…in other words…

When Doug and I moved into our home almost 7 years ago, I made the decision to SIMPLIFY.  My goal was to get rid of “clutter” and display only things that represented my faith and my family.  Apparently, I am a fan of WORDS, because almost every room in my house has something to say!  Since I’m trying to stay in the Word, and trying to memorize verses, I bought this chalkboard to hang in my kitchen.  I am a VISUAL learner, so I have verses posted everywhere.  You can see from the chalk marks in the background that I like to change it often…

One of my favorite finds was this vinyl word art from a seller on ebay.  It looks like I painted it right on my dining room wall.  The application is easy (I promise!) and can be removed just as easily with a blow dryer.  You can have any verse/saying printed you want in a variety of sizes and colors!

The dining room table changes frequently, often with the seasons, but ALWAYS there are WORDS…

Over our front door is a reminder that as we enter a hectic and sometimes chaotic world, that PEACE will come if we do EVERYTHING as “something done for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 4:10

With this over our back door, and visible from most of the house, it’s a message that is a reminder that everything we have is from the Lord.  A life-changing event in my sweet father-in-law’s life (who is STILL clinging to life), was when he was serving our country overseas.  He tells of a FOX-HOLE moment when he was discouraged and full of fear.  In that lonely place the Holy Spirit gently reminded him to count his BLESSINGS, and when he did so, it not only changed his perspective, but renewed his spirit as well.  So often it’s our FOCUS that needs a little readjusting.  My wise pastor-husband once said, “Keep your GAZE on your problems, but your FOCUS on GOD.”  God give us spiritual eyes to see what you’re doing in this great big world!

I am all about REPURPOSING.  I move stuff around constantly to make it look new and different.  My mantel has been a canvas of creativity.  I have to confess right up front, though, that I am NOT CREATIVE!  I am totally addicted to PINTEREST!  I have an engineer’s mindset, so I can copy just about anything, and the great thing about Pinterest is that I get all these great ideas and it’s okay to steal them! :0)

You can’t see the words on the bird print, but it’s from jonesdesigncompany.com (there’s a link on my pinterest board: BLOGS), and it reminds us to “seek FIRST HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33

I always feel like I know someone better after I’ve been in their home.  My hope is that by SEEING the words in my home you will begin to understand more about who I am and what I’m about.  I definitely didn’t give you the “grand tour”, but I pray that in the days ahead you will come to see my heart through my words.

If you’d like to purchase vinyl wall art, WiseDecor.com has a wonderful selection or you can design your own!

1-Make a Joyful Noise by WiseDecor

  6 comments for “…in other words…

  1. October 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Entered this post into a contest about using God’s Word in our home! You can see it here: http://www.doorposts.com/blog/write-them-on-the-doorposts-contest-and-ideas/


  2. June 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Vickie – Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I look forward to following yours and getting to know you better! 🙂


  3. June 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I’m in the same boat, really. If you look back to my first post, only about a month ago now, you’ll see that I’ve just recently started. I’m not sure where God is leading me in this, but trusting that if I obey, He’ll lead. This is sure to be a blessing–just meeting you has encouraged me that there are lots of women out there looking for this kind of fellowship and encouragement!


  4. June 18, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Love your love for words – especially God’s encouraging words to us in scripture. In our previous house, we painted beautiful wispy clouds in our daughters bathroom. We weaved words written in silver into the layers of clouds . . . scriptures, quotes from Love You Forever, etc. We wanted her to be encouraged every morning as she got ready to face her day. In our son’s room we had someone paint a mural of a football field end zone. Fans held signs with encouraging words and banners on the infield wall held quotes to inspire our son personally. So what I’m saying is – we have something in common. Those words do make a difference. 🙂


    • June 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much! I checked out your blog and LOVE it! We have more in common than you know. My background is eerily similar and I would have never dreamed I’d end up a pastor’s wife! We share a passion for missions, too. My husband and I have been to Poland, Uganda, Romania and Peru doing short term mission work and we’re hooked! I can’t wait to sit down and explore all your past posts!


      • June 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        Wow! Wish we could sit down to coffee and share stories! Thanks for your compliments about my blog. I really feel that I’m still trying to figure out my voice here. Praying for God’s direction with all of this. How long have you been blogging?


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