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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Whether it's a Red, White and Blue Pool Party, BBQ, or Picnic for Family.Friends or just a simple celebration for a few, there is an idea here for you from decorations, table settings, food and favors!

This Memorial and/or Independence Day try using red, white and blue in new, unexpected ways to create an American summer soiree. Consider these entertaining ideas to make your gathering both patriotic and practical.

Ombre Party Linens ~ Give your plain white placemats and napkins a modern and patriotic update. Dip-dye using red- and blue-colored dye for a stylish look that can be used all summer long.

Patriotic Picnic ~ Add a little romance to your Independence Day with a red, white and blue picnic. For a true designer look, introduce a mixture of patterns and textures through floor pillows, toss pillows and blankets. To delineate a portion of your picnic area as a serving space, layer a contrasting bath mat or small area rug in the center, then utilize the surrounding space for lounging.

Fireworks for Guests ~ Make your placeholders useful, fun and interactive with poppers. Simply wrap the packaging with natural twine, then add a paper tag. Guests will not only know where to be seated, but they'll each have their own supplies to kick off firework festivities.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Comparison the Thief

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Are you comfortable in your own skin? Or in other words, do you recognize yourself as the treasure God made you, or are you constantly looking for approval and comparing yourself to a neighbor, co-worker or friend? Do you try to out-dress them, our decorate them, or out-perform them?Are you always wanting what others have or trying to be just like them?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, it’s time to let all of that go. Comparison is a distraction, comparison is a thief ~ it steals your time, energy, focus and joy. You aren’t here to impress anybody and you don’t have to prove anything to anyone because you are God’s special workmanship. He created you with a purpose for a purpose. You are empowered and equipped to do everything He’s called you to do.

It is just as frustrating for the person who is being "copied" because they may be trying to be the person who God created them to be, have what God wants them to have, look the way God created them to look, decorate the way God gave them the talent for and so on. Each person is created to be individual and unique, not a copy cat of someone else. So, while it maybe flattering to the person someone is looking to to emulate, it is also frustrating because that person can't be who they are....they may feel they are being cloned! This is dangerous in our spiritual walk for both parties because it creates a sinful nature.

Instead we need to choose to stay free from a spirit of competition and comparison and just run our own race in life ~ not only will we enjoy our life more, but we will see our gifts and talents come out to the full ~ full of our own ideas, thoughts and talents no one elses! We’ll see His blessing and favor in a greater way, and we’ll move forward into the life of victory He has in store!

Heavenly Father, thank You for setting me free from competition and comparison. I choose to rest in You knowing that I am Your workmanship, unique and created for your glory. Thank You for directing and ordering my steps. I bless and praise You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.