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A few new designs at Redbubble

I have been offering my designs and photography for sale over at Redbubble for a few months now. Gettin’ my feet wet. There is no sweeter email than one that has a subject line of: You Have A Sale.

The most popular design in my shop:

do justly t-shirt

I’ve been working to add more typography inspired designs to my shop, such as…

christian t-shirts

Now that I have done a little shameless plug for my Redbubble shop, can I ask for one more thing?

Our cal-de-sac needs your prayers. Hubby is going in for back surgery on the 19th, my best girlfriend is having a double mastectomy on the 14th, our neighbor’s kid is having neck surgery this week, and my other neighbor is having nerve problems in her leg and arm which the doctors can’t figure out why. What a cal-de-sac we make! God bless.

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Linking up with The 36th Avenue.

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Making sense of senselessness.

It’s taken me several days to formulate the words to describe what my heart is feeling. Friday morning I awoke to the news of a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO.

I am sure all of you have heard about it: It was the midnight premiere of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”. As movie-goers sat in the dark theater, a masked gunman threw a teargas bomb into the audience, then opened fire. By day-break there was 12 dead, 58 injured.

I have lived in Colorado for 23 years. Hearing the news of this tragedy took me back to the emotions I felt the day of the Columbine High School shootings. Could something that horrific be happening again to my beloved city? It’s just too close to home. I struggle to make sense of it.

How do we make sense of senselessness?

Why would this young man CHOOSE to cause so much death and heartache to so many innocent people? Was his life so bad that he felt he had to destroy other people’s lives? What drove him to execute this plan? Did he once question the plan? Did he question if he was crazy? Is he crazy, or does he know exactly what he is doing?Why?

Did he know he had a choice?

On Sunday, our Pastor read from the Book of James. He talked of perseverance in faith even when life’s circumstances seem hopeless.

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” ~James 1:3 NLT

Many of us have experienced the loss of a loved one, felt lost and confused, overwhelmed with despair, grief, exhaustion, or depression. But it’s how we persevere that counts. It’s hard to see perseverance when you’re smack-dab in the middle of a tragedy of this magnitude.

The challenge is not to lose heart in times of trial or tragedy. We have a choice in how we handle these trials. We can let the senselessness harden our heart; or we can take faith in and let it fill our heart.

We may never truly understand why. I only pray we find the courage to move through this tragedy with love and understanding.

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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”  ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

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Online Summer Bible Study for Women

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“Ladies, looking for a refreshing Bible study for your summer?  Not sure how to do this in the midst of juggling schedules, work and vacation?  What if you could go online from wherever you are and be a part of a great summer series with a great group of women?

Be a part of our Red Letter Summer! Beginning June 11, join me and my fellow Pastors’ Wives of Foothills Community Church as we take an 8-week journey through the words of Jesus, as told through the Gospel of John.” {Women Who Believe}

This is an online summer Bible study for women being offered by my church. Personally, I don’t have time to schedule a weekly set time to attend a Bible study. I wish I did, but summertime is always over-scheduled. I like the idea of studying the Bible when I have time; where ever I am.

Check out Women Who Believe and sign up!

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Simple advice for faithful living.

faithful living

An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

(Romans  8:31)

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This was in my Inbox this morning from my cousin Michelle. Simple advice for faithful living. Thanks ‘cuz!

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God’s amazing love

Free printable from Dayspring

Wishing you all a blessed Easter weekend!

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December Daily | Day 25…for a child is born…


…a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Merry CHRISTmas!

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