3/26/15

A place for ministry


                      


Late last summer I began offering Christian counseling services in my community and surrounding areas.  I shared the news on here a couple of times, but I never got around to posting the pictures of my office space at the center.  I ran across these old photos taken on my phone of what the room looked like before.....minus the painted Care Bear murals we had already primed over!  And I finally got around to taking some descent pictures of the space now.


The old house had previously been turned into a daycare and my office space had a divider separating the room in two separate areas.  To keep costs down, we didn't worry about putting down one type of flooring in the room.  We just cleaned the carpet and I opted to separate the areas into two separate spaces.  One for my office area.....the back part for storage/supplies.


You can see in the picture above that Scott was still trying to cover up the mural.  It took several coats, but we were finally able to make it disappear.



There is a front and back entrance to this space, as well as a door that goes into the main classroom.  This view is from when you walk in the front door.  I used two tall book shelves from Target to act as a room divider and still offer easy access to the back part of the room.  

Yes, that's a diaper changing table you see back there!  Ha ha!  We just painted it and the cabinets back there with a fresh coat of white paint.  I thought they'd come in handy as storage.  


This long book shelf was actually part of a cubby system that was left over in the building.  We gave it a fresh coat of gloss black paint and it holds some of my text books and pretties.



The room is painted a light gray color and I think the black furniture looks great!  The small desk and chair are also from Target and the book shelves offer a convenient spot for supplies and pretty accessories.


I had my diplomas framed at Hobby Lobby and I love how they turned out!  I chose frames and matting that would look good not only in this office space, but most any room.


A friend gave me the black and metal computer desk you see in the back. I use it as another work space and for extra storage.  Unfortunately, there is not an outlet in the old "diaper changing area".  My original plan was to set up a coffee station right here for my convenience.  With a small sink there, it would have been a perfect spot, but that plan's on hold right now.  






My bulletin board makes me smile when I look at it. My eyes go directly to the little cloth dolls I used to make.  Those little dolls is where "God's Gals" first began.  


And of course, I have a few of my "God's Gals" children's book on hand.  I made copies of my favorite picture from each story in the book and framed them along with a picture of me and the illustrator (my son, Dillan).


I had so many books and other ministry related supplies at my house for so long, it's nice having a place dedicated for them.  When I need something, it's convenient for me to find it now without having to dig through boxes and closets.


This last picture is of a free printable I found on the Internet.  I love the saying so much that I thought it would be perfect to frame.  "What if I fall?   Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?'  

When I first accepted the offer to counsel here, I was of course excited, but also a little afraid.  I've been trained and educated to do this, but it's also a huge responsibility.  I'm learning to trust God to help me and give me the words that I need.  People go through so many things in life and it can affect them in so many different ways.  But there is one thing that remains the same and that is God's Word and His love and faithfulness.  He always meets us where we are and offers the peace and encouragement we need in times of trouble if we will only turn to Him.  




3/23/15

Welcome Spring!



Well, spring has finally arrived!  And not soon enough for me!  

It was a long, cold winter and it's so nice to see green on the trees and flowers blooming.  The pollen.....not so much.  It doesn't like me!  

Even before the first signs of spring, I was adding some spring touches to the inside of my home.  And when I think of spring, I think of Easter.  Here's a little glimpse of what spring is looking like so far around here:










I'm busy this week trying to finish up some small projects around the house as well as do some much needed spring cleaning.....inside and out.  More on that later!

Peaches to the Beaches 2015

Peaches to the Beaches 2015 was so much fun this year!  We decided to take advantage of both days of treasure hunting and cover the most territory possible.  To prevent back-tracking on the route, we went to Brunswick that Thursday and spend the night.  This way, we could wake up Friday morning and shop the beginning of the route (Brunswick) to Hawkinsville, spend the night at home, and then finish the rest of the trip to Barnesville on Saturday.



Since we were already so close to the beach in Brunswick, we rode over to St. Simons Island for dinner that evening.  We did a little research and decided to eat at Black Water Grill, which has been featured on Food Network.  It was a neat place and we enjoyed our meal.




After dinner, we rode around the "village" area where the restaurant is and the nearby community and were pleasantly surprised at the number of restaurants and shops on the island.  Scott had never been to St. Simons, and I had not been in years.  There's so much to see and do now on St. Simons Island



We have decided that we are definitely going back for a long, romantic weekend ;)

So, anyway, we got up early Friday morning, grabbed a quick breakfast and Starbucks, and hit the yard sale trail!  I never dreamed yard sales could be so much fun, but with Scott along for the ride, you will laugh so hard it hurts!  He really can't stand to think about someone finding a deal before him, so he always wants to leave early.....as in daybreak!

To share our fun with others who might not be able to go, we decided to do a few videos.  I'm not sure if this link from my Facebook page will work for everyone, but that's the easiest way for now to post these videos since they were deleted off my phone.  I'll try to come up with another solution later.  (If you're friends with me on Facebook, you've probably already seen these).




This was an antique museum along the way that we walked through.  Scott just happened to notice the old woman watching us...lol!  Don't worry, she's not real.



Scott's always drawn to old music and albums.  Even though he doesn't usually buy any, he always likes to look at them.  My music man!




This place is one of my favorites to stop.  They always have cute furniture and other unique pieces.  



Do you see what I see? Yep, turpentine boxes!  I have to admit that Scott had to tell me what these were, but I loved them at first sight!  I could visualize them hanging from an old piece of barn wood on my kitchen wall.  I bought 3 at this store.






What not to buy at a yard sale.




Looking at old doll houses and toys is always alot of fun for me. I'm certain I would have loved this one as a little girl.







This next picture shows one of my favorite spots along the trail this year. I've never been here before, but it was basically a scrap iron type spot.  There were lots of DIYers and buyers walking through here putting odds and ends together to create some original pieces.  




I found something that was already in one piece.  It just needs some tender love and care.  Nothing at all was wrong with the frame.  Some new straps on the seating and back and new cushions and she will be perfect on my front porch!  And this was only $15.00!  Great deal!





Here's a pic of my purchases on the first day.  The blue cross made of sticks is much prettier in person...I promise!  I like to buy old decorative books and I'm in love with busts of various sizes!  You can see the 3 turpentine boxes for my project and a glass pitcher for entertaining.  The small white wood pieces are wall art for my upcoming master bath redo.  The little wood caddy will be painted and will hold....well, plants or whatever I feel like displaying in there ;)  Oh, and the old sewing patterns are for my mom.  She mentioned the other day wanting to frame some for her sewing room.  Well, there you go, mom!





My mom, sister, Shaana and her daughter Natalie, and Dillan joined us for day two.
Mama and Shaana bought the first purchases of the day. Great pieces!




Dillan found a unique belt buckle.




And Nat lucked up on various art supplies.  















There are no words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This just seems wrong.




Here's a glimpse of my purchases from the second day.  In case you can't tell, I'm into blue these days ;)  More books, a glass vase, creamer, an old cabinet door front for the turpentine box project, and a cute cow to hang in the kitchen.


I spent a total of $47.00 for all of my purchases (that includes the bench).  I'd say that's pretty good.  I'm already looking forward to going again next year with this guy!


If you've never been, be on the look out for it next year.  It's always in the month of March and you can find out information about it on Facebook.


2/18/15

Doing hard things....with help



I was reminded this morning that sometimes God asks us to do hard things.  God also asked His Son, Jesus to do a hard thing.  He asked Him to willingly give up His life for us.

Jesus had to confront betrayal from one of His own disciples.  He also had to confront the hate and malice towards Him that would ultimately send Him to the cross to suffer and die.

I don't know about you, but nothing I have ever had to confront can compare with taking on the sins of the world and suffering a horrible death on a cross.

As I read about how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, I was also reminded of how the Father sent an angel to strengthen Him. As a result of Jesus' prayer, He went from sweating drops of blood to boldly facing His betrayer.  He willingly endured the suffering and the beatings all the way to Calvary.

I don't know about what you are facing today, but Jesus is there to help you through it.  Maybe it's the death of a loved one.....or maybe depression, anxiety, or divorce.  It might be a financial hardship or it may be addiction.

Put it in God's hands.  Call out to Him and He will strengthen you for the task ahead.

2/13/15

Love Letters


The crimson flow from the cross
completed the Father's Will
Trickling slowly upon the rocks
all along Calvary's Hill

It flowed so freely for all to see
Spelling His words of love
Speaking to hearts in the biggest love letter
sent to us from above

Lynn Langford

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  Share some love today!

2/9/15

Another year to grow and learn


Well, I recently celebrated another birthday.  The big Forty-Five (45)!  To this day, no matter how old we get, my mama always plans a lunch or dinner for me and my sisters to celebrate our special day.  And I'm pretty sure we wouldn't know how to act if that didn't happen!

Because I know she won't always be around to do that, I try to really soak it all in and enjoy every minute of it.  It's not about the gifts or what we eat.  It just means alot to see my family take time out of their schedules to spend with me and help me feel special.  


But I'm not the only one who celebrated a birthday on January 31st!  Miss Lucy turned another year older too.  Yep...we both have the same birthday.  Lucy is now 7 years old :)


Dillan couldn't be there that day, but he came home a few days before to see me.  He gave me a new insulated coffee cup and these beautiful flowers!

I think it's pretty neat that my birthday is in the first month of the year when we tend to focus the most on our goals and dreams for our lives.  Getting older doesn't really bother me any more.  Sure, I'd like to keep the wrinkles and extra weight from appearing, but the older I get, the more I appreciate the gift of life and all God has blessed me with.