Hello there friends! This month, I have taken a break from all my DT responsibilities in order to do some stuff that I've been wanting to do for a while. It's fun to be part of wonderful and creative teams but it can also restrict us creatively at times having to work with some specifics. I do hope I can manage to squeeze some of the cute and funny images I wanted to highlight in future projects with the amount of time I have realizing that February is the shortest month of the year...LOL I had some wonderful people visited my ETSY SHOP recently and have blessed me with some orders. Now, that's going to be a priority! I know that God brings people to our lives at a very precise moment. I already mentioned many times that I don't believe in luck, fortune or coincidence. The Bible declares in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." People come into our lives to either bless us or be blessed by us. There are times when we have plenty and the Lord wants us to share our blessings to someone he's going to bring to our lives. It does not have to be monetary every time. It could be our time, our talents, a shoulder to cry on, a pat on the back, a warm hug or a listening ear. And there's also those times when we are the ones in need and hope that someone at least cares to find out how we're doing. I've been in both sides of the spectrum and I found out that even when I am in need, God sends other people who have an immediate need than I do. I remember one morning when we were praying at the Church as we prepare to escort people into praise and worship and a brother arrived and mentioned being thankful that there was enough gas in his car to come and join us yet concerned---not knowing how he would go home with an empty tank. God spoke to me right there and then (in His still, small voice) to do something about it but I thought to myself, we were really tight financially as well. So, we went and sing and all through the duration of the Church service, that conviction never left me. I finally decided it's time to obey and bless this brethren at the end of the service. Even though I was unable to fill up his tank, I gave what I could in order to make sure he could go home and make a few more trips. I am not saying this to impress anybody. Obviously, there's nothing in my own goodness that could have prompted me to do that. As a believer of Jesus, Born-again (John 3:3) in His Kingdom, Christ lives inside of me so, it is the very heart of God that beats inside my heart! It beats compassion, mercy and love. It is Christ in me that is capable of blessing people even in the time of need/trials in my own life. God does not look at the amount of money we can give to help others. He looks at our obedience---the willingness to do His work when He prompts us to do it. We are vessels of honor for the One who bought us with a price! This is why Galatians 2:20 is so alive in my heart as it declares. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
You see, God knows our every need and He is the Provider of every blessing. It is very important that whatever we are going through, that we rely upon Him for both our coming in and going out. It's easy to feel hopeless when we are waiting for a blessing and we are not seeing it come to pass. The emotional dilemma is great and at many times I asked the Lord to carry me through when I could not see a glimpse of light anywhere. It's in those moments that we need to let the "Light" inside our hearts to shine forth and to lead the way. The Bible declares in Psalm 119:104-107, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word." God's Word is written as our manual to live and navigate the life we have on this earth. Knowing the Lord's way and purpose through His Word will make it easy for us to listen to His voice. As you head out and carry out your daily routine, be open to the possibility of being blessed or becoming a blessing to somebody else. Such is the life led by true sons and daughters of the the Most High God! I want to share with you these passages about Elijah and the widow at Zarephath which shows the benefits of obedience.
"Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread." "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread--only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it--and die." Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.' " She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah." (I Kings 17:7-16)
So here's an inspiration craft I want to share with you today. I have been making crochet flowers for a while now and I decided to take it up a notch and make necklaces out of them. I wear them all the time and coordinate them with my fave clothing from rugged to elegant. If you are interested to get some of these stylish goodies you can pick them up in my ETSY STORE! (Note, this post is picture heavy!)
ITS ME WITH MY CROCHET NECKLACE!
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