It is satisfying to me to do things in small bits, such as working on my rosebushes. It is kind of a lovely and gentle revelation that one does not have to do a project in its entirety all at once.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I am blessed of the Lord. He knows my heart-prayers even when I do not or cannot form them into words.
On my walk to town this morning, I was fantasizing about something that I could really use to make my life easier. I have wanted it for a good while and have not been able to afford it. I thought, "If someone offered to buy me something that I could not afford for myself that I really needed, what would I request?"
This afternoon, a woman offered me the answer to that question by asking if I might be in need of something she was getting rid of: the exact thing I'd been wanting!
Jesus heard me on my walk this morning, for He was walking the whole way with me, and He knows my heart. I've asked the Lord for many things through the years, and like a good parent does, most of the time He has told me no (I have a history of asking for things that must be less than what He desires for me, even though they seem like great things to me!).
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your love and for Your blood and for Your graciousness towards me, all of which I so richly do not deserve.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
-an update regarding a previous social media post of mine which read thusly:
"A while back, I acquired a homemade, wooden, aqua-colored chest which rolls around on four tiny black casters.
Since I'd been wanting a coffee table upon which to rest my beverages/snacks whilst lounging upon the sofa in the evenings, I decided this new score would serve the purpose. Immediately, I covered its surface with stacked, mirrored trays, crystal, rhinestone hair ornaments, and a pink lotus votive holder...
TECHNICALLY, there is still enough room for an object originally intended for its now crowded surface."
Since the above, I've enjoyed the undertaking of simplifying my little home; uncluttering, allowing my space to evolve into something more restful. Along with the aforementioned coffee table, one of the highlights of this small adventure has been the realization of something which I've desired for what seems like a very long time: the clearing of my attractively-arranged, but claustrophobic, physical desktop. I'd only just mentioned to a friend (after having already cemented the idea in my brain) that I'd like to have upon my work surface only one plant and one lamp (and my laptop). Her response (no doubt unbeknownst to her) was the same as the title of one of our favorite people's erstwhile column in Harper's Bazaar, "Why don't you?"
So, yesterday, after returning home from a blessed afternoon with a dear friend, I removed all the nice looking stuff that was in my way, washed my desktop with a sponge and am now sitting, writing this to you, from a very serene and simple and fresh vantage point. So of course now, my question to you is:
"Why don't you __________?"
xoxo - jade
Monday, May 12, 2014
As much as I enjoy decorating and re-decorating my little home, sometimes it is even better to purge. After weeks of bringing home fun things to arrange and enjoy, I was lying on my sofa yesterday afternoon relaxing when my eyes rested on something that just didn't fit. After thinking about it for a second (the Holy Spirit was downloading), I got up and engaged in what was the beginning of an afternoon of "freeing up". By evening, quite a lot of things that just didn't fit anymore ended up in a large armoire where they could stay until I could transport them back to the free box in town where most of them came from. When a few newly-cleared spaces in my home felt a little barren, I was even blessed with creative ideas of how to reclaim and repurpose a few of the items I'd put away. That was really fun!
I once read something along the lines of this: that a home, and the inevitable changes it undergoes, can be reflective of one's shifting internal landscape and the creative process of growth undertaken by one's soul. Often I have forgotten that God is always at work within me - tweaking, repairing, and rearranging things that just don't fit anymore. It is even exciting to wonder what He will straight up just get rid of and what He will repurpose according to His always good plan for my life.
"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Today, I was blessed (again!) via the free box at Food For Humans with:
-a black silk (& rayon) kimono with cheap *but fabulous* embroidery...
-a reversible satin Chinoiserie jacket in canary yellow and oxblood...
-2 fedora-esque hats (one black straw, one khaki canvas)...
-a black, blue, and gold papier mache bowl...
Just a day or two ago, I'd imagined having some funky hats to rock and then today, God gave me two!
Thank You, Father, for loving me in spite of all my "yuck".
Monday, May 5, 2014
I am OBSESSED with Klaus Nomi...
Recently, I watched The Nomi Song.
I've always "known" him visually via pop culture saturation, but had NO idea he was talented in the way that he was.
I've never heard a human being sing that way.
When I die (and everyone is DEEPLY and PROFOUNDLY sad and effected) I want the aria from Samson and Delilah by Klaus Nomi played LOUDLY.
Klaus Nomi: January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983