Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Serving an Awesome God

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share how grateful I am for the unconditional and faithful love of my Heavenly Father.  This past year has been a testament of how faith can totally change how we live our everyday lives and our ideals of what is truly important.  God's love and grace have been the one constant in my life and like so many of you I am sure, He has carried me through some difficult times.  The closer I get to Him and the more I experience the abundance of His love and grace, it becomes very clear that all that I have ever been, and all that I ever will be is totally one hundred percent a result of God's awesome grace. Every failure I experience causes me to humbly become more dependent upon His grace, causing me to decrease and God to increase in my life. All and every success I have is not mine but rather a result of God's grace at work in me. Spiritual success has nothing to do with me or the things that I do or don't do; except for the choice to both accept and live in grace, or reject the free gift by rejecting God and His Love. I can't add anything to grace and I can't take anything away from it.

All God requires of us is that we abide in Him.  John 15 says,"Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  Without God we can do nothing.  The fruits of being a Christian are a result of God's work of grace in our lives, not by our efforts. What we are required to do is abide in Christ as a branch in a tree.  A branch remains in the tree, then life giving sap and nutrients come up through the tree giving it life and producing fruit. This represents the work of the Holy Spirit of Love, flowing from God and through us, producing fruits in our life. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Against such things there is no law"(Galatians).

God's grace does not depend on our efforts or works it totally depends upon God. In Romans 9:15-16 God says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."  Therefore it does not depend on our desire or effort, but on God's mercy. If we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us then God does the work of changing our heart to love Him and love others, so that we can be obedient to His Word.  "Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience the endurance of Christ(2 Thessalonians 3:5)."  

We must always understand that our failures and weakness are no match for the grace and love that He has for us. In 2 Corinthians He said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore when we recognize our weaknesses it makes way for Christ's power to rest on us.  When we, for His sake, delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties we become strong.  Our works always end in failure and suffering, demonstrating our weakness, then we come to the end of our self and call out to our Father for compassion.  That is when He gives us His strength and ability to overcome, causing us to love Him and trust Him more and more. 

It seems now more than ever there are so many who are facing trails and what can seem to be failures.  It is so good to know that in the midst of these trials we have the power to become stronger.  If we ask God and trust Him, He will, through our faith and His grace, make us stronger than ever before. 

I am so thankful and blessed that I serve such an Awesome God!!! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Finished Projects

 After posting my To~Do list early yesterday, I was off to get groceries.  Then, I realized, I wasn't feeling so great...Ty has been sick so...  Since my head was pounding I decided not to tackle painting his room so I worked on finishing up some smaller projects.  Oh, I did mix up the chalk paint and got started on the two tier table(added a sneak peek pic) Here is what I got done...wasn't exactly my To~Do list but, at least I was a little productive. 

This little bench lived outside at one of our local antique shops.  I recovered the seat with this awesome paisley fabric...still thinking about painting...just need to decide on a color.

Ok, this is everyone's favorite...I used the paint techniques I learned from my ebook from Perfectly Imperfect.

 I think it turned out great...just love it!!!

Finally, I did get the chalk paint I really wanted to try on this little table. 
 I used oops paint from Lowes in Morning Fog.  I love the look of the chalk paint and sooo easy. Now  I just need to add a stain and seal...going to be beautiful. 
I will post the finished table pics soon.

I hope everyone has a Totally Terrific Tuesday!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

To~Do List

Ok, sometimes it is easier for me to finish a project if I make a list and check it off. Since I am off for the next two days my goal is to get a few of the projects that I have started finished. I have to say I do love having so many fun projects that I can pick and choose but, sometimes I jump around from project to project and before I know it I have all these unfinished projects. So, gotta focus!! 

~We decided on the paint for Ty's room, Valspars Man Cave
~Bought some great oops paint from Lowe's and the Plaster of Paris for my first go at chalk paint...recipe shared from Art is Beauty via 2nd Essence.  I'm going to try this on a small two tier table I picked up at a local antique shop. I will add the recipe with pics later.
~Finish sanding dressers I am revamping for my daughter...haven't decided how they will be painted yet.

Off to git~er~done.  Will be posting pics hopefully tomorrow.  Everyone have a blessed day!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Comfy ~ Cozy & Shabby

I was so excited to see Rachel Ashwell has brought her Shabby Chic line to Target. Follow the above link to check out her Target line. To me, Shabby Chic is a beautiful comfy and cozy but clean design with lots of whites, muted colors and worn imperfections. However in the Spring/Summer issue of Cottage Style Rachel says she has enriched her design palette with "golden hues, purples, faded deep colors and dark wood".  Also adding "teal, smoky pinks and raspberry". Here is a peek at some of Rachel's Designs

I love how Rachel incorporated Shabby Chic into this
 Modern Kitchen  

Here are more Shabby Chic Inpirations from my Pinterest finds

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Purpose for Old Doors

As I have been searching for ideas for my sons bedroom redo, I have been looking for ideas for a DIY headboard.  I found so many ideas for a headboard using old doors but, I also found so many more ideas for re purposing doors, cabinet doors, even locker doors, that I wanted to share them with you.

From Memo, Cork Boards and Chalkboards to Headboard, Table (including the cute little children's tables), Hall Tree, Sideboard, Mirror, Fountain, Gardening Stand and I know it's not exactly a door but, I had to mention the wonderful vintage door plate light fixtures.  


Check out http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-teal-chalk-it-to-me-again.html?m=1 for DIY instrucions to make a door chalkboard

I just loved the Shabby Chic Color of this door:-)