Friday, August 23, 2013

Room Redecorating

As a present last Christmas, I picked out a new comforter for my bedroom. I needed to re-paint my room so it would match the comforter, so I did that over winter break. I also bought a few canvases for wall art, new curtains, and some fabric for a chair cover. But completing those projects got put on hold, because #1: I didn't know what to do, and #2 I couldn't decide exactly what to do. I needed my amazing designer and seamstress sister, Katlyn, to help me.

Well, while I was away serving at a family camp in July, my mom and sister took initiative to tackle these unfinished room projects. They did some detail decorating and completed what needed to be done. I was immensely excited to arrive home and find it all DONE! I'm so excited. It looks wonderful and inviting. Here are some pictures of my beautiful room....

You can see my off-white vanity, which I painted (originally it was a dark wood, shown in the before picture below). My sister covered my trash can and chair, painted my mirror teal, and added some other small touches, along with my mom's help. (click photo to enlarge)

The canvases my sister created and painted. The left one has a quote about abiding by David Wilkerson. The right one has John 15:5, one of my favorite verses. (click to enlarge) 

The chair cover Katlyn designed and sewed. It turned out great!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seek the Lord!

God’s Word gravely reports that one of the reasons the Lord put Saul to death was because “he did not seek guidance from the Lord” (1 Chron. 10:14). What a stern warning for us today! It’s especially easy to get caught up, or rather, bogged down, in the information overload we have available to us. With the internet and its easy accessibility, we can retrieve answers for just about anything. Sometimes it’s overwhelming as we realize the stark contrasts in opinions about various subjects, even regarding important decisions.

How often do we quickly run to the Lord for wisdom and answers regarding life, or the next purchase (or whether to purchase it at all?). Do we turn to Google or Yahoo answers first? It may be quick and easy to find answers online, but are they the answers we need? Sometimes we need to re-prioritize and re-adjust our starting point. God knows all the answers. He knows where your next pay check is going to come from. He knows what he’s doing when you have everything planned and scheduled out and then there’s a last minute change that throws your schedule entirely. He understands what you’re experiencing when a sudden crisis appears in your life. He knows when it’s wise to invest in a new electronic or clothing item for your wardrobe, or when to patiently save. He is an infinite source of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Yet God can be the last One we turn to. He becomes a “backup” instead the first source.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be like Saul, remembered at the end of his life as not seeking guidance from the Lord. Certainly the internet and information available to us when used well can be exceedingly beneficial, yet it can also divert and distract us from the true Source of all knowledge and wisdom.

May we look to the Lord always, and seek HIS face continually!