Lately it's been the following: we cannot love or treasure the absence of something. It won't work, at least not for long. We need to fill the absence with a thing to treasure and love. For example, Jesus is a thing. He is real. We don't simply treasure the absence of the enemy but rather we love Jesus, whose presence results in the absence of the enemy. Does that make sense? We can't cling to not lying. Instead we must exalt in the truth. We don't simply love the absence of hunger- we seek out having food.
It's the same with kids, you know? Often saying "don't do that. No, don't do that either. Nope, that's also a no" results in everyone being frustrated and exhausted, but when you can replace those don'ts with "hey, let's do this" you find your success and peace much more quickly.
I've been thinking about this with regard to my biggest kids, both girls, who are getting to the phase in life that I personally struggled with the most. The transition from being a child to being an adult woman was not easy. Making good decisions and honoring God's hope for my happiness were two things I just....didn't know how to do. There's was a whole lot of "don't, don't, don't," but not a lot of what I should do instead and, most importantly, no a good reason why I should even give a damn to begin with.
There I was, rolling all of these things around in my mind, when I got an email from an artist named Jennifer from StudioJRU. She asked me if I'd like to pick a print from her shop to hang in my home. If I loved it, she would give me a coupon code to share with all of you.
So I clicked over and the first print that caught my eye was this one:
|You are God's Masterpiece|
I want my girls to honor and respect themselves. I want them to understand their worth. I want them to treasure the fact that the Lord created them holy. A print on the wall is no substitute for our actions and words and encouragement and a strong faith life filled with love, but it surely can't hurt for them to be reminded every day, by something beautiful, that they are intrinsically beautiful.
Which is also why....it's in the bathroom. Err'body's gonna go in that bathroom err'day, y'all.
Our sweet little upstairs bathroom has been a part of this house since at least 1927. It is quirky and charming but yearned for a little attention. The arrival of Jennifer's work resulted in a thorough, thrifty, functional, pretty update of that room.
This print, you guys. The gift that keeps on giving.
(I considered replacing the curtains altogether at first and then realized, duh, I know how to embroider. Way cheaper.)
|That's just a little purple embroidery floss and a little bead every couple of inches.|
It's so great when things intertwine like this. Thoughts about loving virtue rather than simply denying sin plus an artist sharing her gifts resulting in a lovely room for my family with a beautiful print to uplift and encourage.
You should totally take a look at Jennifer's other work, too. Please pray for her continued success. And if you'd like one of her original designs for your very own, you can use code HouseUnseen for 15% off your purchase thru March 21st.
I'm so grateful for what her talent has brought to us. I know you will be too.