May 05, 2015

Love Notes

"Peace be with you,". . . "Stop doubting and believe." ~ John 20:26-27
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:57

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Stephanie Ackerman has a hobby of looking for things, like a heart, that reminds her of God's love for her, so I decided that was a nifty thing to do, 'cause I could use some love notes too! I was taking photos this day of tombstones in my 3rd great-grandparent's family cemetery for Findagrave and looked up two different times. Can you see them? Two hearts. If you stretch your imagination just a little, you can see the top dip between the two halves of the heart in both photos.
Sorry, I was late with this post. I've been having a pity party for myself. I fell on my face literally a couple of weeks ago when my knee buckled in the kitchen (wooden floors are HARD!), then a friend failed to follow through on a promise she made me sometime ago; a person at one of the websites I'm a member of made me angry when she messed with my stuff and didn't give me a courtesy call.  And last but not least, our car broke down and is costing an arm and leg to get fixed. You know, just the stuff of life, but then the earthquake in Nepal happened and I realized it was time for some forgiveness and grace, even though I didn't want to let go, and tried to argue with God (take it from me, you won't win, LOL!),  it was small potatoes compared to what others are going through right now.  I should be thankful I have a roof over my head, not rubble. I should be thankful I'm alive and well and my family too! I should be thankful I have electricity, food in my refrigerator, clean water to drink, a bed to sleep in and a change of clothes to wear.
As to my Documented Faith planner, April is wrapped up. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the greeter's desk at church. Now I usually by-pass it  as I come in the front door, it's a visitor's center, but I was pleasantly surprised at the goodies to be had. I picked up several informational sheets to insert into my document sleeves and labeled them with titles like -- church bulletins (a complete set for April), ministry opportunities, a prayer chain directory,  a pastoral report/newsletter, sign-up sheets (note to self: date it on my calendar), etc. I also had a good response to my call for friends' wallet sized photos. I received 9. Thank you friends. for sharing selfies with me. In the month of May, I'm going to go for church friend photos, so if you are a church friend, you are forewarned, cause I'll be bringing my camera to church if you don't send me a photo! *wink*
I will be swapping a pocket letter at the end of this month with Tara McGuire. I was watching her tutorial video at You-tube. She  was showing how to make a paint gelli print background for scriptural pocket letters. She's also looking for other swappers to exchange pocket letters with. I know some of you aren't interested in arts/crafts and that's okay, but if you try something out of your comfort zone and a little out of the ordinary,  you might be pleasantly  surprised at how relaxing and rewarding it can be. Nobody said you had to be perfect. Just have fun!
Oh, and I almost forgot. A friend (C.B.) sent me an encouraging "Pass It On message card." It's safely tucked away in a trading card sleeve. It said (ironic how it went along with one of the verses Stephanie sent us this month) "God's plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day. -- I have made you and I will carry you: I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4. Thank you, C. B. 

Have a blest week and look for the love notes He sends you!

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