Friday, August 26, 2016

wonder & amazement.

At the beggining of Acts 3, we read the story of the lame man at the gate Beautiful. The lame man's friends would carry him to the gate and let him lay and beg for money. One day Peter and John came to the temple and the lame man called out to them. They went over and the man asked for money. Instead of giving him money (which they didn't have) Peter took the man by the hand and raised him up in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And the man walked! It says in verse 8 that the lame man stood, walked, and went leaping into the temple with Peter and John. He praised God for healing him. 

The people in the temple reconized him as the lame man who would lay by the gate and beg. Now they saw him walking and praising God! And here's my favorite part: At the end of verse 10 it says: "and the people were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him." 

I want to be filled with that same wonder and amazement at the things which the Lord does. I want to praise Him openly for His blessings. I want others to see what God can and will do if only we trust + obey Him. 

May we leap for joy (Luke 6:23) at the things that the Lord does for us and those around us. //

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Thou hast made known to me the wyas of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Acts 2:28

Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY picture frame.

This was such a fun project! 
I've had this frame laying around for awhile, and wasn't sure what I could use it for. Then I remembered a project a friend did and thought I'd try it too.
Out came the paints! It took me a few tries until I found the right shade of turquoise. After the paint dried I painted gloss varnish over it. 
Next it was time to find paper for the background. Cut to fit the frame, add a clip & hang!
I also have another paper design I can use to inter-change if the quote doesn't match this one. :)

Tell me, what DIY projects have you tried lately? Is there something you'd like to try, but haven't had the chance yet? //

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

seek the Lord.

"And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

Are you seeking Jesus with [all] your heart? 
Sometimes I fall into a rut of reading my Bible but not really comprehending it or applying it to my life. Sometimes my mind wonders as I read and I'm not even seeing the words. 

We need to put away all distractions and clear our minds before having our quiet time with Jesus. 
He wants ALL of us, not part of us. We need to whole heartedly seek Him, truly care about what we are reading and think about how we can apply it to our lives. 

We need to seek Him diligently. 
Seeking God dilligently can sometimes be a challenge. We can easily get caught up in daily life and forget about God. But praise the Lord He never gives up on us!! It seems like when I start to wonder off, God has a way of pulling me back to Him. I am so grateful for that! 

When is your quiet time?
I find the best time for myself is in the morning, right after family devotions. My room is my favorite place to meditate. It's usually so peaceful. I sit on our spare bed, by the window, and let the warm sunshine fall on my open Bible.

As we seek Jesus, He will continue teaching us new things from His word. 
Search the Bible for things that you can apply to your life, verses to share with friends, or key points that encourage you. Start a journal and save your favorite verses.

So, are you dilligently seeking Jesus with your whole heart? I pray that you are! //
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{How do you spend your quiet time? Are you spending time in prayer + Bible reading each morning?}

When thou saidst, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, thy face, Lord, will I seek. Psalm 27:8