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April 19, 2011

Get Inspired and Take a Leap

If this is your idea of “living dangerously” then please, do it!!  Life is too short not to take a risk every now and then.  During our interview as a couple before husband was called to be Associate Pastor I think I made a statement similar to this: “If it’s not at least a little scary, it’s probably not worth doing”.  This drew a chuckle and a raised eyebrow or two…but I believe it!

I can’t believe the last 12 days have passed so quickly {and without posting} but I’ve been finishing up some “risky” projects.  There is so much around us to inspire – especially on the internet.  Our dreams, relationships and circumstances can inspire us, too…but we need to take a leap, take a chance and make that inspiration into something.

A desire for less boring, padded chairs around my black kitchen table, tight budget, and finding 4 of these pathetic, rescued-from-a-fire-damaged-house arm chairs for $50 on Craigslist (ick)…
March15_2011 003 …and lots of encouraging tutorials & inspiration from DIY bloggers all over the place inspired these sassy little numbers:
April_19_2011 097 A pretty piece of artwork I saw online and some white coffee filters inspired this {How-to post later}…
April_19_2011 027 This 15-year old Birthday Girl niece…
April_19_2011 043…and this awesome tutorial from a fellow blogger {man, I want a Silhouette – I traced & cut my letters by hand} inspired this…
April_19_2011 081None of these projects came out perfect, and I didn’t go into any of them 100% sure I could adequately accomplish them, but stretching yourself is exciting and makes the outcome that much more satisfying.  I love how my projects came out and it really doesn’t matter if anyone else does {except my niece, and I think she loved her gift}.

Maybe it seems a little silly to apply this concept to art & decorating projects…but when I hear someone say, “Oh, I could never {insert some skill, adventure or challenge here}” I am always tempted to remind them {and sometimes do"}, “Aren’t you really saying ‘God could never’? And you KNOW that’s not true!”  I marvel every time someone stretches beyond their self-perceived abilities {even my own} because that is when God’s glory is revealed…and I think that is just as true in the small things as in the big ones!!

So think about where you can stretch, take a little risk {or a big one} and watch God shine!
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