Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blessed by Friendship

So, I know this girl.  I've actually known her since choir in high school, multiple decades ago.  In high school, I believed her to be quiet and sweet; studious and shy.  She, my friends, is a warrior!!!  Over the years, I've gotten to know the true her.  She is a mother, an overcomer, a dear friend, a comedian, a sister and a Sister; deeply passionate, compassionate, brilliant, interesting and loyal. She gives of herself without any selfish concern. She is my confidant. My cheerleader.  My sounding board and the one who continually reminds me in word and deed of God’s goodness.

She is yet one more continued discovered blessing in this trial before me.  God continues to use the people He has oh, so carefully, placed in my life for a time such as this, to show me His truth and care.  I'm so grateful.  I like to use my art to express that gratitude so, I made this 3x3 mixed media canvas for that girl.  I hope she likes it.

I'm just a week beyond my chemotherapy treatment #3.  I'm half way done with the chemo part of this little dance.  This was a rough one.  I expect them to be worse before better.  But.  They. Will. End.  I'm so looking forward to Christmas this year.   For so many reasons.  I love to celebrate the birth of that little baby so long ago who came to personify love.  It's my favorite of holidays of all time.  I love everything about it.  My Savior, making cookies, decorating my house, singing, family....yum, all of it!  This year, the blessings will be intensified as I will be done with chemo by then--my last one is scheduled for December 6th.  I can see it already!  Please continue to pray for strength and preservation of my good cells in the days that come.

About my canvas gift, I started with  a 3x3 canvas--you can get these at just about any art and craft store.  I layered pages from Proverbs using modge podge and then later applied ink using PITT markers to discolor and give that aged look.  The canvas itself is decorated with images from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, Teacup Roses and Thoughtful Words.  It says exactly what's in my heart, I'm so blessed by this friendship.  {hugz to you know who you are}

I continue to pray for all of you and thank you for reading my blog.  It's a joy to me to share my art and my thoughts.  It's an even bigger joy to know that you are praying on my behalf and I thank you for that.  If I could make all of you some art of gratitude, I totally would--be blessed,

Jane

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thoughtful Thanks

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!  I'm saving my wordy post for Wednesday of this week--please don't miss it.  It includes an update and a piece of art I'm pretty proud of.  Today, I'm just kicking off a week of thankfulness with this quick card I made to use up few pieces of scrap.

Desperate to play with my new Winter Birds set from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps, but lacking energy and sticktoitiveness, I went with this quick easy, scrap using layout and I can't say I'm disappointed.  The most fun was watercoloring that cute little cardinal from the Winter Birds.

I also used, from Sweet 'N Sassy:  Whimsy Bouquet, Scribble Flowers and Keep In Touch, Too.

Have a great week--be blessed and be a blessing!
Jane

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Crushed....


Hawk Nelson sings it best in their hit song "Diamonds" but clearly this is what I was singing in my soul when I created this Bible journal page "Crushed by Love.'  I created this page using stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps including  Awesome Thoughts (retired), Worthy King, Hello My Name IsShake It Off Caps and Shake It Off Lowercase.  I've picked 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9 to dwell in:

"7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

On the eve of another chemo treatment, I'm reflecting on my great God and the many ways in which He continues to bless me despite this trial my body endures. And, I'm trusting Him that although I am hard pressed on every side, I will not be crushed, but rather this is my opportunity in the refining fires--to draw nearer to Him that my life might bring light to His glory.

I recall in the last year, many times, that I cried out to God to use me, send me, revive me, make me broken, give me a mission, take me deeper.  I have felt a disconnect and in those times, cried to my God, "draw me in."  See?  I knew what to say, the Spirit cried those prayers with me.  To my great surprise, I was heard.

Why does this surprise me?  Because I have played into the schemes and the lies of the evil one for far too long.  I have believed myself unlovable.  I have believed myself unequipped.  What I can see now, however, is that in each of those struggles, I was being drawn in.  I was being equipped and made ready.

Why has my diagnosis not completely devastated me?  Make no mistake.  I hate that I have to walk through this.  I hate that my children are worried for my very life.  I hate the struggle I see in them.  I hate that my parents have to worry over me.  And, yet, in all of that discomfort, I am daily drawn in with subtle and not so subtle reminders of how very much I am loved and cared for.  Daily my God sends His very hands and feet to minister to my family and to me in ways that bring me to tears.  A simple card in the mail can bring on the waterworks.  Or an apple pie.....or......my list is long and impressive and overwhelming--I love you all so much!

Are you looking for God's hands and feet in your own struggle?  Over and over, He shows Himself as a promise keeper.  Have you seen this in your life?  Do you know what He promises?  Here's a list of just 100 of His promises that I found and wanted to share with you:
  •  “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” {Exodus 14:14}
  • “Now then, stand still and see the great things the Lord is about to do before your eyes.” {1 Samuel 12:16}
  • “The Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed.” {2 Timothy 4:17}
  • “For God causes all things to work together for good.” {Romans 8:28}
  • “I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and rescue you.” {Isaiah 45:2}
  • “And so it was, that she, having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised.” {Hebrews 6:15}
  • “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.” {Psalm 20:4-5}
  • “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” {Luke 1:45}
  • “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.” {Philippians 1:6}
  • “He is a faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations.” {Deuteronomy 7:9}
  • “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” {Proverbs 16:3}
  • “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” {Psalm 27:13}
  • “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he knows my name.” {Psalm 91:14}
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” {Jeremiah 29:11}
  • “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked. For whatever one sows, he also will reap.” {Galatians 6:7}
  • “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promises. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” {Romans 4:20-21}
  • “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:  The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” {Lamentations 3:21-23}
  • “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” {Psalm 91:11}
  • “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desires in scorched places, and make your bones strong; and you will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose water does not fail.” {Isaiah 58:11}
  • “So be careful how you like, make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” {Ephesians 5:15-17}
  • “After your season of suffering, God in all of his grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” {1 Peter 5:10}
  • “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” {Psalm 138:7}
  • “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.”  {Isaiah 66:9}
  • “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” {Psalm 136:1}
  • “I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.” {Psalm 13:6}
  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” {Hebrews 13:8}
  • “And I will be a fire around her, declares the Lord. And I will bring glory in her midst.” {Zechariah 2:5}
  • “For God is working in you, giving you the desires and the power to do what pleases him.” {Philippians 2:13}
  • “For the Lord your God is going with you. He will fight for you against your enemy and he will give you victory.” {Deuteronomy 20:4)
  • “But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” {Matthew 6:33}
  • “Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your day that you would not believe even if I told you.” {Habakuk 1:5}
  • “The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.” {Genesis 39:23}
  • “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” {Matthew 5:16}
  • “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promises of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.” {Romans 4:20}
  • “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” {Isaiah 48:17}
  • “You are faithful, Lord, to strengthen and protect me from the evil one. I trust in Your faithfulness.” {2 Thessalonians 3:3}
  • “I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Give our God the greatness he deserves. He is a rock. What he does is perfect. All of his ways are fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong. He is honorable and reliable.” {Deuteronomy 32:3-4}
  • “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” {Psalm 37:4}
  • “The one who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” {1 John 4:4}
  • “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” {Psalm 32:7-8}
  • “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” {Jeremiah 1:5}
  • “Every word of God is true. He is a shield to all those who look to him for protection.” {Proverbs 30:5}
  • “It is the same with my word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” {Isaiah 55:11}
  • “Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” {Jeremiah 32:27}
  • “Let us hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” {Hebrews 10:23}
  • “No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk is upright.” {Psalm 84:11}
  • “So are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” {Isaiah 55:9}
  • “My faith does not rest in the wisdom of men – but in the power of God.” {1 Corinthians 2:5}
  • “Patient endurances is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” {Hebrews 10:36}
  • “I will praise the Lord at all times, I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord. Let all who are helpless take heart.” {Psalm 34:1-2}
  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” {Philippians 4:6-7}
  • “Captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” {2 Corinthians 2:5}
  • “Hold onto hope, for he is forever faithful.” {1 Corinthians 1:9}
  • “Why should I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” {Psalm 23:6}
  • “All the forces of darkness cannot stop what God has ordained.” {Isaiah 14:27}
  • “I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him and he answered my prayers.” {Psalm 120:1}
  • “Be still and know that I am God.” {Psalm 46:10}
  • “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well- watered garden; like an ever flowing spring.” {Isaiah 58:11}
  • “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” {Isaiah 40:8}
  • “He will sustain you.” {Isaiah 46:4}
  • “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.” {Isaiah 40:31}
  • “He counts the stars and he calls them by name.” {Psalm 47:4}
  • “If you remain in me and my word remains in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” {John 15:7}
  • “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” {Exodus 33:14}
  • “God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and then not fulfill?” {Exodus 23:19}
  • “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” {Joshua 1:9}
  • “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” {Joshua 1:8}
  • “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” {2 Chronicles 16:9}
  • “Humility and the fear of the Lord will bring wealth and honor and life.” {Psalm 22:4}
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” {Proverbs 3:5-6}
  • “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” {Psalm 16:8}
  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” {Philippians 4:13}
  • “He has made everything beautiful in his time.” {Ecclesiastes 3:11}
  • “When I go to bed, I sleep in peace. Because, Lord, you keep me safe.” {Psalm 4:8}
  • “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” {Isaiah 40:31}
  • “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” {Romans 12:2}
  • “I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him and he answered my prayers.” {Psalm 120:1}
  • “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” {Psalm 116:2}
  • “You can make plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” {Proverbs 19:23}
  • “In your presence there is fullness of joy.” {Psalm 16:11}
  • “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him.” {Psalm 37;7}
  • “He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love.” {Zephaniah 3:17}
  • “The Lord is near to all those who call out to him.” {Psalm 145:18}
  • “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” {John 14:13-14}
  • “If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” {2 Chronicles 7:14}
  • “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” {Matthew 18:19}
  • “…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” {Romans 4:21}
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” {Jeremiah 29:11}
  • “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” {Isaiah 40:29-31}
  • “But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” {Proverbs 1:33}
  • “But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” {Luke 18:27}
  • “I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” {Psalm 34:4}
  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” {Galatians 5:22-23}
  • “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” {1 Corinthians 10:13}
  •  “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.” {Isaiah 54:17}
  • “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” {Nahum 1:7}
  • “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” {Psalm 27:1}
  • “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” {Jeremiah 32:17}
  • “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ” {James 1:5}
  • “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” {Psalm 91:14-16}
  • “But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” {Jeremiah 17:10}
  • “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” {Jeremiah 33:3}
  • “I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” {Lamentations 3:23-24}
  • “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” {Isaiah 43:2-3}
  • “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” {Psalm 119:105}
  • “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the LORD.” {Jeremiah 30:17}
  • “For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 2but the word of the LORD endures forever.” {1 Peter 1:24-25}
  • “This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” {2 Kings 20:5}
  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” {2 Timothy 1:7}
It's a pretty good start.  I claim them all in the blessed and holy name of my Savior, Jesus.  Stick with me--you're going to see these promises played out in my very life.  I promise.

Would you join me in prayer today?  Would you pray over the days ahead of me?  That my good cells would be protected and that I would remain safe from sickness and germs while my body rebounds from this chemo?  I'm half done, my friends.  Rejoice!


TTFN, Jane

Monday, October 1, 2018

Coffee & Jesus



Coffee & Jesus.  What a great way to start any day!  Of course, I'm all about Jesus and sans coffee these days, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it anyhow.  Last week was a week full of trial and blessing for me.  I spent a few days in the hospital due to a sinus infection and ear infection.  Not normally a big deal, but when you have zero WBC count, it's hard to fight those buggers off!  My time at Chez Aspirus was full of excellent medical care and the meeting of some precious souls I now call friends.  I know it sounds odd, but I was so grateful for the experience.


I was home in time to enjoy the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  If you love coffee, this is the hop for you!  You can catch the action right from the Sweet 'N Sassy Blog post here.  There are fun gifts to be had so, be sure to play along!


Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps is giving away this brand new set Jesus and Coffee.  I've had lots of fun playing with it.  The card above also features this inside:

I also made this set of CAS note cards with the set plus a few other goodies:


Features: Jesus & Coffee


Features:  Jesus & Coffee



Features: Jesus & Coffee, Texture Tiles 1



Features:  Jesus & Coffee, Texture Tiles 1 and Texture Tiles 3

I'm praying you'll all be having the best day possible--get inky, it helps!

TTFN, Jane


Friday, September 21, 2018

Before I Bring My Need......

Hello, Sweet Friends!!  I'm one week post a chemotherapy treatment and I wanted to pop in to update and share some art!

My amazing God is doing a great work in me!!  Daily He heals me body, mind and spirit.  He has given me an amazing peace and spirit of gratitude that I rest in despite the trial my body is enduring.

The trial is not being wasted, however!!  Prior to my chemo treatment last week, my doctor reported that all of my blood levels were fantastic--I even got a "hot diggity" from the nurse!  My doctor also said if he did not know the location of my tumors, he'd not have been able to feel them!  After just one treatment!!  Praise our Amazing God and Father with me, won't you?

I feel like the most spoiled human on the planet.  Daily I am being ministered to people I know personally, some who I know only online and by my God who loves me without measure!  He seems to show me some way, each day, how much He loves me and how much other's do too!

I've been dwelling on the song "First" by Lauren Daigle all week.  It's the inspiration for the card, I'm sharing also.  I often wake with the verses playing a loop in my noodle.  I love it!





"Before I speak my need, I will bring my heart"
This is how we are supposed to pray, y'all!


I created my card using an image from I am Loved by Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.   I have to admit, I was dwelling on a retreat stamp set that was created for use in an upcoming retreat that I'm not able to participate in.   I may have been feeling a bit envious of this beautiful set and the sister who are getting to use it. (shhh....)  Then I remembered, that I already own a great set with a similar image to what I was looking for and, BOOM! I was back in business!


I stamped the praising girl image multiple times and then heat embossed each one.  I also heat embossed the sentiment which I created using a sentiment from I am Loved and one from Incredibly Blessed (didn't I just say both of those things??)  I used several different layers of brusho pigments to create the colorful background. 

Just a few other goodies and cardstock, all from Stampin' Up!

Remember, my offer to pray for you still stands; let me know how I can do that!

Be blessed, Jane

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Shelter Under HIs Wings

Today is chemo day, Sweet Friends.  Will you take a moment to pray over me?  As always, it is the hand of God who sustains me, but I also knows He hears our prayers:

Psalm 34: 17  "When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles."

I am believing on God for full healing and, yet He so desires to hear from me (and you) while I pass through this current trouble.  He sustains me in the most amazing ways, and you are part of that.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I often hear from others of their own struggles and I'm compelled to pray for them also. My heart is burdened for many.  Sometimes, I fear I will miss a prayer or remembrance with so many needs and hurting people around me.  I made this little prayer box to help me. 

It all started with a small mint tin that I decorated with some washi tape and patterned paper + stamps--always my favorite combination!  To decorate the tin and the cards that I made, I used several sets from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  Those sets are:  the September release,  Armor of God , and  His Wings, Brotherly Love, Girl Power and Mini Grunge Alpha.

It's just a mint tin, but who knew?  A great way to re-purpose what others might consider garbage.  I've created a small card which fits inside the tiny tin, but has plenty of space to record my specific prayer requests for those I am praying over.  I keep it right next to my bed and can go through each card at night or first thing in the morning.  Most prayers are never far from my lips, but I also like the tangible visual reminder.

I'm happy to pray for you too!  Just say the word--

Blessings, Jane