Tuesday, February 09, 2016

It's coffee time & Rocco is licking his lips with excitement!
If you don't have the First 5 app, by Lysa TerKeurst on your phone, then go download now! You will not be disappointed. Today's page is inspired by the devotional on Exodus 27:20.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Day 7 in the study on our gifts with Creating In Faith with Jamie Dougherty.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10
During this study, I thought a lot of about gifts, talents, creativity. And I often hear people say "Oh, you are so creative." I hope that through my little journey of sharing these pages that people take away this....It's not about the fact that I can draw, paint, have nice handwriting...But that we each are creative in our own way. Not everyone was born to splash color on a canvas, to fill the air with song, to have a way with words. Those things are always seen as "creativity", but we each have our own unique ability that is creative. Like my husband. He knows his way about a soundboard like no one that I have ever seen before (I may be biased). But he's not just a church "soundman." This is his passion. He does it for a living. It's his heart & his form of creativity. My Mom is a seamstress extraordinaire! She can take fabric & turn into something magical. That's her gift. I have a friend that can organize & label like a ninja. That's her gift. While another friend enjoys buying little trinkets that remind them of others & sends "happy mail." Yet another friend has a way with people. She can see their hurt & help bring solace where it is needed. We all posses some form of creativity & it may not be something that is seen with the human eye, but felt with the heart. When we were created, God gave us all an ability that is uniquely ours. We all can't be good at everything. I'm also learning in my 39th year on this earth, that there are some gifts yet to be developed inside of us. We don't even know exist. Maybe being put under the flame will expose them. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit & hearing His whisper will bring them to light. Or stepping out of our comfort zones will make them flourish. So, don't say you aren't "creative." You are in your own way. And just maybe there is a hidden talent in there that God hasn't let you open yet. You may have some secret ability that is just waiting to be exposed. Let your creativity flow! It takes courage! Be brave!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Day 6 in the study on our gifts with Creating In Faith with Jamie Dougherty
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Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Friday, February 05, 2016

Day 5 in the study on our gifts with Creating In Faith with Jamie Dougherty
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Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:14-15
Today....boy....today....my body feels broken, but I pushed through to do this page & I was filled with tears of relief & joy when it was done. Not because it was a struggle to accomplish it, but because for me I tend to get rid of stress in my art & pouring over a page in His word creatively allows the release of the pressures that are filling my mind & heart. I have things that I want to say on this today, but my brain isn't working quite right, so I'll just let the page & scripture speak for itself.

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Day 4 in the study on our gifts with Creating In Faith with Jamie Dougherty.

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Do you see a man skillful in his work?He will stand before kings;he will not stand before obscure men. 
Proverbs 22:29

Don't show off, but use your talents to glorify God. Keep your integrity, your uniqueness & it will bring attention to God & please Him. In doing so, it brings others an awareness of who God is. You never know just who you are reaching with your gifts. Even a social post can change a life & impact someone in ways that you never expected


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Day 3 in the study on our gifts with Creating In Faith with Jamie Dougherty
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...behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.
1 Kings 3:12-13
I added verse 13 by accident. But it's a "happy accident." Today's really got me pondering a lot about how we are all so unique & special. To think that there really has never ever been or will ever be anyone exactly like you. No one has the same thoughts as you. The same gifts or talents. The same relationship with Jesus as you. Comparing how we are different does nothing but to kill, steal & destroy what the Lord made so individual about you. He took extra care & attention when He knitted you together. So embrace your beautiful uniqueness...your oddities, weirdness, craziness, lovely incredibly individual self. He loves you & all your precious mess & fascinating gifts! Love you too! There's no one like you!