Monday, November 17, 2014

BE grateFUL...

It has been over 3 months since I have written on this blog! I have done some writing on Coffee Cup Corner, but not too much there either! Life happens! The busyness eats up time & then when I am not busy, I get so lazy... not wanting to do anything!

I've been thinking a lot lately about where I was a year ago... our house was sold, we were living in temporary housing, not knowing where our next move would be, but believing God did & He was faithful to complete what He had started!

As I sit here in our home, watching the birds eat on the feeder outside the window, overlooking the snow covered 10 acres of woods, snow gently falling... my HEART is so full of grateFULness!

I did get a little creative project done over the weekend...

I found these banner kits at Merchandise Outlet. They came with 5 chip board pieces for $1... I added my own letters, DSP, & embellishments!

A year ago was one of the hardest times of my life, but I am so thankful for it, because it brought us to where we are now... God has done abundantly, greater than we could have imagined! And He still is! I am overwhelmed by the doors He has opened & the people He has brought into our life! I know I still limit Him in my life so much, but each day I am growing & learning... and His mercies are new every day! (Lamentations 3:23)

"Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine." ~ Ephesians 3:20

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From Devastated to Dumbfounded...

It has been so long since I wrote a word or two on this blog... I have missed it! My life has taken some BIG turns with lots of twists to boot! The last time I posted on here we were living at a friend's house with our "house" stuff in storage, waiting on God to open the right door for us! He sold our house in Lake City, which moved very quickly once the right buyers came along (that is a whole other blessing!). And the house of our "dreams" we were to close on in early December fell through 2 days before closing! I was so devastated by this, but God was faithful! He had a major miracle up His sleeve, so to speak!

As I play the tape back in my memory it seems so unreal... but that is God... He takes our impossible & makes all things possible! Are you willing to trust Him?

Two days after the closing that never happened, we got back on the proverbial horse & started looking at houses again! It was so hard! Every house that even came close to meeting our needs was... well, to put it bluntly, trash! It felt kind of like the first date after the break-up of a long-term relationship... my heart was just not into it! After looking at the 2nd house that day, this is what I told my dear hubby, "I am done! We have seen everything that comes close to what we are looking for! We just need to take a break! God would have to drop a house from the sky at this point!" Then there was a beep on his phone, he had a voice mail. So as we were sitting at a stop sign he listened to his message. It all still brings me to joyful tears when I think about it! The message was from a builder who was in the process of building a 5 bedroom home just outside of Ludington. Luke, aka DH, had seen the listing online the day before & inquired about it... the day Luke saw it was the first day this man had listed it, which was the day after our failed closing! God is good!

We were near the building site so we decided to stop & take a look. There was snow piled up "sky-high", but we were able to get onto the front porch & peek in the windows. Within 2 seconds I said, "call the man back... we need to see it now!" And 10 minutes later the builder was there to show us this house, which we now call, "HOME."

As we walked away from the house that day the only word I can use is dumbfounded! Luke & I were both in awe & disbelief at how God had laid this house out just the way He knew would fit our needs & then some! Plus, it is on a 10 acre parcel of beautiful, wooded land!

When faced with disappointment, the words of encouragement are, "God has got something better for you! Just wait!"  I have said it myself many times, even to myself... trying to convince myself! Believe it! We cannot see the whole picture, but we can trust the One that created the picture! Don't lose hope! Those dark moments in your life will always be illuminated by the brightness of God's faithfulness! Just hold on! Hold onto Him! His timing is perfect... it is never as quickly as we would like sometimes, but His ways are so much higher than ours!

"Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, & My thoughts are higher than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9

I look forward to sharing more of this incredible journey with you in the days to come! Hang in there with me as I get back to blogging with a grateFUL HEART!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Making a Trade!

It has been a couple of those days… bored, restless, feeling out of sorts! I am thankful for the sunshine! We hadn’t had sunshine since Friday, until yesterday! Even on those days of clouds, gloom, darkness… His light still shines in my heart! Some days it seems so hard, I cannot imagine what it would be like without God with me always!? I am learning very slowly, little by little, not to live by my emotions… I must be a really slow learner, because there are so many times I just don’t get it! Thank God He is so patient with me.  Waiting on answers is a little wearing, but I know what God orchestrates will last, so I will wait for His work to be done!

I really don’t know what to do with myself! Why is it so hard to just be? To just exist? I want to be “normal!” What is normal anyway? I haven’t had normal for months & semi-normal for at least a month! I know some of my friends & especially my sisters would say I have never been “normal!” Ha!

I’m sitting here watching a Hallmark Christmas movie… I am sure I have seen this one at least a half dozen times, but I continue to watch! I absolutely love the Christmas season & all the things that go with it… including sappy movies! There is a store in downtown Ludington that has their front window decorated beautifully for Christmas… when we drove by it the other night it instantly made my heart full! Not sure if you understand what I mean, but that is the only way I can explain how much Christmas means to me.  It is not about the presents… it is about His presence! And the trees, the lights & the music remind me of Him! While I type this, my heart feels the same way & of course my eyes are filled with tears! I am such a crybaby, but that is okay!

I am excited I am doing a "Curly Wreath" class... actually 2 classes... one in Cadillac & one in Ludington. Here is a picture of the one I did last year.
They are fun to make... very relaxing! If you live in either of these areas the Cadillac class in 12/2/13 & the Ludington class is 12/4/13... the deadline for registration is this Friday 11/22 & the cost is $30-$35.

I also wanted to share something I have added to my crafting repertoire... metal stamping! My first attempt was doing necklaces for the Ladies Getaway for our church... of course my first project was to do 20 charms! I know the pic is not so great, but it is really hard to shoot a shiny copper charm with a pink pearl! "GRACE" is what it says & what I need!
 I love this verse & I wanted to share something about it with you: 

" for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Beauty can only come if I am willing to make a trade for my ashes, or joy for mourning, or the garment of praise instead of heaviness... I want to stand strong as a tree of righteousness, that the Lord has planted me where He wants me... all so He will be glorified! Beauty, joy, praise, strength can only be mine if I let the "junk" go!

Thanks for stopping... Have a grateFUL day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thinking of You...

A rainy, fall day here in northern Michigan! It is ok, but the gloominess makes me want to sleep! I have been busy today... baked a Wacky cake... made caramel corn... both are for a ladies getaway (retreat) I will be going to tomorrow thru Saturday.

A little update... we moved out of the house we sold on October 25. We are now residing at the home of some friends who are in Arizona for the winter. It has been such a blessing for these people to open their home to us in our transition. God is good! We have an offer on a house in the Ludington are, but we are still waiting on the financing. God has got it under control! He has flooded my heart with peace... that is a good thing!

Almost all of my stamping stuff is packed away, but I do have a little project to share with you... something I did a few weeks ago with the Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board. My punch board is somewhere in a box... sniff... sniff... I miss it!
Very simple, I like it! What do think of using the SU Envelope Punch Board to make little file folders? Cool idea I saw at Patty's Stamping Spot.

On this 6th day of November, I am grateFUL for God's peace... "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just Thanks!

What a beautiful Fall day it is here! Yesterday was so gorgeous too! I love Fall days like these... warm & sunny during the day & cool at night!

I know it has been a long while since I have posted on here, but life is still a little crazy! We sold our house & closed on it a week ago. We have to be moved out by October 25! We still have not found a home to buy, but that is ok... we are just trusting God because He knows what He is doing!!! Prayers accepted though!

I had a World Card Making Day Openhouse here last Saturday... only had a few ladies attend, but it was so good! A great time was had by all... I think!? So here is a card I had for them to make:

Thank You, Lord, for this gorgeous Fall, for loving me, & for Your faithfulness that I can step out in faith & trust You to do greater than I can imagine!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or imagine, according to the power that works in me. (Ephesians 3:20)

I am putting off packing boxes right now so I guess I better get back at it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Best Things in Life!

I have had a couple “bumpy” days… I have noticed that some days I have a greater need of mercy… not only from God but from others too!  The thing with God’s mercy is that He has given me all the mercy I will ever need forever… given in daily doses! “Through the Lord’s mercy, we are not completely wiped out. His compassion is never limited. It is new every morning. His faithfulness is great.” Lamentations 3:22-23

The problem is so many times I don’t “feel” it because I am choosing to do things my own way.  Doing things my own way only helps me to put my trust in me & not Him! What a colossal mistake is that??? Yet I continue to do it over & over again! (if you want to read more about Feelings Over Truth? head to Coffee Cup Corner: HERE

We had a beautiful rain here yesterday! The dry ground was so desperate for that sweet liquid from Heaven! So grateFUL for that! 

Labor Day is so early this year! I always use to have anxiety when Labor Day rolled around because that meant... back to school! Yikes! I still feel it a little bit I guess... only because summer went so fast, but beautiful weather is not over yet!

I have been very lax in my Stampin' UP business... I really don't know if I am cut out for this as a business??? I love the products & I love to create, but I find I don't enjoy it so much if I feel like I have to do it!  I know... crazy, but that is just me! And, not to make excuses, but our life is so up in the air right now... it makes it hard for me to plan!

I do have a card to share with you... this is a card I made as a special order for a 73rd Wedding Anniversary! Yes... that is right 73 years!!!  I made one for their 70th & now 3 years later another one! What an honor!

Most everything is Stampin' Up but the framed pieces are cut on my Cricut! So what do you think?

It is bill paying day... YIPPEE!... so I better get at it!  My hubby only gets paid once a month so at least I only have to do this once a month!!! Trying to find the bright side!!! Thanks for stopping!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

{no matter what}

Finally got around to finishing a stamping project I have been wanting to do for awhile. I got this printer tray as a bonus when I signed up almost a year ago to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator... why rush it!?
In case you forgot... I love butterflies! I also saw a tray done by Michelle Zindorf using the big beautiful Swallowtail stamp from Stampin' Up, so I did case some of her ideas here.

I printed out the verse, "For such a time as this..." Esther 4:14. I love the book of Esther! The significance of her story... when God calls do you want to say, "No," and miss out on the God-venture!?
This section I stamped the words, "Love" & "Sweet"... the symbols of the key & heart. Also our anniversary date of August 11!
And the "O" stands for our last name, Orth. I added the little banner that says, {no matter what}... to say we will always be here for each other. Sunday we celebrate 23 years of marriage!