Hope You Can Cling To

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Challenges, Challenges, Challenges

Isn't this a cutie?  It is one of the stamps I got Saturday at the Strongsville Stamping Sale.  Each of the stamps has printed metal disks to add to the card for 3.99.  I'm going to work on more of these.
This was the color challenge for today.  The colors were blushing bride, so saffron and pear.  I stamped in versamark the heat embossed with white ep.  Then I used the aqua painter and ink from the lids of ink pads to color the image.
Check out this sweet little guy.  I made it just to make it.  This will probably be donated to a nursing home.
This is an Anniversary card made for one of the Hope you can cling to challenges. You were to use 3 hearts.
I did my Bible study early this morning and felt good about putting God before the rest of my day.
Check this out.  I need God in all parts of my life.

Blessing of the Day: I got so much done today.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Children, Fall Colors, Cards

When I saw this it reminded me of a poem we had read at our children's dedication to God.  It was hard to listen to as we held an infant, and it's hard to read now as well.    It doesn't change as they get older.  We of course want to have them get married, have a family and live their life with their husband or wife.  We have to accept God's plan for our life and theirs.  I'm not saying it would be easy at all.  It would be impossible to live through with so much grief.  However, God would be with us through it all.  He would help us every step of the way.
I love pictures like this. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons.  But, it means winter is right  behind.......I hate winter with the lake effect snow storms with sloppy and dangerous driving conditions.

Isn't this a sweet image?  I did it for a challenge on SCS.  We were to make a card for the season we hate.  Obviously you already know that winter is mine.
This is another challelnge for SCS, where we had to make a card with hands as an image, or use our hands to finger paint or make finger prints on our card.
This is the warrior challenge where you had to make a card that shows strength or is inspirational.   When I think of being a warrier I think of soldiers and camoflage so I made my background with multiple colors. I also used a sun because having it out, makes a world of difference whether you are a patient or caregiver. Then I added Hello Sunshine as an encouragement to encourage whoever gets it. It's also a way to communicate, I'm here for you. When my Dad had cancer people avoided him and kept visits at a minimum. They wouldn't ask about the cancer or how he was handling it. He wanted to talk about it but people were too afraid. Even a card can make a difference by knowing someone loves you.

This card was today's challenge where you had to watercolor paper then use you dies to cut shapes out.

My daughter-in-law sends text to wrong number thinking it's her brother Josh.
Me: "Hey Josh Fart it's your sis Rach, could I get your mailing address?"
Person: "Hey Rach fart! This is not Josh Fart��"
Me: " Wait, who is this?"
Person: "Jenna Fart"
Me: "Haha sorry wrong number!"
Thank you, "Jenna Fart", you are awesome and made my day. Literally was ONE number off.

Blessing of the day: I got a lot done today.  I had PT today and I'm sore because of it.
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Happy Birthday to my brother, Joe.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cards, Drama, and Armor

This is so true.  As I get older I'm learning that the only one I want to please is Jesus.  I do what is best for me concerning friends and acquaintences.  If that means some must go, then so be it.
Don't we all need this reassurance now and then.  That's what friends are for.

This is a card I made using the stamp set and metal disk that came as an accessory.  Isn't this squirrel cute?
This is one of the cards I made with my new Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies.
This is a card for a challenge at SCS.  October is Hope You Can Cling To, Month.  There is a challenge each day. At the end of the month we send the challenge cards we've made to a women's hospital that fights cancer.
I know that there is spiritual warfare going on around me.  The more I'm doing for Christ, the more the enemy will battle to keep me from making a difference in God's kingdom.
This is a great song by Finding Favor who are from Ireland.

Blessing of the Day: We got to church-It was a battle from the moment my alarm went off.  Satan was telling me to just go back to sleep.  Once at church I wanted the blueberry and cinnamon coffee however, it was decaf.  I kept trying to concentrate on the sermon .  It was very difficult.

Tim and I got plants in from the screened porch and set up in the living room. He got rid of the plants with bugs while I vacuumed the screened in porch.  So glad that's done.
Soon the carpet man will be pulling up the rug out there and the flooring which needs to be replaced.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

So Much Inspiration Out There

I have found so many inspirational images in the last few days on Facebook.  Do you wonder if God has placed them there just for you?  I believe He directs our lives and comforts us in many different ways.  I'm wondering if I am the only one who finds comfort and direction in on-line sources?

This really spoke to me.  Many women who have chronic pain, and try to do a regular routine are assumed 'fine' because they are dressed and not in pajamas.  If I could I'd have lots of pajama days but I have things to do and responsibilities too.
We always have said, "Babies don't come with an instruction manual," yet we've had one all along.
This is a great quote to remember when someone says this.
This was food for thought for me.
This was so encouraging to me.  When I focus on others and not myself, is when I'm happiest.
One of my friends says this when we get together to stamp.  It cracked me up when I saw this.  I sent it to her and she loved it!
This is the card I made for my nephew. I was inspired by today's challenge on Splitcoast.
Here was my inspiration:
Not having a beach wedding-but maybe a picture like this needs to happen on the honeymoon :) (not in the wedding dress obviously):
I know this is not a new concept for a photo, but I love it every time I see it.
This is my verse of the day today and matched so well some of the images I chose to post.
When I'm feeling down, or overwhelmed, it's nice to know, "I'm Not Alone"  This is a comforting song.  Kari Jobe has many encouraging songs on You Tube.

I'm going to a stamp show in Strongsville today.  I will do a lot of walking.  I'm praying that I can break it up so I don't increase my pain.

I have a friend who is going through a bout of depression and won't let people visit except her children and grand child.  Please pray for her.  I'm so concerned for her.

I was so tired and sore I went to bed at 6:45 p.m. and slept until 6:30 a.m.  My sweet husband came in and checked on me. I told him I was cold, so he got me a nice warm blanket.  I love that God chose him for me.

Blessing of the Day: I know I'm so blessed by the people God has put in my life.  He's also told me I'm in charge of my life.  I don't have to have friends or acquaintences that 'bring me down.' I can go away from them without feeling guilty.  I need to keep myself healthy, and if that means dropping some friends, then I'll do it.  My health, and well being are worth more than a friend's feelings.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thank You, Special, Baby, Something Beautiful

You never know what you're going to find on Facebook.  Sometimes I find some real gems like this one.  We rarely thank those around us for all they do for us.  We take so many things for granted, from people to health and those closest to us.  So if you are reading this, I'm thanking God for you.

When I saw this I was so excited to post this.  I want you to know how special you really are.  You mean so much to many people.  The one who loves you the most isn't your spouse, your mom, your friend or your kids.  The one who loves you the most is, God.  He loves you so much he died for you and me.  That's so amazing to me, when I give so little to Him.  I know I'll never out-give God.
This is the inside of a baby card I made today.
This is the front of another baby card.  This will go to a couple who lost their first, two babies.  God granted them a miracle and now have a healthy baby boy!  Praise God!

This is the outside of one of the baby cards. I made this today for the sketch challenge.
To wait patiently is so hard for me to do.  Do you have the same problem?

Something Beautiful  by Steven Curtis Chapman's song was used in the movie, War Room.  Take a listen.  If you haven't seen War Room, you've got to see it.
Blessing of the Day:My pain was less today!
I got a lot done today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Life Is An Amazing Ride

Today was National Coffee Day.  Sarah and Rachel got a free doughnut and coffee from Krispy Kreme.  In fact Sarah went in the early afternoon and then again tonight after dinner.  That's my girl!

Today was my Physical Therapy evaluation session.  I have to say at the end of the session, I thought I'd feel awful and sore.  It wasn't that bad.  I have exercises to do to strengthen areas.  I sure am hoping this is the answer, so I don't have to continue with the pain meds and doctor visits.  Leaving it in God's hands.
 It's amazing how horrible things have gotten.  It's sad that we are judged and judge others without even knowing them.  There seems to be no respect for police officers, or fellow human beings.  We've become a world of greed and hate.  I don't forgive as I should, but I'm working on it.  Pray for America.
 I am truly thankful and blessed.  I remind myself every morning during prayer  time.

This was truly how people in my area felt with the eclipse.
This was the eclipse in Sedona, Arizona.  Beautiful country out there.
This was the color challenge today on SCS.  Soft Sky, marina mist and dadffodil delight.

This is a new song, so there aren't words for it yet.  It's called Guilty.  It appears this is in God's Not Dead 2.

Blessing of the Day-I went to sleep this afternoon to get away from the pain I was feeling.  I left out the recipe on the counter.  As it got closer to dinner time, Ben made the dinner.
Then he helped me cut up veggies for Bible Study tonight.
We had Bible Study tonight too.  It's the first time in 3 months!
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Many Blessings

This morning on the way to church at 7:45 a.m., we saw a bunch of turkeys!  We don't often see them on the way to church, so this was a special occasion.  I found what groups of turkeys are called.

Did you know that a group of turkeys is called a "rafter"? And baby turkeys are called poults.
This afternoon when I was in bed with an ice pack, I heard the bubbly, heart-warming laughter of neighbor kids.  It really lifted my spirits.  I know it was from God because he always knows what we need.  So amazing when I can see it clearly that He has my in his arms at times like this.
Ben and Rachel went to her brother's outside wedding.  Someone must have told a joke to Rachel.  Either Ben didn't hear it or didn't think it was funny! LOL  Rachel's dress was gorgeous on her.  The color was just perfect!
 This card was for Saturday's Inspiration Challenge. I used reinkers, watercolor paper and a straw. I blew the reinker colors around the card.  I wanted bright colors for my card.
 Here's the inspiration for the card.
Modern Original Acrylic Painting, Teal, Green, White Acrylic Abstract by Osnat - MADE-TO-ORDER - 72"x36"

We walk by faith not by sight. 2 Chorinthians 5:7
I really liked this when I heard it and wanted to share it with you.

Blessings of the Day:We saw wild turkeys, I heard children laughing and playing, and we had all of the kids at dinner tonight.
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