Monday, November 30, 2009
“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Christ-followers believe “there is only one God” (1Co 8:4 NLT). Every non-Christian religion says, “You can save you.” Jesus says: “My death on the cross saves you.” All roads don’t lead to London, all ships don’t sail to Australia, and all flights don’t land in Rome. Every path does not lead to God. Jesus is The Way.
Father, I thank You for this day and for providing Your Son as a sacrifice that we, who believe, will have eternal life with You. Father, I do believe that Jesus Christ is The Way....the ONLY Way, and I have accepted Him into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I love You. Amen and amen.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
...With a toy
For each girl and boy.
Oh, we are Santa's elves....
-Lyrics by Burl Ives
When I was growing up, the highlight of the Christmas season was the much-anticipated showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television. We waited allllllllll year to watch it! Now, through the miracle of modern technology, I can watch it in July if I want.... We have become so used to instant gratification... there's very little anticipation anymore. Oh, well...I wouldn't trade our technology to go back to the hulking box of a television we used to have, with the aluminum foil on the antennas to improve the reception. How did I get off track with that story? Must have been the elves' fault...
The other day, I gave a sneak peek at the project I've been working on. Well, now it's finished....TA-DA! This is my little Christmas album for the pictures I plan to take of my precious Ladybug. I started with a set of 6x6 chipboard pages...heaven only knows where they came from (I've been cleaning up my
dungeon stamp room.) I used some unknown Christmas scrapbook paper I had in my stash (trying to use up some of the excess stuff that somehow has accumulated in my room). The elves were made using the ornament punch from Stampin' Up! I think it turned out pretty cute, considering the fact that I don't make a lot of scrapbook albums. It's that instant gratification thing again....scrapbooks take time, but cards can be made quickly.
Anyway, I'll post more pictures of the album once I get Leighton's pictures mounted.
Kraft....again....oooohhhhh, I just love working with kraft paper! This card is another one of the Christmas Class cards. The images are from Winter Post by SU! I wanted to use Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain, but ran out....so I had to settle for what was on hand (chocolate chip taffeta) and I'm not too crazy about it, but oh, well. The inspiration for this card came from Karen at Stampin' By the Bay.
“Not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
Usually we encourage people to help themselves. Most of my life, I have been of the opinion that nobody could help you until you helped yourself. But, that's not entirely true. If you happen to be drowning, it's a huge mistake to try and “help” the lifeguard. When you’re flailing around in deep water you tire easily and sink faster; you also drag others down with you. That’s why a lifeguard will tell you to stop struggling and trust him.
That principle also applies to our salvation. God doesn't need our help to save us! God's Word says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” When Nicodemus came to talk to Jesus about salvation, he thought Jesus would tell him to abide by certain religious doctrines and exercises. Nicodemus failed to comprehend that we can’t earn God’s acceptance. He’s not impressed with our good works; in His eyes “...all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags...” Isaiah 64:6. A very humbling picture, wouldn't you say? God's grace is a free gift. Have you accepted it?Father, I thank You for this beautiful day and for Your gift of grace. Thank You that I don't have to work my way to salvation...You accept me just as I am. All the work was done by Christ on the cross. I love You. Amen and amen.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Becky Roberts is a genius! She always comes up with such wonderful creations and tutorials so that we, too, can achieve paper nirvana....Seriously, Becky came up with this design and I purchased the instructions from her. It is sooooo simple to create, thereby making it the perfect gift for mass production. I used Chocolate Chip and Real Red cardstock with Merry Moments DSP. The images and paper are from SU!
Visit Becky's blog today and purchase her tutorial for the 12 Days of Christmas. You won't be sorry. Tell her I sent you!
I recently read that there are six principles to live by. Of course, I'm sure there are many others. Let's examine what God's Word says about each one:
Don't worry, when you're doing your best. God's Word says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good…and He shall give you the desires of your heart!” (Psalm 37:3-4)
Don't hurry, when success depends on accuracy. God's Word says, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5)
Don't form conclusions until you have all the facts. God's Word says, “Do to others as you would like them to do to you” Luke 6:31
Don't believe a thing is impossible without trying it. When you are in God’s will, doing things God’s way, sensitive to His timing and willing to persevere, your problems are just a platform for Him to work on your behalf. His Word says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Don't waste your time on trivial matters. In order to put first things first, think about what God's Word tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Don't think that good intentions are an acceptable excuse for doing nothing. God's Word says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17).
God's Word is full of principles to live by. These are just six of them. The scriptures are ones that I've heard over and over again....most of them I can recite by heart. That doesn't mean, unfortunately, that I practice what I preach. I try, but I always fall short, especially with number 6.
Father, I thank You for this day. Thank You for the principles in Your Word that You've given us to live by. I want to live my life according to Your Word, Lord, but I fall so many times. I ask you to forgive me for all the times that I have failed to do what I knew to do. Please give me strength and perseverance to live by Your principles. I love You. Amen and amen.
Friday, November 27, 2009
“Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:44-47
In the gospel of Luke, we learn of a sinful woman who went to the Pharisee's house specifically to see Jesus. She brought an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured the perfume on them. The Pharisee thought to himself that if Jesus was a prophet, he would surely know who it was that was touching him and what kind of woman she was. Jesus knew what he was thinking and rebuked him for it.
In other words, Jesus was telling us not to keep our love in a box. Pour it out...just as His love was poured out on the cross for us. If you think good things about someone, tell them. Go out of your way to fill their lives with joy while there’s still time. Don’t keep your love in a box!
Father, I thank You for this day and season of Thanksgiving. I thank You for reminding me to share the love that I have, while there is still time. None of us knows what the future holds, but I am so very thankful that You do, and You hold me in the palm of Your hand. Help me remember always to express the love and appreciation I have for others. I love You. Amen and amen.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! We spent a wonderful afternoon with family and relatives, eating and visiting and eating and visiting and...you get the picture... Fried turkey, dressing and gravy, baked ham, chicken and dumplings, creamed corn and squash from the garden, peas, broccoli casserole, hashbrown casserole, sweet potato crunch, yeast rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, ambrosia, chocolate delight, and banana pudding. I tried to take just a small spoonful of each thing...but even that was toooooooo much! I'm stuffed!
Did you notice my new blog banner? I can't believe I actually made it myself! I've been playing around with my Photoshop Elements while lounging on the sofa watching Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. I love me some gooooood Christmas movies!!! ;-)
Anyway, I hope you've had a wonderful day with the people you love. I have a couple of things to show you in the next day or two, so come back and visit.
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Oh my gracious! It has been a whole month since my last post! Life has a way of sidetracking us, doesn't it? I've done a little stamping, just haven't had time to take pictures and post them. We had a wonderful time last weekend at my Christmas Classes (2 of them). I'm looking forward to working with another great bunch of ladies tomorrow evening. We'll be making the same adorable cards that we made in the classes last weekend. Hopefully in the next couple of days I'll be able to take pictures and post them.
We're out of school all of next week for Thanksgiving Holidays! Woo-Hoo!!! Lake Sinclair, here I come! Richard is leaving Friday morning, and I'm heading there as soon as school is out Friday afternoon. We'll be back in time for Thanksgiving dinner. ;-)
Well, my little Ladybug had her first birthday at the end of October, and is now walking! I have tons of birthday pictures. They're precious....of course! Where has the year gone? It's so hard to believe. It seems like I just held her for the first time. Mamas and grandmas, hold onto those babies as long as they'll let you. The time goes by way too quickly.
Pink blinged-out hightops and leopard leggings with a tutu....she is definitely her mother's child!