Scripture Sunday – Psalm 118:1

29 Jan

“Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.”  – Psalm 118:1

His love endures forever. His love endures for-ev-er. Let that sink in.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited in your fair share of long lines, had a long day where you flat-out forgot to eat, or even gone a few months without talking to a friend. And I describe all these situations the same way: “It’s been forever since…”

So needless to say I was overwhelmed this week to realize that God sees forever from a completely different perspective. Psalm 136, which begins with the verse above, repeats the phrase “His love endures forever” 26 times as it lists some of the most powerful acts the Lord made on behalf of the Israelites to free them from bondage – even when they rejected Him.

This thought had been lingering in the back of my mind this week, but it wasn’t until this morning in church that the light bulb came on. We were covering some scripture in Ephesians when I noticed I had underlined Eph. 3:18 some time ago:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

As I read those words, my heart began to beat faster as God’s meaning of forever sank in. His love is so vast that it’s difficult to comprehend, but when we do understand it we’ll be filled beyond belief. And that’s exactly how I felt at that moment. Filled beyond belief.

I’m overjoyed to know that I have a Savior who’s loved me through every high and every low, and always will. He’s performed powerful acts in my life – even when I have rejected Him – and there is no end to this love. But here’s the best part: He does the same for you!

I hope these verses will be the encouragement you need to make it a great week. It certainly worked for me. 🙂

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Before & After: Master Bedroom

26 Jan

When we first started designing the master bedroom, we knew we wanted it to be a peaceful retreat where we could relax, and I especially wanted to take advantage of the small bay window by turning it into a reading nook. While we’ve made a lot of headway with the room, it’s not quite finished. I was waiting to post pictures until I had it completed, but I’m realizing it’s going to take longer than I thought.

We painted the walls a wonderful color called wheat bread, added a silky-soft area rug, and two vintage tufted chairs that I picked up from a local resale shop for $25 a piece. I plan on recovering the chairs, but that’s one of those projects that may take awhile to get to.

So, here are the almost-after pictures:

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Flip This House

24 Jan

We have some exciting news! As you know, Husband and I purchased our home when it was in foreclosure and disrepair – just check out these before pictures (which don’t really do the damage justice). After 8 months of hard labor and nonstop projects, we decided to refinance the house at a lower interest rate.

Included in the refinance is another home inspection, which was completed by the same person who did our inspection the first time. In addition to saying he was impressed with our work, he valued the house at $40,000 more than what it was valued at when we bought it and $70,000 more than what we paid for it! While we did have to put some money into the house to get it to this point, our return is almost triple our investment.

We have no intention of selling anytime soon, but it was a satisfying feeling to know that our hard work (and the hard work of our loving family who painted countless walls and ceilings) has paid off. Here are some of the room makeovers we’ve completed:

Guest Bedroom

Kitchen

Media Room

Half Bath

Master Bath

Formal Dining

 

 

Style Files: Simple Valentine’s Day Decor Idea

23 Jan

As Valentine’s Day draws near, I’m finding it harder and harder to resist adding little splashes of pink and red to every corner of the house. While I’ve definitely toned it down from my other holiday displays, I did add a little flavor of love to the window above our kitchen sink.

My latest project was recycling these old apothecary jars (which aren’t the cutest, I’ll admit) by adding a different candy to each one.

I was really surprised by the variety of Valentine candy offered at Wal-Mart, so I had plenty to choose from.

I placed a picture of Husband and I in a pink frame beside these candies for a cute little touch of love!

 

Scripture Sunday – Psalm 119:11

22 Jan

“I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  -Psalm 119:11

I must start today’s post with a confession. I got busy and didn’t write this week’s scripture on my board because I already had it memorized. However, I don’t feel that it counts because that means I wasn’t contemplating the verse all week like I should have been. So, I’m not going to fabricate some deep thoughts this week, but if you’re doing Project Scripture along with us, I’d love to hear how this verse impacted your week! Oh, and I promise to get back on track this week.

Scripture Sunday – 2 Timothy 3:16

15 Jan

It’s time for another Scripture Sunday. This week’s verse was 2 Timothy 3:16.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

I’ll be honest. This verse seemed pretty vanilla when I started the week. God wrote the scripture through man, and it’s useful for life. Duh. But when I started to memorize it, one thing stood out to me in a way I had never considered before. It was the word rebuke.

Rebuke is defined as “expressing sharp disapproval or criticism of someone (often in an angry manner) because of their behavior or actions.” These days, I think the body of Christ as a whole focuses more on this word than any of the other uses listed in this verse. Yes, there is so much in the world worth rebuking, but have we done our part in teaching, training, and correcting? How can we judge a world we haven’t made an effort to show Christ to in the first place?

And so, I have been convicted. Convicted to teach and train before I rebuke, and when I do rebuke, do it in righteousness and love. Because while my rebuking may fall on deaf ears, as 1 Corinthians 13 says, love never fails.

 

Marriage Is…

11 Jan

Husband and I came up with this saying last night, after he grumbled his way through a cold shower. Yeah, I did take a nice, long bath before you got home, honey, but I didn’t think you’d mind – the way I don’t mind that pile of junk in the middle of my freshly cleaned floor.

Yes, after almost 3 years of marriage, we have had a lot of love, a little compromise, a few fights, and when the fights are over, a good helping of humor. We are both creatures of habit, and when we throw wrenches into each other’s routines, it can be pretty comical (for the other person only, of course). Laughter really is the best medicine.