Hey friends! I hope your week was so lovely, and that you are finding some rest this Sunday afternoon. I woke up this morning to warm sunlight streaming though my window, and I couldn't resist the urge to snap a few photos of my little home office. I recently rearranged my room so that my desk sits right under the window, and I think it's my most favorite thing.
Working with lots of natural light keeps me awake so I can get through so much more in a short amount of time. I love decorating with a clean, natural palette & that's definitely what I tried to do with my space. I got the desk and table at Home Goods, and the quality is so great, especially the chair. I love mixing and matching styles to find things that work well together. I used really simple decorations, like these succulents from Trader Joe's. I think they were only $2 each (also, true confessions, I've only watered them once since I bought them in August - honestly I don't understand). This vanilla candle smells like heaven and happiness, and the copper lid compliments the plants well, too. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I feel so much more productive, and it makes my room look more organized as well!
So, for awhile now, I've been wanting to share about a few books that I LOVE and that have been influential in my life. The Best Yes (pictured above) is one that I'm still reading though now, and it was written by Lysa Terkeurst. If you haven't read any of her other books, I would recommend Univited, too. SO good! But, we can talk about that one another time. I thought I'd share a little about why I love The Best Yes so much in this post, mostly because it was on my desk this morning. And honestly, the cover is the prettiest thing. Am I right?!?
I love, love, love to make other people happy. Honestly, it hurts my heart a lot when I disappoint someone or can't help them out when they have a need. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a recipe for a never-ending schedule that is controlled by my own restlessness rather than the steadiness of God's directing. I think this book has helped me see that while serving and loving other people is a beautiful picture of the love of Jesus, it doesn't mean that we can reasonably say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. If we take on more than we can handle, we often miss time remaining in our Savior's love.
When we lose the consistency of the truth flowing inward, our outward actions, no matter how well-intentioned, will start to become burdens rather than the sweetest blessings. God's intention for us is to serve Him faithfully, to love others, and to abide in Him. Often times, when we say yes to every request that comes our way, it is more about not feeling the shame and burden of disappointing someone else rather than prayerfully considering whether the opportunity we have is God's intention for us. Basically, saying no, in a gracious way, is something we have to exercise so that we can sit with Jesus and abide in the slower rhythms of faithfulness.
I think these things need to take root deep in my heart, but I can see the words of this book starting to shape the way I think about loving others and being intentional to fill my soul with truth. True love flows from Jesus at work in us and time spent learning to love like He loves. That time comes from walking quietly with Him and learning from His purpose and pace. Sometimes, that means using the wisdom of "no" to make way for His very best yes in our lives. I hope y'all have the chance to read this book, especially if slowing the rhythm of your heart is a struggle like it is for me. Anyways, I hope you all have the happiest Sunday & I'll talk to you next week!
Here are the links to the books if you're interested in buying & reading them with me! XOXO