August 16, 2013

Outdoor Table Painted

I finally got my outdoor table painted. This is the table that my husband built out of pallet wood to go with the two chairs he had built for me earlier this summer.

My husband painting it white and I got busy with a stencil I had purchased earlier this year from Cutting Edge Stencils. They have the most awesome stencils for DIYing your furniture and home.

I used orange and red paint for the stenciled paisleys, but wasn't real happy with the placement. It just seems a bit off balance to me. But I guess overall it looks okay and goes well with the chairs.

Here is a before pic.



And here is the table with the chairs.


August 12, 2013

Weakness and Faith

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I'm weak. I fully admit it. I don't measure up as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I've been selfish. I've participated in gossip. I've neglected people I love. My mouth needs a muzzle at times. Sometimes I am just a mess and I'm sure my witness for Christ has suffered for it. And this makes my heart hurt.

John's sermon Sunday was on Hebrews 11, the great chapter on faith, and it was a message I so needed to hear. This chapter lists great heroes of the Bible who were heroes because of their faith...their belief in God. Faith was the foundation of their lives -  no matter how often they failed. You see, these great heroes of faith were not perfect.

Abraham doubted God's ability to give him a son. He lied about his relationship with his wife. 
Jacob deceived his father and also played favorites with his children. 
Moses killed a man.
David committed adultery and murder.

All of these were commended for their faith...and they were sinners. And this gives me such hope, because I am a sinner whose sins are covered by faith in God and belief in His Son, Jesus. Though I fail at every turn, I still have faith in God and that is my foundation for life. Yes, I need to learn to live in the presence of Jesus and muzzle my mouth and learn to serve in love, but I am covered with God's love because of my faith in Him.

"Know that I love you. Accept my love," he whispers.

There is a peace that passes understanding in knowing His love and accepting His love.

I promise to try to live a life worthy of the calling God has place on my life, but I know this...I will continue to mess up. So please forgive me if you are at the receiving end of my mistakes. Know that I love you and never want to cause you hurt or harm.

And then just slap me upside the head and tell me to get over myself!


August 05, 2013

Hearing God

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I miss God. I mean, I know He is with me all the time, but I miss feeling His presence. I miss hearing from Him. What happened to shut that off? What have I done to hinder that feeling?

There was a time when I reveled in God's presence. I could feel Him close. I could see Him at work around me. Every day was an adventure in what He might do. I felt I was part of His kingdom, doing His work...the most fruitful and fulfilling work there is. And now....nothing.

In Amos 8, the Lord says He will send a famine through the land - a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People would stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. People were running away, turning away, pushing away from God. And so God let them be.

A famine of His presence...His word.

What can we do to fix that? What can we do to stop the famine and hear Him again?

PRAY. In one of Beth Moore's studies, she said that God would grant every prayer that was in line with His will. And would could be more in line with His will than loving Him more? Pray that you would desire Him above all else. Pray that you would want to read His word daily. Pray that God would give you a passionate desire for Him. Pray that you would hear Him daily. How could he not grant such a request?

READ. Be in the word. The Bible is God's words to us and it reveals His nature, His power, and His love. We must know God in order to love like Him and be like Him. So read it daily. Spend time with Him.

SIMPLIFY. We are bombarded daily with materialism. Commercials trying to get you to buy more stuff. New gadgets and technology. Entertainment abounds. Just so much STUFF that woos us away from what is really important....God and His kingdom. We get so busy and the world gets so loud that we cannot hear God anymore. Tune out the world and listen. He is whispering to you.

What are you doing to hear God more? 

*This post was inspired by John Ketchersid's sermon on July 21, 2013.


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