One of my favorite inspiration blogs for decorating is http://kariandkijsa.blogspot.com/. They asked their blog readers to share their favorite spot at home. I was eager to participate but was quickly stuck. How to decide? I have lots of favorites in our cozy nest! I first thought of my plump armchair with its ever-present knit blanket and sturdy ottoman. This is my first spot in the morning, with my Bible and coffee and I return to it for read-alouds to the boys in the afternoon…love my Mamabear chair! Next I considered the dining nook, with it’s sturdy-but-scratched oak table from Uncle Deacon and that old church pew John sat on as a little boy, pulled up alonside so his sons can line up for supper. And my bed! Heaven knows I’m grateful to slip under cotton quilts, fluff the 38 pillows propped up as I read a book or chat with my husband each night! So I could go with any of these, but decided on “reality”. I mean, where do I spend most of my free time? On this computer! So here is where the bloggy magic (haha) happens…
1. Where it is in your home…to the side of our living room, near the sliding doors that step out to the patio. From its chair I can see the porch, the kitchen, the dining area, the hall, the living room and outside. It’s Command Central!
2. Your favorite style…I guess it would be called “Eclectic Cottage”. I like homey, comforting farmhouse kind of style. The BEST compliment I ever get is just “Your house feels warm!” So I would say that’s my style. It can be old or new, expensive or thrifted, bright or faded but it must feel warm, cozy and comforting.
3. A favorite item in the room (a story about it too, if you want!!) Well, obviously you can’t even get a recipe from me without a story added (see yesterdays post) My favorite item is the Mission Oak shelf here. It was originally most likely on a buffet, but I saw a sturdy shelf with a mirrored background, and hung it upside down on the wall. Sweet John. Whenever I ask him to get the drill and a “bunch of screws. Big ones!” out for some new vision is always a little skeptical but still helps. “A little lower. No, up. Yes, there!” I can’t count how many times he has said “I thought a (hayfork-blanket-buffet top-etc-etc) might look dumb hung up on the wall but it turned out nice!”
This was a gift from my Dad, in Washington. He gave it to me to sell in my little antique booth but I fell in love and kept it with his blessing. I enjoy swapping out the display items with the seasons, but old books and scented candles are part of the permanent home decor. The photo taped there is of our World Vision “daughter” in Rwanda, Kezia. I need that reminder there to pray for her more faithfully. The “Faith-Hope-Love” sign I found in Yakima. I had studied the passage just that week and was still pondering it. I snatched up this tin sign to remind me of what I learned. I need lots of reminders as this brain of mine sometimes feels like a sieve, and especially when it comes to deeper things! So I can look up from my desk and hold on to this one a little tighter.
I need FAITH to believe God forgives my past mistakes and nothing that has ocurred was outside of His plan for me. I need HOPE to let go of fear, to trust that because of the cross my future is secure. And LOVE is what He provides for the needs of this day, the present. For each person I am in contact with, each situation, comes down to this choice:
“One decision on the shelf. Loving Christ? or loving self?”
“Love covers a multitude of things”