Thursday, April 23, 2009

As Promised...

Here are the projects I promised to post. I used the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers to make this little post-it holder with a tiny golf pencil. My husband owned and operated a semi-private golf course for 20 years...but do you think we have any golf pencils laying around??? I had to scrounge around for this one! I found it in my old Hoosier cabinet, of all places! This was a simple project. If you haven't tried one yet, go ahead! This is another item that would make a great end-of-the-year teacher gift.

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These are two simple little 3x3 notecards I made with some scraps of cardstock and my new Darling Dots stamp set.

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These two little cards are 3x3's using Darling Dots from SU! and Honeybees from PTI. I used a circular paper-piercing template from Gina K Designs for poking the holes around my circle cut-outs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MIA....

Stamping has been almost nonexistent over the last week or so. We're dealing with my father-in-law's terminal illness, which is in its very last stages.  We've also been babysitting (which has been the joy of my life!) while my daughter was away at dance competition. I spent Monday evening doing a stamping class at a church in town for a wonderful group of ladies. We had the best time! I think some of them are hooked!  Last night I managed to stamp a couple of small cards, which I hope to post later today.  We're in the middle of CRCT testing this week at school, which is very stressful for everyone involved. I tested students all day Tuesday. Since I don't have any students of my own, I am pulled to test small groups of students who need other accommodations, and I give some of the make-up tests.  We'll test through Thursday of this week and then Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.   My daughter called me last night to say that she has to take my son-in-law to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment of a terrible burn he received Saturday night while she was away at dance competition. She finally convinced him to go to the walk-in clinic Monday and they sent him to the ER where he was told he needed to go to Augusta. She's taking the baby with her, but depending on how things go, we might be traveling to Augusta this evening to pick Leighton up and bring her home with us.  I will leave you with these two pictures of my sweetie on Easter! The third one was taken yesterday and sent to me from my daughter's cell phone.

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Where is Your Crown?

"The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
   for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:10-11

I have long loved the song by Chris Tomlin, We Fall Down (see below). To sing that song over and over to my Lord and Savior never fails to put me into a spirit of worship. I was reading a quote from Tommy Tenney (The God Chasers) the other day about the very thing spoken of in the song....laying crowns at the feet of Jesus:

"How do you approach the King of glory-from the position of the meek and lowly or from the position of pride while parading your own strength? Do you cast your prayer list at His feet or do you first throw your crown at His feet in worship, humility, and unconditional adoration?" - Tommy Tenney: The God Chasers

What a conviction! We are quick to cast our prayers at His feet...are we as quick to throw our crowns at His feet in worship, humility, and adoration? In my case, I'm afraid the answer is no.  I'm not. I want to be...I try to be...but I'm not there. God isn't finished with me yet. Praise Him!

We Fall Down by Chris Tomlin

We fall down
We lay our crowns
At the feet of Jesus
The greatness of
Your Mercy and love
At the feet of Jesus
And we cry holy, holy, holy
And we cry holy, holy, holy
And we cry holy, holy, holy
Is the Lamb

Father, I thank You for this day and for life, love, and salvation. Each day I cast my prayers at Your feet, but I should be throwing crowns at Your feet in worship, humility, and adoration....before I ever ask for anything in return. Please forgive my human-ness. I want to be one who seeks Your face before I seek Your hand. I love You, Lord. Amen and amen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Little Lady...


I made this little Bind-It-All post-it note holder last week for my daughter. The image is from PC Crafters. It was part of a clipart set I purchased from their website. The images come in 3 formats, one being a black & white image, which I printed out and colored. It's definitely not the greatest coloring job in the world, and I would probably do something different next time. But, it turned out cute anyway.


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I Was Blind...

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:6

This scripture was a really interesting one to me. "I will lead the blind..." Before I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I was like a blind man. It continues to amaze me all that I was oblivious to before salvation. As Paul on the road to Damascus, scales fell from my eyes that day. I was blind, but now I see.

Father, I thank You for removing the scales from my eyes. Help me to see more clearly each day exactly what it is that You would have me to do for You and Your Kingdom. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

A Little Something for a Favorite Teacher...

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This project was fun and easy to make. I used Angie's tutorial, but instead of using the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, I colored my image with Koh-i-Noor pencils and Gamsol. It's been a while since I've used that technique, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.  I love seeing the colors blend...

The image is "teachabella", from Stamping Bella.  So cute! Check out their stamps...you're sure to find one you can't live without!!

The Good Fight...

“The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing”  2 Timothy 4:6-8

Life is so fragile. Every one of us is only one heartbeat away from eternity. We read in 2 Timothy 4 that Paul said, "I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..."  When I think about his words, I wonder if I will be able to say that when my time is up. I certainly hope so. When you are around a loved one who is dying, it really makes you sit up and think about your own life and what you've accomplished here on Earth.  God put each one of us here for a specific purpose.  It's our duty to find out what that purpose is, and to spend our lives fulfilling that purpose...making every moment count.  I think that's what Paul meant when he said, "I have finished the race, I have kept the faith...". He knew his purpose and poured himself into it, spending the remainder of his life spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father, I thank You for this beautiful day, and another opportunity to show Your love to a lost and dying world. I thank You for giving up Your Son to die on the cross for me. I thank You for His resurrection and the promise of eternal life to those who believe. When I think about what my life is "about", I wonder if You'd be pleased. I ask Your forgiveness for the time I've wasted. Please show me how You want me to spend the time I have left on this Earth.  I love You. Amen and amen.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Did You Call?

3On the day I called, You answered me;
         You made me bold with strength in my soul.  (NASB) Psalm 138:3

3 As soon as I pray, you answer me;
      you encourage me by giving me strength. (NLT) Psalm 138:3

This psalm is such a comfort to me, and the New Living Translation---I don't normally use this translation---really puts it into everyday language. I know that God hears me when I pray, and I know His answers are always on their before the words ever leave my lips. The answers may not always be what I want them to be, but they are always the right answers.

Father, I thank You for this beautiful day. Thank You for always sending answers to my prayers. When I call on You, and pray to You, I know that You listen and respond. I love You. Amen and amen.

Friday, April 10, 2009

More for the Teacher...


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I was looking back over my Christmas projects for inspiration and found what I was looking for (see this post)! This is the tutorial I used to make this project. I used the clear box that my "Teacher's Apple" stamp set came in from Papertrey Ink. The paper is from Reminisce. I filled the skinny box on the left with new pencils that I sharpened down until they were short enough to fit. I altered a small black & white notebook which fits perfectly into the box on the right. What a perfect little "thank you" for your favorite teacher!

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Legacy...

"Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3

What a legacy! The other night I saw a story on the news of a woman out in California who turned 115. We marvel over the fact that people can live that long. Yet, more marvelous than measuring life in years is the measure of life in terms of contribution. If my life was measured by what I contributed to the world, would anyone remember me? I think that might be one of the fears of death...that nobody will remember us. Yet, by bringing others to Christ, we can make an eternal impact on the world. In the words of one of my favorite songs by Ray Boltz..."Friend you may not know me now." And then he said, "But wait, You used to teach my Sunday School When I was only eight. And every week you would say a prayer before the class would start. And one day when you said that prayer, I asked Jesus in my heart.""Now, as a grandmother, I feel that God has given me a glorious opportunity to further His Kingdom by sharing Him with my granddaughter. That's the kind of legacy I want to leave...a legacy of faith in the Christ Who saved me! The Bible says by bringing people to Him you’ll “shine…like the stars forever and ever.” Shine on!!

Father, I thank You for this beautiful Good Friday. What an appropriate day to reflect on the legacy that one leaves once departing this world. I want to leave that kind of legacy for my family...a legacy of faith. Help me to be a shining example of Your love and share You with others. I love You. Amen and amen.

I will leave you now with this video from Nichole Nordeman...Legacy...




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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Not My Will, But Thine...

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42

In Matthew 26:42, Jesus was in the garden praying on Thursday that He wouldn't have to go through with what He was to go through on Friday......not my will, but Thine. We should follow the example of Jesus. Jesus was praying that whatever needed to happen would...even though He knew that meant death on the cross. There will always be a difference between what our purposes are and what God's purposes are. His ways are higher than our ways. But, it's okay for us to ask for what we want from any given situation...that's just us being honest with God. But God may have other plans. Our part is to pray and then trust that God's plans will be the best...because they always are!

"God, in giving us all free will, said to us: 'Your will be done.' Some of us turn back to him and say: 'My will is that your will be done.' That is obedience to the first and greatest commandment. Then, when we do that, he turns to us and says: 'And now, your will be done.' And then he writes the story of our lives with the pen strokes of our own free choices." - Peter Kreeft

Father, I thank You for this day and for my Savior who went to the cross for me. If I had been the only one who needed saving, He still would have gone. I can't fathom such a love. We're going through a rough time in our family right now...we've had several years of tragedy, and we're on the verge of going through another loss. We ask for healing, Father, but we trust that You know best. We release him into Your hands. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

To Teach...

This wall hanging started out as a Christmas wallhanging from the Dollar General. Back before Christmas I had purchased one and altered it in this post. I was able to pick this one up realllllllly cheap after Christmas. The stamps I used are from Papertrey, with the exception of the A and the tiny apple, which are from SU! The chalkboard paper is from Reminisce.

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Via Dolorosa...

Listen and be blessed...





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Monday, April 6, 2009

Green Apple....

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The end of school is drawing close for students and teachers in our county. May 22nd is the last day for students. With that in mind, I wanted to come up with some teacher appreciation cards and gift ideas. I'll be working on some other things this week while we're on spring break, so check back each day to see what I've come up with.  This green apple card was created with Old Olive cardstock  from SU!  and some retired Summer Picnic DSP, also from SU! I used the circle Coluzzle to make my apple. The leaf was made with the small oval punch from SU! which I then ran through the crimper.  The apple image and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink.  The inspiration for this card came from one that was done by Alex Maldonado. Check out her beautiful card!

Quiet Time...

“I have stilled and quieted my soul.” Psalm 131:2

Since our children left home, our house has been  relatively quiet. It's been fairly easy to steal away and have some quiet time for myself. Do I always do that? Not hardly...I wish I could say that I did. Life is so stressful and "noise" contributes to that stress.  We all need to take time to slip away and just be quiet...rest in God's presence.  Jesus provided the perfect example when He "often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" (Luke 5:16). To be sure, if Jesus found it necessary to do that, why in the world would we ever think we didn't need to do that??? Spending quiet time with God is important for our mind, body, and emotions.  We make appointments for all sorts of activities...why not make a daily appointment with God? I'm preaching to myself here! We usually try our hardest to keep appointments with doctors, hair stylists, nail techs, etc., but do we really try as hard to keep those daily appointments with God? I'm ashamed to say that I don't. Today I'm making a renewed commitment to schedule those quiet times and keep my appointments. Won't you join me?

Father, I thank You for this day and this wonderful week of rest and relaxation. I pray that my time is spent wisely and on things that will have some eternal significance.  I ask forgiveness for the times that I have put my quiet time with You on the back burner and pursued other activities. Please help me today to be committed  to keeping that daily appointment with You. I love You. Amen and amen.

Friday, April 3, 2009

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's On Its Way...


...jelly beans for Tommy, colored eggs for sister Sue...an orchid for your mommy and an Easter bonnet too....I can't get that song out of my head! I'm blaming the singing, hopping bunny rabbit I bought for Leighton...
Lynda made the cutest little bunny box which I used to create this one. It was fun and easy to do. Check out her blog for directions. *Link is fixed now!

I haven't done any stamping this week. I've been so tired. My new laptop had to be reformatted Monday night and I was on the phone with Dell until 11:51 pm! Last night I was in bed by 8:30. We've had so much rain the past couple of days that ponds are overflowing and roads are washed out. Kids have been out of school for two days....but the lucky teachers still have to go!
Leighton is staying with us Friday night, so I probably won't do much stamping until spring break which is next week. I have to clean up the disaster in my stamp room before I can do anything, though!

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Waiting....

"I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope." Psalm 130:5

I pray each day for my family and an extended list of others who are in need of prayer. The selfish side of me wants the prayers answered right away and in the way I think they ought to be answered. But, that's not God's way. I have to learn to wait for Him...for His timing...it's always perfect. Lately I've had a lot of things weighing heavy on my heart....the terminal illnesses of my father-in-law...illnesses of friends....the death of a fellow teacher's grandson...and the list goes on. I'm a "fixer" and I want to be able to "fix" everything, but that's not my job...it belongs to the One Who saves, heals, and forgives. What I can do, is pray...and wait on God's answer. It may not be the one I'm looking for, but it's always the right one.

Father, You alone are God. You save, heal, and forgive. I plead the blood of Jesus over my family and friends who are in need today. May the blood of Jesus cover those needs and bring healing, forgiveness and salvation. Thank You for always being there. I love You. Amen and amen.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Little Ladybug...


What kind of a grandmother would I be if I failed to post another picture of my precious Ladybug? Not wishing to be "that kind of grandmother"....here it is! Isn't she adorable? There goes my heart!!

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