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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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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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Happy 11/11……

About 8 1/2 years ago I decided to accept Jesus as my savior.  It wasn’t a big change and I didn’t hear music, I wasn’t lifted out of a gutter or any of those awesome stories you hear.  the biggest thing is I am Jewish.  born and raised, well born anyway.  Didn’t get to learn as much as my sisters, things happened, bitterness, anger….but that’s a story for another time.

About 3 or so years later, a very good friend of mine, we will call her Charity, started to notice that every time we were together, the numbers 1111 or 111 would become very noticeable.  It would should up on the clock; 1:11 or 11:11, we’d see it on car tags, in a billboard.  Some time later I took a trip to Texas to see family and friends.  We talked several times and wouldn’t you know it, those numbers appeared frequently. Since I was beginning my studies in the Bible at that time, she suggested to look up every passage that had those numbers in it.  She said, “It will jump out at you, this has to mean something!”  So I did, took forever.

Nothing.  Nothing jumped out at me.  I was disappointed because I just knew it was something.  Another 2 years goes by with the same incidents happening regularly. Charity’s husband gets laid off his job.  Not just any job, a upper management type job with a company that was part in building this city.  Him and 100 or so employees get laid off.  it broke our hearts, and it’s happened again just this past month.  Charity decides she wants to try to do something for the people.  She calls me, another friend and we meet.  we decide we are putting baskets of bear necessities  and deliver them to those families who were affected by this.  Charity said we had to have a card saying who we were any something about what we were doing.

It was very simple.  Faith, Hope, Love and Charity. Angels on a mission.  They named me Faith.  I thought, unlikely but okay.  We went around to all the stores and the managers and owners were so gracious.  We got hundreds of donations from our local business.  Flour, sugar, paper towels, dry goods, can foods….so much stuff.  We put it all together and started delivering.  I should note here that the others did a lot of the work as I was working at the time.  I was involved as much a I could be.  What a wonderful feeling.  Even in the bad times.  No, it wasn’t much and not enough for families to go a long time on, but it was one hand helping another.  Durning that time Charity and I noticed “those numbers” and just laughed.  I knew at some time it would be revealed to me.

One morning I was watching Joyce Meyer on television.  I watch her a lot, our past has much in common. She was teaching on faith.  Of course that struck me.  Some of my friends had been calling me Faith for a while now. 

I knew it when I heard it.  The feeling and emotion that came over me.  It’s a knowing.  A presence.  A closeness I had felt before.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

That was it, His little way of smiling on me, letting me know, Here I Am, that closeness I wanted so much.  I love the way He takes you on a journey to get the message.  So much is gained and learned through the journey.  But that wouldn’t be the end of it.  As I become even more aware of these times I would see or hear these awesome numbers, they began to happen when I was on my way to doing something He would not approve of.  

So yeah, I am a christian and I screw up.  A lot.  I don’t think I am better than anyone else although honestly that is a battle of judgement on others I must fight.  I don’t think I have taken hold of it all or even part of it yet, but one thing I do know, forget what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of Christ. Phil 3:13-15

Here I go off to a job, running errands, working at home and an oppotunity would arise to do something exciting and tempting to me, but in my gut, my soul, my mind, all whose is now Christ’s, there would be this knowing.  This itching of sorts, something telling me Stop!  Look at what you are about to do. Talk to Me.  Then those numbers! Those awesome numbers.  Reminding me He is watching.

Isn’t it so funny how we tend to distort the Truth to make it fit for our own agenda?  That’s what I did, for a long period of time.  I began to convince myself that He was in approval of my actions because He was whispering, I’m Here.  Look at Me.  Don’t we all do this at some point of another?

Then I finally began to listen.  When I heard myself actually say it, I knew.  He knew I knew.  He was showing me a way out of that temptation, He was showing me Himself. I could lean on Him.  Oh, I didn’t listen for a while, I knew, but I went on my way.  We do this.  We fight.  We want His will but we want ours too.

Not going to happen.  Your will be done.  What a battle, and still is.  I am more aware, I have accepted His messages to me.  When it appears now I stop, look and listen. I think about Him, I look at how I am acting, what I am doing and how He feels about it.  I woke up and it feels okay.  

So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Phil 3:15

I have a different attitude of mind, and God makes that clear to me.  He is so awesome. I love Him so much. To think He cares so much as to take me through this journey.  We are always on a journey.  Growing and learning.  If you will be open to Him, there is always a message….

A message from God.

Happy 11/11!

Don’t forget our Veterans.  Shake some ones hand.  Tell them Thank You.  Bless some one today!

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