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Working My Way Back

To all those who have honored me in following my blogs and sending your prayers, thank you so much.

Please don’t give up on me.

This has been a very difficult time for our family.  Although I have slowly began to get back to work, taking on projects and working in the studio, it is a slow process.  I was thinking back over the last four years and our family has really been hit hard.  We have lost 6 immediate family members, 4 others have been in serious accidents but all but one have recovered well, the economy hit us very hard forcing us to make hard decisions and change the way we live, and now I have taken on another role of caregiver.

For those who do not know, we lost our son on September 4th this year.  It had been very hard to accept but we are beginning to make progress with the Lord’s guiding hand.  We have been surrounded by so many that loved him.  Several people put together 2 separate benefits which were wonderful to help raise money to pay for final expenses.  Our family is so thankful to all who helped us during this time.  Austin was loved by many and will live on through all of us.

My love, Smokey, is still recovering from his accident back in March.  Still having problems with his lungs and now hoping that all will be okay and ready for the next surgery, number 4, tentatively scheduled November 2nd.

It is said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that the Lord never gives us more than we can handle.  If you know me then you already know that I believe God’s Word.  All of it.  Even those parts I don’t understand or like!  I have made that choice to believe, have faith in, trust, rely on and lean on God.  So to act or do differently would be going against that choice.

I am not sure what to do, or rather, what God has for me to do from here.  But I am ready.

Lord,

Guide and direct me,

Hem me in Your love and protection,

Have mercy and show me Your grace,

Show me way You would have me go,

And then help me go You way.

In Jesus Holy Name,

Amen

worship

 

 

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If you haven’t read about the trials that we are dealing with lately, please visit carleysense and read the last 3 posts.

We are be blessed by God’s Amazing Grace and His love surrounding us in this time of adveristy.
Please pass this around as well as we want others to be encouraged by lifted up.

God never leaves us. He loves us so much.

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I am hopeful that with the New Year there will be much new business.  And although it hasn’t been really busy, I have managed to stay very busy be about the Lord’s business and a little artwork as well.  Here is what I have worked on…

My Carleysense site has a new look and I learned a lot about Photoshop during this process.  I have discovered I really like Photoshop.  I can see how I could become a Photoshop junkie if not careful!

I also learned how to hook up my video camera up as a webcam, upload to imovie, edit (just learning that so there is a big learning curve) and post on my site.

I have opened a Zazzle Store and love this site!  I have had, well should I say; God has put on my heart, these great artistic ideas to spread His Word.  I love shirts with a message and I have had great fun creating them.  Check them out and get yours!
Help spread His Word…

Then I got a call from my dear friend Terry…

Asking me to join her and help on another, my 2nd her first…

Once again we were pushed to our limits, worn out, sleep deprived, slightly food deprived (our own fault) and in the end had huge smiles on our faces and pleased that we got to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.

And then, the excitement of that whole trip wore down,I had a small job re-doing a fireplace mantel. Of course I was so tired I forgot before pictures, so just enjoy these after picks!

So there you have it!  January almost wrapped up. I’m working on other things and I post them when it’s time! See you back here soon!

God Bless You and Pass it ON!

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This was sent to me by a dear friend and I wanted to share it with the world.  Share it with yours!

 

HEIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE 

Please Read all the way to the bottom: If you will take the time to read these. I promise you’ll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

They’re written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…….. 

I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.. 

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows. 

I’ve learned….20That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. 

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.** 

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.**

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child. 

I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way. 

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. 

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. 

I’ve learned….. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. 

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 

I’ve learned….. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. 

I’ve learned….. That money doesn’t buy class. 

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. 

I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. 

I’ve learned….. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.. 

I ‘ve learned..
.. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. 

I’ve learned….. That love, not time, heals all wounds.**

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. 

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. 

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.***

I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher. 

I’ve learned… That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. 

I’ve learned… That I wish I could have told my Dad  and Mom that I love them  one more time before they passed away. ***

I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. 

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life. ****

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. 

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you…. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It’s National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends. HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!

 Now send this to every friend you have!! And to your family. This was sent to me by a very dear friend

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Kite_runner  

 

  My life seems to always be affected , moved and even changed after reading certain books.  I am sure yours does as well.  And I read a lot.  Mostly books about God, the Bible, christian life and christian fiction.  Oh, I can’t forget to include a number of business and finance books too.

   It’s not that I never read anything else, it’s just that I am never really interested in anything else.

  A good friend convinced me that I had to read this one. And I am glad I did.  I was intrigued be the plot and the setting.  Especially with what is going on in Afghanistan then, now and what to be in the future.

Instead of me filling you in about it, this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

This gives a great description and a glimpse inside the book.

 

It’s not that I just wanted to tell you I read this book and it was a excellent book.  It’s what it did to me I feel I must share.  Some books leave you changed.

It took me all of 3 days to read it.  Since sleep was not going to come easily on the 3rd day, I arose at 2am and could not get Hazara and Amir out of my mind.  So, I made a pot of coffee, put on the reading glasses, curled up on the sofa and began my descent into their world.  By 6:30 am I was finished.  And I wept.

I finally got up, in a daze, perhaps 4 hrs of caffeine contributed to that, and went to get ready for the day.  You know the drill, shower, dress, put on the face and out the door. But…….

I put my favorite coffee mug that my precious grandson gave me, in the sink, in my kitchen, in my house on this piece of beautiful land, in a wonderful area, in America.  I walked up the stairs to the bathroom, on my legs, attached to my rather healthy body and stepped into my bathroom, where it wasn’t too hot or to cold and the lights work just fine.  Ran the water, the hot, clean, refreshing, renewing water and stepped in.  Washing with products that make my hair nice and soft and soaps the keep my skin healthy.  I sat in the tub and began to shave my legs, with a razor I bought from the store down the street where there are no armed guards and I have no need to fear going there.  I drove my car that I put gas in the day before with money I earned doing work that I love to do.  I spoke to others, friendly people, “Hey how are you?-Wonderful thank you and you?-Great and thanks, have a wonderful day!”

After I shaved, I put my razor on the shelf, thought I should get out now and grab that dry, clean, plush towel I washed in the washer and dryer and get dressed in fairly new clothes and get on with my day…

But I didn’t.

I sat in my shower, the warm clean water running over me that I can turn on or off when I desire.  I sat and thought about places and people far away and here in our own country.  People who don’t have, people in need, people who are hungry, people who are running to find safety, people who see unspeakable things.

People…

like me…

flesh and bones…

and blood runs red…

who are uniquely and wonderfully made.

I sat and

I cried…

and

I prayed.

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fullarmorofgod

I found this picture searching images on the web.  I loved it!  

I have just finished a awesome book I have spoke about many time here, “Drawing Near” by John Bevere.  It took my about 8 months to get through it.  It involves, at least for me, some heavy studying, a lot of soul searching, much truth and much revelation.  I learned and applied so many things.  

I morning not long ago, I felt this absolute desire to pray, in the Spirit.  It was the very first time that as I prayed, and although I could hear myself, it was as if I was away from myself.  It speaking coming out of my mouth was fluent, full of peace, beautiful. But there was something else happening.  That small voice inside me began to speak.  “Put on the full armor of God, Put on the full armor of God, Put on the full armor.  Put your helmet of Salvation on, protect your mind as there will be things that try to come against your your thoughts.  Your thoughts are for me and of me.  Do My will.  Protect yourself, Put on your Helmet! I am with you!

Put of your Breastplate of righteousness!  Protect your heart.  There will be discouragement, things will try to come against you to try to bring discouragement to the things I have for you to do.  Do not be disheartened.  Put on your Breastplate.  I am with you!

Put on your shoes of Peace.  Stand firm I am with you!  Without your shoes, commendation, chaos, stress, worry will come to you. Put on your shoes of Peace and Stand Firm!  I am with you!

Put on your Belt of Truth!  I am The Truth, know Me.  Come to Me.  Live with Me.  Involve me.  I have a great work for you.  If you know Me, you will know Truth.  Put on you Belt of Truth! I am with you!

Put on your Shield of Faith.  It will extinguish those arrows of the one who has evil intent for you.  Stand firm and raise you Shield of Faith.  I am with you!

Put on and hold on to the Sword of the Spirit!  I am the Word!  Know my Word for it will protect you, guide you, hold you close to me.  If you will draw near to me, I will draw near to you.  Put on the Sword of the Spirit!  I am with you!

I am so thankful that I am allowed to hear, to understand, to be close to Him.  I want to be covered by Him and I want to soar with Him. I want to draw nearer.

Put on Your Armor!  We have battles to fight and He promises, He is with us!

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It has been a very busy couple of weeks.  All is well in Artsong’s World.

My husband is having major surgery tomorrow, so please keep him in your prayers.

I have been working like crazy, by God’s lead of course, to get work ready for The Island Gallery.  I have put many pieces in there that  you can see on my website and Etsy Shop.  I have added a few new pieces as well.  I am stretching my wings into other areas and it’s been so fun creating new stuff.

Here’s a sample:

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and another:

 

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Here is a fun whimsical piece:

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These and others will be on the Etsy Shop, http://carlaschuchman.etsy.com  to purchase by tomorrow.

I am working on several other pieces.

And the Big Reveal for my new line will be out in about 2 weeks, so check back!  You are going to love this!

Smile Today and Bless Someone!

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