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Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Route 66 Resolution

Are you thinking diners, neon signs and kitchy hotels? Actually, I plan to once again travel through all 66 books of the bible.

While exercise is good, there is also a good chance I won't stick with a program. (But I do plan on trying. :)

Of course I always like to try and read a few classics. "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet is on my nightstand currently. It is a fantastic story about the building of a cathedral.

There is also a bit of travel planned to here:

And if the Fashionista is accepted, to here. (Sniff. I'll so miss her!)

But back to my Route 66 resolution. Why would I want to travel a path I have already taken before? I know the good Lord has many adventures, may they be good or bad, planned in my life this upcoming year. The words that spoke to me last year, perhaps will not be the same words that will speak to me this year.

Last year at this time I was suffering from debilitating grief over the loss of my grandfather. Our son was also mauled by a neighbors dog in our front yard. But the Lord provided comfort.


I also reeled for a time from a question that was posed to me as to how I, as a Christian, could work in such a materialistic profession. I will admit I began to doubt myself ~ my profession. But the Lord spoke to me in Exodus 25~31. Six chapters which covered God's specific requests for his Tabernacle. God was the original Interior Designer!
As each of us have been created in His image, I firmly believe that He indeed provided me with the gifts I have.

Would you like to take the journey with me? To the left of the blog under "Kindred Spirits" you will find the link to "The Bible in One Year". His words to you are precious. There is a reason why the Bible is the bestselling book of all time and wars have been waged to protect it.

May you have a blessed 2009!


Kass said...

Happy New Year to you too.Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite books of all time.Enjoy.

And thanks also for th Bible tips.

God Bless you and yours in this new year.

Terri and Bob said...

I will step up to that challenge!

You had some real grief this year. I hope 2009 provides more happiness for you and your family! My daughter is a fashion graduate from Stephens College (very small) and is pursuing a doctorate in textile management at the University of Missouri. I believe God would be proud of her ambition to serve.

Looking forward to getting to know you better this year!!

Neabear said...

Interesting resolution! I can't believe someone would question your profession like that. Each person has the talents that are given to him/her. We are to use them in the best way possible. What you do is your best way. Right? Plain and simple. Everybody can't be doing the same thing. That is why all the different professions! Happy New Year and good luck with your journey. So nice to have met you! I look forward your future posts.

~♥~ Monica S said...

At least you'll have a safe trip! :-)


Barbara H. said...

I so enjoyed this, Laura! What a unique way to present resolutions!

I do read the Bible through, but not necessarily in a year any more. I want to be able to stop and linger over a passage if I feel the need to without worrying and getting behind. Currently I am in the epistles and reading just one several times over a couple of weeks -- it is so easy to just zip through them, and they are so meaty.

Have you ever read Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking? It's a great book -- I want to reread it some time. But though it talks about the home in general, she has a great section on decorating and creativity. Though she acknowledges we have to mindful of budget and time constraints and other priorities, she says as we are made in the image of God, and He is creative, He made us creative. He could have made the world utilitarian and colorless, but instead He made our home planet wonderfully colorful and amazingly beautiful in places, visible even after the effects of the the Fall of man. That was a great help to me as I struggled as a young homemaker with whether it was right to want to decorate my home and make it pretty.

jewelstreet said...

Happy New Year! Lovely post. I think sometimes we make things more materialistic than they are or have to be.

I hope 2009 is a beautiful year for you and your family.

Tracy said...

Laura, thank you for stopping by my place and leaving a nice comment.
Have a Blessed, safe, happy and healthy New Year!
It's going to be a good year :)

heather said...

What excellent goals!

And I believe that our homes are sacred space and that making them beautiful is honoring that. :)

Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

People always say the weirdest things about others. Here's to your 2009 being wonderful, with people keeping their nasty comments to themselves.

Melissa Wertz said...

Happy New Year to you as well Laura.

Efrat Dalton said...

Sorry for your grief this last year. This year, 2009 On the other hand is a new and bright one for you! It's a new canvas, in your case a new white room that needs to be adored with G-d's inspirations that will pass his light to others.

I'm also in my many trades an interior designer, who done it for several years. I used to question my purpose in life, since I'm doing so many different type of art. My answer to it: I'm the instrument that the divine works through. Every inspiration, ideas that I have and bring it to life it's all his doing. I'm only the instrument! There for, we are here to continue with his creations to bring beauty, love and his light to the people we are around. There is no grater owner in this world that doing this kind of work, his work, besides being a mom.

So walk tall and be proud of your mission in life. Don't let anyone tell you what is right or wrong if it comes from the heart and soul how could it be wrong...?
I'm looking forward to get to know you this year.
May G-d bless you,

Maison Douce said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2009!! Sound like it will be fun, already!!

Tracy said...

Oh Laura, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who overthinks this profession I've chosen! On the one hand, it CAN seem superficial and materialistic (especially when combined with the misplaced guilt I sometimes feel for getting paid to do something that's SO MUCH FUN I'd do it anyway for free!) But then I think about the opportunity it presents me to improve another person's living space - the place where they actually LIVE their LIFE - so that it brings them more comfort and pleasure and peace. That's really quite a responsibility when you think about it. And so far, I've been lucky enough to have clients who aren't just out to impress their visitors with all the money they've spent to surround themselves with the best of everything. (Though than would bring me a nice commission, wouldn't it? See. Another struggle :) ) My clients have been reasonable, practical people who simply want to enjoy their homes more through the addition of beautiful things. Who want their homes to work better for them through proper space planning and organization. But they don't know how to do it for themselves. So they call me. And happily pay me real money for the real service I provide. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. My wish for 2009 is that, even in this crazy economy, I will be able to help enough people live better in the homes they love so that I can grow my business and continue to do the very same thing: live in this home that I love with the people I love surrounded by things that make us feel warm and safe and supported and ready to face the world when we step out the door.
Now, go have a fantastic 2009! Grow your business and your family and thoroughly enjoy them both!!

KDLOST said...

Brilliant! Happy New Year!

Great idea for the books of the Bible! Cheers!

Cheryl said...

Happy new year! I love your resolution and plan on adopting yours! Thank you for the wonderful, inspiring post!

jenjen said...

Happy New Year!

Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorites. The sequel is also good. I got it for Christmas last year.

Wishing you and your family a safe and blessed new year!


Miss Sandy said...

I could not agree with you more that, "the words that spoke to me last year, perhaps will not be the same words that will speak to me this year." It is so true that God's Word is living an active and personally speaks to us. I think it meets us where we are and highlights what we need in that given moment.

I have been trying to decide if I want to a chronological reading or stick to my One Year Bible that chooses a part of the OT, NT, Proverbs, and Psalms.

I think you are taking a marvelous route and I am sure GPS (God's Personal Scriptures) will not lead you wrong!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Lorrie said...

Happy New Year, Laura! I like the Route 66 analogy. I have read the Bible through in a year several times, but lately I've been concentrating on smaller bits - you are so right in saying that the words affect us differently each time we read it.

Blessings to you,

Pat said...

What a nice post and what a wonderful attitude you have about life. We, too, leave our Christmas tree up until after Epiphany......after all, the 3 kings didn't bring THEIR gifts until then, right? Thanks for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway. I'll look back at your blog on Friday to see what you have in store.

Barb said...

I read the Bible all the way through this last year and I plan to do it every yeaar for the rest of my life.

You are an awesome person.

Blue Muse said...

Happy New Year, Laura!

I love your outlook and plan on enjoying God's beautiful designs much more this year, as I've resolved to not take the natural beauty around me for granted and to be much more appreciative this year!

I reallly appreciate your visit to my little world and your kind comment.

I have Pillars of the Earth on my nightstand, too! I really need to finish it! So much to do, so little time =)
xo Isa

Miss Linda said...

I work for a law firm, and I have also struggled at times with whether such a place is appropriate for a Christian. But time and again someone will quietly approach me and start a discussion about matters of faith and I am reminded that God scatters all His faithful ones in many areas to blossom and be that little leaven in the loaf. I agree with the other comments that God is honored when you use your gifts to beautify the homes of others. I have no doubt that your faith shines through in everything you do, and that gives Him glory!

carolinagirl said...

What a beautiful post! I am also suffering from such grief from the recent loss of my father, and I have been praying for some relief from all of my sadness. I know my daddy would be so upset if he knew how much my mom, sister and I mourn his passing. Thank you for your encouragement. I think reading the Bible through is just what I need to help me through this grief as well as our adoption. Happy New Year to you!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Wishing you a wonderfully Happy New Year!!! :)


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

May God bless you in all your journies. And may 2009 bring you everything you've been dreaming of!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kritta22 said...

Coming over from one of the Whirl into winter. I clicked on your cuz I love your name. I used to dream about changing my name! LOL

Anyway I am gong to check out this 66 thing. It sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

starsfault said...

Laura ~ When you mentioned that others view your profession as materialistic, I was immediately reminded of the woman in Proverbs 31, The Virtuous Wife.

I have read the Bible in a year several times, and you are right, each time something new and precious is gained with each reading. Kindest Regards, Eileen and the Beautiful Starry Girl.

Denise K. said...

Thank you for this inspiring post! I too suffered loss this year, and I found comfort in your post. May the new year be filled with good health, happiness, and peace in the journey. With love from Colorado, Denise

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

A beautiful post for your resolutions. Reading your's gave me a new one to add to mine! Thank you. ~Cheryl

Liz said...

What an awesome post!!! Yes I will be going through the bible ... again. I always have it on my list but rarely actually make it all the way through. This year has been the closest.I Agree with you. There is no comfort like God's word.

As far as the materialistic question goes.... I have been reading your blog since just about day one. I don't think I know of anyone that shares their blessings and talent like you do. You are a very gifted lady and a blessing to us all. It is always good, though, to be challenged. It keeps us thinking and on our toes. So I guess I'm okay with someone asking that question. I can understand where they are coming from.

Here's to big things in the New Year!!

P.S. I love the idea about the drawers under the bed! It never would have occurred to me. : )

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Good for you getting the bible read! I tried two winters ago and got bogged down in I know I need to try again or at least pick up where I stopped.

That is so awful about what happened to your son. I hope the family was sincerely sorrowful about it and that your son healed completely.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a sweet and personal post! I am sure that your faith has gotten you through the grief you have been experiencing and your continued outlook on life as a journey indicates that you are holding your beliefs close as you enter this new year. You are such an inspiration to so many.

Shimmy Mom said...

I'm so glad you realized that your talents are a gift from God and that He intends for you to use them. He created all the beauty around us and intends for us to use it and create our own beauty as well.
I love your resolution and I will definitely go check out that site.