Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It is there that I usually stop myself and say, "I can't do that as a single woman, I need to work and the kids would just be carted off to day care all day long" or I'll say "I can barely support my self and my little dog, let alone a family".
During my last house renovation, a woman in the neighborhood was admiring the changes I had made. She said, "I can tell that this is what you're passionate about." I thought about it for a moment and replied, "I'd really like to provide affordable yet stylish housing by just recycling old, ugly or abandoned homes, making them functional again." I couldn't believe those words came out of my mouth, because I still have no idea HOW I would do that?!
My mom taught me many things, but mostly not to be a naysayer!
Mark 10:27 says, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
There are things that I'd like to do my home (take down some dead trees, do some much needed landscaping, repair some rotten trim, fix the basement, add more bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.), but who would that benefit? Though I am content being a S.I.N.K. (single with no kids), I often wonder if I'm being selfish with all that I've been blessed with.
In a nearby town, whole neighborhoods have been devastated by the foreclosure crisis. Some of these bank owned homes are listed for sale from $11,000-$50,000.
Hard to believe, right? Why do we have so many homeless families AND empty dwellings?
These houses need some TLC, but would make wonderful homes for so many families.
This adorable house recently went under contract! It's asking price was $29,000!
Meanwhile, I dream of seeing a whole neighborhood transformed and "recycled", and perhaps, God willing, that I may serve as a Foster parent or adopt some children that are in need of a loving family.
Then, maybe, MY home and heart WILL be busting at the seams!
Monday, April 5, 2010
1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; splendid; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds. [1913 Webster]
These are thy glorious works, Parent of good ! --Milton. [1913 Webster]
2. Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
Most miserable Is the desire that's glorious. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
3. Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O'er all the ills of life victorious. --Burns. [1913 Webster]
During his office treason was no crime, The sons of Belial had a glorious time. --Dryden.
Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously. --Ex. xv. 21. [1913 Webster]
I speak it not gloriously, nor out of affectation. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]
Source: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Above all, these verses, in particular, stuck out:
"Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise." Nehemiah 9:5
"Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen." Psalm 72:19
In fact, the word glorious is used more than 50 times in the bible, most referring to God and his name, presence, grace, joy, throne, riches, splendor, beauty, crown. If Glorious refers to God and his holiness, who am I to use it to describe the delights of things that I can only see: earthly, material things that can burn up in a fire?
As a child, my grandmother sang the "count your blessings" song to me, and she lived by example. She also taught me to stop and smell the roses on a regular basis. So, I am trying to appreciate those things that I would otherwise take for granted.
My original idea for the name of this blog was to show how grateful I am for the small things, in this time of my life when I don't have plenty, when loosing my job, home and "things" is a real possibility. Rather than wince, I'm trying to simply appreciate my surroundings and circumstances "today" and dwell on the things that are eternal. Finding delight in the mundane causes me to view average/everyday stuff as glorious, but temporal.
So, as I contemplate my blog name, and the increasingly large pile of things I have to do this week, I'm in a temporary holding pattern until I get some clarity on the subject from the one whos name is Glorious.
have a great week!