So, it has been a long time since I have written anything. I let my insecurities get in the way of what I felt God had planned for me. I let what people say or do affect what I felt like God was saying! My dream is to create. What is your dream? Do you let others tell you that you are not good enough when your Holy Father is telling you that He chose you for this work? Whatever it is! Working with children, helping the elderly, baking for others, or like me creating something that is from the heart. I challenge you today to not let others dictate your calling! Figure out what God called you to do, and do it well! He will guide you through it! Take courage, say a prayer, and step out into this world stronger allowing God to lead! Have a blessed day!
As I was thinking about what to name this post, “a light unto my world” came to mind. When I created the lampshade, it wasn’t to have a deep discussion about being a light to our world, it was just a fun project I wanted to do, but funny how God works!
First, let me tell you how to make this lamp shade. I tore strips of fabric long enough to wrap around the wire base with about seven extra inches, so it could be tied in a knot. I tore different fabrics until I had enough to overlap around the top. Then, because the bottom is usually wider than the top, it left gaps, so I tore pieces of different fabrics around seven inches to tie around exposed wire.
Then, I fluffed up the fabrics around the knots, so they looked more like trim. I used red, white, and blues because my den has denim-looking couches and red handkerchief valances. Think how sweet pinks would be for a little girl’s room.
So, back to my original thought. We are to be “light unto the world”. The Bible said it, and I believe it! Our “world” may be a sick child, a neighbor seeking help, or a conference room full of executives. We are to shine so that others want to know why we are different. We are to be a light to a world that sometimes can be very dark! I urge you today, to make a difference in someone’s world, and shine your light that only God can give you!
Funny how God closes doors sometimes! I decided to quit substitute teaching because I wasn’t making that much money, plus, I could save around $5000 if I painted the house myself. So, as you saw in a previous post, I started painting the house. I finished the front when my shoulders started really hurting. I have aggravated my rotator cuffs! Yes, both of them to the point that I cannot lift my arms up without a sharp pain. No, comments on age here! I had painted another house ten years before, so I thought I could still do it! Anyway, before my contractor knew I was hurting, he asked if he could finish it for me. Interesting timing, but now I will let him. I believe God closed that door. I always seem to put wedges in those doors I am to walk though. So, since I can’t lift my arms high, I got back into my craft room and got busy. I got a call from a friend for a Mother’s Day wreath, and it got me going again. So, I have posted more wreaths for sale. They are $50 each.
Spring is here after what seems like a long winter for all of us. I know we are spoiled here in the south because many people are still getting snow...crazy, right?! Anyway, I love the spring and all the wildflowers, which show their beautiful faces this time of year!
I was in Round Top with some sweet friends shopping for anything quirky that I could put my spin on, (and I found a carload), and we had to pullover to take pictures. It was a beautiful warm day, then we froze the next...all part of our crazy weather this year!
I feel spring is a renewing of our hearts and minds. We seem to slow down a little, and appreciate the beauty around us! It is a time to clean out, dust off our outdoor furniture, and enjoy life. Breathe in the beautiful warm air and live! Have a wonderful day...and go outside and spend some time in God’s creation!
I am happy to say that I have finished painting the front of my house! After moving in to our “old” new house, I was ready to put my touch on it. I loved the way it was white with dark grey shutters and a burgundy door, but I wanted to freshen it up. So, I chose Timid White by Benjamin Moore, Rustoleum’s Black in semi gloss for the shutters, and Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red for the door. I love the way it turned out!
The shutters were in pretty bad shape. After all, the House was built in 1945, so the shutters may have been that old, too! I had to rebuilt the bottom of one of them, and use lots of caulk. Hopefully, they will stand up to the elements for years to come! The next time the house needs to be painted, I will probably be too old to do it! Now, on to the flower beds! Talk to you soon!
I am back in my happy place! After moving, and having this feeling that I needed to have everything done quickly, I put off the things that really bring me happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I love to organize and find all the new places for my pictures and things, but I was ready to get in my new craft space. So, today, I made a commitment to myself, and my business, to craft all day! So, since I needed to get one wreath ready for a donation, I made two others. (Local people...they are for sale for $40).
Knowing God’s plan for our lives is a funny thing. After all these years of living, and all these years of praying for God’s will for my life, I have finally come to realize something. I have been walking day by day in His will! I wanted my life basically written out in stone, so that I could see what He wants me to do. Not realizing that I have been doing His will all my life.
After a youth retreat weekend at our
church, which I think I may get more out of than our students sometimes, something was said about not needing to know God’s plan, but to live every day “doing” His plan! Sounds funny, but I can look back and see how many times I was repeating the same prayer (I keep a prayer journal), only to discover I was in His will all along! A very wise friend, who has since passed away, told me one time that God’s plan for my life may not be in my job, but in my everyday walk with Him.
So, friends, I challenge you, pray for guidance every morning, and then look back on your day, and see where God has lead you! Your life and direction is in His hands! How wonderful that we don’t have to worry about it! Leave it to God!
So, before we moved in to our new old house (new to us, but built in 1945), I mopped the floors with a product that promised to make old wood floors look new again. It helped, but didn’t do as promised. Now, I can proudly say I found a product, Liquid Gold Floor Restore, that works!
The scratches don’t show up as badly in the photo, so there is a little trust on your part that the product works! I promise I am not getting paid to say that...hopefully one day I will, but for now I am not! The problem is, now, I have to move rugs and furniture, where we had open rooms before we moved in. It is so worth it! I will do a portion at a time, and soon it will be done!
When I was blogging before I thought I had to come up with something every day, but as the Bible talks about...everything in moderation! I will post when I have something I think is worthy of passing on! Of course, I don’t sit much, so that won’t be but a day or so!
Have a wonderful day, and do something creative just for you!
I am so sorry that I haven’t written in a long time. Life got in the way, and I allowed my time to be filled with other things! We have moved to an old house, and I am loving it!
My creative side is itching to get out! I love what the previous owners chose on paint colors, etc., but now I want to put my twist on things. At first, I wanted a real fixer upper, but I was seeing some really sad houses. Then, my wonderful realtor, Judy Nichols, showed me this lovely house across the street from her, and I fell in love as soon as I saw it! It wasn’t even on the market yet! God had His hand in every step of the way! My dad even moved into a wonderful retirement village near friends, so all is well!
So, as I start projects on the house, or create something fun, I will keep everyone in the loop.
Also, I would love to post pictures of your homes or projects you have done, so let me know about fun stuff you have done! Also, if you had really good contractors, I would like to post their information for the local people to know!
Have a wonderful day, and find something creative to do today!
I apologize first off for not writing on my blog since school started. I have been on a quest to find joy in every day, and sorry, some days my blog was a burden, not a joy. All the research I needed to do to find sponsors, content, and then crafting something to write about was overwhelming. I had decided to not go back to substitute teaching, so I could blog full time, but I missed the kids! So, I went back to subbing, and I work almost every day, so the blogging went to the wayside. Hummm, that’s life isn’t it. But like with everything, there is a happy medium! So, I took the day off. A day to get caught up, to readjust my life, and to spend time in prayer!
The joy I was looking for came back slowly. I think sometimes we look for big things to bring us joy, and don’t see all the little, sweet moments in our lives. I started letting God do the worrying for me (on the most part...I am human after all), I put all my decisions in His hands and I know this is a shock, but they work out so much better that way, and I made sure I got up thirty minutes earlier to have a Bible study and pray. You know, I am calmer, happier, and the joy is popping up in all sorts of places.
I would encourage you to pray, leave things in God’s hands, and find your joy! Look for the positive things in every day, and thank God for them! It might be a butterfly that flitters in front of you, or your child saying or doing something sweet. Live and love each day!!!
I received the sweetest message from someone today about my blog, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Thank you for passing on the encouragement I needed!
Hi, I am Sharon Farmer. I am married, have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, my parents moved down here years ago, so we share a house (Mom passed away almost two years ago now), and I am ready for a change in my life....hence the blog!