The Cozy Corner: Symmetry
Ardent Aesthetics gracefully styles rooms that elevate the senses. This bedroom features a bold, upholstered bed, beautiful vintage-inspired nightstands, and a modern wallpaper option. Creating balance in any home is key, and one way to ensure this is by placing items symmetrically in your space. The addition of a floor mirror reflects the natural light coming through the windows, and wall-mounted sconces create an ideal source for reading. Comfort and minimal vibes, undoubtedly radiate from this stylish room.
The Cozy Corner: Good News, White Sands National Park
For this month's good news, we're sharing our amazing experience and fun facts from our September visit to White Sands National Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The photo above depicts our perspective while standing atop a dune! This place is certainly worth visiting.
This park is massive, covering over 140,000 acres. Read below to learn a few fun facts about White Sands National Park:
1. One of the first things the ranger shared with us was to not go too far off the trail. As you can imagine, the landscape begins to look quite similar the farther you travel out.
2. The very first humans arrived on the grassland, nearly 10,000 years ago.
3. Even on the hottest day, you can enjoy a cool stroll on the sand, as the gypsum, which mostly composes the sand, does not absorb the sun's heat.
4. Speaking of gypsum, the "white sand" that appears in the photo is a clear substance that appears white due to the grains rubbing against each other and the sunlight's reflection.
5. White Sands National Park is home to hundreds of animal species from all groups of the animal kingdom. To learn more visit https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm.
The Cozy Corner: Devotion
Have you ever wondered what our glorified bodies will be like? The book of 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that they will be as different from our current bodies as plants are from the seeds they grow from. If you woke up today with aches and pains, you can be glad that our resurrected bodies will be spiritual, not natural; strong, not weak; glorious, not broken; and immortal, not subject to death (1 Cor. 15:35–57). Love one another deeply, from the heart.1 PETER 1:22 This is part of what it means to be born again of imperishable seed (v. 23; see also John 12:23–25). Our glorified bodies, though, are in the future. What about the present? What does it mean to live by faith in the here and now? One answer is that believers should “love one another deeply, from the heart” (v. 22). This is what we’ll do if we’re truly pursuing holiness and setting our minds on hope (see October 5). The ability to do so comes from God. The redemptive sacrifice of His Son demonstrated His deep love for us and empowered us to love this way as well. Nothing in this world could possibly have accomplished that, just as nothing in this world can give us certain hope. The “seed” metaphor in today’s reading is both natural (seeds and plants) and social (the conception and birth of children). We have been spiritually reborn into a different family, a heavenly and eternal one. Who we are has been transformed and is being transformed in ways that were previously impossible. In our everyday lives, the key to this ongoing transformation is the “living and enduring word of God” (vv. 23–25). We can have absolute confidence in God’s Word because it’s...well, God’s Word—absolutely true, inerrant, and infallible. It “endures forever” (quoted from Isa. 40:6–8). It teaches and enables us to live holy and loving lives. >> Peter challenges us to show love to our fellow believers. Ask God how and to whom you can show authentic love today. Put your faith into action by extending an act of love. Pray with Us Father, teach us to love and recognize Your ways. This world is full of counterfeits. Today, lead us to someone who needs to see Your love in action. Guide us to demonstrate Your unfailing, unconditional love. This is an excerpt from todayintheword.org