Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

selfcontrolThe final fruit of the Spirit (as listed in Galatians 5:22) is self-control. I think it takes all the other fruit working in your life to establish self-control, and when you gain it, there is faith and peace abundantly prevailing in your inner man.  Doesn’t it feel awesomely wonderful to obey God and His Word!  It is the fruit of self-control that causes us to be surrendered enough to want to do His Will.

One verse really stands out when you study it, and it becomes evident that self-control is an important discipline to be walking in:

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter1:5-8


Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration for your Home

I love to decorate and change always inspires me.  How many of you go to your friend’s or family’s homes and start to imagine how you would change things up to make it a much more beautiful space?  I do.  Every space can use an upgrade at one time or another and sometimes it is just changing the furniture around to different places in your home.  My family has seen our home(s) constantly changing over the years, they are surprised when I give myself a rest in moving.  I think it’s my creative side and I love change…it makes everything seem new.

Here is just a little journey of how I found what I truly love in decorating.

I got a big, old binder and everything I could find on the internet, in magazines, and books and I made a compilation of everything that inspired me. Paint colors, pictures, vignettes, furniture, wall decor, rugs, and how tos began to fill up every page.  When I went out treasure hunting at thrift stores or yard sales I would know exactly what I was looking out for and after a while it all came together, finding just what I wanted.

c2Pages from my binder filled with the things I love.

c3Paint and fabric samples fill another page so that I can get exactly the right color.

c4Another section filled with notes and exact room dimensions.

c5Pages filled with art and samples to inspire me when I paint my own pictures.

c6Cutouts of furniture and items I already own, and how they are displayed or finished differently.

c7Pictures of things I definitely want to do and making plans.

c8Inspiration of things I already have done…I’ve made these boxes for my home office storage.

c9I made these blue ticking balls for decoration.

Take a field trip for inspiration:

One day I wanted to get inspired and I knew of a great decorating store close by, so I went to go “eye-candy” shopping.  The following pictures were taken in Nantucket Home store in Chico, California.  The pictures really don’t do justice to the awe-inspiring atmosphere of this entire store.



photo 4 (3)Broken plate chips made into refrigerator magnets.


booksTake time everyday to be inspired by new and different things that you may have not imagined before.  Keep a portfolio of all the things you like and it will help you find your own style by the consistent things you add to it. (That’s how I found my personal style of decorating, because I loved so many individual things.  I had a mish-mash of all kinds of styles, but nothing concrete to build a foundation on, until I made my binder.)

keep on


Being Faithful – Fruit of the Spirit

faithfulnessw wmFaithfulness is hardly evident in this world, at this time. Sticking to something and seeing it through to the end, and having the character to tough it out even through great hardness, is sorely lacking in this generation.  We are taught to do our own thing and to go by our feelings with no regard to commitment and sacrifice.  Everything has to be easy or it’s not worth our time.

This is so sad.  God is faithful to us when we don’t deserve it, when we are unfaithful in our commitment to Him and His Kingdom.  We barely  take into consideration that others count on us to keep our word.  We need faithfulness as a foundation in our lives.  Faithfulness builds character in us like nothing else because most of the time we don’t feel affirmed by doing the same thing consistently and routinely.

Recognize the areas in your life where you haven’t been faithful or found excuses to not commit 100 percent to a project, your job, your family, school, people in authority over you, or actively participating in church life.  There is great reward for your faithfulness!  God does not forget the faithful heart!  He is faithful to you every day.

“Your mercies are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”Galatians 5:22


My Makeshift Temporary Studio

While living away from home for a few months, I had to create a place to work and do my artwork.  I found this bright spot in the master bedroom overlooking the pool.  Lots of great light and inspiration, even if I have to work on folding tables and limited supplies.

temp studio 1

temp studio2

Fall is in the Air

Season Change

From glamorous to rustic and natural, fall decor ideas come in many ways. Here are a few of my favorite ideas, enjoy!

3d44b24b28964603a435762d22fc6dfeSimple but elegant.

d0da1450d4605f6473ceaecdcda5b33dUltra glam.

f4053309d78e9462f1dbd740c70bf2f8Use natural elements to create a sublime tablescape.


glam pumpkin thistlewoodfarmsMore glam and popping style.

goodie coneYummy goodies. store-bought waffle cones with goodies: yogurt raisins, roasted corn nuts, candied pecans and goldfish. Reese’s pieces and candy corn for a sweeter version! Tie on a ribbon or raffia bow.

Hannah Queen flickerOutdoor goodness.

pnpflowersincSimple pumpkin made from canning lids. For intructions go to:

917cba168488cb22ff1e07ce77c1efa9Shaker style simplicity.

aa1cbadf71ff5da5220565b51ae2d527Using ordinary natural elements to create a elegant centerpiece.

As you probably guessed I’m very fond of white pumpkins though any of these ideas can be used with other colors as well, just think how beautiful blue pumpkins would be!    Have a great weekend!  Be inspired.


Paint or Not to Paint

Just making a point:

In one of my recent posts I was adamant about not painting “stand alone beautiful” wood furniture.  It ruins the value and the aesthetics of certain furniture pieces.  I realize this is  from my own subjective influences and my own basic bias of refinishing “rules”.  I did want to make a case in point…Martha Stewart Living Magazine (September 1998) had this little American, oak washstand on the cover, painted in yellow with darker yellow trim.  Cheery to say the least, I almost cried when I saw it.

yellow painted dresserI own almost the same washstand, though its never been refinished or painted; the finish is original.

helga washstandIt doesn’t have the ornate skirt on the bottom but the richness of the hand carved handles, keyholes, and trim make it an American classic.

What do you think?  Leave me a comment and I would love to hear your opinion. Paint or not to paint?