Verse of the Day

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Are You Facing A Wilderness?

God's word is so amazing!  As many times as I have read and even heard preached the story of Moses leading the Isrealites across the Red Sea and through the wilderness, I have never thought about what Exodus 13:17 truly says.  I am doing a Bible study by Priscilla Shirer right now called One in a Million.  Today's session focused on this verse: "Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way out of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, 'The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.'"

Did you catch that?  God chose the wilderness path for them.  Look at the map below.

It says in Ex. 13: 20, It says "After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert."  Now get this, They were going to Canaan.  It would have been much closer for them to go Northeast and be there.  Priscilla brought out that that journey would have only taken about 30 days.  But God had a different plan in place for them.  In verse 17, it says God did not lead them that way.  He deliberately chose the wiilderness path for them. 

And that is exactly what God does with us sometimes.  He knows that the only way we will ever tap into our full potential with Him is by way of the wilderness.  As Priscilla points out, "There are some things we don't know about ourselves until we are put in a position where we have to see God's power working through us."  And that's what a wilderness will do --- allow us to see God working through us and revealing to us His divine potential that we never knew was there. If God leads us to the wilderness, we don't need to fight it or as I normally try to do, fix it.  All He wants us to do is yield to it and follow Him through every step of that wilderness!

I am so thankful I serve an AWESOME GOD who knows the path I need to take.  My pray is that I have a holy courage and holy boldness to follow Him on that path!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You Rock!!!!

Come join us for the April Creative Scrappin' Class. This month we will be featuring the very cool You Rock kit.

WHEN: April 9, 2010 -- 6:30 PM
WHERE: O'Carrol Homes Office -- Hwy 10 - Palatka, FL
RSVP: March 31, 2010

Basic Kit: You Rock Level 2 paper pack, You Rock My Stickease, Outdoor Denim Mini Medley, Workshop Guide - $25.00

Better Kit: You Rock Level 2 Paper Pack, Exclusive "Just Be You" Stamp Set, Outdoor Denim Mini Medley, Workshop Guide --- $29.95

Best Kit: You Rock Level 2 Paper Pack, Exclusive "Just Be You" Stamp Set, Outdoor Denim Mini Medley, Top Coats Rockin' Bitty Sparkles, White Hemp, Workshop Guide --- $40.00

Or you can contact me to create your own combination of any of the above items.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Fling Retreat

WOW!!!! I just got back from my first scrapbooking retreat and I must say it was absolutely FABULOUS!!!!  We had such a great time and I was able to create so many projects! Check out the slideshows below for some of the work I did!

Here are tthe layouts I created highlighting Jordan's freshmen football season:

Here is a 2 page layout I did using our new Veranda paperpack:

And here are 2 of the layouts I created using You Rock, which by the way will be our APril workshop!!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

What Difference Do I Make?

I receive a daily devotional from Girlfriends in God each morning. I normally read this before getting ready for the day. However, this morning it was late getting to my e-mail inbox, so I just read it a few minutes ago. On my way to work this morning, I was talking to God and once again asking for His forgiveness for how much I take Him for granted – for getting caught up in my life and not taking time for Him like He desires for me to – for being self-centered. WOW! God has such an amazing, unconditional love for us. Read on for His answer to me --- He is giving me clear direction on how to live my life! I hope you all get something out of this – love you all!!!!

What Difference Do I Make? By Mary Southerland

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends" (NIV).

Friend To Friend

A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend's sermons, but he heard them often.

One night, the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but since the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light for practice. The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board, arms extended outward. It was then that he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross. The man felt as if someone was speaking to him. The words of his Christian friend filled his mind. In his heart, he suddenly realized the truth. Instead of diving, he knelt down and finally asked God to come into his life. As the young transformed diver stood to his feet, a maintenance man walked in and turned on the lights. The pool had been drained for repairs.

I often wonder how many desperate people cross my path each day; people who are one step away from certain destruction; people whose very life direction can be changed by the Light of God in and through my interaction with them.

If you are like me, every day is crammed full of tasks, errands, deadlines, demands and activities. I run headlong through each twenty-four hours from the minute my feet hit the floor until I crawl into bed each night. It is in those quiet moments before sleep that I hear Him ask, "Did you make a difference today? Is someone closer to the Light because you told them about what I have done in your life? Did you recognize that "intruder" or "interruption" as a divine appointment from Me instead of an inconvenience? Does what you did today really matter?"

Sadly, I have to confess that many times I miss opportunities to participate in eternal business because I am so focused on earthly business. My agenda becomes my god and time management my idol. I could have been "God with skin on" to the frustrated cashier at the grocery store instead of brushing her aside because I was in a hurry to do something I deemed more important. I could have blessed the friend who called, needing an encouraging word instead of preaching an unsolicited sermon in the name of compassion. I could have taken a few more minutes to listen when the elderly man struck up a conversation with me at the gas pump instead of walking away, leaving him just as lonely as he was when we met.

Jesus would have done things differently. With every breath, He was aware of the hurting and wounded, pursuing the broken people instead of avoiding them. Jesus carefully and deliberately invested every moment of His time on earth. And there has never been a life that made such a difference or mattered so much!

I want my life to really count, don't you? We are never more like God than when we are reaching out in love to meet a need, comfort a broken heart, encourage a weary soul or challenge the darkness with His Light! On your journey today, look for those desperate ones who need you to be God with skin on!

Father God, I confess to You that I am often too busy to hear Your voice or determine Your direction for my life. Please forgive me for being self-centered. Help me to see those who cross my path like You see them. Help me to love them with your love, drawing them from the darkness into the Light. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's A Scrapbook Caboodle!!!

The Caboodle scrapbooking workshop features the whimsical My Acrylix This Way B-size stamp set. The playful images and sentiments paired with the Caboodle Level 2 paper packet and coordinating accessories create a cheerful setting for all your happy events! Sign up today to create a whole Caboodle of memories!

WHEN: March 20, 2010

11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: O’Carroll Office – Hwy 19

RSVP: March 7, 2010

*Basic Kit: Caboodle Level 2 paper Pack, Level 2 Stickease, Dimensional Elements Booksmart, Workshop Guide -- $24.95

*Better Kit: Caboodle Level 2 paper pack, Dimensional Elements Booksmart, Exclusive This Way Stamp Set, Workshop Guide --- $29.95

Exclusive This Way stamp set

*Best Kit: Better Kit as described above, Level 2 My Stickease, Tiny Tabs, Sweet Leaf Ribbon Collection --- $46.80

(Prices above do not reflect shipping & tax)

Remember you can always do any combination of the above to create the perfect kit for you.

Dare to Dream!!!!!

This is it! The best deal for joining Close to my Heart is here! For the month of March only, join for $99* and receive $400 worth of brand new products! For March only, Close to my Heart is adding the entire collection of stamps of the month from the yet unseen Summer catalog (4 sets)! Even regular consultants won't be able to get these until April!

You will get all the above plus 4 stamp sets!!! Contact me and I can e-mail you images of the 4 BONUS stamp sets! A value over $400, for just $99!!!!!

If you have ever considered becoming a consultant, whether to just get a discount for yourself or to go all out and make extra cash for your pocket and build a team, this is the deal you can't pass up! Close to my Heart has a very easy consultant plan, only a $300 dollar minimum per quarter. That means that for less than $100 a month you maintain your 22% discount. That's one party or maybe you want to spend all the money on yourself. Something else don't have to make your first minimum til the end of June!!!

Close to my Heart is a great company to work for, they are debt-free and financially sound and the company owners cares about her consultants so much that it's an honor to work with her. We all need extra cash these days, this is the way to do it, be your own boss, make your own hours or just enjoy a great discount for the rest of your life! Can you really pass up this great deal?

I would love for you to join my team --- contact me at 386-336-2151 or by email at and we'll talk!

*Tax & shipping not included.