Category: encouraging verses

{r & r} sunday scrappin’

ok.  so, as mentioned before in a couple different posts,this year, i am “refocusing and renewing” my relationship with Christ this year. 

to encourage this process,

i am participating in a few different scripture challenges. 

(of course, it also qualifies for my sunday scrappin)

the above layout is my first for the Scripture Challenge at 

the words for this week were “faith & kindness”. 

the verses that i chose:  Psalm 145:17 & James 2:26 

i did some cloud layering with the owls.  love the owls!! 

pleated some ribbon at the bottom. 

i am also participating in the His Holy Name Challenge at this week’s name was “holy”. 

i chose: Revelation 4:8b & Isaiah 6:3b 

loved using the thicker stickers for holy.  loooove those. 

another challenge, over at LPMblog for scripture memorization. the verse i chose to memorize was: Psalm 51:10. 

i kept this memory verse layout, small, like baseball card size. 

easy to attach to a ring and keep with me, to refresh my memory when learning each verse. 

i didn’t want to use too many embellishments.  wanted to keep it more flat, so that it could easily be portable. plus, i want the scripture to be the key point, without embellishments distracting from it. 

well, that is how i spent my sunday afternoon. 

of course now, i am watching Big Ben with my hubby….go Steelers!!!

white as snow

it’s been snoooowing!!!! 

it’s beautiful outside. 

the soft white flakes. 

the crisp clean earth. 


so this picture is Narnia, the world inside a wardrobe,

but the world outside my window looks very similar! 

hope your sunday has been very refreshing! 

let it snow!!!

  • “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”  Isaiah 1:18

refocus & renew

i’ve been thinking a lot about something that ali edwards mentioned in her blog.

choosing a word for 2009. 

a word that sums up what you want for yourself this coming year. 

i thought this would be easy.  i thought a word would just jump out at me. 

but it didn’t.  i’ve been thinking about it…looking up words…scriptures etc…. 

i finally narrowed it down to two. 

refocus & renew

2008 was a year that i really focused on getting healthy.  losing weight.  exercising.  making healthy eating choices. 

but one thing that always got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list, was my quiet time wtih God. 

in 2009, i would like to refocus my energy and renewing my relationship with Christ. 

daily making the choice to create time to spend alone with him. 

of course these words can also be applied to other areas of my life also, but i really want my main focus to be on Him.  knowing that, when we put our eyes on Christ, everything else should fall into place. 

  • Psalm 51:10  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
  • Romans 12:2  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
  • Isaiah 40:31  “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

in order to encourage this change, i have found a few challenges that i am going to do. 

His Holy Name Challenge 2009 

Scripture Challenge 2009 (these 2 are done through}

LPM Scripture Memory Challenge 2009  (this is livingproofministries, which is beth moore, a fantastic Bible-study leader)

think about it. 

it’s more than just a resolution. 

what will be your focul point this year?? 

the birth of the King

Luke 2:1-21

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.   And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”  

small town girl

just a little play on words with the title…. 

could describe my small Christmas village….  

could describe me…  

hope you’re having a day full of joy and peace, that only our Savior can give!

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

perk up!

took a few minutes this morning to create this card, it’s to “perk up” someone i know…hoping to be an encouragement to them, praying God uses me to show them His love…  

i should have taken the pictures with my camera instead of my phone, but it’s just too darn easy to snap a quick pic with the camera, send it to my email and post it– 

instead of getting out the camera, cord etc.  so, forgive the poor lighting…  


i made the background using an assortment of stamps in different ink colors. 

from another set, i used the cute little tea pot and the quote on the inside of the card. 


hope your day is great and that maybe you take a few minutes to be an encouragement to someone around YOU that needs it.

  • “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11

a needle in a haystack

ok, so it wasn’t a needle in a haystack, 

but it was a needle in a pile of buttons. 

or so i thought.  

i usually keep a needle in one specific spot in my scrapbooking supplies and always put it back in the same spot. 

that way i know where it is.  always. 

i had used it a few nights ago and went to use it tonight, and it wasn’t there. 

oh no. 

not that i don’t have other needles,  

but where was it?  on the floor somewhere? 

stuck in the carpet? 

oh crap. 

i thought maybe it somehow ended up in my jar of buttons, so i began digging through my button jar, feeling like i was looking for a needle in a haystack, (but also remembering the story in the Bible about the shepherd and his flock.  one little sheep had wandered away and he left his flock and searched for it.  just as Christ searches for us when we stray.) 

anyways,  it wasn’t there. 

i whispered a prayer to God, asking Him, if there was a needle somewhere around the house, please show it to me.  please let me find it instead of some little foot or paw. 

so, i trusted God and started scrapbooking.  after about an hour, or so, of scrapping, i turned to reach for something and there it was.  laying on the carpet.  i don’t know how it got there.  or where it came from. 

but out loud i said “Praise the Lord”,  (not something i normally say out loud.  i don’t know why.  there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just not me.)  anyways. 

my son was sitting there in the living room playing video games and i wanted to share with him why i had said that. 

God cares about the little things.  the needles in the haystack. 

when we call on Him, He hears us.  simply trust Him to answer your prayers.  no matter how small they may seem.

  • Psalm 118:5a   “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me,”

don’t give up

  • “Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:7-10