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Keeping Up Appearances

Originally posted with Internet Cafe`

Sometime last year, I removed the “fake” silk flowers from the pots stationed at my front door in sentinel fashion.

My “real” flowers had died due to lack of water, but the pretty, lacy, Creeping Jenny had survived.

I had complained about my lack of time to “green up” my thumb and a friend had suggested, “Put some fake flowers in the pot! No one will ever notice!”

So I had plopped some lively looking silks in the pot…you know…. to keep up appearances. But since the colors of the silks had faded, it was time (long past time) to remove them from their station.

Days later as I stepped up to enter the door, I looked down and noticed all the new growth of the Creeping Jenny.

With the “fake”  removed, the little peeping, creeping ground cover had plenty of room to shoot forth in new growth! It was then that I thought of all the times we “put on” a pretty façade of having and doing the right things in life–in order to “fit in.” Yet, all the while we lack spiritual growth. Many times it’s because we have not removed the “dead or fake” from our lives, and Christ has no room to grow and mature us into what HE intends for us to be! 

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him.” Psalm 92:12-15 KJV 

Join me today in seeking to weed out what is unnecessary–the things that we tuck in just to “keep up appearances.”

The very burden of that idea of having to conform to others is what weighs us down!

God has called us to a specific walk. What He requires of me will sometimes look different than what He may require of you. But the goal is to seek HIM daily, allow HIM to do the uprooting of the fake: planting instead righteousness and all the spiritual gifts that will bring GLORY to HIS NAME!

By the way, “fake plants” have no roots. They only look good a short time as the sun fades them quickly–and when you get close—you can tell they are fake… Just in case you wondered. 

 © Angie Knight–The Knightly News. All rights reserved. Originally posted on Internet Cafe`.

Welcome Fall!

I felt a coolness in the air for the past few mornings…just enough for me to start pulling out the “Fall”.

In preparation for some family gathering, a dear sweet-sister friend created “just for me”, some incredible “fluff” for my home. From window treatments to bed skirts! AND chair coverings so that I can switch my color theme at my choosing! Vivienne can make ANYTHING! (You can see her and her site by clicking her name!)

I will tell you, this dear sister-friend has prayed with me, cried with me and we have shared many life joys and sorrows of cups of coffee and tea! I feel most at home at her house! She has opened her home to me— and I came in and took over her kitchen. Who but a near and dear friend will give you free reign in her kitchen!!

Creating for her and Will (her dearly devoted husband), meals from start to finish is something I love doing and CAN DO! (My talent is not in the same department as Vivienne’s) If you want to feel “loved” and appreciated…cook for Vivienne and Will. I love doing that for them—they make me feel like it is the “best meal” they’ve ever eaten! Sweeter friends cannot be found!

So I am taking you on a tour of our home…a quick one…well—after I posted this, I realized you didn’t get a shot of the bathroom. Ahhh….shucks….and Lori, I cleaned the tub and everything! Oh well. Maybe for Christmas tour you can see the tub!!!

I love you Vivienne. I love you Will. Thank you for sharing your wife with me…and your home….and thanks to their friend Roger for helping them with everything from driving to shopping 🙂

More on my visit this afternoon with my fellow bloggin’ buddy “TechnoNana”! We shared some food and sweet conversation this afternoon at Ruby Tuesdays! I LOVED meeting her! I will post a picture next!!!