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Monday Morning Encouragement - No More Identity Crisis


"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27

Man and woman were created in God's image, possessing characteristics that are also found in Him. We have a spiritual dimension, an intellectual dimension, a moral dimension and a social dimension. Through these four dimensions we were meant to reflect God's glory. His greatness. 

Two Thrift Store Purchases = One Great $5 Lamp


On a recent thrifting excursion I came across a French script lampshade for $2. 

Did I need a lamp shade? 


But the shade was my style and in great shape. And for $2 I couldn't pass it up. I knew that sooner or later I'd find a lamp base to use with it.

Monday Morning Encouragement -- Our Provider



"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  Matthew 6:33

Something amazing happens when we seek the Lord and follow Him; putting Him first in our lives. The things we thought were so critical to our happiness -- that we worried about keeping or losing -- become less important. And the things we never thought we'd care about -- the simple things in life -- become desirable. 

How I Turned My Plain Jane Pendant Light Into a French Beauty


When I moved into my mobile home two years ago, one of the things I thought I might do is replace the existing pendant light in my kitchen's dining area. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted there, so I decided just to live with it for awhile. 

However, the longer I lived with the light, the more I saw its potential. I began to see it all prettied up with a French Country/Shabby Chic look.

Monday Morning Encouragement -- Walk By Faith


"For we walk by faith, not by sight --"
2 Corinthians 5:7

There is no other way to follow Christ, but to walk by faith. We can't see Him, we can't touch Him, but when we have committed our lives to Jesus, His spirit living within us testifies to our spirit that we know Him, and that we are known by Him.

And so we walk. 

Quick, Easy and Budget-Friendly Wall Decor with a Vintage Vibe

Last week, during my staycation, I came across a new store that caught my eye. I was on my way to a consignment store to do some browsing when I drove by a rather large shop called Cozy Cottage & Co..  I did a quick turn around and pulled into the parking lot. In my book, any store with a name like that deserves a visit.

Monday Morning Encouragement -- Comforting Others


Source: Hearlight.org

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4(ESV)

While I love all of God's word and find every scripture to be significant, there are certain verses that I have found to be of particular encouragement through the years. Today's scripture from 2 Corinthians is one of them.

My Imperfectly Perfect Dining Table and Chairs


One of the first purchases I made when I moved into my home two years ago was my dining table. I wanted something with a French country vibe, and it had to be priced in my budget. Fortunately, while browsing in Habitat Restore I spied a unique table that peeked my interest. I wasn't in love with the parquet top, but it did have two inset draw leafs that extend to allow for 8 - 10 people. In my small space, that was a definite plus. What really sold me, though, was the price tag of $75. Definitely within my budget.

Entry Light and Ceiling Fan -- Finally!


Hello Cottage Friends!

Now that my entry ceiling light and the fan in my living room have arrived and been installed, I wanted to share them with you.

Monday Morning Encouragement -- Like a Tree Planted By The Water


Source: https://www.heartlight.org/

Aren't you glad we have the Book of Psalms?

I find so much encouragement within its chapters, and so much food for worship there. Beginning with the very first Psalm containing a mere six verses:

Monday Morning Encouragement -- Good News

"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 8:8

Here is the gospel. 

Plainly and simply put, God loves us so much that Christ died for us. He suffered and died for our sins. He died in our place. 

Our sin condemns us. The Ten Commandments were given to reveal our sin, so that no one can say "I am sinless."  "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin." (Romans 3:20) Trying to keep the Ten Commandments in perfect obedience is impossible. God knows that, and that's why He sent His Son to do what is impossible for us to do ourselves. Christ fulfilled every law perfectly, and therefore His sacrificial death in our place was the only one acceptable to God. What amazing love!