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