Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Fresh, New Start

Almost a year ago, I wrote a quick post saying that I was "Back in the Saddle Again"! After a few less than inspiring blog posts, I just quit.  So if you don't believe me when I say that I am starting again... I will understand! To be very candid, a few things turned me off of blogging.

So here they are...
#1- I was invited to attend a few swingers parties. This does not mean sitting on a front porch swing with a glass of sweet iced tea conversing with a good friend. It does not mean swinging away the hours reading a great book or working on your Bible Study (my favorite place to work on my studies). To say I was shocked by the invitation is putting it mildly.
#2- As I read other blogs, I began to compare my little blog to the other blogs. I wondered who would want to spend their time reading about Still Woods Farmhouse when there were so many wonderful blogs out there?
#3- My time was consumed with a new business endeavor and I found my time management skills went out the window.  
#4- I found out that the invitation in #1 was from a neighboring city.  The closeness of this invitation really... REALLY bothered me and that was the end of my blogging. 

But you know what? I have decided to set new parameters on who can see and comment on my blog to avoid creepers... I will not allow comparisons to destroy my joy of blogging... and I will strive to manage my time so that I have a designated blogging time.

I love the blogging community! I have belly laughed over blog posts, cried when a fellow blogger lost her battle with cancer, rejoiced at the birth of long awaited children or grandchildren, had the privilege of praying for fellow bloggers, and been inspired by a new recipe or a home project.  Why should I allow the reasons listed above to stop me from enjoying blogging?  I know that answer... I shouldn't.

As I'm writing this post, the rain is falling as is has been off and on for days.  I am reminded that the rain washes away the dirt and grime.  It gives new life to that which is dried up and parched.  Rain is a special gift of time to readers and to writers. It refreshes the soul.  So it is a fresh, new blogging start from here on.  I think I will grab a glass of sweet iced tea, my summer Bible study and go swing for awhile.  

"Let my teaching fall on you like rain" Deuteronomy 32:2

Blessings my friends from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

Monday, August 14, 2017

Renovating 101

Let me begin by saying that sheetrock dust is evil. It lands in the strangest of places and lurks in tiniest of corners. If it was a germ, it would take over the world in no time. No vaccination could stop it.  Sheetrock dust is resistant to the powerful suction of the best vacuum and the continuous back and forth action of vigorous mopping. Sweep it up you say?  Forget about it! It just dances around in the air while finding a new place to adhere to. I bet under a microscope, it has suction cup tentacles.

I say all this while eating a cup of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step ice cream.  I am rewarding myself for  laying down sheets of brown butcher paper on the floors and covering more furniture with painters cloth.  All in anticipation of the disaster that will commence again tomorrow morning. By the way, the ice cream is delicious.

So what's up at the farmhouse? I wish I could tell you that Mr. Still Woods has decided that I need a larger closet and we are beginning a renovation job to give me the closet of my dreams.
Hmm..which one shall I choose?
Actually, our project is not that grand! We are closing in a door and moving it to another location.  That's it.  Nothing major, but it is causing a huge amount of mess.  It also required moving a large library unit...which necessitated moving power boxes...which necessitated the removal of more sheetrock...which brings me back around to the reason I am eating ice cream!

I'll keep you posted on the progress!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Encouraging Scripture for Back to School

Many of the students along the Mississippi Gulf Coast began school this week and the remainder will start next week. There will be plenty of excitement mingled with the fear of the unknown.  As a psychometrist and counselor in various school settings, I saw it all the time.  The age of the student is irrelevant.  Whether it is an elementary student or student bound for college, there is often some amount of apprehension.
An extremely polite kindergartner once told me, "Thank you for inviting me, but I don't think I will be back"! Loved his forthrightness!  I sought out the little fellow the next school day, knowing that his hopes of staying home would be crushed and he might need a little encouragement.  On the other end of the spectrum, don't forget our college bound students who need a good dose of encouragement before setting off into the big world of college.  I remember being scared to death when I first set foot on the campus of my alma mater, Mississippi State University! What about you?
Encouragement...we all need it.  I draw so much encouragement from God's word.  Many families start each new year with a theme scripture verse.  My good friend Lisa has a theme hymn to begin a new year.  What about an encouraging scripture verse for the new school year?  I can think of no better way to begin the adventure of a new school year than with words of encouragement from the Lord.  May I suggest a few for you to consider?

Proverbs 18:10 
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Psalm 16:8  
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With Him at my right hand, 
I will not be shaken.

Psalm 55:22  
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; 
He will never let the righteous be shaken.

2 Timothy 1:7  
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, 
love and self-discipline.  
(Great for a shy child)

Proverbs 3: 5-6  
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  

Ephesians 4:32.  
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you.
(Great for conflict with friends)

Isaiah 40:31  
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings 
like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:13  
I can do all things through Christ because he strengthens me.  (ICB)

Do you have a theme scripture verse for the school year?  Would you be willing to share it with all of us? Please leave me a comment with your family's favorite Bible verse.  If you don't, I hope you will consider spending some time with your family this weekend deciding on your theme verse for the school year.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful new school year!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse