July 29, 2010

Rooms of our heart.

Via here.

 What is God’s blueprint for my life?
Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

This scripture gave me pause. I wondered if this could be true. It seemed too good to be true. I was questioning God’s “blueprint” for my life. Fears of taking an unknown path in mid-life overwhelmed me. Today, as I share this with you, I walk with confidence, knowing my God is faithful and will carry me to the end. His blueprint for my life is better than any I could have drawn.

Searching out the corners of my heart where the spirit of Jesus resides, I need to refresh and restore this spirit-filled sanctuary. I want to allow Jesus’ light to shine even in the darkest corners. I will call these corners of my heart “my rooms”.

Will you join me in taking an inventory of your rooms?

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Come along with me as you read, and place the heart of Jesus before you as we fill our house with rooms of peace, love and security.Proverbs 4:23
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

A wellspring by definition is a “continuous, seemingly inexhaustible source or supply of something”.

What is the wellspring that refreshes our souls? We know it is God’s holy inexhaustible nourishment that feeds our souls. We must guard our hearts against unholy, unrighteous thoughts and behavior.

I have chosen four rooms as my focus. Each room or place in my heart is filled with Biblical principles that carry me through dark times and happy times. After walking through these rooms with me, you can create your own rooms where God resides. Let’s unlock the doors of our heart and let the light stream in.
Via here.

The Prayer Room

A special place in my heart is my rest and recovery room, which I call the Prayer Room.

Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

I need help when I’m rushed by the busyness of life. I’m grateful God is patient with me. We all have our own place and time where we bring our hopes, dreams and anxieties to God. Our prayers for strength, faith, family, friends, countries, our world, our church and our thankfulness will be heard by God.

In this room I pray to never forget where I came from. I know this room needs my careful attention.

How often do you use your rest and recovery room, your prayer room? I must enter here before I can step into the next place in my heart.

Forgiveness Room

The next room in my heart is my cleansing room. This must be entered with a humble heart. I call this my forgiveness room. It can be pretty shabby and dark at times. When I talk carelessly or without kindness, when I don’t show respect to another; when I harbor resentments my room grows dark and unyielding to God’s spirit.

Going to Jesus and asking for his forgiveness is the only way I can bring light in to brighten the hidden corners of this room. I am continually amazed when I read of the sinful woman who poured the alabaster jar of precious perfume over the feet of Jesus. Weeping, she knew her sins needed to be forgiven. (Luke 7:36-50). She exemplifies to me a woman who was completely honest and courageous; one who was determined to make changes in her life and give it completely to Jesus. He saved her because of her humble heart and great faith. I must never forget why he gave his life for me, a sinner. God hears my prayers for forgiveness.

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

What fills your forgiveness room?
Via here.

Mercy and Compassion Room

Join me as I enter my outreach room. It is called my Mercy and Compassion room. Giving to others, whether it be spiritual guidance, a phone call to encourage, a prayer or a listening ear shows the heart of Jesus. Jesus calls me to be His ambassador when I walk through my neighborhood or into a nursing home and see the loneliness and hopelessness around me. I must decide to make someone’s life brighter by listening and caring. Will I share Jesus’ words that bring comfort and hope?

Sometimes my physical body is not able to accomplish what it was able to do years ago. Yet God knows my heart and what he has planned for me. I’ve found throughout my walk  with HIm that there are many lonely women who are eager to hear a gentle word and receive a loving touch. These I can give.

How is your mercy and compassion room? Is it full or empty?

Via here.

Praise Room

My fourth room, the praise room, is where I give thanks to the Lord for all his blessings. This room in my heart is a joyful one. It is decorated with songs. I love to play the piano with praise songs. I love to see and hug new babies; to see a new life in Christ; to hear young and old disciples share their victories after challenges; to listen to wise women (young and old) give incredible advice; to feel the embrace of a loved one. I love to pray with sisters; to give the best to God; to sacrifice with a joyful heart; to smell the fragrances of spring and autumn; to taste new and tried recipes. All these gifts, and many more, are all freely given to me by my faithful God.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Can God hear you in your praise room?

As you take an inventory of your rooms, have faith that you can restore and refresh your spiritual home as you strive to please God. These rooms can build a home that will never fade, or be destroyed. The light can forever stay on in these rooms when Jesus is there.

This was written by my sister (in the faith ) Carolyn Goblick, Acton, Massachusetts. 
She is an amazing woman of faith, who I respect greatly. I hope this devotional inspires you.

Love Lisa

July 27, 2010

Feathered Glory.

Via here.

Clutch, via here.

Elastic Belts

Louis Vitton

Erickson Beaman Earrings


Via here.

Well, I'm not the most daring when it comes to fashion. But I'm willing to try some these gorgeous feathered accessories. 
I think I'll treat myself to something feathered before I pay my bills and buy groceries. 
What? OK,OK something under $50. Sheeeeesh.

What about you?

Having a great week so far everyone, I hope you are too. God Bless.

Love to all my feathered friends, just kidding.


July 26, 2010

Coffee Table Books, ...#4.

The Paris Apartment by Claudia Strasser

This is a gem of a book if you dream of turning flea market items into treasures to create your own unique decor.

The Shorebreak Art of Clarke Little

This amazing surfer and photographer has risked life and limb on the Hawaii coast, amidst some of the largest waves on the planet, to achieve what is the most amazing shorebreak photos by far. You will not find this gorgeous book on Amazon.

NIKON - Welcome to the surf as Clark Little sees it. Don't try this at home!

The Best of Elle Decor.

 Well, its the start of another week and I hope all is well with everyone. To start the week, I'll share some of the books that  I own and totally love and are on my wish list.

Have a good day and welcome to my blog if this is your first time visiting.

Love Lisa

July 25, 2010

Sunday Arrangements #2.

Domino April 2009

Domino April 2009

Domino April 2009

Today I'm reminded of the little things that make life worth while like these flowers. 
The small pleasures that are uniquely our own.

Like for me it's, taking my kids for ice cream, 
baking cookies, spending time with family, long walks,
spending time with my hubby, holding hands, 
going to beach, reading a good book,
having tea, time alone to meditate and pray and
writing someone a note just  to say how much they mean to you.

Life is short, we can only hope to have tomorrow.
Do everything passionately and appreciate all that you can.

Love Lisa

July 22, 2010

Mirrors & Chandeliers.

via romantic country

I have been notified by my blog template host site, that I will no longer be able to use the background template I have come to love as the face of my blog any longer. Although I am not happy about this, I have decided to make the necessary changes to my blog sooner than later.

Thank you so much for understanding and please bear with me as I go through this time of transition. So if you come by and happen to see some weird stuff, its me trying to figure out a new look.

Check out these gorgeous mirrors everyone aren't they just divine.

Love you all, Lisa.

July 21, 2010

Chalkboards 101.

 Swiveling Mounted Chalkboards at Bistro Vida, via here.

A vintage carnival wheel and chalkboards are unique accessories to this country kitchen.
From here.

 Chalkboard Recipe Wall, from here.

This cafe is pure vintage, dressed with large chalkboards, antique mirrors, huge old school tables with drawers and cardboard packing case seats........source.

Chalkboard paint on closet doors is another great kid’s room idea.
From here.

 A stylish home office organizer. A converted panel door into a magnetic chalkboard and salvage the typewriter keys to create 30+ unique magnets. I adore this project from here.

A gorgeous flower shop menu saves on paper. What can I say, 
I love the rustic touch of the weathered door.
Via here.

 Chalkboard tiles are so whimsical from here.

Enjoy!!! Love from Lisa.

July 20, 2010

Bookshelf Lust.






Would someone please talk to my hubby about building me some bookshelves. I'm sure if you're like me, you're wanting a home for your most treasured books and objects.
I'm way pass longing, I think I've become obsessive-compulsive about this whole bookshelf ordeal. LOL.

So till I can have my custom made bookshelves, I'll have to make do with these lovely pics from Country Living and Domino.

Thank you so much for all the well wishes. I'm still ill but doing lots of blog-surfing.

Love you all.

July 17, 2010

Sunday Arrangements.

Images from Country Home.

Have a great Sunday everyone. I'm not feeling well at the moment but I wanted to cheer my lovely friends with these images. Take care and I'll see you all next week.

Love Lisa

July 14, 2010

Its a Fairy's Life.

Images by Nicholas Barnett Photograhy

Don't let that face fool you in the least, she is a handful. I am amazed everyday by her as she is learning so quickly, is that normal for second children, when they have an older sibling??

Just a few days ago I saw her trying to flush the toilet and looking most frustrated.
She said," Mummy this toilet isn't working, it needs batteries.
Well my toilet is working, but she is now learning how to use it. 
(She doesn't like the training potty for some reason.)

Needless to say I almost died laughing. 

Last weekend at a birthday party she walked up to the mini bar and asked for something to drink. When the guy gave her a drink, she said very plainly, 
NOT THAT, ORANGE JUICE PLEASE...to everyone's amazement.

Well I won't bore with any more stories of how proud I am of my lovely daughter but in a nutshell,...
 I feel very fortunate that God has chosen me to be her Mom.
 I can't help but feel very Blessed.

Love to All, Lisa

July 12, 2010

In the Mood for Tea.


Images from Country Living.

I'm so in the mood for tea. I'm not sure what it is about tea if it's the tradition and the display of fine china in all it's glory...Or it could be the array of dainty tea sandwiches made of cream cheese and smoked salmon, egg salad or cucumber with tomato. 

I know what, the red velvet cupcakes frosted with butter cream icing, basil chicken salad on rye toast with a decadent Angel Food cake smothered with strawberry preserve. Yum!!!

Maybe it's just the chatter and laughter of good friends sharing a moment over a pot of tea. Whatever it is nothing lift spirits like a good cup of tea. Don't you agree???

Bon Appeti-TEA to all.
(My next post will be Blog Awards, stay tuned everyone.)

Love Lisa.

Happy Thanksgiving and a last minute dessert.

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