Rag Garland on the cutest Laundry Room Drying Rack
It wasn’t a matter of if but more like when. My first “hater” heckle. Anytime you put yourself out there – your thoughts, ideas, projects and opinions – others will have an opinion of you. I knew it was coming. I have to admit I was certain that the negativity would strike first in regards to my faith.
Ok, so maybe the ugly words weren’t really that bad, they actually made me giggle a little. The first comment said, “no way – those look trashy.”
I hung on this person’s words. Surprised why someone even bothers to take the time to comment on something they don’t like. I rarely have time to comment on all the amazing things I adore.
Do I reply? Leave it alone? This insignificant comment about curtains had my wheels turning. Then someone took up for me by saying, “no need to be nasty – to each his own.” I wanted to shout AMEN sister, but I kindly replied thank you.
Next someone quipped, “they look like rags” in regards to the curtains at hand. Honestly, there is truth to both opinions. The curtains are ripped up fabric based on an idea I had using left over materials. So trash kind of, rags for sure.
What this little episode did for me was much needed. I was reminded how easily I allow the negative to steal the joy of the positive. Isn’t that the enemy’s MO? I LET him do that! Shame on me.
I can’t count the kind words of affirmation I have received about this project, but two slightly off comments derailed me in minutes. As I rested in the awareness of what was going on I felt God speak to me. He knows me well and like any good parent He is merely preparing me.
This is just a taste test, a small introduction of what lies ahead as I continue this journey to share myself and God’s word. It will get worse. The words will be more personal. More frequent. It is easy to lash out from behind the protection of a computer and people, for whatever reason, have no qualms about it. But in this instance God told me loud and clear. Turn the deflation into inspiration. So I did.
Yet another post that has since won some off remarks is my laundry room drying rack. This project has been complete a while, but I have been wanting to spruce up the blank space since I hung it. I didn’t want to paint anything permanent on it because I didn’t feel strongly enough about any particular saying. I was in the midst of a failed DIY banner that didn’t turn out in life like it did in my head when all this mumbo jumbo happened.
Then the negative turned to positive for me. Rags? Trash? EXACTLY what this drying rack needs! Rag garland.
I promptly went to ripping up an old t-shirt (black), an outdated corduroy jacket (pink) and a bed sheet (white). I mixed in some tiny pink rope and stood back, pleased with my hater inspired swag. This is in my laundry/craft room and the one place in the house that I feel no need to hold back on pink. or color. or loudness.
Feeling it needed a little extra sizzle (I have a tendency to overdo) I remembered my $2 Michael’s Store goody bag. You may have seen my treasure trove score on Instagram here. As I pilfered through my prizes not remembering exactly what all I had, I found them. Lo and behold…Black, pink and white tassels. I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried. God smiled on me.
After tying those amazing tassels onto my hater garland I felt joy, love and peace. This is no earth shattering new idea I came up with, but it was something I hadn’t considered pre-commentgate. Call me crazy but taking control of the lies feels good. Romans 8:31 was my laser focus. Friends if you remember anything as you step out in faith remember Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us? This verse never says no one will be against you. Because they will. It says nothing more powerful than God can overcome you. Especially words on a computer screen.WE, you, me are the ones that hold the power to turn lemons to lemonade, frowns upside down and deflation into inspiration. When you make the choice to say the one in me is greater than the one in the world (1 John 4:4) and I will not let my joy be taken away God will rain blessings down on you. He had those tassels hidden away, weeks ago, knowing they would be a symbol of his love for me, his approval and his protection.I write this blog post today mainly for myself. I know I am going to need it in the future. So now I have this letter to myself and a cute laundry room to remind me to take the negative and let it inspire me to do great things. Can’t wait to hear the opinions on this one…keep ’em coming. I need all the inspiration I can get!
What symbols of God’s love do you have surrounding you? I encourage you to look for God in the details. He is for YOU dear friend.
Oh – and if you are not a hater it would make my day for you to follow me on Pinterest.
much love, kim
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