I am really excited to start a new adventure. I have always loved to decorate and put things together. A couple of months ago I was in my home looking at design shows and Pinterest which is one of my favorite pastimes. As I was looking I thought of all the beautiful things that I pin and want to work on. I always liked white, gold and silver but with small kids how can I decorate with it? Then a light went on in my head... my little is in the 9th grade! Why can't I decorate how I want? I was so excited! I have shared my living room and kitchen, but have lots more to do. I want to do it frugally too since I have lots of rooms to change. Also we will be making changes to outside in the yard!
Why can't we have beautiful things around us? Things don't have to be expensive to be beautiful! I will share with you simple things to do to make your environment beautiful for you and your home! I want to share my journey because it makes me so happy to be around beautiful things and I love to share!
I also have exciting news that I want to share with you and when it get's closer I will let you know! I have so many fun ideas in my head!
This is a picture of my last purchase a white pineapple and a candle holder with sparkle. I lit a candle last night and the facets sparkled so pretty at night. You've got to love sparkle! I will also share with you all the other things about me that are my love 🌿Design🌿Inspire🌿Family🌿Fur Babies🌿Redeemed * Romans 8:28🌿All Things Beautiful!
Laughter and Love,
As I age I see a difference when I look in the mirror. My hair texture has changed, my eyelashes are thinner, and age spots are all over my face. I honestly don't look in the mirror and think great things on this morning!
I learned a major lesson because I am a believer in speaking goodness into my daughter! I build her up, speak and declare things into her life daily! She looks at me and smiles. Sometimes we giggle together because I raise my hands and say it in a loud voice!
One day I was talking to myself saying, "I am getting so old, look at my hair, and I need to loose weight. My daughter heard me and she said, "Your my mom and your beautiful! Don't you see I look like you and a part of you?" Don't say those things they hurt me mommy!" Her eyes where watery and my heart hurt. Her comments hit me so hard. So speaking greatness and goodness is just not upon her? I need to speak goodness and greatness to myself? This will show her how to care and treat herself! I am her example, and this is so important. Let's do this for our children ladies. Step up and say your Beautiful in whatever place in life that you are in!
See yourself through the eyes of the ones that love you and how God made you so perfect! Reminds me of the Songs of Songs and how Solomon seen his love. And how I saw my beautiful mother. Speak Greatness and Goodness!
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. Song of Songs 4:7
Blessings and Laugther,
Last week was not a usual week. Our Labrador Zeus had to go to the vet. Usually my husband and I go together because he is 87 lbs. and I need help. This time I went alone. On the way out of the vet Zeus was running compared to being dragged in.
I thought to myself it gets dark so quick and I want to enjoy this day. I'm going to take Zeus walking. We just walked passed our car. He smelled almost every tree as he trotted as if in a parade! I was enjoying the daylight and wondering how I never noticed the cute vintage shop across the street as we strolled by! Uptown Whittier has huge beautiful trees and the leaves were changing and made there way to the sidewalk and street. My feet and his paws walked across them. I had to gather some of them to show my family.
Seasons came to my head, Seasons this is a term we hear often use when things are changing or occurring in our life. Seasons of trials, seasons of friendships, seasons of change, seasons of sickness and so on. Seasons may not be beautiful and are painful especially while we are in them. Reflect, and look back while in the divorce, in the pain, in the confusion, in loosing a loved one, in the trial you never expected would come your way! A change occurred, a shift happened and you became Stronger, Empowered and You! Just like these changing leaves that are changing because of the elements around them. Yes, green is the color of thriving and fruitfulness but look at the colors of these leaves they are vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. The colors of fire. Refining Fire!
See I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Isaiah 48:10 NIV
We are Warrior’s and we have weapons to help us with life's battles. And yes, I have prayed and prayed and still death comes and healing is not seen. Or I see the pain in people that I am praying for. BUT we are more than our flesh we are spiritual and our hearts, minds and our souls belong to our Heavenly Father! It’s so painful but in the pain of our life we see God’s Mighty Hand! I will never forgot the morning we lost my mother, my mentor, my teacher she looked up and she cried out, “My God what is happening to me?” You see in the extreme pain, in the sadness of knowing she was leaving us, all those emotions and thoughts that were going through her mind were so powerful! But she was calling out to God, Jesus our Lord as her body was shutting down! So don't feel defeated, like you have no purpose, for our purpose and vision is so much more than this world!
The Armor of God
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18
Rise Up Warrior's!
Our first ministry is our husband, kids, family and all people that we touch all around us at our work, kids school and places that we frequent. Lately, for months it seems like it’s one thing after another. And many times I can't ground myself. I can’t see clearly, feel like I can’t breathe, and things are coming from all angles! Why do you think busyness captures us? Why do you think more keeps coming?
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
So our world will get crazy and busy! From reading scripture we will have struggles and strive. Always remember while in these battles there is always more going on than what we see. These forces want to cause confusion, division from Our God, to make us feel defeated and powerless! Don’t believe it and don’t accept it. Yes, cry, and let it out.
What should we do after? Yes Look Up! Than because it's spiritual, you have to fight a different way by using prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and through Worship & Praise music. Yes, I know it’s hard! I know the struggle and the pain. But Look Up! Do what you have to do to fight, fight and fight! That is what fuels us, gives us the power to keep going on!
I love the song Ocean's from Hillsong and the lyric's: Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger. Keep my eyes above the waves.
Look Up Warriors!
I don’t know about you but sometimes I can’t seem to see past the waves in the ocean of life! Is it just me, my age or is something stirring and making our world’s so busy and crazy? Everything is so fast and keeps coming. Things happen and I want to look at the issue and take care of it on my own instead of looking to My Savior. When I don’t look up at my Heavenly Father I have a hard time, I don’t want to forgive, I don’t want to let go and just can’t grow! I know that seeing things from a different place is vital. So I will talk to my husband and he will say pray, let go, etc. And I am stuck on this and that. We have a saying we tell each other and when I hear it I have to evaluate myself. He will say, “Baby the wheel is spinning all you have to do is pick up one foot and jump off!” Oh my how we can get side tracked. Let’s be real, we have so many emotions and events that can get us sidetracked. I need to TRUST and pray every day to break my heart for what breaks my Savior because I need less of me and more of HIM!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Have a blessed day!
As we were gathering our shoes and dogs leashes this past Monday we looked out to see that it had rained and it was still wet. We were excited to go out in the cool air. The streetlights are still on because it’s still dark at 5:30 am. As we were walking one of our routes I can see sparkle all over the ground. When something sparkles its sure does catch my eye! I thought how beautiful the rain makes everything look! Then I thought what is causing the sparkle? And what is sparkling? As we looked closely it was all the little and big leaves on the floor. It's fall so we have more leaves than usually.
I got excited because I remembered bible verses of water. Then I thought its not just water that is causing this shine and sparkle on a leaf that is dull and fallen to the ground! It's also the moonlight and the streetlights! I was in awe because combined together the leaves shine like diamonds!
How beautiful that He has given us water and light! We can not be hidden! Oh no we can't not even in the dark! As you pray and start out your day remember our words, our actions, glorify and reflect our Father in Heaven.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven
Shine and Sparkle! Have a blessed week!
I was sitting in my car at lunch today in the parking lot. I have so much going on in my head and it doesn’t help that I have squirrel syndrome like the dog Doug in up! I need to focus and honestly its hard. I have work, personal things, goals, dinner, lunch, what do I do with this hair of mine, what devotion should I read, who do I text, my family, lingering things and these are only the few things rolling around in my head and I can’t even focus!
I get so busy and overwhelmed that I have to write things down or else I forget. We all have different ways of handling stress. When I get overwhelmed I sometimes look down on myself because I should be doing it all, or I start getting emotional, or look at what’s not right in my life.
I have to stop, ground myself and focus. I sat in that car of mine and opened up the word! His word equips me to think outside of self, to inspire, and gives me strength. In the craziness of my head the first thing I do is write all that stuff down. Then I see which ones I can give to the Lord, which ones I can change, and which ones I need to let go.
It’s so hard because we all have craziness, times of hardship, and times of confusion. Our God is not a God of confusion! So when I am this way I need to put the brakes on!
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace--as in all the congregations of the Lord's people. 1 Corinthians 14:33
As I sit on my desk after our awesome morning walk I feel so grateful for all that God has given to my family and I. My door is open and I can hear the birds, the air is still crisp, the pool water sprouts are on and the sound of the water hitting the pool soothes me.
You see this picture of the old home with a broken bike and chickens running around is my Guapo (my dad’s) home. As I child I heard stories of this home. When I was in the 7th grade it was my first time seeing the canal that ran behind the house that was their home. We took pictures that day of our visit. Many year’s later my father had a friend who is an amazing artist make an oil painting of this place he came from.
This photo grounds me, humbles me, encourages me and makes me walk in gratefulness. My mother came from a very hard place of much struggle as well. You see I know that the relationship with Christ, the hard work, dedication and love that my father and mother had for each other and for us created a breakthrough for generations to come. I cherish the stories, the lessons and photos of my youth.
I got this journal as a gift and was waiting to use it until I finished my other one. As I placed it on my desk this morning my eyes filled with tears for the verse that is engraved sits near me and this painting. God has called them, our family, and our children for generations to come! When God has a plan, a purpose for you nothing will break it! Yes, we have many things in this life to conquer because that is the plan to mold us, break us, shape us so we can be used to reach and touch each other! God has such an Amazing Plan for all us!
I have seen God work in their lives, our family and this home. And at the hardest times God speaking to them, the Holy Spirit guiding them, Angels and people touching them in hard and good times has only caused my faith to be stronger and has made Him so real and my foundation!
For He shall give His Angeles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalms 91:11
Wednesday I wanted a different view than my desk for lunch! I put on my walking shoes and took a trip to the nearest park. I got out of my car and took a deep breath. Yes, because I get so busy that I don't even take full breaths! The sun was kind to me and was perfect! The birds flying and singing all around me. I noticed some leaves falling from the trees and when I passed a certain section I could smell honeysuckle. Some trees so tall and their trunks made me wonder how old they were. Some of the trees were the trees of my youth that took me back to my childhood and my daughter's . When my parents took me to the park my dad would make me turtles from twigs and seeds from a tree. He also did the same in his new role of Papa. So of course I had to make one! Something so simple made me feel so tranquil.