15 April 2014

influence.

My whole life, it seems, I've gone to great lengths just to be original.

A simple but substantiated example, I'll take you back to the 7 year old Sarah.  As a general rule, kids seem to love candy.  As I didn't want to be like every other kid, I made a hard line decision that I did not like candy ... and actually stuck to it.  After swimming lessons, we were allowed to pick a treat from the concession.  My siblings (naturally) all grabbed candy.  But not me.  I picked ichiban noodles so that I wouldn't fit into that stereotype.  A little hardcore(!).  Because of the few many examples in my life to "swim upstream"/"go against the grain", my husband sometimes calls me out on it to see if what I am about to do is really because I want to OR am I just trying to be different...

As much as I think I am being or have been "unique", along the way I have picked up on the mentality that: nothing can impact my originality.  I think back to king Solomon's words, "nothing is new under the sun" and agree completely ... but how easily I forget how I, as Sarah, can:
     1. not ever have an entirely original idea (nothings new, right?). and,
     2. be influenced and/or swayed by peoples opinions & perspectives a lot more than I'd like to admit

influence: [noun] the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something; or the effect itself

The world we live in at the moment has a grip on our psyche.  Images EVERYWHERE penetrate into our minds, whether we like it or not.  Consumerism GRABS our attention and plants seeds of needing that very item.  Social media can route our thoughts to COMPLACENCY by comparing our lives and stuff with our virtual friends.  And so on.

I'm not here to knock these platforms nor am I going to rant on about how the world today is this-n-that.  It's just that I've come to realize that I can be very influenced.  So subtly.  Style, ideas of how I think a situation or time of life should run its course, perspective, etc - I know all have been effected at one point or another.

So, how do I want to be influenced?  

I want veracity and authenticity to be my make-up.  The words I hear to be encouraging, challenging.  The voices telling me what to consume to be selling me out on God's awesomeness.

What does God tell me about filling my mind?


"Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! 
Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute....
I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things  t r u e , noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracioust h e  b e s t , not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse..." ~ phil. 4:4-5, 8

We all get to choose what influences and grips us ... 

How or what will you fill your mind with today?


pic pix: nature study - creative influence, 14.Apr.3014, around home

08 April 2014

because he bends down to listen.

Since Hunter was born, I'd have to say, this has been the craziest, most challenging, busiest, most tiring time of my entire life.  I've hit some lows and hard times before, but those times, I never had to worry about two other little people and I had the opportunity to sleep!  Colic lasted for 3 months...3 months longer than it should have ever existed (I feel for you mamas that have done it longer or at all).  Winter was so long this year that our blues were lulled into a grey state.  It was hard for me not to get depressed.  Sickness did not want to leave!  Sleep is still not something us adults do around here yet......

BUT we are coming out of the fog and moving passed all of that.  The hard part of colic is over.  Spring is here!  We have runny noses but no serious colds this week (uh-mazing sauce).  Sleep is overrated (ok, it's not, but it sounded more positive!).  And my attitude, I'm still working on that.

I know sleep deprivation can heighten every issue and make mountains out of mole hills, but I also know that everything I experienced was real and valid.  The problem was with how I chose to go through it.  I literally was trying to just get by with existing and not "living" each and every moment with purpose.  And regardless if you're border-line depressed or not, we all can get caught up with going through the motions and not breathing each breath intentionally.  Once purpose and intention is taken out of our life, even day-to-day, mundane stuff, what's the point?

Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33

There is not one thing in my [or your] life that God does not care about.  My simple ideas/plans to do with the boys, meal planning, losing weight, quick instagram/blog posts, heaps of laundry, or "sarah time", He sees it.  All.  And will "give us all we need" if we purpose and live our lives to know what He is cooking up and continually desiring to be a part of it.  I love the way The Message puts it:

If God gives attention to the appearance of wildflowers--most of which are never seen--don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?  What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving.  People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both how he works.  Steep you life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.  Don't worry about missing out.  You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. ~ Matthew 6:30-33

Steeping my life in His reality, His initiatives, His provisions ... the greatest direction (and picture) I have to meet my needs, to get through seasons like this.      

Because he bends down to listen, I will pray [seek & worship] as long as I have breath. ~ Psalm 116:2 


pic pix: summer blooms, Jul.2013, home
*my added emphasis and parenthesis to verses

07 April 2014

colorboard / no.27

color: apple green, charcoal grey, pale blue(s)
word of inspiration: fresh start - taking something old and making it new by changing perspective [my interpretation].
source of word: "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" 
~ L.M. Montgomery

/1.  i'd like one of these mixers, prob copper though(!)  /2. i have a linen one, but this silk carrier would be divine  /3. love this color combo, exactly these crates in a cute photo shoot  /4. so cute for a little lady...wish it came in my size  /5. retro chairs for days  /6. love this room  /7. not sure when i would wear these, but that kate spade bow...  /8. i feel like i need all 26 letters for no specific reason  /9. cute coat rack  /10. hand embossed dresser? yes!  /11. that is some fine art alright

05 April 2014

12&13/52


12.
Judah West: a flying monkey.
Hunter Elias: a funny outfitted monkey.

13.
Judah West: he's got his mama's long straight eyelashes.
Hunter Elias: he's got his papa's long curled eyelashes.

01 April 2014

this tuesday / 02

Lord God come awaken love
Come stir my soul to long for all you are
I'm desperate just to have more of your heart
Come awaken love
~ Hunter Thompson

It really was a new dawn today.  The snow finally let up, and we saw the sun.  The icicles have taken over our eaves and decided to put a show on.  I've always thought they kind of look like iridescent carrots!  The pretty kind of carrots, of course.

As Judah and I mulled over day with coffee and warm milk, I couldn't shake this song and it's meaning: Come awaken love.  It became my prayer for that moment, for this day.

Love is always here, it just needs to be awakened.


pic pix: the icicles this morning, 01.Apr.2014, outside my kitchen window

31 March 2014

links & a sweet monday to you.

Good monday morning to you!  Not sure about you, but we're sitting at a cool -13 degrees celsius ... lovely spring weather(!).  Our weekend was busy and our week is starting to look busy too.  Not counting today.  So we shall have a quiet day with books, baths, maybe some painting, a few minutes outside to get the cheeks rosy, and of course ... some links!


.  I love this instagrammer's feed and hashtag #ibenaturejournaling .  She inspires me to do the same.

.  Pretty sure the boys would love some wood blocks.  Keeping my eyes open for the perfect set.  (something like these).

.  In the summer, I sometimes go to this greenhouse.  We may go this week for some summery thoughts.  Thinking about it, we may go here instead.

.  The boys are years away from school, but I've been thinking about different options.  In doing so, looking at how other countries "do" education is interesting.  Norway's forest kindergartens are pretty interesting.

.  Speaking of Norway, we want to visit one day.

.  I'd love to try this coffee brewing system (also featured here).  Who wants to join me?!

.  The butterflies are back at the zoo!

.  How to learn calligraphy in 5 days - I'd love to improve.

.  This skillet lasagne looks so good, think I'll make it this week.  Or maybe these rolled up lasagnes.

.  Thought these hikes looked pretty darn cool.

.  Some hikes to do with kids.

.  A cookbook I'd like to add to my collection.


pic pix: last week's lazy Monday, Mar.2014, at home

25 March 2014

this tuesday / 01

For some reason, I find Tuesdays harder to get into than Mondays.  We seem to be more prone to getting sick on Tuesdays, testiness surfaces, it's usually the day of the week that everything is scheduled on and we can't make it to everything fun, etc.....  The only way sure fire way I know how to change a crummy perspective is to find a way to be thankful for whatever it is I'm facing.  "It's never too late to start having a good day," I've been told a time or two.

So here's the start of my journal of being thankful for the beautiful in Tuesdays.
____________________________________________________________________________________________

8:08am
it's a new day.
it's the second night Hunter has slept through (at least 6.5 hours).
I actually feel rested.
we have colds but not bad enough to stop us from getting out.
french class is in 2 hours, Judah's excited.

I have a coffee in hand - this is going to be good day.

2:36pm
the boys are sleeping.
I am cleaning with the products I bought from Target today (an testing easy trip that was).
thankful my mom was there with us.
despite wishing I was reading or doing something creative, I'm happy to have a house to clean.

wishing I had a coffee in hand.

11:06pm
the boys are sleeping after only a few wake ups to this point.
I got to visit with both my brother and sister tonight while Matt worked on stuff.
my kitchen is clean (after 1.5 hours of cleaning it!) and the rest of my house needs a clean.
we have roast chicken and gravy for leftovers tomorrow.
I'm reminded that even though I got super frustrated at points today, God's grace fills in where I didn't/couldn't show love.
I have a bed, that beckons me (like now).
Matt works so hard (like nights like tonight) so that we can be comfortable.

regardless of some of our hiccups, the bit of crying, the coffees I had and wished I had ...

this was a good day.




 pic pix: this photo makes me happy, 25, Feb.2014, at home

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