Goodness

Fruit of the Spirit – Goodness

Goodness

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18

Goodness is hard to define, but the essence of goodness is God.  God is good.  As we live in this world with the Holy Spirit inside of us, God works His goodness into our lives.  Ask Jesus to begin to establish goodness in your heart and begin to actively step out by faith (especially if you don’t “feel” like it) to show goodness to those around you.  I think goodness and kindness walk hand in hand.

Heritage

Genes Can Be a Great Blessing and Heritage

I have often wondered what I would be like if I had been born into a different family.  Not that I don’t love my own family dearly, but I do see strengths and weaknesses that I can definitely attribute to how I was raised and things I’ve been taught, and particularly those unknown genes that are a part of us.  Sometimes we might ponder if God really knew what He was doing to put us in the family that He did…I say yes!  He knew exactly what kind of person you would be, what things you would excel at and those little inabilities that we don’t like very much. Even with all the dysfunction we may recognize so well, God knows the potential and attributes that He put in us, so that we can be more than victorious in all things as we are being perfected.

I am so amazed that both of my grandmothers were very talented and creative artistically.  I got those genes!  More than anything else in my life I am so grateful to have been given those particular talents from both sides of my family.  Being creative and artistic makes me so, so happy and content.

Be thankful for your life no matter how difficult or fabulous…God knows all things and has created you for greatness and an abundantly good life.  We have the genes that were created in us for a purpose and we have access to all the blessings of God. Remember, you are a new creation in Christ with new genes, created in the likeness of God.

My grandmother made this shadow box in the 1950s. The ornate frame material is real carved wood not molded resin.  And just think she assembled it without a nail gun...lol!
My grandmother made this shadow box in the 1950s. The ornate frame material is real carved wood not molded resin. And just think she assembled it without a nail gun…lol!
My mom's mom was artistic with paint. She painted this vase with cornflowers when she was a teenager.
My mom’s mom was artistic with paint. She painted this vase with cornflowers when she was a teenager.
Another treasure from my granny was this painted saucer on  fine china...alas, the cup has long disappeared - probably broken.  I use it as a coaster for my morning mug of coffee.
Another treasure from my granny was this painted saucer on fine china…alas, the cup has long disappeared – probably broken. I use it as a coaster for my morning mug of coffee.

Personal Note:

What prompted this whole train of thought was a recent visit to Ft. Bragg, California, and the local spot where we would visit with my grandmother (my dad’s mom, Nana) – Glass Beach.  It was a fairy tale come true. It used to be a remote spot where the entire beach would be filled with glass and china tumbled in the waves and washed up on the shore. You could sit on the beach and scoop up handfuls of blue, aqua, green, brown, and clear glass (the kind you find at craft stores now). But alas, it is only a distant memory because of the travesty of time. The beach has been depleted of it’s glorious treasures and only rocks and dirt remain. (Some childhood memories should never be violated, I loved the memories of my grandmother making beautiful mosaics from the glass that she collected – that I sweetly remember).*

Memories of Glass Beach will never be the same.
Memories of Glass Beach will never be the same.

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You can still see the faint glow of glass.

*It is unlawful now to take anything off the beach, though I watched a dozen people picking out the beautiful remnants that still can be found among the rocks.

This Week

Projects I’m Working On

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

This week is the beginning of all kinds of new things in my home.  I wanted you to get a glimpse of some of them.

My Art Deco Dresser is in the midst of a new and fresher makeover.

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In process

 This is the progress so far on reinventing a canvas (not my style) to a more Heavenly perspective.

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In the midst of changing

 My office redo: functional but really too crowded, I’m organizing – mostly getting rid of objects that make my space too cluttered.   Yes, my walls are painted pink but soon to be repainted in a lovely gray.

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Cluttered and too busy before pic
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Working on organization

 I am making a new desk for my office using the Singer sewing machine base and creating a new top from laminated wood.

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Sewing machine base sitting on my front porch

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Sanding
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Staining

 This piece of wood was actually made and laminated by my husband 18 years ago, waiting in the garage for just the perfect project. 

I am wonderfully happy to finally be working on all of these projects this week.  It is also the first opportunity to begin the refurbishing of most of the rooms in our house – everything: kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and the living room.  Many surprises to come when I reveal the before and afters.  I’m so excited to finally get going!  Stay tuned!