The final fruit of the Spirit (as listed in Galatians 5:22) is self-control. I think it takes all the other fruit working in your life to establish self-control, and when you gain it, there is faith and peace abundantly prevailing in your inner man. Doesn’t it feel awesomely wonderful to obey God and His Word! It is the fruit of self-control that causes us to be surrendered enough to want to do His Will.
One verse really stands out when you study it, and it becomes evident that self-control is an important discipline to be walking in:
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter1:5-8
I love to decorate and change always inspires me. How many of you go to your friend’s or family’s homes and start to imagine how you would change things up to make it a much more beautiful space? I do. Every space can use an upgrade at one time or another and sometimes it is just changing the furniture around to different places in your home. My family has seen our home(s) constantly changing over the years, they are surprised when I give myself a rest in moving. I think it’s my creative side and I love change…it makes everything seem new.
Here is just a little journey of how I found what I truly love in decorating.
I got a big, old binder and everything I could find on the internet, in magazines, and books and I made a compilation of everything that inspired me. Paint colors, pictures, vignettes, furniture, wall decor, rugs, and how tos began to fill up every page. When I went out treasure hunting at thrift stores or yard sales I would know exactly what I was looking out for and after a while it all came together, finding just what I wanted.
Pages from my binder filled with the things I love.
Paint and fabric samples fill another page so that I can get exactly the right color.
Another section filled with notes and exact room dimensions.
Pages filled with art and samples to inspire me when I paint my own pictures.
Cutouts of furniture and items I already own, and how they are displayed or finished differently.
Pictures of things I definitely want to do and making plans.
Inspiration of things I already have done…I’ve made these boxes for my home office storage.
I made these blue ticking balls for decoration.
Take a field trip for inspiration:
One day I wanted to get inspired and I knew of a great decorating store close by, so I went to go “eye-candy” shopping. The following pictures were taken in Nantucket Home store in Chico, California. The pictures really don’t do justice to the awe-inspiring atmosphere of this entire store.
Broken plate chips made into refrigerator magnets.
Take time everyday to be inspired by new and different things that you may have not imagined before. Keep a portfolio of all the things you like and it will help you find your own style by the consistent things you add to it. (That’s how I found my personal style of decorating, because I loved so many individual things. I had a mish-mash of all kinds of styles, but nothing concrete to build a foundation on, until I made my binder.)
Faithfulness is hardly evident in this world, at this time. Sticking to something and seeing it through to the end, and having the character to tough it out even through great hardness, is sorely lacking in this generation. We are taught to do our own thing and to go by our feelings with no regard to commitment and sacrifice. Everything has to be easy or it’s not worth our time.
This is so sad. God is faithful to us when we don’t deserve it, when we are unfaithful in our commitment to Him and His Kingdom. We barely take into consideration that others count on us to keep our word. We need faithfulness as a foundation in our lives. Faithfulness builds character in us like nothing else because most of the time we don’t feel affirmed by doing the same thing consistently and routinely.
Recognize the areas in your life where you haven’t been faithful or found excuses to not commit 100 percent to a project, your job, your family, school, people in authority over you, or actively participating in church life. There is great reward for your faithfulness! God does not forget the faithful heart! He is faithful to you every day.
“Your mercies are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:23
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”Galatians 5:22
My Makeshift Temporary Studio
While living away from home for a few months, I had to create a place to work and do my artwork. I found this bright spot in the master bedroom overlooking the pool. Lots of great light and inspiration, even if I have to work on folding tables and limited supplies.