Surprise! Did you have to do a double take when you saw that I’d posted a new blog post? Hahaha! Yes, I’ve been MIA for about a year…or more. I think I’m ready to meet you here more often again though. But first let me explain where I’ve been. I’ve been wading in the shallow end…and loving every minute of it.
About sixteen months ago I launched another website besides this one. Quite simply, that’s where I’ve been hanging out. (It strikes me that I sound like an unfaithful spouse coming clean! And that’s a little how I feel.)
I hate it that I’ve been so silent over here on this devotional website. I missed the weighty and profound things we talked about here. It feels good to go so deep with sisters in Christ, and for the past year I’ve missed the sweet opportunities you gave me to pour into your life.
But, as much as I missed our heart-to-heart talks here, I needed to wade into the shallow waters to begin some new conversations.
Women and Pools and Conversations
I remember as a young mom taking my kids to a community pool with a friend of mine and her children. Exhausted from wrangling children and tending house and picking up after dogs and cooking endless meals, we’d load our kids into our respective mommy vans and meet at the pool.
Once the children were outfitted with floaties and sunscreen and goggles, my pal and I would deck our lawn chairs with towels and lie back to melt into the warmth of the sun. Silence prevailed as we just b r e a t h e d.
But it wouldn’t take long for the piercing Texas sun to chase us into the water, sweaty and desperate for relief. My friend would usually enter head first from the diving board while I jumped feet first from the side, plunging deep into the cold water. We’d tread water a minute or two…counting that as our exercise for the day…and then we’d swim to the shallow end of the pool.
Usually about this time we had to remind a child or two that they had friends to play with and to “leave us alone or we’re going home!” Then my friend and I would sidle over to the edge of the pool and lean into the tiled surface where we’d finally start what we really came to the pool for to begin with. Conversation.
It’s hard to talk about much when you’re sweating it out in the heat of the day. And you certainly can’t focus on the conversation very long if you’re treading water in the deep end or getting in a few strokes under water.
But in the shallow end I’ve had some of my deepest conversations.
And that, dear gal, is where I’ve been. I’ve been lingering persistently in the shallow end of the pool so I could go deep with some sweet new friends.
Where the Water is Shallow but the Talk Goes Deep
In March of 2018 I launched Dressed for My Day so that I could meet up with women like you and me who want to talk about the shallow things. We all do, you know. Even the deepest women I know enjoy spending a few minutes soaking in the pleasures of shallow conversations.
At Dressed for My Day I post fashion looks, beauty tips and fitness ideas, primarily for women 50+. I even earn a part-time paycheck (doing a full-time job) by providing affiliate links through which women can shop for the looks I’m sharing. And occasionally I partner with a clothing brand to tell women more about their offerings.
Yeah, I guess that’s all pretty shallow in the grand scheme of things.
But I don’t regret hanging out in the shallow end for the past year one bit. In fact, I’ve had some deep conversations in that shallow water. You see at the end of every fashion, beauty or fitness post, I include a blessing for the day. It’s usually just a verse or two of scripture and a few thoughts from my daily quiet time. But these simple words seem to resonate with the women who have joined me at the edge of the shallow end of the pool.
In the shallow waters of Dressed for My Day I’ve had the opportunity to speak into the lives of both believers and non-believers. I’ve given words of perspective, hope, encouragement, truth and grace. And I’ve also met a vibrant and beautiful group of Christian women from all over the world.
Why I’m Telling You This
I’m sharing this with you for a few reasons. First of all, I want you to know where I’ve been. I’ve not become a shallow woman; I’ve just been cultivating deep relationships in the shallow end.
Second, I want you to know that I’ll continue to do just what my friend and I did on those steamy hot summer afternoons in Texas. I’ll take the occasional plunge into the deep end, but I’m going to keep hanging out in the shallow waters…where deep conversations flow more freely.
Finally, I want to encourage you to join me in the shallow end. Sure, I’d love it if you made your way over to Dressed for My Day and joined the conversations there. But more importantly, I hope you will stop treading water in the deep and weighty areas of your own life long enough to seek out tamer waters of your own…at least occasionally.
Join a knitting group, take a ceramics class, go for a hike with a friend or, hey, meet a gal pal at the pool. It’s hot out there! Look I’m all for investing our time in women’s Bible studies and prayer meetings and mentoring sessions and such. Lord, knows I need those deep troughs of nourishment in my life.
But don’t feel bad about wading into the shallow end. That’s where I’ve had some of my deepest conversations. And honestly, that’s where both evangelism and discipleship often take place.Don't feel bad about wading into the shallow end. That's where I've had some of my deepest conversations. Click To Tweet
Thanks for reading, dear gal. I’ll see you here in the deep end again next week!
Stacy Champion says
Love, love , love this! Thank you Kay!
Love, love, love this! I’m currently doing a study on discipleship and how to make that happen…I agree wholeheartedly that it can happen so simply throughout our day. Thank you for sharing
Very inspirational, heartfelt and wise, absolutely loved this post, clicked over from your other site, so glad I did!
I love this idea! i have christian Friend who I love to meet for breakfast or lunch. we try to do this once a month or so we can catch up. We have had some deep conversations in panera bread and wonderful times of prayer.
I’ve discipled women for 46 years developing a workbook and teaching style for this ministry. Then COVID hit. I’m now in my 70’s, and I gotten more serious about my knitting, and it’s been fun. I have lots of knitted tops and accessories that I’m using to dress for my day. Thank you for the helpful style tips that I can use for my 70th decade!
Wow!! Kay, this gave me so much encouragement and peace!!! I just love your fashion blog (and several others) and I’ve been more conscious of how I present myself since I began following these blogs. But it’s easy to start thinking that’s silly – shallow! – and you’ve illustrated why it’s meaningful. Thank you for a beautiful reminder that learning to wade in the shallow end gives you the confidence to swim in the deep end. The shallow end is where so much of life happens because everyone hangs out there!
Glad you’re back!
Pat Northcutt says
Got it—Thank you! (Like, Jesus didn’t spend all His time on a mountain?)
Leslie Klein says
Marita Marnitz says
I’ve just read this post for the first time and I am so glad that I did find it. A Christian woman from South Africa, trying to live out my faith in this troubled country, it is good to hear advice from the shallow as well as the deep end.
On a lighter note you look lovely with your long hair, but this bob also suits you so well!
Cynthia O'Rear says
Sometimes, just sometimes, I believe we are in shallow places of the pool because life has beaten us up and that is all the reserve we have left: floating in that shallow end. We can only float and hold on to the side. Thank goodness, others of faith do come to the shallow end, and they find us. We start a tentative conversation in that shallow end, and that conversation grows into a relationship. That conversation leads to another and another, and, pretty soon, that person of faith has helped pull up into deeper waters those that couldn’t do this before. They can then rescue others in shallow places of the pool because, for them, life has been challenging–and they understand those who are suffering . From the shallow to the deep by the hands of faith and the healing of our God.
PEGGY E. SMITH says
What a joy to find your blog! My mother and I also shopped on Saturdays, through my school years and way beyond! It was such a ritual with us, and when at 90 years she could no longer physically travel to the stores, I would bring things to her. She would be delighted to receive new pajamas, a new scarf, lipstick or blouse. She truly was the best dressed of all her friends in the nursing home! Now that she has gone to Heaven, I wear her vintage scarves and jewelry, and I feel close to her knowing she enjoyed wearing these as well.
I just found you this morning for the first time. I actually found you in the shallow waters but was intrigued that you had a devotional blog as well. Ahhhh, yes…at 72 I’ve learned that we definitely need both the deep end and the shallow end and the in between as well and God knows and uses the benefits of both. After a hard five years ending in the death … on this earth… of our pastor son in law to cancer, I’ve loved the mindless enjoyment of fashion blogs. I didn’t discover them until Covid! As I move forward in this season alongside our 40 yr old daughter and her 6 grieving kids, I especially embrace the beauty of the deep and the shallow and the need for both in our lives. Thank you, Kay!
Thanks so much for introducing yourself, Paige. It’s a pleasure. I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your son-in-law. How tragic. Bless you and your family. I’m glad you found me here. Unfortunately I don’t blog here very often any more, as you can probably see. But I do have quite a library of posts here. So I hope you enjoy them. ~ Kay
I found you in the shallow end during this COVID time of being in lockdown. I am high risk due to several medical conditions so I’m still on complete lockdown. I am a follower of Christ as well. In fact, that’s why I began watching your dressing blog. I so wish you would include clothing for women’s sizes. Then I found out you had devotionals! God bless!
Found your fashion channel and wanted to “check out” your background–thankful to read about your faith. I find that I often have unexpectedly meaningful conversations during friend walks and even when helping folks organize. The truth comes out and we get to talk. My goal is always the Gospel, too. Best to you. Karen in VA
Tammy Valdivia says
Hi Kay! I guess I initially found you on YouTube. My friend I are moving from blogging at ByFaithShe.com to vlogging/podcast at Found Faithful. In my research as to how others are doing it, I was delighted to find your YouTube channel. I just knew you had to be a Jesus Girl by your joyful demeanor on your channel. As I dug, I found your fashion blog and then this little gem of a blog. Good for you for hanging out in the shallow end. May God bless you with many more deep conversations as you use the “shallow” things to point to the depths of God’s great love for each of us.
Becky Brothers says
I loved this Kay! I must have found you in the shallow end shortly after you went there. I have loved the Christian aspect you’ve shown at Dressed for My Day and think that’s part of the appeal for me. And I’m just now finding you here! Keep treading bath & forth, for between the shallow & deep, we will be filled.
Sisters in Christ, Becky Brothers, email@example.com
Oh, my goodness, i just love this !! I just spent some precious time at the shallow end of a pool , having coffee with my treasured christian friend, just the other day, what a great felliwship we had!! We both got so inspired!! Thank you for this blog.!
I love this! I think it’s important to remember a pool has both a shallow and deep end. We can enjoy the entire pool, not just one end of it.
JoAnn Petersen says
I discovered you on u tube and love your dressing ideas and thoughts.
Wanting to share you with my friend I went to look you up and discovered your Christian blog,which I enjoyed reading each reply, I have watched your blogs some of them twice. I just had my 80th birthday but I think more like 60. My health is good except in AUGUST OF 2020 I fell while taking my self out for a birthday lunch and broke my right hip and leg, truly a terrible setback I live by my self my husband is in the nursing home so life does get lonely. I am a quilter, cross stitcher, and have many Christian friends, hard to believe I am this old,but only have to look in the mirror. Thanks for your words of kindness. JoAnn Petersen
Susan Ochiltree says
Hi Kay and everyone! Have followed, learned and enjoyed your Dressed for My Day YouTube! Here we are, two years now post-pandemic and find ourselves in a world-wide struggled against evil. I know this world is not our home but it is terrifying nonetheless. I am sure you, everyone and I am praying for the world. Thank you for being here, your smile and calm demeanor help!
Sandra Holifield says
Great post. Thank you Kay