Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Beauty, a Project and a Tip in the form of a Recipe

Good evening Y'all.    It's a brisk, cool evening here in my neck of the woods tonight.     It rained all night last night and most of the day today with some winds, but it's calmed now and I think it was pretty clear when it started getting dark.    I had been out town earlier and coming home there was a definite line in the sky where the clouds were and where the clearing skies met.   It was a most lovely sight, for sure.     You know, I know when the calendar says Spring officially arrives, but from the looks of what's happening outside, it may already be here for us.   Lots of trees blooming and fruit trees in full bloom.   It worries me about frost bite.    But, it won't be the first time and it won't be the last time.    It will just make the fresh fruit and produce higher at the stores.     Come on trees, don't you know you still need to have your coats on!!!    hahaha     And the little butter cups may just get bite too!     Oh, did you ever take the daffodils and pick a bunch of them, put them in a vase of water and drop a couple drops of food coloring it the water?      Oh how beautiful it makes the edges of the daffodils!     You can do the same with carnations  and other flowers too.    It would be a good project to do with the kids or the grands sometime.     I remember Mom and I used to do that all the time and it was such fun to keep an eye on them and watch the edges get fluted with color.    It really does make something already beautiful, even more beautiful.    If you've never tried it, I encourage you to do it.   It's fun.    Yay!!!
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Have you ever thought about beauty?     Sure you have.   We all have at some point and time.    It's just human nature to want to look good.     That's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as it doesn't stand in the way of more important things.     Are you obsessed with beauty?    If so, then that's when it isn't a good thing.    How much do you contribute to the multi billion dollar beauty industry each year looking for the latest and best beauty product, treatment, surgeries or perception of beauty?     If you are like me, when I look at it in terms like that, I can say I probably spend too much.    Not that what little I've spent has helped, because in some cases, like mine, I'm just throwing good money after bad and it doesn't help much.   hahahaha     But we all like to feel like we look good or pretty from time to time.

When I started thinking of beauty, I went on a quest to find out about Biblical beauty.    We all know the standards the world sets for beauty.    Those standards are not even humanly possible.    The Barbie doll has been proven to be impossible to mimic in human perspective, yet that's what most women my age grew up with, thinking that was the standard for beauty.     The human standard of beauty reflects what we see with our eyes.    Seduction of either lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or lust of pride.   That's what satan seduced Eve with, the lust of flesh and seeing with her eyes, something that satan said was beautiful even after God had told them not to eat of the tree.    But she saw with her eyes that it was good for food (lust of eyes), it was pleasant to look at (lust of flesh) and it would make her wise (lust of pride).    The enemy uses everything he can to cause us to lust in some form or fashion. This is what the worlds point of view is.    Lust of eyes, flesh and pride makes something or someone beautiful.

In my search, I found that satan even tempted Jesus with the same 3 lusts that he tempted Eve with and still tempts us with!   Yes, that's true!      The account in Luke 4: 1-13 tells all about it:   

Luke 4:1-13 (ASV)   1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the wilderness 2 during forty days, being tempted of the devil. And he did eat nothing in those days: and when they were completed, he hungered. 3 And the devil said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread. 4 And Jesus answered unto him, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone. 5 And he led him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, To thee will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship before me, it shall all be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. 9 And he led him to Jerusalem, and set Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Jesus, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, to guard thee: 11 and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not make trial of the Lord thy God. 13 And when the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him for a season.


The enemy tried to get Jesus to turn the stones to bread, lust of flesh; he showed Jesus the world and tried to give it to Him (it already belonged to Jesus anyway) if He would worship satan , lust of eyes; and he tried to get Jesus to jump from a high place; lust of pride.    If the enemy tempted Jesus, do you think he won't tempt or seduce us?     Ohhhh, he will and for most of us, he's usually successful.   That's sad but true.     We fall for it.     Jesus didn't fall for it.    He quoted scripture each and every time satan tempted Him!!!!

So we know the worldly view of beauty, now lets see what God's standard of beauty is.    Only God can set His standard of beauty.    There are very few people in the Bible that it actually mentions as them being something beautiful to look at.  The truly beautiful women in the Bible were beautiful from the inside out.    The Bible mentions some of the women as being beautiful, but for the most part, physical beauty is brought into account when God is showing us how easy it is to be seduced or tempted by beauty.    Some of the women done nothing wrong, they were simply beautiful, but the eyes looking upon them, well, they were lusting.    David would be a good example of that.    Also men lusting after Abraham's wife was another good example.    Scripture even says David was handsome in his youth.     On the other hand, Isaiah says that Jesus was a "comely" man.    That means He wouldn't be much to look at, in the standards of this world.     We have no idea what Christ looked like.   Just the modern images that we see of Him.     But, we can be rest assured He wasn't what we would consider a handsome man by today's standards.      Christ is beautiful from the inside out!!!!   Because He has the qualities of beauty.     People are not drawn to Him by what is on the outside, but by what is on the inside.     That was true for then, just as it's true now.

It was pointed out in an article that I read, that God doesn't even use culture as a standard of beauty either, because we, with our human eyes do not see every culture and the ways some people live as beautiful.    We have a tendency to feel if someone is different culturally, then they are not beautiful.

Beauty is usually something that is appealing.    Poor is not beautiful or appealing  to our eyes or is it. How beautiful was the little woman that gave everything she had, a widows mite?     A beat up car is not lovely to look at or appealing or is it.    If that's what your trying to get a sick wife or husband or child to the drs office or hospital to save their lives, how beautiful does that beat up car become?      A dilapidated old house is not a thing of beauty  or appealing or is it.    Maybe if the house could tell you about all the laughter that the walls had heard from the multiple families of kids having called that house home, or about the love of one spouse sitting with the other while one drew their last breath.    How beautiful that house suddenly becomes.    Not because of the outside, but because of the memories the inside holds.    So, if it has nothing to do with what see on the outside, then it has to be on the inside, right.    

So, what are some traits that God would recognize as beautiful?     Trust is one of the qualities God recognizes as beautiful.    The Old Testament is filled with men and women who trusted God.    Noah, Abraham, Moses, Sarah, Esther, Daniel, Rahab, Hannah, Ruth, to name just a few who trusted God with their very lives.   That's beautiful.      The New Testament is also filled with many examples of real beauty.     The Beatitudes are a great starting place to see what God considers as beauty.    The Fruit of the Spirit is also a good collection of what beauty looks like.    God also considers it a thing of beauty when He sees His living sacrifices; us, His children; wearing the "whole armor of God".     Living a life of faith is a beautiful attribute in the eyes of God.     

Having a heart that weeps over injustice, cares for the poor, loves the unloveable, recognizing ones own spiritual needs, being a peace maker, showing mercy, having a real love for others, extending grace to those who may not deserve it, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, fear of the Lord, gentle and quiet spirit, Proverbs 31 is a wonderful description of a beautiful woman, the gray hair of the aged is a thing of beauty, a praying spirit, our works from a desire to show love toward others, salvation is beautiful, the Holy Spirit active in our lives is beautiful, true worship is beautiful, a holy life is beautiful, a person who has captured the heart of Jesus is beautiful, a joy filled spirit is beautiful, to have hope is beautiful.    Simply put, true beauty is a gift from God.     It is.    It can't be bought, borrowed or stolen.    It is given to us to be treasured, cherished and shared with those around us.

"Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:2).

"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands" (Psalm 90:17).

"Your eyes will see the King in His beauty..." (Is. 33:17)

"Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!" (1 Ch. 16:29).

"Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth" (Psalm 96:9).


One last thing on beauty. I ask myself two or three questions every day. As a woman (or a man), how do I reflect God's beauty today? Do I mirror the excellence of God? Do I find great purpose in the small things, and humility in the big things? I think these questions are good questions for us to ask ourselves every day. I think the way we live out the answer is where we will find beauty, in ourselves and in others. Beauty as the world sees it is fleeting. Beauty in the eyes of God is forever!!!! Are you sold out to the beauty that God loves or the beauty the world loves?
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The project I have to share this time is the cards we made at Card Ministry at our church in the month of January. Since it was back in January, it was still cold and the theme of a couple of the cards was snowmen. Who doesn't enjoy a snowman? I will get my card out and look it this summer when the thermometer hits 100* and wish for a little coolness from the snowmen. hahaha
This little snowman always makes us happy.    We used a snowflake embossing folder on this.   I used a platinum iridescent ink spot on top of my embossing when I got home.    And you see the 3 shiny snowflakes, well they are covering a multitude of messes, or as Bod Ross would say, "happy little accidents".    But, you wouldn't have known that unless I told ya.    So, there is no such thing as an accident, just creative opportunities.   Yay!!!   Woop Woop!!!
This happy little guy was made with a set of stylized pumpkin dies.    Yes he is.    Or you can use them as pumpkins, but why would you when you can make a snowman?   hahahaha      The background was embossed with another snow flake folder, they just happen to look like spots or dots.  I really love this little feller.   He makes me happy.  I hope he makes you happy too.

This is my favorite, I think. The church was stamped on the blue background and then it was heat embossed using silver embossing powder and the heat tool. I have to say, I think dark blue and silver is a truly lovely combination. It never ceases to amaze how beautiful the combo is. I really love our time of getting together to make cards. Its just a fun time and friends gathering, what more could be better. Then sending out the cards is a part of the ministry and that's fun too. Everyone loves getting cards from the Card Warriors. We certainly have a great time making them and I'm so thankful for the lady that gets it all together. She sure is a lovely lady with a heart for the Lord and that's a beautiful thing!!!
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My Tip is in the form of a "quick to throw together" recipe this time.     Every once in a while I will want something tasty and easy to put together and forget about it.     Several years ago, at a church we used to go to, we would have a fellowship meal after services a lot.    There wasn't many members, but everyone loved to eat.    We know that hungry guys can eat some food and the gals can too, when it's good.  hahaha   Who doesn't like to eat, right!    We always enjoyed the meals, but may or may not have left on several occasions and stopped at fast food before going on home.     I started a search for something fast to throw together and easy to have on hand.     I succeeded in coming up with a trio of recipes to fix in the crockpot.    A self proclaimed crockpot queen has several crockpots.     Guess what?    I do, so I guess that makes me a "self proclaimed crockpot queen".   hahahahaha      Since I love dessert, we'll start with dessert first.    Who doesn't love that?    I don't even know where I found the recipes, because it was way before I even had the internet.    (Oh my gosh, how did we even live without google?)   hahahahaha     Anyway, in my search, I found a dessert called "Dump Cake".    hahahaha     I couldn't even imagine what that would taste like, but hey, I was certainly willing to give it a try.     The first time I took it to the meals after church, I almost didn't even have to wash my crockpot, because it was licked clean!!!   hahahaha   That's true, and I may or may not have been involved.    hahahaha     Anyway, needless to say, it was a hit!!!!    So here's the recipe:

Dump Cake

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 stick of real butter (margarine is watery when it's melted, so use at your own discretion, I just prefer butter)

-Spray the inside of your crock with non stick spray.  
-Pour the cherry pie filling in the bottom of the crock.
-Melt the butter in the microwave or stove top.   (I prefer stove top, the microwave causes too much splatters.)
-In mixing bowl, dump in box of cake mix and pour melted butter over cake mix and stir.   It will be a really stiff mix and you may not even get it all incorporated, that's ok.
-Pour stiff mixture over pie filling and DO NOT STIR!!!!   Spread it out as evenly as you can without disturbing pie filling.

-if you have any chopped pecans or walnuts on hand, toss in a hand full while stirring cake and butter together.

Cook in crockpot for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

This is quick, easy and delicious!!!!    Don't believe me, then try it for yourself.    hahaha

Feel free to mix and match with the different canned pie fillings on the market and all the different kinds of cake mixes.    The sky is the limit with this.     Oh yes, and if you really want to take it over the top, put a scoop of ice cream on top!!!!!    People will be bowing to the "crockpot queen" standing before them.    hahahaha     And you may not even have to wash your crockpot either.    hahahaha

As I was writing this just now, I had a thought.    My thoughts are usually dangerous, but not this time, it's a keeper.     If I'm not mistaken, I think there is sugar free pie fillings and sugar free cake mixes on the market.    That is good for people having to watch their sugar intake.    Of course, if it's sugar free, then it's probably got more fat and other stuff in it, but it's a thought anyway.    See, I said it was a keeper.   hahaha
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My most memorable quote from this day: "There IS a yoga diva in me that's just dying to come out!"  Hahaha    Some who read this will understand.     hahaha
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Well, it looks like that's about it for tonight.    I hope and pray you have enjoyed your visit with me here and I thank you for taking time out of your busy lives and sharing in a portion of mine.     I hope you had a good time and that you can take something away from your visit.     I hope you look for the beauty that God looks for and that you can see it in yourself and others.    I hope you enjoyed my tip in the form of a kinda old and forgotten recipe made new again.     Be sure and watch and I will be sharing the other two recipes that goes with this one for dinner on the grounds at church or other big gatherings.    People will be thinking that you are the queen of southern cuisine when you spring them on your friends.   hahaha    I also hope that you enjoyed the cards that I shared.    I will say good night and God bless you and keep you all till next time when we meet right back here for some more fun and good times.     Remember that God loves you, so much so that He provided a way for you to be in right relationship with Him thru His Son, Yeshua, Jesus Christ!!!    Hey, I love you too and appreciate your visits!!!   hugs, Patty

Monday, February 27, 2017

.......Part of the Family, A Project and a Tip

Good afternoon Y'all!!!    I trust that where ever y'all are today that it is a blessed day and that you can say that you are happy to be a part of such a magnificent day!!!!    Not so good, you say.    Well, if your are reading this and was able to get out of bed today, then that makes it a pretty good day, doesn't it.    I got up with rain this morning, but the sun has shone just beautifully today.    The wind is blowing quit a bit, but not like it did late last week and over the weekend.    Every day was a bad hair day.    I have let my hair grow out and it is now hanging on my shoulders and back a bit, and boy does the wind whip it around.    I had forgotten about that fact when I started letting it grow out some. But, I guess I'll suffer through it for a while anyway.   I'm kinda enjoying the longer messy look, not that that was the look I was going for, but it seems to be the best I can do with it for myself.   Even back years ago when my was really long, I couldn't do much with it then, but I do even less with it now.     Maybe a perm to help it hold curl better?    Hummmmmm.........we'll see.     But....if the wind is blowing where you are, just hang on to your hair, otherwise you might end up looking like you have a tumbleweed on top of your head!!!      Hey, ask me how I know!!!   hahahahaha
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I have a project I wanted to share with y'all today.    I love crafting and I love recycling.    But I really love it when I can craft and recycle at the same time!!!    I bet y'all do too!!!    What did I do?    Well, I took some cracker boxes that was headed for the land fill somewhere and I turned it into a "priceless" necklace and earrings!   I did!!!!     hehehe    I took 3 layers of cracker box, aka-chipboard, and xyroned the layers together to make it a good, thick, sturdy, beefy, layer.    Then I searched thru my sizzix steel ruled dies and found one that was good for jewelry pieces.    I haven't been able to find the one I was looking for, gotta dig deeper for it I guess.    The sizzix dies will easily cut 3 layers, or more because they are the thicker, heavier dies..    The die that I chose was rectangles. It cut 4 or 5 different sized rectangles in one run thru the machine, then I took the largest of the rectangles and cut them in two and it made good sized pieces to work with.   I used the smaller of the rectangles as is, to make the earrings.

The first few pictures are of the raw chipboard.
 This is the shape I used for them.   The larger piece was twice the length.
 This shows a pretty good shot of how thick it is.
So, here it is.    What do you think?   I love how it turned out.    I put a base of a mixture of paint on for the first and base coat.   It was a mixture of metallic acrylic paints.    The I commenced to put micro beads of different colors on.   I sprinkled on a couple of different micro glitters and added a few seed beads and then some gold flakes of a large flake glitter.
I will share with you another little secret tip.    Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but the micro beads and little thingies that look little hex nuts are from the Dollar Tree, in the nail polish area.   A couple of summers ago, they had tiny little bottles of all these micro beads, glitters, and stuff meant to put on fancy finger nails.   I use it on my fancy crafts.   hehehehe    Shhhhh, it's out little secret.
 The pin shows a perspective.    This is a very light weight set of jewelry.
 This is a better closeup of what's going on with the necklace.
Here you can see what's going on with earrings.   I punched the holes in the 3 pieces with my cropodile.    And I also made the ear wires.    I have a tool kinda like a jacked up pair of pliers and you cut a 2 inch of ear wire and lay it in a channel and squeeze the handles together and it makes all the bends on the ear wires perfectly.   Just be sure and sand the ends of the ear wires really well so as not to scratch up your ears.   Joanns used to carry the ear wire maker, but I don't know if they still have it or not.   You use size 18, 20, or 22 size wire to make the ear wires.     And then, what did I finish the earrings and necklace up with?    3 layers of my favorite shiny nail polish from the Dollar Tree.   When it cures, it's perfect!!!     Well, that's my project for this go around.    I am working on another project that will be awesome, I hope.   hehehe     Can't wait to share it with y'all!!!
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My tip, which is lower in the post, is about taking a picture of your church calendar with your cell phone.   When I started writing about that, I was reminded of our prayer list.    If you go to church, I bet your church keeps a prayer list too.    Even if you don't go to church, you may still have your prayer list that you go over on a regular basis.    I hope we all have people that we remember regularly in our daily prayers.    That's what I would like to remind us to keep those people close to our minds and hearts in prayer.   Lots of family and friends with all different kinds of needs.     Sickness, disease, victims of crime, loss of jobs, death, up coming surgeries, accidents, lives filled with sin and many other issues that we need to keep at the forefront of prayer needs.     Every one of us have problems, which means every one of us have needs.    We can take every one of those problems to the One who can meets those needs!!!!  
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We also need to remember our country!!!     Lots of issues are going on, true.    But there are lots of people causing unnecessary trouble.    I have always said that people who are looking for trouble will either find trouble or create trouble.   We have a lot of people finding the trouble and just as many more creating unnecessary trouble.     To those people I say, get a job or get a life, just get out of the way of the people who are trying to work for the good of others.    I seen about 2 or 3 minutes of the news this morning and all the slop was over the academy awards last night.    I asked hubby if he seen anyone with their arms in casts or slings and he asked why.    I said I just figured they all broke their arms while patting themselves on the backs!!!    Most of them are in the hall of SHAME in my book! But then again, that's just one woman's opinion, and for the time being, I am still allowed to have my opinion, and as long I am allowed to have my opinion, I will express it here.     I don't figure there are very many pagan hollywood elitists rushing over here to read my blog, but I sure wish they would!!!   I don't need pagan hollywood telling me how I should think, vote or feel about anything!!   There is only a VERY FEW people in hollywood, living today, that have actually served their country proudly in uniform.    There are a few, and for those few, I am thankful.    Google it.   You'll be surprised at what you find, or maybe not.   I know the generations before the pagan hollywood we have now, that MANY of those served their country.    I enjoyed "watching" those people.    I just don't need mimicers, apers, actors, liars, thieves, adulterers, idol worshipers, lovers of self, revilers, deviants, brawlers or impersonators (lots of other stuff too) telling me how I should act, feel, or think about anything.    Do you?    Probably not.    I can think for myself and I'm sure you can too.   We vote with how we spend our time and money.   I will not waste time or money on hollywood!!!    We love Christian movies with actors who are not afraid to walk the walk and talk the talk, in their every day lives.    Those are few and far between, but they are out there.     Support those movies and actors.     Ok, I'm getting off my detergent (soap) box now.    
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Have you ever thought of yourself as being in a royal family or of royal heritage.    I'm not thinking in the line of earthly royalty.    Although we can get an idea from what we see in some of the countries across the globe that still have some form of a royal family that people look to.    Again, that's not where I'm going with this.   Because that is putting people in classes.    Yes, there are wealthy people, and what we call middle class and lower class.    That isn't what I'm thinking at all.    And I'll tell you why.   Just because you may be wealthy, does that make you a good person?   No.    You may be middle class, does that make you a better person than the lower class person?   No.    We as human beings are always quick to label.    Hey, I did it, in the paragraph above this one.    But when we look with our physical eyes, that's what we do.    That's just what we do.    I don't know why we do, but we do.    I guess it has a tendency to make us feel better.     It shouldn't though.     When we look at scripture, in the very beginning, when God decided to make for Himself a companion to commune with, what did He use?    DIRT!!!!!!     Where's the bragging rights in that?     Well, there isn't any.   We do the best we can to get rid of as much dirt as possible.    We bathe, we clean our houses, we wash our cars, we clean up outside, all to get rid of accumulated dirt.    For me, I just say don't disturb the people that have collected in my house in the form of dust and dirt!!!   hahahaha    But you see what I am saying.    I have oft wondered why God chose dirt to make us from.    He could have made us from gold just as easily.     He could have made us from fire, or water or from trees, but he chose simple dirt.    I have to come to the conclusion, for myself, that God chose dirt, so when we started thinking high and mighty of ourselves, we could come back to basics and realize that dirt is dirt is dirt.    The only real variant in dirt is the colors, but in the end, it's still just dirt.

The "royalty" that I want us to take into consideration is the royalty in the family of God.    You see, at the foot of the Cross, we are all beggars; we are all thieves; we are all liars; we are all low class citizens; we are all in need.    The rich, the middle class, the peasants.......we are all in need of the same thing.   What is that particular need?    Redemption.     We live in a day and age when such things are not spoken of outside the church and to be honest, I don't think it's being talked about very much in many churches today.   It's all about passing blame or giving sin another name that removes all accountability.    Yes, redemption is an old word, yes it's an odd word from today's point of view.    Sin is one of those old words that has almost gone by the way side too.     I heard a young girl the other day in the grocery store saying that her generation has influenced the language of the day.   She was bragging about it.    For me, I almost cried.    Her lack of understanding, the lack of years under her belt, her lack of wisdom.....yes, I almost cried.    That's not necessarily something to brag about from my point of view.     I almost stopped her and asked just what she had contributed to the language of the day, but I didn't.    What about God's language, wonder what she knows about God's language.

In this life there are lots of places that we want to go, lots of places we want to visit.     What about the days to come?   What about eternity?    What are some of the words that will get us closer to an eternity spent with our Savior?   Confessing our sin, admitting our sin, asking forgiveness of our sin. 
Turning from our sin.   Taking accountability of our sin.  Calling on Messiah Christ Jesus to help us.
  
I said earlier that the foot of the Cross is level for all of us.    The rich, the poor, the upper class, the lower class.    Where ever you fall in those categories, we're all on an even playing field when we come to the Cross.     That's where mercy and grace comes together and changes us all.    If you have ever taken the step and came to the Cross, confessed that you are sinner and repented of your sin and asked Christ Jesus to be Lord of your life from that day forward, then let me tell you something.   You now belong to THE royal family!!!    You are now a Brother or Sister of Christ Jesus.    That makes you heir and joint heir with Christ.    You can now call Yahweh our God, Father.    Being able to call Him Father makes you a "Child of God".    If you are a child of God, then you my friend, are a son or daughter of the most high God!!!!     We go from rags to riches in the blink of an eye when we accept Christ as our Savior.    We go from beggar to heir of heaven.    We go from homeless to mansions.   We go from scruffing around on dirt roads to treading the streets of gold.    We go from tattered and torn clothes to priestly garments.   We go from being a nameless person to having our name written in the Lambs Book of Life.   We go from pauper with nothing to heir to all the riches that heaven holds!!!!    

I don't know 'bout you, but that just does my soul a whole heap of good.    You know, I can't even begin to imagine what eternity with Christ is gonna be like, but I do know that I would never ever find out what it's gonna be like without having a few words in my vocabulary like: redemption, ransom, sin, repentance, accountability, faith, mercy, grace, forgiveness, confessing sin, and many more words that are less common today than they should be.    Can you call yourself "Child of God"?   If so, then you are a part of the family, a son or daughter of the "most high God"!!!!    Can you say Amen and Amen to that?    So be it!!!!    So be it!!!!
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Another tip for y'all.     Woohoo, I hope are enjoying the tips I have been sharing.    Today's is a bit different, but I hope you will like it anyway.     I do, so I think a lot of y'all will like it too.     There have been a couple involving my cell phone, this one does too.   At church, we have a monthly calendar.    It has all the events and birthdays and anniversaries, church times, special meetings and the like.     It also has the daily Bible reading on it.    If you read every day, you will have read the Bible in a year.     So, what I do, every month when I get the new calendar to put on my fridge, I will take a picture of it with my cell phone.    I make sure it is a good clear picture and then I can zoom it large enough every day to read it and see what is happening and especially do my Bible reading.    It comes in handy if I am out somewhere and have a few minutes, I can do my Bible reading, because I have some Bible apps on my phone too.   So whether home or not, I can always do my Bible reading and it really helps to set yourself for success, by making it easier to have the calendar always at my fingertips.     Hope you like this and can find a way to use it to help with your daily Bible reading.

Well, that's just about it for now.    I hope you seen or read something here today that is a benefit to you or someone you love.     I hope and pray that you can call yourself a "Child of God" and call God Father.     If not, please consider what's keeping you from it.    Nothing is more important than having your eternity settled and secure.    That happens ONLY thru the blood of Christ.    There is no other way to the Father, except thru His Son.    Don't let anyone lie to you or cheat you out of an eternity in the presence of Jesus.    We make the choice.    No one can make the choice for you.    You choose.   Please choose wisely.    I hope you enjoyed the tip I shared with y'all and I hope you enjoyed the craft and recycling.    It's great to make something beautiful with something that would have been tossed otherwise.    I hope that you have an awesome rest of the evening, a blessed and refreshing night of rest and that tomorrow is a wonderful day for you!!!!    Always remember that God loves you and so do I!!!!!    hugs and love, Patty

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Unspoken Broken" and another Tip

Good Saturday morning from my lovely neck of the woods!!!   Hope and pray that you have an awesome day planned out for yourselves.   It is a little overcast, but for driving that's a good thing.   That's what we will be doing in  a few minutes.    Road trip!!!!!   woop woop!!!!   hahaha    You would think I don't never get out of the house, huh!     Oh well, it's always good to take a run up to see my Mom, and that's what we are gonna do today.     Hope every one has been doing well and having fun the first few days of the year.    Here it is, almost Valentines Day!     I have to tell you, I love my husband as my Valentine, but my true Valentine is the One who shed His blood for me!!!!     Jesus is my Valentine!     I sure hope He is yours too!!!     He never disappoints!!!    He's sweeter than the finest chocolates!    He always has your best interests at heart!    And He will never leave you, nor forsake you!!!   Those are shouting words, for sure!!!   Yay!!   WooHoo!!!   Praises!!!!

I recently heard the term "unspoken broken" and I turned the tv off.    God touched my heart at that time and I knew He wanted me to take the term and let Him show me what He wanted me to know about it.    I had no intention of even looking at it, but, I felt I had to do it.   So, with that in mind, where does your mind go when you read these two words, "unspoken broken"?     It's not fun to think about, to go to the darkest place and the most hurtful place in your soul.    But, it's there and it must be dealt with in order to move forward with the life that Yahweh wants you to live.   But I will have to say right about now, that most of us are not able to deal with it ourselves.    We need a trusted friend; a Christian Counselor who counsels directly from God's Word; someone who is strong enough and has vision enough to lead us thru the minefields of the enemy.  

What are some words that describe "unspoken broken"?     Hurt, anger, pain, shame, guilt, pressure, sorrow, darkness, alone, drowning............and many others words that I just left unspoken.

"The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those are crushed in spirit."  Psalm 34:18

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me....   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."   Psalm 51:10, 17  

What does a contrite heart or a spirit of contrition look like?    It looks just like something that God likes.    It is closely linked to humility and brokenness and a deep healthy fear of God's Word.    In my search, I found that in the Hebrew and Greek, the words most often translated mean crushed, crippled or broken.    In a word picture, you would see someone whose conscience is crushed by the weight of its own guilt, who takes full blame and offers no excuses.

We have a tendency to look at things that are broken as useless, worthless and despised; something to be tossed out.     Praise God that He doesn't do the same with us!!!!!    Some of our bad habits, sins we live in and commit, pride, broken marriages, broken relationships, boastfulness, personal effort, self will, busyness of our lives, arrogance, stubbornness and a multitude of other personal attributes need to be broken in order to fulfill the ministry and mission of Christ in our lives.     On the other hand, broken is not necessarily a bad thing.   Sometimes you break a piece of bread to share with someone.    That's what Jesus did with the loaves and fishes and it was an awesome experience that we can be a part of today.    You may break away from the old crowd to make the necessary change. Sometimes we may break a line to let someone in front of us at checkout.   Sometimes we may break away from the norm and do something unexpected, for all the right reasons.    Even breaking a piggy bank to get at the hidden treasure inside.     There are many forms of broken that bring great joy.   Most of the time, we can't experience great joy for those around us, until we have experienced great brokenness.

Even when we think of our personal service and ministry for the Lord, there has to be brokenness of our own "self will" in order to serve and minister to others in a pleasing manner that represents our Lord.   Brokenness is a hard place to be, unless it is Yahweh that is getting us to the point of useful service.  

Most of us can relate to brokenness in some way or fashion.     It is the process of becoming useful to God.    But what about some of the "unspoken broken" that has taken place in our lives.     Most of us have some kind of "unspoken broken".     Something that someone else has done to us, abused us, hurt us, mistreated us.   It is the stuff that you poke down and bury and won't even allow yourself to think about.   Most of us have it.   We just do.     The people you see that have the thickest and highest walls around them, usually have "unspoken broken".    I have known people my whole life and never really known them because of those walls.     People have known me my whole life and never really known me because of those walls.    It's not easy letting people into those ugly places and seeing exactly what it is that has made us into the people we are.    It has to be a matter of trust when you let people in.   Just because someone wants to befriend you, ask the Holy Spirit if it's for the right reasons.    Build those friendships and proceed cautiously before inviting them into your "unspoken broken".   

Only you know what your "unspoken broken" is.    Someone else can't name it for you.     Your trusted friends can be in prayer for you, but you are the only one that can walk to the throne of God with it and give it to Him.     Once you have done that, as hard as it is, leave it in His hands.    Yes, there will be times you will be reminded; give those times to God, He can deal with them, you can't.   There may even be times He wants to take you a step further in the healing process; if so, do it.     I will tell you that you must never dig around in the "unspoken broken" that the blood of Christ has covered without Him with you.    If the enemy convinces you to dig through it by yourself, he will get you deeper into your unspoken broken than you was before.    A trusted Christian friend, one who is in the Word of God and on their knees daily can help you in this process, if you feel the Lord wants to take you to the next level of healing.     You know, I've heard it said that when God heals a broken place in out heart and in our lives, that if we don't fill that place with Him and let Him reside in that healed place, then something far worse and more evil will eventually take up residence.   I believe that with all my heart.    When we give something to God, thru the blood of Christ, we must make sure to fill that void with Him and never let that be exposed to the enemy again.     The enemy plants seeds of deceit and doubt and we are all to quick to water it.     Lets plant seeds of love, mercy and grace and water those seeds and watch them grow and flourish, so we can be all God wants us to be, and so we can point others to the only One that is the healer of the "unspoken broken".

Be careful and cautious of who you let into your lives.     Most of us have never had any more than two or three really trusted friends in a lifetime.    Oh, we all have lots of fair weather friends and people who just want the latest gossip.    But it's rare to find the people who will love you EVEN when they know your full story of unspoken broken.   Those people will be praying for you  even when the night is still the darkest.     Those people will be taking you to the throne of grace when you cry out for help.    Those people will be holding your hand when no words can suffice.     They will be wiping their own tears while you are wiping yours.   They are the ones that you know are sent into your life, personally, by God.     Those are the people who will help you get to the point of allowing God to turn your "unspoken broken" into "holy ground".    Let Jesus into your "unspoken broken".   Only God can take us from "unspoken broken" to "better" to "holy ground"!    Praise God for holy ground!!!!!    Praise God for healing!!!!

I have a "tip" to share with y'all again today.    A lot of times when I am crafting, I want to put a clear smooth finish on something, like a piece of jewelry.     I have several different kinds of lacquer right now, but I may not always have the same supplies so I am always looking for things that will give the same look.    Right now I have glossy accents, crystal effects and diamond glaze.   Each one works awesome.     But, to be honest with you, something I have found that works equally well is clear nail polish.    I buy two or three bottles at a time from Dollar Tree and use it on what ever I want a clear finish on.     If I want it to look like a thick layer, I will put two or three coats on and let it dry well between coats and then let it cure well after the last coat.    I honestly have not found the situation where nail polish isn't just as good as the ones I mentioned earlier.   The nail polish is a whole lot less expensive than the other products.   Just sayin'.    So, if your budget is tight, and who's isn't, then keep a jar or two of clear nail polish on hand and if you get if from the Dollar Tree, it's affordable.

See if you can pick which one is which.    One of these has nail polish as a finish, two have crystal effects and one has glossy accents.     Look at the close ups and see if you can tell which one has nail polish as a finish.     Click on the pictures to bring up larger pictures of each one.
 These are one and two.  
These are three and four.
Close up of number 1.
Close up of number 2.
Close up of number 3.
Close up of number 4.

You can check out the other pictures also to help you decide which one is which.     I really wish you could hold them in your hand and feel them to make your choice.    They all feel so great.     The texture on each is very similar.     Very shiny and smooth and they just feel rich with each of the different finishes on them.  I can assure you that your eyes can not make choice, the feel can not make the choice.     Only you knowing for yourself which is which, it the only way to know for sure which one has nail polish.     But, since I am the only person that knows for sure, I will tell you.

Numbers 1 and 2 have crystal effects as the finish.     They feel really nice and look beautiful up close.    Number 1 and 2 actually have the flattest finish.    It doesn't seem like there is as much shine on those as there is on the others.     Number 3 is finished with glossy accents.    To be honest, this one is my least favorite of the finishes.    In hand, it doesn't look as nice as the others, but I believe that's only because I have first hand knowledge of all 4 of them.    It is still very beautiful!!!!   Number 4 is finished with clear nail polish from the Dollar Tree.     Number 4 feels the best in hand and it looks the best.    Because nail polish is much thinner than the other two finishes, I put two layers of nail polish on it and let it cure and it is awesome.    Also, nail polish by nature, is really shiny.    So, if and when I can't afford the other products, I know beyond a shadow of doubt, that nail polish will work fantastic!!!!      Make your own comparisons and see what you think.    I believe it is more than satisfactory when and if funds get tight.    Been there, and yes, I used that!     hahaha     So, hope you like this money saving tip as well as I do.     Yay!!!!

Well, there you have it, another day in my adventure thru this thing called "Life"!    I hope you enjoyed your visit with me and I look forward to you stopping by again real soon.    Just know that God loves you and He loves the brokenness that you have, when you let Him in it.   He always uses every little nick and chip for His glory!   Tell someone you know that God loves them, they need to hear it.    I love you too and will see you back here real soon, y'all!!!    hugs and love, Patty 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Fun Project, "Holy Ground" and Pt. 2 of the Tip I shared last time

Good evening y'all.     I hope and pray that wherever y'all are, you are safe, sound and settled in for a wonderful evening with family, friends or loved ones.     It's kinda chilly here in my neck of the woods.     It's supposed to get even cooler with the possibility of some snow over the weekend, maybe.     We'll have to see, but I do hope pray that the weather predictions are wrong.     I'm ready for Spring.   hahaha     But, I guess I'll have to settle for what it is.    It's still Winter and I'm sure there's some weather hidden somewhere in that fact.    For those of you that are dealing with bad weather, my prayers go out to you for safety and warmth.      For those that have been dealing with the sickness going around, I pray that it's short lived for you.    Mine has taken it's toll on me but, I am feeling better than I have, so I am thankful for that.     TheraFlu really helped me a lot!!!    I wish I would have had it at the onset, I believe it would have helped me a lot sooner.     Just take care of yourselves and get plenty of rest.  

What is "holy ground"?      The words "holy ground" sparked an honest question for me.    In my quest, I found some answers that are most awesome indeed.    The Bible refers to "holy ground" only twice, but you know twice is enough for you get the understanding.     Once in the Old Testament, Exodus 3:5, and once in the New Testament, Acts 7:33.   Yahweh Himself told Moses that the ground he was standing on was holy.    Why?    What made the ground holy?    It wasn't that the actual piece of soil or rock or whatever that Moses was standing on was holy, it was the fact that Moses was in the presence of holy Yahweh!     The very essence of God and all of His attributes are what makes Him holy.    For us, to be holy means to be chosen and set apart for a specific reason.     When we accept Christ as Messiah and Lord of our lives, we are then set apart for a holy  life.    It doesn't mean we are perfect, but it does mean that we have chosen a new lifestyle and our lives should reflect that choice.     We have chosen holy, as opposed to easy.     We have chosen the best instead of just settling for what ever is the norm.     Sometimes, even as we strive for righteousness and holiness, we miss the mark.   

The Old Testament account, Exodus 3:5 "Do not come any closer, God said.  Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."     This is the story of God on the mountain, in the form of a burning bush.     Have you ever seen a burning bush as described in this account?    Probably not.     But that doesn't make this situation any less real.     If you are waiting for your "burning bush" experience, before you believe Yahweh is the holy "I Am", you may have a long wait.     I hope that digging into this account for ourselves will be enough for us to recognize that He is holy and deserves to be treated as such.     

Removal of sandals was an ancient custom, and still is in some parts of the world to show respect and submission and humility to someone, upon entering the temple, the palace or the private house of a great person.    Some have described this act of reverence as being similar to men removing their hats in places of respect, again showing respect, submission and humility.    With such a request from God, He was showing Moses his unworthiness.    We sometimes refer to our Christian lives as our Christian "walk".      Its much more easy to walk in a comfortable pair of shoes or sandals than it is to walk barefooted.    Shoes and sandals also served as a means of keeping dust and dirt off our feet.    The "dust and dirt" or "sin" of our everyday lives, if not kept in check, can cause us to be unpure and unholy in our lives and in the way we interact with others.    As our Christian "walk", it also refers to our "ways" and the way we "talk".    Does your "ways" and the way you "talk" reflect who you belong too?     Okay, now this is hitting close to home, huh.     Also, for the custom that we are talking about, slaves didn't wear shoes to show submission to authority, only the masters and overseers would wear shoes or sandals.       Fire in Scripture, represents holiness and justice as well as afflictions and trials.     

We sometimes speak of "going thru the fire" as a time of being purged and purified and made into something useful to God.     Until that time of trial, we are useless to Yahweh.    Because there is too much of self standing in the way.    When we have come to the place of reverence for God, then we can realize we are standing on "holy ground", then and only then, will we become a useful tool for God.     It is then that He has  our attention.     Sometimes we have a tendency to be disrespectful to Yahweh.     I can't say that it is something we purposefully do.     But, I hope and pray that when we come before Yahweh, that we will purposefully, from now on, be mindful and respectful of Who we are in the presence of.     

In verse 7, Yahweh says that "I have indeed seen the misery of My people in Egypt.    I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers and I am concerned about their suffering."
I don't know about you, but I hear the mercy, compassion and tenderness in this statement from Yahweh.     Yes, He heard their cries and seen their misery and was very concerned.     This particular time in history had been predicted by God back in Gen. 15:13 and it was nearing the end of this time that God had alotted and He was now ready for Moses to be the deliverer.      Go back and read this account for yourself and get it fresh in your mind with what is happening here.     God got Moses ready to be His voice, to be His man on the ground, if you will, to be in charge of this great deliverance.     Moses' whole life had been leading up to this very point in history.    He was born of a poor mother, was supposed to die because of the order to kill every Hebrew male child, but by faith his mother set him adrift in a little basket sealed with pitch or tar and was found by the royal Egyptian family of Pharaoh and raised as an heir to the throne.     Later he found out who he really was, a slave by birth; then he killed an Egyptian for mistreating a slave and was exiled out into the desert, to be forgotten about forever.   But, when God is orchestrating the situation, you just never can tell what's around the corner.     Moses had lived those 40 years in the desert wisely, although it was just everyday life for him, God had been getting him ready for the coming 40 years as a great leader and the deliverer of God's people.     God assured Moses that He was very aware of the misery of His people and it was time to do something about it.    

What does this have to do with us?      Nothing, if we don't want it to.     Everything, if we do want it to.     What I see is this.     The years of slavery in a foreign land is just like us living  years of our lives in sin.     We are slaves to sin.     Our task master is the hold that sin has over our lives.     The desires and addictions of sin and to sin has become like Pharaoh over our lives.     Sin is the stronghold that will not let go easily.     We have wasted many precious years in the struggle waiting, looking for a way out.     We get tired and worn out, but we keep struggling and sin keeps taking bigger bites from our lives.     We are ready for something to change.      We cry out, we cry out and we cry out!   Finally, we cry out to God, and He hears us!!!!      

God sets us on path of correction for our lives.    Sometimes, right in the midst of correction, we stop and we grumble and we complain, saying and thinking that Egypt (sin) was better, because at least it was familiar.     Is familiar better?     Is the unknown holy even attainable or will we be totally consumed by the familiar sin?      You and I are the only ones that can answer that question.     There is no time like the present to answer that question.     It makes no difference what the sin is, God is the answer to the sin.     When we give ourselves over to the "I Am" of all creation, He will help us!!! When we ask God into our mess, right where we are, then and there, right where we are becomes "holy ground", because God showed up!!!     Nothing about our mess is holy.     But, when we ask God to step into our mess, He will and wherever He is, is holy ground!      The children of Israel was in a mess and God heard their cries, and their mess became the message for the world.     

There is a lot of messes around each and every one us.     Maybe we are smack dab in the midst of some of those messes.     Maybe we are a slave to sin.     Maybe we have a hard task master and don't know what to do.     Maybe we are just about to go down in the pit of sin for the last time.     Maybe we feel there is no way out.     What if there is a way out.    What if all of the sudden your living hell just became holy ground.     If you call on Father God, then whatever you are going thru can become "holy ground" because of His presence, right there with you, wherever you are in your life.     Wherever God is, that's holy ground!!!!       This is my interpretation of "holy ground" from a life time of messes and the intervention of holy God in all my messes.     Share this with someone you know that is up to their neck in a mess, they will appreciate it. 

I showed you a pin in the last blog post I made.      Well, I love making them, so I have a total of 4 now.    hehehe     Did I say I love making them?     I do, I do!!!    They are so fun!!!    Just wanted to show them to you tonight.    Hope you enjoy them.   
This is all four of them with a sharpie marker laid in front of them for perspective.
 This is the very first one I made  and it's on a tiny purple easel.    The easel showcases the pin nicely.
This is the last one that I just finished with.   I left off the copper stained glass trim, just to see how I would like it, and I like a LOT.    I do love the colors of this one.    It has a very small wooden bird as well as mini beads, plus some different colors of seed beads.     Also my fav new thing, the shell chips.   I just love them!!!    And then there was a great big splash of extra fine blue glitter!    I used purple and bronze metallic acrylic paints.     YUM!!
This was the third one I made.     I wish they would have uploaded in the way I chose for them to upload, oh well.    This one has a couple of pearls, some of the shell chips, mini micro beads, tiny flat back gems and also some star shaped glitter.    I used purple, pink and gold metallic acrylic paints.   It looks really nice.
This is the second one I made.    I used purple, red and green acrylic paint, large flat back gems and a binder circle as well as some of the mini micro beads and some tiny flat backed gems.    Oh, did I say I love making these?    hehehe

I have a tip about the finish on these that I will share next time.    Be on the look out, it's a good one.

Another "tip", actually part 2 from the last tip I shared.     What I wanted to share with y'all is another app that is good for just keeping a grocery list on your cell phone is the Aldi app.    I was using it before I was told about Flipp.    What I do with this one is make my list, whatever I need when I go shopping.    If I am going to Dollar Store, WalMart, Aldi's, Dollar Tree............I will just put an abbreviation by the item of what I am getting, and where I am getting it at.   Biscuits-A, chicken stock sf-WM (sf=sodium free) whole wheat brd-A, lunch meat-A, fresh fruit-A...and so on.    You can even put the prices in the line item and keep up with prices.    Then you can go back and check old prices against what you are just now picking up.    As I get the item, I tap it and it puts a line thru it.   I go on to next store and do the same.    If I am making all the stops in one day, my list will be marked thru every item and it was a success.    It really helps a lot.    I will do the comparison shopping with the ads in Flipp and then put my shopping list in Aldi's app.    At first, it may take a bit of time, but once you get your list made, then it's just a matter of maintaining the list and keeping your coupons up to date.    (The Flipp app will even tell if there's a coupon applicable!)   How cool is that!!!       Again, I have nothing to gain with Aldi, I just love sharing great tips.     There are several good apps out there that will help you save money on your grocery shopping.     If you use something different to what I mentioned, let me know, and I will check them out and get back to you with my experience.

Well, this will just about wrap up another visit with y'all.    I hope you enjoyed your time here and that you seen or read something that you can share with someone.     Tell someone you know that God will meet them right where they are if they will call on Him.     Their mess can become their message and their territory of sin can become "holy ground", because wherever God is, is holy ground.    

I pray for God's blessing on all y'all and that you have a peaceful night of rest and that tomorrow is one of the best days of your life to this point.     Always remember that God loves you and I do too. Dream big, with God's help!     Meet me right back here real soon y'all.     Hugs and love, Patty

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My Finished Pin and Part one of a Tip

Good morning Y'all!!!   I hope and pray that where ever y'all are today that you feel good and that you have thanked God for letting you be a part of this marvelous day.    The sun may not be shining out side, but The Son should always be shining inside where ever you are.     Woop Woop!!!    I am like so many others now, you know the bug going around, well, it decided to hop on me and I am under the weather.   My throat is swollen, I have had 2 cups of  my fav Community brand decaf this morning just to soothe it and I may have another one in a bit.    I pray it is short lived!!!   So for anyone else out there that is dealing with it, my heart felt "get well" wishes go out to you, speedy healing, my friends!!

I was out and about yesterday with a very dear friend.   While out, I got my hair trimmed and shaped a bit.   First time in over a year that scissors have been on my hair.   I always thought short hair was easier to care for,,,,,NOT!!!   I am enjoying the longer hair, plus I get to rat it up real tall, hehehe.    I can pull it back, I can use electric rollers and go fluffy, I can use my curling irons and my flat irons, woohoo.....I can have fun with now.   yay!!!    Remember the banana clips from the 80's and 90's, Dollar Tree has them and I got some.   So I can even use those now.   Hilarious!!!!!

In my last blog post I shared a pin I had started on Thursday with my Family Community Education club ladies.    I had taken pics of all of them and showed y'all.    Well, I got mine finished and I hope you like it.
This was after I had just gotten the brass stained glass trim on in.    You know how sometimes the canvas boards will have ears at the corners of them, the brass trim cover that and makes it look like it's framed.
This is a close up of one side.    There is teenie tiny little microscopic beads that you can see barely see, it is just a smidgen of a faber castell bead gel product that I brushed on.  Also one of my fav new things are the shell chips that I try to use on just about everything I make now.
You can see the little purple flat back gems that I set on it.   Gotta have as much purple as possible and of course, I love pearls too.   hehehe
I got the pin back on it and autographed the back and I thought, gee, this needs a little easel, so I set out to make a little easel to set it on when I'm not wearing it.   How cool is that!   Then I put a penny down so you could see perspective of the overall size.    Sure hope you enjoyed seeing the finished pin.   Ta-Da!   hehehe

This is my "tip" that I wanted to share with y'all today.    I have an app on my cell phone that I use to help me comparison shop.   It's called "Flipp".    It's worth it's weight in gold, especially since  it's free.    Free---YAY!!!!!    It has a shopping list in it and I keep a running list in it.     Flipp has a list of MANY of the weekly ads, like those that come in the Sunday paper only they are in this app.     You go thru the alphabetical list of all the apps and then the ones that are in your area of shopping, create a list of favorites by tapping a heart at the top of the screen.     The ones you mark are on your "favorites" list.     Then you can create your grocery list and see what's on sale and which place has the lowest price.     I refer to my favorites list every time I go grocery shopping.     Well, when I was out the other day, I was going to run by Big Lots and pick up some bottled water.    I looked in my Flipp app, and Big Lots was no longer in my apps list and it was not even listed in the alphabetical list of stores.     I was kinda upset over that.    I love options and I love knowing what all my options are and if Big Lots has taken themselves off the app, then my option is to say bye bye Big Lots.    On the plus side with Flipp, I have all my local stores and pharmacies in my list and I love it!!!       So, if you have a smart phone, check out Flipp from your play store app.     There may be others, but I can only recommend Flipp, because that's what I use.     I'm not a spokesperson for Flipp at all, maybe I should be though.    hehehe   (By the time I got this blog post posted, Big Lots was back in the Flipp app, YAY, I'm so happy! So, I will continue to shop there from time to time.)

If you put this app on your phone or already use it, let me know about your experience with it.   If you know of others, let me know, ok.   Thanks.

When The Wind Blows

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.  Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

"Are you a good farm hand?" the farmer asked him.

"Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.  The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!" The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the old man's response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.  The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors  were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God.  (copied, author unknown)                A very good friend of mine sends me a devotional every morning, and this one spoke to me so loudly and clearly that I wanted to share with y'all.

I hope and pray that as the storms of life come and bring the winds right along with it, that you can sleep thru the night knowing that Jesus is in control.    I hope that you find comfort in the Word of God.     It is the instruction manual for life.     This is the only "self help" manual you will ever need, if you will read and study prayerfully, asking God to open your heart and head to receive His instruction.

God bless you in the rest of this day!!!   Dream God sized dreams!!!   God loves you and so do I.   hugs, Patty