"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Galatians 2:20-21
I am nothing, Lord. You are everything. Here I am, and here are my gifts, abilities, and dreams. Lord, I throw it all down at Your feet. I give You all, and I hold nothing back. I love You. Amen and amen.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Galatians 2:20-21
Friday, May 30, 2008
I've been lazy this morning...my first "official" day of summer vacation. Yippee!! Richard has gone to work, and Daisy is at her guard post by the back door, daring squirrels to come in the yard. I have the morning all to myself! Tomorrow, my sisters and I are beach-bound! We're going to Flagler Beach, FL for a week on our "no-boys-allowed" trip. I'm taking some stamping stuff with me, but who knows if I'll actually get anything done. I'm also taking my laptop, but I don't know how much Internet access I'll have, so if I miss posting next week, you'll know why. Flagler Beach sits between Daytona and St. Augustine. I hear that there are stamp/scrapbook stores in both places. I'm planning to check it out, of course. If any of you know anything about it, drop me a message.
I'm going to work on a tutorial for my Post-It stands that I made and uploaded the other day. I'll be back shortly!
"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver." Malachi 3:3
To refine silver, it has to be put in the hottest part of the fire. The refiner cannot turn away from the process. It is refined when the refiner sees his image in the silver. What a beautiful picture this paints of how the Lord refines His children. The fiery trials that we go through are part of the refining process, yet the Refiner never takes His eyes off of us. He knows He has completed a good work in us when He sees His image in us. Don't you just love it??
Father God, thank You for being the Refiner. Although I may experience many fiery trials that I'd rather not endure, help me to remember that it's all part of being created in Your image. Some day I will see my bright, shiny, new self...a reflection of You. Amen and amen.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out. They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them." Jeremiah 6: 29-30
Just as a refiner of silver, the Lord can bring the fires up for the purpose of skimming the dross. Yet, we keep rebelling against it, and the refining goes on in vain. Why do we keep doing this? Why do we keep refusing the Refiner's fire?
Lord, when the fires go up around me, help me to realize that it may be because I continue to rebel against You. Your purpose is to refine me like silver...skimming the dross from my life. It's never easy, Father, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I love You, Lord. Amen and amen.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none." Ezekiel 22:30
In this passage, the prophet Ezekiel expresses the need for prayer intercessors who will “stand in the gap” before God in behalf of the needs of His people. Although this was thousands of years ago, how much greater is the need today for Christians to intercede on behalf of others...the helpless, the needy, the sick...the troubled...the lost...those who don't know how to pray for themselves...and, of course, our world leaders. It is a privilege to go to God in prayer with the needs of others. Every one of us has our own way of praying. That doesn't matter. What matters is the love behind the prayer. God knows our hearts. Sometimes we feel helpless...even hopeless. That's when it's helpful to ask others to join us in our intercessions. I'm asking today, that you help me in praying for my nephew. He's in serious mental and spiritual trouble, and he desperately needs the prayers of God's people on his behalf. He's a wonderful young man who has been sucked up into things of this world that have worked to tear him apart. Please stand in the gap with me for Joshua.
Heavenly Father, I ask You today to place Joshua in the cleft of the rock and cover him with Your hand. Father, fill his mind, soul, and spirit with the power of Your presence. I plead the blood of Jesus over his life, Lord. There's power in the blood to heal Josh. I thank You, Father, for what I know You're going to do. I love You. Amen and amen.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together." Psalm 34: 1-3
In God's Favorite House by Tommy Tenney, he says, "Thanksgiving gets you in the gates, praise gets you in the courts, but worship takes you into His presence. We often get stalled in the courtyard and never make it to the throne room. Perhaps the low bow required when we enter the throne room and first see the King is a bit too humbling for us. Repentance has never been popular with the flesh." We know how to praise, but do we know how to worship? When we have "praise and worship" in the sanctuary, I do believe we're praising...but are we really worshipping?
Lord, help me today to understand the difference between praising You and worshipping You. I want to do both. Father, I believe that to fully experience all You have for me in this life, I must learn to worship You. I'm really good at worshipping a lot of things, Lord, but what I need...what I must do...is worship You...not only with my lips, but my heart...my whole heart, soul, mind, and body. Thank you, Lord, for what I know You are going to do in my life. I love You. Amen and amen.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I'm thrilled to be a "sister". I've been stamping a long time, but only recently have I taken it seriously (can you do that??). I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I love anything and everything to do with stamping. Visit my new sisters' blogs!
"Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance." Psalm 112:6
We live in the greatest country in the world. I'm proud to be an American, and I praise God for the men and women who have fought to keep our country free. I praise Him that wars (other than Revolutionary and Civil) have not been fought on our soil. The men and women who give their lives by serving in other countries, are to be remembered for that. Our community lost a young man a few years ago, who grew up down the road from us, who went to the school where I work. He died serving our country in Iraq. In the cemetery at the church where he is buried, is a beautiful memorial to his life and service to his country. I remember him each day as I drive by to and from work. He is just one of an untold number who have given their lives for our freedom. Let us pause this day to remember.
Thank You, God, for allowing me to live in this country. Thank You for the men and women whom You have placed in service to defend our nation. Bless their efforts, Lord, and if there be any of them that don't know You, may this day be the day of their salvation. Amen and amen.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Lord spoke, and Joshua listened: "Be strong and of good courage...Only be strong and very courageous...Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1: 6, 7, 9
When we are obedient to God, He guides our steps and our stops! Joshua was obedient. Courage, rather than discouragement, brings us into the promises of God. God blessed the people of Israel because of Joshua's obedience.
Lord, I want to be like Joshua. I want to be strong and courageous, knowing that You guide my steps. You told Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. I'm afraid that You'll probably have to tell me many more times than You told Joshua...but, You know that....You know me....and You love me anyway! Thank You, Father! Amen and amen.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
In this class you will make:
A 5” x 7 ½” mini scrapbook album created with Stampin’ Up!’s Home Again Simply Scrappin’ Kit, the Book Basics chipboard and a variety of Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating accessories and punches. With 10 page layouts, you'll have plenty of space to highlight your family's memories!
If you live in my area (South Georgia), and are interested in attending this class, please email me for further details.
• Ink: Chocolate Chip & River Rock Classic ink, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
We should trust firmly in what we believe, and have a faith that is courageous. It seems like everyday the television reporters hash and rehash stories of people caught up in cults of one sort or another. This scripture comes to mind when I hear about their plight. To be caught up in such, a person either had no faith to begin with, or had too little faith to stand and be courageous. It's like they were flailing around in the darkness, searching for something....anything....to believe in, and were drawn in by the power of that darkness. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. I just pray that the life I live before others will be one that shows a courageous faith, firmly grounded in the Word of God.
Thank you, Father, for the power of Your Word. Thank you that it turns darkness into light. Continue to shine on me, Lord, that I may provide light to a lost world. Father, may Your light shine so brightly that it reveals to me the areas in my life that don't please You. I thank You, Father, that I have the truth of Your Word, and the freedom to read it and proclaim it. Praise You, Lord! Amen and amen.
Friday, May 23, 2008
"Who am I? That the Lord of all the earth, Would care to know my name, Would care to feel my hurt. Who am I? That the bright and morning star, Would choose to light the way, For my ever wondering heart. Not because of who I am. But because of what you've done. Not because of what I've done. But because of who you are..."
-Who Am I
Written by Mark Hall
Music by Casting Crowns (scroll to the bottom of the page, listen and be blessed)
This song has a phenomenal message. It paints a picture of God's glory and our unworthiness. Who am I that He would care for me? It amazes me that He remembers me every minute and knows where I am!
Psalm 139 says, "O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I wake, I am still with you. If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Thank You, God, for knowing me, for remembering me. In all the universe, You always know where I am and what I'm doing. Who am I that You would care for me? I am Yours. Praise You! Amen and amen.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I made them with the directions from Beate Johns' tutorial. I used the Stampin' Up! In the Spotlight stamp set, and "forever and always" from MSE's Wedding acrylic stamp set. The cardstock and ink were from Stampin' Up!: So Saffron cardstock and ink, Shimmery White cardstock. I also used Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon in Very Vanilla.
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23-24
We have our own source of power...the name of Jesus. There's power in His name and power in His shed blood. There is nothing that cannot be overcome by the blood of Jesus. It has the power to save, heal, and forgive. I've been praying the blood of Jesus over my husband and his brother-in-law. Wayne's (brother-in-law) cancer report was excellent a couple of weeks ago when they went out to Houston. Yesterday, we went back to the doctor to find out the results of the biopsies they had done on Richard's colon and stomach. The reports came back perfectly. Nothing there...There's power in the blood!
Dear Lord, I thank You today for the power in the blood of Jesus. I thank You that there's power to save, heal, and forgive. You are so faithful to hear and answer when I pray. My joy is full. Thank You, Lord. Amen and amen.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13
Put on your armor...we're at war...our mind is the battlefield . The devil works diligently to set up strongholds in our mind, just waiting....very patiently....planning our deception. That is why God's Word tells us to put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We're fighting against an unseen enemy...and we can't win...without God.
Lord, help me today to stand with my waist girded with truth, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, having my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Help me to take up my shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one, to wear the helmet of salvation, and to wield the sword of the Spirit...praying always, being watchful to the end. Thank you, God, for giving me the armor I need to fight the enemy. I love you, Lord. Amen and amen.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today is Water Day at school! I have a meeting in town right after school, and if my hair gets wet, it's just not gonna look right. They won't be expecting a drowned rat at the meeting. What's a girl to do? I dunno...I'll let you know how it turns out.
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
The throne is the place where we can find mercy, forgiveness of sins, and grace to help us overcome...just when we need it. The Word says to come boldly to the throne of grace. Have you ever noticed that when we're asking someone for something, and we already know the answer is "yes", it's much easier to ask, so we ask boldly? On the other hand, when we know we will meet opposition to our request, we are reluctant to ask? Well, as God's people. we can go boldly to the throne in prayer, and make our requests known to God, knowing that He is faithful and just to give us what we need.
Father, I thank you today for the throne of grace. If I had not been free to come before You in my times of desperation, I would still be in the pit...stuck in the miry clay. You are faithful and just, giving me exactly what I need, when I need it. Your timing is perfect. Your grace is sufficient. Praise You, Lord. Amen and amen.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I've been working on two clipboards this evening...well, ever since I got home at 3:30. I'm waiting for the Mod-Podge to dry. Now, that's exciting. Both clipboards use the Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!, but they look entirely different. When they're done, I'll post the pics.
"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'" Isaiah 41:13
I don't know about you, but sometimes I wake up in the night with terror gripping my heart. Some may say it's a panic attack, or a subconscious dream, or whatever. I believe, though, that it's a strong prompting to pray for someone. I remember very clearly one night a little after 11:00 pm, I was awakened from a dead sleep with that kind of fear in my heart. I had a strong urge to pray for my daughter. The feeling was so strong that it made me cry. The next day I saw my daughter's mother-in-law and she asked if I had talked to Stella that morning. After I told her no, she explained that Stella and her husband had been in an accident in Jacksonville at a little after 11:00 the night before. I know I turned as white as a ghost. It was all I could do to make it back to my car, I was shaking so badly. I cried and praised God for His goodness and mercy. My daughter was not hurt, nor was her husband. I vowed then and there that anytime I felt that prompting, I would pray. So, I try to be still and listen in my spirit for a name, and if I receive one, that is who I pray for. Other times, nothing comes to me, so I just pray.
Lord, I thank You for the promises in Your Word. You've told us that we have nothing to fear...You will hold our hand. Praise you, Lord. Amen and amen.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I was experimenting with my Tart & Tangy set and decided to use the orange for a lemon. I used the rock and roll technique with YoYo Yellow and Summer Sun. My friend is fixing goodie bags for her daughter's out-of-town wedding guests, and she's using yellow as her wedding color. I thought this might be nice for the bags. What do you think?
Woo-hoo! Stamp, stamp, stamp!! Finally, I got to stamp this afternoon. Yesterday we were gone to help my daughter with her dance recitals (2 shows) for 12 hours! We left here a little after 11:00 am, and pulled into the driveway at 11:25 pm. The shows were wonderful. My daughter does such a great job and the kids love her. Two of my nieces, Chelsea and Clara, were in the recital. My daughter danced in the production number...Grey's Anatomy. It was unbelievable! You know what I just realized? Yesterday was my (not-yet-born) grandbaby's first dance recital! I wonder what Baby Butterbean thought about his/her Mommy dancing around?
Let me know what you think about these Post-Its.
These are the details for the three Post-It holders:
Pink Striped: Sassy Stampin' Up! DSP (retired), SU So Many Scallops, SU Think Happy Thoughts, Pink Passion Cardstock, Pink Passion and Green Galore Ink, SU Scallop Punch, SU 1-3/8" circle punch, Nestabilities circle, and SU Typeset Alphabet Lower (retired)
Polka-Dotted: Non SU scrapbook paper, SU So Many Scallops, SU Think Happy Thoughts, Green Galore Cardstock, Pink Passion and Green Galore Ink, SU Scallop Punch, SU 1-3/8" circle punch, Nestabilities circle and SU Typeset Alphabet Lower (retired)
Red Striped: Cerise Stampin' Up! DSP (retired), SU So Many Scallops, SU Think Happy Thoughts, Real Red Cardstock, Real Red and Basic Black ink, SU Scallop Punch, SU 1-3/8" circle punch, Nestabilities circle and SU Typeset Alphabet Lower (retired)
These were fun to make and I thought they turned out cute!
"The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. " Habakkuk 3:19
A hind is an animal (like a deer) that can climb mountains swiftly. The way we develop hind's feet is to walk (not stand still in terror) and make progress (spiritual progress) upon the high places (of trouble, suffering, responsibility).
Lord of my salvation, give me the power to rejoice in You, even in hard times. Make my feet like that of a hind, so that I do not stand still in terror, but make progress in my walk with You. Thank you, Lord. Amen and amen.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Stella at age 4 (1985)
Stella at age 6 (1987)
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: ...A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance..." Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
I hope you dance...
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life and the pleasure of dance. Thank you for the talents you've given my Stella. Bless her, Lord. She's poured her heart and soul into the little ones you've entrusted her with. She's taught them to love dancing. Lord, even King David danced before You! Give each girl and boy dancing before You today, Father, the grace and freedom to dance as though no one were watching. I love You, Lord. Amen and amen.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I'm going into withdrawal! No stamping yesterday... This weekend is my daughter's Spring dance recital. Since she's the owner/teacher/choreographer, and I'm her mother, guess who has to help all weekend? Yeah. So, no stamping. We were at dress rehearsal last night until after 9:30. I was there for 5 1/2 hours, freezing to death. It was 89 degrees outside and 29 degrees in the air conditioning. Not really, but that's how it felt. I was covering up my legs with her extra recital t-shirts just to keep warm. When I went to the restroom, I was tempted to grab all the paper towels and wrap them around my poor frozen feet. Yes....it was that cold. In between numbers and ticket customers, I perused the Stampin' Up catalog for the umpteen-millionth time. So many stamps...so little time. Thankfully, no rehearsal this afternoon, so maybe I'll get some stamping time. There are two performances Saturday, so the entire day and night is tied up. Rats! But, I'm the Mama, so I'm going to help. Besides that, I want to make sure she's not jostling my grandbaby around too much! :) Have a fabulous Friday!
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. " 1 Corinthians 13: 1-2
When I read this verse it reminded me of standing in praise, with hands upraised, and singing my heart out (scary for people around me, I'm sure) along with hundreds and hundreds of other women at the Bailey Smith Ministries Women's Retreat at Callaway Gardens. We were led by Babbie Mason, a truly gifted singer/songwriter, who wrote the song, "Love is the More Excellent Way". Love is truly the more excellent way, but that's not always the easy way. God doesn't ask us to do things the easy way. He asks us to do things His way. His love is the one we are to pattern our lives after.
Lord Jesus, help me today to live and love as You do. Though I may come in contact with people I may not particularly care for, help me to see them as You see them, and love them as You have shown us. For if I have not love, I have nothing. Amen and amen.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands." Psalm 92:4
This psalm reminds me that we are all works of the Master's hands. We're still on the Potter's wheel. He will continue to mold and shape us, and make us into the person He has called us to be. It makes me think of that children's song, "He's Still Working On Me".
Thank you, Lord, that You have not given up on me. I will shout for joy at the works of Your hands. Praise You, Lord, that You're still working on me! Amen and amen.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
I think what this is saying is "may others see God's glory shining upon you and through you." Letting your light shine can be as simple as giving a smile. The easiest way to bless others is by allowing them to see God's love upon your face.
Lord, make Your face shine upon me today and give me peace. Shine Your glory upon me like You did with Moses when he had to cover his face. Let Your light shine in me so that others may see it and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Thank You, Lord. Amen and amen.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Give me Jesus. What a simple, but profound, statement. You know how something can get in your head and replays itself over and over again? Well, I had the opportunity a few years back to go to Atlanta and hear Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham). Her message was Just Give Me Jesus. The praise and worship time was led by Fernando Ortega. He sang the most beautiful song I've ever heard. Listen and let your heart sing Give Me Jesus.
"O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water."
It's so easy for us to get our priorities out of whack. Without a regular time with God every day, life can get off track. I find that if I ever miss my time with God in the morning, my day doesn't go well. Now, that doesn't mean that when I spend time with God before I start my day that my day is going to be wonderful. But, it does mean that I have a ready supply of God's grace to deal with whatever comes my way. It makes me feel closer to the One who knows me and loves me better than anyone...the One prepared to meet my every need.
Lord, God, thank You for allowing me the opportunity to spend time with You each morning. My soul thirsts for You. My life is so dry when I wander. You are the Living Water that quenches my thirst. Praise You, Lord! Amen and amen.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Everywhere a chick chick... Sorry, I had to do that! I didn't stamp much yesterday. We fixed a big lunch and had my daughter and her husband, and Wayne come to eat with us. Then late yesterday afternoon, my son and his wife came to pick us up. We went to the Dairy Queen for ice cream. I cannot remember the last time I had been to the DQ. I got the Turtle Waffle Bowl. It was goooooood, but I'm pretty sure that I'm sitting on it right now! I did, however, get a start on a checkbook cover that someone had requested. I can't wait to show it to you. I'll finish the "chick book" this afternoon and post the picture. Have a Mahvelous Monday!
"My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:5-8
Tattle tale, tattle tale...working in a school setting puts you in direct contact with "tattle-tales" every day. Usually, for a teacher, that is not something you like to deal with. God, however, wants us to tattle! He wants us to pour out our hearts before Him. He is our refuge. Many times we may think that our problem is too small and insignificant to bother God with it. But, God is God...of everything...big and small. He loves us so much that even the smallest thing that bothers us, bothers Him too. Sometimes, all we need is someone to listen while we pour out our heart. That Someone is God. So, go ahead, tattle away!
Lord, thank you today for caring about every little detail in my life. No matter how small or insignificant my problem may seem to anyone else, You still care, because You love me. Thank you for allowing me to be a tattle tale. Amen and amen.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
"...I have fallen on my knees as I faced the raging sea, the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm..." We're sitting here, smack dab in the middle of thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, strong winds, and tornadoes this morning. My little Daisy is snuggled up beside me, scared to death of the weather. It reminds me that we don't have to be afraid when the storms of life come against us. We have an Anchor in the storm.
"But He said to them, 'Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?' Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, 'Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'" Matthew 8:26-27
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are my Anchor in the storms of life. I can trust You to calm the winds and stop the seas that rage around me. Yes, Lord, the Anchor holds. Amen and amen.
If you've never heard Ray Boltz sing The Anchor Holds, you're missing such a treat. Read the lyrics at the bottom of the page. You'll be blessed.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Guess what? All of the things I took to school yesterday, every last item, was sold. I had 4 people come to look at my stuff after everything was gone. I promised them that I'd bring more next week. So, I've got to get busy! I've had requests for more checkbook covers and grocery lists, so I had some shopping to do. I had to order more checkbook/debit covers and hope they come quickly. I also had to get some more notepads and rush them to the print shop in town to have them cut. I was so ashamed after I went in there, though. The owner looked at my stack of note pads and said, "I cut some of these for you last time, didn't I?" When I said yes, he said, "Well, there was a staple in the top of the pad and it ruined the brand new blade on my cutter!" I apologized profusely and was so afraid he'd refuse to cut them for me, but he didn't. It took about 5 minutes and I was on my way. Whew! We don't have anywhere else in our town that can do that. So, what's a girl to do?
I have another bit of good news! The Big Brown Truck delivered my Stampin' Up! Starter Kit yesterday!!! It came while I was gone to my nail appointment. It's a good thing that I had already 'fessed up to Richard about it, 'cause he was home when it came. Yikes! I always try to intercept stuff like that. Some of you know how that is...
Now, I can call Sue and set up my first workshop as a new Stampin' Up! demo. Yippee!! I can hardly wait. I also have some teachers at school who are very excited about being able to stamp. They've never done it before, but I know they're gonna love it. So, Sue, if you're reading this, get your calendar ready!
"Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?', or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."
As I think about what I read this morning, I am reminded of times when I've been poor. I didn't steal, but how easy that would have been. When my children were babies, we had no money. All of our income went for diapers and formula. I remember that having an extra $5 was like having a mint. I know what it's like to be in want. On the other hand, I know what it's like to have riches. Not that we're wealthy now but any stretch of the imagination, ...but I have more earthly possessions than I need. How easy it would be to begin thinking self-sufficiently. To think that we don't need God...that we have everything we need...is a trap. Lord Jesus, thank you today that you've allowed me to experience poverty, as well as riches. Help me to always be mindful of where my blessings come from and how much I need You. You, O Lord, are the source of my existence. Thank you, Lord, for all you have blessed me with. I love you. Amen and amen.
Friday, May 9, 2008
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A thousand hits! I had no idea that I would get to 1000 in just a week. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that something you've seen or read here will bless you. In honor of that milestone, I'll follow tradition and give away some blog candy...no calories!
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"You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!" Psalm 30:11-12
Praise God for our wonderful news...Wayne's reports were all good!! He doesn't have to return to Houston for 3 months.
Father, I thank you today for your goodness and mercy. Surely you have seen our troubles and have answered our prayers. You have turned our mourning into dancing and I will sing praises to You. I will give You thanks forever. Amen and amen.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I had a strange conversation with my husband yesterday. He called me yesterday afternoon from Houston. He said they had gone to a Houston Astros game on Tuesday night. But, that's not the strange part of the conversation. He also said that he and Wayne had spent the day shopping at the Galleria. You have to know my husband to know how bizarre that is. My daughter told me that he'd called her from the Galleria to ask her opinion about a Mother's Day gift! Do you suppose they have a stamp store at the Galleria? Would Richard buy me stamps? Nah. He already complains that I have too many. Too many stamps. What an oxymoron!!! I guess I'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
I worked until 10:30 last night on some Post-It holders and checkbook covers/debit covers like the ones I posted earlier. I took my stash of goodies to school and sold a bunch of them. I also got orders for 7 more Post-It holders, 3 more bookmarks, and 8 more checkbook covers. I'm almost finished, but I'll wait until I'm done to post the pictures.
I stumbled across a cool website this morning. I need to take some time to visit all of it...but, work is calling, so I'd better run. Have a thrilling Thursday!
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thess. 5:22
As I read the scripture this morning. I thought about how appropriate it was at this time. Richard will go with Wayne to two doctors in Houston today. If you pray, please join me in praying that all the news will be good news. Lord Jesus, I thank you today that I have the opportunity to come to you in prayer and thanksgiving, for I know that this is your will. Please help me to rejoice in all things, knowing that everything has had to go through You to get to me. Lord, I continue to pray healing for Wayne. Let the news be good today, and give them traveling mercies as they journey home. Thank You in advance, Lord, because I know that Your plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. Amen and amen.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
"Then He said, 'Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'" Genesis 22:2
As I read that verse this morning, God reminded me that this was a picture of how He would release His own Son for us. Releasing Isaac (or our own children) to God is not an insurance policy. God wanted Abraham to be willing, but there wasn't a promise to save Isaac. Releasing does not mean God will allow us to have our will (or that He will do it like we want), but He requires our obedience. That was one of the hardest things to do, as a mother...to release my children. However, I know that God loves them even more than I do, and He only wants the very best for them.
Thank you, Lord, for releasing your Son, Jesus, so that we might have eternal life. As a mother, I cannot fathom giving up one of my children to die for someone else. That breaks my heart just thinking about it. How broken Your heart must have been, Lord. But, God, I thank you for loving me enough to do that. Amen and amen.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Well, I haven't yet had a chance to pull out the Tart & Tangy set. I'm itchin' to play with it, though. I promised a teacher at my school that I'd make a more subdued/religious checkbook cover for her. She wants to give it to her son's other grandmother. I'm really liking the way this turned out. The stamps aren't Stampin' Up!, but everything else is. These were some stamps I bought years ago. I have no idea what company produced them, but the artist is Lisa Hindsley. I hope you like it. Since Richard is gone until Thursday, Daisy (my dog) and I are going to stamp, stamp, stamp! I hope to post more later tonight.
I got my new Tart & Tangy stamp set from Stampin' Up! yesterday, but haven't had time to play with it. That is my plan for this afternoon. I'll post my creation later this evening. Right now I better get up and get ready for work...I have a ton of stuff waiting for me on my desk. Have a terrific Tuesday!
Do you ever get a song in your head and it's stuck? If ever a song plays over and over in my mind, I rejoice when it's this one. Power in the blood...what an awesome thing! Power to heal, power to save, power to forgive. Way before Jesus shed His blood at Calvary for us, God gave us a glimpse of the power in the blood. Leviticus 14:1-7 shows us how lepers were freed from bondage and the law when, as they were finally cleansed, would bring 2 birds to the priest. The priest would pour water in a basin, kill one of the birds, and bind the other bird to a piece of wood and a sprig of hyssop using a piece of scarlet thread. The living bird was doused, or baptized, with the blood and water. Immediately the frightened bird would be taken to an open field and set free...all because of the wood, hyssop, scarlet thread, blood, and water. What a beautiful glimpse at Calvary. Power in the blood...power in the blood.
Lord Jesus, I thank you today for the power in the blood. I thank you that it has the power to heal, save, and forgive. I plead the blood of Jesus over Wayne today, Lord, for healing. Protect my Richard and Wayne as they are away, and Lord, I'm believing you for Wayne's healing. Yes, there is power in the blood. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen and amen.
Monday, May 5, 2008
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:28-29
I pulled out my old Bible. The cover is worn and the edges are frayed, but it's my first Bible, and will always be my most precious one. I turned to the back and found a passage I had written years ago.
Minister and writer Alan Redpath says about the promise of Romans 8:28-29..."There is nothing--- no circumstances, no trouble, no testing--- that can ever touch me until, first of all it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart. No sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret---for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is--- That is the rest of victory."
What a powerful truth! Oh, that I could live that way each and every day. I think the key is the statement in the middle..."I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God..." We've had so many trials in our family over the past several years. My dear sister-in-law (Richard's sister) went to be with the Lord on March 3rd of this year, after a 2 year battle with cancer. Her husband Wayne, who also has cancer, continues to fight, and misses her desperately. Linda's life was a testimony to the saving power of God. The church could not hold all the people who came to her service. They overflowed into the social hall and covered the grounds of the church. She touched so many lives. My husband is traveling today, with Wayne, to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, so Wayne can be scanned again. If you pray, please keep them in your prayers. We're believing God for complete healing. Miracles do still happen every day. Lord Jesus, I thank you today that you do still work miracles in the lives of your children. I'm believing in the power of the shed blood of Jesus...the power to heal. If that is not Your will at this time, we will rest in the joy of what our Lord is...that is the rest of victory. Amen and amen.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This cute little card box with 6 cards was made using Angie Juda's tutorial on Chic 'n Scratch. One thing I found that I had to do that she didn't do was to reinforce the top front and back edges with a cardstock strip. It helped the box keep its intended shape. I also added a little reinforcement flower (using one of the flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch) to the inside of the box where I attached the handles.
The cards are very simple, so they are suitable for any number of occasions. Such a cute gift for Mother's Day! Hop over to Angie's Stamp Academy to view the tutorial.
We've just returned home from church. Brother Chip spoke on Psalm 119...hiding God's Word in our heart...keeping ourselves pure.
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." Psalm 119: 9-16
"...I have hidden your word in my heart..." Lord, make Your Word real to me. It's not enough that I know and can quote scripture. Even the devil knows scripture. I have to live it. Make it real in me. Help me to remember that my life may be the only Bible a lost person might read. Amen and amen.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Be it ever so humble, there's no place...
Love, love, love my ink storage! Do you think I have enough scissors? Nah...you can never have enough!
Some of my alterables are stored in this set of storage drawers.
My Big Shot and Nestabilities are precariously stored on the shelves of a little organizer unit, until I can find a better place for them.
I purchased this paper rack from a local scrapbook store that went out of business. It holds my 12x12 DSP.
My scrap cardstock is stored in this file crate. Each color has its own bag inside a labeled hanging file folder.
I store my small DSP scraps in plastic baggies. On each bag I put a label telling the name of the paper, the coordinating colors, and any stamp sets that coordinate with it. On the left, you'll see just a smidge of my ribbon. Most of my ribbon is very disorganized...still a work in progress.
This is how I'd like all my ribbon to be stored eventually...at least all my grosgrain ribbon. It keeps it nice and neat, with no wrinkles and I can easily see what I have.
These are my stamp sets. I actually have 4 columns of cubicles, but the last column got cut off in the picture. Now, tell me, WHY would my husband even think I had enough stamps?
I hope you've enjoyed a little look at my stampin' space. Come on over and we'll stamp!
I don't have the Tart & Tangy set by Stampin' Up!, but wouldn't that be precious? Now, I'm off to clean up that ginormous mess. Maybe when I clean it up, I'll take some pictures of my stampin' space.