Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lil Monster Getter


Oh my! I absolutely adore these little critters. And some day I hope to adopt one but for now I can just look at their pictures and dream. Go to 2ofMindand Spirit's shop by clicking here or on the picture above.

*Update September 14, 2012*  New link to this item on Etsy: here

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cricut Machine Giveaway Contest


See Create4fun's blog to see how you can have the chance to win a cricut machine! This is one awesome contest for any one who crafts or scrapbooks. I'm so excited for whoever wins this!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Photography

I'm thinking I'd like to get back into photography and share some of my work here. However, my laptop is not liking the memory stick that I'm currently using so it may take me a bit of time before I'm actually able to do this. I'm still very new to photography and basically point and shoot using the auto settings but am starting to experiment a bit with some of the manual settings. I tried changing the shutter speed the other night while playing around and really like the effect, although for awhile I thought I broke my camera, lol.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Everything Is Going to Be Alright

TEACHINGS - Everything Is Going to Be Alright
When you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, remember, everything's gonna be alright!

Once upon a time there was monastery of monks that enforced a vow of silence – the monks were forbidden to speak - except every ten years, they were allowed to break their vow of silence and speak two words only. Well ten years went by and it’s one monks first chance to speak. He thought for a second, looked at the head monk in the eye and said, “food bad.” Ten years later, it’s his turn to speak again. He went to the head monk and said, “bed hard.” Well, sure enough, ten years later the big day came again. The man looked the head monk straight in the eye and after a long stare said, “I quit.” “Well, I’m not surprised,” the head monk said, “you’ve been complaining ever since you got here!”

Maybe today you feel just like that monk did. You are tempted to say, “I quit.”

God’s Word for you today is "Don’t quit. Keep going. Don’t give up. Everything’s gonna be alright."

Do you believe that?

As we run this race of faith, there will be times when we wonder if these legs will hold out unto the finish line. Our muscles will cramp, the body will sweat profusely and ache terribly, At the moment we feel like a truck ran over us or someone has taken a piece of lumber and beat the life out of us – or the moment we feel like “I can’ take anymore” - that’s when we’ll be tempted to just give up and quit.

DON'T DO IT! DON'T GIVE UP!

“Continue to run the race!" Run the race, don’t quit and don’t give up. Everythings gonna be alright. Who in this place today believes that running the race of faith would be easy? Raise your hands. My brothers and sisters, it’s not going to be easy. There will moments in our lives where nothing seems to go right – there will be times when it never rains but pours torrential rains day after day. There will times of weariness – there will be times of stress – there will be times when we don’t know where the next penny is coming from - there will be times of testing – there will be trials – there will be persecutions – there will be times when the devil will do his best to back you in the corner – there will be times when Satan will do his best to frustrate you and discourage you - there will be times when the pressure is on BUT the worse thing you can do is give up and quit. Don’t do it!

What has got you to the place where you want to say, “I quit”

What has got you down today?

What has got you frustrated--------discouraged?

“I don’t know how I’m going to pay the bills”

‘I don’t know what we’re going to do with my son (my daughter)”

“I can’t take the pressure of this job”

“I’m so tired. I’m worn out”

“I’m so stressed out. This is making me crazy”

“This is too hard, I’ll never make it.”

“I don’t know if I can take any more bad news”

Little do you know that when you think that way, Satan is right there to accommodate you and make all those curses you spoke come true. The devil will make sure you’re good and tired, you’re good and stressed out and good and financially broke.

Discouragement is a thief – it is one of Satan’s biggest distractions to get us off the racetrack. Discouragement steals your vitality, your zeal, your joy, your peace, and your contentment. If discouragement dwells long with you, its friends will soon join. Their names are fatigue, hopelessness, despair, self-pity, depression, doubt, and bitterness. Sometimes, discouragement can be so strong that you even don't want to go on living.

WHAT CAUSES DISCOURAGEMENT AND FRUSTRATION?

A. Conflicts Within The Family.
B. Giving God Second Place In Your Life.
C. Not Being Content With God's Blessings or
- Place of Service
-Talents & Abilities
- Job --- Salary

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GET DISCOURAGED?

A. We Pray The Wrong Prayers:
B. We Say The Wrong Things:
C. We Begin To Think The Wrong Things:
D. We Do The Wrong Things:
E. We Begin To See The Wrong Things – we see all the difficulties, all the giants, - we see all the bad things.
F. We End Up In The Wrong Place.
G. We Even Get Into The Wrong Spirit:
- Spirit of Defeatism,
- Spirit of Murmuring,
- Spirit of grouchiness,
- Spirit of criticism.

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is the result of blindness. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of God, unconcern for the needs of our fellow man, and unbelief in the promises of His Word. If we have nothing to rely on, or we forget our blessing and look to our circumstances, then that is when discouragement begins to take hold.

Brethren, what do you need to do? Kick the devil of discouragement, get back on the racetrack and continue to run the race with confidence. Running the race with endurance, perseverance, and faith is something we must continue to choose day after day.

Running the race requires endurance. This race is not like a 100 meter dash; it is like a marathon. It starts the moment you receive Christ and lasts until you die or Christ returns. And the path is not level ground; it leads through all kinds of hills and obstacles. Such a race does not require blinding speed; it does require endurance.

But we must endure. We must hang in there. Jesus is the example of what it means to run with endurance. He has gone before us into every kind of suffering we'll encounter and endured it victoriously. When you're sunk in self-pity, consider what he endured and why he was willing to endure it

We must persevere ? What is perseverance? – It is stick-to-it-tiveness, refusing to quit in spite of fatigue or pressure to do so. Endurance, means to be patience, to have long-suffering.

Most of us have moments when there are good stretches in the race, but the fact is that few of us run consistently and finish well. There are many reasons for this but here are a few:

1. WE REFUSE TO LEAVE BEHIND OUR EXCESS BAGGAGE

If you're finding it difficult to stay in the race, the first thing you should check is what you're carrying. Are you carrying any excess baggage? Is it possible that you are asking God to give you more power to carry excess baggage when he is calling on you to lay aside sinful attitudes, practices and habits which you believe you can't do without, but which are in fact depleting your energy to run the race. Get rid of that excess baggage you’re carrying and stay in the race.

2. WE LOSE OUR FOCUS

The devil takes advantage of us when we are weary physically, mentally and emotionally so we need to maintain a proper focus by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. When you let your mind go where it wants to go, you wind up getting distracted and pretty soon you’ll be focusing on how tired you am, how much your muscles hurt, how far you have to go, and how far ahead others are ahead of you. This always results in greater fatigue and a greater desire to quit.

There are all kinds of distractions which will grab your focus and convince you to quit if you let them. Here are a few:

CIRCUMSTANCES OVER WHICH YOU HAVE NO CONTROL
"Look how rough my situation is! No one knows what I have to put up with. And look at the people I have to put up with! No one can be expected to serve God and grow in this environment!"

FEELINGS OF DEFEAT
"I feel so defeated, so lethargic, so unmotivated. I obviously can't be expected to endure when I feel this way. God will have to change my feelings before I can go on."

PERSONAL BONDAGES AND STRONGHOLDS
"Look how messed up I am! I have been deeply damaged by wrong choices and relationships in the past. I've got deeply ingrained character weaknesses which have affected me terribly. I can't possibly be useful to God in this state; I need to drop out of the race until I am more healed."

OVERCOMING YOURSELF WITH OTHERS
"Look how far ahead they are! Look how much longer they've been running than I have! They’re so much stronger than I am. What's the use of running since I'll never be able to catch them?"

Are you focused on the wrong things? The Christian who wants to run the race with endurance has to learn how to choose and maintain proper focus. This involves not only identifying and turning away from focusing on wrong things and ourselves but also developing the habit of focusing on Christ. Focusing on Christ does not mean visualizing a picture of Him in your mind – it means looking away from everything else in order that you can concentrate on Christ alone – Concentrate on being His bride – on being submissive to Him and loving Him; concentrate on finding out what pleases Him and makes Him happy; concentrate on the words He is saying to me.

3. WE REFUSE TO BE DISCIPLINED IN GOD'S TRAINING PROGRAM

Even if I showed up at a marathon with no excess baggage and properly focused, I would still give up long before the finish line. Why? If I want to complete a marathon, I must be willing to undergo training. In fact, I must cooperate with a very extensive training program. I will need to be willing to let an experienced runner design a whole training regimen that would seem in many ways irrelevant to the race. That would be Jesus Christ – the ultimate trainer.

Taking my own physique and physical shape into account, he would design exercises carefully calculated to produce pressure and strain on various muscle groups. By cooperating with this frustrating and sometimes agonizing training program, I would gradually become hammered into shape for a marathon. The biggest reason why people are unable to run marathons is not because they are physically incapable of it, but because they are unwilling to undergo the necessary training.

Brethren, now that we have entered the promised land, the race we are running will not be any easier. The training was difficult before – and we have endured. Our muscles are stronger, our endurance has increased but the training does not stop there. God is committed to hammering each of us into shape to run his race. And to that end he has a training program designed for each of us individually. He knows exactly what roles we are designed to play in his race; he knows exactly what qualities are lacking in our lives which we will need in order to finish; he knows exactly the right amount of stress and strain to put on us to develop those qualities. He calls this training program "discipline" and he is constantly doing just this through all sorts of suffering which he sovereignly allows us to experience.

What do we do when God disciplines us in our training program? Do we cave in and threaten to quit because of the pain. Do we envy and resent others who are not suffering like I am. Do we complain that this suffering is hindering rather than helping my ability to serve God. Do we accuse God of neglecting me or being too rough on me? Some of us have reacted to pain as the ultimate evil for so long that we have virtually no capacity to take it.

Remember why God disciplines us. Discipline is painful now but its reward comes later. It wouldn't be discipline if it was easy to take. God wants to transform our characters so we can fulfill his purpose for our lives. Remember your response to discipline is the key to its effectiveness in your life. Only those who submit to the training reap the benefit.

God has the ability to engineer circumstances to fit His plan. He takes events of our lives and constructs something useful out of them. He works for good in our lives if we trust Him to do it. Romans 8:28 clearly states that God causes all things to work for good in the lives of those who trust His guidance. Proverbs tells us that a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Jeremiah 29 declares,

I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

He has a future for you. He knows what is needed to give you a future. Where might God be engineering your circumstances today? Are you just trying to endure them and get through them or are you trying to escape them, or are you being encouraged spiritually to know that God is at work in your circumstances for your good and seeking opportunities to let those 'goodness' things come out of your life.

"He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us." "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion." God never gives up on you. God has engineered circumstances to shape your character, to adjust your priorities, to purify your faith. James tells us that the testing of your faith develops the perseverance necessary for the developing of a mature Christian faith.

Remember most of all that you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with you. He will guide, strengthen, comfort – He will never leave you." He will give you the strength to get through what you’re going through.

Don’t give up! Don’t quit! Everything’s gonna be alright!

http://www.allianceholyfellowship.com/teachings_everythingisgonnabealright.html

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The above is from a website I came across tonight. I've been feeling very overwhelmed with urges and basically just Lost. This was exactly what I needed to read, exactly what I needed to hear and God knows it. He's just reminded me that I've been focusing too much on how overwhelmed I feel right now and how I just feel like quitting, but He's telling me it's okay, it's gonna be alright, don't give up, don't quit! Give it to Me, let me train you how to live My way, not yours. *sigh* I gots me a lot a learnin' to do...but this article at this particular time may have just kept me from giving quitting this time. Thank you God for bringing these things to my attention and showing me how to get through it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Appearance

Well, well, well....I haven't written an entry in quite some time.

I'm writing to mention a great little store on Etsy that I found out about through Swap-bot.com. The store is called This and That from Japan.

I recently won a $20 gift certificate to this shop through a promotion on Swap-bot and am thrilled. Check out their store...there are so many kawaii (cute) things there.

I haven't yet decided what I'm going to order, it's quite a decision but I'm sure no matter what it is I will be thrilled. I heart getting mail....especially anything that inspires me to be crafty.

:)