Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Re-Decoration Story

I've been through more decor in the past 8 years than probably most of you have been through in your entire life!  I have always liked the modern look and that is what my Air Force dorm was decorated in.  My room back home even was always a bit on the 'crazy' side lol.  I had BRIGHT yellow walls and multi-colored accessories and I had designed it myself much to my mom's disliking.

Then when I got married, I figured I would have to decorate like my mom and sisters and so worked with what we had in our first apartment and I was a 'country bumpkin'!  Apples in my kitchen, etc.  Although it just wasn't me, I figured this was what I was 'supposed' to do.  Then I came to the place where I wasn't going to decorate my home with what other people's home looked like but rather something I liked myself!  So after being married for about 2 years, we redecorated in BLACK modern decor with leopard print thrown in.  I really liked it until......

I received comments and jokes about how "dark" it was and I was never sure if they were serious or just making fun of for no harm.  After I had my daughter, I had postpartum depression and figured it must be the dark furniture that everyone had joked about!!  So what did I do??

I went shabby chic!  LOL  I got a pink couch, all pastel colors throughout my house and lots of roses.  My husband actually didn't mind and liked it.

Then we moved and came to a new location, to get made fun of again for our decor!!!  Some said it looked like a little girl's room and others even mocked and said "they would never put their husband in a house filled with pink and roses".  I was sad because I had come to this new place and met with so much disdain on what others THOUGHT of my decor!

I let them get to me and put my shabby chic decor away and chose a brown slipcover and "acceptable" style that surely no one would laugh at. 

Then I had a talk with my new Pastor's wife. I told her how I wasn't sure how I should decorate and how others here in this new town I just moved to where making fun of my decor so I took it all down.  To sum up what she told me:  You shouldn't let OTHERS determine what YOUR home looks like!  I had let what others thought of my decor determine my decor!  It was too late though because I had already took the decor down and spent money on another.  But I learned a valuable lesson from my Pastor's wife and one that I practice today!  She is truly a wise woman!!

So fast forward....we finally had the means of getting new furniture and choosing our OWN style that we have always loved....MOD!  We like black and lots of it, with splashes of bold reds and black/white patterns thrown in the mix.  We didn't have much money but we bought what we could on the little budget that I had!  It isn't my "dream" furniture because I don't have $20,000 to spend on decorating lol....but I love it nevertheless and we only spent roughly $1800, and that furnished the living room and dining room!

Someone had asked for me to share pictures of our decor and that is what brought on this post and then I will also be posting the photos of what we have done so far!  Now, I still like a few other decor styles but haven't tried those yet...maybe one day but I will only redecorate because its what I want! ; )

If you are so concerned about what OTHERS think of you, then you need a reality check!  Listen to my podcast on "What God Thinks" and make sure your mind is in proper prospective! 

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Since we are on the topic of Abortion........

A quote from Obama:

A woman shouldn't have to be "PUNISHED with a baby"

My Bible tells me what God thinks about children (see my post about that HERE) and I'm BLESSED to have them!!!!!! CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING!!

Psalm 127:3

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward

Not only are children a heritage of the Lord but they are esteemed highly by God:

Psalm 127:4-5

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.....

I can't wait to see my pregnancy test read positive for a baby! I long for this, God has designed women for this very PURPOSE and I gladly assume my role as to "bear children" and guide my house! You don't have to ask what God's will is for you as a woman, he has already told us what it is in His WORD:

1 Timothy 5:14

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wonderful Weekend Services!

The past few services have been an absolute blessing! Tonight's wasn't an exception! The presence of God filled the House and people's lives got touched and changed! I was thinking about it all tonight, and how BLESSED we are (me and my husband...well the rest of you too hehe) to have a church that actually stands for the FULL Word of God! Not only that, but to have a Pastor (or 2 or 3 or 4....ok you get the idea), who loves us SOOOOO much that he dedicates his LIFE to helping others make it to Heaven!

Just to feel the awesome presence of God in the singing and feeling like you could just float into the air while you are singing "He Set Me Free!" You can't get that a lot of places and I KNOW! I've been to several and I for the life of me, can't understand why someone would go to a church that was dead and couldn't excited even if Jesus had walked in the room! No thanks!

Pastor was preaching on the Bands of Bondage and what "true" bondage really is. Speaking on how the commandments of God are not grievous! (1 John 5:3) It is sin......that is not only grievous but BONDAGE! When I got saved, God broke those "Bands of Bondage" of sin........and gave me liberty in Christ!

I remember the heavy weight of sin and the bondage it was that no matter how hard I tried, I could not quit sinning. But when Jesus took over and I was born again.........what happened?? This verse explains it well:

2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God.....

WOW lookee there!! Its in the Bible even, yet some people; churches won't even preach it over the pulpit!! Preach what? That OLD things pass away........then ALL THINGS become new and guess what, all you drinkers and fornicators out there, sorry but ALL THINGS are of GOD!

1 John 5:3

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

For some people, doing what is in the Bible to them IS grievous because they aren't truly saved! I honestly, did NOT find what I read in God's word to be grievous. God had said it.......I had read it and then I acted upon it. I didn't have to wait for some "feeling"! God said this was the way it was to be and I had no qualms about it!

What about those that "struggle" with God's commandments? There is a struggle (or battle) because they are fighting God's will against their own will! It wouldn't be a struggle if they would just let GO and do what God told them to do!

No one had to tell me about worldly music when I got saved. I remember when I got saved, going back to my room and throwing away all my worldly music! No one told me to throw it away, it wasn't preached about to me that caused it, I simply KNEW what had to go now that I gave my life to God! Other times, it did take the preaching of God's word to prick my heart and then God deal with me and then other changes took place - its called progressive sanctification. However, I didn't find them hard to do once I knew it was God's will!

So what a weekend! Thinking about when God saved me back in December 1999 and all he brought me out of! All fired up for the week ahead and I've got something to SHOUT about! Hallelujah!

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

4 Bag Laundry Sorter

I love my Laundry Sorter! I bought it a little while ago and it is one of my favorite things for homekeeping now. Not only are the bags super sturdy, but they are each their own bag that can be lifted by the handles and taken wherever you need them. Also, because each bag is separated on its own, it can hold more weight than some I have seen where all the bags are connected. I was amazed that each bag could fit just as much as one my normal laundry baskets! It is also chrome and not plastic, which makes it more durable and thus would last you a lot longer than some of those cheap plastic sorters.

It also has wheels and is easy to move around the house. However, I keep mine in the laundry room because I find it fits best there and is right across from my washer, so all I have to do is grab a load from a bag and wash. I've shown my husband what each bag is for and he has been using the system and no longer do I have to sort through piles of clothes on laundry day!

Here are the categories for my 4 bags:
  • Whites
  • Colors
  • Delicates
  • Hubby's Work Clothes
We keep our towels in the bathroom in their own laundry basket, because I don't want to put wet towels in my cloth laundry bags! Also for kitchen rags and cleaning rags, I have always kept those under the sink in a bucket and when its full, I wash them. I normally do laundry on Monday's, so once a week.

I highly recommend this Laundry Bag Sorter. It is made by Mainstays and sold at Wal-Mart. It was just a little over $30 but has already proven to be money well spent!

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