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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pretty cool pumpkin and gourd carving ideas for this Fall and Halloween season....so forget the traditional jack o' lantern and try of few of these pumpkin carving ideas for your Fall and/or Halloween decorating fun!

Welcome guests to your home with these decorative monogrammed pumpkins that are simply elegant. To make these cool pumpkins, print letters (either your initials or one for each member of your family) in your favorite font. Transfer the designs to pumpkins and carve, either cutting all the way through the pumpkins or gouging out the top layer.

Your car aficionado will love this pumpkin road duo. Download the patterns; transfer to your pumpkins and cut the opening to on the bottom of your finished design. Cut out the windows and windshield. Then use a gouging tool to outline the car and camper doors. Cut out a small rectangle under the camper door, and wedge in a scrap of pumpkin for the threshold. Embellish the car and campers with wheels, door handles, and curtains using pieces of small, colored gourds; secure with toothpicks. Cut out a stripe along the camper and insert a long strip of gourd to finish.

Smooth-skin gourds are a great way to add cool pumpkin carving to your decorating repertoire. Choose varieties in distinctive seasonal colors, such as yellows, greens, and reds. To create these luminarias, cut a hole in the side of each gourd large enough for your hand; scrape out the inside. Mark your chosen design on the gourd using a pencil or ballpoint pen. Carve the design with an awl, paring knife, or crafts knife, or use a power drill and different-size bits. Illuminate the gourds with strands of LED lights.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just Passing Through To Prosperity

“...let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ ” Psalm 35:27

Are you in the land of “Just Enough”? Your needs are supplied and you’re grateful, but there’s nothing extra, nothing to accomplish your dreams. God is saying, “I did not breathe My life into you to live in the land of Barely Enough. I didn’t create you to live in the land of Just Enough.” Those are seasons, tests ~ they are not permanent, we are just passing through! This season is only temporary, just as the natural seasons are.

We can’t let ourselves have a barely-get-by mentality. Jesus came so that we can live an abundant life, that means an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace, an abundance of health, an abundance of finances. We may not see it right now, and maybe we haven’t experienced it in the past, but we can’t get complacent and just settle for where we are, in the land of “Barely Enough”. God desires that we be blessed and prosperous, He desires that we be so blessed that we can turn around and be a blessing everywhere we go! He wants us to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around us, it spills over onto them!

God has a Promised Land for each of us ~ a place of abundance, of more than enough where it’s flowing with provision. Not just one time, but continual increase, a land flowing with plenty! While our current location may not be ideal, it is just that ~ our location, NOT our identity. We have to keep saying, “God takes pleasure in prospering me. I am the head and never the tail, and God is leading me in the path of blessing in every area of my life!”

We have to get a vision for our future ~ a vision for increase, a vision for abundance! God delights to see us prosperous and successful. When we choose to think God’s thoughts and choose God’s way, we’ll see that increase and victory in every area of our life!

Father, thank You for delighting to see me prosper. Thank You for the blessings You have given me and those You have in store for me. Help me to develop a vision for Your abundant life so that I can be a blessing everywhere I go. I trust that Your ways lead me to the land of abundance and I thank You for provision today and for abundance tomorrow in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Grow Your Own Kitchen Countertop Herb Garden

This compact kitchen herb garden ensures all the fresh seasonings you need for a savory Italian dinner are just a snip away. Six hours of sunlight a day and minimal care are all these hardy plants require to provide tasty herbs year-round.

Materials Needed:
6 used food cans in a variety of sizes
2 basil plants
1 rosemary plant
1 thyme plant
1 oregano plant
1 parsley plant
ribbon
card stock
old fork
small scissors
large terra cotta saucer
river rock or pebbles
potting soil
drill w/ small drill bit
rubbing alcohol
twine or string
Download: Italian Herb Garden Tags

Friday, August 18, 2017

From Seedtime to Harvest ~ Rely on God

Everything happens in God's timing and sometimes that is hard for our flesh. While I know that I know that His timing is best, the wait sure gets the best of me. It is so easy to talk to others about "doing" something, like waiting with expectancy and patience and whatnot and sometimes I can even follow my own advice BUT then there are the days that I just want to throw in the towel and be done!

Even as I say that I have this thought in my head saying "be done with what?" and really what would I be done with, God...... I know that I wouldn't have anything at all if it weren't for Him so NO I wouldn't be done with Him but maybe I think I would be done praying for the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month...... I can't even really do that though either because that is what the devil wants me to do, he wants me to give up. I have said it before,that the harder the situation or situations we face may be getting, the closer we are getting to our breakthrough; the devil knows that we are about to achieve our victory because God is on our side, if we give up God can't work and therefore we let the devil win and our harvest may never come.

I've been praying for something for months now and I can taste the harvest but some days I backslide into "old" behaviors and feel like I'm losing ground, that the harvest is being pushed back.... honestly I'm sure it is because of me, my not relying on and trusting that He's in control. This is all part of my growing season ~ I have planted the seed but the harvest is taking a little longer to become "ready" (if there are any farmers out there you understand the lingo) because of my own actions!

I really need to rely on God (and again here's that word) TRUST that He is in control, He has my best interest at heart....I am NOT in control and can't do anything about my situation but PRAY, RELY ON and TRUST in Him to handle everything from seed time to harvest!!!

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 20:24 says,Man's steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way? When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don't make sense to us so we're not always going to understand everything. If we try to reason out everything, we will experience struggle, confusion and misery—but there is a better way. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. This sounds so simple, yet too many times I make the mistake of trying to figure everything out myself. Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care. When we do, we can say with the psalmist, ...I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands...(Psalm 31:14-15).

First Peter 5:5 tells us that ...God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. Jesus said, ...apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us. When we humble ourselves by saying, "God, I don't know what to do, but I'm trusting You," God gets in gear to help us. God won't allow us to succeed at anything unless we're leaning and relying on Him. But when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will lead us to victory, our HARVEST. "Due time" is God's time, when God knows we're ready, not when we think we're ready.

The sooner I can fully understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in my life.