Friday, April 8, 2016


Just like most people... life has just been so busy! I have been neglecting my craft area in the house! Only doing what needs to be done "craft-wise" as the need approaches. I feel like a failure when it comes to relaxing with creativity! That has to change!!!

My hubby gave me a journal Bible for Valentine's Day... yes 2 months ago! I joined 2 different groups on FB where the ladies are expressing themselves & their faith in beautifully, creative ways! I want to do that too... but I've let fear of screwing up keep me from it... until now!

This morning I came across this verse: "You have kept a record of my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. They are already in Your book." ~ Psalms 56:8  I knew this was the verse for me to stop procrastinating & put the image in my mind onto paper! So here it is...

I had to acknowledge verse 9... "God is for me." Verse 10... "Praise Him." Verse 11... "Trust Him" & "No fear."

It is very basic & simple... this is so out of my comfort zone! Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Cost?

Lots of winter going on in Michigan... but that is okay... it is January! Right?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stirred Not Shaken...

It is 2016! How is your new year going so far?  Just a few days in… I pray it is going good!  This year I found a year ending and a new year beginning to be a little depressing.  Not really sure why… has anyone else felt that way?  I love every moment God gave me in 2015, and I am looking with anticipation to each day He presents before me in 2016.  2015 was a big year for us… lots of good stuff happening… our first summer with the B&B officially opened, my 50th birthday, Luke & my 25th wedding anniversary, my baby sister got married! Those memories & milestones are so precious to me! It was a year of celebration! So what happened to sour the way of thinking about 2015??? Although the past year was not all “cherries and rose petals” but each step I took, I had to keep trusting God, & He brought me through.

The last few years there has been an important word or two that has been significant in my life for that year. Most of the time it took me awhile to catch on that it was a word that was purposely given to me. So this year I decided to pray about a word to live by in 2016… God has stirred up the word, “FAITH,” in me! I know as a follower of Christ that should be a no brainer, right? But it is about going deeper in my faith… God has really been stirring things up in me… stirring is not always the most comfortable feeling, would you agree?  There are so many uncertainties in my life right now, but the one thing that is for certain is my FAITH & God’s faithfulness!

Do you have dreams that you let go long ago?  Has circumstances taken you off course?  Is there a huge “wall” in front of you leaving you feeling defeated?  Have you received a promise from God that has fallen by the wayside in your mind?  Maybe this very moment is the time to pray and ask God if He would stir up that thing in you again.  FYI…Do NOT do it unless you are ready for the stirring to begin! It could be going back to school for your degree… getting married… starting a family… going into business… ???  You know what that thing is for you.

Stirring is a time that will test (grow) your faith… BIG time!  When you are making a cake you put all the ingredients in and then you must stir it to make all those individual items turn into a cake.  I am sure if an egg had feelings it would not be thrilled when it is being whisked into the batter, but stirring is the way to get the end product.  I feel it is kind of the same when God starts stirring.  You may not be thrilled either!  I have said things like, “God, my life is good… I am comfortable right where I am.” Or, “Is my faith really strong enough?”  Or, “I am afraid.”  What God has shown me through this is that He brings these times into our lives to push us to rely on Him more… His strength, His mercy, His grace. 

It says in James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  Stirring… pure joy???  Umm, that may not be your first thought on that, but know that  each step you do take in faith brings more joy.  You will never persevere if you never take the first step!

I challenge you to keep moving forward, but glance back and see all that God has brought you through.  Remembering where you were to where He has brought you is always a faith builder.  Stand up to His stirring in you.  Trust that if He has stirred up something in you He will give you exactly what you need to complete it.  Choose to live in His truth and promises.

Father God, Forgive our unbelief.  I pray that whatever you are stirring up in each one of us would produce the faith we need to let You be BIG in our lives.  I pray the desire of each heart is what You have placed there.  Let the thoughts, dreams, and visions be what You, Heavenly Father, want for us. Shield us from the darts of the enemy… take fear far from us.  Grow our faith as we accomplish what You have set before us.  Praising You for who You are… what You have done and are going to do.  In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Learning in the Waves of Life...

Windy... windy... here in Ludington on the Lake Michigan shoreline! We got up this morning, packed up some breakfast & went down to the lake to check out the big waves & have a "picnic". Gorgeous & terrifying all at the same time!
It is also a little “flakey” here in Ludington today! And of course the complaining has started on social media! I love the season changes… if I didn’t I would not live in Michigan! If we don’t have winter then we will never get to springtime! If the season of dying off never comes then we would not have new life! No matter where we are in life’s circumstances we have to have the time of letting things… well, die, for lack of a better word.
One of the great things of life is you never stop learning! One of the crumby things of life is… you never stop having to learn! I will admit… I have been going through some rough waters lately! I love to plan! I love to feel secure! I love to know how things work & how thing will work out! So right now I am in a big stage of really learning what it means to live by faith! I can talk a good story & I can encourage people with the words, “Walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) It is always easier to say it than do it!
I was having a long, tearful conversation with my hubby about the unknowns of our situation… his being unemployed, trying to start a new business, & the B&B’s slow season. I told him I have a heart to be obedient, but I just need to know what it is I’m supposed to be doing! I don’t even know the question, so how can I know the answer at this point!!! My wise hubby said, “It is taking it one step at a time & making sure to praise God at every step!” So now what I am learning is to remember to praise God! It is my heart of gratitude that will change my attitude!
In Hebrews 11: 1 it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I know where my hope lies… if I can trust God with my soul… can’t I trust Him for my circumstance??? I love that in verse 3 of this chapter, it goes on to talk about how the whole earth & universe, all that we can see, was created by God, who we can’t see! Wow! The vastness of His power! Just thinking about that puts peace in my heart!

Praising Him!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Just do what it says...

I have been able to take a little time to do some crafting... it is hard for me to just do crafty stuff without having a good reason for it! Ha! That is why this project I painted is so appropriate & maybe a little ironic too! My hubby put the "palette" together using some reclaimed wood we had... love the rustic look of the wood.

Doing what it says can be so hard for me! In the stillness is where I just need to be sometimes! When the hub-bub of life seems to be taking control... I just need to push the "PAUSE" button before God does it for me! Does anyone else have that problem???

Recently, I have been searching out God for direction in a couple different areas... I have felt overwhelmed at times "doing good!" I have really felt like He was telling me that it is okay to push the pause button... the world will not fall apart without my hand being in everything! There is enough time in the day to get everything done that God wants me to get done... but I have to stay on His tasks & not my own!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones." - Proverbs 3:5-8

I am a work in progress... as we all are! I am so thankful for a loving, patient Heavenly Father! He nudges me, sometimes gently, sometimes not so gently... but always with His massive love!

Life is not easy, but when all is said & done... I know how very blessed I am! My circumstances will never define my JOY!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thankful in the unplanned moments...

I had a moment yesterday as I stood looking out our kitchen window… the quick thought that went through my mind was, “why me?” I know many times people ask that question, but this question for me came from an overflowing heart of gratitude. Instantly, I was reminded in my heart of God’s faithfulness!
November is a great month to share thankfulness (although any day is a great day for that too!) So on this 1st day of November let me say I am so grateFUL for God’s faithfulness!
Every day is a journey… I honestly can say, not too many things in my life have gone the way I have planned! And that is okay! God’s plan is always so much better than I could ever have imagined! That can be difficult to say… it’s not a statement that just rolls easily off my tongue… choosing to follow where He leads is not easy many times!
For example two months ago Luke, my dear hubby, went through a downsizing job loss… out of nowhere, but we believed God would provide. He did. A week later Luke was given a new job… it was not really what he wanted to be doing, but we knew it was what he needed to do, & we had peace about him taking it. He met some great people! And no matter where he is placed it is an opportunity to touch lives! It was an environment where they wanted growth, but didn’t really want any change… you know how well that works. But being the honorable man that he is… he kept on doing his job, trying to make changes where possible.
The last couple months in this transition have been hard… mostly on me, but Luke too. Going from a job where he set his own hours, more or less, to working 5 ½ days a week from 8-5:30 has been quite an adjustment… to say the least! Having the B&B is a joy for us! We had a great summer season, but him being gone so much the last two months has really put a damper on what we could accept for guests. We just knew something would need to change. So not knowing what that means, we started to pray for direction. Little by little Luke has started to receive some direction… not that he has all of the answers. But you know, if you get all the answers then you don’t need to lean on God? Right? We were pretty certain the job Luke was in would be short-lived.
Last Thursday Luke came home around noon… that struck me as strange but didn’t really think too much. I was on the phone when he walked in the door so I finished my conversation & hung-up. I asked him what was going on? And he said the board released him from his job. Wow! The peace that flooded over me was crazy! “So now what?” were the next words that came out of my mouth. Luke’s reply, “we keep doing what we are doing.” Searching for direction from God & following it!
As I write these words… it seems almost “insane” to me! I almost laugh at myself that I am not freaking out! In my flesh, I want to freak! Relying on God… is the only reason I am not! This is discovering joy in life in the not as I have planned moments! Thursday afternoon Luke started working on a plan… a plan that God has laid on his heart. I could see a light light up in Luke with the idea of doing something new… where his gifts would actually be used. It is still just a plan, so we don’t know yet how it will be, but we know God is faithful!
I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6

From the outside looking in, this may seem a little crazy. That is okay too… you don’t need to understand it! But what we would ask is that you will keep us in your prayers… that we would be so thankful for!