Simple Thoughts on Mornings

There are moments that I am struck with a craving to write. In a moment something captures my attention, and my thoughts begin to run wild in a million directions. I have found that through reading the book 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I am beginning to pay attention to the littlest of moments in my day, and often these moments make me want to write.

So here I am, overwhelmed with the beauty of dancing sunlight pouring into our bedroom window, birds chirping outside, reminding of the provision of the Lord, and a puppy curled up on my toes keeping them toasty and warm...and I am in awe.

The Lord has sustained me yet again. He has seen fit for me to rise, to fill my lungs with air, to see my husband off to work...he has given me the gift of another morning. Another precious morning. 

A morning to pour myself some coffee, and breath deep. 

A morning to reflect on the beauty of heavy cream dancing its way gracefully though my morning brew, to have my breath taken away by how the light catches the beads of condensation forming on my glass of water. 

A morning to see the sun rise yet again, to be reminded of the constant unchanging character of our mighty Father. 

A morning to praise him, for he has sustained me. 

The slow of the morning, the refreshing realization that it is a fresh start, revives me yet again. This morning, I am encouraged. Not because I accomplished all I wanted yesterday, nor because I will today, but because I am surrounded by the majesty of Jesus Christ. I see it everywhere in my home. Yes my humble Victorian house, broken into oddly shaped apartments, speaks to the majesty of my Father. 

I see his creativity in the gorgeous grain of the hardwood floors, laid with care, and covered in paint spots never to be removed. 

I see the fruit of hard labor in the countless things my husband has work hard with his hands to create for our home. 

I see the beauty of new growth and life when I look on our porch and see fresh herbs thriving and little baby squash and tomatoes springing up. 

I see the most clearly at the dawn of a new day. I feel as though I am the most inspired first thing in the morning, and am able to see the Lord's beauty and character the most when sitting still in the midst of a new day. So this morning, stop, take a deep breath, and ask the Lord to give you eyes. Eyes to see him, in the smallest of things. You will be amazed at how deeply your affections are stirred when you begin to stand in awe of the Lord in the midst of the mundane everyday moments.

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What inspires you?
Alright this may sound silly, but Pinterest! There is just so much out there and I love being able to find inspiration from designs or recipes that I wouldn't normally do on my own. I definitely have my own style as far as home decor, clothing, etc., goes but often I'm inspired by something I wouldn't have ever thought of and that usually comes from perusing Pinterest. 

What is in your coffee cup every morning?
A splash of milk and one Splenda! As the years have gone by I've added less and less sugary stuff to my drinks. I don't know that I'll ever drink straight up black coffee but I've definitely learned to love coffee for its natural taste. 

What is one thing you have learned this month?
Grace. I've learned that even though I may fail the Lord extends me grace freely! I've also learned that I'm not the only one failing at certain things, like my prayer life. I've been so encouraged that other ladies struggle in the areas that I struggle and that we are all wanting to grow together!

Pom Pom and Garland DIY Tutorial

Happy Hump Day! It is such a beautiful day here in Mississippi...the wind is blowing, it is chilly enough for me to have on socks and be wrapped up in a blanket, and leaves are just falling away outside. I love the mornings, they are a fresh start to a new day, and remind me that the Lord's mercies are new today. My morning coffee and time alone after Ben has left for work is such a sweet time. I am able to sit at the feet of my Heavenly Bridegroom...and that is always so precious. The Lord is so worthy of our praise and this weather here is just crying out for everyone to take notice of how awesome our God is. 

"But this I call to mind and I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23

"Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?...The heavens are yours; the earth is your and all that is in it, you have founded them...You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you." Psalm 89:5-6;11, 13,14

So let this hump day not be a day we get in a rut, stuck and finding ourselves groaning about how we are longing for the weekend. Let's REJOICE in the LORD!

Can you believe it is November? I cannot...time is just flying right on by. Christmas will be here before we know it! YIKES! I have not even started on Christmas presents, and I hardly have any Christmas decor...newlywed life I am afraid. :) So this year I am making a lot of our decor for around the this awesome music sheet wreath...

 Another really fun and easy thing to make for your mantel, doorway, tree, or for a friend is a pom pom garland. So so easy. I have included pictures of each step below but please feel free to ask any questions in the comment box below if something is unclear.

What you will need:
yarn (in whatever colors your heart desires)
really sharp scissors
large yarn needle

To start, pick the color yarn you want your pom pom to be...then begin to wrap it around your fingers (I used the first three fingers) or for a little bit larger pom wrap the yarn around your palm. Continue wrapping for about 70-75 times around. I think doing any less doesn't make it full enough.

Once you have wrapped your yarn as many times as you want, carefully slide it off your fingers and cut the end. Take another piece of yarn and tie it around the center of the yarn. Be careful to hold on to it so you don't undo all your wrapping. It should look like the picture below once you have tightly secure your knot. 

Then take your REALLY sharp scissors and cut all the little loops.

Once you have cut every loop your pom pom will look a little now you have to give it a good trim. 

Cut all the little strands of yarn until you feel your pom pom is all tidy and the size you like. mine looked about like this once I was finished. 

and there you have it. Now you know how to make pom poms, and trust me you will find yourself addicted to this easy and fun craft! Now for the garland...silly me didn't take any pictures of this part but it is just as self explanatory as the poms. Just thread a yarn needle with yarn that you want to hang your pom poms on and push it through each pom pom. If you do not have a yarn needle you can just leave a couple stands of yarn long when you are trimming the pom up and use those to attach the pom to the string for hanging. Either way works great and will still get you to an awesome finished product.

Now go make some garlands to decorate your house with. Make some for your friends, family, neighbors...make one for a stranger even. This easy craft is sure to put a smile on your face and on other's faces as well. 

Take care! XOXO.