Friday, November 21, 2014

Word Art Wednesday Psalm 100:4

Here is this week’s Word Art Wednesday wordart.  I am very sorry for the delay.  I have attempted to complete this post several times now and either I get distracted or my computer shuts down on me so I am making this a very quick post before I delay it any longer.

Papercraft Memories: Psalm 100:4 WORDart by Karen

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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Word Art Wednesday–Ephesians 5:20

Hello there!

I apologize for the lack of posting.  I have been so busy lately; I feel like I am still working on last week’s to do list—actually I am.  I feel like my days have been jam packed with so much and yet at the end of the day I feel like I didn’t get a whole lot accomplished.  I know that I have, but I guess I just expect too much from myself.  Am I the only one who does that?  Being busy keeps me from thinking too much, so I am very thankful for my busy life.

Anyways, here is this week’s Word Art Wednesday wordart for you.

 

Papercraft Memories: Ephesians 5:20 WORDart by Karen

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We are in that season of the year when everyone focuses on giving thanks, but the Bible doesn’t say anything about it being a seasonal thing.  We are to give thanks always for all things.  I have found that being thankful for the little things gives me joy.  One of my favorite sayings has always been, “It’s the little things”.  So many times we overlook the little things and focus on the big things, but I have found some of God’s greatest blessings in the little things…the sunshine, a favorite warm sweater, a hug from one of my children, a smile from a stranger…  I have also found that being thankful is a choice that we have to make. 

Sometimes we have to look to find the good in things, but if we look we will find it.

Speaking of thankful, I was so touched by all of the comments and emails I received from my last post.  You all are so wonderful and so encouraging to me and a bigger blessing than you will ever know.  I am praying for each and every one of you.  If you have emailed me and I haven’t gotten back to you, I will be in touch.  You are on that to do list. :)

What are you thankful for?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brokenness

I used to have this cabinet with glass doors and glass shelves that held all of the most treasured heirlooms from my husband and I’s families.  It held all the Precious Moments figurines that my husband began giving me when we were dating.  If it meant anything to us, it was probably stored in that cabinet.  Several years ago when I decided to paint the room that cabinet was in, I moved that cabinet.  All went well until one of the legs broke off and the cabinet fell, breaking just about everything that was in it.  I will never forget that hopeless, helpless feeling I felt as I looked at that huge pile of broken mess.  As I looked at the shattered Precious Moments, the treasures from my husband’s family and cherished dishes from my grandmother, I sobbed.  Actually, I cried for days…weeks even.  Just the thought or mention of that cabinet and the treasures it held had me shedding tears for months.

Papercraft Memories: God makes ugly messes beautiful 5x7

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Recently I have been thinking a lot about that fiasco, because that’s the way my life has felt lately-- broken, hopeless, helpless, incapable of changing the things life has thrown my way.  Sure, I was so quick to tell everyone that things are ok, so careful to keep up the façade that all was fine, saying the common clichés that “God’s got this”, that He will see us through, that He is always faithful…and He is!  I know that, but I’m not sure I really believed it.  In fact, I know I didn’t.  These past two years have been the hardest years I have ever lived through.  It seems that everything in my life has been shaken, that all I have left is just a pile of broken mess.  But you see, the difference between the broken pile of heirlooms and the broken mess of my life is that I can do nothing about the broken pile of heirlooms, but God can make something of my broken mess if I let him.  As I was lying in bed unable to sleep, I was so convicted for my feelings of self pity and hypocrisy.  I broke before the Lord and confessed my faults and asked for His forgiveness.  I realized then that all those cliché sayings were just that, clichés, if I didn’t mean them.  God wants my heart—all of my heart.  He wants me to trust Him, to KNOW that He is able.  That His grace IS sufficient.  To truly believe that He can take the broken mess of my life and make it beautiful…and that He wants to.  I have thought often of the Word Art Wednesday scripture from a couple of weeks ago about the potter and the clay.

Papercraft Memories: Isaiah 64:8 WORDart by Karen for personal use

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I came to the realization that sleepless night, that He is the potter and I am the clay.  I want Him, need Him, to take the broken, ugly pieces of my life and remake them into something He can use…something beautiful.  Redesign them if He needs to.  He is our Creator, our Father, who wants only the very best for us.  If we can’t trust him to take our life and mold it, than who can we trust?

I recently heard a song that spoke so much to me.  It is by Hillsong and the name of it is “Show me your ways”.  The lyrics are:

The cry of my heart
Is to love You more
To live with the
Touch of Your hand
Stronger each day
Show me Your ways


Show me Your ways
That I may walk with You
Show me Your ways
I put my hope in You

This song expresses exactly how I feel.  I just want to love Him more, to grow stronger in Him, for Him to show me His ways and to walk with Him.  I know with His touch in my brokenness He is making me stronger each day.  He is my hope!  I can’t imagine going through life without Him.

I know I have been “missing in action” for a while and, truthfully, I just haven’t felt I could blog with such a heavy heart, that I had nothing to give, but I really felt to share my heart with my readers.  I am not sharing this for your sympathy or pity, but because I pray it helps someone.  I know I am not the best writer and I feel I have a hard time expressing things that way, but I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who has felt brokenness, and I just hope that this post is a blessing in some way.  I would love to add you to my prayer list if you are feeling broken right now.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that you are never the only one going through something.  Our struggles can feel so lonely because we tend to shut others out.  Let’s not go through this alone, but encourage and pray for one another.  Feel free to send me an email, I would love to hear from you.  Life is hard and rarely goes the way we plan it, but God is in control and He cares like no one else is even capable of caring.

Stronger in Him,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Word Art Wednesday – Ecclesiastes 3:14

Hello there!

I know it has been a while and I apologize.  One of these days I will post about what has kept me away, but for today I just have WORDart.

Papercraft Memories: Ecclesiastes 3:14 WORDart by Karen for personal use

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I will try to get caught up on the missed WORDart posts in the near future.

I am sorry for keeping you all hanging.

God bless,