Monday, May 24, 2010

A Glimpse of Goodness

I recently purchased this wooden step stool at an estate sale.  It was almost entirely covered in mustard yellow paint when I brought it home, but some peeling places intrigued me.

As I pulled away some of the paint I got a glimpse of the {goodness} that was underneath. Oh, just look at those wonderfully chippy layers!  The more I peeled and scraped, the more layers I revealed. 

It got me to thinking about the layers I have in my own life. There is the thin layer of self-confidence that is easily chipped away to reveal the insecurity.  Sometimes the "super woman" peels away and exposes the "I can never measure up."  Then there is the layer of forgiveness that covers over a multitude of hurts.

Layers build up from each place I have lived; new and old friends adding color to my life.  Some areas are more chippy than others.  Thankfully, the joy and hope are strong layers and only occasionally begin to peel.

Each layer in our lives builds character.  It is up to us to decide which layers to keep and which areas to let peel away just a bit.  Is there something "unattractive" in my life?  Perhaps it is time repaint.  Do I miss an old friend?  Maybe I can peel back time and reconnect.  Life getting rough?  Get out the sandpaper and smooth things out.

Yes, I am going to leave my step stool in all its chippy goodness.  I will do a bit of cleaning, a little more peeling, just a touch of sanding....and it will be a beautiful reminder of life!

{How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.  Psalm 31:19}

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Where Hope Grows

Where HOPE grows, miracles blossom.

I'm still here.  Just really haven't had the heart to blog lately, but I did want to pop in and say "hello."  Hopefully I still have a few followers who haven't forgotten about me!  I did have the start of a decent blog post floating around in my head this afternoon.  Unfortunately, there are still bits and pieces floating around beyond my reach.  Maybe in a few days all the thoughts will be captured and put in order.

Isn't that a great quote I put with the picture?  I thought it was fitting for my blog and for my life right now.  Oh, things aren't horrible.  They could be much worse.  But still, I am holding onto the hope that things will be better soon.  My husbands job ends here in less than two months.  He has applied for other jobs in the past year.  He has had interviews.  He has been a "top candidate" more than once.  Oh, the heartache when he finds out he wasn't "the one."  I believe in him and am praying that a new employer will also believe in him soon.

For now we are waiting and praying; wondering where God will plant our family next.  We are ready for a new season of blooming!

{So each generation should set its hope anew on God,not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.  Psalm 78:7}