Good afternoon Y'all! I pray that this update finds each and every one of y'all in a great way! I hope the weather is pleasant where you are and that Spring is full on. I know that some are still dealing with snow and ice and all kinds of weird weather, but I still believe God is in control of all of it. If nothing else, this past Winter and early Spring is proving that God certainly has a sense of humor. So much for "global warming"! In a couple of months, we will have forgotten all about the up and down carnival ride we have had with the weather and we will be complaining about how hot it is. Just you wait and see. hahaha
The growing and blooming of all things Spring, as beautiful as it is, it has awaken my allergies and I am in a pickle with them. When I get a little head congestion it seems as if my vertigo kicks in and I'm dizzy and nauseous and not very steady on my feet. I have had minor symptoms for a couple of weeks but this week it has ramped up and I'm in a bad place with vertigo. I just get in my nest when my husband leaves for work and that's pretty much where I stay. I can get up and do around a little, but not very much and I get unsteady on my feet and very nauseous. I do cherish your prayers as I try to get back on my feet.
I went to a baby shower over the weekend for a dear friend of mine who is gonna be a grandma for the first time. It was such a lovely shower. Lots of people and lots of wonderful gifts for the baby. I never seen as much stuff. I have been praying that she gets everything she needs for the short term, anyway. There may be an item or two that she still needs, but hopefully, when all is said and done, she will have enough gift cards and cash to put towards what she still needs.
I made a tag similar to the one I made earlier for a bridal shower. I am loving this steel rule postage stamp die from Sizzix. It is wonderful for a tag. I always make mine three layers thick, so it is beefier, much beefier than a one layer tag. I use deco cardstock for both sides and a piece of chipboard/cereal box on the inside. I run both pieces of deco cardstock thru my 510 Xyron machine. Apply both pieces to the chipboard and then cut out my postage stamp tag. I am not advising you to do yours like I did. I am just telling that's how I did mine. Once I get it cut out, I use a marker closest to the color of deco cardstock and color the edge all around the tag so no white is showing. I punch a hole in one corner for all the threads and ribbons to loop thru. I love to use a crackle background stamp and stamp all over one side of it. Then I use what ever stamps I want to use and put images or sayings on it. Then I love to make rosettes and put them on my tag. For this particular one, I made an envelope with my envelope maker, the size of a gift card, and put it on the back to put my gift in. I did take a few pics and I hope you enjoy looking.
As I leave you this afternoon, I ask you, have you ever been angry, about anything? Sure you have! We all have! Ok, fess up, admit it, you have been angry. Anger is not necessarily a bad thing. It is a normal reaction to many different situations. But, one of the things about anger, is that it is so easy to sin while we are angry. Most of us have really never learned how to deal with our anger and not sin. Why is that? Basically, because it IS NOT EASY!!! It may be one of the hardest things that we will ever do, is to be angry and NOT sin. The only way we will ever have any success at "being angry and not sin" is to have a close relationship with Jesus Christ. We certainly can not do it on our own. But, Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and this is what he said to them;
Ephesians 4:26-27, "26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and don’t give the Devil an opportunity."
A lot of people don't put a whole lot of weight and authority in the teachings of Paul. I believe that if we believe in Jesus Christ in any way; if we believe that any part of the Holy Scripture is God inspired, then we can't pick and choose what we believe. We either believe it all or we believe none of it. I personally believe that every word that Paul wrote was inspired to him personally by Jesus Christ. Paul was an Apostle of Jesus Christ and he was adamant about correcting the heresy in the early churches. Praise God for Paul!!!
Most of the time when we are dealing with anger, for any matter, we either suppress or express it. Neither way is the way for Christians to deal with anger. Suppressed anger builds up like poison and expressed anger usually involves verbal or physical attacks in some way. Paul suggests us to recognize anger and to deal with it before the sun goes down on it. Why in the world would Paul say "before the sun goes down on it"? Because if you have time to stew and churn over it, it will become an even greater problem tomorrow. Why? If we don't deal with it before the sun goes down, then the enemy will get in on the situation and what was a petty issue will become a major situation giving you the opportunity sin. How many lives have been lost due to unresolved anger? How much misery exists in the world today because of unresolved anger? Only God knows. Every sin starts in the mind. We have the opportunity to deal with while it is but a thought. Give that thought to God and let Him deal with it for you. I don't know who needed this today, besides me, but I pray that if you have an issue with anger, you will give it to the One who can deal with, because I know I can't and I doubt if you can deal with it on your own. Let go and let God!
I hope y'all have a wonderful rest of the day and a great nights rest for a very special day tomorrow. God love's y'all and so do I. Please come back real soon.
I hope and pray that Ladybug is having a great week. Sweet Pea loves you!
Much love and hugs till next time, Patty