In My Living Room




If you came to my home and knocked on the door,
I'd let you in (only if you brought chocolate with you, for me),
and I'd give you a hug (whether you liked it or not).



I'd ask you to take your shoes off,
(cause we just had the carpet cleaned so you'd feel more comfortable)
come on in and have a sit down in my living room
and put your feet up (yes, on the coffee table)!




I'd head into the kitchen and yell to you,
"Would you like a glass of water? Or a cup of coffee? Or tea?
Are you hungry? Want some goldfish or gingersnaps?
I'd offer you some scones, but my husband ate them all."




Then, I'd sit across from you on the sofa so we could look each other in the eye 
(looking each other in both eyes might be a little less creepy, however).
Let's do that, instead.







I'd ask you how you were and what you've been up to.
"I've been busy, too! But, I am so glad it's finally Spring, aren't you?"
I'd listen as you told me all you knew. 
You'd tell me about
things you were planning once summer gets here, 
people and family you'd seen and spent time with,
places you'd found some bargains 
and a restaurant that was yummy and that I should try it.




Then you'd ask how my Weight Watchers plan has been going.
I'd tell you I've lost 5 pounds, and still have 12 pounds to go.

Then, thanking you for the prompting, I'd ask you, 
"Are you hungry again? Where's that chocolate you brought? 
Wanna split it? It's 12:04, lunchtime."



Chocolate is healthy! It's a bean and that's a vegetable, right?
"Okay, let's have a salad, too, then in a bit, m'kay?"



Then I'd tell you all I knew, and at 12:07
I'd ask you how this new season of Spring has been so far.
Have you been busy Spring cleaning?
Thinking about it?
"Me, too."
Too much to do, and not enough daytime to do it in?
"Yeah, I hear ya!"


Those pictures behind the sofa, where were they taken?
"Guess."
I dunno. Um, Paris?
"Nope.
I took them during a stay in Charleston, SC a few years ago as I was walking around.
Have you ever been there? If not, you NEED to go!
It's a relaxed town and it feels like you are stepping back in time."
(But, don't go in July or August because it's too hot.)


Then, I'd ask you what you've been discovering about life lately.
What have you been learning lately from your reactions to situations 
and how's your heart toward your husband or family?


I'd tell you that I have been learning 
that I am not very patient and need to offer more grace more often.


That too many times, I am more selfish than I thought I was.


I'd tell you that I wished I'd remember more often,
the wonder of all that God has done for me, and in so doing, 
I could share His saving truth more with others.


I wish I'd rest in Him, then respond with His heart.



You'd nod as I wished out loud to NOT be too busy 
to give special, regular time to be with Jesus, in His Word.
I wished that I wouldn't allow matters I considered urgent, that demanded my attention, 
like the laundry, the phone, or the cleaning to crowd out my quiet times with Him.




I wonder if you'd agree, and tell me that you struggled with this, too.
We'd admit that Christ cherishes us so much,
that He waits for us, and it warms His heart just to have us look into His face,
just like we were looking into each other's.


Just as delightful as the conversation is between friends,
is the solace we find when we confide in Him.





Taking the time to spend with our Saviour is as simple
as sitting with someone you trust, sharing each tidbit of your life.

As simple as a visit in my living room.






So today, sweet friend, 
I pray that you will open the door,
invite Christ into your heart and home 
and welcome Him there to live.


Jaime

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Purge Party {4} :: Faves and a Link-up Party




There were more amazing and delightful transformations this week.

I am so proud of you girls!
You inspire me so much!

Marcia from One Heart at Home titled her hilarious purge post:
A Fed Oscar is a not-so-Grouchy Oscar.


Marcia said, "Most of the stuff in this project went to Oscar the Grouch. 
He lives in our garbage can, you know, and he happens to be very happy 
with all these purge parties. I finally tackled our foyer closet."

And tackle it, she did. She wrestled it to the ground and beat that closet into submission!

BEFORE.

AFTER.

I hear angels singing, or is that Oscar singing?

Marcia's place is the first place I go when I need some encouragement from a sister.


Phaedra from Phaedra' Adventures tackled her Utility Closet.
I don't think I have ever seen a closet as spiffy as this one before.
Have you?


I think I might like cleaning if my closet looked like hers.

Phaedra has been going through her home, room by room and has MANY fantastic ideas!


An Anglo in Quebec really did her research before redesigning her kitchen.
She: 
...gathered inspiration pics from hundreds of her favorite mags.
...checked out every blog possible for ideas that would work in her home.
...considered her family's personal needs in a kitchen, how they'd use the space, what they were missing, what they would love to have.
Then put inspiration into action!

BEFORE

AFTER



Isn't it gorgeous?
Go see her blog for more ideas!


I am delighted to be a part of your lives and as we all
encourage one another to let go of things
and stop placing so much meaning on the acquiring of STUFF.
And start thinking of our homes as havens, not catch-alls.

Places of ministry, hope and life.

~

The rules for this party are quite simple:

1.) Your post has to be about releasing extra clutter of the home (i.e. too many options, too many things, too many piles) or shedding extra clutter of the heart (i.e. overwhelm, weariness, disappointment, resentment).
If you find that your link is gone, it's not because I don't love it, it's because your post didn't follow rule #1. I'm sorry!  
2.) Link directly to the post that pertains, not the link to your blog.
[The code for the button is at the top right-hand side of this blog. It will link back here.]
3.) The link party begins at 12:01, Monday, March 28th 
and closes Thursday, March 31th at midnight EST.
4.) I will choose my favorite(s) and feature them next Monday!



So, LINK UP, share and inspire us!

Jaime

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The Same Day as Hope






The day





 the Lord




created hope




was probably




the same day




 he created




Spring.




  
~Bern Williams




Image Credits: My home and God, the Creator




Jaime

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I Took a Risk (Let's Hope the HOA doesn't Notice)






I painted into the night, so I wouldn't be discovered.
Sneaky is my middle name.
Stealth makeovers are my game.


I made a decorating decision that I hope we don't get fined for...
if investigated, there would be enough evidence to convict me.


Exhibit A
As it has been for 10 years.



Exhibit B 
A washed out Chinese Food Carry Out container paint tray, primer and a roller.


Exhibit C
Painter's Tape on Exhibit A


Exhibit A once again.
Being altered.




Exhibit A now becomes Exhibit D.
"D" for Dull.
Gray Primer can do that sort of thing.




After this phase, I impatiently moped around until the primer dried
waited until the cover of nightfall, and committed the act of lawlessness.


I took my can of paint, snubbed my nose at red-door-lover naysayers
(hey, I've done my time!) and covered it with blue.


By the time the paint had dried in the morning,
it was too late to turn back.
My depravity had reached it's zenith.
The light of day exposed my sin.




Exhibit D had become Exhibit E.
Elegant Entrance.













Exhibit A and Exhibit E.






Now, let me allay your fears.
I am a law-abiding-HOA dues-paying gal.
As of 3 years ago, we are the living-longest-in-the-neighborhood family.
And in fact, the only original residing humans in the subdivision after it was finished.
This gives us grandfather clause rights.
One of them is changing the door color.








Feel better?
Now you can sleep tonight.



Whew!
Got away with that.
Perhaps, now I can change the doorbell, plant some flowers in the tiered planter, 
and remove the glass storm door, ALL in broad daylight.


I will be putting our house's numbers back
on the column by the door, so the HOA police can find me if they need to.

If you want to read what prompted such a blatant act of defiance, read my post HERE.
The color I chose is Wythe Blue HC-143 by Benjamin Moore.
See it HERE.

For roomfuls of this color, go HERE.

Now, you!
Go paint something.
Break the rules!
Legally.



 

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