I don't make my home beautiful because I want to show off or attract eyes or comments. In fact, I often get uncomfortable when people gush over my home. The beauty I create within my walls, it has meaning, it has purpose, it is intentional. My home is a place where I desire for life to be given, hope to be formed, faith to be practiced, and love to be poured out. I desire for our home to be a place where my children long to be. I desire that for as long as I live, my children will come and find rest and peace and love within our walls. I long for it to be a place where they can taste the goodness of their Heavenly Father and receive rest from the world on their weariest of days. A few years ago I read The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson. Their words gave form to the desires of my heart. They articulated exactly how I have always desired for my home to feel, and they so very much captured how I feel when I go to visit my in-laws.
We have some big news in our home!!
We are selling our home and MOVING.
We are selling our home, downsizing to a smaller home, and choosing to rent instead of own. And we are SO EXCITED!
Why? Well, many many reasons, here are a few....
I have a friend that always uses the word 'intentional' to describe me. I used to carry that title around with a big fat slab of pride. I used to think I was the most intentional person I knew. Until last year.
While I know my heart's desire was to live intentionally and purposefully in all that I did, I now realize my intentions weren't much beyond plans. Without action, intentions simply remain sitting before us taking shape as a desire, a plan, a hope, a focus, a dream.
I've learned a lot about myself in the last year. I've learned that I'm not really as intentional as I thought I was. I've learned that my intentions are good, and I'm exceptional at planning out an intentional day or an intentional activity... but I've also learned that one can't claim to be intentional unless the discipline is there to match. I've learned that it is through our actions that intentional living is truly displayed. Planning isn't living. Action is what births living. Intentional plans in conjunction with actions are what make an intentional life impactful. And I don't know about you, but I long for my life to be one that impacts this world for Him.
Hi, friend. Welcome. I'm so glad you're here.
It feels good to be back here. It feels good to be sharing my words with you again. It has been three years since I felt the Lord urging me to hide my site and privatize my words. In many ways it has been a quiet season, a private season, and in other ways, it's been a very vulnerable season. There is no denying it has been a shaping season, one full of growth in so many ways. But above all, it has been a beautiful season. Truly. One for the books.
For the last six months I've wrestled with my Lord regarding His gentle nudge to share my words with you again. I've asked Him for months if this was from Him, or from my own heart. And a few weeks ago He finally answered: It's from both.