Dec 7, 2016

The Prince of Peace is Right Here

First posted 12/9/15

Peace be to this house!  I actually went to a dinner party last Sunday and I had it on mind to say that when I entered their house to great them, but then I forgot!  I was thinking back to this devotional as when I wrote it, it really stuck in my own head.

I love the ending thought in the devotion of the Prince of Peace entering every home.  In fact, He is here now in my home and he is not only the Prince of Peace, but he is my wonderful counselor as I talk to Him in prayer, my Mighty God who is with Bev and Pam as they endure terminal cancer, and my Everlasting Father who will bring us all home in heaven for eternity.  He is here right now with me in this room.  Even when hubby and I are grumpy at each other, He is right here in this room.

Above is a margin strip I made with the verse in the devotional. With this one, I tried to leave a blank space for you to add your own thoughts after printing.
Above is a margin strip I made with the verse in the devotional.
challenge for you, see this post.

When I made the above margin strip, I struggled with the creation of it.  I do not like the results. The creating of margin strips has become a burden to me.  So unless I get a whim before now and tomorrow morning, this will be the last one until a whim hits me.

Please pray with me.  I call upon You, oh Lord, for You will answer me.  You are right here with me and hear my words.  All the time whenever I am ready, You are here!  No matter where I am at, You are here!  Forgive me, Lord, and thank You for how wondrously You shower your steadfast love upon me.  Hide me in the shadow of Your wings and protect me from stress, adversity, tension, disagreements, and anything that works against peace.  I praise You for being my Prince of Peace, my Wonderful Counselor, my Mighty God, and my Everlasting Father. I pray for peace in my home and in any home I may enter and in the home of anyone reading this prayer. I pray for peace between countries and safety for our soldiers who sacrifice to protect us. I pray for the end of wars, including all those small wars between two people and all those big wars against evil people in this world.  I pray for Pam and Bev who have terminal cancer and each day brings greater weakness.  Have mercy on them, O Lord.  From the moment you breathed life into them, they were sinners, but You oh Everlasting Father will be calling them home to heaven soon.  By Your grace, give them strength to be unafraid of dying.  Comfort those around them and all that care for them.  I pray these things in Your name whose face I seek.  Amen.

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P.S.  Both Pam and Bev did pass away in 2016.

11. You are Now Entering

[Doodle by Tara at Doodle Through the Bible; download the free coloring page on her blog post. This devotion and doodles are our Christmas gift to you and we pray God bless you richly.]

When we travel, it is always exciting to pass state lines and see the sign indicating “you are now entering ‘our fabulous state.’” It makes it seem as if we are at least getting somewhere on our long trip. Sometimes there are signs at the visitor centers and we pose for a photo to document that we were there.

I am reminded of other “entering” signs:
You are now entering the mission field.
You are now entering the twilight zone.
You are now entering the safety zone.
You are now entering the island of misfit toys.
You are now entering a designated swimming area.
You are now entering a construction speed zone.

Probably one of the best ones to hit the heart is, “You are now entering a stress free zone.” Wouldn’t we all want to plaster that sign up as a warning on our doors during the holiday hustle and bustle? It would be like shouting an alarm saying, “all visitors must enter with an attitude of peace and quiet.” It might as well say, “You are now entering the human heart, so be careful what you say and do.”

God’s word says, “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’” Luke 10:5. Wouldn’t it be great if we entered every family and friend’s home declaring “Peace be to this house!” out loud? I wonder what the reaction might be.

In anticipation of Jesus’ birth, there was a message from the prophet, “and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6. I love the thought of the Prince of Peace entering every home, don’t you?

Dec 6, 2016

Making Digital Stamps Video Tutorial & Finished Stamps

I'm SO excited that the Amazing Digital Scrapbooking Race is once again visiting! (5/12/2012) I love meeting other digital scrapbookers!

I made this video on how to make digital stamps, just like the rubber stamps you can buy for paper scrapbooking or crafts!

You can see it in the Designer Class Lesson 62 class guide.

I made a layout with one of the stamps!  It was great fun!  Oh yes, he IS my monkey, even at age 52 and counting!

My stamps are in my store for you to purchase for only $2.60.