Thursday, May 31, 2012

WAW: Matthew 5:16 & LBB: Priorities

Hi, friends!  I've been MIA from my blogs for a couple of days due to other obligations.  I was bemoaning the fact earlier today in my head  but realized that I had been doing the BEST of what I needed to do!  I was so happy to see that Abby over at Little Birdie Blessings (Scripture Thursday) was writing about the same subject!

Here's how my week has gone: Monday--time with my brother and  husband and a little blogging (DT obligations); Tuesday--an older sister from our church needed help with a job application that took almost three times as long as I thought it would, some friends needed to talk, I crafted and blogged; Wednesday--time with my DH's family, practiced the piano, making wedding invitations for my BIL and future SIL, dinner and more time with DH's family, NO blogging; Thursday--helped a sister from church with some things for girl's camp, practiced the piano, made dinner and dessert for my brother and DH, now blogging!

So, when I looked at it, I've blogged nearly every day except yesterday.  I was able to help a lot of people with things that I know God needed me to help them with, and I have felt productive EVERY SINGLE DAY.  That is HUGE for me during the summer!!!  I work for the school district here, and so I work full time from mid-August to the end of May.  Last summer my depression was very bad because of my lack of feeling involved.  How awesome is it that my prayers for seeing others' needs and for MY need to feel productive have been answered!  It reminded me of a talk that was given in our church's general conference a little while back about choosing the best part.  You can find the whole talk, intitled "Of Things That Matter Most", here.

Here's my favorite part of the talk~

"If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most." --Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Isn't that a beautiful quote?!  And what is more important that doing what God wants us to do?  I can't think of anything more important than serving God by serving our fellow men daily.  This starts in our homes and then can reach outward to encompass our community, our city, our state, our world.  And the scripture for this week's Word Art Wednesday is a perfect reminder of what God wants for each of us to do with the light He has given us.

Here's my interpretation (click to see it full size)~

This scripture also reminds my of one of my favorite hymns called "Have I Done Any Good?"

Here are the words~

Have I Done Any Good?

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

 Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

At the request of Wendy at Each Card Tells a Story, I'm linking this up with Scripture Sunday, as well!  Thank you, Wendy, for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! :)

Thank you for stopping by and reading my musings.  At least, I hope you read them! ;)  Feel free to click on the digital print, save it, and use it FOR PERSONAL USE.  It measures 4"x6".  I hope that you find joy this week in serving those around you!  See you again soon!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It's been a while...

Wow.  I just realized how long it's been since I posted some digital art!  I'm here tonight to change that!!!  I've missed my weekly participation in Word Art Wednesday soooo much, so I've created something just for the challenge for this week!!!

Here it is~

I really love this scripture and feel that it is really important for each of us to remember trust God and pray to Him daily.  I was recently talking to my boss about a situation we've had in our classroom this year, and she expressed to me how grateful she was that God sends us experiences to help us understand His will.  She then told me of something that happened that was direct answer to our prayer about the situation we've been trying to deal with.  I am not at liberty to give details, but I am SO GRATEFUL that prayer works, that God is real, and that He love each of us!

Thanks for stopping by--feel free to print and use this print for personal use, just make sure to click to enlarge first!  Print size is 8"x10". 

Thanks to the ladies at Word Art Wednesday for the challenge and also to Eclectic Anthology for the gorgeous vintage print used on this artwork!  Have a fabulous day, and never forget that you are loved!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last one...I promise!

Okay, this really is the last page for today!  But before I end my insane digital scrapbook post run thingy, I really want to thank the ladies at Stampin' Royalty again for challenging me to start my wedding album!  It's given me a renewed sense of happiness in digital artwork!!!  THANK YOU, ladies! :)

Okay, here's the title page~

So, with that, I'm out, peeps!  Gonna go play with some good ol' fashioned ink and paper.  Happy National Scrapbooking Day and happy scrapbooking, friends! :)

Another Wedding Layout

Yes.  I'm back.  It's National Scrapbooking Day, people!  I HAD to do some digi pages or else they may NEVER get done.  Seriously.  I've made it a goal to finish my wedding scrapbook this summer.  Since we've been married for 8 years, it seems like it's time. But I digress...

Here's another layout~

Entering it into the Stampin' Royalty challenge again.  Anyone know of any other scrapbooking challenges?  It'll help me stay motivated this summer... ;)  All elements by Dusty Bear again.  Who else?  Maybe I'll do some with other elements (I have TONS) sometime soon...happy scrapbooking!!!

Another digital scrapbook page...

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!  I was so inspired by the Stampin' Royalty challenge that I decided to make more page! :)  First, I decided to make a coordination page for the one I already entered.

Here's the new page (goes next to the other side by side)~

Isn't it pretty?  LOVE the shabby goodness that Dusty Bear elements give to your digi projects!  And she has TONS of different colors besides just purple and neutrals, too.  She's got a really fabulous bright colored space set that is PERFECT for little boys. :)  I hope you check her out!

Thanks for stopping in to see my other page!  I'm off to create more pages...and hopefully link them up to Stampin' Royalty as well!  Happy scrapbooking, friends! :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Something NEW

Well.  I've been married for 8 years this November, and have YET to finish a wedding scrapbook.  I decided a while ago that I would start to digitally scrapbook the pictures, but that has not happened.  UNTIL TONIGHT.  The challenge over at Stampin' Royalty is to make a scrapbook page/layout.  FABULOUS!!!  So, I have now completed one page in my digital wedding album!

Here's the page~

I used digital papers and elements by Dusty Bear.  She's a good friend of mine, and her images are AMAZING! The font used is Jane Austen.

Thanks to the fabulous ladies at Stampin' Royalty for getting me to actually start my wedding album!  You rock! :)  Happy scrapbooking, friends! :)

Nahum 1:7

Hello!  It's been a few weeks since I posted any digi art, so I decided to use the word art from Word Art Wednesday to create a quick digi print! :)

Here's the print~

And now some thoughts on the scripture.  First of all, I adore the scriptural gems found in the Old Testament.  And I love the lessons learned in this amazing compilation of ancient scripture.  This verse is just a continual reminder of God's love for us, which is perfect.  The Lord IS good!  He can be our strength in times of trouble if we allow Him to help us.  AND, He is remembers the people who trust in Him.  I firmly believe that God is willing and wanting to help us, but that we have to put for the effort to show Him that we are willing to follow where He leads.  I know that God will never do something for us that we can do for ourselves, but instead makes that thing easier for us to accomplish when we put our trust in His perfect knowledge.  He is our loving Father who wants us all to return to Him.  He knows we can do it!

Thanks for the ladies at WAW for the fabulous word art!  Now to go and see everyone else's fabulous creations! :)

Also, if you like stamping and are looking for a fun challenge, please check out my new monthly challenge, Technique Tuesday!  This month, you'll learn how to do Velveteen Stamping! :)  Can't wait to see your creation there!!!

Please feel free to use my digital print for PERSONAL USE.  See the bottom of my blog for more guidelines if necessary.  Have a fabulous rest of your week!!! :)