Verse of the Day

Monday, April 30, 2012

Where is my Focus?

So for the last few weeks God has been really speaking to my heart about some things but unfortunately I have been ignoring Him.  But I can no longer ignore Him.  Yesterday I was blessed to hear my son, Jordan, preach. He had been asked to come bring the message at a local church for a youth led service.  His message was about the fear of the Lord and how we can be so arrogant that we don't really fear God and His wrath.  Without that fear, we cannot truly appreciate His greatness and His love for us. Then today on the way home with Jordan in the car we were listening to Jimmy Needham and his song, Clear the Stage, began playing (click on the title to hear this song).  These words were like a slap in my face and it was as if God was saying to me --- "Tonya, it's time for you to stop being arrogant and just going through the motions of serving me. You need to learn to fear Me for who I am and lay aside your idols!" WOW!!!!

You see for the last few weeks, I have felt God leading me to go on a Facebook fast and today it became very clear that this is what I need to do. I have been more consumed with catching up with all my Facebook friends than I have been with spending time with my Lord & Savior -the very one that gave His life for me. I have been more interested in everyone's status updates and not concerned with how God is trying to update my life. It's time for me to make God #1 in my life and for my focus to be completely on Him.  I am not saying Facebook is a sin nor am I saying that it is an idol for anyone else --- but I am saying that it has become an idol to me --- I have been spending more time on Facebook that I have been in His word!  So for the next 40 days I am fasting from Facebook. If you need to get in contact with me, you can inbox me or send me an email.  I will still receive my inbox messages on my phone but I will not be checking status updates or posting updates for the next 40 days.  For those of you who read my daily prayer postings, I am asking you to pray for me each morning in place of looking for an update from me. I am so ready for God to move in my life like He has never done before - like I have never allowed Him to before - and I believe this is the first step.

I am so looking forward to how God is going to bless  &  I am expecting Him to teach me many things over the next several weeks. I love you all and pray that each of you will fear the greatness of our Lord and search yourself to make sure He is truly Lord of your life!

By the way -- this is the part of the song that really made me stop and think:

Anything I put before my God is an idol.
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol.
Anything I can't stop thinking of is an idol.
Anything that I give all my love is an idol.
We must not worship something that's not even worth it.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Love Your Layout - April

Here is the latest Studio J Love Your Layout video. If you have not tried Studio J yet, what are you waiting for????


The Last of 2011 -- Studio J Style!!!!

I finally finished my 2011 holiday pages on Studio J.  I love how I can get so many pages done so quickly and use lots of my pictures!!!!

Carving Pumpkins:




Saturday, April 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - Ribbon

WELCOME! If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. This month  we are using up some of the mounds of ribbon we have stashed away and we have 12 hoppers participating.  You should be coming from Tabbi's Blog and if you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing RIBBON!!!  I used our new Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon on both of the layouts below. This ribbon is absolutely amazing because you can add any color you want to it with your ink pad and a sponge dauber!!!

The 1st layout features Sophia paper (retired) and the ribbon is sponged in pear ink.

This interactive 'book' layout was from the Magic how-to program and the ribbon keeps it all together!

Yes I know she is adorable!!!!!

This 2nd layout features our new Lucy paper and is from the Lucy WOTG.

The ribbon here is sponged with Cotton Candy and I added a sparkle button to center of the bow.

I love Flip-Flaps!

Now hop on over to Ann-Marie's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash, then send me a picture of something you have made using up your stash of dimensional elements for a FREE roll of this amazing color binding ribbon. I will post all pictures sent to me, then I will have a random drawing for a winner!