8.21.2012

Thankfully Remembering

Remember when we started writing down gifts we are thankful for? The journey continues. Please feel free to leave your own list in a comment. I'm starting at one, even though we're farther along than that.

  1. muddy feet running hard
  2. laundry on the line
  3. clouds in the sky
  4. the promise of rain
  5. sun tea brewing
  6. beans cooking
  7. a garden ripening
  8. food in the fridge
  9. storage space cleaned
  10. a new season of growth
  11. clothes from older children that fit the younger
  12. memories of when teenagers were small
  13. the energy of the young
  14. understanding love
  15. being chased down by blessings
  16. how God makes all things come together into one message of completeness; He leaves nothing out
  17. children's hearts hungry for God
  18. prayer of agreement between friends
  19. knowing Him and learning of Love
  20. opportunities to live Love full
  21. hurtful words left unspoken
  22. healing words shared
  23. budding excitement over a new year of learning
  24. Insight and truth revealed
  25. Love of parents
  26. Singing of birds in trees. Even when it is dry, still they sing.
  27. Camouflage bedding for a boy with sparkling eyes
  28. Brothers wrestling in joy
  29. Children creating, exploring, and living life full and free
  30. Hearing my youngest singing the words "There is no God like Jehovah"
  31. Children growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and sharing it too
  32. Compassion flowing free from hearts filled with the love of God
  33. Hope of music flowing in the home soon
  34. Friends coming to visit this week
  35. Cool nights after months of heat
  36. Refreshing breezes
  37. Hearing of Jesus being glorified in song at county fair
  38. Hair cuts all around
  39. Grace, learning more and more of always Grace
  40. Joy of salvation shining bright
  41. Two children, a backpack, some rope, and a stick
  42. Muddy creek banks
  43. Fishing spots and frog catching
  44. Haying almost done
  45. Walking on a beach listening to six-year-old daughter talking of God's thoughts to us being more than sand on sea (Psalm 139:17,18 and Psalm 40:5)
  46. Oldest daughter feeding intensely on the Word of God
  47. Being 13 and 16 and discovering friendship new
  48. Dishes clean
  49. Hum of washer
  50. Metal pedal tractors "going to work" under the guidance of their 4-year-old driver

8.16.2012

A Love Feast

We are continuing our feast of truth. Being reminded yesterday that God isn't only Lord; He is also Love makes all the difference when feasting on His Word. It changes our perspective, changes everything really. Love, God, (1 John4:8) does that, doesn't He? He draw us close, fills us with Himself, and we become new through Him.

In the multitude of reports sharing turmoil, evil, and death, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Quickly a disciple of Christ can forget who they are. One can even forget truth if they aren't faithful to carefully and deliberately feed on truth.
Knowing that many are discouraged, are losing, or have even lost hope, we're doing just that, feeding on truth. We're spending as many days as it takes to fill us up. We are going to be transformed by renewing our minds. We are going to renew our minds by feasting on the truth, God's Word. Many reports are flying around. Not all of them, however, are truth. They may be fact, but truth can change fact. Please join me in this rich feast of truth. Together, let us devour truth. Let's chew and chew and chew. Because sometimes...all of us... need to remember:

God is Love, and His love is in us
Romans 5:5
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
1 John 4
Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2 By this you may know (perceive and recognize) the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God for its source];
3 And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.
4 Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.
5 They proceed from the world and are of the world; therefore it is out of the world [its whole economy morally considered] that they speak, and the world listens (pays attention) to them.
6 We are [children] of God. Whoever is learning to know God [progressively to perceive, recognize, and understand God by observation and experience, and to get an ever-clearer knowledge of Him] listens to us; and he who is not of God does not listen or pay attention to us. By this we know (recognize) the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
8 He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.
12 No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!
13 By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit.
14 And [besides] we ourselves have seen (have deliberately and steadfastly contemplated) and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son [as the] Savior of the world.
15 Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.
16 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
17 In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].
19 We love Him, because He first loved us.
20 If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
21 And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him: that he who loves God shall love his brother [believer] also.
 

8.15.2012

The Feast Continues


We are continuing our feast of truth from scriptures, later today, maybe even tomorrow. Today's message from The Elijah List website was simply perfect for our sweet feast so I am sharing it first. It is sweet and and delicioius read to ponder. Please click on the link below to read.

In the multitude of reports sharing turmoil, evil, and death, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Quickly a disciple of Christ can forget who they are. One can even forget truth if they aren't faithful to carefully and deliberately feed on truth.

Knowing that many are discouraged, are losing, or have even lost hope, we're doing just that, feeding on truth. We're spending as many days as it takes to fill us up. We are going to be transformed by renewing our minds. We are going to renew our minds by feasting on the truth, God's Word. Many reports are flying around. Not all of them, however, are truth. They may be fact, but truth can change fact. Please join me in this rich feast of truth. Together, let us devour truth. Let's chew and chew and chew. Because sometimes...all of us... need to remember:

God is our Love and Lord.
Elijah List article

Remembering

We are continuing our feast of truth. Scriptures for today are from The Message Bible. Underlining mine.

In the multitude of reports sharing turmoil, evil, and death, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Quickly a disciple of Christ can forget who they are. One can even forget truth if they aren't faithful to carefully and deliberately feed on truth.

Knowing that many are discouraged, are losing, or have even lost hope, we're doing just that, feeding on truth. We're spending as many days as it takes to fill us up. We are going to be transformed by renewing our minds. We are going to renew our minds by feasting on the truth, God's Word. Many reports are flying around. Not all of them, however, are truth. They may be fact, but truth can change fact. Please join me in this rich feast of truth. Together, let us devour truth. Let's chew and chew and chew. Because sometimes...all of us... need to remember:

We have a choice.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Joshua 24:15
"If you decide that it's a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you'd rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you're now living. As for me and my family, we'll worship God."
Psalm 119:25-32
I'm feeling terrible—I couldn't feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life's dilapidated, a falling-down barn; build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don't let me down! I'll run the course you lay out for me if you'll just show me how.
Proverbs 16:16
Get wisdom—it's worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.
Proverbs 18:21
Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose.
Acts 26:17-18
"'I'm sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I'm sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.'
Galatians 5:16-18
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
1 Corinthians 14:26-33
So here's what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three's the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you're saying. Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself. And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart. Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. If you choose to speak, you're also responsible for how and when you speak. When we worship the right way, God doesn't stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.



8.14.2012

Sometimes, We Need To Remember

In the multitude of reports sharing turmoil, evil, and death, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Quickly a disciple of Christ can forget who they are. One can even forget truth if they aren't faithful to carefully and deliberately feed on truth.

Knowing that many are discouraged, are losing, or have even lost hope, we're doing just that, feeding on truth. We're spending as many days as it takes to fill us up. We are going to be transformed by renewing our minds. We are going to renew our minds by feasting on the truth, God's Word. Many reports are flying around. Not all of them, however, are truth. They may be fact, but truth can change fact. Please join me in this rich feast of truth. Together, let us devour truth. Let's chew and chew and chew.  Because sometimes...all of us... need to remember:

Who we are and who our Father is.
1 John 3:1 NLT
"See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know Him."


Isaiah 51:7-8, 12-16
7 Listen to Me, you who know rightness and justice and right standing with God, the people in whose heart is My law and My instruction: fear not the reproach of men, neither be afraid nor dismayed at their revilings.
8 For [in comparison with the Lord they are so weak that things as insignificant as] the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool. But My rightness and justice [and faithfully fulfilled promise] shall be forever, and My salvation to all generations.

12 I, even I, am He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass,
13 That you should forget the Lord your Maker, Who stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and fear continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy or even though he did so? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive exile and he who is bent down by chains shall speedily be released; and he shall not die and go down to the pit of destruction, nor shall his food fail.
15 For I am the Lord your God, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar and Who by rebuke restrains it—the Lord of hosts is His name.
16 And I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may fix the [new] heavens as a tabernacle and lay the foundations of a [new] earth and say to Zion, You are My people.


8.13.2012

For Love


Psalm 94:12-13 AMP

12  Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, 13  That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.          

These verses don't really have anything to do with what I am writing today. I just thought that they were extremely encouraging for the times we are living in. These are definitely days of adversity. Knowing that God has given us power to keep ourselves calm during these days is comforting. He has already provided what we need; now we get to use this power and keep ourselves calm.  

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For more months than I can remember, less than a year, but long enough I can't remember their beginning, a gentle-voiced lady has been calling me each week to discuss the Bible. This gentle-voiced woman has been faithfully calling to share scriptures and the interpretation of them she has been trained to hold to. Yesterday, she called and a friend of hers joined in our weekly discussion. Towards the end of the conversation, her friend took over. Unlike the gentle-voiced lady, her friend wasn't gentle, kind, or respectful. She was zealous. In her zealousness she was quite rude. She was not a witness of Jehovah as she claimed.

The phone call ended with this intense, driven woman telling me to think about joining an organization that trained their members to witness door to door along with other encouragements that shall remain unspoken. At first, I was rather shell-shocked at the force of the verbal barrage that had been launched against me. My gentle-voiced lady is kind, she is gentle. She isn't pushy or rude as her friend had been. I felt sorrowful at the unneccessary force and verbal shoving this new voice had used. Not sorrow for myself but sorrow for her. You see, this woman had just shared with me her passion for witnessing for Jehovah in the rudest, most unkind, pushy way I have ever been spoken to. Yet, Jehovah is love. (1 John 4:8) Jehovah God tells us that His love in me isn't rude, it is kind, it is patient, it doesn't demand its own way. (1 Corinthians 13) I don't know who this woman is a witness of, but it isn't Jehovah God. Jehovah loves for He is love. (1 John 4:8)

Over 30 minutes of an afternoon were spent with these two women, one gentle-voiced, another rude. They were attempting to point out the error of my beliefs to me. Beliefs which I hold firm to and will not ever be persuaded otherwise on. Why not ever? Because the Bible tells me so? No, though it does. Because I know Him. Really, truly know Him. These woman can discuss religious opinions with me day after day, but they cannot take away my relationship with Him, the one, true living God, the three in One. For over 32 years I have been walking and talking with Him. He has saved me, healed me, kept me, provided for me, comforted me, sustained me through good times and bad. I am a new creation in Jesus. I am loved by the Father, saved and redeemed by the Son, filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit. No religious doctrine or man's misinterpretation of scripture can take that away.

Had I never walked with Him, had I never heard His voice, perhaps their training would be more effective. However, I have heard Him speak. He has led and been my friend for many, many years. I belong to Him. I am His. He has called me by His name. It is He who calms my fears, dries my tears, and bore my sorrows. He it is who strengthens me with His joy and surrounds me with His peace. Thirty years of fellowship and communion together are not influenced by the mistaken religious lies of men.

It was the voice of God speaking a scripture verse to me when I was ready to quit trying so hard as a teenager. In high school, it was also His voice who urgently told me to call a classmate I really didn't know. The classmate who was preparing to slit her wrists but instead came to know Jesus because I called. Likewise, it was He who told me to warm a friend that the vehicle beside us was going to pull into our lane in an attempt to wreck us. When a young wife, He is the one whose still, small voice told me what meal my husband was hungry for many times. Every time, My Beloved would excitedly say that the meal was just what he had been hoping we would have. As a mother, countless times, God has gently led me to speak certain words, ask specific questions, shown me truth concerning my children. They too have often been thrilled that I prepared exactly what they were hungering for.

Yes, I study the scriptures. I study them not out of duty or religious obligation. I study them because God, my everything, tells me to. (2 Timothy 2:15) I learn them, hide them in my heart so that I might not sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11) I feed on them because they are life to me. They are the Sword the Spirit wields. (Ephesians 6:17) The reasons I study and learn the scriptures are too numerous to tell. Yet, if I were to list all of the reasons I study the Holy Bible none of the reasons are for religion. I learn of and study His Word for Him, because I love Him. As a lover devours letters from her beloved and carries them close to her heart, I read the Word of God. It is love for Him and Him alone that prompts my study. For love, a living, personal relationship with God is something the gentle-voiced and zealous women don't understand. It is something their training has not provided them.

These women who so faithfully call on the phone and knock on doors, who earnestly strive to show me the supposed error in my ways and draw me to their organization, they study because they are commanded to by men. Even then, they are only permitted to study specific scriptures from a specific translation in a specific order. They are not allowed the freedom to study on their own freely from any translation they choose. These women are working diligently to earn a chance at an earthly someday paradise when all the while a Heavenly Father desires to reveal Himself to them here, now. He longs to speak to them, to walk and talk with them in a living, loving, personal relationship made possible through Jesus, His son, God - the Son right now.

If they only knew that they don't have to work for a maybe chance at a someday reward. Such glorious delight would be theirs if they could get past their religion long enough to experience true relation. It is for this I pray, that I will be a true, accurate witness of Jehovah. That the light of His love will shine forth into the darkness of their understanding and that these women who so faithfully call will experience the love of God. That their faithful study of the scriptures will be transformed from a work demanded by their religion into an act of loving obedience. Dear God, may the gentle-voiced and the zealously pushy know the truth, and may the truth, Jesus, set them free. Free to love, serve, and obey. Free to experience You fully, completely, and wholly. In Jesus' name, Amen.  










8.09.2012

Why?

Before reading further, please understand that the following post is a personal, journal-oriented sharing from the heart, with God. Nothing is meant to be judgemental or critical in any way, of anyone. This is just a sharing of  many honest wonderings, things that have me asking God why. Rather than remain in a state of mental wondering, I chose to rely on God's understanding rather than my own and present them to Him so that He could teach me as He chose. As I was praying, I felt impressed to write my journaling here.

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
James 1:5
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
 

Have you ever been around a small child who ceaselessly asks the age-old question "Why?" ? If you could take the image of that child and imagine them sitting on God's lap, you'd see me. Wonderings seem to fly through my thoughts with such frequency that collecting them is a challenge. Why collect them? Because I want to know. I want to know why. I listen, I hear, I see, and I want to understand. I want to know, know how to lead, to guide, to extend God's grace, to heal. I want to unleash God right smack dab into the midst of it all, everything, everywhere. Maybe you have had "Why?" questions to ask God too. Maybe you have seen, heard, wondered, and want to know. If you have, please feel free to sit  beside me as I come before Him and ask Him...Why?

God,
Why does it seem like Christians are so afraid of believing You, God, are as big, good, and true as You say You are? Why does it seem as if it is it easier for many to believe in evil, darkness, and sin than in goodness, provision, and grace? Why does it seem as if it is wrong to believe in prosperity when You, the One whose name we minister in, are a prosperous God? Why does it seem as if few believers in Christ know what prosperity really, truly is? Why don't more people understand that prosperity isn't really about money, that money is but a tool? If it isn't of You, then why does it seem like a lot of ministers spend a lot of time talking about how they aren't that kind of preacher? Why give it any time or attention at all if it is wrong?

Why does it seem as if there are scriptures and spiritual laws that don't get preached or taught about? Why is it fanatical to get excited about and talk enthusiastically about what You have done yet sharing all of the troubles and woes of the universe is accepted, even encouraged? If Your love casts out all fear like You say in Your word, then why is there so much fear in the body of Christ? Why does it seem as if  there is much fear of getting off base among those who are trusting You? Why does it seem as if Your children don't feel You, the God of the universe, are capable of keeping Your children from error? Why does it seem to make Christians uncomfortable when I take Your Word literally? Why does living completely in Christ appear to make Christians nervous and uncomfortable? Why does sharing a scriptural point of view seem to turn the conversation among many believers awkward yet stimulate meaningful, interested conversation among most non-believers?

Heavenly Father, why do those who have no knowledge of You accept Your miracles and goodness more readily than Your very own children seem to? Why are people in a bar more friendly and accepting of other people than those in church? Why? So many questions, God. I am an inqisitive child longing to know. Why does it seem to be wrong to believe You literally, about everything, God? Why? Why is it ok to struggle, while living victoriously through Jesus is met with critical skepticism? Why is failure expected and overcoming viewed with doubt? Why are we told to not get our hopes up when Your Holy scriptures repeatedly instruct us to hope in You? Why?

Why do so many Christians work so dilligently at blending into the world instead of bursting out from it with the Light of You so that the world may be set free from the bondage of sin and despair? Why do I scoot around the edges being too careful instead of turning loose and letting Your truth shine forth boldly? Why do I become more concerned about the opinions of men than whether or not I am pleasing You? Why do I fear instead of trust? Why do I mull it all around my mind so long when I could ask You, the One who knows all at the start? Why did I wait and wonder instead of seeking the only true answer, You, sooner?

Thank You, God. Thank You for not being afraid of or offended by my questions, the "Why?". I accept and receive the wisdom You give me. Thank You for the answers You will send and for those You have sent already. You are a good God, and I love You so. A song just came to me. A song from years and year ago. I sing it now, for You.

"How I love You, Lord
You're my all in all
I can see Your face
Your glory and Your grace
When You speak to me
You set my spirit free
Words can never tell
Just how I love You, Lord

Lord to me Your love is overwhelming
You're my glory, You're my everything
Forever You are worthy all the praise
My heart, my hands, to You I raise
In awe of You I lift my voice and sing"



8.08.2012

Two More Birthdays & Little Things

Mighty Man of God and Giggle both celebrated their birthdays last week. With visits from grandparents and gifts containing "just what they wanted", both were thrilled with their special days. Just in case you are curious, what they wanted was a bow & arrow set for Mighty Man of God(MMOG) and a package of printer paper for Giggle. Yes, she wanted printer paper "all her own". It is for drawing. She has made quite a dent in it already.

At four and six years of age, our littlest are rapidly joining the rank of the "big kids". Each are discovering that getting older also means joining in with more of the family activities also known as chores. Both Giggle and MMOG are discovering for themselves that it is much easier to clean up if items have been put away after use rather than leaving everything out to create a gnormous, monstrous mess. Little habits turn into huge blessings later.

Little things. Little things contain tremendous power. God has been repeatedly reminding me that little things, such as words, are mighty. He says so in the Bible. He says words have the power of life or death. This means that my words are either unleashing the power of  life or the power of death, the power of Heaven or of Hell. Now that's an attention-getter. That's not all, God also says in Matthew 12:36 that everyone is going to give an account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.  Verse 37 lays it all out very clearly. "37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced." Words, such little things, yet by them we will be either justified or condemned.

Lest any of us become fearful or discouraged when thinking about the words we say, I have to share what good news this truth is. Our words have power! Yes, they have the potential to bring death and destruction. However, they also have potential to create life in a dead situation, to unleash the power of God! That's good news!

Not of This World shared something she heard taught about our words this week. "It takes the same amount of time to speak words of Faith and Life as it does to whine and complain." We're going to reread that. "It takes the same amount of time to speak words of Faith and Life as it does to whine and complain." So true. Once again, it boils down to personal choice. I choose. I choose what words I speak, whether ones of Faith and belief in God or whining, complaining, and moaning. I am either giving praise to God or I am praising the devil with my words. There is no in between, no neutral ground. Dear Lord, I pray as the psalmist did  in Psalm 141:3 "Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14. In the name of Jesus, Amen.





















8.07.2012

Save Some Money

                                                                                                              
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http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ yet? All of the graphics are available free of charge and can be used to create beautiful, inexpensive artwork, gifts, stationery, and more. Aren’t these seashell engravings beautiful? They have been printed out on blue parchment paper in approx. 5 x 7 inch sized prints.  How perfectly they will complement the seashell in the room. So perfectly in fact that I am tempted to leave this room in its seashell mode throughout the year rather than switch out for other seasonal d├ęcor.

After visiting Graphics Fairy, thoughts of other designs finding their way onto printable iron on pieces creating custom tea towels and pillows are flowing. Ooooh! I could almost squeal when I think of all the darling custom Onesies we could come up with. What darling baby shower gifts! Seriously, check out the free clip art and graphics at Graphics Fairy. You will enjoy all of the eye candy and get those creative juices going as well. All opinions are strictly my own. I'm not receiving anything in return for sharing them. This is just another tip for a freebie with great potential.


Speaking of freebies with potential...the September 2012 issue of Family Fun magazine came today. Wanted to mention a couple of  freebies that caught my eye in this issue. On page 83 there is a code for a free carseat canopy and also another code for a free baby carrier (sling style). That's right, free! Shipping charges do apply, but even with shipping, these would make reasonably priced baby gifts. There are some other discounts available on the carseat canopy website that would be worth looking into - try $100+ package for $29.95. Besides these two great deals, the magazine is filled with fun back-to-school crafts, organization tips, and pizza recipes, lots of fun for all. There are slips inside of the magazine offering a discount on a two-year subscription.

That's it for money-saving tips today. I'll be back if I find any others.