Thursday, June 11, 2015

grateFUL...

It has been months... I know many months... life is just so busy! But I knew today of all days it was a must to share my oh so grateFUL HEART!

I love spending my quiet time in the morning! God's Word never gets old... so many good things to find! I have been a Christian for many years, but I have not always lived out my Christian faith in a good way! In fact, there were many years I never really lived... I was just existing, always waiting for the "other shoe to drop." I "white knuckled" through life for so many years! It is crazy how you can be saved, know you are on your way to Heaven & yet not live with JOY! 

Reading in Psalms 86 it says in verses 11-13... "Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your Truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, You have delivered my soul…”

God gave us His Son to die for our sins... He has done everything possible to show us the Truth, but we still have to decide to walk in the Truth! It is a daily decision to live a joy-filled, victorious life, or to live a life of defeat! Today I am choosing to live in victory & walk in His Truth!

Another reason I have a grateFUL HEART today is because my baby sissy is getting married on Saturday! So we have a whole, long weekend filled with family, love, & happiness! My sissy is 44 & never been married! She is marrying a man who is a little older than her & also never been married! They have a great love-story, which was so masterfully orchestrated by God! It makes my eyes wet just thinking about it & how over-joyed I am for them! So we celebrate Rick & Michele! Cannot wait to see all that God has for them as they walk through this life together!

So here is a sneak peek of the wedding card...

The jute twine I braided reminded me of the verse ~ “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a braided cord is not easily broken.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12
 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

where it ALL began...


February... the month of LOVE! Well, hopefully every month is that! Actually, my hubby proposed to me on February 12, 1990... great memory!

He gave me a Cameo Silhouette for Christmas, so last week I finally did my first project using it... have to say, it is a little intimidating to me, even though I have used a Cricut for years.

I bought the canvas at Hobby Lobby. Used Sparkle card stock from SU & vinyl I already had from somewhere. The saying... "LOVE where it ALL began,"... I love my husband, I love my family & friends, but none of that would matter is it didn't all start with the love of God. For me the love of Christ is where love began.

"Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, … you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep His love is. You will know Christ’s love which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God." ~ Ephesians 3:17-19

Thanks for stopping!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Delight in the Mess...

This morning I decided to dig into the pomegranate I have been hoarding for a couple weeks. What a lovely fruit! I can remember the first time I found out such a thing existed… I was 11 years old, my family was on vacation in California. When I saw one busted open, it was like a bowl full of edible rubies! They stained and were a little messy, but oh so sweet!  

The one I deseeded this morning was a biggy… just packed full of those sweet ruby pieces! What an abundant blessing! From the outside of a pomegranate you have no idea what beauty could be on the inside! You have to crack it open to get out the good stuff! But as you break into it, the juice will splatter all over, your fingers will get stained and messy, but the “treasure” at the end of the inconvenient mess is so worth it! 

As I was plucking the precious fruit I was reminded of the word I have for this year… DELIGHT! It may not be delightful to do what you have to do to get to the good stuff, but finding delight in each step of the way can really change your attitude in the outcome!

We know the verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ~ Psalms 37:4… that is a great place to start, but what does delight really look like??? It cannot be like, “I’ll delight in You, Lord, so You will give me what I want!”… although I know I have been there before! As I contemplated this word, I really felt like God was reminding me that no matter my circumstances, no matter the messiness of life, no matter how I feel… I must choose to delight daily in the life He has given me!

So then this morning I came across this verse, “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all you fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  ~ Zephaniah 3:17… Delight actually started with my Heavenly Father… He delights in me with gladness! In another translation, the word delight is exchanged with celebrates! Life is a celebration when I keep my eyes on Him!



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CELEBRATE!

I know I didn't get all my Photo A Day posted here for December, but I wanted to share this final picture of 2014 with you all!

CELEBRATE!
2014 has been a great year... very trying at times... but oh so good! I wouldn't have missed a moment for anything! Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Infinitely More...

December 6 ~ Photo A Day...

Sparkly is today's subject. This picture may not be what most people would call, "sparkly" but it definitely makes me sparkly inside! Last year at this time my husband & I were living in temporary housing, all of our household items & Christmas decorations were in storage. So today when I was able to put up our Nativity, it warmed my heart & put a sparkle in my eye. I am so thankful!


BTW... it was a year ago today that we signed a purchase agreement for the home we now live in!

"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



Friday, December 5, 2014

Shout Noel...

December 5 ~ Photo A Day #5...


NOEL ~ a shout of joy... seems appropriate for the birth of our Savior!

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given… And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Glory in the Highest...


December 4th... Photo A Day... Silver...

I thought I would share a project I was working on today... I have admired other peoples' ornament wreaths, but I had never attempted one for myself... until today! I had little knowledge of what I was doing, but I think it turned out pretty! Plus, all the silver balls works into my Photo A Day!

Sorry for the glare, but it is hanging on a mirror in our dining room.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14