Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blog Award :0)!

OK...I am so limited in my computer skills, but even I was able to start and manage a blog until this last "update" from blogger.  I am pretty frustrated and can't seem to update my background/design and quite frankly shouldn't be spending any more time on that for now...so parden my bare essentials look for the time being.  On to today's post!

Sweet Cassandra recently included me in the Liebster Blog award that she received.....


The idea of the Leibster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in the spirit of good fun, I am passing this award on to five other bloggers. Please stop by and encourage them by leaving a little love on their creations.

For the 5 blogs I'm presenting this to, please .....
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.
     3. Post the award on your blog.
     4.  Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other       bloggers.
     5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

  I'm awarding this to 5 very special blogs 
   1.  Jan Ennenga
   2.  Jonia 
   3.  Natalie     
   4.  Nancy
   5. Nikki

Friday, February 17, 2012

Procrastination and Project share!

I admit that I should be busy cleaning and organizing right now...but I AM waiting for a couple of businesses to open so I can make some calls, so I may as well sneak in a post.  That's my story and I am sticking to it ;0)!  This is a dry clay doll I made as a part of my workshop with Christy Thomlinson...so fun.

This is a gift tag that I made from using wool felting...it was on my darlin' hubby's Valentine's day gift bag.






 This is the front and back of a small notebook that I altered with a she art girl to take down all my crafty ideas...or just maybe 'cause I wanted something to paint on and this was handy lol.
So glad my camera is working today...that last picture was a real stinker!!

















Thanks for stopping by...now back to work for me!







Thursday, February 16, 2012

2 diy projects and a Psalm to share

A wordy post and bad photo (sorry--my camera is not cooperating and this was with my phone)....I made this little stand over Christmas from a pinterest inspiration.  I bought the three tins at the dollar store and two wooden candle sticks from the craft store.  ANOTHER example of what I assumed to be a simple project turned engineering experiment for DH.   Lets just say that after he got involved this could hold a rock collection without wobbling...there is plywood circles reinforcing the bottoms that I then covered with felt.  He is funny, but oh so handy ;0).  It is sitting on the DIY project that I completed without his help for once!  Another cute idea from pinterest to make a mini ironing board from a folding wooden tray.  I may paint the legs, but for now I am happy that it was for once quick and easy and I am happy with the results!  We are prepping for a move so no time in the craft room, but I will try to post some of the furniture projects we have been working on recently. We have four projects in varying stages of completion...I am VERY excited about one of them and can't wait until it is finished and I can share :0).  See this dark wood wall...my new place is BRIGHT and I have liberty to paint, nail and decorate so I will also be posting my new craft digs once they are complete (I am very excited about that)!  I am much more excited to share that I have seen God at work in so many ways this week...I am just overwhelmed at His amazing sovereignty and timing working all things together for His glory and refining me along the way.  He is SO GOOD!  I want to leave you with this thought...He IS glorified already, we just have the awesome privilege of declaring that.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the LORD Glory
    A Psalm of David. 1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
   ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
   worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
 3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the LORD, over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
   the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
 5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
   the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.
 7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
   the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
 9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
   and strips the forests bare,
   and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
 10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
   the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the LORD give strength to his people!
   May the LORD bless his people with peace!

  He alone is God and His glory He will not share with another, so I take it to heart when I declare Soli Deo Gloria!   Thanks for letting me share with you today :0)


Friday, February 10, 2012

Out of step, but in His grip!

This she art canvas was the result of at least 3 do-overs...I lost count (made her several weeks back).  I had the time, but wasn't in the best of moods, but wanted to to "work" so I kept starting over.  Different day new layer, I mean the paint on this piece is thick!  Even in this final version, my gal has some serious fashion issues-ha! Have you ever worked hard on something or found great joy in  discovering new truth or been excited over a bargain find only to find that you are the only one who sees it that way?  Feeling just one step out of pace in my surroundings would probably sum up the last couple of years for me.  Maybe that is why I made her dress look like a bad 80's throwback....or maybe I just have bad taste!!  Either way I like her just the way she is flaws and all....praise God He loves me that way too. I am also deeply blessed by the love of a devoted husband and son--who knew I was having a tough day yesterday and held my hand to pray for me.  I tear up even as I type that--what joy he brings his mama's heart.  Sometimes it is good not to fit in because THAT is better than any kind of worldly affirmation and I would take that any day of the week over external success.  It is a good reminder for me to keep living coram deo--before the face of God.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

His love demonstrated

As Valentine's Day approaches hearts are everywhere and "love" is in the air.  While I appreciate warm gushy romantic feelings as much as the next gal...there is a much greater love that brings immense joy everyday in my life. No matter how I "feel" on any given day I have great joy in knowing that God's love has been lavished on me in spite of what I deserve.  There is NO greater expression of love than Christ bearing the wrath of God on my behalf.  His love for me was out of His character and nature and not due to anything I had to offer.  This is amazing love is for EVERYONE who will just place their trust in the righteousness of Christ alone.  I am embedding a video that captures this truth as well as I think such a medium can Amazing Love.  I pray that if you read this post and do not know Christ as your Lord and savior that this is the day that you will come to him in repentance and faith that you might live and know the fullness of joy with Him forever. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tropical She Art...

This is another she art girl I made recently...I haven't decided what she is thinking yet hence the lack of words.  I would say that she has embraced the tropical heat because she has a much nicer tan than I do lol!  At any rate, I loved Hawaii the last time I lived here, and in part I think that was due to the modern convenience of central air.  I am very happy to say that I get to once again experience the blessing of a door I can lock and an controlled environment because we are going to move onto base housing.  My husband is Army, but it is the Air Force that came through for us....and they are even going to move us.  That is a HUGE blessing...and relief.  We had submitted paperwork to retire, just being tired and weary and desiring more of a community.  Well, God has other plans for us as my darling husband will be deploying instead.  I shall miss him, but because we are able to transition and settled into a community prior to his leaving, the weight of that has lightened considerably.  He has had multiple eye surgeries to get him into a stable condition for deployment and praise the Lord, so far so good.  He has another one Friday and we are optimistic that it will go smoothly as well.  All in all, once I stopped trying to run away from a difficult fit for me here, the Lord has provided new friendships, Bible study and fellowship and now a chance to start over in a new home more suited to my clean-centric personality.  He is so good and much better to me than I deserve! In reference to my previous post, I confess that I sometimes doubt this to my conviction.   This life of following Christ can be challenging and should cost everything....nothing held back or too tightly.  In the process of letting go and trusting God there is great joy and excitement to see what is next--the surrendered life is anything but dull! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Grateful

This is a "she art" girl that I made several weeks ago as I was working through my conviction over having such an impossible time adjusting to the house we live in.  Being able to feel at home wherever I live has always been a priority for me...much in part because my home was shattered at 12 and at 17 I left for good.  I have always overcompensated by trying to make my surroundings "cozy" The last time I counted I think it was like 30 moves since then due to just life going on, so it was not as if I am a stranger to change.  Still, I have not been able to accomplish that here.  In addition to the many restrictions on what I could do to personalize this space, it is also very open to the elements (and critters of all sorts) and as such truly impossible to clean to my standard.  Lets just say that I was not even remotely graceful in my attempts to cope with that.  I was finally really convicted that I was not trusting God in His sovereignty and that my discontent was truly sinful.  As I sincerely repented, I began to see some of what He had been working out in me all along....and as is always the case for me He has provided for me more than I even hoped or asked (future post).  Why oh why at this stage of life do I struggle so?  His good and pleasing perfect will is ALWAYS for my good and His glory. Soooo....I am grateful for many things in my life and not the least of which is for all of my internet friends who have been such a bright spot of sunshine during this time. I am rejoicing in the forgiveness and peace that comes from repentance.
 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19

Monday, February 6, 2012

How sweet it is....

This is a super fun little candy jar that I made from a thrift store jar and candle stick combo after watching a quick tutorial online a few weeks ago.  It promised to be a quick and simple project using some spray paint and E6000...and for most people it probably would be.  Ummm....I had to re-do the whole thing like 3 times because I couldn't get the paint to stick!!  Gotta' love this Hawaiian humidity lol.  At any rate, I was determined to do this fun little project and am happy with the final result.  The peanut M&Ms are a big hit with my boys when they visit my "mom cave" too ;0).  I have several projects that are completed from a little time here and there, so I finally took some photos today and will be posting them this week along with some personal updates.  Thanks for those of you who follow me, for those who bless me with your kind comments and I will catch up on my commenting soon too!  Have a SWEET day :0).