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preparations

In thoughts on me, thoughts on things on February 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

i am a planner.  i love to plan and prepare!  it is obvious in lists, margin notes, and thought bubbles scribbled in journals, on receipts, and emails sent to myself.  and the fact that purchasing a new planner is like Christmas to me!  there is just something so precious about preparing.   there is a sense of excitement, intention, importance, and value in it!

here are a few books i’ve been looking through to get inspiration and wisdom for the home.

This book by Caroline Clifton-Mogg is covered in beautiful photos of warm and homey dwellings.  Seriously, I drooool over these spaces!  What I love most is that she gives inspiration to use the well-loved items that you already have to enhance the spaces you and your loved ones spend the most time.  Less is more in decorating, and intentionality is key.

My mom recently brought this book home for me to peruse through.  Hello – the power of all shades of neutrals in all kinds of textures!  Linens and lace is the ultimate southern way, and really pays homage to a culture when women spent hours making these pieces for their home.  The best part?  The originals can be found in our  mom’s closets or at your local antique shop for next to nothing.

Don’t let the word green make you turn your head in dismissal.  This book has valuable information about the health- and money-saving techniques of home care that families have used for centuries, before the convenience factor of chemical infused products at your local grocery store.

There is also something precious and intentional about caring for these otherwise looked over details of home care.  Make your own laundry detergent – that WORKS.  Increase your knowledge of home remedies for all kinds of things – cramps, headaches, and the common cold.  Replace boxes and plastic bags crammed in your pantry with jars and reusable containers filled with the things you use all the time.  Not only is it green, but it’s beautiful.  It is not only pleasing to your eye, but pleasing to your heart.  It just improves the quality of home.

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i don’t expect to “be perfect.”  no way!  everyone does home different, because everyone is different. but i do want to care and show love for the place called home.

fear & bravery

In thoughts on God, thoughts on things on February 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

i so desire bravery.   

bravery cannot exist without fear.

let me tell you the truth about how i feel about fear.

fear is a nasty thing in our society – American society and American church society.  if you have it?  don’t expect to succeed in that job of yours.  don’t expect to get promoted, don’t expect to achieve your dreams.  you are crippled, and as good as someone thrown in the quarantine room.  what i hear all the time is “don’t be afraid!” and “let go of your fear!”

well, i would like to call ye olde proverbial BS!

fear is one of the heartbeats of life.  it is what the best stories are made of!  it is next to love, passion, and adventure.  a life without fear would denote a life choked out, and really, you’d just be lying to say you didn’t have any.

it’s what we do with that fear that matters.  of course, i don’t mean to live a life of fear, because then you would be crippled!  you would be the one sitting in your house all the time trying to avoid that which scares you.  take fear and admit it, and bring it in the love-light of Jesus!  it cannot be cast out without His love!  don’t deny it.  don’t shove it into the quarantine room of your heart.  His Love makes us brave in the face of what is scary.  because He is bigger than the biggest thing that scares us in the biggest way.  and He loves us.

John A Shedd wrote,

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”