Wednesday, June 24, 2009

No rest for the weary, yet

There are unsettling things happening in the world these days. We have godless communists testing long-range missles and nuclear weapons. They currently have a ship navigating the waters and it is believed there are weapons being transported on this ship. These men are spouting off about how they will "wipe out" any country who comes against them or tries to stop them. They don't care about peace, only their own oppressive agenda.

On the other spectrum, we have total and continued chaos escalating in the always-in-the-news mid east. Civil uprisings cause people to blow up their own people. Shady elections and suspicion is breaking the people into riots. No outside media personnel are allowed to be there, and the local reporters are being heavily screened over what is in the transmitions of their stories. The people are totally given to their gods but cannot find a way to get along.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Find

Last weekend, my honey and I took a drive out to Massachusetts for a little day trip. It wasn't even long enough to take up a whole day, it was more like a morning trip. Anyways, there were these two little shops that I found with antiques and collectibles and jewelry and purses and hats. You know what I mean... the kind of stores that women absolutely LOVE and their hubbies pretty much cringe over. Yeah, that's where I went while my guy was in a hobby store. You know what I mean... the kind of store that is crammed with boxes full of models and parts and wires and batteries.

Anyways, we each went to our own places for a little while and I found this beauty-

There was a small pile of tatted bookmarks in a rainbow of color combinations. Being someone who knows how to tat, I was immediately drawn to them. The work is just perfect and I really liked the two tones on this one. Just so lacy and pretty. And it was a crying-shame steal at $4. I asked the store owner where she gets them and she said an elderly woman in town makes them for her shop. She even showed me a picture of her. I had to get it. Not because I needed it, but I wanted to support the efforts of the sweet woman who knotted each stitch.

I love crafts. The idea of taking a pile of nothing special (like string and ribbon) and turning it into a beautiful work of art (like this bookmark) is so appealing to me. It is a reminder of how our good God can take the pieces of our broken lives and turn them into a beautiful masterpiece. What find have you come across lately?

Monday, June 15, 2009

More to say

on my other blogs...

Easy GF

Wardrobe Awakening

Let me know what you think of them or if you want something posted!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Goodness comes to those who wait on Him

Have you prayed for something, and made up a list of what you hoped for in your answer, and then got even more than what you wanted? That happened to me!

My prayer request:
I started looking for work in February.

My list:
1) Part time afternoons
2) Close to home
3) Something in my field
4) Work with someone who isn't mean

I talked to alot of people about the fact that I was available to work and nothing happened for months. After being passed over by places that I thought was going to be "the job", I was getting pretty discouraged. Wanting to stick to my guns over my list, I kept on waiting. Anything that came up was not right - I could tell in my gut it wasn't "the job". 2 weeks ago, I got an interview appointment that seemed promising.

What I was offered after 15 minutes into the interview:
1) Part time afternoons
2) A few minutes from my home
3) In my field
4) He told me he's "not a mean guy"
5) Office located in same building I used to work in when I started out
6) I used to work with one of his clients
7) I can bring Sparkie to work with me if I want to
8) I only need to go in 3 days so I still have 2 afternoons off

How could I say no?

Sometimes you have to wait for the good thing and that is so hard to do. But if you cast your bread out on the water, it will come back to you on every wave, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Only God can do that!

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I like kitties

see more Lolcats and funny pictures

I couldn't resist posting one more.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Got the juices flowing

I was sitting in church today and started thinking about how Jesus healed people and how everything He did had something to teach us in the natural and in the spiritual. And it hit me, the people He healed had a parallel window to how He sees us in our natural state.

Jesus touched the untouchable. He made the dead alive again. He spoke healing to some who He never even saw. Some came to Him and some He found. Some were brought to Him by unconventional means, and some were in the path of His journey. Whatever the circumstance, when He was asked if He would heal, He was willing.

Our physical, sinful state needs His redemption. We are all in a different placement in this life. Some of us are pretty good, in our opinion...never really did or even want to do much wrong. Some have drifted down to a more infected place... so tainted, jaded, and hurting. Some are so far off and so far gone, we can only wonder if there is any help at all out there. No one in a place of goodness wants to associate with them or try to reach out to them.

One of the most beautiful and intruiging verses in the Bible is Isaiah 53:5 -
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

This verse used to only mean spiritual healing to me. At a point in my understanding of God's fullness for life, this verse changed and meant a physical restoring. I see how it pertains to both. God, who is the Giver of all good things, wants us to dwell in His healing both physically and spiritually.

His goodness is beyond measure. We can always learn from the WORD - Jesus! What healing that Jesus did stands out the most to you? What is the natural state that you can see paralleled in this action? Definately more to come on this...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Being wise

Our president was in Cairo, Egypt and spoke about all nations being at peace.
You can read the printout of his entire speech here

You can decide what conclusions you draw from it, good or bad. Don't turn your head and wait for the media to tell you what to think.

Know what leadership is doing and saying about you and your country's future. It is your job to be wise about your surroundings and gentle with your actions.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Maybe, maybe not

Did you ever have a resistance to something and not want to even acknowledge it so that it might not be? Here's some examples: I have a symptom, but if I don't go to the doctor, nothing will be wrong with me. Or: If I break something that belongs to someone, I just won't tell them and they'll never know it was me that did it. How about this one: If I ignore someone long enough, he/she will leave me alone.

Well, I think we all do that to a point. And the thing that winds up changing when we do this is us, not the symptom or the stain on the rug or the other person. This is a matter of your conscience being dulled to its surroundings.

We have been wired to know when we are doing something that is wrong. When you feel that heat on your neck and you kind of feel sick inside. The longer you push through those signs, the more dull you become and the more self centered your life is. The more of you on your mind, the more you ignore God. Eventually, you will forget Him. And the final step is you will not even acknowledge that He is.

God's Spirit - His life breath - is in us. He is wherever we are. This Life gives us a stronger awareness of holiness. That sick feeling isn't to be ignored. He constantly urges us to do what is right, to be like Him.

All of this is to say this - No matter who you are or what you think, NO ONE can overturn God's plans. Whatever He has started, He will see to completion. He is Lord of all! Open up to Him, love Him, and let Him change your life. It's worth it!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bath time

"Help me."