September 28, 2016

I Was Amazingly Created, Thanks to God!

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully made;
your works are wonderful . . .
~ Psalm 139:13-14.

At the moment I was conceived, I was miraculously primed for the following:  
a thinking brain. Sometimes it goes on automatic pilot, but it's still the organ, according to doctors, that may think up to 30 to 40 thoughts a minute. I'm thankful I can reason.
a beating heart. It beats 100,000 times and pumps around 7,571 liters of blood through my body every day! I am grateful for my heart!
bones and marrow; legs and arms. The Bible says that God made the first man in his likeness (Genesis 1:26) from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) and his woman helper (Genesis 2:18) was made from his rib bone (Genesis 2:22) which had nestled close to his heart under the protection of his arms. I sure enjoy those ticklish rib bones in my man! grin! Thank you, Lord, for my man's bones!
a digestive system. My body produces both acid and alkaline substances. One dissolves the food I chomp every day into basic elements that my cells can absorb in order to function and the other coats the lining of my stomach as a barrier to prevent the acid from dissolving it too. I'm grateful for my gallbladder, intestines, liver, stomach, and teeth.
two eyelids,  eyeballs and optic nerves. God provided protection for my eyeballs with eyelids that blink about 29,000 times a day to distribute tears that wash away the dust that the hair in my eyebrows and eyelashes wasn't able to fully filter.  I'm thankful I can see!
hair. The Bible says that the hair on my head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:30a). That includes the hair on top and all around, in my ears and nose, over my eyes and mouth, and under my chinny-chin-chin. I'm thankful it grows on top. Think of how many childhood scissor or gum disasters that have finally grown out! grin!
two kidneys and a bladder. I've heard that if you aren't born with a bladder, you won't survive birth for more than a few minutes. The kidneys filter blood and the bladder, as a holding tank, flushes toxins and excess waste out, about 1.4 liters of fluid. I'm most grateful for clean water to make delicious drinks like sweet tea to replenish it every day!
an immunity and lymphatic system. My heart not only pumps  blood, but also a nourishing fluid filled with enzymes and white blood cells that attack germs and cancer causing cells. I'm thankful for good health!
a multi-purpose mouth. With it, I can barf, breathe, burp, drink, drool, eat, kiss, suck, talk and taste with it! Thank you, Lord, for your wisdom in designing my mouth!
a nose and two lungs. Scientists say I take in about 17,000 aromatic breaths a day without thinking about it. I'm grateful for my ventilation system!
skin. God gift wrapped a package of organs for me. He saw to it that it refreshes itself automatically by shedding old skin cells, a staggering million everyday, regenerates more, and patches holes, and prevents most bacteria and bugs from entering his precious child. Thank you, Lord, for your gift!
sweat glands. The food and fluid I eat and drink helps to provide energy for my body which in turns produces heat which helps my body to function. I put off excess heat through the fluid that comes out of my sweat glands. You know, the old saying, horses sweat, men perspire and women glow! I'm thankful for  soap and antiperspirant! grin!
If you don't think you see miracles these days, look at yourself in a mirror or at a new baby. We are each living, breathing, created miracles of God! He don't make no junk!
Every day I will praise you!
~ Psalm 145:2a

September 14, 2016

Stephanie Ackerman's Online Classes

I've been doodling all week. No, it's not a dog, but a cartoonish type of drawing made easy by Stephanie Ackerman. Thanks to her discount to Documented Faith-booker's, I had the opportunity to take one of her online courses and make not one, but TWO projects. One was an artist's sketchbook that's crammed full of doodling ideas and an alphabet and the other is a painted canvas to hang on the wall or give as a gift!
I completed a doodling project for my faith-book group friends last night -- (shhhh! it's a secret -- don't tell) and have a couple more in mind to make, one being a doodled page with Stephanie's cookie recipe on it. But I've been able to finish a couple of my faith-book pages that needed some sort of art journal idea to finish them off! One was a divider page from last month that I doodled on, watercolored and laminated and the other was my scripture page that I was able to complete making pretty too!

There are several things that Stephanie said in videos and through Documented Faith that resonated with me this last month as well as a few others shared by and with friends.

And here is my scripture page that got prettied up with flowers. Love the ones in the lower right hand corner, don't you?

I even made 18 artist trading cards to swap with the atc club I joined last year. Artist trading cards or atc's as they are commonly known, are miniature works of art (2 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size) that you trade (never sell) with friends and other paper crafters. I quoted Stephanie when describing this atc in our meeting -- "A doodled house is just a square with a triangle on top and a heart in the middle (because a house is not a home without a heart)!" Amen, to that, sister, esp. a heart that's been made clean by Jesus!

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, RoOTeD and BUiLt up in him, strengthened in the FaiTH as you were TaugHT, and overflowing with THANKFULNESS." ~ Colossians 2:6-7.

September 11, 2016

God's Going to Fix It!

Ever since I was little, when my feelings would get hurt, I would go into my bedroom and listen to my record player that I received for Christmas one year. I didn't own too many records, but was allowed to play my mother's southern gospel ones. I learned many of the words by heart, listening to and singing with them over and over.
 You see, when I was hurting, I needed a refuge from a world that had too many prickles.
I would find solace in God's lap, 'cause not too many people saw my heart,
and loved me despite my different self.
I would lay all my problems in his lap, and in no time I would feel better
because I knew he could Fix It!

I don't know where I would be today if I didn't have Jesus to lean on.
I was feeling low today and this song was a nice surprise to find at Youtube,
sung by my cousin,  Terrill White.  It had to be a God-thing, a Love Note!
Thank you, Jesus!