In my last post I announced Nathan is building a she shed for me…I also wrote (by accident) that it was for our ten year anniversary. My husband quickly informed me after reading my post that it should’ve said fifteen year anniversary, not ten. Oops! And then he also reminded me of the wonderful gift he surprised me with for our ten year anniversary…
Nate and I were newlyweds and I can remember the first time I ever spotted a Yorkie, I thought “I need to get me one of those!!!” I BEGGED Nathan for nearly ten years…now we have a sweet and tiny, seizure-filled, five year old Eli who literally falls over at the drop of a feather with fright! Goodness I just love him! He’s so darn cute!! Nate calls him a genetic mutation but I know he actually thinks the world of him!😉
So now for the fifteen year gift…my husband said to me a few months ago he wanted to build me a she shed as an anniversary present. My exact words: “a sh-what?!” I had no clue about these little gems and as he began to describe the possibilities a “she shed” offers I jumped right on the trendy bandwagon.
Just Pinterest or google she shed if you don’t know, and your search will render all sorts of overwhelming results. It’s creative, weird, and exciting all at the same time! I kinda feel like I’m getting my very own ‘mom’s little playhouse’.
We discussed size, material preference, location, and everything else in between.
I’m always amazed at what my husband is capable of doing outside of his oil field work so I cheer him on enthusiastically. Men need that, and in a marriage conference Nathan and I recently attended I learned that a majority of men would rather hear the words “thank you and good job!” over “I love you!” They often identify their worth in this way. I’ve done both for years but this helped me be even more mindful of how important it is to encourage and to be sure to not take for granted the good things he does for our family and especially with this sweet she shed gesture he’s working on.
The number one question I’ve been asked by family and friends, “what are you going to do with your she shed?” And to be honest this was a concern of mine from the get go. I’m not great at accepting gifts but when I saw how excited Nate was to make this for me I was determined to graciously accept it but also wanted to be sure I would use it, it wouldn’t go to waste, and it would serve a purpose.
So to answer that question I’ve decided I’ll most likely use it as a quiet space to do my writing and Bible study. I’ll probably move my jewelry supplies out there kind of as a studio area to work on that. There will be a hammock hanging up so maybe a little rest and relaxation. A yoga mat may end up out there. Perhaps some craft items..I don’t know…the possibilities are endless really.
My she shed isn’t completed yet…but it’s in the making. As I consider this process I’m reminded that Nate and I, as the designers of this building, get to decide the purpose it will serve. In a similar way God does the same with us as our Creator. He’s created each of us with a unique purpose and longingly desires that we have a close relationship with Him. Our ultimate purpose in life is to glorify God through all things.
Check out these verses:
Trust we’re CREATED BY Him, for Him:
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
KNOW Him, LOVE Him, SERVE Him:
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24
We are CALLED by Him — for His PURPOSE:
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Isaiah 43:6-7
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Glorify Him through ALL parts of our life:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Believe GOD’S PLANS are better than our own:
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
When we have a right relationship with God we know our true purpose in life and then we fulfill our calling. We figure that out by studying God’s word to know and love Him better, spending time in prayer, and building relationships with fellow believers. Just like I want my she shed used at it’s full potential, God wants the same over us — our lives must be inline with His will. ❤️
Update: May 2020 A finished She Shed part 2
One more photo from our 15 year fall anniversary party!