Verse of the Day

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Love of Our Father


This past Sunday night, my cup was running over with blessings. I had the privilege of hearing a dear friend of mine minister through music. And let me just say – she did some ministering!!!! The last song she sang she did with her son. They sang Brad Paisley & Sara Evan's song "New Again". This song depicts a conversation between Jesus and his mother. How special for her to be singing the part of Mary and her son singing the part of Jesus --- it was so powerful.
As they were singing, I was thinking of the pain and agony that Mary must have been experiencing just thinking about the fact that her son --- the one she had carried and given birth to – the one she had nurtured and loved and cared for --- the one she knew was to be the Savior –the Redeemer – the Deliver – yet, she knew He was going to have to die. As I was thinking of that, I also began to think about the amazing love that our Heavenly Father has to have for us to allow this to happen to His one and only Son.
I also began thinking about the fact that God sent His Son to be our Savior, yes a Savior! We need saving from our sins for all have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through His Son (Romans 6:23). The precious life of Jesus had to be taken because of SIN! Do you get that? God gave His son for our filthiness – for our unrighteousness – for our wretched lives – all because of His amazing love for us!
As I was sitting there, I thought of my two sons and was overwhelmed with the love of my Father. I know that there is no way I could ever willing give the life of one of my sons for anyone --- especially because of someone's disobedience. I think about the fact that while Jesus was on the cross taking on my sin and your sin, His Father --Our Father – had to turn His back on Him because God can't stand to look at sin. (I cannot imagine ever turning my back on any of my children). And because Jesus took all of my sin and all of your sin, and God turned His back on Jesus – that means we have an opportunity for salvation – for forgiveness – for redemption. All we have to do is accept His precious gift and then we can have the assurance that God will never turn His back on us!
I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father provided a way for my salvation and that I accepted His gift many years ago. How about you? Have you accepted the gift of salvation that God has provided for you? If you have, take a moment to praise Him for His amazing love and for giving the life of His Son. If not, I pray you will make that decision today.

June is full of Splendor

The Splendor scrapbooking workshop features the My Acrylix Summer Wishes B-size stamp set. These playful images paired with the My Reflections Splendor Level 2 paper packet and coordinating accessories are perfect for preserving all your summer memories. Celebrate summer’s splendors by joining me for this scrapbooking workshop.

WHEN: JUNE 25, 2010
TIME: 6:30 PM
WHERE: O'CARROLL HOMES OFFICE - PALATKA
RSVP: JUNE 15, 2010 (Paid fee reserves your spot)

Basic Kit ($29.95): Splendor Level 2 Paper Packet, My Acrylix Summer Wishes (see below), Irresistible Pizzazz Chipboard Die-Cuts, Workshop Guide


Optional Add-Ons: Coordinating Stickease: $4.95 / Autumn Harvest Brads $4.95  / Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel $2.95

Or we can create a kit that suits your needs. Please remember tax and shipping is not included in the prices above.

Summer is Almost Here!!!!

I hope everyone is doing well and preparing for some great summer plans. Right now we are focusing on Jake & Tara's wedding -- only a few more days til June 5! But I am also looking forward to some extra scrappin' time this summer. I am going to be working on my scrapbook room and plan on spending many hours in there this summer. We will be having our regular monthly workshops in June, July & August, but as soon as the wedding is over I am going to work on some other events so stay tuned. Here's to a blessed and relaxed summer!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Do I Make God Sick?

Have you ever been so hurt by someone that you felt like you had been punched so hard in the stomach that you couldn’t catch your breath? Or been so disappointed in someone that it made you feel absolutely horrible - -even nauseated? Well I have! I know this may seem silly to some of you, but I wanted to share this story.

I was thinking the other day about a time a few years back when one of our boys was having a hard time in middle school behaving. His behavior wasn’t terrible, but it just always seemed to be right there on that line. I think it made it worse because as an educator I could literally recall times when certain students behaved that way and now it was my son acting like that. Anyways, I remember one day having to go in for a parent conference and I was so sick the whole day just thinking about how he was behaving in class. After all, I raised him better than that, and all we did for that boy – how dare he act like this! Well thankfully, after some pretty stiff consequences, he straightened up and grew out of that stage – thank God!!!!

What brought this to my mind were the words in Rev 3: 15 – 16 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Basically, God is telling us here that when we are lukewarm, complacent, riding the fence, right on the line --- He wants to vomit (spue out of His mouth.) We make Him sick. I felt that feeling in the pit of my stomach again when I realized that I often times make my Lord and Savior feel like He has been punched in the gut and my actions make Him want to vomit just like I felt that day of the parent conference!

How many times do I stay right there on the line in my dedication to Him? Yes, I go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, I read a quick devotion on most mornings, and sometimes I even do a little Bible study a few times a week. But does that classify as being on fire, sold out and completely surrendered to the one who gave His life for me? How does that compare to the suffering and ridicule He faced for my sins? It doesn’t!

What about all the times I know I should witness and I don’t? Or what about all the wasted hours I spend on the computer or watching TV? How about the times when I know the Lord is convicting me to serve Him in a certain way or worship Him by lifting my hands in praise and I don’t? What about the bitterness I hold onto over cross words or wrongdoings (Eph 4:31 tells us to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger)? What about the times I simply don’t read my Bible everyday? And what about all the times I just feel satisfied with my life – never striving to grow closer to Him or to do more for Him? I know that some of these things may seem minor but in God’s eyes a sin is a sin! He doesn’t classify them on a scale of how big or small the sin is --- regardless of what it is, when we are not in line with what His word tells us, we are sinning! I know that we are human and we are going to sin but if I’m His child, then I need to be more obedient, more dedicated and less complacent. I need to be on fire for my Savior --- I don’t want to make my God feel nauseous when He looks at me. I don’t ever want Him to have to spue me out of His mouth!

Dear Lord, I pray that I will be more aware of my actions and behaviors. Lord, please forgive me for the times I have made You sick! I don’t want You to ever feel like I have punched you in the gut. *O Lord, I pray that I will pay careful attention to how I walk—not as an unwise person but as wise— making the most of my time, I don’t want to be foolish, but I pray for the discernment to understand what Your will is. Lord, I pray for the strength to be completely sold out and surrendered to You in all that I do and to be an example of one walking side by side on fire for You – my Lord, my Rock, my Redeemer, my Savior, my God! In Jesus Name I Pray - Amen

*Ephesians 5: 15-16

Monday, May 17, 2010

THE TROUBLE WITH MY MOUTH & MY MIND!


***I have felt God leading me to write some devotions and I believe that God has laid this on my heart to share. My prayer is that someone is blessed by this in some way. Thanks for stopping by and reading.***

 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

This verse has been coming to my mind on many occasions over the last few days. So I thought I would really give it some thought and truly listen to what the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me.

So let's begin by looking at the first part of that verse: Let the words of my mouth… be acceptable in thy sight. Most of the time, this is not an issue for me – notice I said most. Of course, there are times when I know I say things that I shouldn't, like when I am hurt, angry, frustrated, uneasy, or sometimes just out of stupidity. Those spoken words are so easy to say yet sometimes very hard to take back. However, when I hear them with my own ears, I usually recognize them as being wrong and not acceptable in God's sight. When that happens, 99% of the time, I immediately realize it and am quick to seek forgiveness and apologize to the person I said those words to. Oh how I wish that was the end of this verse.

Let the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight. Let's begin by looking at a couple of definitions. First of all, according to Merriam Webster's dictionary, meditation means to focus one's thoughts on, reflect on or ponder over. Now let's look at heart. In this verse, heart is referring to our innermost character, feelings, or inclinations (Merriam-Webster). Okay so what does this really mean? The thoughts that I focus on and ponder in my heart – my mind --- my feelings --- those thoughts that I dwell on and keep going back to --- they are to be acceptable in my Redeemer's sight. Ouch – I think I feel a God spankin' coming on! What thoughts run through my head when I see that person that just makes my skin crawl or worse has hurt one of my children? Or that person that always seems to just want attention and has something else wrong now? How about when my kids just seem to be on that last nerve – again? Or what about that neighbor that just got another brand new car along with an addition to their already mega house? Do I entertain thoughts about that 'hot' looking singer / actor? Well, I think you get my drift here. So what are we to do? Of course, we can't completely control every thought that pops into our heads; however, we have complete control over what we do with those thoughts. Do I quickly dismiss it with a prayer or do I start meditating – reflecting – pondering them?

Philippians 4:8 specifically tells us what the meditations of our hearts should be: "whatsoever things are true..honest…just..pure…lovely…of good report…virtue..praise." These are the things that we to think on. If I start inspecting my thoughts with the standards God so clearly has spelled out….well, let's just say, I've got some work to do. So the next time, those unacceptable thoughts pop into my mind, I need to shift my thinking to one of these things mentioned in this verse!

Dear Lord, my Redeemer & my Strength – Thank you for loving me so unconditionally and giving us your precious Son so that I can come to you boldly and unashamed. Lord, I know that the words and the meditations of my heart are not always acceptable in your sight. Right now I pray for forgiveness of unacceptable words and thoughts. Lord, I pray for the strength and insight to think on things that are true and honest and just and pure and lovely and of good report and virtuous and praiseworthy. Lord, I pray that I will be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as He leads me to dismiss any thoughts that are not pleasing and to refocus my mind and heart on You. Again I thank You for your amazing love and salvation. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another Studio J Project!

Just uploaded these pictures from my camera and created this layout on Studio J --- in less than 30 minutes!!!! I love this online scrapbooking program!  By the way --- isn't my daughter beautiful????


Check it out for yourself!  Studio J

Mother's Day

I had an amazing Mother's Day this year.  After going to the early service for church, I went with my mom (& dad) and some other members of my family to have brunch.  I actually only ate fruit, becuase my hubby was at home at the time preparing a wonderful home-cooked meal for me, his mom, & my mom.  When I got home, I walked in and smelled lasagna and garlic bread.  He had everything done including the last pan of lasagna already cooking in the oven and then he went to church with his mom.  After church, my parents, his parent and all 4 of our children had lunch together and teh kids cleaned up.  The moms were not allowed to do anything!  It's funny, once your children start moving out, any chance you get to be with them is such treasured time and both Katie & Jake were back at the house with us along with Britt & Jordan -- -well let's just say it was a perfect gift for me --- I am so blessed!

Here is a picture of my mom & me at the Beth Moore confernce a few weeks ago:


And here is the flower pot card I made for my mom:


(Sorry it won't rotate for some reason.)


I love these cute flower pot cards.  Thanks to the following blog tutorial for helping me with the flower pot cards: Scrap, Paper, Scissors Academy

Monday, May 10, 2010

Another Studio J Layout

WOW! Everytime I use Studio J, CTMH online scrapbooking program, I realize how fast, easy & simple it is and I love it more and more!  I just created this layout of Jake & Tara from our family cruise in 2009.  I used the exclusive Studio J paper pack, Hippity Hop and the colors are a perfect match for their matching outfits! This layout only took me 25 minutes to complete from the start to finish (and this also includes deciding which photos to use).  No other way to say this but --- GOTTA LOVE CTMH!!!!!


So what are you waiting for -- get on over to Studio J on my website and start creating your very own absolutely gorgeous layouts!!!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ideas & Inspiration!

Close to My Heart has done it again!  They have created a page called Make it From the Heart Art Gallery and it is designed to showcase all the latest My Reflections® product lines and Stamps of the Month. The new gallery contains examples of cards and Level 1, 2, and 3 layouts with the recipes for each fabulous piece of artwork.  The gallery will soon contain examples of winners from the Make it from the Heart Contest.  So what are you waiting for -- check it out and get inspired!!!!

Make It From the Heart Art Gallery

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Idea Book!!!!

Oh my word! The new Summer 2010 Idea Book is now released and let me just say this....WOW!!!!! The new papers are absolutely gorgeous as well as adorable and practical. Not only are the new paper packs amazing but so are the new stamp sets and some great new products, such as .. clear cards, circle punch, recipe/photo storage box, and so much more. Here is a slideshow that features some of the new products!



Thanks to the following Consultants for contributing to this artwork: Amanda Canale, Judy Faye Garner, Marianne Hancock, Cherri Hardcastle, Joy McHargue, Melissa Robinson, Pamela Thorn, Tonya Whitehurst, Xellina Wieland, and Sheila Wilkerson.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to see the Idea Book online, make out your wish list then go to my website and start making your wishes come true!