It has become one of the most comfortable chairs in the house. What a little elbow grease, paint, and new gray suede upholstery can do! Now it will fit in nicely when I get to return home…I think I’ll use it as an office chair.
Craft of the Day
Here is an extra craft for today:
Decorating for Fall and Halloween…pumpkin cutouts, thanks to my Cricut I can cut out multitudes of shapes in no time.
Thanksgiving is coming! Despite the Christmas decorations and paraphernalia everywhere you shop, the greatest holiday between Halloween and Christmas Day, is Thanksgiving. I see this wonderful day being overshadowed by the emphasis on those other more commercial holidays. How do you market an attitude of the heart rather than the momentary bliss of celebrating marketing agendas? (Gosh, I’m beginning to sound like a radical…I do enjoy Halloween or the exaltation of fall/harvest and Christmas). I just have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving day with family, awesome food, football, and mostly fun and laughter.
My most precious memory was the Thanksgiving when I was in the sixth grade. My mom had clients that were very wealthy who were going on vacation during the holiday and offered my mom the use of their gorgeous home for our family to celebrate. This house had all the best of everything (at the time): crystal stemware, dishes, linens, furniture, heated floors, a guest house and a bath house by the pool, and so much room. We all had a great time exploring, and all of our relatives were invited! I hadn’t seen some of my cousins in years and my grandmas made the best dishes ever, both were fabulous cooks, and the best part was seeing my mom so happy! It was always her desire to have family around her, after all she raised six kids and was the most joyful when she could get the whole lot of us together. The memory of that special day is still so vivid in my spirit and it has become my greatest joy too, to have family around in celebration of the thankfulness we share.
What are some of your favorite memories? Comment to me and share please, I’d love to hear your stories!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
“Youwillknow them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16
When it really comes down to it, the Gospel is very simple. We have a loving and good Father (God), who desired to have a relationship with the mankind that He created, giving them a free will. When man made the choice to turn away to their own reasoning, sin entered the world and their hearts. The only way for God to restore this intimate relationship with His people was to send His Son, Jesus, to this world to become the sacrifice for the sin that ensnared them. With His precious blood that was shed for all and His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the curse of sin forever. Man was free to step into eternal life and the reconciliation of relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and was given the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, to do the greater works that Jesus did. Our part is in the cooperation of being led by the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of God’s dear Son, producing fruit in the world around us.
There are times when we can’t find ourselves, we’ve lost focus of what the Lord has ordained for us. It’s more than what we do, it’s more than what we perceive is going on, and we generally feel that we are abandoned. We feel condemned by not doing enough or anything at all.
Well, be of good cheer – God is will never leave you or forsake you, He loves you all the time in every circumstance. He is good and His love towards you will sustain you in every situation. His grace is more than sufficient and His mercy towards you is new every morning.
Be encouraged, take courage, exercise your faith, and BELIEVE.
Craft of the Day
My granddaughter Peyton was coming to visit me and I wanted to make something special that would bless her. I found a wooden letter in the clearance bin for a dollar and embellished it with a coat of paint, glued scrapbook paper on the top, and added all the bling I could (without being gaudy). She loved it!
I am in the crafting season, the part of the year that I crank out everything I can think of that my brain can creatively conceive. It is binge crafting on steroids. I will try and show you one thing I’ve done every time I post. Hope you enjoy my brain shmings!
I love it when I actually feel the changes of the season. The sun is in a different position in the sky that fills my rooms with light, in tiny corners not touched all summer. Neighbors decorating their porches with quintessential essence of autumn days; pumpkins, wreaths of orange, yellow, and brown, and pots of chrysanthemums lining their walkways. It brings back so many memories of the awesome holiday smells of cinnamon and spice, of course Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Lattes, and family gatherings.
Here is a tiny gallery of autumn decorating in my home away from home: