Create not Control | Pt. 2

When Emerson was around 4 months old my anxiety was in full force. I would barely leave the house, I checked on her breathing multiple times a night (and in between I would barely sleep), I would make her finish EVERY drip in her bottle to the point where she would spit up all the excess she didn't need. It was rough. Days were long and exhausting and I was barely sleeping, which means my reasoning was basically non-existent. There was a thick fog that always felt like it was resting on my peripheral. 

My home became my crutch. It was the only place I felt safe to the point where I made excuse after excuse to not leave the house. 

As I began to get help for my anxiety, which is a whole other post, I had to adjust my thought life and work through all of my fears and get out of my house. See eventually anxiety creeps into every aspect of your life, so while I felt comfortable at home during one season in my life, anxiety could have attacked my home and I wouldn't feel safe anymore. 

My home is now a place that I love to be. I enjoy the home I have gorwn with my husband and my children. The memories I have created are full of joy and not fear. 

Today I encourage you to not control your environment, enjoy the moments you have in the space you love to be in. And I will always encourage you when you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, give your mind some rest. Focus your thoughts on something creative and you. 

Home Sweet Home seemed like the perfect phrase for today. I've got a video today via IGTV that shows your how I wrote this out with some different pens. As well in the image that I've posted, I've put tiny stars every where you should STOP and LIFT your pen. This includes brush pens or regular pens. 

Home Sweet Home.jpg

I would suggest: 

  • Print this image out and trace it until you feel comfortable
  • Then, use whatever pen you prefer (Check out my supplies blog post for pen info)

I'm going to create a print for my mantel with this phrase to remind me that I need to cherish the moments in my home. I'd love to see what you do with it. Remember to tag #emcuthbertlettering on your posts. 

As always if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below. 

My favourite Summer Drink | Ginger Lime Cocktail

This is my first food/drink post ever! And I thought it would be fun to do a very simple but incredibly yummy cocktail. I say cocktail lightly as it doesn't actually include any "hard" liquor. My husband lived in Sydney, Australia for two years and I've visited twice as well. They have an amazing drink there (you can also get it here but it's not on any menus) called Lemon Lime Bitters. It includes lemonade, bitters and lime cordial. I am a BIG fan of ginger ale. So this is my adaptation on a Lemon Lime Bitters cocktail or as I call it a Ginger Lime Cocktail.

*The only mention I will make is bitters does have a high alcohol percentage, however this recipe is using it in such small quantity, it wouldn't be considered alcoholic but in case you don't drink alcohol or are pregnant thought you should know ;)

All you need is:

  • Ginger Ale (I prefer Canada Dry)
  • A few slices of lime
  • 1/2 tsp. of lime juice
  • 3 - 4 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Fill a cocktail glass half way full of ice
  2. Add the lime juice
  3. Fill the glass with ginger ale
  4. Add the bitters
  5. Enjoy a cool refreshing drink on your deck in the sun!

What Joy.

Today as I sat down with my cup of tea at my desk and began to go through emails, I put on some worship music and just felt the need to stop and pause. It felt like my heart was telling my head to slow down and embrace this simple moment. I pulled out my bible and just began to read where I had left off. Romans 4:8 hit me like a ton of bricks. Yes I've read it before, yes I've read it 10x before but today I had a revelation. 

"What JOY for those whose record the LORD has CLEARED of SIN"

I began to think upon that thought and I was brought to tears. How many times in a day do I think to myself "well that was dumb" or "shoot I shouldn't have done that" or "really?? Did I just do that?" Every day I fail in every aspect of my life and I've been dwelling on my failings when the opportunity to find joy was in everyone of my failings. Sin entangles me constantly but I have a God who takes my sin upon his shoulders so that I could have joy. Joy isn't an emotion, joy is a state of being, it's a choice. You choose joy. You can be broken and have joy, you can be lost and have joy, you can be delighted and have joy. Joy is a feeling in your soul that is not conditional to the season of live you're in. Today I found freedom that I can be in a constant place of joy because all of my sin is instantaneously gone. All of my failings stop at the cross. 

Thinking about life and all of the records we have; credit records, relationship records, career records etc, it can become overwhelming to think about how much is on our records. For me I find it hard to get past my relationship records and career records, if I don't think about it and just keep moving, hopefully it will take up less space in my head. But today when I read this verse I realized through the eyes of my Father my record is absolutely clean. Spotless. Pure. Perfect. Erased. I've known this thought for years but I'm beyond thankful for moments when God speaks straight to my heart and says "Em, stop trying to clean up you're own record, it's already clean. It doesn't exist anymore. I got it. Don't worry about it anymore, I have it." 

He's got yours too. It's already clean. The past is gone and a new future is already here. 

Em xo. (all of these thoughts are my own)