Layers on layers, please

Purple Dress

Purple Dress

Purple Dress

Purple Dress

Dress : Gap (old)  |  Shirt : Old Navy (old)  |  Scarf : Charming Charlie (old)  |  Earrings : Kohl’s (old)  |  Tights : Target |  Boots : Payless (old)

There’s nothing more cozy than layers, am I right? Jacob was teasing me yesterday because in the span of about 5 minutes, he had seen me walk in and out of our bedroom in six completely different outfits. What can I say, I’m a woman. 😉

I had a lot of fun picking out layers for today’s Creative Closet layering challenge. Most of the time when I’m getting dressed, I’m in such a rush that I just grab what I know works and run out the door. This link up has challenged me to look at my closet in a new light to make a look that I hadn’t really considered before. I’m thankful for this weekly challenge because it keeps me content in my own closet… rather than wishing I could fill it with new things all the time.

As I tried on layer after layer, though, I thought about how there are many layers to me. And I’m not talking about clothing – I’m talking about who I am at the core and all the different ways I disguise myself to fit where I think I need to fit.

For a long time in high school, that was being the cheery girl, who always had a smile. I definitely think I’m naturally a peppy person, but it’s easy for me to put on that “layer” when I don’t want to reveal what’s really going on with me. Other times I’m overly reserved, because it’s all I can do to not let bitterness take over. I’m sure you can relate, right? You try to change how you’re perceived because you don’t want the truth to be out. You don’t want to be vulnerable.

Because I’m complicated, relationships are complicated and sometimes it’s just complicated to even think of these things… I’m thankful that there’s someone who knows the depths of me and loves me anyway. While many of you are probably thinking I’m about to get mushy about marriage, I’m not. Jacob does an awesome job at loving me, even in my darkest moments, but there’s someone who meets that need even when Jacob cannot.

Our God knows the depths of you and me. He knows your innermost struggles, your insecurities, your most shameful thoughts, your secret dreams, your past you try to stuff out of your mind and even what brings you the most joy. He knows you and he loves you in who you are. In your imperfections, you are loved. In your layers, you are loved. Friend, you are loved and nothing can change that. I hope that reminder can settle your weary soul today.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  — Ephesians 2:4-10

As you layer up for the cold weather today, I hope you can add this sweet and life-saving layer to your everyday get-up. It’s worth wearing because it’s hard to remember.

I’m linking up with Jana and Maegen for The Creative Closet.