yes! that is a basketball hoop in our house. the kids got it from their grandparent's for Christmas and since it's winter we just left it inside for now. you should try it.
Sage in her glory, picking away.
i think this is the first time ever, i've posted pictures of our home. these were taken yesterday, hunter was running a 103 degree fever, i was potty training Sage and everything was far from perfect, for the record.
in less than one month i have a VIP coming to visit. this is someone i kind of have a girl crush on and am almost certain i'll be speechless the moment she knocks on my door. then it will be really awkward because i won't know what to say and she will be staying with me for four days. in the meantime, i look around my house all panicky and think, um, i need to get this place up to speed... i.e. lets repaint the entire house so it looks less like an earth-toned cave, and i certainly should remove the bright blue beach towel we have stapled to a gate that keeps our dog from peeing all over our couch. oh, the mantle - that thing hasn't been updated in seven years - along with most every other room, i should really make it my business to update. i want the best for my guests!
all this, so i can appear to have my life in order in a pretty package.
let's get to the heart, the root of it: honestly, this thinking is completely self-seeking. i'm hiding behind a guise of wanting the best for my visitors when really i want them to think the best of me.
this is when i can choose to believe truth or believe a lie.
the lie says i can't be a good hostess unless i have the best and the prettiest and the nicest. the lie says i have to act like something i'm not in order to impress, in order to win approval. (meanwhile, i'm certain my VIP is like, girl, take a chill pill. i'm not the President. plus, i'm not here for your home!)
also, as a side: hello! i have so much. even though it's not new or the nicest, it's much newer and nicer than most places in the world. REALITY CHECK!
truth comes in and dismantles my aspirations for my mantle. seriously. this is a heart matter and not a house matter. (i am not saying that having nice decor is bad, or getting new things for your home is wrong. but it would be wrong for me to do so, because one, we don't have the money for it, and two, my reasons for doing so.)
speaking of hospitality anyway,
what we have to offer is from God, and should be offered in faith as an act of worship, not for our gain but for the good of others (Romans 12:1-8). -page 51, Journey to the Crossonce again, as most things go, it's not all about me. having people into my home isn't about upholding an image, or making myself look better than i am.
the Truth is, it's not about me. it's all about Him. The Truth may not change my circumstances [or change the color of paint on my walls]-- but it will change me. the Truth will set me free. -Nancy Leigh DeMoss, page 235, Lies Women Believemaybe your house looks different than mine, maybe you don't desire new paint on your walls, maybe it's something else, but i'm certain we have this in common: we want approval. and if we aren't rooted in Christ's finished work on the cross as our approval, we will look elsewhere until we find it - whether it's from our calling, our careers, our family, our friends. our hearts can only be settled, our approval can only be resting in an unchanging God who loves unconditionally because of His Son's sacrifice.