October has just slipped up on me this year, y'all!!!! That is why I said "Ouch", it just seems to hurt a bit, that this year is 3/4 gone already and it just seems like it was yesterday that I hung up my 2014 calendar. Time certainly has a way of skipping on by, whether we like it or not. The only thing I know to do is just skip right on along with it and enjoy the scenery and the changing of seasons. Just turn the page in our coloring books and crack open that new set of crayons and color and craft away. How does that sound? It sounds like a pretty good game plan to me. Whether we do it or not, time will keep on skipping by, and at least we'll have a coloring book full of gor-juss scenery.
Was it cold in your neck of the woods over the weekend? It sure was in mine, y'all!!! Saturday night and Sunday morning it was down to 30*, y'all!!! I know it was at least that, because I seen it on two different thermometers and that was at 6:15am on Sunday morning. What I wonder, did it get colder than that, and I just missed seeing it? I don't know. The real kicker, y'all, "our heat is NOT working". Go figure!!! I got ready and went on to church. Hubby had to work this weekend, so when he got up, after I left for church, he started the gas fire place and it needed to be vacuumed out before hand, so all the collected dust had to burn out, and it really did stink, y'all!!!! He turned that off and resorted to the itty bitty heater that we have and he finally got warmed up. Now, today, we have to call the repair folks and see what the damage to our check book will be.
It has been a week today since I updated my blog. Wow, what a difference a week can make. It has been a sad week for my church family. One of our Saints went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning. She's walkin' the Streets of Gold today and enjoying the presence of her Savior and Father God! It truly was a shock for those of us who are still here and maybe questioning why. But, in reality, God has His plans and we just have to be ready at all times to be in the will of God's plan. I certainly know that this lady was. She will be sadly missed because she was loved by all who knew her. What a grand legacy! In the midst of the sadness at church yesterday, there was also a boat load of joy and excitement. Our church membership grew by two yesterday! So, in the midst of such pain and sadness, God showed up with so much joy and excitement. God is good all the time!!!!!
While everything was taking place this past week, I crafted a bit, just to keep my mind occupied and in a good place. What I want to share with y'all today though, is a card I made a week or so ago. One of my friends on a Google+ community called Kraafters Kommunity had made a card a couple of weeks ago and I really loved it. It is a fabulous fall card with lots of colors, lots of texture and lots of layers. What more could anyone want? (You can find Kraafters Kommunity by going here: http://kraaftshaak.com ) I wanted to make one similar to hers. And I did. I used her card, +Angela Conklin, as a starting place for mine, you can find it here: http://heartedlyhandcrafted.blogspot.com/2014/09/autumn-leaf-greeting-card.html Now, mine isn't made exactly like hers. I just used hers as a starting place and then done my own thing.
As I leave you today, I want to leave you with the scripture that God has used to deal with "me" as of the last month or so. James 3:5 "Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark."
James is speaking about that little ole' thing, the tongue, and how hard it is to tame it. He had compared it to a bit in a horses mouth; such a tiny tool used to control such a large animal as a horse. Also, he gave the image of a tiny rudder on a large ship and steering that ship in the storms at sea with such a tiny piece of equipment. Then he starts talking about our tongues. How dare he do that! Shame on him! Well, this is where the rubber meets the road for me, y'all!!! How many times have I spoken with that big ole' little tongue of mine when I should have remained silent? James then proceeds to tell us about whole forests being burned down by one little spark!!! We know how truthful that is. Every year certain parts of the U.S. deals with massive forest fires, started by one little spark.
Have you ever been caught up in the forest fire of speaking when you should have remained silent? I have!!! It's not pleasant at all. The best you can do is apologize after the fact, ask for forgiveness, and seek restoration with Father God. I have been in that situation more times than I care to admit. I hope and pray that I can learn from my own mistakes. As much power as there is in a single spark, there's that much power or more in the tongue. There is either life affirming words coming from our mouths or there is destructive words coming from our mouths. That's it folks, just two choices. We either teach, bless, build up, encourage, praise, speak truth in love, even if it is painful; or we curse, tear down, discourage, bad mouth, speak hurtful harsh words. We have the power to speak life or death over someone. Oh, our words will not actually cause someone to die, but they can kill a dream, or discourage someone to the point of never trying, or cause someone to believe the lies of the enemy that he is always spewing out at us. Or, we can speak life and excitement over someones dreams, we can cause them to dream even bigger dreams. We can encourage someone to take steps they may have never taken. We can help someone to see that the lies of the enemy are just that, lies!
I just hope and pray that God will help me in the future to watch my tongue a little more closely and to speak only when it is purposeful and will be for the edification, or the building up of the one I'm speaking to. That is a prayer that God is more than ready to help me with and He will help you too. I hope that this doesn't land at anyone's doorstep, other than mine, but if it does, just know that there is restoration available by apologizing sincerely, asking for forgiveness, and then seeking restoration with Father God. Those things are not easy to do, been there done that, and folks, it just ain't easy!!! But.....it is necessary. We have to be willing to do whatever is necessary to tame our little ole' big tongues!
I pray that y'all have a wonderful rest of the evening. I hope you enjoyed what you seen here today; if you did share it with someone. Someone you know needs to know that they, too, may need to work on controlling their tongue. God will help them, if they so desire.
Ladybug, I hope you had a great weekend and look forward to seeing you sometime soon. Sweetpea loves you.
Come back again real soon, y'all. God loves y'all, so do I!!! hugs, Patty