Monday, June 27, 2011


“Why do I love God?”  That is a question I came across as I was reading the other day. Have you ever thought about it? Do I love Him for what He does for me or gives me? Or do I love Him because of who He is?  I think of the verse, "We love Him because He first loved us.” I John 4:19 … He gave His love first… how can I not love Him just for that alone???  When I think about His love I actually feel my heart start to bubble over… it feels like something bubbles up out of my heart, up through my throat… making me want to shout for joy and filling my eyes with tears of joy.  The mere mention of God’s love or the name of Jesus has that effect on me… how amazing is that… how amazing is He???  I can trust that no matter the circumstance He will always do what is right!  I can know that if I focus on Him then any circumstance in my life will not be my main concern.  So why do you love God?

Have a bridal shower card to share today... I used the "center step card" method on this one... I liked how it turned out and that I was able to make it so personal for the bride to be... that is a picture of the couple on the day he proposed.
with a grateFUL HEART, carin

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What Really Matters...

What really matters to you? Do you have your priorities in line? I can say that I do... I can even believe that I do, but do I really??? Are there days when you just try to squeeze one more thing into your plans, but what does that do for you? When I have a day like that or even many days it usually leaves me weary. In those times it is so easy to lose track of what really matters.

I know for myself the first thing I need to do is to rest in God's presence. It is a busy world but if you take just a moment or two to read a verse, talk with Him... let Him know how much you adore Him... how thankful you are for how He has blessed you... how He loves you.  It is true God knows everything there is to know about us, yet He desires to spend time with us.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5

I have a graduation card to share with you today… I had to add a little sparkle… I just had to.

I would love it if you would share with me what really matters to you.
with a grateFUL HEART, carin

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Basking in His Beauty...

God's wonder... last night we had a gorgeous sunset here in northern Michigan.  I am so amazed how every sunset is so unique... with every stroke of His paintbrush He creates a new masterpiece.  It can be from one minute to the next... as you can see in these 3 pics that were shot one right after the other.

I love that He shares His beauty with us even in the everyday things! Have you taken the time lately just to bask in the beauty of His nature???  It seemed like a long winter for us and that spring would never get here, but the anticipation has only made me more grateFUL for it now that it is here. How about you... share one precious spring moment with me... the colors, the fragrance, the sounds.

We have a 17 year old house guest for the next 10 days... should be interesting, but in a good way.  It is quite an adjustment, especially for me, having a teenage boy living in our house.  I can get stuck in my routine (in case you didn't know that) and for the next 10 days I will be stepping out of the boat when it comes to normal day life! Stretch me Lord!

with a grateFUL HEART, carin