Be the Best Version of Yourself

Be the Best Version of Yourself

Is that all you want?

I recently did an online search for the popular and trendy phrase, “Be the Best Version of Yourself.” It turned up 2,070,000,000 results. Astounding! And I’m pretty sure as you read this post that number is climbing! Why? People long to be the best they can be. I know I do! We fight to convince ourselves that we have the power within ourselves to be successful and full of worth in life, work and relationships. When the power of self-talk is offered from our culture, we hear it in our own thoughts as well. Just about everywhere you turn, you hear messages such as these…

Come to the Table

Come to the Table

He brought me to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. -Song of Solomon 2:4

Why is hospitality an important practice for believers? It is living out the greatest two commandments: loving God and loving our neighbors.How can we practice hospitality? We can follow his perfect example as He lovingly invites and welcomes us to his table to enjoy the feast he has prepared. 

For His Good and Glory

For His Good and Glory

My failing memory didn’t exactly remember this quote, where it came from or even why I felt inclined to post it. What struck me was that is said 7 years ago. Hmmm, seven years ago was 2012. I posted this little jewel about one year and two months before I was diagnosed with breast cancer after my first ever mammogram. WOW! Now read that again. Everything HE places in your life, HE can use for HIS glory in a later season.

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6: 11- “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Confession:  I am always looking to tomorrow instead of thinking about today!  Are you with me?  I can’t wait until the weekend, or I am dreading “clean the bathrooms day” on Thursday, or dreaming about my next Disney trip (which won’t happen for several years…but I do love the magic!).  

Beautifully Mended

Beautifully Mended

I recently learned of a Japanese art form called Kintsugi and was completely enamored. With Kintsugi, meaning “golden repair”, the artist repairs broken pieces of pottery using a mixture of resin and powdered gold. So instead of throwing the broken item away, they embrace and even highlight the cracks. Every piece is unique and special because of the many different ways the pottery shatters before being put back together again. The end result is something even more beautiful than before.

On the Wall for All to See

On the Wall for All to See

I remember the treasured, yet exhausting, days when my girls were toddlers. It rings true…the days were long but the years were short. With my second child, I had the privilege of being home with her several days out of the week. Those days were filled with trips to the library, the park, the zoo, and craft time at home. I think back to the moments when I would build up just enough energy at the end of the day to provide some time to paint, draw, sculpt, or watercolor. I was a tired mama who wanted to rest but I knew this was the highlight of her day.

By His Light

By His Light

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

What a wonderful word picture of our Heavenly Father! It makes me want to snuggle in a chair with an iced chai latte, a blanket, a fire and read my Bible.

Intentionality

Intentionality

My 2018 resolution word is intentional. Ironically, that was my word last year as well. I failed, but here I am, trying again. I am slowly realizing that intentionality takes a lot of prayer and action. I am eager to not grow weary and to seek His strength to allow me to be intentional in my work, play, and parenting.

Stepping Out of Fear

Stepping Out of Fear

I'm just going to be honest and get this out of the way. The thought of writing this devotional TERRIFIES me! I've never done this before.  When I was told each member of the Sacred Studio team would be writing a devotional, it stopped me in my tracks. I wanted to say, 'Umm, I think you've been mistaken. I'm just here to post on Instagram and make a pretty website!"

Cherished

Cherished

It was after a typical, big family dinner where twelve or fourteen of us had eaten around the tremendously long farm table in my Mama’s kitchen. The girls would chip in to get the kitchen back in shape after warm conversation over a lingering southern supper.