Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Choose What is Best for the Season You're In

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison
“Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity.”-C.S. Lewis
I have entered an interesting season of my Christian walk and the only way I know how to describe it is rest.  I don't wonder if I am enough, if I am doing enough, if I have enough faith.  I just know He holds me, loves me, and He is enough.  We, I think, as people are so busy trying to do so much of the time that the blessings of being get passed up because we rush from one thing to the next.  Something someone said this week resonated with me--she said that we cannot be good at 1,000 things.  In other words, we can't do 1,000 things well to the glory of God.  We have to pick and choose.  

Immediately, I thought of how electronic media and the world at large wants us to be the best at everything we do.  The comparing games of houses, food, vacations and other such things is time consuming and prideful.  We have to choose where to spend our time, where to shoot the arrow so that we can hit the mark. 

I am as guilty as the next person who likes to over commit.  In fact, the beauty of how God matched me up with my husband who is better at saying no than I am is that he helps protects me and my time.  It isn't that I can't say no, it's just that I don't like saying no so I usually say it in such a round about way that it isn't understood as no.  So we practiced.  See, I'm just not good with the phone, and I don't think well on my feet in conversations.  I like to be able to think about things before I say anything which means I can be silent much of the time even though I'm processing.  How did we practice?  Hubby worked up scenarios, and I practiced saying no.

Now this season of rest of who I am in Christ and not trying to be or get approval by doing has been sweet because I am free in His liberty to be who He made me.   For now this season has been full of dirty diapers, bath times, mud puddles, swings, and outside play.  This I do, along with organizing my house and cleaning to the glory of God.  I've had to let some things go (Facebook and this blog a bit) in pursuit of the others.  But oh, the rest, the rest.  Thank you, sweet Jesus.

Do you have trouble saying no?  What helps you get the courage to do so?
Is there anything you need to give up so that you are able to 'be' in the season you are in?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Furniture Shuffle

I know we need to do a total shuffle upstairs and it has me wondering where in the world to even start.  So yesterday, I started small by sorting clothes that Toddles has outgrown.  Today I went through some of my own clothes to see what I could give away.  I'm this way with projects; when they seem too mountainous I don't even want to try.  Once things get a certain way I'd much rather have it stay that way then change. And by total shuffle, what do I mean?

Toddles room was painted lavender before he came along.  Between his crib, his dresser, another hand-me-down dresser, a double bed and a bookcase, there isn't much floor space in his room.  I never decorated it for him as a nursery, partly because I had a very difficult time with culture shock and finding where I fit in community the year I had him.  I try not to think about it too long, because it was a very difficult year even though I was thrilled he would join us.    That said, his lavender room either needed a color scheme that made the walls seem a little less girly, or a switch.  I have already painted that room twice, and I'm not about to do it again.  

Moving our furniture into his room, and his into ours seems (right now) to be easier.  Our room is blue and red, and he'd have more floor space. (And trust me, I've googled 'lavender nursery for boy' or some combination of that hoping to find someone that made the color work better than I could think of...only to find one or two examples.) So note to self for future:  Neutral.  Browns. Blues. Creams. Whites. Greys. These colors go with virtually anything. I will not be painting any wall lavender again anytime soon.

That said, I've been mapping out where the furniture needs to move.  It's like playing Tetris, I tell you, in a very confined area with furniture that doesn't always 'fit' because it has been given to us.  I love the pieces we have, I'm just hoping we can make things go without making the room seem cramped.  
We'll see.  I'm making progress; partly because I've learned to accept that no project is done in a day, and it's okay to take tiny steps toward change.  Sometimes beautiful isn't having everything we want, it's having what we need and making the most of it.    

What is your favorite piece of furniture you own?  Why?
Have you ever done any 'furniture makeovers'?  I'm thinking about it.
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