Life

Spring Ready.

So how fast is 2017 going already? I can not believe March is here, it is for me a sign of spring and I can not wait!
While I was looking over our February, I realised how much I crave spring and all the freshness that comes with it. I mean who doesn’t love fresh flowers, lighter nights and the odd peaks of sun! I do! 

Spring for me feels so refreshing. It can at times feel like winter is so long and such a slog, especially after Christmas, and then spring comes and brings with it hope of new and fresh things! I adore Christmas and all the cosy nights, candles and comfort food but spring just brings that freshness where eating becomes healthier, you want to be more active and days out to parks seem a dream. 
               ~Spring is defiantly my thing~

I love all of the spring decor. I love the yellow daffodils and tulips, they are always a firm favourite and my spring go-to, and also I love using fresh lemons for decorating. These are great for styling in a bowl on your countertop or on a coffee table. I like to start adding spring wreaths to my door, i love these inside and out! I love changing some of my decor pieces to fit with the season.

Another love of spring for me is cleaning. I love the smell of christmas cleaning items with cinnamon being the base of most products, but i have to say i love packing those away and using all things fresh. 

Some of my go-to products are – 
~Detol lemon fresh

~Ocean fresh bleach

~Bloo toilet cleaning in blossom scent

~Zoflora in spring time, fresh linen and hyacinth.

                  ~ Cleaning Tip~
One of my cleaning go-to products all year round is Zoflora. I use it not only by adding to water to clean my floors, but i also add two caps full into my steam cleaner and the smell is just delicious. Also I use it to refill my reed defusers because the smell is amazing, it works so well to fill any space with a fresh and clean smell. I buy packs of new reeds from Dunelm for just a few pounds. 
Hope your home feels as fresh and clean as our’s heading into spring!
x

Life

Less Is More – By Simon Wells.

I just wanted to introduce you to my Husband Simon Wells who has wrote an incredible guest blog post on Add a Pinch of Grace. Hope you enjoy.
Less is more…
 
Jeremiah 29 verse 11 reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT).
 
It would be very easy of me to sit here at my dining table and say that all we need is the verse above. I could sit here and declare to you that, based on that verse, just trust God to do all he wants to do through you, and be ready to be amazed!
 
But I can’t. The reality is that we cannot just trust in Him, but KNOW Him, relate to Him personally, get God involved in all the dirt in your life, all the junk you really dont want anyone to know about.
 
God has been speaking to me so much recently about this very issue. I know that He requires me to verbally, and audiably declare the junk in my life in order for Him to take control, and rid me of those things. And that manifests itself in me as LESS IS MORE.
 
Less of me, and more of God.
 
See, the LESS I focus on myself, my world, my job, my friends, my connections, my finances, the MORE room I have in my life for God to invade and dwell. I’ve realised that over the past few years, my heart has been so full of my own plans and desires, that I haven’t allowed room for God to step in and change things, room for His plans to come to fruition.
 
“For He knows the plans He has for me..” would be more how I read that scripture. But in order for that to be the case, I have to surrender myself and permit God to overwhelm me, from the inside, where all my darkest and most personal things are.
 
How can God give me and show me all the plans and wonderful things He has for me if i can’t give Him all of myself? To me, that’s like wanting to have a full and bursting supermarket trolley of glorious fresh and tasty food, but only wanting to pay for half of it. It doesn’t work! It’s all or nothing.
James 4 verse 8 says this;
 
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (NLT)
 
My prayer for myself, and also for you reading this, is that we would draw close to God, allow Him room by dropping the junk and irrelevant desires from our hearts and letting Him work within us. May God reveal His beautiful and glorious plans to each of us, and begin taking us into the wonderful future that only He knows all about. LESS of ourselves, MORE of you, God.
 
Amen.
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Life

Journey of a 1000 lies

I grew up with amazing family that loved me and that spoke love to me regularly, I had a very stable upbringing with unstable circumstances at times but that never changed the way I was loved as a little girl. I can always remember my Mum telling me “you can do it” and “you are beautiful” and many many more words my mum spoke over me. While I am talking about my Mum I want to thank her for always loving me and encouraging me and always trying to bring the best of me out, I appreciate you Mum.
Anyway back to what I was saying, when I started approaching my teenage years I began to notice my increase in insecurity and also my fears of failing. As I went into my teenage years I grew so many insecurities, that at times I would want to run so far and hide. I was always a more reserved girl who didn’t really have much to say but I also became distant from truths that had been spoken over me as a child. This journey was carried into my twenties and I still chose to listen to lies………..

I was in a situation the other day that led me to a place of feeling so insecure and hurt the natural thing to do was put my guard up and shut out situations and people but there in the midst of this I felt God speak “why do you listen to lies, I made you in my image”. I began to cry! I love how he speaks into every area of our life.

What if the truth I felt was actually Lies, what if I was actually fearfully and wonderfully made?

God met me in a way I have never felt before he spoke in to my heart when I needed it most he rescued me from listening to the Lies of the enemy. How amazing is God.
I really feel today as I write this to you that at times we listen to lies more than truth, we let what’s negative take over us without even thinking that we were made in his image. I felt robbed when I realised this the other day. I mean I have lived most of my life listening to lies and letting them breed in my everyday life the feelings of insecurity, inaddiquatcy, fear, anxiety and the list could go on and in a moment of crying out to God he spoke, now please understand me I am not saying God spoke and that’s it I will never battle again but what I am saying is God spoke truth in that moment and I will cling on for dear life praying that everyday I choose to hold on to his promise and truth and stop choosing to listen to the lies.

“I pray so much today that if this is your season that you will know right now that God loves you he created you, not just threw you together in the womb but made you in his image. I pray that the lies of the enemy will be drowned out but God’s truths! I pray for any negative words ever spoken over you to break so you can live in the truth of our almighty God. Amen”
God wants us to live in freedom with out hold backs, I know at times I will feel maybe insecure but I know for sure I will run to his truth rather than the lies of the enemy. Keep running to him, because he never fails. I am on this journey too but let’s choose truth! 

Life

Pardon, what did you say?

Pardon what did you say these words as a mummy flow to freely through my day to day life, Girls have you got your school bags? pardon, what did you say? Girls have you put your lego away?, pardon.I feel at times i spend most of my day on repeat having to say everything over and over again and feel like no one even takes time to stand still in the moment and listen to what i am saying but then it made me think how must God feel?
Does God feel like this with us?

How many of us are getting on with life at such a quick and busy pace but expecting to hear God in the busyness of life? We fill our lives with so much stuff at times we miss what he says? How many of us are praying for an answer to prayer but what if the answer has been missed because we are so caught up in what we are currently doing?
I have been so challenged by this and completly stirred as to if God has my full attention am i creating a time or space for God to speak where he has my full attention with no pardon moments. 

I always say to my girls before i speak please stop what your doing and give me your attention make sure your ears are on………. sometimes i feel like God is saying that to us! I think he says at times hey you ,yes you reading this blog give me your undivided attention let me share some of your load give it to me, let me answer your prayers give it to me and be still and listen.
I started creating time in my day to sit and let God speak and I tell you I have never felt closer to him.

I feel so stirred and challenged by this and know for sure i at times need to create more space to allow God to speak.

I pray over this season that we all learn to create space to allow God in a space where we can be still and not shouting pardon, a space that is for you and God to talk a place where you let God in.
I am so exited for you in this next season and can not wait to hear of all God has done for you.

Life

From the Heart.

As I sit and watch my family I feel so stirred to let you into my heart in this season of change and transition.
 Over the past year I have been journaling into direction from God I have been committing time to listen to where God wants me in this next season of life ,as the months have rolled on here I am able to share a little of my journey with you. 
I started this blog over a year ago now as I felt God speak to me about starting it but shortly after starting it I being to feel like I had no voice or anything to say, this was the start of my prayer and journal time with the Lord. Over the months of praying I have felt so stirred to share my life with you not in a gossip or nosey way but in a way that can help people in the same or simaler situation. 
While I have gone through the season of direction God began to speak into my heart about Homemaking but biblical homemaking, life and marriage no please hear me I am not all clued up about these areas but I believe in sharing experiences to help each other going forward. I have such a heart for seeing people find peace in there home and have a heart for restoration.

So in light of all of this here I am listening to the call and following what he has spoken to me about this is hard for me as I feel at times I will feel vunrable and exposed but I know that if I trust God he will see me through.
I pray for you if this is your season that God will give you clear direction which is more than your heart desires.
I really look forward to blogging more and allowing God to use me in ways I never imagined. 

  

Life

Running or walking?

At times our life almost feels like we run full pace all day everyday consumed with our jobs, finance, spouses, kids, food and the list goes on. We run and run and run at this pace trying to juggle and manage the demands of our lives, but when do we stop for that water break? Is there one?

It was a mild Saturday in October and my husband, my two girls and I were having breakfast at our local restaurant. As we sat enjoying the company, food and atmosphere people seemed to be coming and going all the time some eating without speaking and then in a moment they had gone. The waitress came and asked us twice if we were ready for the bill and both times we said “no not yet thank you”. As I sat looking at my family I realised that my week had been so consumed with running and at times running that fast that I missed things said and moments that were there to share.
As a mummy and wife I sometimes become so consumed with running I leave my girls and husband behind not hearing what they say or fully engaging in what they have done or are doing.
So as I was sat looking around chatting with my girls and husband I began to see that running is not the best pace but walking is, walking hand in hand with the ones you love taking in all the simple things like laughing. Finding the simple joy at a slower pace. As I took time to sit and chat with them I began to hear things I had missed in that week I began to see things I had missed. At times we have to have a quick pace due to circumstances but I want to always choose to do that while enjoying the simple things in life.

I believe God gives us a new day if we are so fast paced we miss the day ,it’s like someone giving you a gift and then not looking at it or appreciating it.

I choose today to give each day to God asking him to help me slow my pace to look around and appreciate the simple things.

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