Two Awesome Facebook Groups

I usually follow bloggers, that I enjoy reading, on Facebook. Recently, two of them have started groups. I am loving being apart of these groups for a couple of reasons. 

1) I am making some new friends.  

2) I am getting some great ideas and

3) I am having to do some things I wouldn’t do without the encouragement. 

So which groups are they? Well, just let me show you. 

Anita Joyce at Cedar Hill Farmhouse started the Interior Design Forum.

interior designWe are encouraged to post pictures of our rooms and furniture and ask for advise and ideas.

I posted my dressing room and the ideas poured in!

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Before I had no idea what I was going to do in there, and now the ideas are flooding my mind. I am so excited to get started on it.

 

The mirror is going to be framed, it’s getting a paint job, the lighting is getting a makeover, and my favorite idea…a screen door for the closet door.

I agree with the lady that said this was better than Pinterest. (If you can believe that!) It is because you just don’t get the feedback on Pinterest like you do on the forum.

And please excuse the mess!

The second group is The Everyday Home’s 52 Week “Conquer the Clutter” Challenge. It was started by Barbara Garrett of The Everyday Home 

the everyday home She has already had us clean and unclutter our kitchen countertops, under our kitchen sink and our junk drawer. You read about under the sink and the junk drawer yesterday.

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This week we are cleaning out and organizing the fridge and freezer. 

I can’t think of 52 things to unclutter and organize, but she has! I’m always excited to see what we will work on next.  

I’m spending most of January cleaning out and uncluttering  (or is it decluttering?) Depending on how much I get done, I may continue this into February. 

I do have something is the works. I’m not sharing just yet. Prayers are very much-needed! 

What are you working on during these cold month of January? 

Back to cleaning out! 

Until later,

     Jayne

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My Smaller Heap of Shame

Once again, I am joining Donna at Funky Junk Interiors in her 

Heap-of-Change-Challenge-on-FunkyJunkInteriors.net_.38-PM challenge! This week I am going just a bit smaller. 

I have also accepted  The Everyday Home’s 52 Week “Conquer the Clutter” Challenge. This week’s challenge was to clean out under the kitchen sink and the junk drawer. I decided to combined the two. 

DSCN0295Technically, this isn’t my junk drawer, but it is a bit junky! Too much stuff was in it and sometimes I couldn’t even get it open for something catching the ledge. 

I always get into the cleaning before I remember to take before pictures! This gives you a good idea, though. I had just started. I was working on the drawer while I waited for under the sink to dry. I had wiped it down with a wet cloth. 

While I was working on the drawer and under the sink, and thinking about my heap of shame, I also thought about my spiritual heaps of shame. No, I’m not so spiritual that I think like this all the time, but I tend to write my posts in my head while I do the work and take the pictures. 

DSCN0297Totally forgot the before shot here! You can easily picture it. All kinds of cleaners, glass vases, and other odd stuff just put wherever. 

The contact paper is new! Sort of…I’ve had it for years, but just put it under here. 

These are two small spaces that needed to be emptied and reorganized. That got me to thinking, don’t I have many small sins that need to be taken care of, too? I mean, all my sin together makes one big heap of shame, but that one big heap is made up of lots of small stuff. Like, judging my friend for being lazy, when I don’t know the whole story. Or eating the bread of idleness when I spend way too much time on Facebook. Even eating that extra cookie when I am trying so hard to lose a few extra pounds. God’s grace gives me the power to overcome, but I shut the door/drawer and pretend not to notice the mess. “I’ll clean it later” is what I keep telling myself. 

DSCN0309I went through each box and got rid of pens that didn’t write, all the #2 pencils, old erasers that were too hard to use, all the water markers. This is what I was left with. Pencils/pens and nail clippers in the far left box. (Having the nail clippers here keeps the boys out of my bathroom drawers and messing them up.) Markers and highlighters in the middle. Scissors, and tools in the right box. 

Behind it all are smaller boxes with batteries, rubber bands, paperclips and other office supply stuff. All those pictures came out blurry! 

Wait!! Here’s one of the whole drawer all cleaned out. 

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I double-dog-dare my husband to mess it up! 

Under the sink is looking marvelous! (Said with a Billy Crystal voice.)

DSCN0300I bought stackable, pull-out drawers for all the floor cleaners, air fresheners…well you can see it all in the picture. It’s stuff I just use downstairs, that’s what I’m trying to say! The stuff in the basket are cleaners I use up and downstairs. The basket makes it easier to carry them all. 

DSCN0302The glass vases are still way in the back. They will get used more this summer with fresh flowers.

DSCN0303That is all the stuff that gets used periodically. EWW! I really should wipe the pipes down. 

No heap to show you. The heap was the before pictures I forgot to take of everything just thrown or shoved into the cabinet or drawer. 

As for my small heaps of sin shame, I’m trying to pay more attention to them. I’m trying to show more compassion instead of judgement, finding a project instead of Facebook, and as for that extra cookie, well, that’s still a work in progress. One thing I have been reminded of this week is that God’s grace is sufficient to help me with all my heaps of shame in my heart and around my home. 

Next week, my bedroom closet! 

Until then,

    Jayne

OH!!! If you want to join either challenge just click on the links above and they will take you to how you can join. Hope to see you there!

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My Heap of Shame

Donna, at Funky Junk Interiors, challenged her readers to join her in…

Heap-of-Change-Challenge-on-FunkyJunkInteriors.net_.38-PM Challenge! I am so excited about this! I knew exactly what room I was going to do! 

Then she stated it was for the remainder of January and I got even more excited because I have more than one room that needs this challenge! 

When Donna first posted about this challenge back in December, she called it Heap of Shame. I loved the name for another reason entirely, which is why I kept the name. More on that later. 

The first room to come to mind for this challenge was my sewing/craft room. Also known as the computer room because we used to keep the only desk top computer the family owned in there. You know…before the days of everyone having their own laptop computer. 

DSCN0222It’s a very small room. It is right above our foyer and we could have easily left it out. Some days I wish we had. Other days I’m glad I have a place to store junk.

The pile above is all the items I moved to decorate for Christmas and they haven’t found their way back yet. 

DSCN0223 I had already started cleaning out in here when Donna reminded me of the challenge. This pile is all my projects I need to finish before I start anything else!

DSCN0224You should have seen this! You couldn’t even see the desk top.

DSCN0225You will never believe what was once under this desk. 

???????????????????????????????My youngest’s drum set. 

Technically, I was working on three spaces at one time. The sewing room, this closet and the linen closet. More on the other two next week. 

DSCN0226All my scraps of material. Three, yes 3, boxes of it. It has been worse!

Here is the completed, cleaned out and organized (for now anyway) room.

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I wanted to keep the title Heap of Shame because this theme immediately made me think of my heap of sin and how shameful it is.

DSCN0287Instead of dealing with the temptation right away, we tell ourselves, “It won’t hurt just this once.”

DSCN0288Then we do it again,

DSCN0289and again until we have a huge pile. 

DSCN0290We keep it behind the closed doors of our hearts, hoping no one else will notice. 

DSCN0291The problem is everyone else but ourselves notices the mess. 

DSCN0292They may want to help, but only we can get in there and clean it up. 

DSCN0293The good news is Jesus is always there to help with the clean-up. He never fusses, never condemns, never says “I told you so!” He just helps to pick it up and nails it to the cross!

 

???????????????????????????????Here is my heap of shame from the sewing room, boys’ closet and the linen closet. Not that much really. Most of it came from the linen closet. The sewing room was just messy because I hadn’t put things in their place. I just threw stuff on the desks to get it out-of-the-way and told myself I would deal with it later.   

Next week I will show you my Heaps of Shame from the linen closet, the boys’ closet and from under my kitchen sink. It ain’t purdy at all! 

Until then, I’ll have some purdy stuff and a recipe!

      Jayne

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My Winter Mantel

I was sad when I took down the Christmas lights. I love looking out the window and seeing the lights hang from the roof. I love the soft ambiance of the lights on the tree, in my kitchen and on my mantel. 

So, I decided to keep some lights on the mantel. 

DSCN0250I took down the green color cord of lights and replaced them with the with cord.

DSCN0246 I put the mirror back up and hung my sandwich bag wreath from it. That was so simple to make!

DSCN0201The jars I got from Goodwill are front and center.

DSCN0200 A glass angel and some of My Man’s jars with candles.

DSCN0248 Can you believe that pine cones like these were being sold for $4 for a bag of about 6 pine cones? I got mine for free at the lake house. I just may sell some next year! 

DSCN0066I love the look of it at night.

DSCN0076 DSCN0074 DSCN0065I already know how I’m going to change it up just a bit for February. 

Honestly, this is probably going to be all the decorating I do this month. I’m concentrating on getting things cleaned out and organized. With the weather being cold and wet it seems like a good time to do it. I sure won’t want to do it in the spring when it is warm and pretty outside! 

It’s also a good time to curl up on the couch in front of the fire and spend some extra time with the Lord. Me, my Bible and some hot chocolate! With marshmallows of course! 

Enjoying January! 

     Jayne

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Radical Changes to Make!

Today’s post is going to be somewhat long. I do apologize, but there is just so much on my heart today and I want to tell you all about it. I do hope you stick around for all of it! I think God has a great blessing for you. 

This blog is supposed to be about two things: how I decorate my house and how God is redecorating my heart. I’m here to tell you that He is up to some major redecorating. It feels more like a extreme makeover! 

It’s not an easy process. There is some major reconstruction going on. 

There is some major reconstruction we need to do on our house, so I thought I would show you both projects at the same time. 

???????????????????????????????This is our house. We completed building it 24 years ago. Just in time for the twins to be born!

As you can see, the front is two different colors. 

When we built the house, we thought we had bought top of the line siding for it. We used the LP (Louisiana Pacific) siding. What was supposed to be top of the line ended up being a big, fat dud! When it gets wet, it swells and breaks off. There was a major law suit against them and we won some money from it, but not enough to replace it all. This has led to other problems. 

???????????????????????????????Like the corner boards and the windows rotting.

You can’t see it in this picture, but there are chunks missing in the siding. When my daughter was learning to toss her baton straight up, she would get close to the house to keep the baton from going out in front of her. When it went out in front it would hit the house. A couple of times it would knock a chunk of siding off.

You should see the dents she put in the ceiling of our church gym when she practiced indoors. Not to mention the lights! 

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? This is my side bedroom window. It is about to fall out! The windows weren’t as good as they were supposed to be either. That’s a whole other story on forgiveness. 

The chapter we are studying this week is entitled “Giving Our Best.” The memory verse is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Today’s lesson is on sacrificial obedience. Part of the lesson shares what author and Bible teacher Lysa TerKeurst shared about a season in her life where God challenged her to become “radically obedient.”

She said, “Obedience becomes radical when we say, ‘Yes, God, whatever You want,’ and we mean it.” (emphasis mine) 

How often have I said “Yes, God, whatever you want” like my kids tell me “Okay Mom” and I can hear their eyes roll when they say it. 

Does God ask me to do things and give up things I might not be willing to do or give up? You bet He does! Did He ask Abraham to sacrifice Issac? What makes me think He won’t ever ask me to give up something I love? 

Part of the study also wanted me to prayerfully consider whether there is something keeping me from obeying God wholeheartedly. You know, with my whole heart! Not half of my heart and and half with rolling eyes. Was there anything I need to release to Him. 

???????????????????????????????This is the north side of the house. Please excuse the mess on the porch. Some of the ugly orange paint (why in the world we pick that color is beyond me!) is now pink! The window under the porch is fine, but look at the other one. 

??????????????????????????????? We have talked about doing the other side of the house first, then this side, but I think we need to do this side first. It gets the wettest when it rains and no sun to help it dry. 

MM and I are going to do the work ourselves. Well, not by ourselves. Our boys and son in-law will help. I’m sure MM’s brother and his son will help. MM’s father will supervise. Or at least will think he is supervising. MM will be doing the cutting of the boards while the boys will put them up. MM doesn’t do heights or scaffolding. I figured if my boys like repelling and rock climbing, they won’t mind a little scaffolding. 

On my Facebook page, I posted this for you:

What does it mean to be radically obedient to God? What does it mean to love God wholeheartedly? I’m not asking you these questions in a general sense. I’m asking you these questions in a personal sense.
*What will it take for you to be radically obedient to God?
*What do you need to do to love Him with all your heart?
*Is there something in your life you need to sacrifice in order to be totally obedient to Him?
*What keeps you from being radically and wholeheartedly obedient to God? What are you so afraid of?

 

These are the tough questions that God had given me today. I think I am like Lysa and going through a season where God is asking me to be radically obedient and to make some radical changes. 

Just like the repairs on our house, things in my heart are going to have to be torn down, taken out and replaced completely. Then the painting and the details can be done so that the beauty  of His heart and home can be seen. 

Praying for you!

    Jayne

 

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