Monthly Archives: November 2012

Keep Calm and SPARKLE!

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As you venture into the uncertain world of motherhood, you find yourself overwhelmed by feelings. One of those feelings is back pain from carrying SO MUCH STUFF! I didn’t realize how much I put into my satchel purse to cut down on the number of bags I carry. I have the monster’s diaper bag {Praise God for potty training! This bag will be gone soon!} plus my purse. That doesn’t sound too terrible until you take a look at my purse and all the stuff I think I need to carry with me at all times. Take a peek…

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So I decided to bite the bullet and get another bag. I’ve set a goal recently to read at least one chapter of my Bible everyday. Some days that is easier said than done… but I’m working on it. That being said, Bibles are heavy… and bulky… and I don’t like the verision I downloaded to my Kindle {still searching for a better version} So I decided that I need a bag specifically for my Bible, devotionals, and journal/notebook. Just those three or four books would be a huge weight-loss for my purse {and the back carrying it } so it was decided. One Bible bag coming up. Only… the ones I saw {in my price range}kind of reminded me of a grandma… and not the “new” trendy grandmas that are sporting their Vera bags and matching accessories… I mean the way grandmas used to be with lace and floral and cross-stitched kittens.

There was a split second where I didn’t know what to do… and when I snapped out of it, my body had teleported to the Clearance aisle at Wal-Mart. Not a lot going on there, but my store is set up brilliantly with the clearance right next to the crafts {it’s like they know me}so I popped over to see what caught my eye. A 3-pack of canvas totes. Pink, grey, and turquoise. $6 for three bags… that’s a no-brainer. So I took them home and raided my art supplies. GLITTER!!!Oh, yes, this will do nicely. Now I just have to figure out what it is I want it to be doing…

To make a rather long process into a shorter, easier to follow process, I will just line up a bunch of photos of the different stages. I had two inspirations when I started; bubbles, and ombre.

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I really liked it… but it was not actually my style. It was a lot of fun to make, but not something I would carry. So it was donated to a good cause… my little sister.

Fortunately, while I had been waiting for all that glitter to dry, I had been playing with the grey tote. And through a little trial and error, came up with a bag that was much more “me”.

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I also added one of my favorite verses to the back side. “Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6”

It is a lesson I struggle with daily, but I am also finding it easier to let God have it. There’s little I hate worse than feeling helpless, and for a long time that’s what I thought of when people said “Give it to God.” It felt like giving up. Like I was too weak to push through it, and expected someone to do it for me… and in a sense, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I am constantly saying “I need Your help. I don’t understand, and I can’t do this on my own.” And do you know what He says? In John 15:4-5, he says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

That last part is where I find comfort, oddly enough, because in those words – apart from me you can do nothing – He is telling me that it’s ok. I can’t carry my burdens alone, and I shouldn’t try. He is prepared to handle any and everything, but he’s also prepared to wait until I ask for help. I have to give up that ego, that pride that says I’m a big girl & I’ll handle it. Just a hint, for those who also struggle with this, it really is much easier to let Him handle it. {He can also do a much better job. Just sayin’.}

Well, I wasn’t planning a sermon, but sometimes they just come. I hope that means that one of you needed these words, and I hope they find you.

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Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 11}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and the freedoms I’ve been given.

Today is Veteran’s Day, and I’m thankful for all the men and women

Who served this country, and risked it all for people they’ve never met.

Please be with the families of the ones who aren’t home yet.

Thank you, Lord, for giving them strength and courage to persevere.

Thank you for all the freedoms we take for granted through the year.

Thank you

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Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 10}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and this dear husband of mine.

We may not have a lot of things, but we have just enough most of the time.

Thank you for his patience, limited as it may be,

Because I’ve lived with myself long enough to know how trying I can be.

He loves me when I’m at my worst, with projects strung all about.

He’ll say, “Umm, sweetie… focus please, and knock a few of these out.”

There’s so little time together, but all-in-all we make do.

A kiss, a hug, a shoulder rub, and wrestling with a toddler, too.

We take each moment as it comes, and enjoy it when we can.

So thank you, Lord, for every day of forever with this man.
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I shall call her Cupcake

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My sister is having a baby {like, any day now she could pop} and with the new addition comes clothes. Lots and lots and lots of clothes. So a dresser was needed. She found this really nice, white dresser at a yard sale for $25. A little steep, but it’s solid wood, and more important it was needed. 1022122255

“London, can you make this pretty? Ooh! and sparkly!!”

“Of course, I can!” {Because never have I turned down the chance to paint a piece of furniture… and I hope I never will.}

So, I started with color choices. I had just bought her a pink and blue baby blanket with cupcakes all over it. Chocolate cupcake with pink sprinkles!!! That was the easy part… After several days, I was able to narrow down to one brown, and two pinks. A 9-year old girl made the final pink decision for me.
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Who wouldn’t love a dresser in their room that was a “Fudge Celebration”?!! I mean, really.

I got slightly carried away, and didn’t take “during” pics. So, above was the Before… and here is the After.
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However, I did not get the “sprinkles” made until after I had returned the dresser to her rightful home. With baby coming any day now, her momma needed to start loading all those clothes into her dresser. These will be added to the “Cupcake” next time I’m over to the house.
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Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 9}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and yesterday, and the two before.

I’m thankful for my busy life, and the people who walk through my door.

I’ve been to visit friends and kin, and they’ve come to visit me.

The closer the holidays get, the more faces I get to see.

With all the busy rushing, I’m thankful for the moments when life is slow.

Thank you, Lord, for minutes and watching them as the go.

Thanks for the people in my life who are so good at being there.

Thank you for the coffee, Lord, and homemade treats to share.

Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 5}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and the struggles in my life.

Thank you for a moody husband so I could become a better wife.

Thank you for my manic toddler, and stepping on toys in my living room.

I have to watch my mouth and temper, Lord, and be pleasing unto you.

Thank you for your challenges, because you help me win.

I’m trying, Lord, I promise to rise up from where I’ve been.

I want the world to see you in the life I lead.

Thank you for the hardships that make believer out of me.

Life is hard for all of us, and there’s little we can do.

That’s why I’m glad you’re with us, and we can give it all to you.

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Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 4}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and an extra hour’s sleep.

A sick mommy is grateful ’cause I’ve been dead on my feet.

The morning went so smoothly, and as far as I can tell

My toddler is much happier waking at this “new” time as well.

The change of time and temperature, the smell of burning wood and leaves

Brings calm to my spirit, Lord, and I can rest in your glorious peace.

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