Be Bold — What Painting a Wall Taught Me about Going for what I want.

coffee_nook1It’s not such a bad color. I have told myself over the past year.

I think I can live with it…it’s kinda trendy.

And so I hedged. I spent a year trying to convince myself that the interior colors of my “new” house was okay. After all, repainting the thing would run into the thousands.

But deep down inside I knew the truth: the color of the walls was driving me nuts. I’ve had enough color theory classes to know that the serene blue had subtle green undertones, which did not match the golds, navy, and sienna of my furniture. When the sun hit the walls just right, all I could see was–well, office green.


So Saturday, I went to Lowes and came back with black chalkboard paint. After about 2 hours, an entire wall of my “coffee/reading nook” was a deeply satisfying black. No longer did my thrift-store-find sofa clash against the wall in terrible disharmony. Even my husband and daughter bragged on it, a couple of sloppy edges not-with-standing.

We had a great time drawing all over the wall.

Why had I not just gone for that look all along?

Sometimes our lives can be like that. I don’t know about you, but I can be awfully timid at times. When I should be going bold!!!

The Bible says in I Timothy 1:7 — For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. That reminds me of when Peter stepped out of the boat to follow Jesus, who was walking on the water. Peter was doing fine until he looked down at the big waves dashing about him. Then he started to sink.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to give my timidity to Jesus, and now I’m not just talking about painting my literal house.

What about you? Do you have fears holding you back?





Local Teen’s Life Ended Prior to Mission Trip — Hope during Tragedy

As you can imagine, our north Alabama community is crushed over the loss of Sparkman High School’s Sarah Harmening in the bus crash that took her life yesterday afternoon.

Even though I didn’t know the family, this just hurts.

A lot.

As a mom, I can’t fathom the pain her mother must be going through.


Why did this have to happen to a young girl who was going to help children in Botswana…who was going to do the Lord’s work and make an impact on her world?

I think Mrs. Harmening answered my question in the press meeting here.

Yes, it’s true that Sarah’s life ended tragically. And like me, you may wonder why God allowed it to happen.

This I do know:

The Bible says in Romans 8:28 that God causes all things to happen for the good for those who love Him and who are called for His purpose.

It doesn’t say that God causes all things to be good for His children, but God can turn around the worst circumstance and use it for the good.

Perhaps in sweet Sarah’s case, God is using her young life of service to teach others about Jesus. These were my thoughts when I listened to her mom bravely speak at the press release. People all over the world who see the release will be impacted by the Harmening’s faith. And young Sarah’s life.

See, Sarah can’t come back to her parents. But they can go to her. (2 Samuel 12:23)

May this bring them peace.

Matthew 19:14
Psalm 34:18
Matthew 5:4
1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
Proverbs 12:28

Happy Southerners Share Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants.

I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow.

My friend told me that the Privet is actually kind of costly. I looked it up, and it was almost $50 for a 5-gallon container. Ouch! So, I’m hoping it does well from a cutting.

She gave me a rooting of a weeping willow that should be h-u-g-e in 3 years, if I take good care of it at the start. (Fingers crossed.)

Okay, so I know that it’s not just a southern thing to share plants. I’m sure the generosity occurs throughout the world.

What about you? Do you plant share?

(And by the way: That isn’t my friend’s house. It’s just a pretty home from the Madison historical district. I just liked all of their plants out front!!) 😉