The Wide Shot

This is from where I sit at the kitchen table. Hard to tell in the picture but the counters have a fancy little swirl in them. When we do redo the kitchen we plan on keeping the cupboards here, but not so much the counters. They serve more as a built in and I am head over heels for the vintage glass. Before we bought the house I had a chance to talk to the owners who lived here for over 20 years. They were sweet as can be. I assured them I didn't want to change the house completely. I wanted to honor the years they spent loving this home just give it a boost to fit our family. This is one of those places where I saw sippy cups from their grandbabies and years of collected dishes. I feel like it's now my turn to fill them will treasured pieces.

Of course after a much needed paint job. I find in every instagram pic and blog post it's so easy to crop out the ugly. As a blogger it can be hard to find the balance. I know so called "pretty" pictures are more popular, but is that cropping out reality and giving a false sense of perfection? This girl, at this computer, writing these words, is in no way perfect. I have really bad days and really good ones. I have pretty house corners and widen that lens and it can become quite a mess. I am sure this applies to many of us. On the outside or in that tight shot all seems well, but once we look a little closer there can be hurt, pain, worry, uncertainty etc. These are the moments where I am so grateful for a Risen King. One who can look past all our mess and straight into who He called us to be. He can give us hope when all feels lost. Will one prayer fix that mess in a second? Maybe and maybe not, but that prayer lays it at His feet so it ino longer is our weight to carry alone but one to be shared with the one who knows all. That day He laid His life down for every one of us. To give us hope in a world that can sometimes be hard to part of. To be that hope amongst all the hate, all the pain, and amongst the joy. He died that day to share our lives, the pretty and not so pretty. He is mine and I am His. I am forever grateful.

If you happen to live in the Birmingham, Huntsville, Gadsden, Tuscaloosa , Montgomery, Auburn, etc area then we would love to have you at one of our services if you don't have a church home already. Let me know if you live in the Birmingham area and would like a friend to go with. I am always available!

If you don't happen to live in any of these areas we have online services during Sunday services. It's a live feed so you really can take part.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16