Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Re-adjusting plans

 I'm sitting in a pool of sunshine, contemplating how on earth my windows got so filthy.

Well, actually, what I'm really thinking about (before my dirty windows distracted me) is how we often see a change in plans as the most frustrating thing ever... when in reality, it's a gift.

Yesterday Ava woke up and I could just tell.  The head cold that had been slowly making it's way from person to person in our household had hit her and she wasn't going anywhere in a hurry.  I called the school, sent her back to bed and readjusted my plans.  All of my plans. I wasn't going to get to squeeze in that run, or that post office errand to drop orders in the mailbox, or several of the other items I had planned on.  I was however, going to get to exchange those plans for some cuddles, some forehead stroking, some medicine dosing, some gingerale serving, and some mama tenderness giving.

Not to mention that a few things I'd continued to put off because I'm so busy were actually going to get done while baby girl rested.  Like that pan of brownies I've been promising to bake them for a week.  And some bathroom floor scrubbing which was seriously so overdue it's not even funny.

And it got me thinking.  How often do we cling to our own plans in life- what's convenient, or fun, or make us look good or feel good... when all God wants, is for us to let go of our plan and trust His instead? His plans are always for our eventual good. Wish I could make it so that I never forgot that truth. 
And... while Ava was resting, I finished up this awful project I'd been dragging my feet on, because honestly if you're looking for a way to drive yourself stark-raving-mad... brush paint onto a basket weave surface.  I really wished I'd had a little sprayer about five minutes in.

{I primed them, painted them in Sherwin Williams Resilience paint in the color "Sea Salt" and then recovered the cushions in a new print, along with swapping out the back pillows for some larger ones in a pretty coordinating fabric I found at JoAnns.}

The day ended up being a win-win for everyone, and those brownies were a hit with my sick people. Everyone got loved on, including my second hand chairs!
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14 comments:

  1. So glad you were able to take that "lemony" day and make some lemonade with it. Love the look of the furniture. Blessings!

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  3. Hoping Ava is feeling a little better today. It's so true - sometimes when our plans fly out of the window it's exactly what we need, after all there's still tomorrow.
    And the chairs are fabulous - what a transformation the new paint colour makes them look as if they'd been knit with very chunky wool, so they are very on trend.

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  4. the chair are fabulous. I great post. And I didn't know you ran!

    lea

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  5. Lovely chairs! Sometimes remembering it is God's plan we need to follow is difficult...ya' done good! :-)

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  6. Those chairs are to die for! They really do look like they were knitted in chunky wood, and so much better with your paint and color choices! You have really good taste. I have found myself in the situation of having to put all my well laid out plans aside to just be still. Frustrating though it may be, if it's God's will being imposed, it will always turn out so much better than I could have ever pulled off! I am 68 now and believe me, it's frustrating sometimes but it still happens to me on a regular basis. I'm getting more patient and much better at it! You are so wise to have figured this out early in your life, rather than later, Makes for a better relationship with those we love and with our Heavenly Father as well. Hugs, Judy

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  7. Sometimes those days when God say, "be still" turn out to be the best days. Gearing up for one of those tomorrow here in Altanta as we are expecting snow. Today I picked up a new Bible and moleskin journals along with the fixings for homemade potatoe soup and chocolate chip cookies and I am ready for whatever the day brings. Such a blessing to get a chance to refuel and shower some love on those dear to us.

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  8. Sea salt is my absolutely favorite color right now. We had our bedroom painted that color about a year ago and now I want to paint the whole house that color. Your chairs look fabulous and I love the two fabrics together.

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  9. get well soon Ava x, Love the chairs!

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  10. I just love this. All of it. I love it when I can realize and appreciate God's subtle little messages to me to slow down, to look closely at all of my blessings and be grateful for them, immerse myself in them. I love unexpected stay-home days when I actually DO get something off the old to-do list done! and I love, love, love your chair make-over! :) Hope Ava is feeling better!

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  11. I just love this. All of it. I love it when I can realize and appreciate God's subtle little messages to me to slow down, to look closely at all of my blessings and be grateful for them, immerse myself in them. I love unexpected stay-home days when I actually DO get something off the old to-do list done! and I love, love, love your chair make-over! :) Hope Ava is feeling better!

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  12. The chairs look fantastic and I hope Ava is feeling better!

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