Okay, so I’m a big fan of Pinterest, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. My DIY craft projects don’t always come out looking nearly as amazing as the ones on there.

*Gasp*… but Natasha, you’re so crafty.

I know, I know. But hey, it has to stop somewhere right? I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock…
In fact, my projects vs. the original projects actually remind me of those baby photo memes that say NAILED IT. Like the one where there’s a photo of a precious baby curled up on a beautiful plush blanket and below that, there’s a photo of a baby in a diaper laying awkwardly face down on a Walmart rug.

Long story short, I decided to take on another DIY project: Make something to display our Christmas cards on. Every holiday card we receive from friends and family means so much to me (especially the ones with family photos included). I never know what exactly to do with them every year though so I figured it was time to make something special.

After getting some ideas from Pinterest, I dug out an old screen frame, some twine and headed to Ace Hardware for green spray paint.  (Shout out to my “uncle” Preston who works there and always helps me find what I need when I set out on these random endeavors.)  As I joyfully sprayed the frame outside, I wondered if it was weird that I was having so much fun.

A few days later, I blew my nose and my snot (sorry), was forest green. A few days after that, still green. I held the can at a distance, sprayed in the opposite direction and yet, it still got into my system.
A friend and I were talking a few weeks later. As we were discussing the importance of guarding ourselves from negative things that could potentially harm our walk with God, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the spray paint. If we aren’t careful enough, the things around us can get “into” us. They can become a part of who and what we are. Sometimes it happens quickly, other times it’s settle.

This is why it’s so important not only to wear the armor of God for protection, but to do spiritual detoxes as well. Ridding yourself of toxic things and sometimes people, is critical in life – especially for us Christians.
Pray for the Lord to reveal who and what is toxic in your life. We need His insight because sometimes we allow our human emotions to get in the way and then what is meant to be clear and defined, becomes blurry. That’s how so many of us end up justifying the act of keeping toxic people around. And even more important than that, sometimes we rid people who actually aren’t toxic, but because they challenge us and we don’t like it, we scream out with the trash! I’ve definitely been there before, oops.  But again, we need His insight concerning all things.

Make it a point today to take inventory of your life. Pray about it and fill yourself up with something good, whether it be with the verses I suggested below or even by watching a good sermon online.

I love you, beautiful people!
Have a wonderful evening 🙂

The bible is rich in powerful wisdom, beautiful analogies and inspiring stories that help us to better understand God’s character and successfully grow in the midst of life’s ups and downs. There are so many more scriptures that tie into what I shared today, but I will leave you with these for now.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
I encourage you to mediate on it throughout your week. Study the context. In addition, pray for God to show you exactly how you can apply it to your life now. Nothing is too small for Him to use; you just never know what He’s up to! And as always, I am on this journey with you so let’s do this!