We need to develop our inner dialog to line up with the Word of God.
I remember hearing in a sermon once that you did not have to pray about everything, and those who did were immature. Walking through this life I have found that is not the truth. I try and pray about the littlest things because God loves it when I depend on Him. He has all wisdom for my life even in the minute and common things. He has no condemnation for those who ask anything of Him and delights that you want His input.
For example, when I am undecided about a purchase I am about to make I will ask, “Which one (of these choices) is the best?”, “Do I really need this?”, “I love this thing but does it fit with my style (decor, body type, or presentation)?”, or “Will I regret not buying this?” I will always get an answer; yes, no, or not yet. The Holy Spirit is my teacher and my guide, and when I follow His recommendations lead I am never disappointed. (The worst though is when I want something I fall in love with and He says “No!”, but that is where trust comes in.)Always pray!
“…do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,” Col. 1:9
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess. 5:17
Then there is fear, something most people agonize over, especially the fear of the unknown. I am sure I’d be full of much more fear if I had not come to terms with it in my own life. I discovered that the more you depend on God and His ability to never leave you or forsake you, and confidence you gain in His love for you, the more fear’s hold loses it’s grip. Because:
“There is no fear in love; but perfectlovecastsoutfear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We have not hosted a family Easter Day in at least a decade, we’ve always celebrated out of town at grandmas’. It was so delightful to be able to cook and share our feast with three of our children and friends. Here was our menu:
More pics from Easter…lemon cake, Easter Tree, Peeps on the rum soaked carrot cupcakes, Easter banner…*We had fun blowing up Peeps in the microwave, who knew they grow 5X their size and turn into one big enormous blob!
“the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, …so then He will also restore life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
Projects to Come:
Here are two projects that I am currently working – the “before”! Keep watching for their total makeovers!
Today’s project was so easy and so fun. I found two Pottery Barn Kids valance curtains at Goodwill for $2.99! I instantly thought of Easter and a new runner that I could make by sewing them together. The farm animals were adorable and were handmade, and the gingham border was perfect for spring. I had to cut off the rod pockets on top of each valance in order to sew the two sides together. No hemming, no remeasuring, and so easy because they were exactly the same, bam! – done in 10 minutes. Inspiration can come at any time, keep your eyes open for things around you!
I styled the table runner for my coffee table – kind of whimsical, kind of elegant.Collage of the hand sewn animals on the new table runner.
Here are some Easter tablescapes that caught my eye while surfing the net. I love all sorts of styles; chic, cute, elegant, springy, whimsical, brights, pastels, natural, and even cookies. I wanted inspire you this holiday, which includes Passover and spring, to liven up your homes and smile with new ideas. Enjoy the “eye candy”!
I always try to credit the photos that I share hoping I got them correctly listed, to direct you to websites that may give you an urge of creativity, and inspire you to seek out the many sites that are awesome.
When we accept Jesus into our lives and believe that He is who He says He is, we become a totally new creature, in other words – we have the living God dwelling in our spirit…which has never existed before. (Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17) Though all things become new our patterns of thinking that we’ve been motivated by in our previous unredeemed minds has to change also. So we begin a pilgrimage in our lives, which continually conforms us to the image of Jesus Christ in our surrender to His leading and love, we change.
“…when we come to Christ, all that we are in nature and character is destined to change. The Bible tells us God has provided for us a new heart, a new mind, a new spirit, a new nature and, ultimately, even a new name! (Heb. 8:10; 1 Cor. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:16-17; Rev. 2:17) Remember, when you were born again you received the very Spirit of God, and through His Spirit you were birthed into another realm: the Kingdom of Heaven. Though your feet are still on earth, through the vehicle of the Holy Spirit you are united to the actual Person of Jesus Christ, who is seated at the throne of God. Even as your limbs are attached to your torso so your heart is attached to the power of God. You are never alone. Christ is always with you. What you were as a person prior to salvation, you will never be again! Once we realize that the Father’s goal is to transform our lives with Christ’s life, we will continually find that God has one answer to spiritual warfare: appropriate the nature of His Son! – Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds
We continually have to check our hearts in humility in order that the strongholds of our thinking, and past experiences are subject to the new mind that God transformed.