Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here is what I have been working on... It is the next stamp class, for November. I wanted to incorporate the next month's promotion somehow, so I included the rub-ons for this class. Don't you just love them? I think I have fallen in love all over again with the rub-ons. And I really love the cute little felt flurries. (I'd like to try felt on my new Big Shot...yes!!! It finally came!)
Wish me luck this weekend...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We checked into our hotel, and after a few hours of the kids playing, and M & D vegging, our 5-year-old son came up to Daddy and said, "Hey, Dad! Look what I just found." IT WAS A SYRINGE!! He had pulled the cap off and bent the needle somehow. Of course we were frantically asking him all kinds of questions, and in the process of retreiving it, my husband got poked. It was the weirdest thing, too, because, he was actually trying to put the cap back on, but because the needle was bent, it went through the plastic cap and into his finger. Talk about panic!!!
Well, over the next few minutes, our hearts were just filled with all kinds of thoughts. You can just about imagine, as the wife and mother in the situation, I began to worry. After about 30 minutes of worrying, though, this peace came over me and I was reminded of Matthew 6:25-33...
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life
more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look
at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than
they? (emphasis mine) Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed
like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is
here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe
you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or
'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all
these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first
his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as
well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I have decided that worrying about this is NOT helping this situation. I cannot change what has happened, so we need to just go forward and see where this lands us. The needle may have been clean, it may not. So, we have decided that we MUST trust Jesus on this one. He will take care of us, and we thank Him for the peace He has given us.
I'm also reminded of a really cool song by Natalie Grant called "Held" (it's new on my playlist). God does not promise us in Scripture that everything in our lives will be fine and dandy. But what He does promise us is that He is Holy and Righteous, Merciful and Just, and that He has and will go to every length possible to show us that He loves us more than anything. He promises that He will carry us through the hard times, for it is in those hard times that we grow and become stronger and more dependant on Him. It's always because of Him!! And we're really OK with that, because ultimately, He is in control.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Well, we did NOT get the snow or wind that was forecasted, only 1". Thank goodness. We still have A LOT of corn to pick, and snow is not good for that. The ground is still pretty warm, so it all melted off by the afternoon, but it is still SO wet. Here are a couple of pictures of our back yard. School wasn't cancelled, but we have a long weekend as it's "Fall Break."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I couldn't help but to relate all this to how compassionate our Heavenly Father is toward us. He saw us and our need. Our sin is as disgusting to Him as what I had to clean up last night. But how awesome that He did not just leave us to ourselves in that condition. He provided a way for us. He gave us the opportunity to "get cleaned up" through forgiveness of sins, and by believing that His One and Only Son can provide salvation for us through His death on the Cross. All we need to do is believe and trust Him with all of our lives.
I am so thankful that Jesus died for me. The penalty for my sin is death, and He died in my place. An innocent man, perfect in every way. God in the flesh! I don't know too many people that would do that. Whenever I imagine how much His love for me could ever possibly be, I just think of how much I love my own children. My love doesn't even come close.
If anyone reading this is interested in learning more about how to have a REAL and personal relationship with Jesus, please contact me. It's not about religion. It's about falling in love with a man who loves you so much He died for you. You'll be glad you did...
So, I'm expecting to be getting this bug soon, too, as I haven't been feeling the greatest today. Will...post...when...I'm feeling....better....