Christmas Card Challenge

Christmas Card Challenge

Miesje Flach is the challenge sponsor this week over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ. “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 We always light one candle for each week of Advent and now all the candles are lit on the Advent Wreath; does that mean that we are ready? No, I am not talking about having all of our cookies made and presents purchased and wrapped. I am talking about being ready for the celebration of the birth of our Lord. Although I have not given birth to a child myself I have heard about the “nesting” that takes place shortly before the birth of a baby. The house gets cleaned, the baby’s clothes are washed and folded and put away and everything is made ready for that special arrival. That is what I think of with the preparation of our hearts for Jesus’ birth. We should all rejoice and shout, “Glory to God in the highest!” for the day is almost here. We should all have peace in our hearts and have nothing but good will towards our family and friends. This can also be a very difficult or stressful time of the year and rejoicing is not what is felt by some people; instead it is sadness or despair. My mother joined our Father in Heaven in September and my dad is struggling, especially during this season. Many people do not have the funds this year (me included) to spend as much money on gifts and celebrations, so they may feel down about that. It may be more...
You Were Created

You Were Created

Marilynn DeGroot is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ. Time Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. If there is a time for everything, why do I struggle so much with the issue of time? I start each day rushed and have so much to do that I always run out of time by the end of the day when I collapse into bed, with things left undone. I find myself wishing I had MORE TIME. There are several questions about time that have been on my heart lately. HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?  In the past several months, several times, death has touched people I know. In...
Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible

Wordart Wednesday I participated in a challenge and used up some scraps… Linda Lucas is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin Sisters in Christ! Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” How many times do we come to a grinding holt when our circumstances seem hopeless, we throw our hands up in the air in despair as we can no longer do this – all seems lost! This is a situation that most of us have experienced at one time or another….in one form or another. Like many challenges we face, the battle takes place in our minds and are determined in our hearts before we ever see any results in the natural. Decisions we make along with the choices that go along with them are ultimately determined by our ability to turn to God, handing them over to Him and watching Him work – against all the odds! Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov 3:5-6 God is not limited by our understanding of Him, there are many accounts of healing and miracles in the Word of God where the circumstances have been impossible but people have placed their trust in God and He has taken the impossible and made it possible. One of the well known accounts is the story of David and Goliath (1Sam 17) – as we know David, the son of Jesse, a mere...
Challenge Thursday-1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Challenge Thursday-1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Peggysue is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ. “Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before.12 In this way you will win the respect of those who are not believers, and you will not have to depend on anyone for what you need.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” I chose this verse in particular because it represents almost the exact opposite of what we see in society today. I don’t recall a time period when there were more ‘reality’ shows– voyeuristic invitations to intrude upon the private lives of stars or aspirants in a desperate bid to garner public attention. And what an odd juxtaposition of words in the first phrase…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…isn’t it everyone’s ambition to be famous, wealthy, popular like the people on these TV shows? But how often do we witness tragic results from the toxic combination of wealth, self-promotion, boredom and fame? Some people are called into the spotlight naturally or by accident, through a heroic act, public service or the display and use of special gift or talent given them by God, such as music or athletics. We might long to be in the spotlight, at least once...
Challenge Thursday – Ephesians 6:2-4

Challenge Thursday – Ephesians 6:2-4

Lisa Hjulberg is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin Sisters in Christ. “Honor your father and mother”–this is the first commandment with a promise: {3} “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” {4} And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:2-4 (NRSV) Since next Sunday is Father’s Day, I picked making a Father’s Day card (or, alternatively, a card praising our Father in Heaven) as this week’s challenge… you don’t want to wait until the day of to make your cards do you? (*wink*) I asked one of the pastors at my church for a “good” scripture for Father’s Day. He kindly provided me with a few. I chose this one because it embodies the two sides of fatherhood… both parent and child. Children are commanded by God to honor their father and mother. (As a side note, we are taught that this commandment extends to all those in authority over us.) In this scripture, Paul reminds us of this first commandment and then exhorts fathers to “not provoke [their children] to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In the NIV version, the words are “do not exasperate your children.” The footnote explains this means that “fathers must surrender any right they may feel they have to act unreasonably toward their children.” Very good advice, don’t you agree? And, of course, most importantly, fathers are told to raise their children “in the discipline and instruction of...
Thursday Challenge-Ecclesiastes 3:14

Thursday Challenge-Ecclesiastes 3:14

Today’s challenge is borrowed from the Stampin Sisters In Christ Challenge #91.  The challenge hostess is Kris Breach. “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.”  Ecclesiastes 3:14 Isn’t it comforting, in an ever-changing world full of unknowns and things that give us cause to worry, that we can depend on God to be constant… never-changing?!  He is the same yesterday, today and forever!! The last part of this verse says, “God does it, that men should fear before Him.”  I looked up various Bible translations for the word fear and found these: …stand in awe of Him. …be in awe of Him. …to make people respect Him. …so that He will be revered. and my favorite, “…so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.” So many times we ask God “WHY?”  when we really need to just realize that God’s plan is bigger than we can wrap our brains around… better than we can conjure up for ourselves, and unlike our own plans, HIS never change!  We can know His plan because He’s revealed it to us in His Word! Psalm 100:5 says, “The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.” What a wonderful thing to know we don’t have to worry about the future and our eternal security!!   What made a Christian 2000 years ago, is what makes one today. In 1981, in California, there was a single car theft that grabbed newspaper headlines and...
Thursday Challenge-Psalm 121:2-4

Thursday Challenge-Psalm 121:2-4

Today we have a  guest designer, Rachael Johnson. Here is her take on the Stampin Sisters In Christ Challenge #89. Chris Olsen is the challenge hostess this week. What a blessing it is to share scripture with you today and ways that God has told me that HE is in CONTROL.  My Verse is: “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip–he who watches over you will not slumber;  indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:2-4 When I ponder over this verse, I think of how God is an ever present help not just when we are experiencing hardship but always!! Unlike us, He need not sleep and he knows every circumstance in our life and how it will turn out. A few weeks ago on my personal blog, I had shared the “Footprints” poem with my readers and how God is always with us. One of my dear friends and Christian sisters, Fhiona, shared a poem with a very similar message which I want to share with you today. The Tea Cup Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this. There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.  Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that?  We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.” As the lady handed it to them,...

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