trash

I know I tempted whatever readers I have with the promise of showcasing my brilliant art project, but I had to really think it over. Basically, I picked trash up from a trash pile, threw it in my trunk, spent an hour at Lowe’s picking out supplies, cleaned and sanded, then spray painted a CHEAPO piece of furniture that I thought could be a cool shelf that is literally plywood stapled together, not classy vintage antique that needs to be cleaned. My work of art is still, for lack of better words, trash. I was very happy with myself in the beginning; I took photos along the way, already mapping out the blog in my head. I have spent hours upon hours scouring the DIY blogs, learning the secrets, and bragging to Bobby that we have no need to buy new furniture for our nesting, I will take care of it all. The funny thing was I was driving a couple of my Somalian students back from the park, and my 8th grade girl jumped out with me and took home a box full of mugs and a bathroom rug. I was so proud.

You know your work of art is not truly a work of art when you feel shame at the thought of somebody seeing it without the proper explanation of “okay, so, I found it on the side of the road because people do it all the time, and it’s COOL when they do it, and so I tried, and really it’s just a practice, we’re DEFINITELY not keeping it, ’cause clearly it’s TRASH but I mean I kinda like it…do you?”

But I will be brave and face the truth. For your viewing pleasure:

before.gross.
after. still kind of gross!

I tried to sand it down a little bit for the classic “distressed” look, but all I have are funky lines from doing it incorrectly. I also wish I painted it blue. There’s a bunch of holes in the back too(remember, stapled plywood) but whatev. It’s done. Now onto the next project…Bobby’s dresser.

One day blogosphere, I will join the crafty, DIY, innovative Moms who can sew a Valentine while making a book pages wreath for every season, as I am finishing the scrapbook paper photo chandelier. One day.

spring break 2011 baby!

Spring Break is a gift from Jesus. Thank you thank you THANK YOU JESUS! My break started a little earlier though, considering I woke up with my first case of seasonal allergies EVER. I made the wise decision to stay in bed. I usually get up about 5:10am, and when my roommate didn’t hear my usual shuffling and knocking into things she tried to come wake me up. I don’t think she was prepared for my growling. Sorry Olga. She’s a great roommate to brave waking me up for a good cause. I spent the day on the couch watching the made for TV movie about Celine Dion and The Bodyguard. From then on, I have experienced one of the BEST, top 5 spring breaks yet. Spring break is such a great benefit to teacherdom.

My favorite thing from this week has been going away for about 24 hours. I was able to spend some time at a retreat center just outside of Memphis, and it was a really sweet time with the Lord. I struggle so much with knowing my identity in Christ, and before I take on another identity, it was VITAL to spend extended, quiet, alone time to figure some things out. And…success! Bring on wifery.

Stay tuned for next blog post…it will (hopefully) include my first reclaiming trash DIY project!

 

some say it better

I’ve realized I love, absolutely love, words. I love what words mean, I love how they are used, how they can really affect everything. One word can change everything. One word can add or take away the value of something. This past week, I have been teaching my students about linking verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. It’s interesting how some of them remember from previous years and it is a basic review. Other students have no clue what an adverb is, no matter how much I try. For me, as I explain it, the words become alive on the paper and reveal so much about what is trying to be communicated. As I was trying to explain the difference between linking verbs and action verbs, I kept reminding them that action verbs are when you are actually doing action, and linking verbs just connect and have NO action.

This past Sunday our teaching pastor, Gib, gave a clear description of Atonement Day in Leviticus. He gave really basic outlines, explaining 4 verb/verb phrases behind Atonement.
1) to propitiate: bring peace, takes away wrath.
2) to cover: removes shame
3) to ransom: sets captives free- “There is now therefore no condemnation…”-Romans 8:1
4) to wipe away: makes clean. Sin stains us, makes us feel dirty…atonement cleanses.

The more he explained what those verbs meant in relation to God’s grace, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and understanding in a new way. God is not passive; He does not simply watch. He is active and moving.  As I was teaching one of my students the difference between linking/action verbs, it started to hit me about how active God is. I never understood what “propitiation” meant, but seeing it in it’s verb form, “to propitiate”, it became alive. I’m thankful Gib is teaching through Leviticus and showing the activity that occurs. Leviticus always gets the shaft when it comes to Bible reading, and I too admit it can be painful at times. I spent my senior year of college studying the Old Testament, and even took a class on the Pentateuch. I was the only girl out of 4 other boys, and we each had to present one of the 5 books. I was put with Leviticus. I have to tell you, that book makes you want Jesus really bad.

Now I find myself seeing adverbs everywhere, and it does make scripture come to life more. I’m doing a study on the names of the Lord, and this morning was El Shaddai, the “All-Sufficient One”. The reading brought me to the verse, which is one of my absolute favorites, and again I was convicted…

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The part where he says “Most gladly” is what stuck out to me today. Gladly. Gladly I will boast about my weaknesses. Adverbs tell us how we do something. How does he boast about his weaknesses? Gladly.

I do not.

I also have to include these in my post, whether anyone reads these or it’s just for myself, here are 3 blog posts I sincerely enjoyed and gave me a lot to think about.

1) Shauna’s blog about Lent. Lent is one of my favorite, favorite times of the year…mainly because Easter is my favorite holiday. I too secretly wish I was Catholic sometimes.
http://www.shaunaniequist.com/blog/2011/3/9/lent.html

2) Passionate Homemaking blog- this was convicting to read this morning.
http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2011/03/finding-your-identity-in-christ.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PassionateHomemaking+%28Passionate+Homemaking%29

3) The Acuffs…this couple has been a great impact in my life through the years, even when I don’t always see them. The way they live their lives is a challenge to Bobby and me. I was very encouraged by this, and appreciated them being completely open to the Lord and obedient to what He has called them specifically. They are also amazing marriage counselors.
http://theacufffamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-we-live-in-burbs.html