What makes your home yours? What are the things about your home that make it clear that you live there? It’s what you add to it. There’s nothing like providing your own personal touch to the place where you spend much of your time. You make it warm, you make it inviting, you make it, well… you.
Soul of a Home Designs was birthed out of a desire to make things for my home that were unique to me. My husband and I both have our own thoughts of what makes a home beautiful and by creating them, we could ensure that we would have what we desired.
That desire for our home became a desire for others’ homes. I want to help you make your home beautiful by adding those essential elements to the soul of your home!
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The further we drift from talk of submission, the easier my life becomes… But as a follower of Christ, my desire is to see Jesus glorified, not my flesh. And submission is tied directly to the glory and honor due to our Lord and his word. To retreat from the topic of submission is to throw aside fundamentals of marriage that God ordained from the beginning. If ever there were a time to dialogue about marriage, submission, and the attendant glory of Christ, it is now.
– Kim Cash Tate
This post was challenging and encouraging to me as a wife. Submission is something that is close to my heart and always has been, even prior to marriage. It is often seen as a dirty word, and I can appreciate how Kim Cash Tate pointed out the various ways that the topic of submission is often approached – apologetically and/or sympathetically. Submission is no thing to apologize for, as it is God’s intended design, nor is it something to gather around and lament about. It is a beautiful thing ordained by God that shows off a glorious picture of His wisdom, and yes, even His Gospel.
While, yes, I know it isn’t always easy, it is beautiful & it speaks loudly to a watching world. There may be situations where it may feel difficult to submit. In those moments, we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit, battle our sin and flesh and put it to death in order that God may be honored and glorified.
May the Lord continue to enable and help His daughters see the wisdom and grace in His plan of submission.
(I received these razors for free from BIC via BzzAgent along with several coupons in exchange for my honest review! #GotItFree )
“Babe, this is the best shave I have EVER had!”
Those are the words that came out of my mouth this past weekend as I shaved my legs! The razor was gliding so smoothly that I thought it wasn’t working. I had to check and feel my legs! I am so used to feeling the razor skim across my skin that NOT feeling it was odd. After I shaved my legs, I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth they were. Not a speck or stubble in sight! Out of all the razors I have ever used (Schick, store brands, Gillette, even other BIC razors), these have definitely been the best. I let my husband know that if they have a male version of these, he should definitely try them!
My only complaint (which is not a full blown complaint) is that the head is somewhat large, so trying to get into any crevices proved to be difficult. When shaving my underarms, which are not a straight surface like legs can be, it was a bit impossible, so I had to stretch my skin to get a good shave. I loved the colors – pink, green, and purple, and loved the way they were designed. They were easy to hold and didn’t slip out of my hand even though I had shaving cream and water working against me! I am very feminine and love all things that are such, so the curves and colors were appealing to my eye.
Overall, after I am done with these, I plan to get more! I honestly could not see myself finding another set of razors that shave this well. Apart from the large head, I will gladly figure out a workaround for that!
(Note: After shaving on Saturday, today, Wednesday, my legs are still smooth which is not the norm for me with other razors.)
(Note: In addition, I received several $3 off coupons. The razors are $5.97 at my local HEB & Walmart and are currently $5.49 at Target due to a temporary price cut.)
What a joy, this sweetness that’s grasped me
What a grace for He has looked past me
What mercy, what firmness that has me
This precious Gospel, this precious Gift
What kindness from He who knows me
What a Savior, the Christ became lowly
What righteousness that comes from Him solely
This precious Gospel, this precious Gift
What love! He pardoned the guilty!
What purity! His blood cleansed the filthy!
What holiness, His spirit that filled me!
This precious Gospel, this precious Gift
What hope, we’ll be with Him forever
What truth, we will never be severed
What beauty, what goodness, what treasure
This precious Gospel, this precious Gift
Jenn G. Robinson
On mornings when my husband wakes up before me, I know where to find him. I sleepily stumble into the dining room where I see him sitting at the table, iPad and/or Bible open, with a cup of hot coffee. It’s an encouraging sight to me; I walk toward him and he embraces me. (His hugs are one of my favorite things!) I try not to linger around too long since he is having his quiet time in God’s Word but I can’t help but sneak a quick snuggle in. It’s a precious sight to me to see my husband pursuing the Lord in His Word. It blesses me because I know that as he learns and reads, the Lord will bless him and cause fruit to bear.
Lately I have really been reflecting on the grace that the Lord has shown me in granting me David as my husband. Although he is not perfect (and neither am I!), he is perfect for me. Through many ways and in many times, the Lord has used David to clearly show me His Son, the Gospel, and remind me of His own love, protection, guidance, & provision toward me.
As I prayed one Tuesday afternoon, I thanked the Lord that I do not have any worries or concerns when it comes to finances. My husband handles the budget, makes sure all bills are paid, puts money in our savings account, and spends time forecasting for the future. I worry about nothing in this area. I am not worried that our lights will get turned off or that our car will be repossessed or that there will be a lapse in any area. I am not worried that we will get a notice on our door saying our rent is late. I am not worried that he will put me in harm’s way; I know that he fiercely protects me and looks out for me. I know that he loves me. I don’t doubt it at all. And in this same way that I am so secure in David’s leadership, protection, and provision, I know that my Savior is all of those things and more!
While David fiercely loves and protects me, my Savior does all the more! David provides for me what I need; my Savior does so all the more, perfectly! David shepherds me well; my Lord is the ultimate Shepherd. And while as humans, we let one another down, we sin against each other, we hurt each other, my Savior will never be guilty of any one of those things.
Yet, in all of our imperfections, I love him dearly. I always tell him that he is ‘my favorite’. He is my best friend, my sweet man, my Beloved. He is a true gift from a gracious God to me who always holds out the Gospel before me. He stands with me and helps me fight lies, suffering, and pain with the Truth of God’s Word. He encourages me to read it rightly, to make sure I’m reading the Word in its proper context. He shepherds me through wrong thinking and he has grown to be an empathetic and sympathetic man. He embraces, yet laughs at (!) our differences (and they are many!) but respects me as the individual that God created me to be. The Gospel and the Word of God is never far from his lips and in that, I know how extremely blessed I am!
I remember, years ago, when we were in the courtship phase, I confided in a sister and told her that I could see myself submitting to his leadership! Years later, I must admit – it is a joy to come up under him! In a world where submission is a dirty word, I readily do so.
Beloved, I pray that our marriage is one that honors and glorifies the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you!
Today, my sweet niece turned 3! I remember when she was first born, holding her when she was just a few months old, and now she’s an intelligent, sweet, caring, beautiful little girl!
I made her a couple of simple skirts last October, including a Minnie Mouse one. Since that has been several months, she’s outgrown them. When she was told that they needed to be put away since they no longer fit well, she was upset – “But aunt Jenn made those for me!” I knew what I had to do – I wanted to make her something new, something she wouldn’t outgrow as quickly.
I searched Pinterest for a tutorial or pattern for a child’s purse and I found the perfect one on Make It, Love It. I’d had experience making bags previously (see here) so I knew this would be pretty simple for me. I went to Joann Fabrics & purchased a couple of fat quarters. I’d stocked up on different types of interfacing several months ago when it was on sale so I didn’t need to purchase that.
It was a fairly simple project and easily completed in a few hours with a couple of breaks in between. The tutorial says it takes just an hour, but it definitely took me 3 times that (at least!). When I finished, I was surprised at just how tiny it is! It is the perfect size for a little girl. The tutorial was well written and SO easy to follow. There were a couple of instances where I was confused, but it was a ‘user error’!
I can totally see myself making more of these in the future for the little girls in my life. As I do more of these, it will go a lot faster!
I can’t wait to give this to my niece as a gift from her uncle and aunt. I am sure she will fill it with all of the little girly things she can think of! :-)
Recently, I started Couch to 5K (and when I say recently, I mean this week)! It is a system designed to get you in shape to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in 9 weeks. With a total of 27 workouts, each week is designed to get you accustomed to being able to run without stopping. Week 1 starts with a brisk 5 minute walk, followed by intervals of 60 seconds of jogging & 90 seconds of walking, and ending with a 5 minute walk as a cooldown. Each week slowly increases the amount of running while decreasing the amount of walking.
I had thought about doing it many times before, but what did it for me was a trip to the lake a few weeks ago with my husband. The lake is beautiful and has a great trail around it. Runners, walkers, and bicyclists alike flock to this trail daily! We’d been there once before, but decided to venture there again one Saturday morning.
I felt so confident as we walked toward the trail! David looked at me and asked if I was ready. I sure was! We were off, jogging and taking in the scenery. Since he’s taller and has much longer strides than I do, he quickly got ahead of me. And about 20 seconds later, he got further and further ahead because I had to stop. I was out of breath! I couldn’t handle it, and we’d just started! Oh boy, did I have a long journey in front of me!
I learned the importance of cross-training that day as well. I go to the gym and put in 40 – 50 minutes on the elliptical so I was surprised at my lack of endurance while running.
By the time we’d both finished the trail, almost 4.5 miles later, I was sore, tired, red in the face, and hot. Because of my inability to truly run, my poor husband’s run was limited due to waiting for me at some points. I determined that I wanted to go back to this trail sometime over the next few months and conquer it!
I researched Couch to 5K again, solicited feedback from Facebook friends on their experiences, and finally put it into play this week. I am praying that I am able to commit to these workouts. I want to run! I will still do the other cardio & strength training on the in-between days, putting me at 5 days of cardio per week. Nothing wrong with that!
Using the RunDouble app is a huge help. It prompts me when to run and when to walk, lets me know how many intervals are left, and tracks my pace and mileage. Using GPS, it also tracks the route that you run.
If all goes well, I should be done by the end of August. And hopefully, by then, I can go back and dominate that trail!