Standing Firm in Jesus

There is innate beauty in standing. See a baby who can finally stand up and you see the giggling pleasure in his or her eyes. The whole body is excited. It has taken effort, balance, development, courage and when standing is finally accomplished, there is joy, excitement, good pride. And our command from Jesus is to stand firm. When attacked, stand firm. Keep your joy is the meaning. Keep remembering the joy of standing. Remember the joy of your salvation. Remember the joy of heaven being our home. Jesus does the fighting. Our job is to pray a LOT and stand. Stand for what is right, stand despite wanting to run away, it is not all fun and games but remember the joy and stand firm anyway. It is joyful. Standing is beautiful.❤

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Success

You cannot be successful without some measure of faith. You must believe to some extent that success (and that goal is different for every person) is attainable. Faith produces success. Of course that is true eternally only to those who include God’s will/Word in their success goal. Working against God’s will/Word will destroy the eternal success, no matter what temporary success you achieve. No matter who promises you otherwise. No matter who tries to buy you now. No matter what. Eternal success can never ever be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. Ever. Let me repeat for clarity and emphasis… Momentary success with strings attached may be achieved now but eternal success can never be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. So success involves faith. Faith in Jesus Christ determines eternal success in Heaven. Temporary success is easy: see it, want it, get it with tenacity. Then what? Freak accident, cancer, natural causes, heart attack, whatever, and your success dies with you. And you face eternity with eternal success or eternal failure. No amount of philanthropic deeds makes up for not being saved by Jesus Christ. He is the only way in, the only perfect and loving hope we have of salvation. He is our eternal success, our treasure. He is it. No other way, no other truth, no other life exists but Jesus Christ. I met a woman today who told me her oldest son died in a bike accident and her younger son is serving life for unproven incest. I was able to pray for her and her son that he be saved and that she see him again before she dies. My heart breaks for her and it reminded me how fragile life is, how crazy it can get very quickly, how vulnerable we are. How easy it is to forget that life can change dramatically in an instant. We are lost without Jesus. With Him, though, we are saved and eternally successfully secure. We must focus on God and be sure He is a strong part of our success goals and focus. Our first priority. Then we make success eternal.❤

Success

My understanding of success is knowing that although God made you with your gifts and talents that can be used for good, you are one of many in His kingdom. Knowing you are God’s beloved child is invaluable in any level of lasting eternal inner/spiritual success. Monetary success, the accumulation of goods, means very little in the scope of eternity. Spiritual success, being close to God, means everything. There is absolute nothing you cannot do with God and faith, nothing, for with God’s help and blessing, He can do absolutely anything through you. There is no exception to that unless you don’t believe it. Never doubt God. Same for me. So it comes down to which of us 1. Has more faith or 2. Is in God’s will (obeying His Word). So really, then, success ends up: being saved, having faith and staying close to and obedient to God. That is lasting, eternal success. Nothing else is. There are little successes or accomplishments, of course, but I am speaking of eternity, that which truly counts.❤

Unexpectedly Useful

I put my skirt on the sides of my quilt I am finishing up. And looking at it, the skirt only came down halfway the height of the mattress. Tacky to me, and I knew it would but me every time I saw that, so I looked for a solution. And just like my Heavenly Father that knows and loves me so well, He turned my head to my fabric pieces and my eye fell on leftovers of a beat up curtain sheer, the cotton kind not the impossible to work with sheer. And it was pretty beat up but white and had enough not beat up parts that I was able to cut out what I needed for an extra 6 inches on each side. Perfect. Beautiful. Unexpected. Useful. God. And that is what God has been doing in my life lately. I draw close to Him and He makes ugly into unexpectedly useful and beautiful. He shows me the beauty in everything. He provides even before I get a chance or am just about to ask Him. And there is no doubt that God loves and provides, friends. He walks with me, talks with me. There is no imagination in it, He is truth and clarity. Oh how I love Him and oh how He loves us, all of us He made beautifully on purpose!!! Precious Savior! Talk to Him, draw close to Him. He loves and wants that and you will never be disappointed by it!!! 🙂 Love you, friend!❤

Quilt Success Yay!


So, here is the complete quilt minus the backing and skirt. I am very happy. The detail work is completed so it is just straight handsewing from here in. Whew! I am a happy girl. I will show the finished product but the hardest work is over, praise God!! ❤
Happy, happy little girl! 🙂

The Pantry is Complete!

We have a butler’s pantry! We have worked on it for months, having planned it and saved up for years and here it is!! The marble backsplash took the most of it all. It was all our design for our needs and to use as a kitchen while we renovate ours soon. Back porch screened in is first. It felt at first like a lot of money to spend but as we used one good handyman/jack of all trades and did the rest ourselves, it was mostly supplies and relatively little labor. We are doing all our projects that way. God gave us the health, strength and ability to to it so we can save and do more for the Lord while we work. God always gets first dibs and I know that is why He blesses us. God is so good!!! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Around the World in One Day

Amazingly and humbly, I report to you, dear friend, that my little truth/encouragement blogs of late have been around the world in one day! And today, for the first time ever, more people read them in various parts of the world (and every continent except Antarctica- no one ever reads from there lol) than in my wonderful USA. It is amazing. 13 different countries! I am amazed always at how God works. He put art and music and writing and passion for beautiful creations of God in me, welded them into my being, forging me to write, to paint, to quilt, to play piano, to sing, to hike, to photograph, to teach children, to encourage. Then, as if that weren’t enough, He blesses me richly when I do what He designed me to do!! I am humbled by my Lord. I am amazed by Him and celebrating right now. And my goal is to share truth of God (the only eternal truth) and encourage people in their unique journey with God. I did not always have that goal. Once I wanted, being the extrovert that I am lol, wanted to share every thought in my head with the entire world but really more about me. This part year, God worked on my heart through many humbling and heart-breaking experiences, and He had molded my little broken but newly restored-by-Him heart into one that warmly beats just for Him. I write for Jesus, for God who I love with all my heart. It is His story I long to share, His handiwork I long to display, His truth I have to tell and His love I wish to share. You are never alone. I am never alone. And no matter what else goes on around us, God is peace and joy and love eternally and everything good when we humbly pray to Him and ask Him to save us then stay in prayer and read His Words, the Bible to strengthen us. Writing is something I have to do, I have no voice in the matter, but I celebrate God’s blessings on me today for only writing for Him. God is so loving good!! Praise God!! ❤❤❤