Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on trusting God and letting everything work out on his timetable
Happy Sunday! Summer is officially here--three months of warmer weather and longer days. There are years when the change of seasons seem to come slowly. But, even when the seasons don't change on my timetable, I trust that they eventually will. This verse reminds me that God has his own timetable to work in our lives. We may be going through a season where everything seems hard. We may feel like we are praying without getting answers and we grow impatient and discouraged. Do not give up--be patient, rest and trust that God will bring you through the current season and that he will work everything out in his perfect timing.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional for Father's Day
Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Today, some of us remember and know that we are blessed to have had good fathers and we know we have good men raising our children. But, for far too many, today is a tough day and too many feel alone and cheated of a loving father. For those who feel that way, hear this truth-- you have a Father who has chosen and adopted you, who loves you unconditionally with open arms, who accepts you, who cares about you. God is a father who wants to have relationship with YOU. Call out to him and let your heavenly daddy comfort you, guide you, and love you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Old Drawer and Luggage Rack Upccyle

I love when those random items I pick up at garage sales find a purpose. This luggage rack,
Upcycled Luggage Rack
and a drawer purchased at another garage sale wanted to join together to become a fantastic storage piece.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on not taking life for granted
Happy Sunday! Yesterday, my son would have been eighteen. I have learned so many lessons through his death--probably enough to fill a year's worth of Sunday verses. The one that I tend to forget, but thought about this past week, is that life can change instantly. It's something we have all heard, but what does it mean for our every day living? It means we should enjoy life, practice gratitude daily, forgive that person, delight in small joys, seek beauty, share kindness. Life is hard and constantly changing, but let's not take for granted the gift that it is.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Upcycled Thrift Store Wine Cart

Hmmm, to buy or not to buy, that was the question when I spied this wine cart at the thrift store.
Upcycled Thrift Store Wine Cart Before Picture
On the plus side, it was priced decently, had locking wheels, the tray was removeable for serving, it would be quick to upcycle for an upcoming show, and was in good shape. On the negative side, it is cheaply made, would be a pain to prep and paint, and was not anything unique or spectacular.

But, the need to get some things done for an upcoming show won out and I bought it. After a few tries, I came up with a plan that worked to upcycle this find.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday Verses

short devotional on changing your perspective
Happy Sunday! While hiking,I spied this tree that looks like it was hit by lightning. Others may see a dead tree, but I noticed a charred spot that looked like a heart. Looking at things in a different way changes what we think about them. God wants us to look at life through his eyes. When we see through the eyes of faith and apply God's perspective to situations, we look beyond what we "know", and we realize the hope and power that we have available to us because of Jesus. God opens our hearts to see what is important.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

When someone says they have some free wood they are getting rid of and ask if you want any, the answer is always (almost anyway) YES!

Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

I am not sure what this wood was originally--1" x 4" s that I thought were maybe fence boards, but they are full of brad nails.
Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

My first project with the boards was a rustic, ladder shelf.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Verses

what does it mean when my hopes and dreams do not come true
Happy Sunday! Last week in Yellowstone we were waiting for Old Faithful with some geyser "virgins", i.e. it was the first time they had seen Old Faithful. Old Faithful takes a bit to build up pressure and will spurt out small plumes of water and steam before reaching its full eruption height. A few watchers asked if that was it after seeing the preliminary shoots. When we are anticipating, hoping, and waiting for something and it doesn't happen when or as we expect, it can be disheartening. Our dreams and aspirations meet reality in ways that we don't always plan for and that can be discouraging, even crushing. But, the second part of this proverb intends to build hope in us and to remind us that wishes do come true and things do work out and bring us joy. If you are waiting for something, take comfort in knowing that God KNOWS what you long for and be joyful in the anticipation and hope of fulfilled dreams.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! With spring weather comes one of my most favorite activities--hiking. We love to explore new trails, but sometimes on unfamiliar hikes we are not sure of which way to go. We may have to hike for a bit on one trail before we realize it is not leading where we want to be and we turn around. And boy, isn't that an analogy for life? We all have choices to make and sometimes those take us down a path we aren't supposed to be on. Thankfully, we can ask God for help. With his grace, we can turn around and choose differently. Ask God, in the small decisions and the big ones, which way does HE want you to go and remember to be still and listen to and trust his guidance. 
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