I was reading Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
We are body of Christ… We are spread out across this world, but we are a Body. I love how the Lord did not say, in the same place, but He said “on earth”. Because there are moments when we just CAN’T be in the same place, but we have the assurance that He is in the midst of us because we are believingin Him together, to do amazing things in our lives, and in the lives of others. What a faithful, loving, and thoughtful God we serve. He binds us together even from afar!! This includes ALL of our brothers and sisters in this world: Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe. EVERYWHERE!! Let us lift up our brothers and sisters as the Lord puts them on our hearts, and look for opportunities to pray for them. Don’t just ignore them, as they are part of OUR body.
I am learning a lot about fasting and prayer these days. I am currently rereading a book “Fasting For Spiritual Break Through” by Elmer L. Towns. I would encourage you to consider using this powerful spiritual tool. PRAY ABOUT IT, AND SEE HOW THE LORD IS DIRECTING YOU. All I know is… I see how the Lord is beginning to answer prayer. It is a tool we do not utilize as much anymore.
If you are struggling with circumstances, emotions, physical needs, etc… or if you know someone else is… considering standing in the gap for yourselves and them by fasting and praying. This specific line from the book touched me tremendously…
“…fasting, though not specifically mentioned, is the best way to help meet the conditions of humility and seeking God’s face as set forth in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
‘If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’ ”
I know that many of us have been praying for that in our own lives, in our families, in our nation or country, and overall. I have grieved over the slow progress and the “take one step forward only to have something happen and feel that we have taken 10 steps back”… It is time to change things up a bit… We need to live in the power that God has called us to live in. After all He did say, “the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead” lives in us!! So we should be living in His power and seeing and doing and living amazing things. We should be full of His joy, hope, peace, love, and we should increase in faith. But, we often don’t. I don’t. But I am sick of it, and I want more of Jesus. If you feel the same way… Let us join together to implore the Lord for His Spirit to rain down on us, to move and work and grow in us… But let us not just implore Him with our words, but also with action. After all, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to us”. We often make it a symbol of our souls, minds, hearts drawing near to Him, but… We can also draw near physically.
You may not agree with what I am sharing. I hope none of you will be offended that I felt to share this so freely. If you do, I only apologize for bothering you. I do not apologize for feeling so strongly about this… as it is proof that the Lord is working in my heart. Praise The Lord!! AMEN!
I love you each very dearly, and I hope and pray that your heart’s desire is to want MORE of Jesus in your lives. I long to be together, but if it cannot be here on earth, I at least want to have that hope that we can spend ETERNITY together with Jesus.
With so much desire to grow and be better, and hoping…
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Your Love Is Woven Into My Heart...
Above is a picture of my wedding day. And beneath is the card I made for my husband for this Valentine's Day.
"My Beloved, My husband- Anthony,
Love is a journey I have CHOSEN to make... even knowing the risks. I have worked so hard to hope and joy in our life together, to grow in faith, and to nurture each seed of potential, in the kids and in you, because I... care.
Sometimes it hurts to love so much. The vulnerability it puts us at sometimes leaves me feeling very uncomfortable, but... I have chosen to journey, to grow, to heal, and to trust in and surrender to our Lord on behalf our marriage. By doing so, I have discovered how to enjoy our days together, how to find little things to be thankful for in every difficult moment, and I have only eager desires to be better... for you, for our kids, and for our Lord
Because growing together is better than having a life free of challenge. I would hate a life without you laughing at my silly jokes or long-drawn-out narrations, or watching you play with and tickle the kids, or watching your mind work at problem solving. Because you are my "match" in every way. I compliment you, and you compliment me. I do not claim to understand you completely, but I want to. I have prayed for "you" since I was 12 years old. And, God chose you to be my companion, my best friend, my parenting partner, my "head" because He knew that together we could accomplish so very much.
Your brother's toast at our wedding is one I treasure forever... "God must have smiled when you were born because He knew you would marry my brother."
I smile because it is confirmation to me that His ways and timing are... PERFECT. I love you!"
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Art by David Bowman
My note to a friend about something I learned...
"Here I am about an hour or two after reading how your word of the year is FOCUS, and I am overwhelmed. I almost left a comment on that post, but by mistake deleted it before publishing it… I have been focusing on the challenges that some friends are having and just interceding for them. I came across a devotional by RBC ministries that got under my skin today. Not in a bad way, it just made me chew on it a lot.
May I say… I am tired. I have had a pretty strong prayer-filled, spiritual week and have seen the Lord begin some amazing things in my heart and in so many areas. Now, I am tired, but… I have determined that I do not like the weakness I find myself in, and that I need God’s power and strength and hope and peace and love in my heart even, and even moreso, during this time. I have been evaluating my roles as mother and wife and how I can be better in them. I have been taking stock of my relationships, how I spend my time, and so many other things.
I was walking the baby around in his stroller and singing, just now, to some praise music, and I felt that I had my “word for the year”… STEWARDSHIP. In faith, in hope, in joy, in life… I SO desire to be a good steward with the seeds God is asking me to disciple and minister to, whether they be my children or others that the Lord has allowed to enter my life for this season. I feel He is asking me to let go of old dreams and let Him fill me with His wonderful new ones, which hurts, but is always best. I feel He desires me to be a good steward with the words that I speak and the words I accept as well, because I get so emotionally involved in ways that can sometimes NOT be so healthy. I feel He asking me to simplify my life and be selective of what is really important and what is not. Stewardship- in every area: physical, emotional, psychological, social, etc… THAT is my word for the year.
I am grateful for His Spirit that teaches, guides and comforts us along the way. That is a lot to be thankful for, and I could add so much more."
Please pray for me as I journey along this road God is directing me on. I do not know what lies ahead, what lessons I will learn, or what challenges I will face, but... I know that God is there. I know He is faithful. And I know that I need to trust Him as my two year old trusts me. He takes me by one finger and just follows where I lead him, in complete trust, knowing that I will not lead him into a wall or into a ditch on purpose and to hurt him. We are to come to Him as children. Not childish, but childlike.
I want to trust in, cling to, rely on, and fully believe in YOU, My Father. Jesus, I hold onto this: that You are not only a Promise Maker, but You are a Promise Keeper. Guide, direct, keep, protect, and help me along my journeying. Thank You, for staying near me. Love You!
If you would like to know more about this "word for the year" ("words that would be representative of our goals for growth for the year") concept, feel free to click here and browse through my friend's other posts on the subject. They are fun reads, I think.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
RockHill Designs 'tree of life' sterling silver necklace.
(rolo chain is slightly oxidized, the necklace measures 16")
To participate is easy: post a picture of this 'tree of life' necklace on your blog with a link to my blog,
next leave a comment on my blog letting me know and your name will be entered in the drawing. Winner will be drawn on Sunday, February 28th! GOOD LUCK!
Monday, February 1, 2010
The other day I was pleasantly surprised to receive a long-awaited item in the mail. Do you remember that I told you that I was to have a papercut project printed in a book? Well, here it is!!!
The Book is called Exploring The Latest Trends In Mixed Media Art, Volume II: Recycled, Reinspired, Reinvented and it is by Sherre Hulbert and Cynthia Powell.
Not only are their art pieces showcased in this book, but so are the projects of several guests artists, including ME!!
My thoughts regarding the book…
"I love to have so many craft possibilities at my fingertips. It’s overwhelming… all of this creative fun!
The creators of this book, Sherre Hulbert and Cynthia Powell, are talented enough that they could have put this whole book together based on only their own works. I am honored, though, to be counted amidst the guest artists and to be part of this project. My own work seems so “simple” in comparison to the others’, but it IS different from what is already presented.
Almost every project is eye candy for my creative soul. Each makes me want to create, create, create, and to go through my packratted stash, to study and find something new and different to make. (And to live in a craft and hobby store.
The pieces used to detail certain projects make me long to see them in person: to flip through the altered books; to touch the handles and hardware; to open the decorated boxes; to hear the jingle of the fascinating, attractive jewelry; and to take my ordinary, everyday, seemingless “junk” and use it to form a new thing of beauty. There are many supplies of which I am not familiar. They make me “itch” to experiment with new mediums.
I love the mystery, nostalgia, creativity, delicacy, and diversity of the projects presented in this book. They each make me want to see… MORE!
I would gather that the basic theme of this book could be “Beauty is all around us. Gather its bits and pieces, and create something uniquely yours.” And perhaps, “Don’t be afraid to share your ideas with other thing-creators.” :-)
I tried to list some of my most favourite projects, ones that “called out” to me for me to try my hand at, but… the list was too long and ended up being at least every other project. LOL… :-)
As stated in the title, there are three sections: Recylced, Reinspired, and Reinvented. I assure you that some of these ideas are simply mind opening. The use of objects like rusted washers, baby blocks, floppy disks, and plastic tubing, just to name a few, just might make you rethink throwing said items away. The desire to rediscover a use for old objects might become very overwhelming, but it can also be quite rewarding, too, as you watch a simple idea blossom into a display to use for a gift or to use in your own home.
I hope that I have wetted your taste buds enough to entice you to check out the book for yourself. You can find information on how and where to purchase it at http://thelatesttrendsinmixedmediaart.com