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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Let the Holiday Fun Begin!


It's that time of year! Time for holiday fun! This year I decided to make tags! This one is not quite done. I have yet to attach a bow because the dots are still drying on his name. What projects are you looking forward to?

This was made using Cuttin' Up and the Cricut Create (yep, I'm still using the baby bug). I cut the dollar bill using Cartoon Shadow mode and fit to page, then I cut a slightly smaller in white. I used my Fiskar's rotatry trimmer to trim the "ribbon" from the same paper I cut his name from. I used the regular font for his name and then cut it at about 3 inches (I think). I attached them all using Tacky Glue and then red stickles for the dots.

Have fun!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Made for MORE!!!!

On a daily basis, no matter if we are believers or not, we face decisions and often times find ourselves wondering what we were made for.  This is where self doubt and depression enter in.  It is sad to see so many around me going through this very thing.

Over the last week, I, myself have pondered what I was made for.  I realized that I had made it through college and done great, but I didn't feel like I had accomplished much because I still have my national exam to take.  I allowed the enemy to get in and plant that seed of self doubt.

I hadn't gone walking, let alone had time alone with the Lord in a while because I allowed life to get in the way.  It was something I am not happy about, but it happened.  So this morning I went on a walk and had worship time with the Lord at the same time.  On my walk, He revealed a few things to me.

1.  YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN ORDINARY-- As I began my walk, I hadn't even gotten 1 lap around my neighborhood before the Lord had begun speaking to me.  He said, "you were made for more!  You were made to thrive!"  Right after hearing this, a song came on to confirm what the Lord was saying.

 I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Ezekiel 16:7a.


Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry
So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire
Just to know You and yo make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
Woah
Woah
Into Your word we're digging deep
To know our Father's heart
Into the world we're reaching out
To show them who You are
So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire
Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable,
Love unstoppable, anything is possible
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable,
Love unstoppable, anything is possible
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable,
Love unstoppable, anything is possible
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable,
Love unstoppable, anything is possible
Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
Hey!
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
We were made to thrive


The lesson I take away from this is that the ordinary life that has me so frustrated is just a stepping point and the Lord has so much more for me!  It is time for me to THRIVE IN JESUS CHRIST! 


2.  THIS IS NOT WHERE YOU BELONG-- As I got about 1/2 way around the second lap, another song came on where the Lord used the lyrics to remind me that I am not where I belong and that this home is just temporary.  You may know this song, but if not, check it out on youtube.  It is called Where I belong and is sung by Building 429.  In our lives, we each go through seasons, and I went over that scripture the last blog entry, but what is interesting is that there are times for harvest, it is almost time for the Lord to harvest the work he is doing in us all, and he is showing that he is almost ready for the next season in my family's life.  

3.  HEALING BEGINS IN YOU!-- Last lap around, the Lord continued speaking to me.  I got the feeling that he wanted me to know that the healing begins within me.  A song that I had not heard before came on.  While this is not the song, it does have the same basic meaning.  I have not been able to find the name of that song yet, but I know that in due time I will.  



As I close, Please listen to the video up there You will be glad you did.  It's an amazing song and remember, when you are broken, the healing begins!  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Seasons in our lives

"There is a time for everything,
     and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Over the years, at certain times of my life, the Lord brings this passage to the forefront of my mind.  He has done that once again.  Having recently finished my Associate's Degree, the Lord is starting to stir in me once again.  He is telling me that there is a time for everything.  I just feel like everything that is happening in my life is happening for a reason.  It is amazing really how He reveals these things to us in the perfect timing. 

I say all of this to say that while I am in the current time the Lord has me in, I will bless his Holy name because he is blessing me with my current situation and he is working this blessing in order to bless me even more in the future. 

Over the last two years, the Lord has given me the opportunity to pursue my college education, provided finances in order for me to do that.  He has provided work for my husband and even brought him home at the perfect timing giving him another avenue for work right after bringing him home.  Brought us all full circle from moving us to North Carolina and back to Florida. 

Speaking of that move, many have been critical of our move back to Florida.  They do not understand that we made that move because the Lord showed us that we were not going to be able to financially do it and because he had to give us that opportunity in order to get my husband back home.  It was becoming too much on our family for him to be out of town like he was so the Lord listened to our prayers and brought him home for us.  This really  has been a huge blessing for all of us! 

So, what do we do now?  We listen to the Lord, find a home church here on the Island, and start attending.  We continue blessing others and praising the lord for what he has done, what he is doing, and what he will do for our family in the future.  I study and take the RHIT exam this spring.  Then I follow the Lord's guidance with where I apply and secure employment.  After which we continue seeking the Lord and find our own home.

I know this seems like a lot, but in the Lord's timing, and in the perfect season of our lives, all things will come together.

 "He said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'"  Acts 1:7

I leave you today with this verse.  It is not for us to know what the Lord is doing in our lives until that time when he so chooses to reveal it to us.  Keeping in mind that everything going on in our lives has to go through the hands of the Father before it can happen.  The Lord knows what he is doing and he knows how much you can handle.  Keep praising the Lord and you will keep being blessed!