Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Mess Get Real Challenge!

How do I let my clothes just pile up?
In an age where we have perfected the Social Media skill of making everything look "tv perfect" I just want to clarify....I am not perfect, nor is my life....actually, I am perfectly imperfect. Never ever judge your life on the picture perfect life of others on Social Media. If you do, you will likely fall short and miss who you are...wonderfully and fearfully made. The real you, is so much better than the image crafted so carefully that you even forget who you are. I am guilty as well, without even thinking about it.

So, I want to issue a challenge to you...lets share on Social Media just how real we are.  I know it is embarrassing, but it is REAL!  We don't need to out Pinterest each other, we just need to support and lift each other up and realize we are perfectly imperfect!  Come on, join me and leave a comment to a link to where you shared how wonderfully real you are.  #betransparent

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bright Spots for Summer

I have always loved holidays and the changes of seasons.  It is fun to change a few things up in my home for each season or holiday just to make me (and hopefully my friends and family) smile just a little bit. This week I finally took my Patriotic Décor down, which I usually leave up through Memorial Day through the 4th.  Yes, I was very late I getting it down, but I still wanted to put up a pop or two of Summer and was surprised when I went shopping that all the stores have already been taken over by Fall and CHRISTMAS!!!  The one positive thing about this whole season surprise was that what I did find  was on sale big time ( as in 90%off!)

My unexpected joy was that I found was the piece I want to use in moving forward to create the look of "MY" house and I couldn't be happier  It will be my anchor piece! My decorating style has been evolving in the last few years, and as finances allowed, I have been able to make changes...small changes, but still moving towards my vision of what I want my home to look like and be a place where I can be replenished, revived and also be a place that is open and makes others feel the same.  So to day, I am feeling the Summer heat and enjoying a few little pops of summer around the house!  What do you do to change your home up from time to time?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Robby Ott

I feel at a loss as to whether to write this post or not.   I can never make the words do justice to a Godly man and his amazing wife; but I feel the need to share how honored I am to have known Robby Ott and count he and his family as friends.  The kind of love Robby and his family shared was amazing, it wasn't perfect, but it was unfailing.  Robby was like that with most people, really.  He wasn't one to give up on someone. I know, because I saw it in his ministry to my own family.  He stood in the gap for me and my family on more than one occasion, even when he literally didn't have the strength to do so....and his precious wife, she shared him when they were pulled for time in their own family. 
Robby's passing a few days ago has me joyous that he is no longer in pain and struggling physically but hurting for those left behind. Our eternal perspective and our earthly hearts don't always walk hand in hand.  I was awed on Sunday,  as his stronger than me wife, spoke of who Robby was...and to watch the poise in which she shared what Robby truly would have wanted us to focus on....Jesus. 
"How can I glorify you today, God?"
~Robby Ott....everyday.
An excerpt from his obituary....
Robert Eugene Ott FLORENCE, SC - Rev. Robert Eugene Ott, 40, of Florence, SC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, July 14, 2017, at 6:28 a.m. at the McLeod Hospice House. He fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith after a five-year journey with colon cancer. He entered into his eternal reward surrounded by family. Robby was born April 3, 1977, in North Charleston, SC. He was a graduate of Goose Creek High School, where he was a drum major, and developed a passion for the tuba. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Youth Ministry. During college, he surrendered his life to full-time ministry and was ordained on July 7, 1998. Robby loved Jesus, his family, the Gamecocks, music, and golf. He was the pastor at The Garden Church of Florence. Robby was a gifted preacher of God's word, and he ministered and brought glory to Christ throughout his life. Robby and his wife, April, were married for 18 years, but he claimed to have loved her his entire life....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Come into the Garden...

I don't think I have mentioned that we recently started attending a new church.  When I mean "new," I mean brand "new."  It is a church that grew from the church we have long attended and still love and pray the best future for; but it seems God has led us to this new church called The Garden Church.    Currently we are meeting in the borrowed space of a local deli so it is different sitting in a booth as opposed to a traditional pew on Sunday Morning!  Today makes 3 months since the birth of The Garden Church and God has shown up in so many ways.  One really unique experience is hearing others be so open, in a public forum, as to how God is working in their lives. I can't say I am ready to stand in front of a crowd and share my testimony....yet, but I am always amazed and marvel at those who can.
The Garden Church came into existence as I was going through a lot of personal conflict in my own spiritual life and I can't ignore that "coincidence." Right now, I am not sure what being part of The Garden will mean to me in my life, or exactly how/if I fit,  but I know that God has wonderful plans with this new body. This morning as we shared the somber and promise filled experience of the Lord's Supper, I was honored to sit among old friends and new, and know that God has a plan for this church and that He also has a plan for me.  It may not be my plan, it probably won't be in my timing, nor will it probably make me comfortable but there is a plan...I just have to stop trying to control it and let HIM use me as He wants.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Southern Living Magazine comes to life!

One day last week I was able to do some major window shopping at the  Southern Living (yes, the magazine company's) only store in the United States.  The widow displays alone made me drool.  But when you walk is all over....
Every detail, from live Southern Living Plants, to even the cutest T-shirts, everything in this store  called my name.  There was even a golf bag and club covers calling my name and I don't golf!  This is definitely a store I could get myself into some major trouble...from cute clothes to the perfect napkins and my dream swing bed, I wanted it all!
And, of course, how can a Southern girl not love a store with a variety of deviled egg plates to choose from? 
Even decorative Okra was, you can't get much more Southern than that!!! 
Make sure not to miss this gem if you are in the area:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy National Pink Day!

Happy National Pink Day!  Life is not complete without a little pink in it, at least for me.  I loved it as a little girl and I hope I always love it! 
These were left on my doorstep today with a note from a very special friend.  She has spent the last few days visiting with me and I am so glad she did.  It is so amazing to see how God orchestrated the beginnings of this friendship 30+ years ago, but it didn't come into full bloom until the last few years.   He knew to bring us together at just the right time, when we each would need it.

Although, we don't often get to see one another, we share secrets that I can't imagine sharing with anyone else . The last few days have been late nights (2-3 AM every night) full of talking through the issues each of us are dealing with in our lives and catching up on the small details that we will often skip over in a phone conversation or email.. There was plenty of laughter and tears shared but we both needed that. She understands my spiritual battles and doesn't judge because she knows where I am.  I think we all know how rare it is to have a friend who will get in their car at 3:30 pm in the middle of the week and drive 5 hours to spend a few days with you just because she senses you need it (she was right!!!) 

Sadly, we (collectively) seem to get so busy with life and things that really aren't that important in the long term picture that we lose track of the human cost of being busy and not intentional with our relationships, whether with friends or family.  This week showed me true sacrifice just to be friend....not because she had too, but because her heart needed to be a friend. She knew I didn't need to be alone this week and so she stepped in and filled the gap.  I am taking that lesson to heart and hopeto be able to pass it along one day.  I am so thankful that by the time she left, my blessings seemed far greater than my challenges. 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keith & Kristyn Getty "In Christ Alone"

I woke up this morning with this song echoing in my head. It is all I have been able to hear all day. Wonder if someone is trying to tell me something? I pray my heart can hear the message.