Friday, July 18, 2014

Being Filled to Fulfill

After almost a week of being cooped inside the house with a fever and sore throat, dining on sandwiches and chips just wasn't cutting it anymore. My body needed hot (if not terribly nourishing) food. A quick dash to Jack-in-the-Box could solve that problem, but, alas, the dash didn't happen. Dead battery. Unhappy, hungry me.

After a few text messages and phone calls, a new battery was installed. One turn of the ignition, and life began again.

As I backed down the driveway, I thought about my car without a battery. It looked great. It sat great. Nice tires. An engine under the hood. Plenty of gasoline. Plenty of oil. A beautiful piece of machinery, but totally useless for all intents and purposes.

Likewise, if Christians are to fulfill their purpose in lifeto be the hands, the feet and the mouthpiece of Godlooking good isn't enough. We have to have the Spirit of God under our hoods, filling us with power to go, and do, and speak. Without it, we are useless jars of clay, offering nothing of value to our sin-sick world.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God."
Romans 8:14

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mosaic Monday - FaceTime with the Grandchild

July 6, 2014

Thanks to my daughter's diligence, Audrey and I do FaceTime almost every day. Occasionally, I initiate the call, but since I don't know Miss Audrey's availability, Leslie usually calls me. I must say, it never gets old. Seeing Audrey's little face light up melts my heart and fills me with more joy than I can contain. Some days, we sing and some days we just "talk" and be silly, but every moment is a priceless memory made. I love her dearly, and I'm glad she loves me.

I'm linking to Mosaic Monday.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Salute to Red, White and Blue

I don't know about you, but I love celebrating Independence Day. I think it's the perfect day for embracing all things American, like hotdogs, watermelon, fireworks and Old Glory

And speaking of Old Glory...

Many years ago, when I was young and trotting the globe, I had dinner one evening in a charming home decorated in red, white and blue. It was love at first sight for me, and I planned to follow suit if I ever had a place of my own.

Since then, I've had ten places of my own, but not one room has been decorated in red, white and blue. I'm not sure why, but maybe I'll make it happen one of these fine days. Here are a few images I found online to inspire me. If you're needing a room makeover anywhere, maybe they'll inspire you, too.

Don't you just love this kitchen? So fresh and bright. I can almost hear birds chirping outside the window.

Emily A. Clark
The house I visited had red tulips planted in distressed white pots scattered about the room, but I love this more masculine look, as well. These red leather chairs are sensational.

The pop of yellow and the striped fabrics in this room whisper "cozy" to me.

And who said red, white and blue couldn't be elegant? Wowza!

Decor Pad
Don't you think this understated bedroom with a burlap headboard would be a great place for some afternoon ZZZs? Me, too.

Better Homes and Gardens
Now, this is my kind of space. Not only the colors, but the fabrics, the shapes, the textures. Everything about it says come on in and sit a spell.

And that, my friends, concludes my salute to red, white and blue. I think I'll go hang some flags now. I hope your holiday is safe and filled with love.

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