Posts Tagged ‘Christian’
May your weekend be filled with little surprises that delight and bring you joy.
The Good Morning Girls are starting a free Easter Bible Study tomorrow. It’s entitled Why Easter Matters. All printed materials are FREE (provided you subscribe to their blog), and it is only 4 weeks long.
“…we can’t think of a better time to make it a priority to stay in God’s Word, and focus your hearts on the One who died in our place, for our sins.”
DISPLAY YOUR FAITH IN YOUR HOME | New designs in the SHOP today. Now you can print your Christian artwork prints on metal! Metal prints are a sheet of lightweight aluminum that is literally infused with the chosen artwork creating a sharp and vibrant finish and supplied ready to immediately hang. They also appear to be floating on you wall. So cool!
I start typing this today by taking a deep breath because I have something huge hanging on my heart.
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So, what does your life book look like? Yeah, I don’t know what mine looks like either. Just taking it one day at a time, sister.
This past Sunday’s sermon at our church got me thinking about that, again. The sermon was focused on our OLW, “MADE”. (Yeah, our church chose a One Little Word for 2014. How cool is that?)
This year, as a church community, its been all about being MADE in His image. Being MADE to do more, be more, for Him and because of Him. Yesterday our pastor focused on followers of Christ being MADE to make disciples. Like Simon Peter.
I think to myself, I am not Peter. Peter was the rock on which Jesus built his church.
I am in a funk. Ugh. Anxiety and worry about little stuff has got me feeling down. It’s nothing that won’t work out on its own. But, still. I can’t shake this funk. Anyone out there feeling the same?
 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?  And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.  So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own,. Sufficient for each day is its own troubles. [Matthew 6:27-28, 34]
Yeah, just let those words wash over you.
Henri, you speak the truth.
My oldest daughter gets frustrated when creating art. The watercolors aren’t laying on the paper right; the paint is too think; it isn’t working out the way she envisioned. I tell her that art is not perfect. It’s not meant to be. Art school taught me this. She will not listen to any of it! She struggles with the limited medium; she struggles with her need to be perfect in whatever art she is doing.
Art is a lot like life. It’s messy, it’s never perfect, and it’s limited depending on how we view ourselves, which is at the very essence our “medium”. If we view ourselves as “not good enough” or “not ready” for the next step we will fight the ourselves, the medium. And, our art will be left unfinished.
Do you get the picture I am painting here?
Another great artist was Vincent Van Gogh. Do you think Van Gogh was happy with his masterpiece “Starry Night”? Did you know it was painted from memory of his nightly view outside of his sanitarium room window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence? I don’t know about you, but if I was in an Asylum, experiencing incapacitating panic attacks, I would be feeling pretty down about myself. I don’t know if I would think I could create something so beautiful. But he did. He didn’t let a hospital room confine, or define, him. He found inspiration right where he was in that moment of his life. Outside his window looking at the heavens.
It does me good to do what’s difficult, ” Van Gogh wrote, “That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word—for religion—so I go outside at night to paint the stars.”
LIE #1: You are not good enough.
You’re not a good mother; a good wife; a good employee; a good friend. You’re not pretty enough; thin enough; rich enough. You are a screw up, worthless, and not worth loving. We’ve all repeated hateful words like these to ourselves at one time or another. The enemy is just waiting for you to plant the seed of doubt so he can confirm our secret fears. He will use TV, magazines, the Internet, even your loved ones to confirm those fears. He is sneaky that way.
Do you believe in God, or do you believe God? And, yes, there is a difference.
Many Christians I know, myself included, are really good at believing in God.
We do the church-thing. We cling to our Bibles every Sunday. We sit in the pews, we stand, we sing, we tithe, we say, “Amen”. We drink ceremonious wine in little plastic cups. We wear the cross (and I love my crosses). We donated soup cans, coats, shoes, Christmas presents to those in need. We try to lead “good Christian” lives. And, we uttered the phrase, “God works in mysterious ways,” when speaking of things we can’t explain.
Can I get an Amen?
But, is it enough just to believe in God?
Is that enough for me? For you?
Is that enough for Him?
Although I feel I have faith, that is the name of this blog after all, I do not fully believe God.
Why? Well, there are a number of reasons. Early church experiences gone wrong, prayers unanswered, heart-ache unburdened, bad things that cannot be explained away by, “everything happens for a reason”. Whatever.
All I know is, I want more from my faith.
Airing on A&E Wednesday nights, Duck Dynasty is a reality show that follows the antics of a fun loving bearded Louisiana duck call mogul family. The Robertson’s, looking more like a ZZ Top cover band than the millionaires that they are, have a huge fan following.
The numbers don’t lie. This season’s premiere of Duck Dynasty was the most watched non-fiction series in cable television history with 11.8 million viewers.
And, my kids love it!
Most reality shows on TV today are mind-numbing-train-wreck-of-girls-behaving-badly-stab-you-in-the-back-scream-in-your-face-at-high-octives-and-profanity-laced programming. (Think Dance Moms, Real Housewives, anything Kardashian.)
Okay, full disclosure here. My little guilty pleasure is the original Real Housewives of OC, and it’s really just for “research” to see how the other half lives and thinks. (wink) But, I don’t want my kids watching it!
So, why would I love that my girls love a reality show? (Seriously? Didn’t you at least chuckle at that video above?)
- I don’t need to have a long discussion about inappropriate or lewd behavior. It’s not your typical reality show as stated above. Actually, they call it a “docu-style sitcom”, and it’s film more like a sitcom.
- They value family. The Robertson family loves one another. They bicker without holding a grudge. They tease without meanness in their heart. They irritate without screaming and dropping the f-bomb every other sentence.
- They are funny. Scripted, or not, this family, with their Southern charm and sharp wit, is laugh-out-load funny.
- The show has a counter-cultural message with its Christian family values, traditional gender roles, and mutual respect for each other, and their spouses. There is no profanity, no twerking, and no cat-fights. They end each show thanking God for what He has done for them while sitting around the dinner table. Jase Robertson’s personal motto: “God. Family. Ducks. In that order.”
- It’s a rags to riches story. From dirt poor, addictions, humble beginnings of making duck calls in the backyard shed to running a successful family business, filming a wildly popular TV show, writing books, and managing lucrative merchandising deals. Don’t believe me about the merchandising? Just take a trip to Walmart sometime. It’s the American dream. If these guys can make it big by making, of all things, duck calls, then so can I.
- They eat squirrel and frog legs. My inner Missouri country girl smiles.
- They are authentic. They claim the show is only “scripted” in the sense that the producers put the Robertson family in situations just to sit back and see how it plays out. It’s long been reported that these guys can be difficult — refusing to recite lines, or go along with a story line – instead they say what they please. And honestly, I don’t care. I am in it for the message.
All this makes for a “Happy, Happy, Happy” Wednesday night in our house.
I have been offering my designs and photography for sale over at Redbubble for a few months now. Gettin’ my feet wet. There is no sweeter email than one that has a subject line of: You Have A Sale.
The most popular design in my shop:
I’ve been working to add more typography inspired designs to my shop, such as…
Now that I have done a little shameless plug for my Redbubble shop, can I ask for one more thing?
Our cal-de-sac needs your prayers. Hubby is going in for back surgery on the 19th, my best girlfriend is having a double mastectomy on the 14th, our neighbor’s kid is having neck surgery this week, and my other neighbor is having nerve problems in her leg and arm which the doctors can’t figure out why. What a cal-de-sac we make! God bless.
Linking up with The 36th Avenue.
I was asked (again) last week, “What do you want to do when you ‘grow up’?” Now that is a loaded question.
Since I left the printing industry in May to stay home with the kids, I have asked myself that same question. I want to do something involving photography…but what exactly? I haven’t nailed that down yet. I know better what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to be a wedding or portrait photographer.
Nature, landscape, insect photography is what my heart wants. Okay, so I do know what I want, but now what?
I have been researching, and taking workshops and classes hoping (praying) it would come to me, like in a vision or a light bulb being turned on.
Enter Redbubble. Have you heard of it?
“Redbubble is quite simply the finest and most diverse creative community and marketplace on the interlink. There, we said it. With artists and designers hailing from every corner of the globe, displaying eye opening talent, skill, passion and enthusiasm for all forms of creativity there really is no better place for you to get your artistic kicks.”
So, here I am on Rebubble, diving in head first!
Redbubble offers all sorts of products including note cards, matted prints, just prints, framed prints, canvas, posters, calendars, t-shirts, iPhone & iPad cases, and stickers from highly talented photographers, illustrators and digital artists.
Of course, I can’t deny my graphic designer instincts. I designed these t-shirt and hoodies with 2 of my favorite Bible verses. Each will be available in 4 different contemporary colors.
Or, how about an iPhone case? Yep, I have designed those too!
So, you know, if you need to do some holiday shopping…head on over and check it out. Let me know what you think too! I will be adding more photos soon.
An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This was in my Inbox this morning from my cousin Michelle. Simple advice for faithful living. Thanks ‘cuz!