Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Everyday Miracle with Leah

Hello everyone! Since Valentine's Day was a couple of days ago, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Bible verses about love.  

My favorite is:  1 Corinthians 13:4-8  
"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."

1 Corinthians 13:13
"And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love."

Ephesians 4:2
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."

1 Peter 4:8
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

Ephesians 5:25"
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."

Colossians 3:14
"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

Please fill free to share any of your favorite Bible verses on love. Don't forget to play along with this months challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"In the Word" Wednesday...

Cara here to share with you today. I will come right out and say I struggled with what to share with you because I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, tired, burdened, depleted  and have seriously been struggling with being "in the Word" consistently lately. A lot of this has to do with struggling with being sick for the last month (not anything horrible, but enough that my energy level has been significantly lower and so I've put stuff off and I am now playing some serious "catch-up"). But even with my shortcomings and weariness, God is still speaking...(right to my situation)

As I turned to my devotional (being a few days behind in that too), this is what I read...

(from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young)

Come to Me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life.

Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good* (Romans 8:28 AMP), including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time. Your main responsibility is to remain attentive to Me, letting Me guide you through the many choices along your pathway.

This sounds like an easy assignment, but it is not. Your desire to live in My presence goes against the grain of "the world, the flesh, and the devil." Much of your weariness results from your constant battle against these opponents. However, you are on the path of My choosing, so do not give up! Hope in Me, for you will again praise Me for the help of My Presence **(Psalm 42:11 NASB).

*The full passage of Romans 8:28 AMP states:
We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labor) all things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to and for those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose.

**The full passage of Psalm 42:11 NASB states:
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Anyone else out there who needed to hear that reassurance from God today?  I sure did! :)
~Blessings, Cara

Friday, February 6, 2015


We had 11 wonderful entries this month.  Each one simply perfect in it's own way.  Our top 3 by DT votes are:

1.  Wendy C.

5.  Vickie O'Dell

9.  Mandie Holmes

True Random Number Generator 8 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
and our prize winner by is #8 Deborah Adams.

Thank you everyone for playing. 
Top 3 Here is a blinkie for your blog.
And a blinkie for our prize winner.
Deborah Adams please email me at within 7 days to claim your prize.  Please put SEM JANUARY WINNER in the subject line!

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Welcome to our February challenges! 

We have some wonderful sketches and a scripture theme for you to work along with and some great samples by our DT to inspire you.

First up is our layout sketch -

Leah Burgett

Paula Jennings

Cara Goedeking

Next is our Card Sketch -

Paula Jennings
(card front)
(card inside)

Katy Donaldson Taylor
and our Scripture Focus - Deuteronomy 6:5

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
And a mixed media piece by Debbie Reed.
A journal page by Alicia Redshaw

We hope that you will join us by playing in any or all of these challenges as well as watching for our inspirational posts throughout the month and of course for the January Winner post coming about February 5.

Please add your link here -