Monday, July 25, 2011

The Essence of God

This morning, i renewed the listing for my yellow key chain on my Etsy shop. As i looked at the picture of this key chain, i felt like i'd just gotten a good morning hug from God.

God's love is so astounding that words could never do it justice & it could never by measured. The #1 reason why each of us were born is because God loves us. We were all created by Him to love & be loved. The very essence of God is love.

I find it so sad though, that some people can't grasp the reality of God's love & all that it has to offer. Some people just don't believe in something they can not see. They haven't recognized the experiences of what God can do. Therefore, they don't embrace God's love which would allow them to grow in it & truly enjoy it.

Throughout part of my life, i was not in a relationship with God. I am sorry for that. But through His love, He never took me for granted & kept me safe when i was taking Him for granted. I didn't realize that i could truly have hope in my life. And i was definitely unaware that my life could have a genuine purpose & meaning.

Did you realize that throughout the Bible, God tells us all about Himself? But the most important thing that He wants us to know is how tremendously awesome His love is for each & every one of us!

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid, you are all worth more that many sparrows."
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)

Can you imagine how many hairs there are on your head? Could you count them? God can. How amazing is that!!! He loves us so much that hi even know how many hairs we have on our head!!!

Heavenly Father,
I thank You & praise You for Your love. I ask that you be with each & every one who is uncertain of Your love. Please open their hearts & minds to recognize & experience Your love. Show them how to embrace it, nurture it, & grow in it. In Jesus name, i do give You all the praise & all the glory. Amen.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Trust In The Lord

"It's better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes."
Psalm 118:8-9 (NIV)

Have you ever been faced with a decision that you were having trouble making? The kind of decision that you go back & forth on for days. When i have a decision like that i am lucky to have two wonderful people in my life -- my husband & my best friend -- that i know i can always turn to. They'll hear me out & probably give me the same answer. They would tell me to pray about it & to trust God. How smart are they?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

The best thing you can do when faced with any decision, no matter how big or small, is to take your focus off making the right decision & put it on the source of all answers. No matter what you decide to do, the Lord will still take care of you & He will accomplish His purpose for you.

"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever."
Psalm 138:8a (NIV)

I remember when i started ifrogcrafts, i had dedicated my business to God. I worked hard at creating products... cutesy products with a few inspirational items. One night, Hubby & i were talking & i realized that i had about 95% cutesy items & only 5% inspirational items made. I had been making the wrong decisions on what to make. I was putting my focus on "what would sell" rather that on what would glorify God. So, i rededicated my business to God & asked Him to show me what to make to glorify Him & deliver His message. Below is the first sign that i made after that rededication.

Since then, i have had more ideas for inspirational products than i have time to make them. God is so good! 

Whether you make the right decision or the wrong one, the Lord will be there walking with you, every step of the way, loving you & helping you. Take your decision to Him in prayer. Read the Bible. Then make the best decision you can. Sometimes the biggest decision is simply just to make one. Place your trust in Him & rest in the fact that He will meet you on whatever side of the decision you make.

"Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal me, who cannot save."
Psalm 146:3 (NIV)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

On Vacation

Hi all!

Just a note that i will be on vacation until June 17th. But will be back with a new post on the 18th. Thank you all for your support. {{{hugs}}} & prayers for each & every one of you.


Monday, July 4, 2011

We Need God In America Again

With today being the 4th of July, i decided to go a little different way today. I heard this song yesterday & i t was so powerful, that i wanted to share it with everybody. So Happy Birthday America! You are in my prayers. Please take some time to watch this amazing video by Carman & please keep America in your prayers. <><