Home Maintenance and Inspiration

Yesterday we painted the walls in our bedroom.  I needed a new look.  I realized some time ago that I have always chosen neutral colors when painting in our home (my husband is the construction guy, and I am the painter).  Neutral colors because that is what “they” advise.  “They” being those who write about home improvement issues.

At this stage in my life I feel like I NEED my home to reflect who I am…and I want to feel comfort and joy in my color choices.  It wasn’t easy choosing colors.  Luckily things like the color of the carpet kept me from getting too wild with my choices.  Now looking at the finished results, I have to say that I am quite pleased.  Three of the walls are “Spiced Ginger” – a Dutch Boy brand color (if you want to look that up),  and the fourth wall is “Lava Flow.”  So, imagine the color of lava flow.  Yes, I know!  It is pretty bright….but guess what?  I love it!  And it compliments the work of art that I purchased for that wall some time ago.

So, given inspiration, I have chosen colors that we both like.  I did pray on the way to Menards, our local home and building store, because I knew the colors I was looking at were out there a ways and I knew they would not compliment our blue grey carpet in that room, which the hubby says is not old enough to replace.  I even found a bedspread and matching shams at Shopko, on sale!  I took my little paint color strips in with me to make sure.  That bedspread has my paint colors in it, PLUS the colors in the carpet and curtains….so Walla!  It is a miracle (or prayers answered), however you want to look at it.  The picture I shared includes all colors – cool huh?  Still some work to do of course – the work is never done.

Oh, and the living room is next.  That will happen this fall.  I get to throw out the couch that has been shedding little black flecks of vinyl all over the place….UGGHHH!  Yes this has tried my patience.  Needing inspiration to be patient!

Thoughts on leading a passionate life

IMG_2925I attended a conference in Arizona recently for work.  The key note speaker was Greg Levoy.  I thought I would share some of what he spoke about that day.  Exact quotes will have quote marks around them.

“Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest.  If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy – our partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms and corporations.”

Isn’t that heavy? Or should I use the word, deep.  Read that again.

He says we all struggle.  We all have a desire for passion, but need a sense of control – a sense of security.  He says we deal with the tug of war between passion and security all the time.  They fight each other! Security tends to win.

How to stay passionate about your life, you ask?  Greg’s advice is, “Get up in the morning – go out and stay active!  That is how you stay passionate about your life!”

Other quotes from Greg Levoy that will give you cause to think.

“Passion comes & goes”

“Life is capable of knocking the stuffing out of people!”

“A sense of adventure is important!”

Check out his most recent book which has  become quite popular.  Vital Signs:  Discovering & Sustaining Your Passion for Life, By Greg Levoy

Source:  Keynote speaker, Greg Levoy at the NCDA conference in Phoenix, AZ – June, 2018

Thank God that there is a God, for what would we do without Him!

Living life on this earth isn’t easy.  I think we can all agree to that.  So having someone to turn to when things get tough is huge for me.  Yes, we can rely on friends and family to help, but human beings have only so much to give before they have to pull back and take care of themselves in order to continue to give.

So, who can we turn to when things get really tough?  Who do you give your pain too?  Who listens and never gets tired of listening?  When our burdens get more than we can carry, who do we turn them over to?  Jesus, that’s who.  And having a relationship with Him sure helps you to turn to Him faster when things get tough.

I used to think, “Have a relationship with Jesus?  What do you mean by that?  I have always believed, is that what you mean?”

To find out the answers to those questions, I did a LOT of Christian reading.

Not every book or video touches your soul.  You need to find the right speaker/author.  So, I encourage everyone out there to do a bit of research.  Give a few authors/speakers a try.  Here are a few to check out:

  • Jan Karon
  • Sarah Young
  • Stormie Omartian
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • Richard Paul Evans
  • Joseph Girzone
  • Rick Warren
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Joyce Meyers
  • Norman Vincent Peale
  • Max Lucado
  • And The Bible of course

Thank you God, thank you Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit.  I thank you, I praise you.  I am grateful for your time and attention.  I couldn’t have continued without your love and support.

Just two examples of life’s struggles:

Spring, 2015 my dad became ill and ended up in assisted living.  If you have ever had a parent who has had to go through this, you know how painful it is for the family, how time consuming it can be.

Fall of 2016, that last back injury was almost more than I could handle.  Thanks Lord for your healing power.  It has taken over a year to heal and in many ways I am still healing….but am now physically healthier than I have been in a long time.

Then on top of all that, I have had friends and family members struggling with cancer.

Can you get through life’s struggles without Him?  I can’t.