Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cute Bible Verse Decor ideas from Pinterest

I love Pinterest.  Especially right now while I'm so busy!  I can share all of the cute things people have done with Bible Verses on Pinterest.   And then when I have time to come back and write thoughtful, heartfelt posts, I'll share those too.  But, in the meantime, check out these cute inspirational things!
Thought someone had a good idea to use the jar below for Bible Verses instead.

For the new year--Bible Verse Calendar

                                                                                   Source: via Katie on Pinterest
Source: via Marilu on Pinterest

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nativity Scenes

Hi everyone!  I've been on Pinterest all morning.  I'm going to share the Nativity scenes and things that I've found!  They are all really cute!  And they all ended up being silhouettes!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

It's the time of the week when I make my list of 5 things that I'm thankful for this week.  I feel like it's been so long since I've actually put it into writing!  

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."--1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) 

This week I'm thankful for:

Heat in my house.  Man!  It's cold outside!
The fact that I haven't found any more "hidden" stuff from Logan.  Hopefully he'll be able to gain our trust back.
That my husband has a job.
That the sun is out today!  Woo Hoo!
Molasses cookies.  They were so yummy.  
Hot coffee.
And as always, I'm thankful for health and happiness and the company of good friends.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, Thankful Thursday!

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Do not be frustrated

"Don't be frustrated by the things you can not control"

This thought came to me this morning after reading my "daily" devotional.  I have been feeling frustrated lately, I guess.  It's very hard for me being surrounded by people who are not believers.  I worry about their impact on my kids.  But, here's what I need to remember:  God created my kids and wants the best for them.  No matter what happens here on Earth, God has my kids' best interest at heart.  There is nothing I can do to change that.  And there is nothing any of the other people can do to change that.  

My issue comes in when I don't know what things I CAN control.  What are those things?  Not much, let me tell you.  

But, here are a couple Bible verses that make me feel a little more comfortable right now.

"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."--John 14:26-27 (NIV)

"I have told you this so that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  This is my command:  Love each other."--John 15:11-17 (NIV)

Sometimes, when I'm stressed out or anxious, I think, "God, I need a little more.  A little more understanding.  I don't have any idea what's going on right now or what I'm supposed to be doing.  I'm confused."  And then I close my eyes and flip through my Bible.  The verse that I first landed on today was this one:

"Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going."--John 14:1-4 (NIV)

What I'm thinking is that I can NOT control anything in this world except for my own actions.  And all God commands me to do is Love.   So, now, my challenge is to figure out how to love without letting all of the other stuff bog me down.

I hope everyone has a blessed day and remembers to Love.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Need to find my calm in this Busyness

I'm coming up on a busy weekend.  I have plans for Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.  And most of them are going to need some preparation or study time.  I don't know why I get so stressed out when stuff like this happens.  I know that I just need to take everything one step at a time.  And it always works out.  Or, at least it has in the past.  

I was reading my Women's Devotional Bible this morning and decided to try to look for something under the "subject" of "calm".  There was nothing listed.  But, they did have headings for "busyness".  I went to the first one and found this little nugget of wisdom.

"Whenever I have felt overly busy to the point of neglecting the little joys, the expressions of appreciation, the realization of how happy we are--whenever play with the children seemed more of a duty than a privilege, I have thought of Mother's words.  They have been a warning beacon that has changed my attitude toward life and toward what is valuable"--Kathryn Hillen  

As far as I can tell, the words of her Mother were, "Don't ever become so busy that you fail to realize how very happy you are!"

Sounds like good advice.  

And Kathryn's words  "whenever play with the children seemed more of a duty than a privilege" really, really struck a chord with me right now.   I need to carve out more time for my kids.  They are only this age once.  It's so hard to switch gears, though!

But, it's important to remember which things are meant to be important in our lives.  My kids are definitely one of those "things".  

I definitely recommend the Bible that I use, if you're a mom or grandmother--if you don't already own it!
It's called Women's Devotional Bible by Zondervan.  It usually has a picture of flowers on the front.  I have loved it very much!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and takes time to realize how really happy they are!