Archives for April 2017

20 Facts about Me {Instagram Game}

Hi y’all. I was tagged by well, several IG buddies to share 20 facts about myself and I think I’ve put it off as long as I can.

I hate it when I go to look at something awesome on IG and it’s accompanied by a novel…it’s too much. Instagram is supposed to be easy (for social media, anyway) so I decided that I’d share the first 5 on Insta then link up the rest on my blog. If you disagree and write novels on your posts, don’t be upset with me, just know that my short attention span doesn’t allow me to read them. Blogs, even my own, is tedious work for me sometimes.

Okay, so on with the game.

To recap:

1. I went to school for interior design and event planning but did not complete the degrees.

2. I have been maried for 5 years to my knight in shining FR clothes.

3. We have been trying to have a baby for going on 3 years.

4. Jesus saved me when I was 10, but I didn’t start living like it until I was 27.

5. I have a blog–  to see the rest of these facts.

6. When I was born, my lungs collapsed. I was on a ventilator and the medical staff told my parents I’d probably be brain damaged or disabled physically. God would’ve been good even if things had gone the other way, but glory to Him, the only challenges I have are the ones I make myself.

7. Cooking is not my favorite, but I do love homemaking and that’s part of it, so cooking for people who appreciate a hot meal makes my heart flutter.

8. I love helping with others farms and I want one of my own some day, but I know relatively nothing about keeping one running.

9. My mom wanted my initials to spell something, so they named me Stephanie Allison Griffith- SAM. When I got married I became SAG. Stop laughing!

10. I can play the flute.

11. I’m a brand rep! I can’t believe people like me enough to let me advertise their items but I’m definitely thankful they do!

12. I love to doodle and I always have a notebook on hand.

13. I do not have a green thumb, but I keep on trying. Those poor plants.

14. I have 2 mutts and I think that mutts make the best fur babies!

15. Auction are my favorite way to find junk.

16. My word of 2017 is self control. God shows me new ways every day to use that word.

17. I don’t know how some designers expect me to put a room together and leave it alone. It. Must. Be. Rearranged! & Often!

18. I’ve never flown or been out of the US.

19. My favorite song is Amazing Grace.

20. My husband calls me Red because of my red hair. So naturally my pop of color in my designs is Red.

Well, if you stuck around this long, and you’re part of the design community on IG, please consider yourself tagged. I’m pretty sure everyone has already done it because I waited so long to do mine. Gosh. I’m a slacker.

Thanks for reading until the end!

What God and Football Taught Me About Marriage.

 Leigh Anne Tuohy says in ‘The Blind Side’:

One-Mississippi – Joe Theismann, the Redskins quarterback takes the snap and hands-off to his running mate.

Two-Mississippi – it’s a trick play, a flea-flicker. And the running back tosses it back to the quarterback.

Three-Mississippi – up ’til now the play’s been defined by what the quarterback sees; it’s about to be defined by what he doesn’t.

Four-Mississippi – Lawrence Taylor is the best defensive player in the NFL. And has been from the time he walked onto the fielded as a rookie. He will also change the game of football as we know it… Legendary quarterback Joe Theismann never played another down of football.

Now, y’all would guess that more often than not, the highest paid player on an NFL team is the quarterback. And you’d be right. But what you probably don’t know is that more often than not, the second highest paid player is, thanks to Lawrence Taylor, a left tackle.

Because, as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance. The left tackle’s job is to protect the quarterback from what he can’t see coming. To protect his blind side.

That seems like a long intro, but I feel that the lines before the most relevant quote I have found about marriage, are pertinent to knowing what I’m talking about. This quote is actually talking about football, but I’m talking about how amazingly valid it is in every day married life. Yes, I wholeheartedly believe in the Biblical way of running a marriage: with the man as the head of the house. BBbbuuutttt, I equally believe that the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 is a ‘left tackle’ if you will. She works day in and day out to ensure the background tasks stay running and that the framework of the home stays strong. She is the epitome of the perfect wife, something I strive to emulate, though I fail miserably, even on my best days. This quote gets me in the feels every time.

I have been a cheerleader of the underdog for as long as I can remember. I used to bet against my dad on Sundays watching football, because that’s all the rabbit ears would tune in, and I always picked the team that was destined to lose, but sometimes, just sometimes, they would surprise everyone. I think that’s why I, and I know how weird this sounds, like to watch golf on tv. I love anything where I can pick the underdog. Nascar, the Kentucky Derby, a bar.

Yes, you read that right. I met my husband at a bar. I was saved, but wasn’t living like it and he had never been saved. I consider a bar the home of the underdog. They’re full of the down-trodden, the afraid and alone, the broken hearted and bruised. I’ve been a part of that crowd and if that’s you friend, I have to say, there’s no help there. You’re not going to satisfy what your soul yearns for there. I know the alcohol numbs the pain, the attention soothes the mind and the company diverts your attention from the issues, but that road is long and I promise it’s a dead end.

It shouldn’t have been a shock that I met my husband there, but at that time, I couldn’t see Gods hand in everything like I can now. He’s my favorite underdog, and I mean that in the most loving way, because I know it looks like I’m calling him a loser, but I don’t mean that kind of underdog. I mean, like King David in the Bible. He was just a shepherd. The youngest and least qualified, as far as experience, to be king in his family, yet God preordained him to take that role and prepared him in so many ways: learning to tend his pasture and remain patient and faithful through all. {If you haven’t read Wait and See by Wendy Pope, you should!!!} I completely believe that God set my husband up to be a strong man of faith long before I knew him, but he wasn’t given all the tools to become one in younger years. His foundation was solid, but the walls were shaky. Then he met my cousin’s husband. That, after a couple of years and I’m sure lots of prayers, sealed the deal. He was saved and our marriage was different from then on. In the background, I was praying. I still pray for him. I pray for his mental and physical strength. For his increased closeness to Jesus and God given wisdom. Never ever ever ever underestimate the power a praying wife has. The power of a fearless, ruthless and relentless cheerleader of the underdog.

And this is my last point for this post- the position you hold with your husband. Or anyone really. Don’t underestimate how much of a hold you have in their heart and mind. My husband is very headstrong, very strong physically too, but emotionally, he tends to come to me. I love it that God gave us to each other. We are never weak at the same time, it works well that way. Don’t abuse that position, whether you are like us, and he needs your emotional support or his is physical or mental, DO. NOT. ABUSE. THAT! Don’t try to fix him, just love him and pray for him. Plant seeds and God will provide the increase. & if he won’t go to God about it, then buddy, you’re gonna have to. I don’t mean that God should be a last resort; I mean that everyone EVERYONE needs someone to run interference for them {Another football lesson}. I have people in my life that do this for me, and thank the good Lord they do because I can’t do it all on my own. Take up a permanent position with God on their behalf, He’ll listen, I promise.{This is a lesson, I’m still learning to apply}

I feel this way towards everyone though. Kids, teens, other adults, older folks, your mom, your grandpa, your preacher or your puppies- don’t abuse the position you have with the sheep God gave you.

Lastly, some Bible, that I like to call, the underdog parable. I like to think that underdog’s were Jesus’ favorite too.

Luke 15:3-7 KJV

And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.