Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Beauty In the Mud

Justin and I decided to take the Jeep out to the swamp Sunday afternoon. I had a need for some mud to go flying. :) And very easily, and to my great joy there was plenty to be found!

After about an hour or so, and a very filthy Jeep later, we decided to head on back to the house. But before we headed out, I had Justin stop for a moment and let me grab a few pics.

Now I know most folks would say, why would anyone want to take photos of mud?

I mean, when we look at a mud puddle, our natural tendency is to see the filth. It's icky, sticky, sometimes smelly and always dirty. Not something we want to wade through.

(Unless of course you are a Jeep person and see it as a challenge and cannot help getting excited at putting your trusty stead to the test. In this case we will put that point to the side...) ;)

But I noticed something more about all the mud we came upon...

There was beauty in it.

I was not paying attention to the filth. But seeing all the beautiful reflections of the trees and sky.

We all come across mud puddles in life. They are always there. And as much as we would like, we cannot always avoid them.

But we can choose how we look at the mud of life. Are we looking at the beauty it holds?

Are we looking for the beauty in loneliness, grief, cancer, infertility, tirendness, weakness, family problems, issues at school, problems at work, the confusion in trying to find GOD's will for you life, or whatever trial that you may be facing? I know it is SOOO... hard, but if you take the time, you will see beauty in it.
Sometimes that beauty will be simple. Such as only being able to pray, and beg GOD to get you out, and be by your side.

Other times you will be blessed to have someone to walk (or drive) by your side, and offer encouragement and support.

It might only be the knowledge of the fact, that one day (even if it is not until we reach heaven) we will be able to look back and know it was all for a purpose, and GOD was in control the entire time.

Yes. There is beauty in all the mud of life. :)
Are there any "mud holes" of life you are wading through right now? If so, I would love to be able to pray for you. Leave a comment, or if you prefer to keep it private, drop me an e-mail. You can find the address on the sidebar.
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some Homemaking Inspiration

“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.”
― Jani Ortlund
“It's sad if people think that's (homemaking) a dull existance, [but] you can't just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It's the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting. I want it to be gay and cheerful, a haven in this troubled world. I don't want my husband and children to come home and find a rattled woman. Our era is already rattled enough, isn't it?”
Audrey Hepburn

“It is true that all men are created in the image of God, but Christians are supposed to be conscious of that fact, and being conscious of it should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically, and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator. If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for us” (p. 32).”
― Edith Schaeffer,
The Hidden Art of Homemaking   

“I am sure that there is no place in the world where your message would not be enhanced by your making the place (whether tiny or large, a hut or a palace) orderly, artistic and beautiful with some form of creativity, some form of ‘art’ (p. 213).”
― Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adjusting to Change + An Outfit to Share

 "Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end."
-Robin Sharma
Life is full of changes. Not one moment of it is the same. From jobs, to health, to friendships, and even personal styles, we are all constantly changing. Nothing stays the same for long in life.
With that being said, I have NEVER been a huge fan of change. I have had to learn to not fear change in life.

But rather embrace and lean on GOD for courage to face it.

There have been many changes in the past year of my life.

From being diagnosed and healed of ovarian cancer, losing my hair from the chemo, facing a lot of physical changes because of it, and even adjusting to being a full-time stay at home wife.

Even my personal style has changed. Where I used to gravitate toward dull, muted colors, I LOVE bright pops of colors in my outfits now! :D

It has been a hard lesson to learn, but I am finally comfortable with the changes life brings.

Including some pretty big, and exciting ones I can not wait to share with you another day. :D
Has change ever frightened you? Is GOD bringing any changes into your life right now that you are learning to adjust to?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. This entire outfit was thrifted from "Clothes Mentor", I love me some cute cheap clothing finds. :D

This post has been linked to
 "The King Maker Blog"

Friday, January 15, 2016

Learning What Is Obvious To A Child

“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”
Nicholas Sparks

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Glass Bottles And A Detour

Okay. So one of my New Year's goals is to become more organized and disciplined in my daily activities. So, I bought a planner, mapped out my week, and each day. Down to morning, afternoon, and evening activities.
And I have done really well this week. Except yesterday.
 I did start out good. I mean, I did get the house straightened up in the morning, and my weight lifting done. But the afternoon all planned out to organize closets and read, well, I TOTALLY blew it.
I got REALLY distracted...
I finished up my weight lifting, and then decided to cool off by taking a walk through the woods. So I let my sidekick out (aka my dog Kaia), and set out across the ditch in our backyard. And these caught my eyes.
Gorgeous, old, glass bottles, just laying there! :D
So I walked over, picked up what few I saw, toted them back to the house, came back, and look!
There were more. This lover of old, vintagey things was in heaven! :D
After another run back to the house for a bag, a rake, and two hours of scratching around in the dirt later, this is what I ended up with. :)
I will admit, I am not totally sure what I am going to do with all of them. (hello Pinterest time)
I want to put them to use, but wow do I love that mossy, dirty look. :D


So much for being disciplined and sticking to my schedule!

 But I think it was a wonderfully blessed detour in my day. :)

Any surprise detours in you day?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015's Surprises, And Who Holds the Future

 Never in my wildest dreams, would I have predicted the year 2015 to hold what it did...
Like gorgeous blue skies on the very first day of the year...
Finally being able to own a flock of chickens...
Celebrating a second wedding anniversary at the beach...
Early spring days spent at the farmers market with my mother and sister....
Purchasing our own piece of property, and constantly being surprised by all its wonders and beauties.
I went to the doctor, and was told I may have cancer.
Then came the news I did have cancer, and so began the begging to GOD for these not to be my last days.
My hair was chopped off, to lessen the shock of loosing it during chemo.
And I spent countless hours in this chair...
While this medicine was pumped into my veins.
My birthday morning was spent doing chemo. But then a small party from family was held in the evening.

I learned how to wrap up in a headscarf for when I ventured out.
But quite a few days were spent here, due to lack of energy.

Blessings also abounded in the form of cards, and gifts from old friends, new friends...

And even a complete and total stranger.
Much time was spent in the Word.
And I received the news there is no sign of cancer in my body, and celebrated with my love.
 I even got a tattoo, to remind me of GOD's goodness during the years trials. :)
 Days of recovery were spent with these little girls.
 And watching the rain fall on many a day.

 I was even blessed to travel twice this fall. To West Virginia...

And the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

 And the year finally ended with being able to be back at my beloved weight lifting for 6 weeks.

The year 2015 held so many surprises for me. Both good, and bad. And GOD taught me so much.

Like how incredibly good HE is, and that we truly can take no thought for tomorrow.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:34

What does 2016 hold? I have no clue. What I do know is the one who holds tomorrow, and I know HE is holding me. :)

What surprises did 2015 hold for you?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!