As I sit down to write this, I am just so overwhelmed with gratefulness. And in awe of God’s provision step by step. Just last week I received the bill from the insurance for the second half of the year for $379.00. . .and as I was leaving a friends house this past weekend, she randomly handed me a check. I didn’t look at it until I got home and was blown away when I pulled it out and saw it was written for $350!!! Time and time again since January, God has provided right when the needs arise. I’m truly learning daily to live by faith in regards to provision for this house step by step.
So far since January we have raised almost $4,000. . .some has gone for labor, electrical, plumbing, garbage dump loads, monthly electrical bills & house insurance. Tomorrow we will owe another $6000 for the drywall, putting up a couple walls, fan for the bathroom as well as a couple wall heaters. I will head up and take some pictures when I move the water later and post the progress as it is so exciting to see what changes have been made in the past week!
Some of the next upcoming needs are: windows, flooring, paint & kitchen cabinets. There is a list of every single need if you scroll down a few posts! We need an estimated $50,000 to complete this project. My heart’s desire is to have it completed before the snow falls. In order to do this, we need everyone’s help.
If we have 500 people give $100, we can do this!!!
You can help by:
2) Financial donation (link on website) or check mailed to PO Box 1180; Chelan, WA 98816
3) Share these images below on facebook . . .there is even a timeline cover!!
4) Share on instagram and twitter!
4) If you are a blogger, you could write a post!
I KNOW that God has beautiful plans for this home! I know this home is going to be used mightily to bring hope & inspiration to hundreds of young women in the future.
For more information, head over to the amazing new website where you can see more images, hear more about the vision of the Delight House and there is a link where you can donate! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support! www.delighthouse.delightretreat.com
**A huge shout out to Meg Long and Hannah Rose Beasley for the amazing design work!!!
Can you believe it is already summertime? Do you typically instagram on a daily basis? I can’t think of a better way to chronicle and document your daily life this summer. Or start a fun creative project and share it with all of us! I want to encourage you to use this awesome platform to inspire your creativity. You don’t have to be a photographer! And many of us are blessed to have a phone that takes some awesome pictures! So let’s get creative together!!
If you aren’t following delightandbe on instagram, head on over and follow us! Our official hashtag is always #delightandbe and for this summer it is #delightsummer. Use both! :) I am also starting a personal project on my instagram (kristin_wall) that will specifically be focused on a theme of Delight & Be. So whatever you are doing this summer, share it with us with the hashtags & we may feature you on facebook! If you are doing a specific project like I am, I can’t wait to see! Use this platform that God has given you to glorify him, to allow your creativity to shine through and to daily share what you are grateful for!!
We have had a very busy couple months! Our first Delight Intensive was the end of March, the East Coast Retreat the beginning of April and the West Coast Retreat the end of April! I can’t wait to share more details about each one over the next few months. God worked in such evident and powerful ways at each one and girls lives were forever changed. On May 25th, my son got married & I gained a beautiful new daughter. Now that the big events are over (at least for now!), I’m determined to focus on the next steps that we need to take with Delight and the actual building of the Delight House. I met with a very sweet couple who came to look at the house and hear about Delight this past Monday. They had some great ideas about setting the house up more effectively in order to use the 1300 sq. ft. wisely. And as I was sharing about Delight and all that God has done since 2012, I was blown away just hearing myself say it out loud. It is so apparent how much God cares and loves these amazing young ladies. And I know that God has beautiful and amazing plans for the future.
The next steps this summer are getting Delight up as a non-profit. I have spent hours meeting with people talking about the 501c3 & just know that I am unable to put the time and effort into getting it set up. Because Delight is for girls ages 14-21, we need to make sure that we are wise and have the foundation of Delight as solid as possible. This includes proper documentation, legal work, etc. And because I’m a wife, momma & photographer & didn’t go to law school and have cried while trying to figure out the 26 page application, we need to hire someone who knows what they are doing! So, the next step is a fundraiser in July. We’ll let you know details soon as we would love your support and sharing with others! This is the part of being in ministry that just isn’t a lot of fun. I just want to be with the girls & spend time with them. . .not dealing with legal jargon! And I would rather be going to yard sales looking for items for the Delight House.
Every time I walk into the house, the more and more excited about the future. I can envision girls sitting around the amazing farmhouse table built by Grace and Salt. I can see them sharing stories, learning & growing together. Lifelong friendships will be made in this home. I can hear them worshipping around the fireplace. I am just so excited to see what God has planned for this home. . .I know that it will be a home that brings hope and healing. A home that draws girls closer to God.
I put together a detailed list of needs for the house. Our family will be actively looking at yard sales, thrift stores & praying for the following items to be donated. We have a garage we can store them in until the time comes to use them! If you have any of these items or can help in anyway, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you happen to know of any retired contractors or people who wouldn’t mind manual labor, we need all the help we can get! I would love nothing more than to have this home ready by November!
Here are some images below that were posted on Delight’s pinterest board as were were dreaming. . . it’s always fun to dream!
DELIGHT HOUSE NEEDS
WINDOWS (10 total?)
FLOORING (slate, tile or wood?)
SIDING (Entire outside re-sided)
FIREPLACE (River Rock or Slate?)
BARN Wood for walls/interior post
PAINT for outside and interior
CEMENT for porch
Blinds & Curtains for windows
Would love to add on a deck & mudroom
Sink & Faucet
Cabinets (upper & lower)
Hand Towels/ Pot Holders
Under Counter Ice Maker
3 Pendant lights
Pantry Barn Door
The question that I get asked most often is how I spend time in Scripture. Though I had grown up in a Christian home, gone to a Christian college, and even gone to Seminary, I had a hard time consistently reading Scripture each day for a long time. When I became a Mama I realized just how much I needed to be in God’s Word if I wanted to be an example to my children. So I made a commitment that Scripture was going to be a huge part of my life.
Several years ago a friend recommended that I listen to this talk about studying Scripture by Matt Chandler. This message along with a bit of tweaking has helped me to find a method of studying God’s Word that makes it stick for me.
I don’t usually use any type of devotional guide, but instead I read through books of the Bible. It is so amazing how much more we understand about Scripture when we read entire books instead of just jumping around to isolated verses. I sometimes will alternate reading a New Testament book and then an Old Testament book, but you can choose a book however you want. I found that I really struggled finding Bible Studies or devotionals that I loved and I sometimes felt like I was not allowing God’s Word to speak to me, but instead relying on the person who had wrote the devotional to show me what I was suppose to learn.
The basic system I use is the SOAP method. All you need is your Bible, a pen, and a journal.
S – Scripture. First I read the passage. Sometimes a few verses, other times a whole chapter. I try not to focus on reading a lot of Scripture in one day just to check it off a list, but instead “eat until I am full”. I then write out in my journal the verse or two that stuck out to me most when I read the passage.
O – Observation. Then I take a moment to think on what I read. I write down how the context plays into what I read, who the verses are speaking too, when it is happening, etc.
A – Application. Next, I meditate on what I have read and how it applies to my life. I try to be specific about how I can apply what I am reading to my life. I write a paragraph or two about what I have learned and how it applies to my life. How does this Scripture change me?
P – Prayer. The last step is prayer. If you are anything like me your mind wanders. In a way to combat the million thoughts that are swirling in my head, I write out my prayer, or at least a shortened version of it at the bottom of my page.
That is my basic process. It has been so helpful to me and I hope that it will be to you as well. It has definitely helped me move away from reading Scripture and just going through the motions and not even being able to remember what I read because there are so many things to think about. If you have been looking for a better way to do things, I hope that this will be helpful. It is simple, and it doesn’t take long, but it is so important. I want to focus less on the silly little things that waste our time (Facebook anyone???), and more on making what matters happen. This is definitely one of those things.
Scripture is life changing. I have walked through many wonderful things, and also some suffering, and being in God’s Word has made all of the difference.
What is #lampandlight?
At the beginning of 2013 when I made a commitment to get really serious about being in God’s Word I decided that I needed a way to hold myself accountable. So I started the hashtag #lampandlight on instagram. I post a picture each morning of my time in Scripture or what God is teaching me and use the hashtag it helps keep me accountable and lots of other women have joined in. It is simply a hashtag to use to seek to be more intentional to spend time in God’s Word. It isn’t a specific Bible study, but just a way to keep yourself accountable and to encourage others. The name comes from Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I started it because I think we all need to remember that we aren’t in this alone. I would love if you would join.
How do you find “quiet time”?
How do you find time? I get asked this question a lot from moms when it comes to spending time in Scripture because life can be a bit hectic and alone time is definitely at a minimum when you have little ones. I wish that I had a magic potion to guarantee that I get an hour to myself each day, but it isn’t realistic. So instead of a formula, I will tell you what I do and maybe give a few ideas.
For me the best time is in the morning, my little girl likes to sleep in most days which means that I have a bit of time to myself to read and journal. Sometimes she is awake and will sit quietly and read her books along with me or will eat breakfast while I finish. I want her to see me in Scripture, because my action of being in God’s Word shows her that it important to me, more than any words I could say to her. If your kids are early risers, but go to bed early as well, the evening might work better for you. Sometimes naptime or a lunch break is a time to squeeze in a few minutes. On those crazy days when there just doesn’t seem to be any extra time, you may have to break it into a few small segments throughout the day. This may mean having an open Bible in several places around the house or in the car, or a Bible app on your phone, I love the You Version app.
Remember your season in life, and be flexible, throughout the years your time may change. A mom with an infant may find time while she is nursing a newborn, a college student might find that a free class period works best and that may change each semester. If you are working outside the home, a lunch break might be the perfect time to get some alone time. Though I do think that it is very helpful to have a set time each day, it is also important to give ourselves grace when things slip through the cracks, and at 10 at night we realize that our morning devotional time never happened. We all have seasons in our lives where we struggle. For me, the first trimester of pregnancy is hard, I struggled to stay awake, much less accomplish anything. Find what works, in those times I simply had to wait for a time in the day that I had more energy. We make time for what is important to us, it may take some trial and error to see what works best, but keep at it until you find what works for you.
Ultimately, this isn’t about punching a clock, but becoming more like Christ, which means that we must learn grace for ourselves and others just as He has shown us grace. Through every season of life 2 Corinthians 12:9 has been such an encouragement to me and a reminder to seek His strength and not my own.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
1 John 2:5-6 says, “This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”
Walking like Jesus. What a calling! Jesus has so perfectly navigated through every circumstance in life, and here we are attempting to follow His footsteps. And in that verse, we see this higher calling. A calling to step away from mediocrity, step away from being a good enough person, step away from the average Christian life – and live radically for the Lord. Jesus life was radical – it was set apart, it was completely different from the world. This verse begins to unfold a concept that if we really love Jesus, we will live in obedience to Him. If we are truly passionate about our King, our lives will reflect that.
It’s such a simple, basic concept, but sometimes I wonder if we truly grasp to fullness of our calling. In Philippians 1:27, Paul says, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
Is my life worthy of the gospel of Christ? That’s a really hard question to answer, because most of the time it’s not. So often I’m desensitized to the seriousness of sin. Jesus Christ gave His life because of my sin. The Lord is broken over the sin in this world, and if I’m going to walk like Jesus did, my heart will be broken as well. Our world glorifies and glamorizes sin and we have to be careful that we don’t find ourselves slowly allowing our hearts to become okay with the things that hurt our Jesus.
God doesn’t overlook disobedience. His grace isn’t a blank check to do whatever we desire. Rather, because of His great sacrifice, His perfect love poured out on the cross, it should be our JOY and our greatest desire to give the Lord our lives. When it comes to things in your life that may be “permissible” but not “beneficial” maybe reevaluate your priorities. Is it more important to please ME or is it more important to love Jesus? Loving Jesus creates an obedient heart. An obedient heart walks like Jesus and bears fruit. It’s a simple equation that is easily lost in the day to day.
It’s not always comfortable or inspiring to talk about sin. In fact, it would be much easier to read a heart-warming, fuzzy blog post. But remember your calling. Remember that you are His. Remember that if we claim to be His, we have to live like it too.
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