Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Like I needed another mug for my #hottea ☕️! But when it's #pink #polkadots says#keepcalmandloveon & is $2 on #clearance at#tuesdaymorning, you bet your sweet bippy I'm buying it! #pinklucychristmastree #irishbreakfasttea#twinings

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I didn't do a page for yesterday's devotion, since I have journaled it 4 times already! πŸ˜³ Anyhoo.... on to day 18....

I never want to lose sight of His light & salvation through this dark & often dense foggy world. Which is so much easier to focus on when it tends to surround you. Keep my eyes directly on Your light, my sweet Lord.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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One of my journaling Bibles will be going around the country & other ladies will be doing pages in it. And vise versa. This is the cover/ownership page that I did in it. Excited to see all of the worship & creativity come alive in it, when it comes back to me.
I don't usually post these Facebook thingies, but my results were quite interesting! Hhhhmmmm...πŸ€”πŸ˜‰☺️

Monday, January 16, 2017

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I reread this scripture several times & couldn't keep from tearing up. I'm tearing up right now just typing this. πŸ˜’πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 
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Gonna do some journaling outside on this nice breezy Spring....Uuummm...I mean Winter day. πŸ˜‚Miss Dottie is my disciple. But I think she's too bossy to learn anything

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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HE IS FAITHFUL! I never ever want to doubt His faithfulness. I despise when I let this world cause me to forget how faithful He always has been & always will be. His faithfulness isn't granting me my wishes. His faithfulness is like the blood that flows through my veins. It's there, supplying life to me, even though I don't notice it. It's the hope that I will continue to hold onto. Even if the answer is "I have other plans." Because of His faithfulness, I know He's got it. That's all that matters.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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I have always loved the word "steadfast." Even considered it for a tattoo years ago. I'm still tattooless. πŸ™‚ It means "firmly fixed in place." It can be difficult to comprehend that His love & faithfulness is "firmly fixed in place", when we are facing tough or painful times. But it's true because "steadfast" also means "Not subject to change."

Lord, when this road of life gets weary & painful, help me to never forget that you are STEADFAST. I may not see it or feel it. But You remain unmovable. You are a constant. I'm the one that drifts back & forth. Allowing things to pull me from your firmly fixed place. Thank you for never moving. For your steadfast love & unshakable faithfulness.

As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! Psalm 40:11

Friday, January 13, 2017

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To know the Creator of the universe named me. He knows me. There aren't words in the human language to describe the exact awe of that. How incredible to acknowledge this, but to not receive it in vain. To be humbled by it. But to also draw courage from it. 

The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his handhe hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. Isaiah 49:1-2

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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I've always imagined this moment. Oh, to have been there to witness it! 

You can't tell from this photo, but my dove is very glittery, because I believe all things from Heaven are! Even the Holy Spirit!

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him... Matthew 3:16

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Sin isn't just the "big" sins. It can also be things that we tend to carry around with us like bitterness, unforgiveness, jealous, apathy, being ungrateful, hating certain things or people in politics...things like that. Often times we have worn these chains of sins so long that we become comfortable with them & don't even realize that they are impacting our hearts & us spiritually. Impacting those around us too.

I know for me, I lived with a huge sin of bitterness for a very long time. I liked it too. It felt comfortable. It loved complaining to others with that same bitterness. You know?...Misery loves company.

Lord, help me to always be aware of the hidden "comfortable"'sins that can easily slide into my heart. Help me to give them to You. I no longer want to be a slave to them.

" that we would no longer be enslaved to sin." Romans 6:6 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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I believe that when most people think about "peace" they think about peace of the world. Not the inner peace that only comes from having a relationship with Jesus. It's the inner strength & peace that is with you at all times. Even in the chaos of life or this world. He's given it to us. It's our choice to pursue it. Maintain it. Protect it. We have to be sure to not let the words of the enemy to play mind games, but rest in the knowledge that HE...Our there supplying the strength & peace.

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:11

Monday, January 09, 2017

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Today begins the 21 days of prayer & fasting at my church. As a part of my commitment to this, I plan on doing a page everyday to go along with the devotional. 

This is the part of the scripture that stuck out to me the most. What a powerful, yet humbling thing to know that I am chosen. Me. Crystal. Born in 1976. Lived in some challenging times in my 40 years. I. Am. Chosen. But not only chosen. He delights in me. I love that word "delight." It's such a joyful word!

" chosen, in whom my soul delights..."
Isaiah 42:1

For those that have been following along with my Adventures with Groovy (Vulcan), I had a conference call today & a few things have changed a bit. As of now he will be presented to the people from Liverpool, here in Birmingham in May. Then I will be going to England to see that he makes it in grand fashion! All pomp & circumstance, don'tcha know? Things may change, but that's the plans for now. Pip pip cheerio! #vulcansonparade

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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Age ain't nothing but a number. I will be 80 still sporting my glitter, saturated colors & unicorn tails everywhere. This is my church bag of delightful goodness! πŸ¦„πŸ©πŸ’—πŸŒˆ#unicorns #pinkpoodles#wonderwoman #pink #rainbows #glitter#unicorntails #churchbag #verbradley #kipling#kipling100pencilcase

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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Love this scripture! I see that I took an "s" away from one word & gave it to another. It is what it is. HE knows my heart & what I meant. πŸ˜‰ 

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. 
Psalm 94:19 

Friday, January 06, 2017

My beautiful cousin, Bonnie... the hero in our family...Lost the light of her life a few hours ago when her boy, Anius made his journey to be with Jesus. For those that don't know, Bonnie was his nurse at Children's Hospital & she went on to adopt this little sugar. She gave him a life that he would have never gotten if the Lord hadn't brought them together. Even though tears are being shed, hearts are broken & grieving has to begin here on earth...There is zero doubt in my mind that Granny met Ni, as he ran for the first time. He's skipping, jumping, dancing, talking a mile a minute with the fullness of joy! And I'm also thinking Jesus had him a unique fire truck πŸš’ just for him to cruise around Heaven in.
Please keep my family in your prayers...Especially for Bonnie. She's got a heart of gold.

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My favorite part are the icicles. Here are some itty bitty ones forming. Which are a big deal around these parts.

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