Author: Stephanie Oh

Some Bible Verses About Hearing & Doing

a collection of #Bible verses about hearing & responding to #Scripture

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a connecting the dots post (see generosity and our thoughts). I have a lot of fun typing these up so I hope you guys enjoy them. As usual, I’m basing this one off of a message I heard at my church, this one by Jason VanDorsten.

Jesus’ brother James wrote a lot about not just hearing the word, but applying it to our lives.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. – James 1:22-25

Jesus himself addressed applying  the Word during the Sermon on the Mount.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” – Matthew 7:24-27

James again, getting straight to the point.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – James 2:17

The apostle John also wrote about how faith must be lived out and James gives us some tangible examples.

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. – 1John 2:4-6

 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27

And let’s end with the words of Jesus, the only person to ever walk this Earth and perfectly live a life of faith.

…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28

What verses come to your mind when you think about real, living faith?

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Affordable Art: Aerial Beach Views

6 aerial beach view art prints for under $35 (large sizes!!). Love these!

Summer may be quickly coming to a close, but a good aerial beach view never goes out of season. Photographers like Massimo Vitali, Gray Malin and Antoine Rose have demonstrated the allure of white sand, blue water, and bright beach umbrellas for some time now, but the hefty price tags aren’t in the cards for me.Cue these super talented photogs with a great eye for a good beach shot and a price tag that can’t be ignored ($31 and under!). And at 23×17 some of these could fill a large Ikea frame and make a huge statement like this!

1. Beach 17×17 | Maite Pons ($30)  /  2. Beach 23×17 | Ingz ($31)  /  3. Beach 23×17 | Ingz ($31)  /  4. Let’s Go Swimming 17×17 | Maite Pons ($30)  /  5.  The Beach 17×17 | Maite Pons ($30)  /  6. Longing 17×17 | Maite Pons ($31)

p.s. As always, none of these are affiliate links.

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What Would You Do: Red vs. Blue Front Door?

Gorgeous red front doors and beautiful blue front doors. I love these!

Hope you guys all had a great weekend!

I’m in need of a serious tie-breaker (with myself) for a new front door color and I’m hoping you guys can help. My husband and I bought our house two years ago outside of Washington DC and have been slowly updating it in small phases.

Phase 1 of our exterior updating was landscaping. The yard was very well maintained, but the bushes were too big for the front yard and blocked the wrap around porch. Plus, they were like the local hangout for every spider in Northern Virginia ever. Not even kidding. Ask Kim. Only bonus? Free Halloween decorating.

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After a year of living in the house we ripped almost everything out and started fresh.  We’ve made even more changes this year that I hope to share soon, but here’s a look at our phase 1 in the meantime. We chose plants that will stay under 3′ to allow the front porch to shine.

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This summer we plan to re-do the siding and shutters. The whole thing has been a major unexpected blessing that just goes to show God really does love lavishing us with unexpected and undeserved gifts. Our siding was 30 year old aluminum and I’ve disliked the harvest gold and brown-green color scheme since day two (day one I was too excited to care). I thought for sure we’d be living with it for many years to come, though, so instead we just thanked God every day for a roof over our heads and a floor under our feet. Then a hail storm came and our insurance company told us we were due for some new siding. I seriously got down on my knees and thanked God for the “best birthday present ever!” True story.

I’m leaning toward an ivory color for the siding called Antique Parchment, classic black shutters, and white trim. The porch will be painted white and the light blue-gray floor will stay. But the door is tricky. I need your help.

I’ve been in love with red doors for years. Like bright-look-at-me-red.

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 But I’ve recently fallen for blue doors, too.

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What would you do? Red or blue?

 Thanks!

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Affordable Art: Out to Sea

5 ocean themed art prints for under $25!

I love art, but when it comes to buying stuff to hang on my walls my budget is itty-bitty. I’m having so much fun profiling some of my favorite affordable art prints by super talented independent (mostly) artists. I hope you guys are enjoying it, too!

This week I’m sharing sea-themed art for under $25 a piece. I love the ocean and bringing fun ocean-themed accents into the home. I actually have print #4 and have a special spot picked out for print #2.

1. Genesis 18 | Naptime Diaries ($14)  / 2. Synchronized Swimmers | Rifle Paper Co. ($24) / 3. Waiting, Malibu 2012 | Annie Seaton via Minted ($25) / 4. You’re the Only Fish in the Sea for Me | Stay Gold Media ($10) / 5. Out to Sea | Carolyn MacLaren via Minted ($20)

p.s. As always, none of these are affiliate links.

Happy decorating!

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Quotable: The only thing you control is how you respond to your disappointments

"...The truth is, you never had control in the first place. The only thing you do control is how you respond to your disappointments and unexpected obstacles." - Pete Wilson, Plan B

…[T]he truth is, you never had control in the first place. The only thing you do control is how you respond to your disappointments and unexpected obstacles. And here you have some options.

You can allow the river of fear, anger, and disappointment to just rage…

Another possibility is to keep trying harder. You can turn yourself inside out trying to make things happen…

But you have yet another choice.

You can get to the place where you can say, ‘Not my will, but your will [God]. I’m not in control. You are.’

If you can do that, if you can leave the puppet strings in the hands of someone who actually knows what he is doing, you’ll have a lot better chance of surviving your shattered dreams. – Pete Wilson, Plan B

My health is a frequent reminder that I’m not in control. Endometriosis keeps me on my toes on a week-to-week and month-to-month basis. I’m that annoying girl with 1,001 food intolerances that make cooking for me or picking a restaurant super tough. Exposure to chemical cleaning supplies once made the inside of my nostril swell up so much I had to have surgery to cut an opening for airflow. And on top of that I feel like I’m allllways (okay, definitely more often than the average person) sick. Not just kinda under the weather, but running a fever, “sorry I can’t come to your wedding / birthday party / Super Bowl party / play you’ve been working on all winter / help you move / my own honeymoon” type sick. And these sick-enough-to-have-a-fever-and-not-leave-the-couch instances always always always fall coincidentally on days when I’ve been invited to something important or fun or meaningful.

That happened this past week and I was furious with God about it. I was supposed to help my friends move to their first new home. I’d known about it for a month, put it on my calendar, and was super excited to help out and see their new place. And like clock work I came down with strep throat. At least I thought it was strep, I’d had it before, the sudden swollen throat that makes even water feel like tiny shards of glass, the low-grade steady fever, slight nausea and no other symptoms to suggest a virus or cold. I went to the doctor and told him what I thought and was sent away with a dismissive “it’s just a virus, you’ll be fine.”

Long story shorter, five grueling painful days later I was finally diagnosed with strep and prescribed the antibiotics I need (I hope!). But in the meantime I was mad at God. Mad that He lets me get sick so often, mad that He allows it to interfere with meaningful social invitations when He knows I so desperately want community, mad that He “set me up for suffering the minute I was born prematurely and stuck in an incubator” (yeah I went down that rabbit hole, I was really mature about the whole situation).

But the fact of the matter is it’s not up to me. I’m not in control. I can’t control my immune system or when I get sick or whether or not doctors make correct diagnoses. The only thing I can control is how I respond. I can get mad and let the river of fear, anger, and disappointment rage like I did this past week, I can try harder, or I can seek God in the midst of my disappointment and trust that if I seek His will He’ll guide me through. Easier said than done, but an important reminder during tough times all the same.

So when I read the quote above from pastor Pete Wilson’s book Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? I knew I needed to pause and write about it.

PSA for the day: don’t be like me.

Stephanie from praylivecreate.com

 

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Affordable Art: Flamingos

 

5 gorgeous flamingo art prints for $30 or less!

Flamingos have been trending in the art and design world for a little while now. I’m smitten with these beautiful prints by independent artists, all at great affordable prices ($30 and under!).

1. Stand Tall Darling Flaming Print | LilyandVal via Etsy ($19) / 2. Pink Flamingo Art Print of Original Gouache Watercolor Painting | FrancisMarin via Etsy ($10) / 3. Flamingo No. 2 | The Animal Print Shop ($25) / 4. Flamingo Mingle | Cozamia ($31) / 5. Kissing Flamingo Heart | Avent Creative Studios via Art.com ($30)  p.s. As always, none of these are affiliate links.

Or get the look for even less – this batch below is all free printable flamingo art. You can’t beat that!

5 different FREE flamingo art printables

1. It’s By Your Side I Make My Home Flamingo Printable | bre purposed / 2. Vintage printable  / 3. Vintage alphabet clip art  / 4.  Flamingo Printable | Sarah M. Dorsey  / 5. Pretty in Pink Flamingos | Oh So Lovely  p.s. As always, none of these are affiliate links.

And because we’re talking about flamingos – have you seen this video of flamingo chicks at the National Zoo? I still haven’t made it over there yet but this puts it higher on the to-do list.

I have more affordable art posts coming up throughout the next month or so (Tuesdays or Wednesdays), let me know what you think! Happy decorating!

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Ocean City, Maryland

 

3 days in Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Our friends very graciously invited us out to their beach house for a long weekend in Ocean City, MD last month. The house is just two doors down from the boardwalk and is such a treat to stay at.

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Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}
My favorite part of Ocean City is riding beach cruisers on the boardwalk. Bikes are allowed on the boardwalk until 10am, so David and I always wake up early, eat a quick breakfast, and enjoy a couple hours riding around and taking pictures before the crowds descend.

 

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

The last time we were in Ocean City there was a sand sculpture of the Last Supper. This year’s sand sculpture was just as impressive.

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Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

The boardwalk is 2.25 miles from one end to the next sandwiched between a large, sandy beach, and low-scale buildings on the other: hotels, beach houses, lots of tourist shops and restaurants serving boardwalk fare like funnel cakes, boardwalk fries, pizza, and softshell crab sandwiches.  A tram runs along the boardwalk after 11am and takes passengers from one end to the other for $3.

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

At one end of the boardwalk is an amusement park with a pretty big selection of fair rides and games.

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Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Near the  amusement park is a fishing pier that’s a prime picture taking spot for great beach views like the one below.

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Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Watching a sand soccer tournament.

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

Fisher’s Popcorn has been in the same location on the boardwalk since 1937. I don’t usually eat refined sugar, but I cheated and tried some of their caramel corn. I’m convinced it’s the best popcorn in the world.

Ocean City, Maryland {praylivecreate.com}

On our last night at the beach we went digging for sand crabs for one of our friends to use as fishing bait.  We used our cell phones as flash lights and dug right at the waterline once the sun set.  The ladies dug and we let our guys pick the crabs up and put them in the bucket (they reminded me of cock roaches!). It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.

Have you been to Ocean City? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Any other beaches we should check out?

 

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