color my day red

When you're pregnant colors just seem more vivid, the sense of smell is sharpened, and even taste is keener. Color is one thing that definitely perks this tired-of-being-pregnant lady up.  I love how creative God is.  He could have just made a black and white world.  But no, He's much more exciting than that.   I've decided that I will do a "color my day" post every now and then and fill it with the color I'm loving at the moment.  I'm adding one rule to my color post, though, the majority (if not all) of the pictures must be things I already have.  I want to be content with what I've got and I don't want the emphasis to be on "things" or even on the accumulation of things but rather on being thankful.  It's easy online (especially in blogland) to fall into the trap of drooling over other people's cool stuff.  I know I have.  This verse keeps me grounded:
"Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have."  Hebrews 13: 5 MSG
I want to simplify.  To give more and gain less.  To appreciate more and want less.  And that doesn't always come naturally, but I know my Lord stands ready to help.

Lately, I've been inspired by the color red.  It's full of vitality, of boldness, and cheer.  Here's some reds that pack a lot of happiness for me:

Nesting dolls that my mother-in-love brought over from a missions trip to Russia (above picture)--"one generation into another"

Red and white polka dot shoes I found at a thrift store

Tulips that I got for Valentine's Day from a sister-in-love

These boys... my loves

Tomatoes and skordalia

camellias on my windowsill

And my favorite red?

The heart of God that bled for me
In a crimson tide from calvary


Allie said...

Beautiful! I love it. Can't wait to see more of the colors that catch your eye and inspire you.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a beautiful post! You have some lovely colors in your life :)

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i adore this post. presh. gorgeous photos. everyone could use a little red in their lives. love the verse. praise God for the cross!

Kristin said...

What an awesome post!!! My favorite color used to be red and somehow along the way, it got changed to hot pink, but this post might just change it back to red again. LOL! There's something so comforting about red. I just love it. Your pictures are amazing. I LOVE those shoes too!!!

christy rose said...

Love all of that red! And your heart!!! You are just precious Joye!

Jackie said...

Stumbled upon your blog and love it.....I'm following now!!

Love this post - red is my fav color!! Great photos

Hope you'll stop by my place for a visit sometime - I love meeting new bloggn' sisters in the Lord!!

Sweet Blessings!

Rebel With an 50D said...

You are precious!
I love red!
Less is more!
You Rock!
p.s. You are wearing red nail polish on your toes in the shoe picture. Red Nail Polish is one more small blessing that brings great pleasure and I would add that one to the list too!

rebekah said...

ooooh I L O V E - Red!!

And i have so many red with white spots in my house, curtains, dresses, the girls think I am a bit obsessed! lol

I love your polka dot shoes- good old thrift store!

Glad you are being thankful and not overwhelmed with


Becca said...

I love the pictures, your words, the truth . . . it's fantastic :-) those red shoes are to die for too!

Terri said...

what a beautiful post! Love the ideas of using colors and using what you already have! Being content is an area I am working on also! Hope the baby comes soon, enjoy your Tuesday :)

Amy said...

Such a colorful world we live in! Absolutely!! Was checkin my reader this morning, and wondering how sweet Joye was doing! And there you were, with your beautiful post!

Praying for you much grace and strength in this last leg of pregnancy... I empathize greatly with you!! All 3 of my babies were over 2 weeks late... hugs... beautiful post today!

Abbey said...

Alot of these remind me of summer!!!! That tomato looks good! I was looking for a baby picture! but its so weird I was just being reminded of the same thing lately, to be content and thankful and quit looking for more "stuff" to be happy about! In fact I need to get rid of some stuff!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post....I love, love red myself. I have been getting rid of stuff for the past 3 weeks since the house has sold, and it just feels so good.

Victoria said...

I so dig the way you think! Also, the shoes are getting quite digged upon.

Lauren said...

beautiful! I love red -- your toes are quite cute too!!! I love to paint my toenails red every now and then! :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Love the color RED. What a beautiful post. Thanking HIM for his HEART that loves me unconditionally!

Miss Anne said...

this post was just food for my soul.

thank you.


Miss Anne said...

oh ya!


:) Make today great!

*And dont forget to enter in my necklace giveaway!*

Kim Avery said...

Red is so my favorite color these days - thanks for the visual feast.

Fiona said...

Haha I just have to tell you I'm checking your blog like five times a day at least in anticipation of waiting for baby news......
So exciting!!

Take care

Mich said...

LOVE this idea for a post. Beautiful pictures.

Love your last statement.

Lei said...

those camellias are beautiful! lovely thought, thanks for sharing them! :)

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

So creative. I'm a red lover as well and I love the camellias on your windowsill!

Carmen said...

I'm noting this verse to read to my children tomorrow. Lately, they have been obsessed with all of the things they don't have instead of being thankful for what we DO have. I love the color red too. I have a few thrift store finds waiting to be painted red. :) We have a couple of those nesting dolls too. I love them. My dad got them, not in Russia, but New York. hehe

Life Is Crazy Beautiful said...

GREAT post! I love red shoes (though I don't think I currently own any) and red toenails are my favorite :)

Especially love the LAST red. A couple of years ago I started tying a red ribbon on a metal cross that hangs on my living room wall each Christmas. It's to remind me that Christ's coming in that manger was pretty terrific, but what He did about 33 years later was the most AWESOME gift EVER!

Thanks, this was a boost for me today!


Deidra said...

Oh yes! You're rockin' the red!

Tracy said...

Red is a fabulous signature. You sport it well. I think that we share the same favorite.

Amber Zimmerman said...

Beautiful post! Love the matryoshka dolls. . .the gorgeous color and the verse reminder. So true! Any signs of labor yet? ;-)

Lara said...

The red shoes are my fav.

mrs. b. said...

you have got to be the most stylish/adorable mama ever. love this!


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