Good afternoon Y'all!!! I hope and pray that y'all are enjoying this day, where ever you are in the world. While hubby and I were setting in the living room just a little while ago, we could hear the sounds from outside. A lawnmower in the distance coming from one direction, a weed trimmer coming from another direction. Birds singing loudly, proclaiming that they are happy that with each passing day Spring gets a little warmer. Amidst all the noises, there is a lone little frog that has made his or her home in a shrub just under the living room window. And when all the other noises are taking place, this little frog is making noises just as loud and making itself known. When everything else quietens down, so does this little frog. I would love to know what's taking place in this frogs mind. It really doesn't matter, I don't guess. I think God put it there for me to hear and take pleasure in. If we delight ourselves in the little things that God puts before us, think how much easier it is for us to delight ourselves in the bigger things He does for us. I got out of the car yesterday and noticed some of those little wild purple violets in the yard and oh my, it just thrills my soul to see those things. Along with the wild strawberries that are in bloom, just gorgeous. And then there is a tennie tiny little 5 petal flower weed in the yard that is also in bloom. It's little bloom is no bigger than my little finger nail, but it really stands out in the green grass. I just love the little things that God puts in front me, waiting for me to see and then thank Him for those things. So, today Father God, I thank you for the small things that you put before me!!!!!
I have a craft project I wish to share with y'all today. I had seen the sizzix five pointed star die and wanted it, but not bad enough to pay the price, so I went to ebay and looked for it and found it for 5 bucks and I snatched that thing up!!!! Quicker than you can say"snatched that thing up" 5 times!!! hahaha Anyway, I had in mind of making some of the stars to put in our Country Bazaar we will be having at our church in June as a fundraiser. I quickly got busy and made some and I have to say, the image I had in my mind, manifested itself in the finished pieces. I love it when that happens. In one of the pics you can see what all I used on them and it was basically the same on all of them. Other than the clear crackle paint. I just used it on 2 of them. One of them I just put one coat of it and just got small fine cracks. On the other one I put two layers of it and got big cracks that allows some of the coloring I done to shed off and then I had to put a finish over the top of to prevent any more from coming off and it looks like an old weathered piece of metal that has tons of peeling paint and rust on it; JACKPOT!!!!! That is what I was going for, yay!!!! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics.
What have you or someone else told you that "you can't do"?
yourselves, if you will, at 8 months old, but with one catch...you have
all the life experience in your head, of all the years you have already
lived. Chew on that idea for a second. I know, it's not the usual
thought and until the Holy Spirit led me in this direction, I had never
thought about it either. Now, with this really weird image of
yourself in your mind (hehehe), what have you done or accomplished in
your life that you would have told your 8 month old self that you
couldn't or would never ever do? What about the simple basic stuff. Would you have ever learned to walk, by taking the "risk" of falling? Would you learned to talk, by taking the "risk" of not
saying words correctly? Would you have ever learned to feed yourself,
without the the "fear" of dropping food on your clothes? These are
just some of the basics of life that we learned to do without having to
tell ourselves that we can or cannot do those things. We just DID
those things and more out of basic necessity. Now I realize that at 8
months old, we didn't have rational thoughts like that. Survival
instinct kicks in and has a lot to do with what we learn at the
encouragement of our parents and those around us.
at some point we learn or are taught to be "afraid" to take a chance or a "risk" at doing
something. How old were you the first time someone else told you that "you
can't do" that? I'm not talking about doing something harmful to
ourselves or someone else. I'm talking about the things that we
would have loved to do, but for some reason, someone told us "we can't do" that. What dreams have we or someone else kept us from
living????? When did we stop taking the "risk" simply out of "fear" of failure?
What if we tackled life as adults, with
the mind set that there are NO limits to what we can do, what we can
learn and always telling ourselves that we CAN do those things. That
no dream is too big or too small. What about "perfection", has that
ever gotten in your way of doing something? I'll bet it has!!! "Perfection" is one of those words that can suck the life right out of a
dream or desire!!!! Did people ever praise you for coloring "outside
the lines"? Probably not! And that's what I'm talking about.
Of all the things that people may have said to you, what are you
most likely to remember? The time the teacher wadded up your
coloring sheet and tossed it in the trash because you colored outside of
the lines? What about the time someone told you that you can't
sing, or you have no musical talent? Or you can't draw good enough.
Or you are not smart enough. You get the jist of it. One
person, at some point in time, having said "You can't do".... has
shattered more dreams than we can even imagine. Why do we give others
that much power over our lives? As kids, we may not have a choice,
but as adults we do!!!
What I want us to see is
this: We are all teachers!!!! We can teach those around us and maybe
even ourselves to have the "courage" to pick up a pencil and just draw.
Pick up a brush and just paint. Open a song book and just sing.
Walk out of our homes and just volunteer. Go to the local area of
higher learning and just take a course. What ever your passion is,
just do it. Leave the "I can't do"..... in the trash. Prove
yourself and the nay sayers wrong. Will you be great at what ever it
is you desire to do? Maybe so, maybe not. But we'll never know!!!! Why? Because we
have told ourselves and listened to others that have said "You can't do".......! Does being great at something really even matter? NO, it does NOT matter!!!! Willingness to take the "risk" is all that matters!!!! Who am I writing this for? ME!!!!!!! And, who knows, maybe you.
Philippians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!!!!
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord. and He will give you the desires of your heart.
you tell God about your dreams? Do you just enjoy spending time with
Him? I do and I enjoy telling God how I love to do the things He has
allowed me to be blessed enough to do and I also enjoy telling Him about
the things that I would love to do. So, for myself and all those out
there that have told themselves or had others tell you "you can't do"......, DO IT!!!!!!! Dream big!!!!! Give that dream to God!!!!
I have a friend, and she will know who I am talking about when she
reads this, who has taken up ball room dancing and she is so
beautiful!!!! I haven't seen her dance yet, but I hope to one day. I have
seen pictures of her in her ballroom dresses and she could be on
Dancing with the Stars, easily!!! She finally told herself that she
could do it, and she HAS!!!! She has also started painting and loves
that!!!!! We just need to realize that, as adults, we are the ones that set
limits to what we can do. God doesn't!!!! He wants us to dream
big. He doesn't want us to limit our dreams or anyone elses
dreams. Let us be encouragers to those around us and to ourselves. Step out and do
that thing that you had dreams of doing years ago. Or, it may be a
new dream. Talk to God about it. Do it! Go for it! I feel
like every time I go into my craft room and do something, "I win"!
Dream big, share the dream with God and just do it!!! Live life with God sized dreams!!!!! God sets no limits on dreams because He is limitless!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!! Shout that to the mountain tops!!! There has got to be someone that can say "Amen" to that!!!!
I went to church last evening and while walking thru the Fellowship Hall, I noticed some vases of fresh cut flowers on most of the tables. They were beautiful. I took a few pictures and wanted to share this one with y'all. It just wanted to have it's picture taken, so I obliged and I'm thrilled I did. Hope you are too.
As I leave you, I would like to ask you to remember the ones that are sick or going thru tough times, whatever the situations, remember them in prayer. One of my Mom's really good friends is in desperate need of prayer!! Please remember her in your prayers. God knows who she is. Another one of her friends was at church Sunday, the first time in a very long time and she didn't think she would ever be back. "But God!" Don't you love that!!!! I do!!!! Just pray for God's will in all circumstances.
That's just about it for this afternoon. I hope you seen something here that inspires you to just do something, something for others or for yourself. Tell a friend about what you seen here, share it with someone. I hope to be back soon with some crafty goodness and maybe a word or two that will encourage us all along this road of life. Remember, God loves y'all and I do too!!! hugs, Patty