Clothed with Grace: When Bad Things Happen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When Bad Things Happen

This last week in class at church we were talking about why "bad" things happen to "good" people. We had a pretty healthy discussion. Did God allow it? Did God cause it? Who's to blame? It brought this story to my head from John 9:

As the disciples and Jesus passed by a blind man, the disciples asked Jesus, "Who sinned, this man or his parents for him to be born blind?" To us this might seem like a really silly question, but at that time it was believed that when "bad" things happened it was because people deserved it. This totally goes against my line of thinking. But Jesus' response is perfect, "It wasn't this man or his parents, it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him." Then Jesus proceeded to heal the blind man and restore his sight.

God is bigger than anything we are going through, and he can be gloried in the midst of any hard time.  When we are in the middle of what can seem like the worst day of our life, God is still there with us. I hope this sticks with you and when you find yourselves in pain, you remember God can use you and your situation for good.

I was recently sent this beautiful pendant necklace from  Happiness Boutique. I love a good pendant necklace, and this one does not disappoint. The quality and craftsmanship is easy to see, something that isn't always true with inexpensive jewelry, and I love how it helps to dress up this outfit. Now that I'm back in school, I'm getting to wear my dress clothes again, and this jacket from Loft, is one of my favorites. This blazer is a similar option and I love it as well.

Jacket: Loft similar
Shirt: Target 
Jeans: Target same / non-maternity 
Necklace:Happiness Boutique c/o same 
Bracelets: Stella and Dot same 
Heels: Bandlino similar via thredUp (use this link to get $10 off your first purchase)

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  1. Thank you for the reminder! It's been kind of a rough summer for us in several ways, and it's been hard to see the bright side of it all. I appreciate your words today!

  2. Loving the jacket, Ginny, and thanks for the reminder.

  3. I love love love this striped jacket, and that Happiness Boutique necklace is a stunner!

  4. I sooo love your sweet spirit and truly enjoy your encouraging words. Lovely outfit! Have a blessed day :)

  5. I love your bump! You look beautiful!

    Her Heartland Soul

  6. This is such a beautiful way to think about it. Your bump is adorable!! Hope you're feeling good and that the earlier wake up call isn't too terrible:)

  7. Love this! One of my favorite songs is "Praise You in This Storm" for that very reason. God has a plan and I always must trust that He knows best and will take care of me. :) LOVE this post! Also, you're super adorable as well!! :)

    Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy Linkup!