Friday, February 27, 2009

What About Me???

God is so good.... I should not be surprised when He amazes me so. It is so neat how His Word, from different sources all link together - today.....

The verse for the day...
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

Goes so well with other verses I have read for today.... I am doing a daily devotional in the morning - as well as other things throughout the day - when time permits. I am being so encouraged & empowered by God!!!

I could have titled today's inspiration as - How could God use me? There are so many others who are equipped more than us - know more - studied more.... but God has chosen each of us to spread the "Good News"..... If we look at the Bible Heroes of the Faith - their great deeds they did for God can be so discouraging.... but look again - they each were sinners. They just let God use them in their weaknesses.

A good friend of mine sent me this last night - it really touches home on this subject....

If we truly believe what God says about our VALUE to Him, (more valuable than many sparrows that God clothes & feeds) our lives will be dramatically altered.
1. Believing our great value to God frees us from much hypocrisy.
- The bottom line of hypocrisy is the need for people to think more highly of us than we really are. Let's face it. It's easier to act than to clean up our act.
2. Believing our great value to God frees us from unnecessary fear.
- If we are in His fold and are called His friends, Christ's word to us is this: don't be afraid; you are worth more.
3. Believing our great value to God frees us to acknowledge Him shamelessly.
- If He is not ashamed of us, in all our imperfections, how can we be ashamed of Him, our Redeemer and our Deliverer?
4. Believing our great value to God frees us from the need for riches.
- If we believe our value to God and believe our life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions, why do we have such an abundance of possessions?
5. Believing our great value to God frees us from much worry.
- Christ's remedy for worry is to be like the ravens and lilies--trust God to do His job.
- Am I going to trust my worries or trust God?

I pray that with this FREEDOM you can be BOLD for God - let's spread the Good News that Jesus died on the cross for our sins!!!

Happy Kite was my very 1st kit - it was inspired my an outfit I had for my little girls....

Happy Kite Kit

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Have Mercy....

What is mercy?

mercy = compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power

In Matthew 9, we find that Jesus went to eat with sinners - and the Pharisees started to complain. Jesus was showing these people mercy / compassion - "
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." He was walking the walk - His actions were reflecting what He talked about. He was not being a hypocrite....

The verse for today is... “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)

Are we sharing this good news to EVERYONE around us - not just who we deem as "good". None of us are "good" - we all have sinned. Jesus was the ultimate example of what He wants us to do.... He ate with sinners, He had compassion on sinners, He healed sinners - He sacrificed His life for sinners..... He LOVES sinners!!!

How are we doing as Christians? Are we true "Christ-followers"? Do we do like Jesus did/does?

Are we afraid of what others might think??? Or are we willing to talk to / fellowship with / those whom Jesus came to die for??? The Gospel - GOOD NEWS is meant for sinners!!!

* Are you willing to know the Good News of God's mercy??? That He sent His only Son to die for your sins....

* Are you willing to make God's mercy an important part of your life??? Study God's Word, memorize it - make it part of who you are - live by it's word....

* Are you willing to tell others how God loves them so much???
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

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Today, I just made this LO of oldest son - I can't believe he will be 17 in a couple of weeks....

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Are Your Plans???

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

Does you life reflect your faith in God? Do you believe that He wants what is best for you? Do you seek Him with all your heart?

Ask yourself these questions...

* Do I serve as He served? Remember how He humbled Himself as a servant (washed the disciples feet - the lowest of servants had this job).

* Do I forgive as He forgave? Remember how He forgave all sinners (He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery - "He who is without sin, cast the first stone..." He said I forgive you).

* Do I Pray as He prayed? Remember how He would prayed for God's strength (even before the cross - He prayed drops of blood.... earnestly praying to God).

* Do I Sacrifice as He sacrificed? Remember how He gave up HIS throne - to come to earth, become a man, became a humble servant, died on the cross for our sins - NOT HIS (Jesus was sinless).

God loves us so much that He gave us HIS only Son Jesus to die in our stead. He wants us to live with Him in eternity. He cares about us - our lives, what is happening, our needs. We only need to seek Him - look to Him for our comfort during times of trouble - rejoice with Him in times of joy!

I am so thankful to God - and I pray that I can be a good example of Jesus' love to others.

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One thing I am thankful is the relationship that my 2nd oldest and 2nd youngest daughters have. They have always been close.... Here is a LO of a recent birthday celebration....

Blessings of God

Hi all,

I started a new Daily Devotional book and I want to share with you what I am learning.

Today's reading was on the Blessings of God - how God gives us blessings - so that we can then bless other - and how we can inherit His Kingdom.

How are we blessed?

God promises us that he will provide for us - For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Matthew 6:32b - 34

Blessings are on the head of the righteous...  Proverbs 10:6

He shall receive blessing from the LORD,And righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Psalm 24:5

Do you know Jesus, God's Son?  Do you know that He died for your sins?  Would you like to receive blessing from God?  Believe today....

I praise God that He loves us so much - that He cares for all of our needs.  He provides for us, He blesses us with all that we need.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's My Birthday Sale!!!

Hi all,

I am having a sale at my store at KJOI Studios!!!  Guess how old I am LOL....  and you can get 45% off.... Come any time on Friday February 20th!!!

I am also going to start adding "specials" you can only get on my blog....

For the next 2 weeks (ends March 6th) get my newest kit,

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Also - check out my Scripture Challenge at KJOIs....  you still have time to do a LO for it... 

Monday, February 2, 2009

Kitchen Almost Done

Well I am almost done with "remodeling" our play kitchen. I only have a few more things to do, but I became so worn out on Saturday. I also ran out of foam board for the freezer door. All that is left is to install the Kitchen faucet, freezer door and make burners for the stove (I may just paint these).