Handling Adversity

There’s someone I’ve been meaning to tell you about.  Michael Hyatt.

A couple of years ago, a friend recommended his book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  As a newby blogger, the information in his book was so very helpful.  After subscribing to receive his posts by email, I received (and continue to receive) a lot of helpful blogging advice.

But, Michael Hyatt goes further than that.  He demonstrates  Christian principles in his successful and very public blog life.  I love that!  Fellow Christians recognize the foundation of scripture woven behind his words and actions, and he sometimes mentions his faith while speaking.

Michael Hyatt’s videos are applicable to business leaders and for every-day life – even mine.  This video I share today (at the end of this post) hits home with us when we face a trial – adversity.

Romans 8:28

There is so much to learn when we experience hardship!  Have you found that to be true?

When hard things happen in life, how do you handle it?  Do you see it as a curse, or an opportunity?

If you were to lose your job, would you see it as a door opening to your next exciting life adventure?  Not likely, but it’s possible.  Michael Hyatt shows us how.

I believe Michael Hyatt’s perspective can open our eyes to a new view…new possibilities, growth, added strength of character.  The list could go on and on.

If we trust in the Lord in our situations, He will bring us through.  He will bring good out of it for those of us who love Him and live for Him.

Isn’t this a wonderful new perspective in the Lord on this spectacular Sunday?  Let’s praise Him for it!

Blessings~

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Acorn Pillow DIY

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I’m so excited to finally reveal today’s acorn pillow.  I designed the sweater pillow cover for two guest post tutorials over at PillowCubes, my favorite pillow insert source.

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I love how this little coloring book acorn turned out, and with the family quote and the tassel stem, I can get past the orange color among all the deep red tones in my home.

Acorn Pillow DIY

Last Monday, I shared the tutorial published at PillowCubes for making this pillow from a thrifted sweater.  Notice the cable stitching on this side of the pillow.  This is actually the back, so after adding the applique on the other side, you have two pretty sides.

DIY Thrifted Sweater Pillow

When fall is over, I’ll simply remove the pillow insert and use it inside a Christmas pillow cover.  I’ll be sharing that pillow, as well, over at PillowCubes next month, so subscribe for email posts here, and I’ll notify y’all when that post goes live.

Pillow covers are so quick and easy to make.  Have a different look for every season with only one pillow!

Follow this link to see how to make the acorn pillow at PillowCubes blog.  If you missed the sweater pillow DIY, view that tutorial here.

I’m excited about the acorn fun we’ll have this week.  You don’t want to miss the excitement!  🙂

Are you enjoying all the acorn projects this year?  Check out my Fall Decor Pinterest board for lots of great ideas.

Blessings~

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I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.

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On the Last Day

While reading in The Book of John this week, I paused at this verse.

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,

‘If you are thirsty, come to me!’

Can you imagine it?  It’s the final day of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.  It’s during this time of year, in October, six months before Jesus’s death on the cross.  He urgently called to all who would listen on this final festival day.  Jesus didn’t have much time remaining with these people he loved, so imagine the sense of urgency in His voice.

John 7:37

He is shouting.

Not an angry shout, but a loud, clear, calling.

An open invitation.

His free solution to deep thirst.

Can you hear Him pleading? 

People were carrying on with normal life, oblivious to events ahead…just as most people are today.  Oblivious.  We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know that each day, we are one day closer to the end.  Final judgment for non-believers.

Do you hear Him still pleading in these last days before His return?

Many are thirsty and don’t even know it.  Muddy waters are consumed everywhere…substances, medications…addictions…everything but Jesus who offers His cool, clear, refreshing water…thirst-quenching water.

While shouting to the crowds in His days on earth, Jesus calls to us in a different way today.  Can you hear His soft and tender calling in your soul?  He’s pleading.  He loves you.  He wants to relieve your thirst.  He has the perfect living water, and it will satisfy your soul.  Completely.

It’s a beautiful and spectacular Sunday, y’all.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Blessings~

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Orange Week Begins! + Sweater Pillow DIY

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Welcome to orange week!  Is this crazy, or what?  It wasn’t a plan, but toward the end of last week, I realized there was a theme going with my posts on my blog schedule for the next few weeks.

I wrote a Sweater Pillow DIY tutorial over at PillowCubes, so we’ll get to that later in this post.

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The sweater only has one sleeve because I used the other sleeve to make a sweater pumpkin.  It was really fun!

I was lucky to find the orange sweater at the thrift store – perfect for this fall pillow project.

Thrifted Sweater

My Sweater Pillow DIY tutorial over at PillowCubes shows how to make this sweater into a fall pillow.  (Isn’t it amazing how much natural sunlight can change a color?)

Sweater Pillow DIY

I hope to see y’all there.  Happy Monday!  🙂

Blessings~

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Open Hearts to Judgment – Counter to the World’s View

Back when I talked about the difference between a real Christian and a hypocrite, there was so much more to say.  Many in this world ridicule Christians for judging others and being hypocrites.  Others see us as judgmental, yet they judge us most harshly.

God gives us instruction in His Word about judgment and how He wants us to treat a wayward Christian brother or sister – what our response should be to sin in the lives of others, as well as our own.

While it would require many blog posts to cover all of it, today let’s just stick a toe into the topic.  I was amazed when I stumbled upon these words from David in The Book of Psalms this week.

Let the godly strike me!  It will be a kindness!  If they reprove me, it is soothing medicine.  Don’t let me refuse it.  (Psalm 141:5a)

Have you ever prayed for this before?  Do you welcome correction from others?  It certainly goes against the grain of our human response, doesn’t it?  David, being a man after God’s own heart, set a real example for us here.

Proverbs 27:6

How we need others around us who will sharpen us!

As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.  (Proverbs 27:17)

Society today is all too sensitive about correction of any kind.  It’s increasingly harder to share what God’s Word says about sin without being called a hater.  I hear this often said, randomly, as someone is talking.  They interrupt themselves  to interject this command.

Don’t you judge me!

Since when did living an obedient life interject my standards on others?  Even when I do (all too rarely, unfortunately) share God’s Word, when did sharing what God  said transfer to being judgmental?

We all make judgments every day.  We evaluate others to decide who will be our friend.  There’s judgment in that.  When we go shopping, we judge how we feel about every item we see.  Is it good quality?  Is it worth the price?

At the start of our day, we judge our to-do list and allocate priorities.  So much judgment is a part of our day!  How can we avoid it?

How do we get others to soften their sensitivity to judgment?  Are we to zip our lips?  I think we’ve had enough of that.  Don’t you agree?  That’s why this country is in such a mess…too many years of silence from Christians.

It’s loving to share God’s Word.  It’s caring, too.

It’s loving to help others see the light…lovingly.

It’s loving to hold one another to higher standards…God’s standards.

It’s loving to hold yourself and your family to those higher standards, too.

David proved it.

Love yourself and others.  Love me, too.  Go ahead – judge me!  I need it.

I leave you with one of my favorite songs.  How I longed for young friends to hear this song and respond in kind as we watched a child walk away from God and family.

Make the judgment call to be in the Lord’s house for worship today.  Let’s sing His praises on this spectacular Sunday!

Blessings~

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Patience in Tribulation

As Christians, we should expect Satan to try his best to thwart our influence in the world.  Why?

God tells us in His word that satan (yes, little s!) will not only tempt us but attempt to steal, kill, and destroy us.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

When we walk closely with the Lord, we impact the world by sharing God’s love (or, at least we should).  Satan wants to eliminate our influence for Christ.

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So, who’s not  a target?

  1.  Non-Christians.
  2.  Luke-warm believers who make no impression for Christ upon the world.

I once heard a Christian speaker say,

If you have few trials in your life, that’s a sign that you’re no threat to the evil one. 

That statement hit me between the eyes.  It disturbed me because we were experiencing few trials.  It was a time of blessings in many areas. Life was really, really good.

What little I was doing to share Jesus during our busy days with young children…was it effective…was it enough…was I even making a difference?  Do you ever ask yourself that question?

On the flip side, what do we do when we are hugely involved in ministry and satan attacks at every turn?

Are we to end our ministry – our areas of influence for Christ – for life to be smooth again?

No!  Don’t let satan have his way!  Forge ahead.  You don’t want to miss out on the blessings God has in store for you.

You may think I’m crazy, but after hearing that question, I didn’t want to be left alone by satan.  Not that I like spiritual battles, but I wanted to positively influence others toward God.  I began praying, not for trouble from satan, but for God to open my eyes to new areas of influence for me and our family.  Guess what?  He answered.  He increased.  He blessed.

Did more trials come?  Eventually.  We should enjoy the good times, be thankful for them, as well as times of trial.  While enjoying God’s gift of blessed days, let us examine ourselves, serve the Lord, and prayerfully prepare for trials ahead.

It’s a spectacular Fall Sunday, y’all.  Let’s worship the Lord with gladness!

Blessings~

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