This little cupcake "envie" card was made using Angie's tutorial. It was quick and easy, and would make a great gift card holder. I used the new hostess stamp set from SU! called The More the Merrier. The papers are from Taylored Expressions.
Friday, July 24, 2009
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6
In other words, don't worry about anything. God is in control...it doesn't make sense to worry. What's going to happen will happen....and God already knows. Everything that touches us has already gone through the throne of God.
I wish that I would remember this verse and what it means every time I catch myself worrying about stuff that I can't do anything about anyway. This past year and a half has been one worry after another, and I'm ashamed to say that I've let that worry control me. It hasn't served any purpose but to keep me up at night and do a lot of stress eating, which in turn causes me more worries....it's a vicious cycle.
I saw a message on Facebook from our Board of Education meeting last night that said the decision had been made to cut out all but two of the pre-planning days next week, and to cancel the Open Houses at all the schools...all of this in reaction to the state's mandate that all state employees take 3 furlough days. It seems so unfair to cut the pre-planning days because teachers are going to be there working with no pay...not that they have to be there....but their rooms would never be ready in only two days. It also seems so unfair for the students to be denied the opportunity to meet their new teachers. All of this on top of the 2% cut in pay we've already been dealt.
But...."be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I must practice what I preach.
Father, I thank You for this day and for the fact that nothing can touch me without Your permission. I know that it's all filtered through Your loving hands. I pray especially for those whose lives will be drastically impacted by loss of income from the pay cut and furlough days. Help us all to look for and find the good in each decision that is made. I love You. Amen and amen.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This pocket card uses the new In Colors Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Crushed Curry, along with Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper. I also used the Melon Mambo polka dot grosgrain and the Tart & Tangy stamp set. All ingredients are from Stampin' Up!
“The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
I'm preaching to myself here... I read that when it comes to control, there are two kinds of people...those who control others and those who practice self-control. The person who likes to control others actually believes that other people or circumstances are responsible for what happens to them. So they wind up playing a blame game. They often end up in power struggles. On the other hand, those who practice self-control understand that the only control others (including the devil) have over them is what they willingly allow.... You have to come to the point where you understand that other people and circumstances are NOT your problem....how to deal with them is. Keep reminding yourself that the person you need to control is yourself. Remember to turn people and circumstances over to God and let Him deal with them. Draw on the power of the Holy Spirit in your life to control the way you react to things.
Father, I thank You for this day and for the fact that I don't have to control anyone except myself. You are in control...I'm not....and I thank You for it. When things don't go as planned (by me), help me to give them over to You. I love You. Amen and amen.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Don't you just love it? That's my sweet Ladybug with her precious, toothless smile. She scoots all over the house in her walker....most of the time she's chasing the puppies. I've kept her for a little while nearly every day this summer. I certainly will miss her little sweet self when I have to go back to work at the end of this month. :-(
I'm headed back to the lake this afternoon. Richard is already up there trying to get everything taken care of before we close on our lake house at the end of the month. Any ideas for decorating the inside with a lake-y feel?
“Run in such a way that you…win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
This is really speaking to me today. Have you ever made a list of things that you wanted to do to fix up your house? Chances are, six months later they’re still not done and you are okay with it. Golly, I hope that's not what I do with our new lake house! I have a strong tendency to become complacent. Complacency is very much a part of being human. Even the children of Israel became complacent in their slavery. They were so used to living that way that they actually got mad when Moses wanted to set them free! In Exodus 5:21, they told him, "May the LORD see what you have done and judge you! You have made Pharaoh and his officials hate us. You have given them an excuse to kill us." Can you believe that?!!! When you get so used to living with your problems and hang-ups that you lose your desire to overcome them, the enemy has you exactly where he wants you.
Have you ever wondered why some people have a deeper walk with God, while others just seem to flounder? The difference is commitment. Some people set out to pursue God and never stop hungering for that relationship, while others may have a hit-and-miss approach. God honors a strong commitment in the pursuit of His presence. Paul said to "Run in such a way that you...win." You can't possibly "win" if you've grown lukewarm in your relationship with God, and are haphazardly pursuing His presence. But, there is hope....there is always hope. God says in Zechariah 1:3, "Return to Me...and I will return to you." Get back on track and don't settle for anything less than the real thing.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I made the cutest little paper bag purse following Becky Roberts' tutorial....but my bag was much smaller than the one she used. As soon as I get a picture, I'll upload it. In the meantime, we have some awesome news...we found a gorgeous lake house and made an offer on it last night. We found out a few minutes ago that we got the house!!! We are so excited! The house is on Lake Sinclair, GA. Here are some pics.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Richard and I are in Savannah for doctors' visits, and then off to the lake for the weekend. So, I thought I'd share this picture of my two favorite girls. Leighton has been helping her Mommy set up her new dance studio.
Friday, July 3, 2009
We made a trip last weekend to Lake Oconee (between Milledgeville and Athens, GA)...home of Reynolds Plantation's six golf courses, including Great Waters which hosted the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship. It's a gorgeous lake featuring many, many multi-million dollar homes. We went there specifically to hunt for a lake house...most definitely not one of the $$$$$$$ houses! We found two houses right on the lake that we really like, but we're still looking and aren't quite ready to make an offer on one.
Anyway, I took some pictures (of course) since this was Ladybug's first trip to the lake.
"I can help you read that, Daddy!"
"Ummmmm, Daddy, I don't think so!"
Ready to go!
"Hold me, Granny!" (I love it!!!!)
Mama and baby enjoying the ride.
Getting very sleepy....
"I give up!"
(The precious little bathing suit is from Three Mommas....my sister is a rep and they have some gorgeous smocked and monogrammed clothes. If you're interested in more information, let me know and I'll give you her email address.)
These are some cute tag sets I made using a new Stampin' Up! Level 2 Hostess set called Christmas Punch. I think the designer paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Oh Joy collection, but the cardstock is Sage Shadow and So Saffron from Stampin Up!
One of my all-time favorite movies is Hitch...starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes. Remember that scene in the movie when Will shows Eva her great-grandpa's name on the list at Ellis Island, and she bursts into tears and runs off? That wasn't quite what he anticipated..."I saw that going differently in my mind." -Hitch
Well, I saw this card going differently in my mind, too.
I used some cardstock and designer paper I bought from Taylored Expressions, along with a new stamp from Stampin' Up!...The More the Merrier, Level 3 Hostess set.