Pause

Before you blurt out your opinion, purchase that item, make that decision…

Pause

Does your opinion help others or hurt others? Do you really need that item? Did you carefully ponder your decision?

Pausing prevents us from impulsive decisions. Pausing can even promote peace. Be mindful in all of your decisions!

💛Renee

Changes!

When we have our plans set out, The Lord usually will show us a new (and approved) thing that changes everything.

Kind of like this blog and my social media. I had started these with the intention to talk about the online crochet shop that I was going to open. However, I suddenly became so booked with special orders! I always put my customers first and make sure that their orders have my full attention. This tossed my shop’s designs to the side.

Unfortunately, I did feel lost and all over the place with my social media. This has caused me to really think about the direction I intend to go in now since I’m still booked with my special orders. And that direction is Simplicity.

Simplifying my life has changed me in so many ways. My simple life still includes my crochet and herbalism! I intend to share so much about the various ways to enjoy a simple life. I pray that you will be inspired!

Oh yeah, the online shop will open this year. The designs will be different from what I had planned. But they will be perfect for The Desert Sparrow! My website and social media will go through some changes. Expect more simplicity, turquoise, and mustard yellow!

💕Renee

Be A Blessing

“If I knew how to crochet, I would make myself….”

This is what I constantly hear when people learn that I know how to crochet. This is followed by a list of accessories that they would hypothetically make for themselves.

I do have many aspirations of what I would like to make myself. But the joy of being able to crochet is that I can bless others with thoughtful gifts!

Before I learned how to crochet, I prayed to The Lord and asked him to help me to learn so that I can bless others. Sure enough, He helped me to quickly learn this craft by myself with YouTube videos!

Now that I make gifts for others, I truly have grasped Genesis 12:2. He has blessed me with this wonderful gift and now I use it to bless others. We are blessed to be a blessing!!!

💕Renée

Lies of Satan

To be very honest, I spent most of my life in insecurity. I had poor self image and hardly believed in myself.

The past couple of years, the Lord opened my eyes and I learned that all of those negative thoughts that I had about myself were lies. Lies of the enemy. Lies of Satan.

Satan’s easiest way to deceive us is to put those bad thoughts in our mind. He reminds us of these lies over and over again, which causes us to meditate and eventually believe these lies.

But we can defeat Satan by reminding him of God’s truths. When we feel like we are not pretty enough, we remind him that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. When we don’t feel smart enough, we remind him that we can do all things through Christ. The more we saturate the Word, the more we can defeat Satan and his pathetic lies!

So remember, you are amazing because you are a child of the most high!

💕Renee

Hello 2019!

I took a small break from blogging during the Christmas holiday because, two weeks before Christmas break from work, I decided to crochet 12 gifts!!!

Whew! Lesson learned: don’t wait until the last minute to make so many projects!

Anyways, I’m so happy that I’ve been blessed to live another year. 2018 was incredible, full of adventures, success, and spiritual growth. I’ve learned the joy of everyday living instead of dreading each day, wishing I didn’t have to work or wishing it was Friday.

Often, happiness is a choice. You can choose to find delight in having a home to clean while there are people who wish they had a warm place to call their own. You can thank The Lord for your job knowing that someone would give anything to be in your position. You can be grateful for changing all those diapers when there are many women who long to have a child of their own. Choose to think of the good of your situation in those moments you feel like complaining!

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but as Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted, I want to make everyday a great day. I want to enjoy my journey instead of waiting for ___________ to happen to be happy.

Who’s with me?!

💕Renee