlings: Prosperity Candle

Linnea White

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On Saturday, April 4, we premiered our new collaboration with Prosperity Candle by displaying a dozen of their popular scents. At the end of the day, we had four candles left.

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The impact you makeNavigationTile_impact2 when purchasing a Prosperity Candle is great:

Every candle purchased helps provide a living wage for the women of Prosperity Candle, who have recently resettled from refugee camps and are working to build a brighter future for themselves and their families in the United States.

The candle tins are colorfully decorated with inspirational quotes by women from around the world as well as the name of the woman who made that specific candle. The candles are handpoured soy blend candles in a travel size tin. We burned a sample candle in the store all day Saturday and were amazed by the radiant fragrance of the candle.

Stop by the shop to pick up your own Prosperity Candle and learn about the woman who made it!

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Introducing Prosperity Candles into the shop and seeing them fly off the shelf was a huge affirmation of our vision for the store:

  1. To support women on the local and global level through collaborations with local artisans and global mission-based brands (such as Prosperity Candle).
  2. To feature home decor at Darling, in addition to our women's clothing and accessories, new and consigned.

We can't wait to introduce more brands like Prosperity Candle into Darling and share them with our customers.

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The series Our Darlings will spotlight our local and global collaborations, featuring artisans and brands that we are bringing into the shop!