Up-Cycled Treasures: When The Old Becomes New Again

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An old door turned into a photo frame for home display. http://www.photogmommie.com/an-old-door-our-story

An old door turned into a photo frame for home display.
http://www.photogmommie.com/an-old-door-our-story

An old door turned into a photo frame board for displaying photos in your home….transformed and given new life!!

Rested, renewed, refreshed and inspired by this Pinterest pin after meandering through an old general store, mountain art galleries and an antique shop today as we slowly made our way home from a weekend of mountain retreat.

At every turn I was lovingly reminded, in every touch of up-cycled treasures, how very much I love re-purposing things that are so easily discarded. The truth is, I have been a collector of treasures tossed aside as trash since my teens. Items considered disposable (trash), unlovely, without value often found their way into my possession. And it still brings me joy to consider that others see, as I do, beyond the scratches, dents, faded color and dirt to see the beauty, new, practical and worthy life beyond what is obvious. Taking what is old and finding creative ways to recreate and usher in new life again. The old has become new again. My favorite idiom,  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~Plato, is once again true.

Antique Store Treasure that found a new home today. Lovingly used Metal Box Bank with red and green patina

Antique Store Treasure that found a new home today. Lovingly used Metal Box Bank with red and green patina

Just like me, Jesus gave His life to take the place of every part of my unlovely self (sin), unworthy life and a heart in desperate need of rescue and restoration that the patina of my life had tarnished. God saw in me something beautiful, valuable and worthy of the cost to offer me a second chance to be new again through a relationship based on faith in the cross, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

My home continues to be filled with new opportunities for life (physical and spiritual), as my husband and I have given our lives in service to our Lord. We continue to collect, nurture and love the less lovely and give them a home, a place to belong, just as Jesus has lovingly done for us. Every person and piece tells the story of who we are from family heirlooms to pieces that only the one who looks for beauty beyond what our eyes can see and I, a life rescued from sin and given new life and an eternal inheritance and home.

My loved, restored and less than perfect accepted heart will continue to tell of His goodness….My Lord, a collector of people like me, one the world would have tossed away but He, my creator, found a greater use…..He had a purpose and plan before the foundation of the world and now I walk worthy only because of His grace-filled love for me.

He sees me as perfect, worthy and lovely through the blood of Jesus Christ. My sin has been removed as far as the east is from the west……..

My home remains, a place where beauty is seen, appreciated and I will never forget to extend the same grace and love that the Lord extends to me. Love covers.

Even still……

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

About Simple Life Heartenings

I LOVE my crazy, busy life traveling with my NASCAR family through the ministry of Motor Racing Outreach. My full joy comes from loving, doing life, teaching, leading and encouraging women, children and families who journey with me. Grateful for God's grace all along the way and the discovery that living simply in the midst of this crazy, busy world has led to simply live fully in every moment. I am a Thrift Store Junkie and lover of all things lovingly used and in need of a new home. I have been collecting discarded items since my teens and find great joy in seeing life in what would have likely been tossed out and lost forever. My closest friends call me Mel. My alter-ego, Lucille Ball (aka Lucy) and I have much in common. We (I-Lucy) like to get our friends involved in crazy-fun adventures that are often considered unorthodox and idealistic. I must confess that our adventures sometimes end with me making the following statement. "Whose great idea was this? There is no dram too big and challenge too hard for the faithful God who writes His dreams on our heart so! Me: #1 in my life after Christ is my family. Married to my high school sweetheart for almost 35 years. Mom to Ashley and Ryan. Children by marriage Jeremy and Karly. Blessed MeMe to Mason and Emma Mae. Rookie blogger. I have been skydiving, hot air ballooning, swam with dolphins, raced in an all-female Bandolero race and survived them all. A picker before picking was cool! Love sunsets from my front porch and everywhere else too! Master Gardener. Favorite color is yellow and the well-worn patina, in any color, on old stuff is a very close second! Love cards, stationary and the lost art of handwritten letters. Popsicles make everything better. Love daisies, the beauty of nature and my life in the country. I'd love for you to join me on this journey of faith....simple living from my view of life in the fast lane! Crazy Life. Simple Joys. All Grace.

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