Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional about Life Being Short
Happy Sunday! Life is short and it can change in an instant. We have all heard this, but a few recent tragedies have once again reminded me that we cannot take this life for granted. Life is fragile--we need to say what we need to say, take chances, forgive even when it is hard, say sorry, mend broken relationships, be healthy, eliminate negativity, spend our precious time on people and things that matter, including on our relationship with Jesus. The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time passes. Life is a gift, let's appreciate it and enjoy it. This week challenge yourself to do something that you have been putting off for another day.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover

Another day, another thrift store chair makeover. This bamboo chair caught my eye at the thrift store, BUT I wasn't loving the price. I took a chance and waited a week and got it for half price-- $7.50. I loved the shape of the chair, the curved back and rounded arms.
Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover
The blonde color of the bamboo wasn't the look I wanted so I upcycled it or changed it to suit my style.
Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on God Seeing Beauty in our Scars
Happy Sunday! "Why are you taking a picture of a dead tree?" hubby asked. "Because I think the branches are pretty against the blue sky," was my reply. Do you see beauty where others do not? Jesus does. Jesus does not look at our broken and our scars and our "ugly" in disgust. He sees ours scars as places where he wants to love on us. He sees our life stories in the ugly places and wants to show us his beautiful grace in the flaws. God does not disregard the broken, but he uses our fractured and damaged parts to show his love to us and others. Do not hide the unseemly parts of your life from God (because, really, we can't even if want to), but rather let Jesus work to make them beautiful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Apple Quilt Square

I have not been in the workshop for over a month, but I finally played in there over the weekend and came up with a fun, fall sign.

make a fall sign out of pallet wood
I started with 3 1/2" wide pallet boards that I cut into squares. I cut 25 squares.
pallet wood squares

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting God Work Things Out
Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places because it is so beautiful. A lot of its beauty can be seen out a car window, but, if you are willing to take some time and effort (i.e. hike), you can experience incredible views and sights. I find God works in our lives the same way. There are some good things that are relatively easy to see and experience, but much of what God works out in our lives takes time and patience. Waiting on God and trusting that HE will work everything out is never easy, but when we love Jesus we know that the effort in the waiting is worth it. Rest in knowing that he is working everything out.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Worrying Less
Happy Sunday! I must admit, this verse has never brought me much comfort. I have always seen it as telling me that there is SO much to worry about in each day that we can't fret over future problems. And it does say that, but I have been trying to see the positive message in it too. I have been working at actively trying to notice and appreciate the small joys in each day. I stop to notice all of the different wildflowers along the path, I pause to listen to people laugh, I appreciate the little kindnesses shared with me each day, I savor fresh food. We get so caught up in worrying about all of our problems that we forget to recognize the small delights in each day. But, when we do take the time to acknowledge the everyday wonders our worries seem smaller and we find more peace in each day.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on God Working For Us
Happy Sunday! I love the sunlight pouring into the lake in this photo. I didn't see the light when I took the picture, but noticed it when I later looked at the photo better. God works in our lives like this-- even when we cannot see it or feel it. God is FOR us, always! He is constantly working in our circumstances and he wants what is best for us. Trust and put your hope in knowing that God is pouring his love into us and always acting for our benefit.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Prepping Cabinets for Paint

Last week (or so..) I shared with you the before pictures of my cabinets (HERE).
Painting Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint

I am happy to say that I am halfway done painting my kitchen cabinets.  It is going much more quickly than I would have guessed and I am thrilled with the results. But, before I show you the progress (that will be later this week), let's talk prep.

I know, there are chalk paints out there they say, absolutely no prep needed. In the words of Dwight Schrute, FALSE. I have seen all different brands of chalk paint chip, and scratch, and stain. If you want good adhesion that is going to last, you are going to need to do some type of prep work.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on the Power of Positive Thinking
Happy Sunday! What do you see in this picture? A pine branch, right? In the background of this photo there is a lake and a mountain and many more trees, but you don't see them because I focused on the branch. God knows that what we focus on, we will "see". He knows that directing our 10,000 daily thoughts to good and worthwhile things will positively impact our lives. What we put in (our thoughts), comes out (our actions and words). Proverbs 23:7 tells us that what we think in our hearts, we become. There is power in focusing on good and honorable things. This week, ask God to help you change negative thought patterns and practice thinking about those things that are excellent and worthy.
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