by Anna Walker


"Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature...for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh upon the heart."                I Samuel 16:7

In the bible, the Lord asked King Samuel find and anoint a new king.  When Samuel arrived at the house of Jesse, Samuel saw his older sons-strong and handsome- he just knew it was one of them. However, the Lord told Samuel to go out into Jesse's fields- an unlikely place to find a king- and "see" whom He had chosen. The Lord had chosen David, a young shepherd boy who wrestled with lions and tigers and bears to protect the fold. He had not only trained David's hands for war as a young boy, but He had shaped his character and prepared him for greatness. It was evident when he accepted the challenge of slaying the giant, Goliath, with courage and confidence. Although David was just a boy, Samuel needed to discern and see with inner vision the chosen one.  Jesse's sons seemed suitable, but things are never as they seem.   When they were faced with the same challenge of slaying Goliath, they were fearful and reticent.

Many times we present ourselves incongruently with who we really are.  The messages we send are misaligned with our true character and purpose. For example, some of us want to be great leaders of people, but lack the emotional intelligence to understand the human element. I have always wanted to have a high- powered position with a corner office, but I was not willing to make the personal sacrifices it took to get there-long hours, time away from family and compromise.  Others of us see ourselves as weak and incapable, it takes someone who is our champion to see us as strong and courageous- able to do great things.

This week's post challenges you to look inside yourself and "see" if what others see is congruent with who you really are.  We make a great deal of effort to maintain our outer "appearance", but we don't take enough thought about the inner "appearance". We want others to believe something about us that we don't really believe ourselves.  

As I prepare for 2016, I'm taking time to cull away all the things that are not like me; all the things I wanted to be, but truly am not; all the desires that are mine, but not God's; all the things I can become, but allowed fear to overshadow.  I want you to see what I see.   



                                                                                                                                      I love great eyewear!  I've been wearing glasses and contacts since the age of 10. My older sister wore glasses and I wanted to be just like her. When I had to wear them, I was so excited.  I've been through all the life cycles of glasses- large glass ones, coke bottles, heavy plastic, miniature specs, the whole gamut.  So glad they have become a fabulous fashion accessory without the stigma of being labeled "four eyes".

This week's style post pays homage to great specs!

"The glasses of the moment are not made to blend in, but consider your general sartorial proclivities before picking out a pair. Delicate frames in lucite or gold wire exude an insouciant elegance and go with pretty much everything, while punchy statement glasses in bold colors are a more daring option, one that proves surprisingly versatile when the frames are kept classic in shape and suit your face. Of course, tortoiseshell options in all forms remain arguably the most charmingly scholastic-inspired choice and the ultimate nod to timeless collegiate style—geek chic, it seems, is here to stay!" Olivia Goodman VOGUE