Wednesday, February 22, 2012

~A Conversation With God~

Me (in a tizzy): God, can I ask you something?
GOD: Sure.
Me: Promise you won’t get mad?
GOD: I promise.
Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
GOD: What do you mean?
Me: Well I woke up late,
GOD: Yes
Me: My car took forever to start,
GOD: Okay….
Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait
GOD: Hmmmm..
Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call
GOD: All right
Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
GOD: Well let me see….. the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): Oh…
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed): …………
GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed): Oh…..
GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered
Me (softly): I see God
GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry God.
GOD: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me………in all things, the good and the bad
Me: I WILL trust you God
GOD: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.
GOD: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.

Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.. .” (Proverbs 11:25) In all things give thanks.

I Thes 5:18

(I am not the author of this wonderful conversation)

                          ~Stay Beautiful Within, Erica~

Friday, February 3, 2012

~Tiny Changes~

~Sitting at my desk this afternoon and battling a headache, I turned my head to look out the window and had totally forgotten that I sat this silk bouquet of flowers there last night. ~It was a nice reminder that Spring is coming quick.~ My spirits have instantly been lifted and my headache is now gone. ~Its amazing what tiny changes we can do to our homes to make such a dramatic difference in our moods.~

~Treasure Hunting Thursdays~

Ok, I know, Its Friday. Guess its better late then never, right?  Every Thursday are my "Treasure Hunting" days. "Treasure Hunting" you say? Whats that??"  Ahhh.... Treasure Hunting for me is so many different things wrapped up in one. A little time away from home, a little money in my wallet, lunch with a friend, the thrill of the hunt and a treasure to bring home. It could be as little as a "Hello Kitty" shirt for my 2 y/o from Goodwill or as big as a Dresser that I found at a yard sale to be painted and loved on. Wicker furniture, frames, white pitchers, glassware, blue Ball jars, sewing desk, mirrors, shelves, bookcases, bunk bed, cowgirl boots and vases are just a few items that have stolen my heart and had to come home with me. *Treasure Hunting to me is about a vision that we have in our minds about an old item and breathing new life into it.*   Its being able to find a new purpose for something old/used and  keeping items out of landfills and recycling it. Here are a few of my favorite items I've found over the years:
Painted this little desk white and am using it for a sewing desk.

White picket fence for my kitchen window.

4 piece white wicker furniture for only $30.00

White bunkbed at a "Clean House" Yard Sale for only $100.00

The "after" photo of the bunkbed set I purchased.

Cute mirror at a yard sale for only $3.00

John Deere Cowgirl Boots for my little girl at a resale shop.

Serving/lap tray from Goodwill

My newest treasures: chalkboard, glassware, tin container,  Pyrex measuring cup all for $6.00.
What have you found on your "hunts"? If you would like to share, please join my facebook page called "Stay Beautiful Within" and post your photo to my page.  I'll add it to an online album with your name attached and your story behind the item. 
                   ~ Stay Beautiful Within, Erica ~