Friday, February 18, 2011

get cozy and be still...

i've been asked to speak next month at a bible study.  
i have just 15 minutes to impart to a room full of women
how God prepared me for a life storm.  
and as i sit down to write it, i again know the words
"be still" 
carried me through it.

two years before my diagnsosis, i felt the lord
tapping me on the shoulder and whispering
"be still" into my heart. 

"be still and know that I am God"
psalms 46:10

given my life was anything but still, and knowing
i was chasing after joy and never quite finding it,
i heeded His call.

i came home and closed my business with a friend.
a business i adored. 
i began focusing on my husband and children.
but more importantly, I focused on God.

i attended a bible study for the first time
and found myself studying every morning 
before my kids opened their eyes. 
starting my day with Him became beautiful.

a friend of mine recently shared this book with me. 
it is one of her favorites.
it is one of mine too.
jesus calling is a daily devotional.
it's a daily reminder to begin with Him.
today reads:

"i am with you.  these four words are like a safety net, protecting you from falling into despair.  because you are human, you will always have ups and downs in your life experience.  but the promise of my presence limits how far down you can go.  sometimes you may feel as if you are in a free fall, when people or things you had counted on let you down.  yet as soon as you remember that i am with you, your perspective changes radically.  instead of bemoaning your circumstances, you can look to me for help.  you recall that not only am i with you, i am holding you by your right hand.  i guide you with my counsel, and afterward i will take you into glory.  this is exactly the perspective you need: 
the reassurance of my presence, and the glorious hope of heaven."

that, and a cup of tea, and i'm ready to begin my day.

so since i created this blog to share my home with you, 
let me show you where my day begins.

my favorite corner of my house.
a cozy glider, a foot stool, a cup of pomegranate tea and a basket of books.  
and usually a cat or two on my lap.
(they're currently curled up on a couch as i write this).  

a friend of mine found this beautiful 
oval frame.  my dear dad cut a piece of wood to fit
so i can use it as a chalkboard.  i wrote "welcome"
in it over three years ago and have no desire to erase it.

i moved it onto our dutch door and now 
pretend it's God's welcome sign to me to begin my day.

i bought this table the day my friend and i started our
short and sweet business.  it was $50.  i wasn't quite sure where
to put it.  it now fits perfectly in this corner.

the lampshade was $1 at a thrift store.  the lamp is from 
target.  it reads "no. 5" in beautiful script.  the number five
is special to me, as i like to think it represents the number in
my family - my husband, myself, my two children and God.

i found this teacup on sale at anthropologie.  22 is also a special number.
it was my husband's basketball number in high school and is now
my son's baseball number.

like so many of us right now, i love anything with letters and numbers.

i found this sweet little stool at a store for $10.
i was shopping with a girlfriend when i spotted it.  
i loved it, but thought i didn't need it.  so i didn't buy it.
of course, after i left the store, i had to have it.  don't you hate that?
so i called her (thankfully she was still there) and  asked her to get it for me.  
i still owe her the $10!
(if she ever invites us over for that italian dinner 
she promised to make us, she'll get it.  hint hint).

and my sweet little pillow from pottery barn.
i think it is meant to be a christmas decoration, but i
love it all year long.  

"you have done so much for me, o Lord.  no wonder i am glad! 
i sing for joy."

psalms 92:4

so this is where i begin my day.
and sometimes, it is where i close my day.
with Him.

do you begin your day with God?
do you have a favorite book to share?
a favorite verse?

if you do, i would love you to leave a comment
and share it with all of us!

see you next month.


  1. Hi Ruthie!!
    I have that lamp too! And I love your wicker table with the wood top... Those are my favorite types of vintage wicker. I probably need to come back and read more tomorrow, since it's late!!

  2. Love this post. I am all over the place when I meet with God. Depends on the weather and my mood...outside, inside...couch, chair,, den, patio...I have just not been able to settle. I keep my Bible and a few books, journal, and my current Bible study in a flat basket with handles. Portable, which is what I need. Maybe someday I'll find that special spot, but for now, I'm just happy I'm meeting with Him!

  3. Next month????
    Why will you see us next month?
    I want to read some more like, tomorrow :)
    I love this post, and I love your home!
    22 is precious to me because it's how old I was when I met my husband :)
    I usually spend time with my Lord in our Music Room on the loveseat.
    HOW funny.
    That Jesus Calling book?
    I got a FREE copy of it at the Relevant conference you emailed asking about.
    I love it, but gave my copy to a friend for Christmas. Ugh. So, I found it so awesome to get a devotional from your post anyway!
    Thank you! :)
    I have an oval tray above my sofa in the theater room--chalkboard. It says Rejoice! (leftover from C-mas). But I like "Welcome!", I may change the wording- I am a copy cat.
    I pray that you will be able to share God's heart with the ladies at the study and that their hearts would hear Him through you!
    Are you healing from cancer? Or what is your status?
    He is with you. Through your testimony, others will learn the power of His grace!
    P.S. I am 43---44 in June.

    I am SO glad you wrote me!
    I love you, too!

  4. Love your blog!
    Beautiful home, and still more beautiful is a heart in love with God! This is what it's all about isn't it? Better yet, a God who loves us!
    My favorite verse (these days) is 2 Cor 5:21. I call it the Great Exchange: "God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to become sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." I call it The Great Exchange. Here's real joy, "life is worth the living, just because He lives". And along the way we are so blessed to have wonderful families, health and beautiful homes, as a bonus.


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