Inspired by the Ocean

In this final entry of the “Eclectic by Design” series, there are three very similar designs: Merditerranean, Coastal, and Tropical. The one thing these styles have in common is their inspiration. They are all inspired by the ocean. 

There is a serenity you can find when sitting on the beach, listening to the crashing waves, and enjoying the gentle breeze always found on the seashore. It refreshes your inside space to include elements to remind you of the beach oasis. Colors and sounds to relax you are often found in spas as well as popular vacation spots.

You must have a source of inspiration to propel you forward in your daily walk. People often find themselves bored and stuck in jobs with which they feel trapped and unmotivated. What can be the source of your inspiration? 

For some, a change in scenery, updating the current wardrobe, or spending quality time with a friend can inspire. But, outward things and other people are too changeable. As much as a dear friend wants to be available, there are times when you will be left to your own devices. That is why it is so important to find your inspiration within yourself. Think about it: wherever you go, you are there.

Job 32:8 (KJV) says,

“…there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty [gives] them understanding.” 

You hold the power. Invite Jesus into your life. Spend time reading and meditating upon the Bible every day. Talk to God. You will find you see life differently when your trust is in the Lord, and He is your inspiration. 

Eclectic by Design Series

#DIY  #Nah!  #Wearenotallthesame


Genesis 1:1-4,27 (KJV)

“So God created man in his own image, in the mage of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

God created me?!?  In His image! This revelation is empowering and perhaps overwhelming.  God is the creator.  His designs are incomparable.  When I gaze upon the beauty of the sunset and how the colors so gracefully blend into the horizon, I witness the indescribable beauty God created.  If that isn’t amazing enough, I can witness another majestic sunset tonight starring a new hue!

Just as each sunset is unique, beautiful, and inspiring, so is each individual.  My personality might be powerful much like the sky with storm clouds on the horizon, and yours may be as calming as the sky after the storm.  Both of us are designed by the same creator and in His image.  We can learn to use our designs to attract the eyes of others and point them to the Creator who looks upon us and exclaims, “It is good.”

People travel the world to gaze upon the beauty and design provided in nature.  As a child, my family and I spent many summers visiting my aunt and uncle in Colorado.  We hiked through the hot, desert-like terrain of “The Garden of the Gods” amazed by the rock formations; we gazed over the edge of “The Royal Gorge” suspension bridge to view the raging river and horrifying depths below; and, we journeyed to the top of the snow-capped mountain, Pikes Peak, where in our summer shorts and light jackets we shivered as we peered over the majestic view.  Each vacation spot seated in my memory, each spectacular and amazing as the next, but each completely different in design.

I want to experience it all! Certainly there are talents I do not possess.  I will never be an Olympic swimmer.  I have never even successfully pulled off a dive into the swimming pool, but I will cheer on the US Olympic swim team and perhaps some day attend the Olympics in a foreign land as a part of my travels. My talents are different from yours.  However, we can work in unison to decorate the world with our unique designs.  There is even a word for this type of design:  eclectic.

If the whole world were an ocean, I would miss the shade of the trees.  If the whole world were a garden, I would long for the mountainous ski slopes.  Diversity of design is a part of the Creator’s master plan.  You are a part of His creation for a purpose.  Spoiler alert:  the end result is spectacular.

Do the letters “DIY” excite or terrify you?  Do not be alarmed. On this “do it  yourself” journey you are never really alone.  “…For He hath said, I will never leave [you], or forsake [you].” (Hebrews 13:5b) On the other hand, defining your design style is a self-awareness journey.  You alone know your talents, desires, hopes, and dreams.  It requires action on your part to display these design qualities for others to admire.

“Different strokes for different folks.”

“One man’s trash, another man’s treasure.”

“…Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine  hand….”(Jeremiah 18:6b)

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

Each of us is unique, hand made, one-of-a-kind.  God has made us in His glorious image.  Through our individual designs, others may see His handiwork, marvel, and appreciate His kindness towards us.  What design are you? What attributes of the Lord manifest in you?