Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finding Your Style

I love looking through magazines and blogs. They give me some great ideas for decorating, organizing and even cleaning my home. There are certain styles I love more than others, but the problem I have is that I love several different styles which all have great ideas. I just don't know how to make them work for me. I have in my living room, furniture pieces that I love, but adding decorative pieces and art and making it all flow is proving to be difficult for me. I'm very practical, as well, so that doesn't help me! I don't like to spend money on something that I'm just going to look at. I want it to be functional. So, how do you bring your style together?
Do you start with your big pieces like couches, tv stands, side tables and then move to the small things or do you begin with paint color and accessories? The living room seems to be the hardest for me. I can handle bedrooms and bathrooms, the dining room, etc. It's this living room I have a hard time with. We have a sectional in a neutral color and a dark brown leather chair. We are shopping around for a storage ottoman to go in front of our sectional and think we have found the one! We just have to make our final decision and order it.
One day I'll finally decide on my style. And when I do, I'll be blogging about it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles Stanley

A few months ago, I received this book for a book review and am just now getting around to writing the review. I like Charles Stanley's way of preaching and his writing turned out to be much the same.
This book is not a typical 'self-help' book, although the title might make you think that. It is a Bible-based challenge to you to live your life to your fullest potential...for God. Not for self-satisfaction or success in life. Dr. Stanley starts by telling you ways your life might be hindered by things that are keeping you from living life to it's fullest in Christ. It's a good reminder to Christians to check their own lives and remove those stumbling blocks that might be there stunting the Christian growth.
Dr. Stanley goes on to give you Bible-based ways to keep pressing forward in your walk with Christ with the goal of reaching your fullest potential in Him.
For someone who may be wondering how to live for God or who is not satisfied with how their life is headed, this will be a good challenge to them. For the Believer, this serves as a good reminder to not let those stumbling blocks get in the way of reaching your full potential in Christ.

Reading

I would call myself an avid reader. I absolutely LOVE to read. I used to read every chance I got, and loved every minute of it. These days, I don't get to read all that often. I'm busy with the four fabulous people God blessed me with. Hubs and the girls get to have most of my time right now and that is A-Okay with me. Actually, now that I think about it, I could read at bedtime, but I have this problem. I'm borderline narcoleptic (according to myself, not a professional diagnosis) and everytime I sit down {except for the small window of time in the early afternoon that I might have a bit of energy} I fall fast asleep. I do the same thing with movies. And last night, I even fell asleep watching one of my favorite shows. But anyway, back to reading. I have decided that this year I am going to read more, no matter what.
My current reading involves LOTS of children's books. Middle Girl is learning to read and we are hitting it hard here at home. She has been wanting to read for a long time now because her big sister has been reading for over 2 years now. So, she has the desire. We are just working on understanding it. She's doing great so far. I'm proud of my little girl!
My next big read this year is to read through the Bible chronologically. My good friend is going to help keep me on track so that I can keep it up all year. So far, I am really enjoying it. I've always had a hard time getting the timeline down for different events in the Bible and this is really going to help me understand that. And hiding God's Word in your heart is always a good thing. I'm in Job right now and looking forward to reading more tonight!
Next week, I'm going to be attending a Ladies' Morning Break session at my church. We're studying "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" by Ginger Plowman. I've done this one before, but I really need a refresher course. Really looking forward to it!
I started another book last night that I really like so far. I'll tell you about it soon enough. I'm doing a review for Moody Publishers and this is by an author I've never read before. It's about going through trials. So far, so good. We'll see how the rest of it goes. I'm not a big fan of 'Self-help' kind of books, but this one is full of Scripture and although it is written to help you, it's not based on self-reliance, but rather God's promises. So, I'll let you know how it goes once it's done.
I'd also like to re-read some books I read years ago, but haven't found the time yet. Maybe I can fit those in the schedule somewhere!
What are your favorite books? Fiction and non-fiction? I'm always looking for a good book.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Got Bread?


The Winter Storm of 2011 has hit here in South Carolina. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. The skepticism might have something to do with the fact that 'continuous live coverage of the Winter Storm' began 2 days before any sign of the storm. Hubs went to the Walmarts on Saturday (I don't go there on Saturdays - that's my rule) to get some groceries and stuff {just in case} and he said the bread aisle was EMPTY. I wonder what prompts people to buy mass amounts of bread when a storm approaches? Do they live on PB&J? Are they just eating the bread and drinking milk? I mean, there are other food items that can be prepared - even if there was a power outage! This bread thing is a mystery to me. Thankfully, I had bought bread earlier in the week and am all set in case we find out we can only eat PB&J until the snow melts. But I am here to tell you, that when I woke up at 7am and saw the snow, it was exciting! We woke up to 3 or so inches and now (10am) we have 7 inches! The forecast is for 9-12 inches here in the Upstate and I am sure that will have to be some kind of record for this southern state! The little one woke up not long after me and Hubs told her to look out the window and she was SO funny and cute! She just couldn't believe her eyes. She was jumping up and down and telling me to 'come here!' I love seeing the snow through her eyes. It makes me forget about the fact that the town has shut down, the kids will most likely be out of school most of the week and cabin fever will set in. But today, I am going to love seeing my children play in the most snow they've ever seen, make hot chocolate for my frozen children who won't be able to feel their toes after playing in the snow, and take pictures for us to remember how fun it was 'that year we had all that snow!' And I am ever so grateful that Hubs got to stay home today with us to enjoy the snow with us! It's going to be a great day!