What’s Your Soul-Piercing Music?

From last Saturday morning until last night, HH drove me all over the northeast for his business appointments, a trade show, a dinner with some work associates (and a few wives).  Touring metropolitan cities…seeing the sights…sounds fun, right?

It may surprise you to know I spent every day that I wasn’t in the car in our hotel room with my head in my laptop, working on the new theme and situating things to work correctly.  With city life bustling around me, I sought the life I’ve grown accustomed to…

1 Thessalonians 4.11a

Living in a city is the way of life for many, many people (many!).  Like it or not, we have to go where a job takes us…and endure (and sometimes enjoy) the living conditions as such.  Cities can be exciting places to live!

I did escape the hotel room at night.  Call it whatever you wish, but I noticed that, in NYC, people don’t engage with others as they go from here to there.  Most walk briskly, head down, with great intention…but with little attention.

We walked past a young woman one evening who was out walking her adorable little dogs.  I commented on their cuteness, and I shocked her with the spoken word.  Maybe drawing others in is a southern thang (my southern slang for today).  We see it as politeness, not intrusion.  As we walked further, I pondered the difference.

Maybe city dwellers invert themselves when in public as an escape to a quiet life – quiet within themselves.  We are all wired with a need for God in our lives.  He put the yearning in our hearts so we would seek Him.  Some of us try every other road in life, seeking soul-filling satisfaction, before truly discovering God and His greatness.  The Lord is the only true filling we’ll find.  For HH and I at least, He also placed a yearning within for a quiet life.

Christian music pierces my soul with God’s truth when I want to escape the troubles (and bustle!) of this world.

It was Friday morning (yes, in a Jersey City hotel room) as I wrote this post.  That afternoon, when HH finished his final meeting of the week, we were heading home – a two-day journey.  HH (talk about ordained by God!) sent me a text from a subway station.  A street musician was playing the trumpet. – one of HH’s favorite songs.

It Is Well With My Soul

This cute little boy, I’m sure, is nothing like the musician on the street, the music of whom HH only heard from afar.  Surely he’s much older than this child and possibly homeless – earning a living with his gift.

Maybe blowing through a trumpet is the street musician’s ministry.  (We all have one, no matter our age.)  Does he find solace in his own music, the soul-piercing kind?  Does he realize the effect his music has on the lives of those passing by?  I wonder….

Our Lord knew what HH needed to hear on Friday morning.  It was a good week in many ways, but tiring and hurried for HH with a long road home yet ahead.  God knows our deepest needs and fills them perfectly.  He reveals Himself to us every day in wonderful ways, and we see Him in events if we pay attention.

What music pierces your soul to bring much-needed escape from our crazy world?

Blessings~

 

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Measuring Windows and Hanging Curtain Rods

I thought maybe I should share these Facebook Live videos for those of you who aren’t on Facebook often 0r on Facebook at all.  Facebook has gotten very stingy with sharing things with my readers.  So, we’ll just take matters into our own hands!

Measuring Windows and Hanging Rods

MEASURING WINDOWS FOR MAKING CURTAINS

Before sewing drapery panels, measuring your windows thoroughly is a necessity.  Sometimes it’s hard to manage measuring long distances.

This video has some tips to make measuring easier.  For some unknown reason, the bottom half of the video is cut in half.  You can’t completely see what I’m referring to when discussing measurements to the floor.  Hopefully, you get the idea from what I say here.

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Did you laugh when I called the window casing “crown molding”?  That’s the thing about Facebook Live videos.  You can’t go back and edit out mistakes or blunders we mindlessly say on video!

HOW TO HANG CURTAIN RODS WITHOUT ASSISTANCE

I’m a big proponent of doing things on my own.  I hate to interrupt HH while he works, pestering him with my menial tasks. 😉  So, over the years, I’ve developed a technique for hanging long pole rods by myself.  If you don’t have someone to help you (or you don’t want to wait), this is for you!

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Are you getting brave?  Are you confident that you can hang long poles by yourself?  I hope so, because it is totally doable!

What are your experiences with hanging poles?  Anything laughable?  Or, maybe you have a real ARGH! moment – like the time I was hanging curtains at a neighbor’s house in Georgia.  I hit some sort of metal plate behind the sheetrock, and the screw would not go in!  We had to totally re-think that treatment.

Ah, the challenges….

Did I give you any new tips you can use?  Do you have other techniques to share that you use for hanging rods?

Blessings~

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Your Heart Can Beat Again

Have you experienced complete devastation in the past?

Severe loss…betrayal…debilitating pain…(to name just a few).

Did God bring you through it?  After such a heavy blow (so much pain!), when and how do you let your heart feel  again?

When I heard this song for the first time last week, it struck a nerve that brought back old feelings.  I played it over and over again.  I imagine it might impact you similarly if you’ve experienced deep pain.  (Haven’t most of us?)

It’s so encouraging!  With God’s healing hand, we truly can trust Him.

Let go of the fear…and allow your heart to feel again…to beat again.

It’s understandable why we would keep our guard up.  No one wants to go down a hard road again!  We guard ourselves from feeling too deeply…so we won’t hurt that painfully again.

But, after the healing hand of God, you can trust Him with your heart again.  He will take care of you.

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As the song says, we don’t belong in the past anymore.  Close the door to yesterday’s pain, and let your heart beat again.  It’s OK to cry through it.  I did, too.

Memories of deep pain can take your feelings right back to that spot, but God’s love mixed with that old familiar pain and hurt, there is balm.  He is Lord, and He loves you.  His love sooths your pain and suffering.  (Jesus knows a thing or two about suffering.  Remember what we celebrated last Sunday – His resurrection after dying a painful death on the cross?)  He understands like no other!

Trust in the Lord…with all your heart.  He will sooth your fearful heart.  He brings healing, and then He restores…so we can live life again.  Your beating heart can experience the full feelings of life and live – really live.  Our God is faithful!

Let us rejoice as we meet our Lord in worship today!

Blessings~

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New Things Ahead – What’s In It For You

Did you enjoy Easter?  It was a wonderful weekend for us, and I hope it was for you, too!

I’m excited about several changes that are in the works.  What does that have to do with you?  Everything. 

Confession Time!

Before Christmas, I placed a video in my sidebar.  In it, I mentioned a curtain panel course that would be available soon.  And, then life proceeded to take over.  We all know how that happens sometimes!  Right?

Spunky Daughter had a much-needed surgery and stayed with us through December.  Fun Son’s graduation brought guests and upheaval for moving away to his new job at the south end of our state.  My ankle incident over Christmas weekend was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for continuing to video course lessons.

Discouragement set in as I was limited with normal activities.    How could I finish the curtain panel e-course while dragging around the lovely new boot?

Honestly, while laid up over Christmas weekend with what I’d been told was a fracture, I came close to calling it quits, blog and all.  Everything.  Done.

Thankfully, God straightened me out.  No more pitty parties around here!

Let’s just say that I’m glad I didn’t pre-sell the course.  Course creators often do that, but I don’t have that much faith in my ability to put all else on hold.  Things happen.  Life happens. 

The stylish boot came off eventually, and in February, I began navigating course creation again.  And it grew…and grew…and grew.

What’s Ahead:

  1.  You’ll see the curtain panel e-course very soon!  I’m excited to see what you’ll be able to do with all it contains.  Let’s just say…lots!
  2. I have another course option coming soon, as well (lips are sealed for now).  Both courses should open in early May, which is right around the corner.
  3. We have a new addition coming soon.  No, I’m not going to be a grandmother!  (All in due time, please.)  Spunky Daughter is majoring in Interior Design and is coming on board to help here at CQC and with the new courses.  She’ll manage some social media aspects and occasionally write technical posts, sharing design tips to help with our decorating decisions.  Isn’t that exciting?These are two projects SD did in her course work for MS State’s Interior Design Program.  She gets to design without cost being a consideration.  How nice!
  4. Next week, I’m changing my blog design.  The bulk of my time will be devoted to getting everything situated after pushing the “new theme install” button.  It will look very different in the end, and along the way as I tweak, things may look sketchy.  I plan to make the beginning changes early and progress from there throughout the week.  By week’s end, I think we’ll like the new look.  (Fingers crossed, and some prayers, too!)  Thanks for sticking it out during the changeover.  🙂

So, what do you think?  Are you excited by this news?

Blessings~

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Friday Was Good Because of Sunday

When I was young, I disliked calling Good Friday good.  I thought, “What’s good about it?  Jesus DIED that day!”  In my youth, I saw it as a sad event.

Eventually, I learned what a wonderful Lord we have because of His death and resurrection!  Sunday morning made all the difference because He arose.  Jesus conquered death – and the pathway to our redemption in the process.

What can I share with you on Easter Sunday that speaks louder than what we already know?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

What Jesus did for us tops everything.

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Today is a celebration, so let’s pause to celebrate in song.

Praise Jesus, we are forgiven!  I pray a happy and blessed Easter for you all!  And, I hope you have a wonderful celebration at your house of worship and in your heart today.

He is risen!  Amen.

Blessings~

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Ready (Your Heart), Set, Go!

Palm Sunday.  Can you imagine what it was like?  Jesus entering Jerusalem, riding on a donkey?  It may not seem like it, but what a king’s entrance it was!

Palm Sunday…palm leaves waved in celebration…palm leaves cast on the ground ahead of Jesus to pave His grand entrance.

People were excited to have Him there.  They had encountered Jesus in a real and personal way.  And, we can, as well.

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Followers of Jesus had no idea what the following Friday would bring – just as we have no idea about tomorrow.  They had a true test of faith ahead.

I wonder how we would fair in that sort of trial.  Would we continue to trust?  Would we doubt?

What do you think you would do with your (then new-found) faith in that situation?  The Holy Spirit wasn’t a part of a believer’s life quite yet.  If they sought Him as we seek Him today, how did He communicate with them other than in real-time face-to-face encounters?

I’m so thankful I don’t have to worry about that.  Are you, too?  We may live in shaky times, but we have countless reasons to be thankful!

As we approach this eventful week of our faith history, let us seek the Lord as never before.  As for today, may you find His presence in your heart…and in your house of worship this morning in anticipation of our week ahead!

Blessings~

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