Hey there y’all! How about we have a show of hands of those of you who are just consistently overwhelmed right now… I honestly am at a point where I just don’t know what to believe. I don’t know what to take as a fact or what to take as a falsehood, and truly, that scares me more than any virus ever could. I have so much information coming at me from every direction. Wear a mask – Don’t wear a mask – Social Distance – Social Distancing will ruin your immunity – and so on and so on. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the answers people. Not a one. I want to be an informed citizen. I want to know what I believe. I want to wake up every day and know that I have the liberties to speak my mind and make my own decisions. And I am scared, like every one of you I am scared: I am scared for my job. I am scared I am believing and trusting in the wrong information, the wrong sources. I am scared I am not believing and acting on the right information. The fear is real. The world right now is filled with it, but even in all this uncertainty, there is one thing in my life that is constant, the peace and love that flows only from my heavenly Father. I have had a few times in my life where I have found myself in a hole so deep that I felt like there was no way out, no path back to the happiness that had fled my life so fully. God always intervened. He reminded me that even in times of struggle, even in times of terror, loss, and desperation, there was peace to be found. So if you are having one of those days where the waves of anxiety and uncertainty are crashing over you, I want to leave you with some verses that have helped my own troubled heart through this trying time.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Now back to the point of this little blog post of mine. As many of you know, I have been in the process of helping my family renovate a tiny beach bungalow that was seriously in need of a little TENDER LOVE AND CARE.
If you need some help reminding you just how much it needed some TLC, I have posted the original link to my blog post from when my fam purchased it below… and it was rough.
We have honestly put so much blood, sweat, and tears into that little house and I am finally getting to the point where I feel like I can unveil some of these rooms! Can I get a hallelujah??? We have renovated everything up to this point ourselves, and I can honestly say I get so proud walking into that little 700 square foot slice of heaven because I know my hands have touched every wall, my heart has mapped out every room, and my head has come up with every solution to every problem we have had to face along the way. I think that is one of the things that I love about home renovation – you take absolute, complete ownership of your space.
For the past couple weeks, I have been social distancing in Florida, which has done wonders for my soul, lemme tell you – the beach will do that for you. I spent my days taking pink bikini walks on the beach, riding my friend’s bicycle (generously lent to me:)), and working on about a million and one projects for what we have now dubbed, “The Painted Bungalow,” because we have just about painted every surface, including the furniture! I will be unveiling “The Shirley” bedroom today. We have named both of the bedrooms after our Grandmothers, who have both taken up their angel status’ and are no longer with us to enjoy this little home… but will always live on in our hearts.
Before we dive in… Let’s remember what this room looked like before…
And Now… Drumroll Please…
So that’s about all I have for today folks, just the cutest, teeny, beachy bedroom ever… but I can personally tell you I have been working on some very exciting projects this week that will be able to be unveiled very soon. So until next time… This salty mermaid is peacing out.