The Art of Slowing Down

Rip and Lisa in backyard

Rip and I live on land that allows us to do so many things … things that are so refreshingly unpretentious that they could easily be overlooked. Yet, we know the simplicity of our country life are blessings from God to be enjoyed, but also shared with whomever God sends our way. But it’s the unembellished things that seem to matter most … like mowing acres of grass lined with hundreds-of-year-old trees, planting shrubs in random places, sitting outside to a blanket of bright stars just to hold hands in the quiet. It’s placing old bricks around the edges of flower beds and digging more holes for seeds in our garden. It’s hearing a knock at the door, and then getting to perk coffee while they come inside to a plate of homemade cookies. It’s sitting on the back porch swing with a friend as they laugh and enjoy the fact that they left their phone in their car on purpose. It’s watching our dog run and leap across the creek and realizing we’re still young enough to try catching a few lightening bugs into a wide mouth mason jar. It’s taking a stroll to the mailbox while waving at our neighbors as they feed their cows. It’s curling up in a double-wide recliner, with the one my soul loves, just to listen as one of our children on speaker phone tells us about their day and then ends the call with, “I love y’all.” You see, it’s the uncomplicated joys that we never want to take for granted because in them, we experience such a pure and holy worship of God.

“In His presence is fullness of joy,” Psalm 16:11, and His presence is with us on the mower, in the swing, at the table, and as we celebrate the company of family, friends and strangers. Hospitality isn’t only opening the doors to our home and inviting people in.

Hospitality is the art of slowing down to enjoy people.

Rip and I have had our challenges and struggles as all married friends do. He’s suffered and I’ve suffered our way through hardships, heartbreak, and trials. And now we’re at a place in our marriage where we both are being deeply strengthened as a couple – drawing closer to God and discovering in a more intimate way just what it looks like to walk with Him together.

We are empty nesters and we both sense God preparing us to take some steps of faith with Him into a new season of ministry … of serving Him in how we serve people. Rip and I love people! All people! And to care for and serve others is why we are here, and we know it. This home of ours is meant to be opened and shared with you and just so you’ll know … we are looking forward to doing just that!

More to come …

But for now, I hope you will find Interior Inspirations – Inspiring the Interior of Your Heart and Home – to be an online place you’d want to visit every day, for hope, encouragement, and a few tips and thoughts in creating your own home into the haven you long for it to be.

~ I love you, Lisa

 

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Lisa Rippy

I’m Lisa Rippy, a happily married woman to my wonderful Rip. We have 5 children and we live right outside of Madison, MS. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for all things “homey” from decorating, simplifying, remodeling, organizing and simply turning a house into a "Home Sweet Home." My passion is helping families live the life they long for in the interior of their hearts and homes. It all requires thought, planning and work that Rip and I both love to do! But if there is anything at all I can do to help you and your home life, please reach out to me. Nothing would thrill me more than to inspire YOUR heart and home!

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