Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Scriptures: God's Perfect Harmonies

God's Perfect Harmony

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Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. 
Philippians 4:8   The Message

In music, playing in perfect harmony is everything. Groups tune their instruments before a performance in order to ensure that everyone is playing to the same pitches and not deviating out of tune. For violinists, tuning to "A 440" means that we are making certain our A string is perfectly in tune and then we tune the other strings to match the A string using perfect 5ths. An "A440" means that the A tone is vibrating at a speed of 440 vibrations per second (440Hz). When I first began playing violin as a child, I did not understand what an A440 sounded like and so I relied on a pitch pipe to help me to tune all of my violin strings. Over time, I was able to train my ear to hear the "perfect 5ths" to tune my G, D and E strings, but I still needed to be certain that my A string was perfectly tuned. So time and again I returned to my pitch pipe to hear the "A440" to tune my A string. When everyone in an orchestra or band is perfectly in tune, there is a moment when all of the vibrations of sound come together in perfection. When this happens a chord can "sing" and you can actually feel the harmony in your insides. I have often teared up when playing or listening to music and the vibrations reflect this perfect harmony because it is such a beautiful and heartfelt moment. 

In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we can experience God's perfect harmony by filling our minds with good things. That can be extremely difficult to do in today's world. Everywhere we turn there are things that we see, hear, participate in, listen to and read that can distress us, anger us, hurt us, discourage us and make life seem ugly. It takes daily practice and effort to focus on the good and not the bad, the things to praise and not the things to curse, the beautiful and not the ugly and hurtful, the truth and not the lies. It takes daily practice to fill our minds in the way that Paul suggests. 

Just like when I was a student of violin and had to return time and again to my pitch pipe to hear the perfect vibrations of "A440" in order to tune my instrument, I must return time and again to that which keeps me grounded in Christ. Prayer, scripture, worship, meditating on God's word.....these are my "pitch pipes" of faith that help me to tune my spirit in order to keep my thoughts steady, purposeful and positive in faith. 

Jesus is my true "A440" and as Easter Sunday approaches, I pray that you, too, may feel the perfect vibrations of His love and sacrifice on the cross for each of us. 

Blessings, Peace and Happy Easter!!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Style Tips from Debbie: Make Friends With Thrifting

Be A Thrifty Thrifter

Happy Monday, everyone! Today is #4 in my series; Style Tips from Debbie and today's tip may seem simple at first glance. Making friends with thrifting is something I learned long ago. I have always been a thrifty shopper and, in my opinion, being a thrifty thrifter goes far beyond simply shopping at Goodwill. Let me explain further in this post. 

Shopping at Goodwill or other thrift shops is certainly a tried and true method of thrifting. And while not all of my clothing is thrifted from Goodwill, several articles of clothing are from there. I wrote a post quite awhile ago giving hints on shopping at Goodwill. You can read or review that post here. The most important thing to remember when shopping at Goodwill is to give each article of clothing a really good look over before buying. I don't even want to spend $3-$4 on an article of clothing that is soiled, missing buttons or damaged in some way. I see shopping at Goodwill as having two purposes: I can find gently used garments which I can wear and enjoy for a cost effective price while at the same time helping out folks who gain employment and training through their work at Goodwill. It's a win-win situation! That's why I not only shop at Goodwill but also regularly take donations there. 

I'm also a thrifty thrifter in other ways, however. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you have noticed that I find clothing and jewelry in many different places and types of stores. I am absolutely fine with shopping at what some consider "low end" stores such as Walmart and K-Mart. When I was growing up, my Mom was a department head in Ladies Ready to Wear for the now closed Hills Department Store chain. She taught me how to look for quality in less expensive garments. Things like looking at the thickness/quality of the materials, making certain the hemming was straight and well done and looking at the quality of the accessories or embellishments on the garment. Her teaching has stayed with me and I use her training all the time when I look at clothing. If a less expensive garment does not look well made then I pass it by. But, if it is a cute garment, is well made and looks good on me, I'm not going to pass it up just because it comes from Walmart and doesn't have a fancy brand name. That is just not me. I have purchased clothing and accessories at Walmart, K-Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, The Dollar Store and beauty salons that look good and I enjoy wearing. I have also passed on clothing/accessories in these same stores because they did not look well made. That's all part of being a thrifty thrifter! Take a look at the outfit that I'm wearing in the pictures you have seen so far. This outfit contains pieces that are quite inexpensive and some that are more expensive. Can you tell the difference just by looking? 

I feel that being a thrifty thrifter allows me to enjoy fashion without overspending. If I make a fashion mistake, I'm not out a lot of money. I can enjoy variety in my wardrobe. to me, being thrifty is a responsible way to shop. 

How about you? What is your opinion on being a thrifty shopper? Hope you'll leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers!

Until Next Time,

Friday, April 12, 2019

Pink Tulips Easter Tablescape

Tulips, Bunnies and Easter Eggs Tablescape

With Easter a mere week from this Sunday, I decided to add some Spring-like and fun Easter decor to the dining table. This tablescape features gorgeous pink tulips, an egg-shaped dish filled with bunnies and pastel cloth eggs and a sweet Easter basket filled with larger pastel Easter eggs. 

The bunnies have a slot to be used for a place card but I stuffed an egg in the slot instead.

The light blue egg plate and bunnies came from Target a couple years ago. The pastel cloth eggs are Dollar Store finds, I believe. 

I am so enjoying these pink tulips! How pretty they are on the table. I couldn't resist tying a pink polka dot ribbon around the base of the tulips. You can never have enough pink, right?! Unfortunately, a certain furry member of our family (Cassie!) would not leave the tulips alone and I read that tulips are poisonous to cats, so the tulips are now living on our front porch table. Sigh.....cats!

You gotta love this face though, right?!

And, this one too!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Easter Decor

Easter Decor

Hey Everyone! As hard as it is for me to believe, Easter is just a mere two weeks away! I thought March went by quickly but it seems as if April is moving just as quickly. So, I'm sharing my Easter decor with you today. Just a few things I have added around the house to notch up the Springtime decorations a little more to look like Easter. 

I created this sign filled with butterflies-a sign of Spring and of new life. Perfect for Easter! I painted the board a pale green and added stick-on butterflies. In the first picture you saw it displayed on the foyer table, but it actually "lives" on the side table in the living room. It is hard for me to get an accurate picture that shows the colors on the living room table because I'm shooting pics directly at a window. Thus, I moved it to the foyer for some of my picture taking.

I also added a glass vase full of colorful faux eggs to the side table. I'm so glad I bought these eggs because they are so pretty and no dying eggs was necessary!

Here, you can see the colors a little better. 

And, I'm loving my Easter egg "tree" with the colorful eggs hanging down. The tree looks good next to my bunnies and my butterfly "Laugh" sign. I love the pastel colors of Spring, don't you?!

I also added a blue checked bunny to the wreath on my front door.

I'm really into blues right now and this bunny is just too cute!!

And, that's pretty much it for Easter decor right now. How about you? Are you adding any Easter touches to your home? Hope you will leave a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,

*Not a gifted or sponsored post. All writing/opinions/photography are my own. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Style Tips from Debbie:Find Your Happy Color!

Find Your Happy Color!

Hey Everyone! Today, I'm posting another hint in my ongoing series, "Styles Tips From Debbie." You know, if you're like me there is probably a favorite color that you love to wear and that makes you feel great when you wear it. For me, that color is blue. I love to wear blue and feel immediately drawn to clothing when blue is the color. That's why blue is my "happy color."

In my opinion, a happy color is not quite the same as a "signature color" or a "color coding" color. I'm not certain I have a particular signature color. I think the definition of a signature color is when a person tends to wear one particular color most of the time. And I wear a variety of colors, not just blue, although I do wear blue frequently. I was "color coded" years ago and was told I am a "muted summer" so I do look best in colors that are softer shades of blues, pinks and greens like you see here on the color wheel. 


But, even though blue is one of my color code colors, the reason I choose to wear blue often is because of how it makes me feel. Blue is simply a happy color for me. Whenever I wear it, my mood lifts and I have a smile on my face!

I decided to do some research on the color blue for this post and I discovered that blue is a color that represents calm, creativity and intelligence. It represents sincerity and quietness and does not like to make a big deal out of things and avoids confrontation. I never knew that personality traits can go hand in hand with color. No wonder blue is my most favorite and happy color! It fits my personality perfectly!

According to an article by Jacob Oleson, blue is sincere, reserved and quiet and seeks peace and tranquility while promoting physical and mental relaxation. No wonder I love blue! 

Today, I chose to wear several shades of blue. I like the combo of the lighter blue top with the darker blues of my jeans, necklace and shoes. 

And even my vintage handbag sported navy blue! 

So tell me, what is your "happy color?"  Shop your closet and discover the color that brings you the most joy when you wear it. Do a little research and find out the details of your happy color. Do the details fit your personality? I was surprised with what I found out and you may be too! Be sure to leave a comment and share your happy color with me!

Until Next Time,