Can I just say that this is my favorite room in my home? The fireplace is the focal point and makes this house inviting, warm and cozy! I absolutely love the brick that covers the entire wall. It’s our family room decorated with old family pictures that are dear to my heart AND a table for gathering and sharing a meal. I was able to keep everything from our last home and incorporate new items to complete this room. Almost everything I have used to decorate have come from Kirkland’s or Hobby Lobby over the years. Almost everything used to decorate has come from collecting over the last few years.
Hey y’all! My boys and I left the holler and went down to Greenville, South Carolina to have a ladies weekend. Of course, a girls trip isn’t complete without shopping! We stumbled across an absolute adorable store called “Vintage Now New.” I am so in love with my finds! Hope you enjoy this easy and simple way to spruce up your home.
-Vase (I had a mason jar on hand so I decided to use this as my vase)
-Ribbon (Optional: I used twine that I had on hand)
-Dried Lavender or flower of your choice
-Rice for your vase filler
Step 2 – Trim the lavender to the size needed for the vase of your choice. Save the pieces of lavender and small stems that fall off!
Tip: Dried lavender can be quite messy so I used the paper the lavender was wrapped in to place down on the counter I was using as a work station. Plus it made it easier to gather the trimmings to mix with the rice.
Step 3 – Gather your rice and mix with the small stems and lavender pieces. Once you have this mixed together, pour into your vase.
Tip: I poured some of the filler in, placed the longer pieces of lavender in first and repeated with the smaller pieces.
Step 4: Start placing the lavender into your vase.
Step 5: Tie your ribbon around the vase (optional)
Step 6: There really isn’t one except for enjoy!
I didn’t want to share this part of my life but I feel that it needs to be known to really understand my story. As I look back, I can really see how God was there every step of the way and leading me back to His feet and all of the goodness that comes with it.
In 2006 my dad was diagnosed with cancer and only given 6 months to live. During this time, I remained close with God as I knew it was the only way to get through this time of my life. He passed in 3 months and I slowly began to fall away from God. I couldn’t believe in Him anymore. I couldn’t believe He would let me have the childhood I had, not allow me to have the earthly dad I wanted and then take him away. How could He love me and do this to me? I screamed at Him. I was angry but through it all He loved me. He forgave me. He still had a plan for me even though I was so far from Him and the truth. This kind of thinking and actions will get you in trouble. Life was a very dark and bleak place for me. I had issues battling depression, anger, resentment and hatefulness toward God and anyone. I didn’t know who I was anymore and I struggled to find this out because I was trying to do it on my own like a stubborn little child. I wondered if He was even real and if His son Jesus was even the way. I felt that my whole upbringing in the church was wrong, being surrounded by my many uncles and cousins that preached God’s word was wrong. It was a lie. I didn’t want to be whatever this was. I didn’t want anything that had to do with God. I wanted something else, something different. When you sway from the one true God – you find other things that help fill a hole and once those things quit giving you are temporary fill, you move on to the next. I thank God for the day that I realized I couldn’t go any lower because I was already at the bottom of the spiral. Climbing out of the bottom of the spiral was difficult but you can do anything with God. I did it. He was there all along and when I realized it was me that left and not Him leaving me, He was there arms wide open and waiting. Looking back I can see that God was there as I took a detour that I thought was right for me and I knew best. I was so wrong. God knows what is best for me! After all, He knew me before I was even conceived. I’m thankful that I went through this time in my life because I am exactly where I need to be at this very moment. It’s been a journey to get where I am today and I’ve only been able to do it because of God’s unfailing love and mercy.
It was in 2011 after the birth of our first son that we really started to get involved in church and a small group that changed our lives. Prayer began to become alive for me and God really started to show me who He is and just how much I mattered to Him. Our teachers really helped me to grow spiritually and taught me how to pray in a way I never prayed before. God really used them as an instrument to get me to where I am and exactly where my family and I are called to be. The funny thing is… they were our neighbors and we never knew it until we stepped foot in their Sunday school class. I remember that first day and I did not want to be there. I loathed every minute of getting there. We even had car trouble getting there but we still made it to church. Have you ever noticed how when you really don’t want to do something like going to church or doing something that involves God, is when you receive the biggest blessings? As I look back, it was life changing for me. No wonder the enemy was doing everything to keep me from wanting to go. It was revealed to me the areas in my life that lacked God and just how broken I was. I learned that God loved me more than I could comprehend and my faith and trust grew in Him. My faith (even when it’s as small as a mustard seed) moved and still moves mountains. Mountains that I didn’t deserved moved but by the Grace of God, He moved them.
As I was becoming undone, I say undone because that’s what it was like. Everything being revealed, the hardness of my heart, my brokenness, and the worldly things in me being undone and replaced by a mighty God who could change me from the inside out. He is replacing my inner being with His truth and IS still working on me. I’m still going through this refining period but I’ve learned to cling to Him no matter what life throws at you. We have to become undone before God can truly work in our lives and to experience His absolute best for us. It’s an ugly process but it must by done and through Him we can withstand the pain and discomfort as the band-aids are ripped off. It wasn’t instant and it was painful but at the end of the trials and perseverance, it was beautiful and still is beautiful. I can look back and I am in complete awe at how marvelous God is. Words can’t even measure up to His Greatness. My relationship with Jesus grew and I learned what it really meant to love and have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. We need Him to fill every part of our heart and every fiber of our being.
For now, this is what has been laid on my heart to share with y’all. I hope you know that whatever you may going through, He is there and isn’t as far away as He may seem. Sometimes we need to just be Undone so that He can put the pieces back together – in a way that only He can, perfectly.
Until next time,
I’ve been struggling the last few days about this whole blog thing. After all, I am baring my soul to whoever out there is reading this. I prayed for confirmation or a sign to keep this up and I also prayed for what’s next. It was laid on my heart weeks ago to write my testimony about the journey to Kentucky.
I received it today from my aunt. I sure did. When she says to do it, I do it! I will be writing about how God has worked in our lives and opened doors that should have been impossible and most importantly my relationship with Jesus and how it has developed through this process. It will be in parts so be patient with me since I haven’t even started it. I’m still in the process of praying over this. I wouldn’t be the person I am without my aunt and uncle. I know their prayers helped me get to where I am in life and I truly believe that they interceded on my behalf many times. More times than I deserve. I pray that you have aunts, loved ones or friends like this in your life!
Today has been a whirlwind of emotions and I really don’t even know where to begin. One thing that is certain is that God’s plan and reasoning are perfect. The seasons of life’s many ups and downs, the tears, the sadness, happiness and joy – it’s perfect even when we feel like the trials will rip us apart and spit us out into crumbled pieces.
Have you ever felt that way? I have lots of times especially today. As I was driving my son to school, it hit me that we are in an entirely new place than last year. New state. New scenery. New school. Every inch of this place is different. It’s opposite of Atlanta. I didn’t know what else to do so I cried to go home. I wanted the comfort of home, my mom, my family and friends. To be able to just sit on the front porch of the house I grew up in or to go on a walk with my best friend on our street. I’ve done a semi good job about holding in my crazy emotions but today just grabbed me and sucked me into a pool of emotions. It was needed. It was refreshing in the way a good cry can be.
Then I thought to myself… This was prayed for and this is what God provided. This is where God said, “Go.” This is where I am. I am different. I am in different season and it is a good season. I am in God’s perfect season for my life. Regardless of what we may experience in life, God’s plan will always be perfect for the seasons we endure. After all, He knew us before we were in our mother’s womb and He knows His plans for our life. He has the seasons of my my life in the palm of His hand. What more can a girl ask for?