Handmade Tuesdays [9.16.14]

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Favorite Fall Wreath

wreath square


Last week I went to Hobby Lobby.  I really had no intention of purchasing supplies to make a wreath and was making my way around the store (I apologize for this long drawn out pointless story but anyway…), when Josiah came in to find me.  He ended up doing this:

wreath in store


I had to take a photo of it in the store so we could recreate it after we paid for everything.  He ended up doing a really good job and even though it was all 40% off, this would have been much cheaper purchasing everything at the end of this season for next year!  Either way, I really love how the wreath turned out.  I was going to make another burlap wreath (I still plan on doing that but using it somewhere else :) but I love how this one looks. Even though it is South Texas, I am ready for some fall!

wreath close up

wreath close up 2

fall door

I love how it looks! And all it consisted of was purchasing the supplies and organizing them in the way that looks the best :)  Now if only I can add some more fall decor I will be good to go!  Stay tuned!

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Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays


Today I am thankful for freedom.  I am thankful for all of the men and women in our military who have fought to preserve that freedom for me.  Every 9/11 I can’t help but remember sitting in chemistry class, I can easily relive the entire day’s events out in my head as I am sure most of you can. It was such a time of uncertainty and fear. I still feel like that sometimes with everything going on in the Middle East and the violence all over the world.  But just like Psalm 27:1 (and may others) say: 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?

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I am Fearfully and Wonderfully made- Psalm 139:13

we are god's handiwork

I think sometimes God wants you to really understand something and He keeps putting the truth in front of you until you realize it.  He was definitely doing this this past week to me.  I kid you not, the same theme has shown up in every single devotional I have read. Another one this morning where I just said, “man…  God has made it extremely apparent to me that this is something He wants me to study more of and focus on.” and “You have got to be kidding me!” Nope He isn’t.  He loves me and He knows exactly what I need when I need it.

God loves me simply because I am me! Let me stop and think about that for a minute. God loves me just because of who I am. Say it again s.l.o.w.l.y. He created me to be just who I am, He knows just who I am (including my issues and my problems) and He still loves me for me. Our worth for God is not based upon what we do but upon who we are in Him. Ephesians 2:10 says, “ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are His handiwork. Imagine a beautifully made quilt that  has taken hours upon hours of work. That is nothing compared to what God has made all of us to be. He knows every little thing about us. He made us that way. So if you see a flaw God sees something He perfected just about you.


This weeks past Sunday school lesson that I prepared was on Psalm 139:14- “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God didn’t make any mistakes with us. He made us to be beautiful and perfect in His image. We look just the way we are supposed to look. We are just where we are supposed to be. We may look at our lives and just see places where we could have done something different or should have made a different choice and maybe that is the case. But it may not be. God works in our lives in ways we have no idea about until we look back on choices we made further down the line. He may be working in your life with choices you made five years ago that you aren’t going to understand the reasons for until five years from now. And that is okay. God carefully made each and every piece of you from your hair and eye color to your temperament. He made you good at some things and maybe there are others you have to work at- but that is okay. He made you just the way He made you. There is no one else like you and there never will be anyone else like you. You fill a void in God’s plan of the universe that He created before time began. No one else can fill that but YOU.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

We are all doing God’s work by living in the world and being a light to others. You may  be a missionary, a business owner, a salesperson, a mom but you are no less important to God than anyone else.  We are all alive because of Jesus.

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