Thursday, August 30, 2012

A gallon of paint that spoke love to my soul.

Over the past three weeks, it seems like everything I read, everything I hear, and everything spoken to me consistently points to the fact that God woos and pursues us with His love.  I find myself questioning it quite a bit in this season of life, but it keeps tenderly stroking my cheek with it's soft message every time I turn around, so I'm working on taking it very much to heart.  That said... I'm the first to admit that I can get a little dramatic about simple things.
 However...
 Not so very long ago, this is what my bedroom looked like.  Not bad at all.  In fact, very soothing and such but the walls were a blue gray that had matched with our previous bedding back when we had a king sized bed (and before we decided to sell it but then never did.. oh ya know, like three years ago).  I kept contemplating painting the walls gray. 
 We had purchased a big, bargain 5 gallon mis-tinted paint bucket and used that for the kids rooms which were in severe need of repainting... (Fleur de Sel by Sherwin Williams) and because we had so much left, I used it in our master bathroom.  You can see where I splashed some on the wall here, but it wasn't going to work for me.  It was really light in our bedroom and I didn't like it.  But I wasn't sure what I wanted... yet.
 And then while flipping through a magazine last week I saw it.  A gorgeous, dark slate gray color. (Stormy Sky by Benjamin Moore.)  But paint is kind of expensive and we'd just completed some creative financing and gotten our credit card all payed off etc, so I wasn't sure this would be Dave Ramsey approved.  Heh heh.
 I didn't pray about it.  Because praying over paint seemed a little frivolous, even to me.  But... my heart was like, "Oh.... I so want to see if we can make this work..."  I waited for my man to get home, tucking the ripped magazine inspiration under the mail pile... waiting for the "right moment" to approach my man.  These things need good timing.  You know what I mean... I know you do.
 After he had had a minute to breathe and greet us and dinner was simmering on the stove, I tentatively showed him my picture.  I was sure he was going to hate it.  I'm not a dark anything kind of girl when it comes to decorating so I knew this would seem out of character but I'm also incredibly decisive and when it's right, I know it.  Firmly.  (Sometimes, unbudgingly so, I'm ashamed to admit.)
 He smiled and said, "Hmmm.  Funny you should ask about this today... I just got a coupon for a free gallon of really good quality paint today."

Um. Really?

And it hit me... I didn't even pray about it, but the coincidence factor can't always be blamed.  Sometimes your heart just KNOWS something was specifically timed just for you.  This was one of those things. 

The next day my man brought home my dark gray paint and instructed me to paint the walls before I completed the (never-ending) trim project.  (Of which I'll never EVER paint trim again so long as I live now that I'm finally done. Ugh. Horrible stuff that.) The adorable and cheery Sunshine print is available in my shop.
 Somewhere along the way, I rearranged all the furniture in here, and it's MUCH better.  My studio space is much more functional thanks to new shelving and some baskets with mis-matched house numbers on them.  And yes... I painted my desk a cream color. (Navajo white by Sherwin Williams)  I would apologize for being this way but really, what's the point? (grin)   I'm beginning to get a few things started for my Fall Etsy (and yes this includes the Christmas tree garlands!!)



So I painted, and I love it, and every time I walk in there, I think, "God loves me so much, He gives me free paint. Yes he does."  And that's what I came here to say.  He pursues us with His love no matter what we may be feeling or what our life circumstances may look like.  He doesn't give up.  He doesn't walk away.  And he cares about the smallest details, right along with the big ones like cancer, job losses, infidelity, broken relationships and finances.  All of it.

Have you ever felt pursued by God's love?




38 comments:

  1. Great post and nice end run around Dave Ramsey! Yay, God!

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  2. Okay, this post totally choked me up. Over paint. How did you do this to me? ;)

    Really though, that last/second to last paragraph about God caring about the big and little details? Needed that.

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  3. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this room! You really do have a gift for decorating. I always leave your blog ready for the latest design project in our home. As for the "gift", it is a great one! It is terrific when all those "things" just "line up"! Two years ago we were at our daughter's birthday party sitting around the table with family and I was describing how I wanted to get the powder room painted as it was the last room on the 1st floor with builder's paint! (UGH!!! Especially since it was room #1 for kid hand-washing! Those "painted" walls don't wash so well!) My cousin asked me what color I was thinking and then I went on to describe B. Moore's Phillipsburg Blue on the top of the walls with some wainscoting on the bottom......Well needless to say, my cousin almost choked on her lunch. She said to me.....you are NOT going to believe this but we just finished a wall in our house that color and we have almost a whole gallon left! She then offered it to me and offered her "carpenter-talented" husband to help install the wainscoting! It was just the "gift" we needed! Thanks again for sharing!

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  4. Isaiah 65:24
    And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear

    ...yes, indeed! I have felt it, lived it and love reading about it when He does it for others!

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    1. I love that verse and needed it right now! Thanks.

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  5. he indeed knows what our heart yearns for...even if it is new paint...he knows us well. I love the new color. boy do you keep a tidy house. everything looks so clean and crisp.

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  6. I forgot to comment on the wall paint- LOVE it! Looks wonderful!

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  7. Those pics above your bed just POP now! Triple love!!

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  8. Reminds me of my spare bedroom...which I love. Dark is cozy and makes everything pop. Looks beautiful. God is so good... He's into those little details and knows just how to bless our socks off.

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  9. Im sooo glad that I'm not the only one with what my husband calls HGTVADD :) We bought our current house 3 years ago and I think every room has at least 2 coats of paints on the walls and the furniture has been rearranged more times than I can count!

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  10. Love it! I am so obsessed with gray lately and this looks great.

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  11. Love the paint color but most of all thanks for the awesome message. Just when needed!

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  12. Wow that paint is the perfect color for your bedroom!!! I love it!!!! I had a sweet, dear friend, a mentor really, who prayed even before shopping (food or fun) and I thought that was kind of strange at the time. But you, and she is right, God cares about all of it!!! If He cares enough to know the number of hairs on our heads, why wouldn't he care about the desires of our hearts, from paint to missing earrings. It seems silly, but it's true!!! What a special treat He gave you!!!!

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  13. Isn't it wonderful that God uses what He's created us to love to bring us joy?! Your room is beautiful and free paint is a fabulous gift from your heavenly father who loves you very much.
    xo,
    Shannon

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  14. I was reading in Psalm the other day and David says "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in EVERY DETAIL of their lives." Ps 37:23.
    He was delighting in your details! Awesome!
    Holly
    McCallManor

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  15. i love how our God is in the details. He really is!! and your room looks so rich and lovely. the colors are absolutely gorgeous!!

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  16. I LOVE IT! The contrast with the white furniture is beautiful!! I want to paint all the trim and doors and cabinets in my house (they are maple), but I dread it will take me 5 years!! I'm trying to love it, until God has a painter knock on my door, wanting to do free work!

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  17. Your room looks so beautiful with that dark paint! It's funny that it still looks bright and light and airy and sunshiny, even with such a dark colour on the wall.

    I wish I felt pursued and loved by God. I'm guessing he wishes the same thing. It's way too easy to get into the habit of just living my life without connecting with Him.

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  18. Love how God has it covered!!!

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  19. Beautiful, sophisticated, and cheerful! What a bedroom blessing.

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  20. I love the paint color. Cozy & Beautiful. And yes, I love how GOD sneaks in sometimes and gives us the small things when we need it.

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  21. This post reminds me so much of what I was blessed with last year. I've had two black chandeliers in my kitchen since we moved in 3yrs ago and I had wanted white ones so bad. I had really wanted to go in a fresh cottagy like direction in our home and kitchen. I knew I couldn't afford to replace the black ones and so I decided I'd take them down spray paint them and hopefully afford some crystal tear drop prisms through ebay or etsy. Well as i checked around I realized I couldn't afford as many crystals as I would need and thought I'll just have to save for a while until I can get them. I happened to visit my local goodwill soon after and they had just moments before I arrived set out a huge old brass chandy that had more than enough prisms on it exactly like the ones I wanted. It was only $10! I couldn't believe it! God had blessed me so much with that gift that was exactly in my budget.I think its so precious that his love is so deep and he knows our desires so well.

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  22. Love the room! And I can't believe how it came about with a coupon! You go girl! I thought of you yesterday~we had our back to school faculy retreat and this year it was about reading two parables: of the prodigal son and of the sower and I thought about how you would have loved studying them both. Putting ourselves in the seeds place and then in both sons and the father's place. It really is easy to find an answer from God if we simply just seek it!

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  23. Love it, it looks do much like the Kendall gray I recently did in my master bedroom, funny thing, I also have yellow accents, it just looks so pretty and fresh against the dark walls. Things always have a way of working out, we are just impatient enough sometimes to let things just happen on their own, glad you were patient.

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  24. It is beautiful! God has also been wooing me, reminding me, and showing me over and over again of His love for me, I just don't always see it like I should. He is in the details, even in paint!!

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  25. That is some beautiful paint God sent your way :). I have been stalking your Etsy shop as my birthday is coming up and I will treat myself. Any chance that the EAT napkins would making another appearance?

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  26. I really like the the walls with the lighter paint !!! It is still pretty !

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  27. I love when He does stuff like that. I relish those moments and hold them close to my heart because sometimes others just won't get it. But I totally do ;)

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  28. Thank you for writing this post. It was just what I needed to read today.

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  29. Love this room! Could you please tell us about the bedding on your bed? Where you may have gotten them? I love the lamps on your end tables, too!! You have such a great eye for color and design, truly!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas! Wish I was as creative and industrious as you!!!

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  30. LOVE that you already have a white pumpkin out!! :) September 1st...today....mums already purchased for decorating my front porch and the Autumn decor boxes are coming out of hiding. Lovely - cozy room. I really like the dark walls...it envelopes you inside!

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  31. girl. i love it....i loved it before but i LOVE it now.
    it POPS!!!!

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  32. I so LOVE how you always seem to find beauty in the small things. I love reading your blog; it is so inspirational and uplifting. It seems that I constantly need the reminder that God is in the details, and that He loves and cares for each of us individually. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. What can I say, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I saw this post on my old kindle on my drive up to VA last weekend and I couldn't see the colors:-( I couldn't wait to get to a computer and see it in color and my word, it's beautiful! I loved the latter and I certainly love the new! You lucky lady, wait no...blessed lady is more fitting. :-) Love your work.

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