Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I am still here...

I hope this finds you well and looking forward to 2017.  I am still in my house, which just went on the market recently. So I had the privilege of spending probably my last Christmas in this wonderful old house.  I celebrated again with a grateful heart that I could be with friends and family in this house.
 The holidays are over and now we have the dreaded job of taking down the tree we so fondly decorated and the house becomes darker as winter light sets in without all the twinkle lights, it can be a let down. 
I am just back from Christmas in Minnesota and New Years in Chicago so I haven't touched a thing yet. 

My tree still fills the family room with the scent of pine and so I am leaving it until this weekend... I am not tired of the decorations yet! Am I the only one?

Slowly I will take them down in the next week.

So much has taken place in just the last few months, it will be hard to catch up. My house is finally on the market, it has taken this long to go through everything. I still have a lot of stuff I need to sell but the two estate sales I had this summer were very successful.  Everyone worked so hard and I appreciated all who gave of themselves to help. My next decision will probably be an auction in the spring. 
My highlight of the year is I gained a lovely daughter in law. Yep, my son got married just before Thanksgiving... so much to be thankful for!

My prayer for 2017

"16And I pray that he (God) would pour out over you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
17Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life, providing you with a secure foundation that grows and grows.
18-19Then, as your spiritual strength increases, you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—
the great magnitudej of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love!
How enduring and inclusive it is!
Endless love beyond measurement, beyond academic knowledge—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!
20Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination!
Happy New Year

Monday, May 9, 2016

Vintage Living Sale...

It's been awhile again... winter is passed and there are tender leaves sprouting on the trees and new life surrounds us. An eternal promise of new beginnings which brings hope and expectations of Gods goodness and favor. He is always faithful to sprout that new seed and bring insight in a new season.
This spring or season brings a complete shift and a new life to what I have known for 26 years. This past year I have experienced many changes and what was once very comfortable and routine is now a little strange and unsettling.  My comfort zone has been shaken and is about to be rocked even more but it is all ok because my foundation is on the Rock of Christ, this cannot be shaken.

For the past 7 years I have been in change. 
I closed my shop, and spent the next 3 years selling its inventory at shows and flea markets. The next 2 years I worked in my studio creating art and selling it for the most part and then I took 2 years and just concentrated on painting with the Lord.
Last year... my husband went home to be with the Lord and I have been in transition.  But before he died the Lord had been opening up missions work and I felt my calling.  My focus is just to love others as Christ has called us to do, without an agenda. We are called to carry the good news to others and share what Christ has done... to simply call home the Fathers loved ones. There's nothing to do, Christ did it all and now all you have to do is come home to a loving Daddy God.

And so starts a new season of my life, I am moving on. 

Rebecca Ersfeld owner of Simply Posh in Geneva and Vintage Living in Glen Ellyn, is selling her home in Batavia and its contents. 
While owning her shops Rebecca has collected many beautiful antiques for 25 years in the French and cottage farmhouse style. Her home, shop and studio
have been featured in various popular publications such as Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Where Women Create and more. 
For sale along with her home furnishings, also include shop display pieces and the contents of her studio which features
Vintage Fr. fabrics, ephemera, buttons, ribbons and many more treasures. 

Primarily I want to say that this is going to be a celebration, this is not vultures picking my bones. I could stay here and continue to do what I've done for the past 26 years and be blessed in it but I have a bigger dream. This has been fun, I had a wonderful time creating a look that others enjoyed.  The shops, my home was all an extension  of who I was and my identity but only in part... I am much more. So all this fun I had collecting and putting together the look, someone else can pick it up and develop their style. All this can be replaced but not love, people and the experience of sharing yourself with others. So this is really what I've done all along... sharing myself with others... only this time is the last time for Vintage Living and Simply Posh.
So let's have a party!

I will be posting periodically different collections I have for sale and studio stuff... so keep visiting. Thank all of you for your kind support on fb, pinterest and instagram. 
I would also appreciate any shout out about the sale here on blogger. 
Thank you all and many blessings

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Light 2015

It's a week before Christmas and all is calm... all is bright... 
don't you love the sparkle at Christmas. 
Each reflected sparkle from the light source to the silver and glitter around the room and as a result each room is lit up in an array of dancing lit joy. 
Just as we are in Christ... reflected bits of glitter from His faceted light that spreads throughout our world.
I love the sparkle... It seems to shine brighter at this time of year as we join in unity to celebrate the Saviors birth. 

This Christmas I wanted to let my light shine bright...
Light shines brighter in darker places... when it seems the darkest in your life, that is when the light breaks through brighter then you could ever imagine. 

John 8:12  Then Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life."

This Christmas I was tempted, to not celebrate... just get through the Holidays and move on. Stay in the dark and submit to feelings of sadness...

And then I thought about the heavenly celebration that goes on continually for what Christ did for all mankind... and how we that walk in the Light are to bring heaven to earth. 

Our Father in heaven... Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come quickly, your will be done the same on earth as it is in heaven... let heaven come to earth, as it is in heaven... let heaven come.

For Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the Power, Yours is the Glory forever...

Let Heaven Come...

As I brought out the boxes of decorations this year one by one I put my focus on the very reason why I do this.  
I celebrate Christmas because God himself chose to give up all His omnipotence, all His omnipresence, all His Glory, all His God-ness... 
The Creator becoming the created, choosing to walk in my footsteps, being tempted in every way like us but denying himself over and over again laying down His natural desires for His Father's will, so that He could show me how to live...  
Laying down His own life in place of mine, in place of yours, so that He could give it back to us... 
A gift.
The greatest gift to all mankind
A gift, you cannot earn
A gift you can only take and say thank you
A gift you celebrate with every breath you take

How could I not celebrate... 
So with each decoration,  I celebrated the God who loved me that much.
How could I not celebrate Christmas!

So... warning there is great celebration here...
you might want to take a coffee break!

(I told you to get coffee...)

Thank you for staying with me this long... I went overboard on the pictures this year... but I had fun. 

Leaving you with one of my favorite Christmas songs by Downhere

How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts to romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one has done that...

 From my home to yours have a very blessed Christ celebration!