December 30, 2017

Wrapping 2017 Up!

"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. 

1. Several of the ladies in a Bible Study I attended awhile back told me that I think about things differently than they do. I'm not exactly sure why -- maybe it's the way my brain is wired or that creative bent I have (well, everyone has a creative bent as they were also made by a creative God, but perhaps mine has been exercised a little more -- smile!), or it's my generation,  but I've noticed something about words.  I have a "I Did It" list that I check off as I progress through it. If I write a "To Do List," I feel overwhelmed, pressured to perform, then procrastinate and feel guilty if it doesn't get done, however, as soon as I write things into my "I Did It" list, I have the goal written there to refer back to, but there is no pressure to perform and I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I check it off. I also use the word "doodle" (such as those mushrooms over to the left) instead of "drawing." "Drawing" makes me feel like I must complete a masterpiece, but doodling is fun play and I don't have to create a masterpiece when I'm just doodling for fun! So, I appreciate the fact that I can use reverse psychology and words in different ways to motivate myself to try. 👍

2. Who inspired you to write?  My mother, a former teacher, taught me how to write my name with my right hand in block letters which I practiced all through kindergarten and first grade and eventually, Mrs. Dougherty, my second grade teacher showed me how to write cursive. In junior high school,  Mrs. Powers taught me to type, which I still use today. And in high school, Mr. Anderson, our Latin language teacher, taught a calligraphy mini-course which I took, then along comes Stephanie Ackerman who taught me her style of lettering. With all of them, I practiced their way of writing for awhile and eventually have formed my own style of writing -- what I liked I kept and what I didn't, I discarded. I've been told I have pretty cursive handwriting, but that only came after lots of practice. I'm really thankful to be able to write and create using my fingers. 

3. Having to deal with knuckle-heads from time to time reminds me of my appreciation of Jesus' patience with the knuckle-heads he had to deal with in his earthly existence. How many times did he have to explain something again to one of his disciples? 👼

4. I appreciate good listeners and I dislike call-waiting. In my opinion, call-waiting is rude and gives the active caller the impression that they aren't important when the callee switches over to another person calling in. That's why I refuse to have it on my telephone. That's what voice mail is for, "Leave a message please and I'll return your call; this call is important at the moment and has all my attention. When we speak, you'll have my undivided attention too."

5. Finished up my Documented Faith dividers and working on my testimony pages. I finished filling in this page. Have 2 1/2 more glue-book pages to finish. Thank you, God, for Stephanie. Bless Her in the coming year of Documented Faith 2018 with wisdom, grace and much patience for her slow scholars.  In Jesus name, Amen! 🔆

Only God can make a Tree! (turn your sound on)

December 23, 2017

Surpassing Grace Gift

"In their prayers for you, their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" ~ 2 Corinthians 9:14-15. 

1. I have Attention Deficit Disorder. A component of ADD can be clumsiness. Not only is my brain short-circuited, because the enzymes that are supposed to bridge the gap between nerves are missing (like potholes in a road), a sports doctor told me it can also affect my muscles in the same way. Since childhood, I've been teasingly called GRACE, because of my grace-less state. smile! You know about splats on hard surfaces? I'm well acquainted with them! However, there is another meaning of GRACE and that is undeserved kindness. I love God's GRACE when I fall short of perfection and I'm very thankful for that. Amen! 

2. Stephanie says we will be studying about God's promises this next year. My words for 2018 will be "FOLLOW THROUGH." Thanks be to  God, he is faithful to follow through on ALL his promises, and like him, I need to follow through and keep my promises also. If I say it, I should mean it or not say it at all. 💖

3. A FREEBIE printable quote is available from one of my favorite artists: Mary Engelbreit and it is about Gratitude! Thank you, American Greetings!

4. They say opposites are attracted to each other and as I'm cold natured (cold hands, warm heart), nothing is better than crawling into bed under the blankets and quilts,  then nestling into the warmth of my husband's back. Sigh! Thank you, Lord, for keeping me warm on cold winter nights. 

5. I've heard some wacky reasons why people don't celebrate Christmas. Why get hung up on the date or season of the year or what you think our church fathers replaced. Zero in on what matters most -- the reason we celebrate -- it is because JESUS WAS BORN! We should celebrate His birth with a hallelujah praise party, because, thankfully, God, in his mercy,  sent Jesus to this evil world as an innocent baby to SAVE ME (and you) from sin. In my opinion, the devil wins if we don't celebrate the KING OF HEAVEN's birth! Amen?! Imagine what it would be like without Christmas. . . 

and now. . .

"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all." ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:18

December 15, 2017

See What I Got for My Birthday!!!

1. I received Stephanie Ackerman's new book for my birthday! Ain't that cool beans? Thank you dear! 

2. Today I visited a doctor and my husband asked me to ask the doctor for a generic or cheaper brand of one of my medicines. So the doctor gave me a cheaper version -- Yippee! Instead of having to pay $200.00 or $180.00 a month at Walmart, I only had to pay $12.00 at the hospital's pharmacy! 👍 PTL! 😇

3. I'm thankful that my father-in-law is on the road to recovery from his 4 month ordeal with his health and that my mother had no broken bones when she fell the other night! 

4. I received a precious gift in the mail today from a girlfriend. She gifted me with a small Bible of her father's. Thank you Debbie! I had a small student Gideon New Testament that one of my Sunday School students had given me that I carried in my purse, however, the Bible was stolen from my hospital room. Perhaps the person who took it thought it was a cell phone and if they did, I bet they soon discovered their mistake! smile! I hope it does them much good. Perhaps I shall meet them in heaven some day!  

5. I'm thankful for encouragement!

"Let us come before him with thanksgiving, and extol him with music and song."

~ Psalm 95: 2

December 02, 2017

Gifts of Gratitude


 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs  with gratitude 
in your hearts to God." 
~ Colossians 3:16

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1. Our Pastor has been preaching on Queen Esther and this week he wanted us to remember important grace markers or turning points in our lives and church. One way he said to do this as a church was to record our "Gifts of Gratitude" to serve as samples of testimony to God's providence and faithful working in our lives. He mentioned several praises he had recorded in a blank journal during our morning services and two he mentioned were mine.  I stood up in church to thank God the Sunday after our accident when the semi truck totaled our car for sparing our lives and then asked the congregation if they didn't know Christ to please get right with him today as we never know when our lives may be snuffed out. Accidents can happen in split seconds!  The second one was about replacing ungratefulness so praise could be given instead: I choose to thank God even when I don't feel like it, so I  thank God for reminders of His goodness to my family this year.

2. And speaking of family, I'm thankful for my birth family as I value grace, kindness and forgiveness more highly now. 

3.  I'm thankful for the jumpstart (wind-up towel snap!) from two friends who nudged and inspired me to write about two people for my History Nut of Missouri blog. One person wanted Mark Twain. I mulled it over for awhile and after watching a PBS documentary on Twain, I decided to write about his mother, Jane Clemens, instead. I'm also extremely grateful to find enough information for a 300 word biography about her. The other person was Walt Disney. As to those two guys, I wasn't sure I ever wanted to write about them as both already have had tons written about them. Well, if either of my friends want to come to Missouri to visit their heroes, they'll know where to go as I always try to find all the places that might feature
them in my home states such as a museum, park, etc. and list it below their biographies. 

4. While I can understand their need to get out of the cold, I don't appreciate Mickey and Minnie setting up housekeeping in my house and making a mess. This gal can't get down on my hands and knees to scrub like I used to and I really appreciate those long handled sponges that allow me to reach the back recesses of kitchen cabinets via a kitchen chair. Like my mother would say, they are the greatest thing since sliced bread! smile! 

5. I mentioned several posts ago that I have a hard time shutting down the brain at times. Part of the ideas zipping and  zooming through my brain are creative ideas, so I'm known in some circles as an idea generator, however, I also have to give myself permission get creative and use some of those ideas.  

Did you know that apprenticeship to master craftsmen might have taken 3 to 7 years just to get to the journeyman level? A child of ten or so was sent to a master in order to be trained in a trade of some sort and the apprentice got on-the-job training by following the master's directives and laboring for him in his workshop. Then after reaching the journeyman level of mastery, there was even more study to become a master craftsmen. The training would be meticulous and somewhat arduous at times, but after learning, for example, to paint by studying and reproducing a master's work, the student would learn the art of painting well. 

As a Christian, I'm in apprenticeship to the Master Craftsman.  His word says to: 

"See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
~ Exodus 25:40. 

"They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: 'See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
~ Hebrews 8:5

So I'm studying the Master Artist's craftsmanship (am drawn to the creative verses in the Bible) and learning how to create arts and crafts according to the patterns shown me. I don't always get it right, but I'm working on it.  I learn by copying too, but give credit where due for the inspiration. That's the right thing to do as "plagiarism" is stealing somebody else's work and calling it your own. That's why we must give God credit for his creativity. The world and the heavens didn't happen just by accident. There was a designer and I can imagine His pleasure of coloring the sky, stars and the sun, the garden of Eden (Weedin') and molding and baking the first man, Adam and putting him and his mate, Eve, into the garden to take care of it. 

" Hope is the special gift of the Lord for the creative edge of our lives in which we realize that if anything of lasting value is to be done HE MUST DO IT. Our only task is to discover what He's doing, where He's breaking through, and then, join and follow Him." 
~ Lloyd Ogilvie.