Friday, May 29, 2015

A Heart Turned Toward Home...

Hi Blog Friends!
I know it's been quiet heart has turned toward our home, rather than stamping lately;
 I have been quite busy!
Just some of what I've been doing....
1.) Spring Cleaning...more to be done, just trying to organize & straighten the whole house!
The basement is next- ICK!
2.) I found another good book & have been DEVOURING it! What is it called?
Predators In Our Pulpits, A Compelling Call to Follow Christ in These Perilous Times,
 by W. Phillip Keller. WHAT A GREAT BOOK & SO APPROPRIATE for our times!
3.) I have been knocking myself out "finishing" a cabinet---it was part of my Mother's Day Gift from my hubby. I've been decorating the master bath & wanted a cabinet of some sort for towel storage. There are more things to do--new towel racks & I'm looking for a not too big that I can't carry it up & down stairs to the basement. I've got my eye out for  wall paper boarder too...
I'm decorating the bath in a Nautical Theme.
4.) A little baking & cooking....
5.) We moved our daughter home from college & moved her back out again for a summer job she took... I miss her already! :(
I finally got myself to sit down & make a card the other day....
I needed a Thank You card for our daughter.
 A friend of mine sent her a little gift for her summer adventures......
For my card, I actually had something else in mind,
 but remembered these dies I got for Christmas I hadn't used here's what I made:
I will be entering this in the SSS Monday Challenge here:
The challenge is to make a "Thank You" card! PERFECT! ;)
And the SSS Work It Wednesday Challenge here:
This challenge is for the month of May 2015!
They just want to see what you're working on.
So, I'm set for the challenges.
Here are some more pictures of my card!
This was a fun card to make & it made me feel all homey & warm.
I used Memory Box Grand Madison Window, Lacy Curtains & the Grand Flower Box,
all found at SSS!
I wanted you to see the scoring I did on the panel behind the window, made with my
Score-buddy....looks like siding & it reminds me of our first home...although,
 we didn't have window boxes! LOL
This was the fun part, creating a little sun catcher....I punched out two small hearts of acetate with my SU-hand held punch, used alcohol markers & drew a small rose with leaves &  made a red border around the heart. Glued the two acetate pieces together with a glue dot & punched a small hole with a piercer & ran gold thread through it for hanging. It's a sun catcher, resembling the one hanging on our door that was made for us when my husband & I  got married, a treasured gift indeed!
My window box is filled with SU- Little Leaves & Provo Craft- Flowers, I added a Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers & the butterflies.
Here's the inside of my card:
The "Thank You" is made from Provo Craft Dies, & the butterflies are SU- Beautiful Wings, all with a touch of Wink of Stella, also found at SSS.
So, what do you think?
As I said, I've been working on things for our home....just maybe soon I'll show you?
I still have to add two coats of  varnish to the chest....waiting for the weather to stay nice so I can do it on the porch. So far, the weather isn't cooperating, but I'm tickled with the results of my project!
Stay tuned!
Here is a song I found today that I thought you might also enjoy---
it will turn your heart toward our heavenly home! 
A Heart Turned Toward Home,
Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- Paper
SU- Markers
McGill Stylus Pack
Kaiser Kraft Pearls
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
Multi-Medium Matte

Friday, April 3, 2015

Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Hi Blog Friends!
to you!!!!

I have a POWER-PACKED POST for you today!
 I have been reading away here, remember I told you I ordered several books?
 I have been devouring them & finally pulled myself away on Monday to make my Easter Cards.
I am learning so very much, of which I am so grateful.
I will share in just a bit....
but first let me tell you, since I missed the most recent ODB Challenge....with all my reading,
 I thought I would have to find another challenge to enter my cards in.
Thank you ODB for making this next Challenge:
Due April 5th, by 8 p.m.
Check ODB for details here:
Here is the inspiration piece I used that ODB supplied:
(I don't know if they'll accept my cards, but we'll just hope!
Either way, my Easter cards are done & off in the mail, of course.)
I did several Easter Cards!
I rarely do each card differently, but I challenged myself to do that this time.
Here's the first one I made:
 I used ODB- Crown of Thorns & ODB Christian Faith Collection Paper.
The inside using the same set.
I decided to go CAS on this one, focusing on Christ's blood.
Part of the reason we celebrate this season.....
Here I used ODB- Lord is My Shepherd for the sentiment.
Notice: The blood stains/ red dots, cover the word "sins."
Just as His blood covers our sins when we ask for forgiveness.
My third card.
The inside using ODB- Crown of Thorns.
Lastly, I went CAS again.
The inside is the same as above, using ODB- Crown of Thorns.
I will also be entering some of these cards in the SSS Monday-Pastel Challenge.
Due by April 5th, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
Check here for more information:
Actually, what I've been  reading is so appropriate for Resurrection Sunday,
even though it is about another subject.

I have been reading about
 "Spiritual Abuse."
I discovered a woman's blog through The True Women Blog...
 Sherri had left a comment one day & left a link to her blog, she was sharing her experience....
She directed her readers to several books. Those are just some of the books I ordered.
I/We have been through "Spiritual Abuse" also about 10 years ago.
It is quite a devastating experience when you go through it & it takes time to get over.....
So, I found Sherri's experience interesting along with the reading,
 & I am learning much about the dynamics of what happened.
You can find her blog here & read her experience:

I  recently heard a Pastor speak about the end times, & he said he had found something in Scripture that he believed was a "secret, hidden in Scriptures;" that people that don't go to church & pay tithe, won't make it in the rapture.
My attention was immediately grabbed with that statement, because it is so opposite of what I'd learned & what I've been taught my whole life!
This man is quite esteemed in his denomination & esteemed in other denominations also for his insight into the Scriptures.
 My friend is the one who directed me to this man & his statement.
She & her boys have also been through "Spiritual Abuse." What happened was so devastating that it caused them to stop attending church altogether.  The very one's who abused them,
were their family & were the leaders of the church; they were the Pastor's.
They were the very same people that had abused us, when we were there.
The boys didn't expect to go up with the Lord in the rapture, they had given-up.
Then hearing this statement from a Pastor who was esteemed, confirmed what they had felt.
I told my friend, that isn't what Scripture says!
I don't care if he thinks he has found a "secret, hidden away" in the Bible!
He doesn't have one up on the average man, because he is a "minister," we are ALL EQUAL in God's eyes--one man doesn't receive messages from God that ONLY  HE can understand or in this case, be the only one who has found this "secret, hidden away."
God loves us & he WOULDN'T make things this important secret like that.
 He will/did make things EASY FOR US TO  UNDERSTAND so we CAN make it in the rapture!
 THAT is how much He loves us.

The part that stood out to me in my reading?
The sentence that said right out, "Whenever religious leaders claim special knowledge of God or the Bible which is hidden from the rest of us, we may be in the presence of false & abusive teaching, or something worse." 
(This is from: Healing Spiritual Abuse---How to Break Free from Bad Church Experiences,
By Ken Blue, Page 82.)

I will say, there are a few things in this book that I disagree with, not as a person who is a psychologist or a person of higher knowledge than this man, but from out of experience.
  I will also say, that there isn't much I disagree with.
As with anything, read from an understanding that not everything written is absolute truth, &  every one's understanding is influenced by experience.

More that stood out to me?
The Pharisees in the Bible are in our churches today---- The Pharisees were those who loved God, studied the Scriptures,  & had seized power in the Temple-not elected, & they dictated to everyone else as to what was acceptable before God or should I say, what they thought God wanted.
They were vocal & wanted every eye to see them as "Spiritual."
(Doesn't that sound like today to you?)
Not every "Minister" behind the pulpit is in the ministry for God's Purposes, but their own;
 whether they started out with themselves as the main attraction,
or whether they just fell into that mindset over time.

We, as laity are usually busy running around DOING whatever it is that we feel needs to be done, as a "ministry" for the Kingdom, to further the Gospel--- works in the church, tithing, etc.!
Constantly working..... Striving to do what is right before God.....
 The focus is on our works, not on our hearts' condition;
The struggles we are dealing with at the time....
We end up worn out & tired.
Those ministers that teach you receive Salvation through works etc., are "self deceived."
(Sometimes, you have to listen closely to find this out too.)
See, those works YOU DO, benefit the one in makes them look good to the board, to the district officials...., etc.!
Those ministers KNOW the truth, but choose to walk away from it, choose to promote Salvation through works, manipulating people....etc.! They are "self-deceived" thinking they will profit!
At the same time these ministers are self-deceived, they are withholding the Kingdom of God from you.
They have trivialized the Blood of Christ!
When all Christ wants you to do is fall in His arms!

God's grace IS sufficient!

"My grace is sufficient for you,"
2 Corinthians 12:9b
We don't need to add anything else to His grace to be accepted by Him!
Think about that, it is SO FREEING!!!

Building 429 Video--War Zone:
This song tells it all.

I believe THIS is the reason people are leaving the churches in droves today!
I believe also there will be, if it already hasn't started, a cleansing of the church;
hard times, will help to clean out the church....
How can God judge the ungodly, before He judges His church/people?

What I have written about here, is only one aspect of Spiritual Abuse.
As with any abuse, there are all different kinds.

Here are the books I've read on the subject that I think will give you greater insight:

* The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, by David Johnson & Jeff Van Vonderen
(I thought this book was extremely thorough.)
* Healing Spiritual Abuse, by Ken Blue.
(For me, this was a continuation of the book by David Johnson & Jeff Van Vonderen, where Ken Blue added his thoughts on the subject from his knowledge & experience.)
BOTH books are good.
* Set Free, by Jan Coates.
(If I remember correctly, this book has been/is used in Christian Counseling in well-known Counseling Services & has many places of  reference in the back to help those & those you love, in Abuse situations.)
(The books listed above can be found on

I must say, from reading these books & other books on abuse, they all seem to follow the same dynamics,
Power & Control, Narcissistic Behavior, etc.
The dynamics are the same.

This is a topic that goes beyond this little post.
I am just giving the information to help many understand  the power of Spiritual Abuse & that there is HOPE!
Hope, from the very one who brings us hope, the answer to ALL of our problems, because of His loving act on the cross & His resurrection,
Jesus Christ!

Falling In His Arms!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper- SU
Prima Flowers
SU- Pretties Kit
Glue Dots
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
Dick Blick Colored Pencils
Spellbinders- Cross Collection, Floral Flourishes
SU- Corner Rounder Hand Held Punch
Liquid Pearls
SU- Inks
Memento Ink
SU- Various Flower hand help Punches


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Simply Watercolor

Hi Blog Friends!
I thought today I would do a post for my dear friend, Kathy Racoosin.....
give her some support for her challenge.
A thirty day challenge is a BIG DEAL I think!
Do you remember, I told you about her coloring challenge in my last post?
Check here to find out more about her challenge:
So, here's what I did,
I pulled out my Prisma Water Color Pencils, I hadn't used in quite awhile
& kept things quite simple.
I used Penny Black- Sunny Pair for my image.
Quite fitting, in that the flowers are popping up here for Spring!
I used a Letraset Blender Marker with the Water Color Pencils, which worked perfectly in that I used regular old card stock.
 Controlling the moisture is easier using a blender pen.
I added a simple boarder around the edge with my Score-Buddy.
Just a touch of Wink of Stella on the flowers centers.
I think these flowers are quite fitting, in that the flowers here are happily springing up!:)
I'm ready for the warmer weather & flowers, how about you?
Do jump in & play along?
Kathy has lots of prizes to give away too.
(This is day 14 today in her 30 day challenge.)
Off to do some Spring Cleaning!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Advice & More!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a packed post for you today!!!!
 I see I've had a HUGE INCREASE in viewers as of the 26th!
I'm guessing it's because of what I said about the government taking over the Internet?
We'll have to watch & see what happens now...

My Advice?
Buy Books!
My Strong's Dictionary of Bible Words came the other day in the mail,
 it will go nicely with my Strong's Exhaustive Concordance that I already have;
& I have several more books coming too!
(You can figure out what kinds of things you normally look up,
& go from there on what books to order for yourself for general reference or study,
 basically a "hard copy" for what you are looking for.)
We LOVE books here!
And be ready to give up the Internet!
To hold anything too tightly isn't good anyway, except Christ!
 Be willing to give the Internet up or cut back drastically!
(Kind of hard for those trying to do business, I know! Be prepared!)

Get informed & stay informed & find a place where you can make your voice count!
I do have a card for you today---
I've been thinking about this one for awhile, for our daughter.
She called the other day, exasperated!
So much to do, so little time.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
 they shall mount up with wings as eagles." Isaiah 40:31
I just wanted to encourage her to "Keep Climbing!"
There is always peace at the feet of Jesus.

I used a sketch from SCS:
Here's my card:
I used ODB- Keep Climbing & On Eagle's Wings.
A close up of my image(s).
I used various Distress Markers for the mountain view, along with a water color brush.
I colored in the Eagle with Copic Markers & mounted him with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
The inside.
With a matching envelope.

More  "Advice!"
I thought I'd share with you something that will help you in your Bible Studies too.
(Our kids helped me pick this out a few years back.)
Course, you can use this in Church too to find Scriptures quickly & easily;
you just have to get used to using it.
It's called the

 You can find the NowBible on
Amazon here:

OH NO! In trying to find you more links, so you could get one of these for yourself, I have discovered, that the NowBibles are no longer being made! :(
But, never fear, there are other Electronic Bibles on the market & if you find any at Amazon you like....GRAB IT! LOL

Another place to find Electronic Bibles is Christian Book Distributors:

My Electronic Bible has audio of different well known people doing dramatic readings of the Word of God & it also has background music as the Scriptures are read, to make it more like you're sitting right in the middle of what is going on.
So, if you can find one with the dramatic reading audio, you'll LOVE IT!
It's a GREAT little gadget to help you find Scriptures quickly & easily & brings MUCH enjoyment to hearing the Word of God spoken!
If you want to build your faith in God, this can help!

"So faith comes from hearing, & hearing by the word of Christ."
Romans 10:17 (NAS)

Here are some other books to add to your library!
 Tools for Studying God's Word:

* Thompson Chain Reference Bible- This Bible has cross references about different topics throughout the Bible.
Found here:
Also on Amazon:

*Strong's Exhaustive Concordance-This lists Scriptures according to topic/subject.
Found here:'s%20concordance&action=Search&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=academic&utm_term=strong's%20exhaustive%20concordance%20of%20the%20bible&event=PPCSRC&p=1020037
Also on Amazon:

*Strong's Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words-  This dictionary includes the best of Vines, which includes Greek & Hebrew & it coordinates nicely with the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.
Found here:
Also on Amazon:

*Webster's Dictionary

* -While we still can access the Internet.

If I had to recommend one more book?
It would be:
* Adam Clarke's Commentary- This book goes through the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse to help you better understand the Word of God.
You can find it on Amazon here:

Hope you find this information helpful to your Bible Study & digging deeper into God's Word!
Happy Studying!

*******This card was chosen for "Customer Card of the Day" at ODB!******

P.S. In my humble opinion, it's nice to have several different versions of the Bible too; like KJV, NKJV, NAS, etc.; having several versions always helps with understanding.

P.S.S I have  only recently found another study tool, but I am going to check it out before I recommend! It sounds very exciting, that's all I'll tell you for now! ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
Versa Fine- Olympia Green Ink- Heat set
Memento- Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black
SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig
Water Color Paper
Paper Studio Paper

P.S.S.S. Kathy Racoosin is having a challenge over at her blog......
To find out all about it....with prizes I might add, check here:


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Is This My Last Post?

Hi Blog Friends!
I thought I'd pop in here & let you know, if you haven't already heard, that the Government is planning a take-over of the Internet on Feb. 26th. We'll be taxed.....need I say more?
You can call:
or go to:
One million signatures are needed to help stop this grab, or so we're told.
So, if that happens, I will not be posting more than likely & need I say, if you have a blog, you won't be posting, commenting, etc. either.
Freedom of Speech, Creativity, Small business', etc. will be hindered!
We Americans are in the dark & I'm sure it's on purpose, about what is going to be done.
I'm not sure where the Health Care Issue is, only that now after paying through the nose for Insurance; no one paying our bill for us, no one helping us, but us paying for our own insurance, we can no longer afford to use it! Prescriptions are too expensive to buy now too. The treatment the doctor wants me to have for osteoporosis, we can't afford to get!
It reminds me of what the doctor told me when I was first diagnosed with Osteoporosis,
"You're not worth it!"
We are truly in God's hands now.
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; & with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. (KJV)
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments, & do those things that are pleasing in his sight." 1 John 3:22. (KJV)
These Scriptures tell us that Jesus, our Savior not only was wounded & bruised, & took our sin upon himself, putting himself in our place as our sacrifice that we might be made holy before the Heavenly Father, but that by the very stripes he took for us, he gave us HEALING! That WHATEVER we ask of him, BECAUSE we keep his commandments, living holy before him, doing those things that please HIM, WHATEVER we ask, we receive!

"For I am the Lord that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26g (KJV)
I know Jesus is capable of healing me, because He has done a healing work in my life before--
things that doctor's couldn't heal.

Valentines Day is coming & I thought you might like to see a Valentines Card!
My FAVORITE PLACE to find Vintage Valentines is:

So, without further delay, take a peak:
Made with a fabulous image Sharon & Chris sent me from Red Lead, along with my order.
I ran a copy of it to make a few....
Of course, my printer was low on ink, LOL
No matter, I used my Copics & other alcohol markers to color this cutie in,
 & topped off the Honey Dew with Wink of Stella!
I popped him up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
The button I used is one I've had in my stash, but Red Lead carries those too!
I used SU Designer Papers from a Valentines past.
A little Baker's Twine from Amazon.
(This isn't the Baker's Twine made for card making, but for baking!
 You can get a HUGE bolt of it from Amazon. It lasts for FOREVER!) LOL
This is the inside sentiment.
Isn't it the CUTEST????
This is Red Lead-Valentine-"Pretty Please won't you give a sign."
The heart is SU-Heart to Heart.
I ADORE these traditional Valentines Sentiments!
I am always looking for them.
This is my kind of Valentine---Retro, little & sweet!
I am happy!
Be sure to check out Red Lead!!!!
They have more than Vintage Valentines.
Are you dreaming of Chocolates, Valentines & Roses for Valentines?
Just remember, there is one who loves us deeply, wholly & forever!
Be sure to leave me some "love?" I love hearing from you! :)
I thought IF this is my last post, what better way to end this blog, but with a Valentine! 
Happy Valentines Dear Friends!
I've entered this card in The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog here:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Would You Like A Visit?"

Hi Blog Friends!

I've missed you! 
So, I thought I'd pop in here & show you the card I am sending to our daughter this week.
It isn't a "Valentine." Would you believe, I haven't even started those yet? YIKES!
But, it is a card made with LOVE & it has HEARTS! 
Here is a picture of the normal weekly cards I send---
I usually keep them pretty simple, but this week I thought I'd make it a normal A-2 size card.

I am entering this in the
Wednesday Challenge at SSS, 
Have a Heart. 
For more information, check here:
I used a sketch from SCS-SC523.
(Not this weeks challenge, but non-the-less, it's a "challenge!")
Just a little of what I was thinking when I made this card.....
Do you ever feel your kids make you feel OLD, SENILE OR YOU JUST EMBARRASS THEM? LOL
Sometimes, our kids do that & so, not taking it seriously, we tease them about how they are coming across.
It's kind of a running joke in our family. 
I remember hearing ages ago, when your kids get mad at you & maybe are back-talking, not that our daughter did this recently, (just an example of how kids can act at different times in their lives,)  but you should never take it personally.
 (I have to say, it saves you from hurt feelings when you can laugh it off.) But, sometimes, their emotions do get the most of them & they spout off.
Just some of those things they need to learn, self-control, respect, etc....
Anyway, using that thought of her thinking I'm old, senile or she might be embarrassed by me, I made this card & gave her my side of the story.... 
Hope you enjoy this silly card!
 I used Inky Antics- Alice for my main image & colored her in with Copics & Sharpies.
Inky Antics is just a fun company with silly images that make you laugh, some of the first stamps I got when I started stamping.
Check here for more information about their stamps:

I created a "designer paper" using Floral Tapestry- Embossing Folder. I colored some areas & left others & also added detail with an Inkssentials Opaque White Pen.

The front sentiment, "Would you like a visit?" is my own.

The little hearts are from SU- Heart to Heart Punch, (I only used the smaller heart.)
I also popped the panel Alice is on & Alice herself up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape for dimension, along with the speech bubble.

Here is a close-up of Alice.
 I added extra things to Alice by hand to make her look just a little more nutty!

 Looking closer here, I added Sakura Glaze pens & Wink of Stella in different places.

I also added my own home-made Enamel dots.

O.K., here's my side for our daughter to see why I'm "nuts!" LOL
Yep, it's 
I KNOW, you know,
I extended the vine from the embossing folder up the side of my sentiment. 
The sentiment is from Eureka Stamps- 0609D Lost My Mind.
Do you think your kids would be embarrassed if you showed up looking like Alice?
Don't forget the matching envelope, made with WRMK Envelope Punch Board. 
AND did you notice the extra stamp? 
I found this on Amazon.
Those enamel dots don't go through the postal machines so well, so a special stamp was needed. 
It says,"Artwork Enclosed. PLEASE Hand Cancel."--13D1136 by DRS Designs.
 You can also find this stamp on their website:
(If you look closely, you can see the little extras I added to Alice to make her look a little more nutty! The image on the envelope is the original stamp image.)

Do your kids treat you as if you're "senile?"
What do you do when they behave that way?
I'd love to hear!

"A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones." 
Proverbs 17: 22

Just a little "nutty!"

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper Studio Paper
Zig Millenium Pens
Scotch Quick dry Adhesive Glue
Glue Dots
Memento Ink

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Challenge for the New Year----

Hi Blog Friends!

I HOPE everyone had a BLESSED Christmas & you're ready to plow into the New Year!
I have a Challenge for you in this post & I hope you will stay with me to see exactly what it is!

I find with the New Year,
 it is  now time to address the project I told you about a few posts ago with gusto!
 "Santa" granted my request for a certain gift this Christmas,  to help me with this project.

So, even though I've already begun the work, work will be even more intense,
 if I can keep myself motivated & the inspirations flowing! LOL
(I do have a dear friend that is in-on the project,
 & is already checking on my progress!)

But, I wanted you to know, because I will be posting less now,
except for a few challenges that pop-up here & there,
or if I feel I need to pop in here to keep in touch.
Say a prayer for me as I work on this project?
Just to let you know, it is something I've never done before, but have thought about.
(All hush-hush for now.) :)
God willing, I will continue to tackle this project head-on, & finish it with spectacular results!
It is dedicated to the Glory of God & is in His hands.


I want to show you something before I leave you today----
 I have wanted to show this to you for sometime, but was waiting for the right time.
I thought, what better way to begin a New Year?
It is something that I think you might find interesting & I think, will help you in your
 Spiritual Growth!

If you are searching for the truth about life, have questions about God, or are just wanting to know God more, seeking meaning to life, wondering why life has dealt the hand that it has to you,  understanding people, the list goes on....
whatever your question....
learning to understand God's Word is key!
Using Scripture to decipher Scripture is the key, as
 Scripture doesn't contradict Scripture!!!
You can't pick & choose Scripture, like picking fruit at the grocery.
 It all has to be taken in context. 
I wanted to share this with you to help you enrich your relationship with God.
I have been so blessed with finding this style of study & wanted to share it with you!

I do understand that many have questions & don't understand why their lives have turned out the way they have, & they are discontented with their lives... questions arise & blame is thrown about,
 usually landing at God's feet.
But, God isn't to blame.
He LOVES YOU & He offers His Holy Word as a road map to this life.
IF ONLY, we would read God's Word & find our way to HIM!
It would make all the difference!
Coming to Christ, or asking Christ for things, isn't a "bag of magic tricks" that we get to pick & choose, or demand what we get in this life either....
Of course, we only want the good things to happen to us; that's a normal human reaction.
Life comes, & it is usually FILLED with things that make our heads spin & cause heart ache,
we live in a fallen world.
We are to learn to deal with things according to HIS WORD, not ours!
( "Ours" being, doing what we think should be done.)
That is the "refining" experience that is talked about in God's Word---
those trials & tribulations are to make us shine for HIM!
To give HIM GLORY!
1 Peter 1:7, Psalm 66:10-12, Isaiah 48:9-11, Daniel 11:35, Malachi 3:2-4
 & there are more scriptures.
But, if we don't "KNOW" HIM, we can't shine!
Which leads us back to, do you have a "personal relationship with Christ?"
If you don't, check my previous post on finding Christ, here:
(Just scroll down to "The Gospel Message:")

Here is a song that I have been listening to lately:
It has made me thirst for Christ even more.
Make it your prayer as you listen?
(Pair this song with your Bible Study & see what happens!)

This is a book I found awhile back:
 (Kay Arthur does have a more current book than this one; it's a little more expensive.)
It teaches you how to study the Word of God & glean from it the truths many are seeking.

(Yep, you can even stamp doing this!) :)

Here is the Study Bible Kay recommends:
It comes with options, & it has margins wide enough to make notes, it has charts, etc.,
&  pages thick enough so your ink doesn't bleed through.
These are the pens recommended.
(You can find all this on Amazon, or look for or
 Precept Ministries International.)

Here is another book you can look for that will also enhance your daily prayer time with the Lord.
It's called,
Lord, I'm Listening 
by Donna Leonard. 
(I think I recommended this one awhile back.)

I found this one in the book store of my Alma mater, years ago.
It isn't in print right now, so you might have to search for this one,
but there are many books out there on how to make a
Prayer Journal 
 & sometimes, you can find them already made, & you just fill them in.

For additional reading on this subject you can,
Check here:
Are you Satisfied with Jesus?

On Desiring God-
(There are several articles to choose from or read them all!)

Resolving to Know Christ in the New Year-

True Women Resources-

True Women Blog- 

An Organization Chart for the New Year-

Had to add one more! This came out today & I thought it was good too!
10 Truths That Will Change Your Life In 2015-

My Challenge?
Will you commit with me to spend time, diving deep into God's Word in study & prayer this year?
If you are willing to commit to this, leave me a comment telling me so?
(I'd love to add you to a special prayer list I am starting.)

Do keep me in your prayers as I take on this new adventure?

Challenged to become my fullest potential in Christ!