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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Who are You? Plus a money saving tip

Well, I sure hope and pray that y'all have had a great start to the New Year so far!!!    In my neck of the woods, we have had snow and ice and sunshine and rain and sunshine and ice and rain.............that was just all within the last 15 minutes!!!  hahahaha    I'm so over winter already y'all. It wouldn't be so bad if I could walk on the stuff...hehehehe, but I do more sliding than walking and I am very concerned about my Achilles tendon issue.    It got flared up here back and it really bothers me when I get out on the slick or wet deck and try to walk across it.    I guess I get a little tense and when I do, it goes all the way down to my heel and makes it start hurting again and I have to double up on the meds to get rid of the inflammation.    Seems like a vicious cycle, but hey,  I can walk, so I'm not complaining at all.    I got out of bed today, so that makes any day a wonderful day, even if it is raining, snowing or whatever!!!     Don't y'all agree?    Sure you do.   Woop Woop!!!   Just a little shouting in house right about now.    Yay!!!    

There has been much sickness around here and I'm sure you've seen it in your areas also.    I just want all that stuff to go away!!!    It really takes it toll on all of us, but I worry most for the elderly.     We just need to try to be more aware of how we are feeling and if we are running a temp and coughing and blowing our noses, stay in and away from anyone more susceptible to lung issues.     I know, I know most every one of us wants to be seen and as often as possible, no matter the cost.    ggg    Well, ain't that so?    I just have to remind myself from time to time that other people's health and safety is much more important than my need to be seen.    I sure wish others would do the same.

One thing that I am gonna try to do this year is to add a tip or two to each blog post.   I hope you will let me know if it is helpful to you or someone else you may share them with.   I don't know a lot, but I love sharing what little I do know, so this is the first tip about the wet wipes to help you stay healthy. I get them at the Dollar Tree in an oval upright plastic container with a red flip top pop off lid.   There is between 60-75 wipes in the containers.    I keep them in the door pocket of the car all year long.   Since they are wet wipes, they will freeze during cold weather.    So, to keep them from freezing, I will put about 1/4 cup of alcohol that I have also gotten at the Dollar Tree in the wet wipes container. One bottle of alcohol will more than last a whole winter season and two vehicles.    It will keep the wipes from freezing and it also gives a little more sanitizing power in the winter, which we need.   And since alcohol is drying to your skin, as soon as you get home and wash your hands, use a good moisturizer on your hands.

So, today I had my FCE, Family Community Education club meeting.     We always go over old business and new business and stuff like and have a show and tell time and if someone gets together the stuff, we have a small craft project.    We haven't been having many craft projects as of late.   So this morning I got the stuff together and we had a mini art session!!!    Yes we did!!!!    We all enjoyed it a lot and I hope I can do more in the months to come.  

I had been seeing some art of a friend on the Google+ communities and oohhhing and aaahhhhing over her work and she said it would be quite ok for me to use her idea and share it with others.    So, that is what I done today.     I dedicate this craft project to my friend +Sue Marrazzo  and I thank her for the encouragement to use her idea.   Be sure and check out some of her art by clicking on her name, she is awesome!!!   I didn't have a sample to show them, I just got everything out and we just done it at the same time and all the ladies really enjoyed it.   I was so thankful that they had a good time making this little pin.

It is a 2x2 mini art canvas in black.    I gathered up a bunch of acrylic paints, metallics and non metallics, tooth picks, beads, buttons, pin backs, and a sticky back copper stained glass edging.   They weren't dry, so they don't have the pin backs on them and copper edging.    We will put that on when they are completely dry and cured for a day or two.    But I did take pictures of all our multi media mini art canvas pins.    I was gonna bring some glitter, but I forgot it.   But.....I'm just sure some glitter will fall on mine before it's completely done.    hehehehe     Hope you enjoy the pics.
This one is mine.   I put a couple of pearls on mine.   I use white metallic, blue metallic, purple and a spot of bronze metallic and just swirled it around with a toothpick.
 It looks like most of used about the same colors.
 This one a bit more white and blue.
 I really enjoyed the looks of this one with the pink.   It really stands out.
 This one had pink in it too, and I really love the way they turned out.
This was mine again with the small pin back just so you can see perspective of size.    Without that, they look like they could be 14x14 inch canvases.    hahaha   (that would be a goofy big pin, wouldn't it.   hehehe)

So, there you have it.    I hope enjoy seeing this.    I will put up another pic when I have mine finished completely with the copper edging on it.     Thank you Sue, for the inspiration.   I hope we done your project justice.    We sure enjoyed it!!!!!

Have you ever been lied to?    Do you know a lie when you hear one?     How does it make you feel to hear a lie?      You know what I mean.     Just a quickening in you gut, or a tug at your heart, or just an all out warning system going off in your head.     It's really hard to hear lies being told about friends, family or significant people in our lives.    It hurts.     And if you love the person being lied about, you want to say something, don't you.     Or maybe you just don't say anything because you don't want to make scene.     Either way, you recognize it as a lie and your heart aches for the other person.

So, lets get to the heart of the matter.     What about when the lie is about you?     "Them's fightin' words"!     ggg     Think about it.    Who tells "you" the most lies about you?     The enemy!     The devil!    The evil one!     His number one job is to kill, steal, and destroy!!!     We read the Bible and we are warned about his evil ways and tactics and we know he wants to keep us bound up in lies; in his lies.     If he can tell you a lie about you and you believe it, guess what, his job is done and he has you tied up in the corner right where he wants you.     

It is so easy for us to encourage others.     The sad part of it is this, most of us feel like we don't deserve that same encouragement.     It is just easier for us to believe the lies of the enemy than it is to believe the same encouraging words that we share with others; that when we accepted Christ Yeshua, as our Lord and Savior all the old things in our life before Christ was totally erased.     That is what happens when we accept Yeshua, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!!!      All that stuff that had held us back, like stinkin' garbage, is gone forever.      Why is it so hard for us to believe what the Bible says about us?     Why is so hard to believe that we are a new creation in Christ?     Let's face it, Christ has our heart, but the enemy still resides in our mind.     That's it, just straight up, the enemy still has our mind in bondage.   We know in our hearts that what I'm saying is true.     We don't want it to be true, we really don't.   So how do we move forward without the enemy in our mind?     I won't even pretend to have all the answers, but I can point you in the direction for all the answers, The Word of God!!!!     All that matters is the truth of the Word of God!!!!     Here is a short list of who you are in Christ:

John 1:12   --children of God
Ephesians 1:5  --adopted into the family through Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 6:17  --one with Christ in Spirit
Romans 6:6  --no longer slaves to sin
Genesis 1:27  --created in the image of God
Jeremiah 1:5  --known by God before you was born (life begins at conception)
1 Peter 2:9  --chosen, royal, holy, God's special possession (peculiar treasure)
Galatians 3:27-28  --clothed with Christ, no divisions or separations, all one in Christ
1 Corinthians 6:19-20  --living temples of the Holy Spirit, bought with a price (Jesus bought you)
2 Corinthians 5:17  --new creature in Christ
Galatians 5:1  --set free in Christ
Ephesians 4:24  --righteous and holy
Colossians 2:10  --fulfilled in Christ (made complete, whole)
Colossians 3:12  --holy and dearly loved
Colossians 1:22  --blameless and free
Hebrews 4:16  --we can come boldly to the throne of God to seek mercy and grace from Him
1 Peter 2:11  --an enemy of the devil
1 John 2:27  --anointed by God
1 John 4:10  --loved
Revelation 5:9  --have been redeemed
Isaiah 53:5  --healed
John 15:3  --cleansed
Philippians 4:13  --capable

I could go on and on and on with more scripture to show us who we are in Yeshua, Christ, but I think this is more than enough to get us started on retraining our thought process about ourselves and stop us from listening to the enemy.    I pray that we will use these verses and others as a reminder of "who we are" and "whose we are".     I have to remind myself from time to time and fill my mind with the good stuff.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

One thing I know for sure is this; dwelling on the stinkin' thinkin', the lies that the enemy tells us day in and day out are NOT what is excellent or praiseworthy.     The list above is.     Think on those things and praise Yahweh, that all things are made new in Christ, Yeshua!!!!!!     Share this with someone you know who would benefit from a little pick-me-up.    They will appreciate it so much.

So, let me ask you a question.     Who are you?     It's not based on economic status, your checking account, the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the color of your hair, the color of your skin, your weight,  the size of the house you live in, where you were born.     None of those things matter.     They really don't.   What does matter is the foot of the cross.     It's level for everyone.     Everyone has to make their way to the foot of the cross at some time or another, to be in right relationship with our Father God.    If you have acknowledged that you need help in your life and Christ is that help; if you have accepted Christ into your heart; if you have confessed your sin with your mouth and believed in your heart that Christ died for your sins and is now at the right hand of the Father, then you can claim all these verses over your life and all the many more in scripture that tell who you are.   Woohoo!!!     That's some good news!!!!     Child of God, who are you?   

I have another little "tip" to share with you that can save you a little money.    Who doesn't want to do that?    It won't make you rich, but a few extra pennies in your pocket is better than them being in someone elses pocket, "ain't" it?     A friend of mine up in Ky (she will know who she is when she reads this   ggg) gave me a pump bottle of hand soap for my birthday last year.   Most of the pump bottles just pump out liquid soap into your hand.     This one pumped out foam!     I loved it!   So much so that I used it up way too quickly.   hehehe    What can I say, I loved the foam.   Well, I wasn't about to toss the empty bottle.     The pump mechanism is much larger than the one in a regular hand soap bottle (if you are interested in looking for one).     So that got me to thinking it was the mechanism that made the foam.     The soap solution was much thinner, watery.     My experiment led me to this finding.     Take off the pump mechanism from the bottle and put about 2 tablespoons, no more than that for sure, of regular liquid soap in the bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with hot water, leaving enough space to accommodate the larger pump mechanism.     Don't shake the bottle, just swirl it around until the soap is evenly distributed  and then put the pump mechanism back in and ENJOY your new foam hand wash!!!!     A regular bottle of hand wash will last for forever, almost!!! Yay!!   Woop Woop!!!

I sure hope y'all read something here today that spoke to you.   Maybe a tip, or maybe the Word of God, or maybe just my ramblings; if it did, tell someone you know about it, they may need to hear it too.     I love it when you leave me a little note, it makes me happy.    I hope we enjoy the day that has been put before us.   Cold, rain, snow, sleet, ice, amount of bad weather can keep us from the presence of Yahweh!!!!    Nothing can!!!    Isn't that GOOD NEWS!!!!    Don't forget to "dream" God sized dreams!!!!

Till we meet again, right back here, blessings, God loves y'all and so do I!!!!!!   hugs, Patty

Monday, January 2, 2017

I Have A "Dream" for 2017

Good morning Y'all!!!   I hope everyone had a Merry "Christ"-filled Christmas and a Happy New Year!!    We have been experiencing a wet season here in my neck of the woods.   Not a real happy camper, but I'll manage.    hahaha    Looking out side this morning, we're in for another gloomy day.   But, ever the optimist, the "Son" is shining on the inside!!!!     Woohoo!!!   That's always good to cheer about!     Was fixing coffee this morning, and my little coffee maker went "ka-put"!     No coffee for me.    Well, that's not quite right, I did use hubby's pot and made my decaf after he got his high octane, but, I will be out in a bit looking for another little coffee maker for me.    I had one of those little Black and Decker one cup thingies and that's what I want to get again or something similar.   We'll see.

We have been without our internet service for a few days and just got it back on.   That's why you didn't hear from me on New Year's Eve.     I am a lot disappointed in AT&T these days.    We don't have many options here in my neck of the woods for internet service, just AT&T or ComCast and neither one are "consumer friendly", but I'll tell you what, right now I'm not a "friendly consumer".   "Reach out and touch someone", yeah, that would make me pretty happy!!!    hahaha     We can live without the internet, but our home phone is over the internet, so if a dr or the hospital or some kind of an emergency had come up, we wouldn't have known.   Oh well, it's over now.     I did laugh and tell hubby that I had missed all the spam/scam calls we were getting.    There is a certain amount of power in hitting the "call block" button.      In the last year and a half leading up to the election, I reckon every "scam bag" (hahaha) that could, got their hands on our number and called and called and called.     I would google the number and it would be scammers.    Our old house phone was old enough that it didn't have call block.   When I get stuff like that on my cell phone, I put the # in my Kaspersky and it stops all that.    Well, with the old house phone, we just got to where we wouldn't answer unless or until they started leaving a message and if it was someone we knew we picked up and if not, we hit the delete button.    Sooooooo, here back, we went to Wal Mart and picked up a new phone.    The base has big "call block" button, and I must say, I'm in love!!!!     And each handset has a "call block" button on them!!!     hahaha     Oh yeah, there is a LOT of power in that little button.     Now,,,,,,,,,,,,,I feel a little bit Clint Eastwood-ish, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout.    "Go ahead, make my day!!!!!"      So, when someone has already been blocked, it just rings once and they are gone "bye-bye", and if it's a # I don't recognize, I will google it and then they are gone "bye-bye"!     I just have to tell you, I do love power, I really do!    Our new phone has given me so much power, I just can't get over it!!!   I find myself during a time I may be a bit bored, saying "come on call, my "block" finger is needing some more exercise!   hahaha    That is true y'all.   (thinking out loud to self: I really believe all that power has gone to my head just a bit.)    hahaha    No, just kidding about that.    But it feels really  good to have some control over who calls our phone now.    So, the moral of the story is this, you don't have to take all the spam/scam calls, you can take matters in your own hands, and we did.   There is one small draw back.    Remember the days of the really old rotary phones, you could really slam that sucker down in someones ear, with call block, you can't slam the phone down.    hahaha     But.........I have heard of people wearing those little whistles around their neck and when they get a spam/scam call, they blow a whistle in the phone.      Oooooh mmmmmy ggggggosh, I think I may feel more power coming my way!!!!   hahahahaha

So, we was out and about over the Christmas holiday and driving thru town, we seen a sight that has always intrigued me!     We see it all the time, but it's a lot more fun to see with each other in the vehicle, because we always laugh and start talking about when we first started seeing this particular sight.    I believe everyone is probably familiar with seagulls, right.     They are a "normal" sight around or near the ocean, right, right, yeah right.     So, about 25 years ago we was in the Rivergate area.     In the mall area, to be exact and we seen a sight that wasn't normal for us.    We are country folk.    Just sayin', straight up country folk y'all.   And I'm VERY proud to say that!!!!!     Being a country gal, most things don't raise a brow for me.    But, when I see "sea gulls" in an area that is very "main land", no ocean for many many many miles, it's different, to say the least.     So, hubby and I started calling them the Rivergate Seagulls.     A few years later, we was driving thru our town and we seen these big birds flying around in the K-Mart parking lot!     Guess what, they were seagulls, and they are creeping further and further north, farther and farther away from the ocean.     Now, remember I have just proclaimed myself, straight up, a country gal, so forgive me, but I just crack up when I see this sight, still, even after all the years.     We started talking about the seagulls, hubby and I.   We decided that these are descendants of the ancient Rivergate seagulls.   Probably 20 generations or more removed.   They have evolved their diet over the years from healthy fish and aquatic ocean life, to thriving on "whoppers and french fries"!    Seriously!!!!    I just keep waiting to see if we hear of any of them having open heart surgery or some kind of a "gizzard" attack or something like that. Seriously!!!   We need to change our eating habits so the gulls stay as healthy as possible.   Someone will call PETA on us!!!!     I tried to get one in the bed of the truck, but it kept flying out!!!!  Well, if you don't believe me, pictures are worth a hundred words!    hahahahahaha
 Here, some of them are still air bound and coming in for landing.
 They are not afraid of us anymore.     They come right up to the vehicle looking for a whopper!
This is just a few of them, there are lots of them, but they are discriminating though, it's only the "really bad for you" fast food places that they hang out.     Subway has nothing to worry about.
They do keep the parking lot nice and clean though.    I don't think the city ever has to use the street sweeper on that parking lot.   hehehe
I really tried to get one to come home with me, but it just kept flying out of the bed of the truck.   hahaha   Next time I will toss a whopper back there!!!!
They will follow you all over the parking lot, wanting scraps, oh heck, they want the whole burger and fries and a lot of people do just that.    hahaha     Oh well, I do find it amusing, why, I just don't know.    Ever once in a while we will see some out at the lake in the city park, so that gives me a little hope that they haven't lost their sense all together, but I don't guess they will ever find their way back to the ocean, they have the good life here, so why leave it.

With the New Year comes resolutions, right?     Well, I don't make New Year resolutions, haven't in a very long time!!!!    Just a little research on the subject and I found that it was an ancient Babylonian tradition, so I decided to let that tradition die with the ancient Babylonians a long time ago.    I figured if it was something they done, I didn't need to do it!!!  

So, I see the New Year as "opportunity".      I see the New Year as a time for "dreams" to be fulfilled. Most every one has had a dream of some kind.     And most of us have had a few of those dreams "shot down like a seagull over the parking lot"!   ggg     Well, it's true.   People love to toss water over someone else's dreams and dash their hopes.     So, instead of telling other people what my dreams are, I have decided to share my dreams with Yahweh, Father God!!!     I have asked Him to help me dream big for myself.    I have asked Him to enlarge my circle of influence for Him.     I have asked for more personal dreams to be fulfilled, but that is between He and I.    I think sometimes we loose the ability to dream dreams.     So, if you fall into that category, not knowing how to dream for yourself, then I invite and encourage you to share that with God.    Ask Him for God-sized dreams!!!! We limit ourselves by asking for this or that, just ask Him for whatever He sees for you.    So, this year, my word for the year is "DREAM", and it's not my dream, but what God has dreamed for me!!! I have asked Him for only what He has envisioned for me, all my life.     This year just might as well be the year that I start walking His dream for me out, what ever it looks like.     I encourage you to do the same.    We are NEVER too old to reach for the dreams that God has for us.    I don't have any idea of what this year holds for me, but I know the One that holds my year in His hands.    He will not put any thing before me that He has not equipped me to do.     It may require me to stretch my faith muscles, but I'm willing to do that.     I hope and pray that y'all will join me for the journey that lies ahead in 2017!      It will be a fun bumpy ragged ride, for sure.   I'm game, if y'all are game.     Let's make plans today, to ride in to the end of 2017 knowing that it has been a year well spent with God dreaming dreams for us!!!!!     DREAM!!!!!!!!      Ask God for His dream for you!!!!!

Well, there you have it.    Not what I was planning on when the last few days of the old year came and went without internet service, but this is what I finished with this morning.    I hope you found a bit of humor and truth and lightheartedness in the mess I will call a blog post.   hahaha     Hopefully, I can put my creative hat back on and get to making fun messes to share with y'all in this new year.  

Remember, in everything you do, God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you thru His Son, Yeshua, Jesus Christ.    I love y'all too.   Till we meet back here again "DREAM"-ing , hugs, Patty

Saturday, December 24, 2016

"O Holy Night"

This is the beautiful sight I see when I am out and about in my small town.   A most lovely sight for sure.    I wanted to share it with y'all.   It is definitely in keeping with the "reason for the season" and remembering the "Who and not the do".     Just remember as you look at this beautiful picture, "the Stable sits in the shadow of the Cross".

I just wanted to wish each and every one y'all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!   As I do I just wanted to share with y'all what I shared with a very special group of ladies.   As I did, I was reminded that every one who visits my blog are a very special group of people also.   So, this is my Christmas prayer for all of us.   

Father,  We thank You for the Perfect gift of Yeshua, Jesus Christ!    We thank you for seeing us thru, this another year.   We have so much to be thankful for this year.   I know there has been a lot of health issues for people this year and the previous years, but I have to remind myself from time to time that nothing ever happens without You knowing about it.    I can see in our lives where You have been holding each one of us and seeing us through the hard days.   With knowledge and affirmation of Your presence in the hard days, we know that You will be with us during the good days.   I pray for a new year full of blessings for each one of us.    I pray that 2017 will be the year that we see dreams being fulfilled in all of our lives.   The secret dreams that we have never shared with anyone but You, Father.   I pray that You, Yahweh will open doors for us that could not have been opened without You.   I pray that You will shut doors that we don't need to even look thru or that has run its course in our lives.    I pray that You will give each of us an extra portion of boldness to "live out loud, love out loud and praise You out loud".    I pray, that with all the changes coming in the new year, that You will teach us to pray more focused, to pray believing, and to pray more often, knowing You hear our cries.   I pray for 2017 to be the best year so far, for each of us.    I pray that You will teach me/us to be more health conscious and more aware of what we need to do to take care of us so we can be a blessing to those around us.   I pray that You, Father God will enlarge our circles of influence and that we can be a blessing to all we come in contact with, especially those opposed to You and Your ways.    I pray that when people see us, they know something is different about us.    I pray that our lives will glorify You in everything we do.    I pray that You will teach us to love others in a way that is more pleasing to You.    I pray that You will convict each of us of the sin in our lives and the need to confess and ask You for forgiveness.   I pray that You will be with all the leaders of this nation and teach them to call on You for guidance.     I pray that You will be with all the leaders of the world and teach them all to call on You.   Your Word says that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Yeshua, Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior over all,    I pray that every knee will bow because they have trusted and believed in You.    I pray that every tongue will confess that Christ Jesus is Lord and Savior because they have accepted Yeshua as Lord and Savior of their lives.    I pray that 2017 will be a year of people coming to You, freely, because they want a better way of life.    I pray that we will remember that the manger points to the Cross this Christmas Season.     Thank you for Salvation in the form of a Baby.    Amen!

We had a most beautiful Candle Light Vesper service at church tonight.   It was a lovely sight indeed.  I pray that everyone has a wonderful night of sweet refreshing rest in the name of Christ  and remember the silence and the beauty of the Holy Night that Christ was born.  Always remember that God loves y'all and so do I.   MERRY CHRISTMAS     Love and hugs, Patty
(ps: click on the picture for a larger view)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Christmas Tree

Good morning y'all!!!   In my neck of the woods the sun is shining brightly and beautifully, oh my it sure is.    I was at one of the local stores shopping one day last week and the lady checking me out said something about it being beautiful outside.   I laughed and said, "Yeah, but it's a little "sneaky", because it is really cold."     She laughed and said, "I love that term, "sneaky", it's perfect to describe the weather.     You know, "looks can be deceiving".    That's what I was thinking about when I said that.     We have had a cold few days here, but I think we are in for an upturn of the temps.    I think I seen where it's supposed to be in the mid to upper 60's Christmas Day, but with lots of rain. That, I guess, is better than snow.    I can't even believe I said that!!!!     I know I must be getting old now.    hahaha

I wanted to share something with y'all today that I shared last year, and wanted to repost it again.   This came about from a sermon my Pastor preached last year during the Christmas season.     I don't really know what he said that caused me to have this mental image, because he was preaching about the obscure little village of Bethlehem and it had nothing to do with decorating a Christmas tree.     Anyway, below is the mental picture I had that morning.   When I got home from church, I started writing and it started coming together, with this being the finished product.     I hope you enjoy reading it.

My Christmas Tree

What if I asked you to decorate a Christmas Tree and put only things on it that would describe you, your relationship with Jesus and your relationship with others.    Could you do it?     Would you do it?    I was sitting in church service Sunday morning and as the Pastor spoke, I was concentrating on his sermon and all the time I kept getting this mental picture.     Do any of y'all ever get that mental picture that you just can't get out of your head?    I do.    Sometimes mine is an all out comedy skit of something that he is preaching on.    Yeah, I know, only I could find the humor in some of the things that he preaches on and, by the way, every bit of it is scriptural.    I just have say that I know God has a very good sense of humor, because He gave me a pretty good one.    So, I can actually blame it on Him, right.    ggg    Anyway, as he was speaking, I kept seeing a Christmas Tree in my mind.    I finally just had to ask God what that was.     Well, it was a Christmas Tree that was decorated with things that represented my relationship with Jesus and the people in  my life.     I didn't get a really clear image of it though.     I was so intrigued by the idea that I thought I would try to mentally decorate a Christmas Tree for y'all and describe it as I go.

So, first off it would have to be a Cedar Tree.   A Cedar tree never looses it branches and it stays green all the time.     It will grow in places that a lot of other trees can't.   It has a smell that only the cedar tree has.    I love the smell of cedar.     As a small child, I would pick up cedar shavings and smell them.    I would actually rub them on my nose and sleep with them and get them tangled in my hair.    Anyway, that's what we always had growing up and I remember all the fun I had when I got to help decorate it.    Sometimes, I would get to decorate it more than once if it fell over.     hehehe      Redecorating is not as fun as it was to decorate it the first time.    So, Cedar Tree it is. 

Next I would put lots of colored lights on it.     I do love the clear lights, but I am a colorful person and I love lots of color, so colored lights it is.    God didn't say anything about colored lights or clear, He just said to let our light shine for others to see.    And we are not to put our light under a bushel, but to have it out and shining bright.   So, I do believe a lot of colored lights on my tree would be seen.    So, colored lights, it is.

Next, for garland, I might string some popcorn and put that on my tree.     Most everyone likes or loves popcorn.     It does smell wonderful when it's popping.     What is the first thing you smell when you go to the movie theater?     Yeah, popcorn.    The smell of it is inviting and pleasing.    Have you every thought about popcorn?    It takes a lot of heat, to make that kernel of corn transform into something that is so delicious.    It has to "go thru the fire", so to speak, for it to be transformed into something that we love so much.     Guess what, we have to "go thru the fire" also, to be transformed into something useful that God can use.    Notice I said "go" thru the fire to be made into useful.    If popcorn stays in the fire too long, it goes from delectable to detestable in just a matter of seconds.    Sometimes we take our eyes off the popcorn and it burns.    God will never take His eyes off us and He goes thru the fire with us.     We are never alone.     So, popcorn it is.

Next comes the decorations.     First, I think I would want a box of crayons.     They represent the big box of 64 that I had as a child.    I loved those crayons and the many hours of pleasure they brought me.    They also represent the fact that it's ok to color outside the lines.     Our artistic skill, love and abilities come  from God, so I will embrace my artistic side with the crayons.    Next, I think there would be some big beautiful colorful buttons scattered about on my tree.     I have always loved buttons.    I learned to count with buttons.     I always loved to play with buttons while Mom was sewing.    Buttons are very useful.    They hold stuff together.    They can be plain and be useful.    They can be very ornate and still be just as useful.    So, a few buttons goes on my tree, just to make sure I stay buttoned up and together.     Next, I would want at least eight different cookie cutters hanging on my tree.       Six to represent the guys in our house; dad and five brothers. Then two to represent mom and me.     Cookies was always a special treat.     I would want them all to be different, because we are all different.    God made all His children different, so mine would have to be different too.

Next I would want some glass ornaments.    Glass ornaments of all different shapes colors and sizes.    God made us in His image in all different shapes colors and sizes, but none the less, all still in His image.     The glass represents how fragile we are.   If not handled correctly, they shatter.     So do we, when we are not handled correctly.    

Next, I would have 37 small gold wedding rings hanging on my tree for all to see.     Those would be as a reminder of the all the Christmases my husband and I have spent together.     Representing all the good times and the bad, knowing that God was in the midst of it all.      With the hopes of adding many more as each year rolls around.     The circle also represents the un-ending love that God has for His children.   Yes, a few gold wedding bands it is.     

Next, I would want a few beautifully decorated acorns.     Those remind me of times when my husband and I have gone on acorn hunts and found some really large acorns.    I bake them in a low temp oven (to kill any insects or eggs that may be in them) for a couple hours, and turn the oven off, leave them over night and the next day they are ready to decorate.     From a small acorn comes the mighty oak.     They grow really tall on the upside of the ground.     On the underside, where we can't see, they put down really deep roots!      So, I want to represent Jesus Christ well when you see me, but I also want to know that I am firmly rooted in Christ.    The roots are very important when the storms of life come thru, they determine whether you survive it.    Everything above ground can be damaged, but as long as the root system is ok, the tree can come out of it.    I may be shaken, but if I'm rooted in Christ, I can survive any storm.

Next, I think I would like to have some trumpets on my Christmas Tree.    I have a few, and when I do decorate, I love using them.     I love the sound of the trumpet.    Of course, I couldn't make a sound come out of one if my life depended on it.    But, I do enjoy the sound of them.     And I do keep my ear pealed, listening for the great trumpet blast that will take place when Jesus comes again.     So, yes I will have a few trumpets.      Next, I would have to have one small broken ornament on my tree.     Why that, you ask?     If we are honest with ourselves and God, we are all broken, in some way.     That's what sin does, it causes brokenness, and we can't fix it.     God can and does when we come to Him with our sin.    So, that one small broken ornament would be a reminder to me, that although it is broken, it is still loved and useful.    God can use each and every one of us, even with our brokenness, to His benefit and glory.

Next, y'all know I love me some purple!     If you don't, it's not because I haven't told ya!  hahaha     Yeah, I think I would have some purple scraps of fabric on my Christmas Tree.     Why scraps of fabric?     I am reminded of Lydia.    The lady from the Bible.     She was a seller of purple cloth and she also loved the Lord.     Purple is a symbol of royalty.     Since I am a daughter of the Most High God, I think just a few purple scraps would do me well on my tree.     Next, I think I would have to have me some pearls on my tree.     Pearl is my birthstone and fittingly so.      Pearls are the result of an irritation that takes place in the oyster.     Think about how bad an ulcer hurts, that's about similar to the kind of irritation that produces a pearl.     The Bible speaks of pearls as having great value.     The gates of Heaven will be made from pearls.    Each gate will be made from one large pearl.      That's one large source of irritation for each pearl!!!      One of my very dear friends and I have special names for each other.     She is Pearl Love, because she is the epitome of Love, Gods love!!!!      I am Pearl Joy.     My Joy comes from the Lord.      There is also scripture that says not to cast your pearls before swine.      So, pearls it is.

Next I would have to have to have a ladybug on my tree.    The red one, that is.     Who doesn't love a ladybug.     Scientists done an experiment on ladybugs a few years ago and found out they are possibly the strongest creature on earth.    They can pick up over 600 times their own body weight with those little suction feet of theirs.    Pretty amazing, huh!    They are very strong little buggers.    The ladybug would represent my mom, one of the strongest people I have ever known.    That's what I call my mom sometimes too.     Next, I would have to have a little sweet pea flower on my Christmas Tree.     They are a small, dainty flower; everything that I ain't!   hahaha    The wild ones found in nature are usually purple, woohoo.     They do smell good.     They are considered to be a good gift.    They represent "good fortune", so I say that my good fortune can be found only in what Jesus Christ has done for me.    This is what my mom calls me sometimes too.    So, sweet pea it is.

Next, I love to have candy canes shaped like a shepherds staff.     The shepherds staff reminds me that the shepherd looks after his sheep.     Shepherds were the lowest of the low, but God chose them to announce His plans to that night in the fields while watching their sheep.    Wow, talk about a chosen group of men that night!     The shepherds staff was a useful tool to.     Sometimes he has to use his staff to get one of the sheep that may have fallen in a crevice or something like that.  He can just reach out and pull a sheep back to where it belongs.    But the shepherd always has his sheep's best interest at heart.     The sheep knows the shepherds voice, the shepherd knows the voice of his sheep.     So it is with Christ as our Shepherd, He recognizes our voice, we recognize His voice and He always has our best interests at heart.     Next, I think I would need a few heart shaped ornaments on my tree.    The heart represents great love.     We see the heart of Christ from the beginning to end of the Bible.     We also have learned to love, because Christ loved us first.    Sometimes it is hard for us to love as Christ loves.    But He has taught us to love others, even our enemies.     So, I will have a few hearts on my tree as a reminder to love others.  

When I get it all decorated with all the different ornaments and items I want on my tree, there's just a couple of things left.     I would take a few hands full of glitter and toss it on the tree.     Why glitter?     It sparkles, it shines, and it shimmers!!!!     It makes you smile when you see it.     If you get close enough to someones glitter, you get it on you.    It's a reminder that you was with that person and enjoyed time spent with them.      I can just imagine how the streets of gold are gonna glimmer, sparkle and shimmer.     So glitter, it is.

Last but not least, by any means is the tree topper.     My tree topper would be a Cross.     The symbol of what Christ has done for me and who I am in Him.     It would not have to be the finest Cross ever made.      I'll gladly take a rough cut, precariously nailed cross for my tree topper.     The Cross was not ever meant to be a thing of beauty.    The only way the Cross becomes a symbol of beauty is when it represents the transformation that has taken place in my life as a result of the finished work of Christ on the cross.    If you see someone wearing a cross, ask them what it means to them.     See if it means the same thing to them that it means to you.    If not, share with them what the cross represents to you.    So, a Cross it is for my topper.

There you have it.    A Cedar Tree, colored lights, popcorn, crayons, buttons, cookie cutters, glass ornaments, acorns, gold wedding rings, small broken ornament, trumpets, purple fabric scraps, pearls, a lady bug, a sweet pea flower, shepherd staff candy cane, hearts, glitter and a cross.     These are the things that would make up my Christmas Tree to describe who I am.

What would you use to describe who you are?       Think about it.     When I got done putting everything down to describe my tree, then it all came into focus and this is exactly what I saw when my Pastor was preaching Sunday morning.      His sermon was about what came from Bethlehem, such a small and obscure little town.  How in the world I got this from his sermon, I'll never know.      Other than it just being what I call a God "thang".     I do have to say that I am quite pleased with my Christmas Tree.     I hope you will do the same thing this Christmas season and share your Christmas Tree with those around you. (written by patty in 2015)

Well Christmas will be in four days.      I hope and pray as the day approaches that we will be ever mindful that Yeshua, Jesus Christ's life was a life filled with purpose.     His life set the example for our lives.    Our lives should be filled with purpose.     Two of those purposes are to worship God and to share Yeshua, Christ with others to grow the kingdom.     We don't have to preach a sermon, just live lives that speak louder than any sermon.     Love speaks.     Love loud.     Emulate our Savior.

Well, that's about it for now.     If I don't pop back in before Christmas Day, Merry Christmas y'all and enjoy all the festivities and beauty of this time of year and lets all try to keep the spirit of why we celebrate alive and in our hearts.     Just remember that God loved us enough to give us the VERY best gift that could ever be given!     I love y'all too!    hugs and love, Patty