Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seek His Wisdom

These two journal entries really go hand in hand, though I didn't create them at the same time. In Job 28:12-19, it describes in perfect visual imagery that the Lord's wisdom is certainly more precious than any jewels or gemstones. One thing I always want to strive for is to walk in His wisdom. As long as I seek His wisdom first and not try to do everything on my own, or my way, I will walk in His blessing.

In Daniel chapter 2, Daniel goes to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and asks them to help him pray for wisdom to help interpret the king Nabuchadnezzar's dream so that they may live. The focal point of my entry is the section of scripture that Daniel spends praising the Lord for giving him wisdom and thanking him. Even as I seek the Lord for wisdom in all things--I want to always praise and thank Him with equal passion and gratitude. God is faithful and He always looks out for the good of His children. When you seek after His wisdom, you will surely find it. Then, be sure to thank Him for it when you do.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Craft Room Makeover

This entry has been a long time coming....a year, in fact. A year ago, I set out to do a makeover of my craft room. Everything in it was just as it was when we moved into this house 7-1/2 years ago. At our old house, dear hubby built a craft desk for me, so when we moved in I asked him to build me a cabinet shelf and a small table to coordinate. The craft room was the last room on "our" list of things to do when we moved in, so while he built me the items I requested, they weren't exactly finished. I went 7 years without doors on my cabinet shelf. ;)

I knew I wanted to paint the walls a color that would brighten up the room and I definitely wanted to use a Stampin' Up! color. I chose Sahara Sand. I took my piece of card stock to Lowe's, and they matched it up perfectly! I'm obsessed with turquoise, and you can find it throughout my house. So it seemed like the obvious choice to paint the accent pieces of my furniture in the craft room. I bought some chalk paint and got busy painting the wood furniture pieces.

The wall décor was the hardest thing and is the whole reason that I'm a year late in sharing this makeover with you. I wanted to get it right. For Christmas, Mike bought me a scratch off travel map that I can scratch off the countries that I've visited. After I scratched off the 12 countries that I have traveled to, I purchased a frame and hung it on the wall. That set the tone for the rest of the wall. I purchased another map, this time a US map and decided to cut out photos of Mike and I for the States that we have visited together. This is still a work in progress, but I got enough of a start to hang that on the wall as well. While walking through Hobby Lobby (swoon!), I saw the PERFECT wall piece--it says "my happy place" with "happy" in gold font. I fell in love. ;)

We have now officially repainted/made over every room in the house, except the kitchen...and that will be a HUGE undertaking that won't happen any time soon. :)

Without further adieu, here is the makeover....needless to say, I'm super happy with how it turned out!

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Key to Perfect Peace

Did you know that the thoughts that you have are powerful? Thoughts you have about yourself, about others, about life...Isaiah 26:3 says, "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." By fixing our thoughts on God, we allow His peace to come on us. It isn't always easy, especially when life is hard and we are going through struggles, but the more that we do that--focus our minds on God's goodness, on His love--the easier it will be to do that during those valley moments in our life.

I'm continuing to use my watercolors and Aqua Painter brushes and am really having a great time using this medium in my journal Bible.

Have a beautiful week--keep your thoughts on the good things, the positive, on God.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Fight Within

Our Pastor just concluded a mini-series titled "The Fight Within." He explains: "The Fight Within" is about yielding and overcoming...yielding to the Holy Spirit as He leads your spiritual being and overcoming every opposition that holds you back from following through and doing what you know to do.

This Romans 7 passage has long since been a favorite of mine. How many times do we find ourselves struggling on the inside--knowing what is right and wanting desperately to do so, but instead we do the opposite? It can be a continuous battle for many. Isn't it encouraging to know that Christ can deliver us from that inner fight and help us to overcome the opposition that tries to get in our way!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pursue a Heart of Integrity

"Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just Cracker Jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone-deep, non-hypocritical integrity." -Chuck Swindoll

May we always strive to pursue a life with a heart of integrity.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

"It takes intentional change and obedience in the Spirit to learn to live in joy." Holly Gerth in "You're Going to Be Okay" This quote resonated with me the first time I read it. Sometimes joy requires action. We must fight for joy. We must remember that strength comes THROUGH joy, not after it. In other words, joy provides strength. It IS a choice. I choose JOY, don't you? What better way to live than with a joyous heart? May Nehemiah 8:10 be a reminder of that for you this week or the next time you are struggling to find joy amidst a storm of struggle.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Hope Is In the Lord

It's been a year since I started Bible Journaling. What an awesome creative outlet it has been for me! I have really enjoyed this type of artful worship, and I can see that it is becoming more common.

I purchased a new set of water colors yesterday and had to try them out immediately. In this time when so many people are afraid for the future of our nation and the world, I rest in knowing that my hope comes from the Lord alone. Psalm 33:20-22 is an awesome reminder of that. Just like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly--with freedom to fly away, we have freedom in Christ knowing that He is our help and our shield when darkness tries to surround us.

Be encouraged, friend! And may you find hope in the Lord alone.

Friday, July 1, 2016

She Leaves a Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes

I hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law who is due to give birth to a baby girl in August. I wanted to do a pink, black, and gold theme and was really excited to see the "Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper" coordinated perfectly! I started with her invitations and incorporated gold heat embossing on these. I used some retired Melon Mambo ribbon I had in my retired stash to run around the top.

Once I got the invites in the mail, I started focusing on the décor and dessert table. I used the adorable new "Popcorn Box Thinlit" die for the popcorn treat boxes, and the coordinating "Ready to Pop" stamp set (which I also used on the cupcake toppers that I heat embossed with gold powder).

The only other thing that took a little bit of time were the diaper gummy bear favor treat pouches that I made for each of the guests. You can find the full tutorial on how to make these super easy diapers here on a previous blog post.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hello Sunshine

I'm having so much fun with the "Sunshine Wishes" thinlit! For this project, I also incorporated the new "Swirly Scribbles" thinlit as well. (I'm keeping my Big Shot busy!) These fun flower bursts on a white card stock background really make them pop! I used the water color technique on the "sunshine" cut out again for the ombre color. This simple, but bright card, would brighten anyone's day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Beth!

One of my zoo friends is having a birthday today, and over the weekend in my crafting free time I decided to make her a birthday card and coordinating 3D treat. The "Confetti Celebration" stamp set is such a fun birthday stamp set. It's been a while since I've really had a birthday stamp set that I'm excited to play with, but this one is so fun I had a lot of great ideas when I ordered it.

This shaker card is easy to make, but still gives off a fun "wow" factor for the recipient. To learn to make your own, check out Stampin' Up!'s official YouTube video tutorial. I took Stampin' Up!'s example from the catalog and added some Bermuda Bay to it and changed the ribbon to coordinate. Since I don't have the new Sprinkles punch, I improvised and punched stars from a retired small star punch.

No birthday card is complete without a coordinating 3D treat! I love the new Popcorn Box Thinlit. I bagged up some peanut M&M's for my friend to finish it off! Happy Birthday Beth!

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