Soul Food

He Is Risen

I recently found this super cute Crazy Train baseball tee at Farm Girl Mercantile – isn’t it adorable!? Love the vibrant Spring colors, the floral-printed church and, most importantly, the message.

He is risen. We hear this a lot during the Easter season, but what does it mean? It means that Jesus died for my sin (and yours). It means that He did not stay dead. It means that Jesus is very much alive and offers the gift of salvation to all who accept. Friends, I’m not perfect. Far from it, actually. Do I still mess up? Oh, yeah. Do I still worry? Absolutely. Am I immune from tragedy? Nope. But I can tell you that I cannot imagine a life without Jesus. With Jesus, I have hope. I have a peace that passes understanding. When I find myself worrying, I can talk to my Heavenly Father and He will take my burden. I am the daughter of a King.

The awesome thing about God’s grace is that He meets you where you are. You can be saved today, right this moment, there in the quietness of your own home or wherever you may be. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter how you’re currently living your life. God’s love does not discriminate and His salvation is not withheld from anyone. Here’s the story:

We Are All Sinners
Romans 3:23 – We have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Eternal Life Is A Free Gift – but it did come at a price, which has been paid in full by Jesus
Romans 6:23 – The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We Must Trust & Surrender
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Our Assurance of Salvation 
Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prayer for Salvation
I know I’m a sinner, Lord. Please forgive me of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Please come into my heart. Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Did you say the prayer above? Did you mean it? Then it’s done. God is not a liar, and His word never returns void. And the best part? You can’t ever lose your salvation, no matter how many times you fall (because, friend, you will fall). In John 10:28-29 Jesus says, ” I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part IV

This week’s wall collage is in our master bedroom, above our bed. Our bedroom walls are a darker color and so is our furniture in this particular room, so I tend to go toward lighter wall decor, like whites and golds.

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Initially, the only item on this wall was the “When we have each other, we have everything” canvas. The next addition was the gold dream catcher, which I found at Marshall’s for around $10.  It is outlined in faux pearls and is so whimsical! When I first saw it in the store I thought it was beautiful, but decided against it. The next day I could not get it off my mind so back to Marshall’s I went. Then came the “Bloom where you’re planted” canvas which I’ve had for a while, but was in a different spot in the room. The last and most recent addition was the wooden heart, which I found for $3 at Target amongst the Valentine decorations.

For having all been bought at different times and not necessarily chosen with this wall in mind, I think all of the pieces come together quite nicely! My husband does think I’m a little bit extra with my dreamcatcher, my himalayan salt lamp and my essential oils, all of which are kept in this room of the house, and I agree! I think it’s all EXTRA cool. 🙂

Antiques · Home Decor · Organization

Paul Stanley & Produce Crates

Paul Stanley. My dad once dressed as Paul Stanley from the band KISS. It doesn’t stop there, friends. His buddies also dressed as other members of the band, and adoring fans paid money to see them perform (lip sync). It was a pretty big deal, and my dad is now essentially a lip-syncing legend. You didn’t hear it from me, but word is that photographic evidence and whispers of this epic performance are still passed around, even today.

Along with my dad’s love of music came a nice collection of records, which he stored in a couple of produce crates he was able to snag from the grocery store where he worked. I’m sure this long-haired young man, as he unpacked Sunny Slope Brand peaches and nectarines onto the store’s produce shelves and toted the empty crates home, would never imagine that, one day, he would have a daughter who would cherish those old, wooden boxes and display them proudly in her home. I inherited these treasures when I started collecting records myself, and my dad passed along his collection to me in, of course, said crates. Once my record collection expanded, I upgraded my music storage to a steamer trunk given to me by my Papaw, who used this in his Navy travels, but kept my crates because I knew I’d find another use for them. And, for those who may be wondering (because I know it probably has you on the edge of your seats), my records have now outgrown the trunk, as well. I have a lot!

Today, I’m sharing with you how I now use these antiques (sorry, dad, but they are!) in our home, along with a couple others I have since collected.

We have an adorable built-in right near our garage door and, although I’ve never had anything like this before, it’s something I’ll need in all my homes from here on out, because I L-O-V-E it! There are 6 cubby holes total, with the 2 largest being at the bottom. These particular cubbies fit my produce crates perfectly! Inside these boxes, I store reusable shopping bags, lunch boxes, and extra backpacks.

Next is an old 7-Up crate my husband found at a Goodwill outlet, where they charge you by weight. He got this puppy for less than $2! I have set it up on its end on the counter next to our fridge. It perfectly fits several bottles of water (around 23 at a time!) and it’s a nice way to store bottled beverages within easy reach for us and our guests, and without taking up all our fridge space.

Lastly is an apple crate I found at an antique show. Someone had previously put a little shelf inside, which was a nice addition! Initially I considered hanging this crate on the wall, but then no one could see the old label, which is the best part about it! I decided on placing it in on our entry-way bench. It currently holds our hats, gloves and sunglasses. And, when we have guests, I clear a side for their keys, accessories, purses, etc. so they stay right there by the door and aren’t forgotten.

There is nothing more satisfying than old, pretty items that are also functional and unconventional. What antique items do you have in your home that you use on a daily basis?

Beauty · Fashion

California Dreaming

Near the end of each winter season, I find myself pulling out my The Mamas & The Papas record so I can listen to California Dreaming over and ooooover again. The winter blues are real! This weekend, my neck of the woods got a heavy dose of sunshine and mild weather and it was awe-some. To celebrate, I incorporated a few spring accessories into my cozy and casual attire!

I recently scored my pastel tassel necklace on clearance at Target, along with my wool cap with a faux leather brim.

I also got to dust off the shoes I bought late last summer at a local boutique. The perforated design is so perfect for warmer weather, as your feet are allowed to breathe even if they aren’t sporting a pair of sandals.

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Which spring item are you most looking forward to pulling out of your closet next month?!

Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part III

Spring is coming, spring is coming! Speaking of spring, who else is R-E-A-D-Y for some chirping birds and sunshine? I’ll tell you one thing about spring that I am not ready for, though: bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets – I can tolerate these little guys in the heat of summer, but in the spring they fly around like sleep-deprived moms of small children, who finally managed to fall asleep only to be awoken 10 minutes later due to a crying child and who, when they jump out of bed, can’t remember their own names or where they are or why they have been wearing the same shirt for the last 3 days and bump into every wall and piece of furniture they pass, as they try to figure out where the crying is coming from. Call me dramatic, but that’s just the way it is, you guys. You can count on this kind of behavior from these stinging suckers in the spring and, even more so, in the fall. Like, let me get my mail in peace. Let me walk my child out to the bus stop without feeling the need to wear a full-on beekeeper’s suit. Sometimes I can’t even walk out to my front porch without being armed with a fly swatter because they dive bomb my head as soon as I walk out the door. It’s like they are sleep flying or something. Running into me when I’m not even in their way. I’m all like, “good job on the honey, you guys,” and they just keep being mean.

Anyhow, without any real transition to what this blog post is really about, this week’s wall collage hangs out in our living room, above our couch. We love cedar around these parts, specifically in the form of live-edge floating shelves, as seen here:

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My favorite thing about this wall is I can easily switch out my shelf decor from season to season. And, in my frame, I currently have a winter print I found for free on Pinterest – this will soon be replaced by a spring-time motif, which I also plan to snag on Pinterest!