Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I scrapped

I finally did a LO with one of my templates.
For those of you on the list this is #63... which will come in a few days...
Kit used is "lilac Garden" by Miss mint it is a freebie right now... IF you want it better hurry!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Grace mail and please pray for Sara

I needed this today and thought I would share... my "grace mail"

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." Jude 24-25, NASB

"Faithful is He who calls you and He will bring it to pass." 1 Thessalonians 5:24, NASB

Corrie Ten Boom stated this truth so succinctly: "In God's faithfulness lies eternal security." Erwin Lutzer, Pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, has said, "God's investment in us is so great He could not possibly abandon us."

If God can keep the universe going, if God can maintain the fixed order of the sun by day and the moon by night, then He is able to keep you! "The Lord will accomplish what concerns me..." Psalm 138:8a, NASB

Some 350 years ago William Secker wrote these words: "Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether."

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ALSO... PLEASE PRAY FOR SARA (and any others you know that suffer with depression)
I have a clue where she is... as I "live" there most of the time... It ISN'T a place I like to call home but I am afraid that is where many of us live.

I find myself in that fog again today after being overwhelmed by everything in my life yesterday. BUT GOD will see me through!

just Sharing some pics

Just wanted to share some pics.... you can see how downright disgusting the floor in that room was once the carpet was removed.... that is what took me so long to scrub :)
I used to always wonder why it was sooooo cold in the back bedroom during the matter how high we had the heat in there.... I found out.I put a good sized screwdriver straight back into that "crack" ... it went up to past the handle!
The white dripping down is the primer I used last time I painted the room.... I miss that green but it was time for a change.... and Cassie wanted pink. :)

After I removed the 2 sets of carpet tack strips.

The "crack" is now filled with the expandable foam stuff... hopefully it will be warmer in there IF I am still here next winter... or for who ever moves into here after I am gone.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Update on Cassie

Some left comments and some sent emails wondering about Cassie and how I am doing.... so I decided I needed to give you one!

Cassie is doing wonderful! Just like it never happened! I know she remembers the pain but now all the pain is behind her... oh once in awhile she complains about a little pain by one of her 3 incision sites but for the most part she is pain free.
The top pic was taken the day after she came home... she was working on one of her artsy things she got while she was in the hospital.
The second pic was taken the other day... she wanted to help me prime the walls in her bedroom... so I let her.
Her room is pretty much done... just got to prime and paint the trim and base boards... but I will get to that someday.... she has most of her stuff moved back in and I will try to get before and after pics up soon... it was A LOT of work!!!! And I am burnt out on it... that is why the trim and base boards are waiting!

well.... lets see.... what else....
I have been very busy with things.
As I just said...I have just about got the back bedroom fixed so Cassie can move back into it... actually she pretty much has... I don't remember if I told you but when we had that big storm in December a branch went through the roof... the water destroyed the ceiling, the carpet and a bed that was in there... well, I have been waiting for 6 months now for the landlords to fix the room... the carpet got torn out so there is only a wood floor in there... and it is NOT in good shape at all... They decided they were not going to replace the carpet, so i had to tear out the carpet tack strips and remove many staples from the floor itself.... the floor was VERY dirty and grimmy and just plain yucky!!!! I spent 5 hours the other day scrubbing and scraping the gunk off the floor... so now when you walk in there the floor feels clean and smooth instead of yuck! It still isn't pretty but it is clean. We now have 2 big rugs in there.
Before I worked on the floor I primed and painted the walls and the window frames. So I really have been doing things but not really getting a whole lot of what I really want to be doing done. I worked going though and sorting stuff last night in the "storage" room upstairs... I REALLY want to have a yard sale and get rid of stuff that I no longer want or need so that WHEN God releases me from this house I will be ready... it is sooooo time for me to get out of here.... they don't do a whole lot even after I tell them... besides the back bedroom being messed up, I have a leak in my bedroom ceiling, my living room ceiling and one in my kitchen above the side window... they know about all of them but haven't done a thing to fix them! I guess since they don't gush water... except the kitchen one ( I have to put bath towels down when it rains)... they assume I am just fine and happy to live this way. The one in the bedroom ruined a couple pictures I had hanging on my wall and is now spreading further into the room.
So all I can say is for me it is time... but I don't know where I am supposed to move to (you know where it would be if it were my choice, burlington or Mt. Vernon) nor do I have the finances to move... that is one reason I want to have the yard sale... to help with that.
It is funny... in the last few weeks my blazer window broke so I can't roll it up or down, my microwave went out, my lawn mower broke, my dryer has broke and now the blazer's has problems with the steering wheel/ignition.... BUT for now I am doing OK I think... Oh I have my moments especially when I have to do something that a husband normally does... some things that a very hard for me to physically do... but I think I am OK.
Now that I have written you a book and probably put you to sleep I need to get off the pc and get some more stuff done.
So... there is the update... probably more than you all wanted to know!
Hugs to you all!!!!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Psalm 139

As some of you know I have been dealing with a lot of depression lately. And wondering what it is all about... why I keep going into this place... and why I haven't been able to stay out of it.

Many sent me emails of encouragement and many left me comments on 4 shared.... but Someone sent me an email that really helped me to look at it a different way... a way I had known before but had forgotten because I had taken my eyes off of the Lord and became hard of hearing because I was blocking off everything and focusing on "me" and what "I" was feeling.
She said...

"God has many purposes for us all..even those of us who suffer in mental pain an anguish...some times..I think we must bear the Lord's pain..for is to much suffering in his world...and that it is a priveledge..he gives us ..because he knows..our faith is undying in him...."
So many times I have been reminded that we share in the sufferings of Christ... and we share in the sufferings of those He created, those He loves. How can we ever feel compassion for someone else if we never experience the pain they feel? How can we ever REALLY reach out in love to help someone if we have never needed someone to reach out in love towards us? Our pain, our sorrow, our suffering is NOTHING compared to what He endured BUT it IS REAL, and even as we are going through it we CAN reach out to others suffering... and we can go to our knees and lift THEM to the Father's throne... AS we pray for them He brings our healing also.
We need to remember, and be reminded sometimes... this really is NOT about us! we may be experiencing the pain at the moment but there is a world FULL of people going through their own pain... may we look beyond OUR pain and bring some comfort to others... May we comfort them with the comfort we have been comforted with.

And just awhile ago The Holy Spirit impressed upon me to re-read the following scripture.... may it bring comfort to someone reading it... as it did to me! When the darkness seems to cover every aspect of our life may we REMEMBER that The Lord is right there with us! He said He would NEVER, NO NEVER leave us or forsake us! May we remember that he descended into the dark places of this earth but He came OUT!!!! May we remember that we are MORE than conquerers through Him who loves us... and may we remember... that GREATER is HE who IS IN us than he that is in the world.
As you read the following passage... think about what The Holy Spirit is saying TO YOU...

Psalm 139

1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.


23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.