This was sent to me by my friend Marie, and I thought I would share it...thanks Marie!
Pure-Hearted and Powerful
God is seeking people who are pure in heart (Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
A person who has a pure heart, who is wholeheartedly serving God, is truly powerful. In Psalm 51:6 David tells us that having a pure heart means having truth in our “inner being,” which is who we really are deep in our hearts. Having a pure heart starts with paying attention to our thoughts, because from our thoughts come our words, our emotions, our attitudes, and our motives.
God will not bless actions that are done out of wrong motives or an impure heart.
Purity of heart is not a natural trait; in most of us, it is something we must work on. First Thessalonians 4;3 teaches us to desire and work toward purity of heart because that is God’s will. This is a challenge that every believer should be excited about accepting, but we do not have to face it alone.
God has created us to be dependent upon Him, to bring Him our challenges and allow Him to help us with them. Only He knows what is in our hearts, and He is an expert at removing the worthless things from us while retaining the valuable.
There is a price to pay to have a pure heart, but there is also a reward. We do not have to be afraid to make the commitment to allow God to do a deep purifying work in us. We may not always feel comfortable about the truth He brings us, but if we do our part—facing it, accepting it, and allowing it to change us—He will make sure that we are blessed.
I was thinking of decorating ideas today...now that it's time to change for Spring!
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that great at decorating, but thought maybe I'd
share some ideas that might get your own creative juices going!
Btw, most of my ideas are cost effective ones-- cheap budget friendly!
First, get a fresh start. Fold up and put away your fleece blankets, open up the curtains and let the light in...wipe down your kitchen cabinets, do a little decluttering, and go along the ceiling with a long dusting wand (or an old towel drapped over a yardstick to de-cobweb)
I decorate a lot with napkins! (Most of which I already had-or I pick them up at Goodwill)
In the spring, I get out my pretty pastel-checked napkins and place them on the end tables...
in the center of the dining table-under the centerpiece, or even wrap them around my jar candles and secure with a rubber band.
It won't show because I fold it so the flaps cover the band.
Once your flowers begin to bloom--they're a wonderful tool to use for decorating! We have tons of daffodils, and we get bud vases and place them everywhere-even the powder room! Or, use silk.
Print out Scripture verses in a pretty font off the computer and frame them--make them "Spring" verses...
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; :)
Fill some empty pint canning jars with jelly beans and tie with a bow or put pretty spring fabric over the lid...
Have a fireplace mantel? Fill empty vases with Easter eggs and place one on each end... Or fill them with silk daffodils or other springtime flowers (you can reuse them!)
Or, put your candle holders on the mantel - use varying heights-and then put pastel candles in them.
(You can do the same in your china closet) I've also decorated with my pastel napkins in there too)
If you have pastel or floral teacups--feature them!
Tuck in a silk flower or 2, or
use Easter Eggs.
I look at the thrift store through the year and pick up little "birds" and "nests" - these are cute in the spring too!
Force some bulbs--or forsythia branches (they're easy!)
Try to use what you have at home--napkins, scarves,egg cups, teacups, pictures, frames, rubber stamps and supplies...old cards...stuff your children have made...baskets...kids toys(little chicks, bunnies)! Candy! You name it!
Get a branch off of a tree (birch is pretty) and hang little Easter eggs from it...
I hope this sparks your thinking a little...have fun!