Monday, November 24, 2014

What Are We Most Thankful for??

As Thanksgiving is upon us, what a great time to reflect on our blessings. There are so many things to appreciate throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.

Immediate family, close friends, and their health come to our minds. Even if we are sick, or have family members or friends who may be going through a hard time, it is comforting to know that God cares more for us than we even care for each other. 
The fact that we have a warm, safe home to go to each day is at the top of most of our lists. The majority of us will have nice holiday celebrations with plenty of wonderful food and all of our loved ones around us. With modern technology, it will be possible to talk and even see family who we are unable to be with physically, online with the push of a button. 

Even if you are feeling down or are facing a struggle, trusting in God and looking inward can turn your day around. Some examples are:
  • Stuck in traffic? Enjoy singing to your new favorite song!
  • Need to clean house for company? Make a list, gather your supplies and turn on some music!
  • Dread getting out of a warm bed on a cold winter morning? Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some quiet time before beginning your hectic day!
  • Short on money? Spend time rather than money by staying home, cleaning out, re-organizing and finishing projects. You may find things to sell (make some money), donate (make a less fortunate person's day) or a or a new craft to enjoy (and possibly sell or donate as well!). 
  • Growing older and do not feel good? Take a break and rest. If you do not feel like going anywhere, call people. There are elderly people everywhere who are lonely and would love someone to talk to. Start a prayer list, and then pray.
Why are we exactly where we are at this moment in time? Whether it is for us, or for someone else, God has His purpose for us. When we face troubling times, first determining if it is something that can be changed is a start. If it is, attempt to change it. If it something that we cannot change, turn that one over to God. Take one day at a time. 

Do not wait until New Year's Day to make a resolution to start waking up thankful each day. If you begin now, you will be in great practice by New Year's! 

Thank You to our Lighting and Lamp family, friends, clients, and vendors! We appreciate each and every one of you this Thanksgiving and the new year to come!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We have Thanksgiving in our Hearts!!

Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving?? At Lighting and Lamp, we take this time to remember all of the Prayers of Praise and reasons we have had to celebrate God's blessings this year. 
Patsy Wright Burks has a story recently told ~

Her husband and her grandson went on a camping trip this summer with a group of friends. After hiking far away from any civilization, the group began to make camp. As night grew closer it became evident that there was a storm brewing. As the evening grew late, everyone retired to their tents. Jim and his grandson read from their book of devotions, which happened to be about trusting God and His protection. Jim marked their place, laid the book aside along with his glasses and attempted to sleep as the rain began. As tree branches began breaking and thunder rolling, Jim's brave grandson got up to peek out of the tent. Just as he did, the tree above them fell on his sleeping bag, where he had just been lying. If he had still been in his sleeping bag, he would have been crushed. The tree did pin Jim in his sleeping bag. 

Fast forward in this story ~ The group managed to get Jim out of their tent as well as rescue a couple of other members of the group, and get everyone to safety. Thankfully there were no severe injuries or loss of life. 

When they returned home, of course everything was soaked through. As Patsy was attempting to dry everything out, she opened the book where the marker was and left it open to dry. 

Several days later, when the book was dry, it was permanently opened to the devotion about being protected by God. 

What an awesome reminder everyday of God's faithfulness and how thankful the Wright's are to Him for His never ending protection.

Philippians 4: 6-7 ~ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet our Vendors 103 ~ Samsung

One of the great things Lighting and Lamp does that you may not even realize is that they can set up your home theater. Their experienced team can provide and install as much or as little as you may want and need. With your ideas and their understanding, the sky is the limit! 

Samsung is one of the vendors that supplies the equipment. For over 70 years, Samsung has been standing by their values, the first being people. It is refreshing to know they are dedicated to their people, encouraging them to reach their full potential.

It is comforting to do business with a company whose philosophy is to devote their talent and technology to create superior products and services that contribute to a better global society.

"Through Samsung Hope for Children, subsidiaries and employees worldwide partner with leading nonprofit organizations to affect positive change.

By supplying Samsung products, lending their expertise and providing financial support, they are able to give thousands of children in communities around the world access to education, mentorship, leadership skills and life-saving medical treatment." ~ Samsung.com

Samsung provides all of the equipment needed for your media room, including home theater systems, audio, sound bars, wireless audio docks, Giga sound speakers, televisions, surround sound and Blu-ray and smart players.

Winter and the holidays are quickly approaching, making it is the perfect time for family and friends to gather for movie nights. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lighting Designers

Lighting and Lamp offers lighting design. Whether you have relocated into your dream home, want to renew your current castle, or provide updated lighting for your employees in the workplace, an experienced designer can guide you in choosing the best options for each room. Lighting has changed over the years with the introduction of LED lighting and the variety of bulbs that are available.

An example is in a family room, layering the light and controlling these layers individually. This allows flexibility for basic lighting with a striking chandelier and adding lamps or sconces at either end of the sofa for reading .

Task lighting is a necessity in the kitchen with everything from food preparation to homework happening, and maybe at the same time! A chandelier with a Lutron dimmer in the dining room allows for ambient lighting.  Chandeliers allow you to express your individuality as there are unlimited options in sizes, shapes and finishes. A lamp on the buffet or wall sconces add layers of light and personality.

We all know our work stations should not have windows behind our computer monitors, bright lights glaring on our screens and even reflections from polished surfaces such as a keyboard. These can cause eye strain and are at least annoying. Lighting and Lamp has the knowledge to suggest the correct lighting for your office space.

Designing, selling, and installing fixtures, our team can provide as much help as you need and want, accomplishing energy management, cost savings and function.