Travel Size is a perfect way to begin!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
"A home is our intimate space where things are not necessarily seen by others or perfect but it is where we create our art, we go inward, we build our nest and family values, refresh our souls and spirits."
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There is nothing quite like the essence of a woman who is truly beautiful! As someone interested in interior design, the room decorated with balance and beauty give a similar sense. Today's designers in fashion and beauty follow in the foot steps of other noted designers who changed the world by their desire to make the world a more beautiful place.
Most women desire to be as lovely and as beautiful as possible. Poise, grace, goodness, and modesty in dress and style keep a woman looking beautiful and elegant, even when no one else is looking. It seems what we place inside and outside (covering our body) is truly important. Fashion changes daily or so it seems to me! The hour glass figure does not last forever (no matter how hard we try) but the beautiful feminine nature is God-given and it is meant to last the entire duration of ones life. God, by design, made woman a beautiful creature!
Over the past few days, my readings have taken me to the life of a beautiful woman, Esther. Esther was an orphaned Jewess who became the Queen of the Persian King, Ahasuerus. Her life was not always full of joy and honor but she was used by God to preserve His people from ruin. Yes, God used Esther to save her people, the Jews. Her story is found in the Old Testamant and during this period in history, palaces and courtyards were used for lavish entertaining. The references speak of "white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turoquise, and white and black marble." Esther 1:6 Any designer would enjoy this description of beauty. It was just at this palace where Esther first found favor in the sight of all who saw her.
"The young woman was lovely and beautiful." Esther 2:7
God opened her destiny for a purpose, perhaps she did not fully understand but her spiritual commitment and her sense of perspective reflected the heart of true inward and outward beauty. I find it interesting that she was also given beauty preparations and personal care. (We think of cosmetics of something as a current product line) She was attended by a woman who was the custodian of women. (you know the counter expert at your favorite line of cosmetics :) Perhaps this person attended her lovingly like a mother would in caring for a daughter.
I like to think that investments in our daughters and even our grandaughters contribute to their inward beauty.....this my friend is what makes a beautiful woman. Outside products can only go so far and then......... the fragance of a beautiful woman fills the room LONG AFTER SHE IS GONE.
There is a purpose for each life, your life! A beautiful strong and lasting purpose will hopefully touch the ones who come behind you.....something to think about beautiful one!
"Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The fall season reminds us of seedtime and harvest! I love the fall colors and the rich hues of orange and brown in flowers and of course, the pumpkins in the fields! The beauty of this season remind us that nothing in life remains the same. Our lives change, circumstances change, our surroundings may change.....but we are reminded that God does not....Praise His Holy Name that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!
It doesn't matter what our circumstances are, we can freely draw near to God and invite Him to work in our lives by His unlimited power within our limited circumstances and resources. First, scripture teaches us to give something out of our need. This is the kind of giving that involves faith. When we give, this giving activates the miracle of the supply of God flowing back into our life. Our giving causes something to happen according to God's eternal principals of seedtime and harvest. As the season of fall continues to remind us of harvest, you and I can trust that God has something to multiply in all our lives....we first have to draw near and listen for His voice!
There is a beautiful true story in the Bible of a widow who lived in Zarephath, (on the Mediterranean coast in Phoenica) and gathered sticks for either cooking or warmth (we don't know). But what we do know, is that the prophet Elijah on a journey, traveled there and asked her for a little water in a cup and some bread. She told him she did not have bread only a little flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar that she had planned to use for herself and her son. He listened to her and continued to ask her to prepare some bread for herself, her son, and him and shared with her a promise that the Lord God of Israel would not let her jar of oil run dry or the bin of flour would not be used up. For many days, she and her household ate from what was left after she shared. She gave and God multipied an unfailing provision.
I Kings 17:8~16
May love and joy and provision fill your home this beautiful season!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Shelly's New York Apartment
Shelly's Savannah Apartment
Home is where the heart is.....or so they say! Whenever I get the opportunity, anyone who knows me, knows that in a moments notice I can pack my bag and head to one of our adult children's homes! I wish it were possible for me to do this more often but as their jobs and lives have led them to far away places, it now takes a little more notice and effort and planning. It is still worth it though and of course, I am always ready to GO! I am hopeful it is a season and one day we will all live closer.....but for now, I am keeping that bag handy!
One of the many qualities I admire about my daughter, Shelly, is her ability to take what appears as "junk" and make something artistic and interesting from it! I could listen to her for hours, even though she is a girl of few words, to her stories of finding something trashed on the curb in New York or Savannah or now Los Angeles and making it a "new" work of art!
I could not resist sharing two photos above of two different apartments she has artistically decorated as her own homes. They are truly jewels in which a pretty room has become even more beautiful as each piece of art or furniture is well placed like a "bouquet of flowers"!
Shelly has definite ideas about how to display pieces of furniture, photos, books and art. She can even incorporate plants and nature and can always be counted upon to make grand impressions with anything green!
Influenced by her education in art throughout her life, she takes the most simple piece of furniture and places it in the most tasetful way!
OCTOBER 2012 COVER
As a parent, we should always invest in creative outlets. Personally, that is to me what sets a person apart in life....education can only take us so far and then the real soul of a person is drawn out from their life's experiences. She is the child who saved her own money, traveled abroad with three changes of clothes and a few maps and brought back experiences which continue to shape her career and her life. May I encourage you to think about your own creativity! The dividends are remarkable always! It is never to late to begin something new and creative unless you are not breathing!!! Thank you, Shelly, for always sharing your life, your servants heart, and your educational pursuits with us! Life is so fun because of you!
~Celebrating her LIFE on Montana Avenue~
~Jeremy and Shelly~
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The love and respect our kids have for one another fills me with awe!
Kara, Kacie, Dad, Shelly, Kristen, and Steven!
So much fun and laughter when they are all together!
I celebrate them both and pray that their lives continue to be blessed with good health in body, mind, and spirit! Happy Birthday Kacie Elizabeth and Steven Konrad! You are loved with an everlasting love!
Steven....his love for music and his talents continue to inspire me!
Monday, September 3, 2012
A Mom has many treasured moments but nothing more special than the day of a child's wedding day! Rarely do I put photos up of myself, but the joy I felt on this day is one to pass along to you! What a joy to encourage our children to be united through the covenant of marriage, passing on a legacy of faith in Christ!
Yes, I am enjoying these years too.....my husband is still my best friend....one of our blessings is praying for our children, grandchildren, and other family and friends we are blessed to know.
The legacy I hope to leave my children involves many dimensions. I want to give physical things that have been sentimental to me, such as antiques, jewelry, and items passed on to me by my grandmothers and others in our family. These are treasures for sure, but the greatest treasure that I have to pass on is my faith in Christ. I am praying each day, my children, now all adults, my grandchildren and other believing men and women I know who are cheerfully impacting their own children will be encouraged and blessed for their service to their families each and every day!!! What a joy to be a mother or father passing on the legacy of faith through serving the family.
Our choices greatly influence those who follow us. When our babies are born, it is a chance for renewal as we thank God for the beautiful child He has given. We pray for wisdom to know how to take care of him or her and we also ask for wisdom to help honor God as we raise them. The daily choices, as I said, that we make for the rest of our lives are going to affect our children. Work is a part of life and that is a good thing to be industrious and fulfilled, but our spiritual mothering at all stages of life can continue to be a major focus of time, energy and life! Passing on our trust and love for our Heavenly Father can always be available to others.
Below are some passages that have blessed me and my husband throughout our parenting years! I hope they will bless you too as we wind down our summer and begin to look into a new season......fall! Enjoy each day my friend....what gift!
Cherish Your Children
Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. ~ Psalm 127:3~5
Bless Your Children, and Envision Their Future
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. ~ Luke 24:50~53
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.
Guiding Your Children
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.