less preoccupation. more restoration

In book club we’re reading The Good And Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith, and one of the exercises he encourages is simply praying through Psalm 23 upon waking in the morning and before bed at night.

I memorized Psalm 23 as a child in Sunday School, and it has hidden in my heart ever since, peeking out every so often to comfort me. How kind of you, I told God. You tucked these words into my mind as a child, and now I can recall them and recite them to myself at a moment’s notice.

It has truly been restoring my soul.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil.
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Does your soul need to be restored? Every day for the next week, recite this Psalm to yourself upon waking and before bed, and report back to me.

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less words. more impact

I try to keep my posts to 250 words or less. Writing frees the ideas sparring for my last brain cell, but heaven forbid I unclutter my mind and clutter up someone else’s in the process.

This post, for example, consists of exactly 87 words. And doesn’t it leave you thinking? Refreshed? Inspired?

I hope so.

What’s the word count limit on posts you’ll read (or write)?

“The letter I have written today is longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter.” –Blaise Pascal

This month, I’m joining the nester for 31 days of writing on the same topic. enjoy the entire series from start to finish!

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less & more in decor (that rhymes!)

By design gallery walls scream more, not less, but here I’m utilizing many of my mom’s “less is more” decorating tips, including:

1. Use what you have. Even though it’s a dated green color, I can’t get rid of this uber comfortable quality couch. I’m too lazy to EVER sew another slipcover, so I created a wall around green couch to tie it in with the rest of my decor. Here’s where the “less” comes in: the wall includes a poster I’ve had most of my life, a Marshall’s print I thrifted the other day, a gold mirror (also thrifted), an old pressed flower print from my mom, an old family photo, a print I got at a hotel sale for $1 fifteen years ago, and two pieces of my kids’ original artwork.
2. Paint is your friend. I gathered several of these pieces from around the house and spray-painted them white.

And here’s a few more of my mom’s random tips:
3. Pops of red. Every room needs something red.
4. Odd number groupings. For some reason, decor items look better in groups of odd numbers. See how each wall displays an odd number of photos? It’s a decorating phenomenon.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, the flat we stayed in during our trip to London last year, which inspired me to create a gallery wall in the first place.

What do you think?

This month, I’m joining the nester for 31 days of writing on the same topic. enjoy the entire series from start to finish!

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a four day diversion

oops, I’m behind a few days. Darren left for 8 days last Sunday, so I’m blaming my “31 day” lapse on him (even though that doesn’t sufficiently explain things since the blog delinquency commenced on Saturday…)

Here’s a recap of the last four days:

Saturday=soccer (runs my life)
Sunday=dad’s traveling, so how about ice cream for dinner?
Monday=school holiday, so how about even less structure and more ice cream for dinner? (and you can eat it in the car!)

It’s a good thing children are so precious, because they are a hell of a lot of work.

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less internet ads!

This afternoon, I watched last night’s episode of Parenthood on–without seeing any advertisements!

Have you heard of Adblock Plus? Install it on your computer’s browser, and you be hassled by ads anymore.

(I understand some people have an ethical problem with programs like Adblock, but I personally don’t.) Enjoy!

…and no one paid me to promote Adblock.

Less internet ads means more getting down to business online!

This month, I’m joining the nester for 31 days of writing on the same topic. enjoy the entire series from start to finish!

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