Faithbooking ezine:What’s in your inbox?

What’s in your inbox?
by Betsy Burnett (the one Dawn keeps around for times such as these 😉 )

Being behind the scenes at Faithfully Yours is sometimes interesting. Not only do you learn more than your fair share of the workings of a website, you also are privileged to encounter a few technical mishaps as well. This past week has been no exception. As we have been trying to work out a schedule with the new design team, Dawn realized she has only been receiving the spam mail in her inbox. No regular emails at all. Besides being frustrating (and provide rather difficult working conditions) it actually gets rather discouraging and can start to have a negative impact to only learn how you can whiten your teeth, lose weight or improve your love life all with the taking of a pill (that only costs $19.95) vs. having anything worthwhile in your inbox.

Life can be that way as well. When I was a teen, a youth pastor I knew had a story that made an impression on me. He told the story of a little boy that was hauling water from the well for his mom. As the boy walked home he tripped and milk spilled out of the bucket! Naturally we all argued this as he filled the bucket with water so naturally water had to spill out. That was his point exactly. Whatever you put into the “bucket” will spill out when you trip.

In Luke 6:45 Jesus tells us, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

What do you want to come out of your heart (and mouth) when life trips you up? Just like our young friend with the water bucket, what will spill out is what you put in. So what are you putting into your heart? Are you putting in things to encourage you, or discourage you? Good (God) things or bad.  Just like the email inbox; if you are only having  “junk mail” delivered to your mind and heart, you are going to get pretty discouraged and frustrated not to mention when you get tripped up you might be ashamed as to what spills out.

A wise man’s heart guides his mouth and his lips promote instruction. (Proverbs 16:23)

So I’d like to encourage you. Make and investment, not only in today, but in your tomorrows too. If you take some time to make sure you have good things going in your heart, not only will the Holy Spirit have something to work with to keep you from getting discouraged but when life’s bumps and trip-ups happen good things will come out of your heart (and mouth.)

Note from Dawn:
When the roller coaster of life gives us ups and downs, it could be easy to get discouraged. It’s then I need to draw on those good things I have stored up.  Despite the recent trials, I have been blessed in many ways.  Today I would like to share my new scraproom with you. Although keep in mind it is a work in progress, just as we are a work in progress to be made more and more like Jesus every day.

Unfortunately, I can’t find my before shots, but I have a few in the works.

This first photo is the cleared out portion of the scraproom. (in our basement-notice the cast iron pipe above.)
This photo is to the right of the above photos.  These shelves were already there when we purchased the house. Not appropriate for scrapbook storage, but I did the best I could with what I had. Actually it didn’t look quite like this. I already moved stuff out of the room.
This is the backside of the above photo. You can see the Cropper Hopper vertical storage files and the ScrapRack system along with my sticker spinner.

And now, drum roll please….the new scraproom!

Hopefully, you can see the start of organization! 🙂

In this picture you can see off to the right my scrapdesk with the ScrapRack on top. Where the gray bins shelf is where the desk was when the pipe above cracked and leaked. The paper are in plastic envelopes, but water seeped in on some of the papers.

Here is a close up shot of papers organized in Cropper Hopper’s vertical storage system. (both the new and old)

I really like this method of organizing flowers. I picked up this lazy susan from Goodwill for 75 cents. I used recycled salsa and other jars to store the flowers in. The flowers shown were actually part of a mum bush that I took apart. There is another lazy susan to the left that I purchased from Walmart for $10. A bit pricey, but a good investment I think. I eventually want to paint the lids.

The main focus of this picture are boxes that I covered with patterned paper. These boxes have magnetic closures. My original intent was to use the crop-a-dile and add grommets for the ribbons to come through. However, I realize I need the Big Bite to do that. (Guess I need to roadtrip to see Betsy! 😉 )

This picture simply shows the inside of the box with ribbons.

The base of this embellishment organizer is for a lampshade. I took paper clips, bent into a “s” and used to hang various embellishments from.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my  “scraproom in progress”.  I still have a lot of organizing to do.  And better lighting is definately a must have!

A few announcements:

  • As mentioned above, I’m not receiving all my emails. If you have emailed me and haven’t heard back, please visit the forum and pm me(dstegall). I check there often and should receive it!
  • I was working on the mass mailer over the weekend. I couldn’t get it to work or so I thought. If you have joined the new site, you probably received 2 emails on Wednesday. This email contained a link to the free wordart I promised you for joining the site.  Enjoy! Note: if you joined the site and didn’t receive the email, simply email me and I’ll be sure you get the free wordart!


  1. Thank you for this reminder, i need to be mindful of what i allow to enter my thoughts every day. Something i needed to hear today. Love the scraproom pics, they don’t do the room justice 🙂

  2. Wow, Dawn!
    The scrap room looks great! Very organized and full of wonderful things!
    I needed to hear the message from Betsy also. I’m on a track of losing my patience very easily lately, and I really need to lay a foundation of God’s Word to pull from for my responses. Thank you for the truth!
    God Bless,
    Anna Crandall<

  3. Hi, Dawn,

    The scraproom is looking good! You have some great creative ideas for storage. I especially like the lazy-susan from the Goodwill, I will have to look locally to see what I can find there and the lamp shade for embellishments. I can never seem to find a way to store my embellishments so they are within reach and yet are organized. I love that idea.

    Thank you also for your ezine. It is so true that what we put into our minds on a daily basis, comes back out in our words. An hour in the morning with the Word, makes a wonderful difference throughout the day.

    God bless you and keep you strong during this stressful time. ~Deb


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