Saturday, May 30, 2009


Community is so important. I spent last evening scrapping with a great group of women. Most I did not not know very well...some I got to know better. Gwen shared ideas with me regarding dew drops (or fake ones since I'm too cheap to buy them if I can make them). Loretta shared her glaze with me so we could see if that worked to make them. Julie and I talked all evening and gave each other new ideas for scrapping/journaling. Jan and I chatted about our husbands. Terri and the other ladies worked on card packs I put together for shut-ins. Jan stopped by to label the cards and get them mailed. And, of course, Pati is always fun to scrap with. She is so creative and great to talk to.

I enjoyed spending time with these ladies. I enjoy community. And today and tomorrow, when I'd rather stay at home (my cave!), I'm going to celebrate graduations with friends. I know I'll have a great time - I've just gotten so used to staying in my own space!

Thank you, ladies, for a fun and creative evening. I look forward to seeing you all next month.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today (5-24) is my Mom's birthday. She died on Memorial Day last year. I really miss her. There's something about losing your mom - too soon. It'll be a tough day but one that I'll get through!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Lost Motorist

Turning Point Devotion: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8

A lost motorist asked a farmer for directions.
"Where is the main highway to Quincy?"
"I don't know."
"Well, where is the highway to Hannibal?"
"I don't know."
"Where does this highway go?"
"I don't know."
"You don't know much do you?"
"No, but I ain't lost."

Have you ever tried going on a road trip without a map? Trying to plan your life without God is just as ineffective. We can head in the general direction of where we know we should be, but without God as our guide, we'll be just like the lost motorist, asking everyone else for directions.

If we consult God in everything, asking Him to lead and guide us on life's journey, the Bible says His footsteps shall be our pathway and His plan will be to give us a future and a hope (Psalm 85:13, Jeremiah 29:11). Without Him, we will wander life's highways, not knowing where they lead.

When you find yourself making plans for your life, remember to first find out where God would have you go and then map out your next move according to His will.

The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him to never lead us astray. Charles Swindoll

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cheerful Heart

A portion of the Turning Point devotion: Proverbs 15:15 says, "He who is of a merry heart has a continual feast."

Every day has its share of burdens, and many of us have aches and pains. But a cheerful heart is as irrepressible as a cork in water. A joyful person just cannot be held down. What a privilege to serve the Lord with gladness and to use our gifts for His glory, doing so with a merry heart.

Pray with me that I'll be a joyful person that cannot be held down and that I'll count it a privilege to tserve my Lord. Now I'll have to find that area I'm supposed to serve in.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

What's up?

It is a beautiful Saturday. I've enjoyed spending time in my scrapbooking room and being creative. The guys moved a shelf up for me so I could organize my stuff. Now my desktop is clean and roomy enough to spread out whatever project I'm working on. I love it. I can see at a glance (almost) what I have to work with. Now I just need to figure out out to organize my paper and stickers. I have little shelves for paper that hold other stuff. The reason I don't get it out is I have NO idea how to organize it. Then I have to pack it up twice a month to go scrapping with my friend. I'll figure it out eventually.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day - the first since I lost my Mom. Since we didn't get to spend the day together before, I don't think it will be as hard as I think. I miss her. I came across pictures of her and Dorothy last night while cleaning my room and I realize that I'm not ready to scrap them yet! One day.

A grand idea for organizing my stickers. Cork strips (I have one my door at work). Put them on the wall over my desk and pin up the sticker pages (I have them organized in vinyl pages. I knew something would come to me!

Gotta run - going to Zach's hockey game this afternoon and then dinner with Brad's family at Carrabba's for Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What Good Works Are Good For

Turning Point devotion: What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? James 2:14

Scripture memory is an important discipline in the Christian life. If there is a downside to memorizing one verse at a time, it is that important verses lose their context. For instance, Romans 8:28 needs verse 29 for its full effect. And Ephesians 2:8-9 (how we are saved) needs verse 10 (why we are saved) to get the full import of Paul's message and meaning.

Ephesians 2:8-9 are well-known verses that establish the truth that we are saved "by grace . . . through faith." And it makes clear that our salvation is "not of works, lest anyone should boast." But then verse 10 makes it just as clear that we are "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." So, we are not saved by good works, but we are definitely saved for good works. We are saved so we can carry out those acts and deeds that fulfill the purpose for our salvation: continuing the kingdom works that Jesus did in the image of Christ himself (Romans 8:29).

Sometimes Christians are confused about good works—but we shouldn't be. They are the evidence, not the basis, of the believer's salvation.

We must come to good works by faith, and not to faith by good works.
William Gurnall

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Today I treated myself to Mother's Day shopping! I spent $15 at the VOA Thrift store - bought a pair of pants, a top, ribbon holder (deal of the day), snaps (I'll only use the tops as embellishments), clamp light (to use when I'm crocheting, like a task light), and a red/white/blue picture mat that says "God Bless America" (for my son's Army picture when I get one).

I also received a toilet paper holder and shelf for my bathroom - had fun putting them together (and then taking the shelf apart because I put one part upside down!). Waiting for the over-the-toilet shelf to come in.

I also got a stainless steel bracelet from QVC that I ordered a long time ago and it was on back-order. I LOVE it.

Happy Mother's Day to me :)