Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Simple Things


I found this beautiful quote that, to me, sums up living good in 2015.

"Contentment celebrates grace. The contented heart is satisfied with the Giver and is therefore freed from craving the next gift ... Here is one of the most beautiful fruits of grace-- a heart that is content, more given to worship than demand and more given to the joy of gratitude than the anxiety of want. It is grace and grace alone that can make this kind of peaceful living possible for each of us."

From: New Morning Mercies

Isn't that just so true?
To be happy in the moment.
Satisfied and so full you have nothing more to want.
The fruit of grace...a heart more given to the joy of gratitude than anxiety.
Oh, I love this!
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Simple things give me contentment and joy.
Flowers.
How I NEED to have flowers.
Just a simple jar evokes joy every time I look at it.
It's like a burst of Spring happily calling me from the kitchen table.
I have a plan to grow more flowers this year, in spite of windy, dry conditions, and to sell bouquets in my little stand.
I am also going out on a limb and applying for a scholarship to this marvelous workshop on the other side of our state.
I am in love with Erin's aesthetic design.
She is lovely.


I actually followed my first crochet pattern and made this comfy and charming newsboy hat.
If you'd like a gander at it, here is the link.

My Pinterest board has a few goodies, if you like crocheting, too!
I really, really want to try this pattern, but it looks a little advanced yet for my beginner skills.

Crocheting: Diagonal Weave Beanie or Newsboy. I made this, took this photo and LOVE this pattern!!!

I have been doing a little sewing and whipped up a couple of pillows for the living room from a piece of old ticking I had in the closet.
Old ticking should never stay in a closet!
I love blue and white.
It is so soothing.

The kids made beautiful snowflakes to string on their bedroom window, happily dancing in the light.


Here is to good living this year.
A year full of grace and abundant contentment.

~Julia




10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love hearing your inspiration. That pillow is wonderful! Jackie

Julia said...

Thank you so much Jackie!

connie steele said...

Isn't it true it seems contentment is so hard to find.. as I have aged though being Content is such a gift.. and I wonder why it took me so long to realize.. but back then God wasn't in my life totally, now he is... what a wonderful post.. Loved the hat and pillows...

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

You said: Old ticking should never stay in a closet. I say... AMEN!!

and once again, you inspire me!!!!!!!!

Lovely. Simply lovely post here this morning.

Enjoy your day- my friend!!

Gumbo Lily said...

I love flowers too. I have some paperwhites on the kitchen counter right now. It makes me more content to live today. Today is what I have.

God bless your new year 2015!

Lisa said...

Your blog brings me contentment and joy. I just want to heave a big sigh of relief when you post. It's brings out the I want to live on the country slower side. I want to learn to crochet! I mastered the Pom pom garland at Christmas...loved it on my tree

Julia said...

Connie...you are so right! I think as I have aged, contentment has become more of a choice that I remind myself of daily. Love your wise words!

~Julia

Julia said...

Bevy, your posts always inspire ME! You are lovely :)

~Julia

Julia said...

Gumbo Lily, I always plan on planting paperwhites...and never do it! I love those flowers and their aroma is just delicious. Happy New Year to you, too!

~Julia

Julia said...

Lisa, you are so sweet! Crocheting is so fun and relaxing. I am enjoying learning from You Tube. It is handy to SEE how to do a stitch! I am so glad you made the pom-pom garland! What fun!

~Julia

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