Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Go and Speak without Fear

Jeremiah 1 and 7 through 8 {Living Outside the Stacks}

God does not send us out unequipped. He prepares us and protects us {that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, that just means that The Word will be heard}, so we need to surrender our hearts and our lives to Him. No excuses.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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How to Wear a Denim Maxi Skirt: Boho Style

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}Black Poet Blouse and Denim Maxi Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely positively love skirts. Especially maxi skirts. But denim maxi skirts have totally stolen my heart. They’re quite possibly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing, you can dress them up or down. They can be worn to church, to work, or to simply hang out with family and friends.

When I first purchased this skirt, I tried looking up different ways to wear it but all I kept seeing were black maxis, white tees, and denim shirts. Where oh where were the denim maxi skirts? I can’t possibly be the only one who likes them. Can I? I mean, if I am, it wouldn’t be the first time I was the only one who rocked a special look. “Boy” suspenders, anyone?

So I decided that I’d do my own little series because I know there are other ladies out there who love a denim maxi skirt. Notice how I keep saying that? I really don’t want to be the only one…

Denim maxi skirts are perfect for creating a boho chic look. Like jeans, denim maxis have a relaxed laid back feel to them. And when you pair them with a flowy  blouse, a ton of chunky jewelry, and 70’s inspired wedges like I did, the look is total flower child meets suburban mom. Quite a mix, no?

Next week I’ll show you how to take a denim maxi skirt to the office. Or, in my case, to the library.

Do you wear denim maxis? What would you add {or subtract} to make this look more boho?

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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In Defense of My Faith

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T

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