Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday's Song - The More I Seek You

So it has been 2 weeks since I did my last post. Last weekend we went to Lewiston and I didn't get my post done ahead of time so I just skipped it. I have REALLY been neglecting my blog lately. I do have several cards that I've been working on that I need to get posted.

Scott started getting sick last weekend and he usually kicks it pretty quickly but he's been fighting it all week and I'm afraid we'll have to make a trip to the Immediate Care center so he can get an antibiotic because I'm thinking from the sounds of him and what he is coughing up...he may have bronchitis. He has had walking pneumonia before and I'm afraid if he lets it go too far he'll end up with it again. Having insurance would be helpful....if only. Especially since it is so easy for me to catch any and every bug that goes around. I've been popping TONS of vitamin supplements (because I have such a poor immune system) and I've been spraying Lysol everywhere and using the Lysol disinfectant wipes to swab everything he has touched to keep me from picking up the germs.

This week's song is one my sister sent to me as a suggestion since they sing it in her church during worship and I just loved it from the moment I heard it. They lyrics are very simple and heartfelt.

The More I Seek You
Kari Jobe

The more I seek you,
The more I find you
The more I find you,
The more I love you

I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it's overwhelming

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday's Song - In Christ Alone

Sorry I skipped Saturday’s song last weekend. I was busy on Saturday and then on Sunday I felt like my body was trying to fight being sick because all I wanted to do was sleep. With all we are hearing in the media right now with this Swine (H1N1 or as I like to refer to it as the hiney) flu going around, I am fearful of getting it. The school that Scott has been working on has had about a 10% attendance decrease because of it and several teachers have also been out this week. There have even been about 5 deaths in the area that are related to the flu; one a coach for Post Falls that was in perfect health. A few nights ago, while sleeping, Satan kept trying to attack my mind. I had nightmares all night about getting it to the point of I was terrified of leaving my house. Since we don’t have insurance and I have a terrible immune system I’m just fearful of what could happen but I need to put my faith in God that we will be okay.

I just finished devouring the autobiography of Michael English “The Prodigal Comes Home”. I say devoured because autobiographies are hard for me to get into and read and it generally takes me awhile to finish one but this one I finished in 2 days it was so good. If you’re looking for a good book to read check this one out.

I was raised listening to southern gospel music and was a fan of Michael English before his big scandal and the several years that followed where he continued running away from God. (I even have all of his albums that he did as pop music.) I didn’t know what all he got involved in but it all comes out in this book and it is a miracle he is living to tell about it. He completely turned his life back around towards God and is back with the Gaither Vocal Band.

I thought it was quite sad in his book how he mentioned there were churches that he would attempt to attend that would just ask him to leave. It is those types of churches and “Christians" that make trying to witness to someone who is lost very hard.

This is one of my favorites that Michael has done and the words really were speaking to me in this time in my life where I need to be placing my trust in Christ.

In Christ Alone
Michael English

In Christ alone will I glory
Though I could pride myself
In battles won
For I've been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone, I overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes
Like diamonds in my hands
But these trophies could not equal
To the grace, by which I stand

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory
In the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

In Christ alone will I glory
For only by His grace
I am redeemed
And only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness
To my need
Now I seek no greater honor
Than just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses
And to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory
In the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mojo Monday #107

I'm going to try something new...a sketch challenge.
I've never participated in one of these before but I sure have looked at lots of them. I follow the Mojo Monday Sketch Blog and I use them a lot for ideas on what to do on my next card but this time I'm going to participate as well.

I have a friend whose birthday is this weekend and we are going to a surprise party for her 50th Birthday so I knew I wanted the main colors of my card to be black and white.
For my stamps I used Autumn Leaves Florishes V2 set and created my own background on the large piece of white and around the white circle in silver. The "Happy Birthday" is by Parked on Rubber.

I used my Nestabilities Large Circle dies to cut the circles and I also embossed the larger black circle but I'm sure that won't be picked up in the photo.

The patterned paper I found at Michaels and it is by Recollections. It has a real pretty filigree pattern. I also used it with my iTop to create the larger brads in the middle.

I finished off my embellishments with some mini black brads, a piece of black satin ribbon and a piece of thinner white satin ribbon for the bow.
On my inside I used my circle punch to cut out circles of the patterned paper and printed off a nice quote I found.

If you'd like to check out some of the other cards submitted for this challenge you can do so by going here...but there are a lot to see.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday's Song - I Need You To Love Me

I picked out this song for this week and as I was reflecting on the words, I was reminded of something I had read recently about God's love for us. I wasn't sure which book I had read it in because I am studying 2 at the moment so I went back through both of them and found it in the "Crazy Love" book, so to quote from it (and Francis Chan the author) again this week a few sentences from Chapter 3 titled the same as the book "Crazy Love".

The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing.
The wildest part is that Jesus doesn't have to love us. His being is utterly complete and perfect, apart from humanity. He doesn't need me or you. Yet He wants us, chooses us, even considers us His inheritance (Ephesians 1:18). The greatest knowledge we can ever have is knowing God treasures us.
The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time.

Ephesians 1:4 - Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

I Need You To Love Me
Barlow Girl

Why, why are You still here with me
Didn't You see what I've done?
In my shame I want to run and hide myself
But it's here I see the truth
I don't deserve You

But I need You to love me, and I
I won't keep my heart from You this time
And I'll stop this pretending that I can
Somehow deserve what I already have
I need You to love me

I, I have wasted so much time
Pushing You away from me
I just never saw how You could cherish me
'Cause You're a God who has all things
And still You want me

Your love makes me forget what I have been
Your love makes me see who I really am