Friday, August 9, 2013

Well Knit.

I am swamped in random projects right now.  I think I'm enjoying the unstructured time with my store closed and just letting creativity take me over and I'll share a few of them soon- promise!  I am sharing a few updated light fixture photos while I share something really cool that hit my heart squarely in the middle and I pray that it completely encourages YOU like it did me. (We painted all of our kitchen/dining fixtures Ivory.  LOVE!!  I wanted a more subtle look.)


What I'm really popping on here to say is this.  I had one of those Ah-HA! moments the other morning while doing my bible time in bed.  (Our house is so tiny and our rooms are smooshed together so I literally have to sneak it in total silence, or everyone wakes up and mama time is done.  Know what I'm saying?)

I was reading about the subject of being fearfully and wonderfully made which is a topic that typically makes me want to close the book as I roll my eyes.  I'm just being honest.  Because I don't know about you but as life has gone along and things with my physical body have changed (not altogether for the better) I've had a harder and harder time accepting that I'm fearfully and wonderfully made.  I mean, sure... I was once fearfully made.  Then I made choices that shaped my physical appearance, I was too lazy with sunscreen sometimes, or doing those post C-section ab workouts.  Maybe I should have flossed better and then I wouldn't have gotten so many cavities.  That ugly curling iron burn scar... yep, I did that.  I've struggled because I've solely re-shaped this amazing being I was given to do life in.  I've been known to think it would be a lot like spray painting graffiti over the top of Sistine Chapel masterpieces. I mean, graffiti art is alright, and even somewhat cool sometimes, but it's no Michelangelo.  That's all I'm saying. 

That morning as I read my devotional, Sharon Jaynes said, "Like an artist who sees the finished work in his mind’s eye, God saw your unformed substance and then began to fashion you from head to toe. He made no mistakes but planned each detail of your being. You do not need to compare yourself to other works of art, but thank the Artist for how He chose to create the masterpiece called…you."

He saw the finished work.  He saw the days when my hair looks awful. The days when it all cascaded neatly into place.  He saw the wrinkles that will come and the gray hair that will multiply.  He saw the places that will eventually sag and loosen.  He saw the finished work before he ever began and called it GOOD.  Tears rolled down my eyes as I realized that what I have done or haven't done haven't ruined God's artwork... they have been a part of it with His full awareness from the very beginning.  Yet He still calls me His workmanship and masterpiece!  He knit me together in my mother's womb and I can tell you first hand you don't begin a knitting project without some idea of the end result. (Well, with the exception of that first scarf you try to make that seems like it will go on and on forever and swallow your entire city because you don't know how to cast off.)  This idea completely rocked my world.  I think days later, I am still reeling from the soft loving truth that seeped in.  I needed this so badly.  

"For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body." (Psalm 139:13-16)

 Happy Weekend sweet things.

Today I am thankful for: 
God's creative provision for our needs
Beach time with dear friends
Fun plans for next week
Good conversations with girlfriends


Nantucket the good life at Prince Snow Farm said...

Wow. First off, the ivory rocks. Sasha, please visit and redecorate my whole home. ASAP!

Secondly. Wow. I have never thought of it that way.So I was planned this way? With the 20 extra pounds since my surgery, the freckles across my nose? With the curly frizzies near my temples, just like my Grandpa Clarence? With the big blue fish eyes and long toes :)? Wow. I totally feel renewed by this. But something else happened as well. I was thinking, maybe God did have my plan....but maybe I altered his plan slightly by poor choices. So this really has given me a MAJOR jolt Sash.I now want to get myself in shape because maybe this is a test see if we will take care of this body and frizzies and long toes.

You have just motivated me sooooo much.Thanks my friend.

Alison Agnew said...

accepting the image He sees
rather than what I see

perhaps we should all stick those words
on every mirror in our houses.


Amber said...

Love this! Definitely needed this reminder in my post-baby body that feels like it will never have shape again. Thanks..I'm so glad for the reminder that he knit me knowing the finished product.

Farmgirl Paints said...

My very favorite passage in the Bible. Apparently I need reminded of His love for me. You are a work of art friend. A masterpiece :-)

Victoria said...

Love the little changes you've made! This is also the first post where I noticed your curtains have changed....I really liked your old ones, but actually, I think I like these even more!

Thanks for the truth. Love it when God makes something sooo clear!

Enjoy your weekend. :)

Wendy said...

Thank you for sharing that truth. I've never thought of it that way.

Msmoozy said...

First off thank you for sharing your heart with us once again! You are where and who you are meant to be, God does not make any mistakes! :-)

I really do love the ivory colors on the lighting, I looked back at some of your older pics and it really does bring a softer look to the kitchen.

Thanks again for sharing and have a blessed day. ~Hugs~

Mary Anne said...

Love that passage and Sharon Jaynes is Ah-mazing! If you haven't read "The Power of a Woman's Words" by should. It will change your life. That story about Teddy Stallard and his teacher has stuck with me for YEARS.

elizabeth said...

Good, good words here. Thank you.

Shannon said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. My very tall 8 year old asked me if she was "too tall" last night confirming my fear that her height has become a social problem for her on the playground (she is the height of a 12 year old). Being 6 feet tall myself, I remember 'those' years and hurt for her, BUT I did not know this scripture during those years and my daughters will. I love this deeper look at what the passage says and can't wait to talk about it with her. Your blog and IG feed are such a ministry to my heart. Thank you for all that you share! You are a blessing!

Marty Ann said...

WOW.....I have read and pondered on that scripture over the years, but had never thought of it in that way. Thank-you! Love the way God brings things to us at just the right time. Sasha, love the new look too, got me to thinking about mine. Have a GREAT Week-end!!

Barbara Nelson said...

Good lesson thus is hard to get when things don't go quite the way you want or you don't quite fit in.
The lights look so pretty.
Happh weekend!

Jedi Mama said...

This was an amazing post -- I loved it! What a great devotional to begin the day with.

And also? I know I've commented here before and told you how much I adore your kitchen, but, Girl! It is very likely my favorite kitchen of EVER! I really wouldn't mind inviting myself over to have a cup of coffee right there at your fantastic dining room table!

Pam said...

Love this. Love your kitchen. Love your blog.

Love your painted crocks. Where are they from please!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

What a beautiful post! I love the Sharon Jayne's quote so much. (I had to copy it to my saved quote list) Love the reminder that we are His artwork-masterpiece...even when our body doesn't resemble what it used to in our minds eye.

Your kitchen is so pretty! I love the softness and peacefulness of it. Really like Your Eye is On the Sparrow art also.

♥Lee Ann

Kerri said...

Your home summed up in one word? PERFECT! And you? AMAZING! I hope you are having a great summer! XOXO

mamakt said...

hi!!!! I noticed u took beadboard panel off come? and...wondering how I can PIN YOUR WHOLE HOUSE on Pinterest!!!

love all u do and reading your words the Lord gives u!!!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh it was such a sad day...our dishwasher died and i havent added any to the new one...yet! I miss the look! :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh it was such a sad day...our dishwasher died and i havent added any to the new one...yet! I miss the look! :)

Between You and Me said...

it's hard for me to remember that truth for myself, too.
i remember it well for others. asking him now to fill my heart with that amazing truth.

love all the shots of your kitchen....noticed that it looks like you've abandoned the plate wall. true? details, please. :)

Sandy Fox said...

I love that our God is faithful to meet us right where we are, not to condemn us for our mistakes, but to gently remind us how lavishly He loves us! (And if you really want to dwell on God's perspective of us for awhile, I recommend studying Song of Solomon along with the commentary by Jon Courson. First time I REALLY felt beautiful.)

Sandy Fox said...

I love that our God is faithful to meet us right where we are, not to condemn us for our mistakes, but to gently remind us how lavishly He loves us! (And if you really want to dwell on God's perspective of us for awhile, I recommend studying Song of Solomon along with the commentary by Jon Courson. First time I REALLY felt beautiful.)

Andrea said...

Great reminder. Thank you for your honest words. They spoke to my heart. I feel like I have faith, but being faithful is the hard part.

I am not sure if I missed a post somewhere, but I just noticed the "His Eye is on the Sparrow" sign hanging in your kitchen. I am in LOVE! As a hymn lover and piano player this is calling my name. Did you make it? Buy it? Please please share details!!!!!

Your kitchen really is lovely. You have such a gift of styling and decorating. You pictures inspire me to declutter my house each time I see them :)