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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Mind of God Toward You

There is never a time
when you're not in His thoughts,
never a time without grace,
never a time when He turns away
from any need you face.

There is never a time
when you're not in His heart,
never a time without love,
never a time when you're not blessed
with good things from above!

How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake, I am still with Thee. Psalm 139:17-18

Excerpt from the devotional gift book Always Loved by Roy Lessin
Read encouraging messages by Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer, on Roy's blog, Meet Me in the Meadow.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Always Loved

As your Shepherd the Lord is
Always watching...
Always keeping...
Always providing...
Always defending...
Never forsaking.

You are never forgotten...always loved!

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog DSP Share

2011 Occasions Mini catalog started January 4th:) Starting today through January 31st I'd like to offer an Occasions Mini Designer Series Paper (DSP) Share.

There are 5 packages of Designer Series Paper that includes 2 packages of Specialty DSP and if you were to order them all it would cost around $70.00.

The pre-order cost will be $14.00. Plus as a FREE BONUS, you will also get a 6x6 square of the Red Glimmer paper:)

Once I have enough pre-orders, I will order them all ($70 value) and then cut the 12x12 packages into 6x6 squares and you will get a square of each design of each pack (30 sheets of 6x6 DSP). It's an awesome way to get your hands on the new papers without spending a lot of money.

These packages will only be available to be shipped with the United States.

If you are interested in pre-ordering an Occasions Mini Catalog DSP Share please let me know asap. My email address is

Thanks for everything!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011



1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his > tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense > at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark > to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many > people a company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else > looks?

9. Scratch a cat and you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 > AM. - Like this: It could be a right number.

13. No one ever says 'It's only a game.' when their team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.

15. Be careful reading the fine print. There's no way you're going to like > it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size > bucket.

17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old > ladies running around with tattoos? And rap music will be the Golden > Oldies!

18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry > in a Corvette than in a Yugo.

19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably > dead!

Always be yourself. Because the people that matter, don't mind. And the > one's that mind, don't matter.

Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

A Dog's Purpose (thanks Mary)

(from a 6-year-old)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old

Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa,

and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they

were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the

family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform

the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would

be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt

as though Shane might learn something from the experience

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's

family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for

the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any

difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's

death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are

shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly,

piped up, 'I know why.'

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next

stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good

life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The

six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so

they don't have to stay as long.'

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing you have.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY! That's what dogs teach us.

Pinwheel card with Dawn

2011 SAB Club

Welcome Aboard to my 2011 SAB Club!

Members this year are:


and their Hostess Months are:

January - Darleen
February - Carolyn
March - Gina


WOW!!! This touched me to my very soul, I hope you get as much of a blessing from this as I did...God Bless you my friends and family, and hope you have a healthy and happy new year.
: Daniel's Gloves
: (Author Unknown...or is it? Please read on.)
: I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a quaint restaurant just
: off the corner of the town-square. The food and the company were both
: especially good that day.
: As we talked, my attention was drawn outside, across the street. There,
: walking into town, was a man who appeared to be carrying all his worldly
: goods on his back. He was carrying, a well-worn sign that read, 'I will work
: for food.' My heart sank.
: I brought him to the attention of my friends and noticed that others
: around us had stopped eating to focus on him. Heads moved in a mixture of
: sadness and disbelief.
: We continued with our meal, but his image lingered in my mind. We finished
: our meal and went our separate ways. I had errands to do and quickly set
: out to accomplish them. I glanced toward the town square, looking somewhat
: halfheartedly for the strange visitor. I was fearful, knowing that seeing
: him again would call some response. I drove through town and saw nothing of
: him. I made some purchases at a store and got back in my car.
: Deep within me, the Spirit of God kept speaking to me: 'Don't go back to
: the office until you've at least driven once more around the square.'
: Then with some hesitancy, I headed back into town. As I turned the
: square's third corner, I saw him. He was standing on the steps of the
: store front
: church, going through his sack.
: I stopped and looked; feeling both compelled to speak to him, yet wanting
: to drive on. The empty parking space on the corner seemed to be a sign from
: God: an invitation to park. I pulled in, got out and approached the town's
: newest visitor.
: 'Looking for the pastor?' I asked.
: 'Not really,' he replied, 'just resting.'
: 'Have you eaten today?'
: 'Oh, I ate something early this morning.'
: 'Would you like to have lunch with me?'
: 'Do you have some work I could do for you?'
: 'No work,' I replied 'I commute here to work from the city, but I would
: like to take you to lunch.'
: 'Sure,' he replied with a smile.
: As he began to gather his things, I asked some surface questions. 'Where
: you headed?'
: ' St.. Louis '
: 'Where you from?'
: 'Oh, all over; mostly Florida ..'
: 'How long you been walking?'
: 'Fourteen years,' came the reply.
: I knew I had met someone unusual. We sat across from each other in the
: same restaurant I had left earlier. His face was weathered slightly beyond his
: 38 years. His eyes were dark yet clear, and he spoke with an eloquence and
: articulation that was startling. He removed his jacket to reveal a bright
: red T-shirt that said, ' Jesus is The Never Ending Story .'
: Then Daniel 's story began to unfold. He had seen rough times early in
: life. He'd made some wrong choices and reaped the consequences..
: Fourteen years
: earlier, while backpacking across the country, he had stopped on the beach
: in Daytona. He tried to hire on with some men who were putting up a large
: tent and some equipment. A concert, he thought.
: He was hired, but the tent would not house a concert but revival services,
: and in those services he saw life more clearly. He gave his life over to
: God
: 'Nothing's been the same since,' he said, 'I felt the Lord telling me to
: keep walking, and so I did, some 14 years now.'
: 'Ever think of stopping?' I asked.
: 'Oh, once in a while, when it seems to get the best of me but God has
: given me this calling. I give out Bibles. That's what's in my sack. I work to
: buy food and Bibles, and I give them out when His Spirit leads.'
: I sat amazed. My homeless friend was not homeless. He was on a mission and
: lived this way by choice. The question burned inside for a moment and then
: I asked: 'What's it like?'
: 'What?'
: 'To walk into a town carrying all your things on your back and to show
: your sign?'
: 'Oh, it was humiliating at first. People would stare and make comments.
: Once someone tossed a piece of half-eaten bread and made a gesture that
: certainly didn't make me feel welcome. But then it became humbling to realize
: that God was using me to touch lives and change people's concepts of other
: folks like me.'
: My concept was changing, too. We finished our dessert and gathered his
: things. Just outside the door, he paused He turned to me and said, 'Come Ye
: blessed of my Father and inherit the kingdom I've prepared for you. For when
: I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thirsty you gave me drink, a
: stranger and you took me in.'
: I felt as if we were on holy ground. 'Could you use another Bible?' I
: asked.
: He said he preferred a certain translation. It traveled well and was not
: too heavy. It was also his personal favorite. 'I've read through it 14
: times,' he said.
: 'I'm not sure we've got one of those, but let's stop by our church and
: see' I was able to find my new friend a Bible that would do well, and he
: seemed very grateful.
: 'Where are you headed from here?' I asked.
: 'Well, I found this little map on the back of this amusement park coupon.'
: 'Are you hoping to hire on there for awhile?'
: 'No, I just figure I should go there. I figure someone under that star
: right there needs a Bible, so that's where I'm going next.'
: He smiled, and the warmth of his spirit radiated the sincerity of his
: mission. I drove him back to the town-square where we'd met two hours earlier,
: and as we drove, it started raining. We parked and unloaded his things.
: 'Would you sign my autograph book?' he asked. 'I like to keep messages
: from folks I meet.'
: I wrote in his little book that his commitment to his calling had touched
: my life. I encouraged him to stay strong. And I left him with a verse of
: scripture from Jeremiah , 'I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord,
: 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to give you a future and
: a hope.'
: 'Thanks, man,' he said. 'I know we just met and we're really just
: strangers, but I love you.'
: 'I know,' I said, 'I love you, too.' 'The Lord is good!'
: 'Yes, He is. How long has it been since someone hugged you?' I asked.
: A long time,' he replied
: And so on the busy street corner in the drizzling rain, my new friend and
: I embraced, and I felt deep inside that I had been changed.. He put his
: things on his back, smiled his winning smile and said, 'See you in the New
: Jerusalem .'
: 'I'll be there!' was my reply.
: He began his journey again. He headed away with his sign dangling from his
: bedroll and pack of Bibles. He stopped, turned and said, 'When you see
: something that makes you think of me, will you pray for me?'
: 'You bet,' I shouted back, 'God bless.'
: 'God bless.' And that was the last I saw of him.
: Late that evening as I left my office, the wind blew strong. The cold
: front had settled hard upon the town. I bundled up and hurried to my car. As I
: sat back and reached for the emergency brake, I saw them.... a pair of
: well-worn brown work gloves neatly laid over the length of the
: handle. I picked
: them up and thought of my friend and wondered if his hands would stay warm
: that night without them.
: Then I remembered his words: 'If you see something that makes you think of
: me, will you pray for me?'
: Today his gloves lie on my desk in my office. They help me to see the
: world and its people in a new way, and they help me remember those two hours
: with my unique friend and to pray for his ministry. 'See you in the New
: Jerusalem ,' he said. Yes, Daniel , I know I will...
: 'I shall pass this way but once.. Therefore, any good that I can do or any
: kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way
: again.'
: My instructions were to send this to four people that I wanted God to
: bless and I picked you. Please pass this to four people you want to
: be blessed.
: This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.. Please do not
: break this pattern. Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no
: cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another. God bless
: and have a nice day!
: 'Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives and e-mail buddies
: reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and
: power. Holy
: Spirit, I ask you to minister to their spirit at this very moment.. Where
: there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt,
: release a renewed confidence through your grace, In Jesus ' precious Name
: Amen.'
: I sent this to more than four, but this story is so touching I felt each
: of you would enjoy it greatly.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

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Continue in the things that concern Him;
He will continue to take care of the things that concern you.

Continue to give Him all that is yours;
He will continue to give you all that is His.

Continue to wait upon Him;
He will continue to be faithful to you.

Continue to seek His highest;
He will continue to give you His best.

"Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!" Jeremiah 7:23 NLT

-Roy Lessin

God Knows You
God knows you by name and has your best interest at heart.

He will be with you and will carry you when you can't find the strength to stand on your own.

Remember during difficult times that you are cared about, prayed for, and never, ever alone.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. Romans 15:13 NIV

Encourage someone today by letting them know that God is with them and will carry them through their difficult time. He will empower them with His strength, and will never, ever leave

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reflection: Two Horses

~ Author unknown; thanks to Patty for sending it

There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.
It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends,
You’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is,
Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening,

It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect,

Or because we have problems or challenges.
He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse,

Being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....

Good friends are like that... You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

No, I have not seen your lipstick!

Why would you even ask me that?

I'm insulted!

Every time something goes missing around here,

everybody looks at me!


Our dear friend and lifestyle writer Christina Kelly sent this to us the other day:

It’s a new year: how about we stop wishing that our lives were different? Yes, a few things in life may be changed by sheer will, but most of them—for instance, your height, or the family you were born into—will remain just as fate has handed them down. I am quoting one of my most down-to-earth yet profound yoga teachers: "Get with what is." Her point is that we should stop expecting the essential order of the universe to be different or better. Stop wishing the economy would improve instead of working with what is, stop longing for a bigger house instead of making the one that you have nice for yourself. Also, desist wishing that your child brushed his teeth without being asked, and that your husband would enter the house crooning love songs and carrying a bunch of roses. You cannot change other people. You could waste your whole life fretting about the unchangeable. Once you are no longe r waiting for the impossible, you will experience a kind of peace. You will be able to move forward in life despite the fact that conditions are not perfect. You will take the garbage to the curb in spite of the sleet, invite friends over though your couch is frayed, and basically, be happy with what you have.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wonder & Expectations for 2011

Simplicity & Wonder
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all. Mark 10:15 AMP

Walk with God in 2011 as a child. Never lose the simplicity of trust and the world of wonder that a child lives in from day to day. Walk with your eyes on your Father - happy in His presence, content in His care, awed by His greatness, delighted by His purposes, secure in His love.

May you never lose the simplicity of trusting His love and the wonder of watching Him work in marvelous ways.

-Roy Lessin

Beyond Expectations
I AM ABLE to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think great thoughts of Me.

The more extreme the circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life.

Ephesians 3:20-21; Romans 8:6; Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV); Revelation 5:13

Praying His Promises Bless Your Day
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord... "plans to give you hope and a future."

The Lord God is with you... He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love.

Scripture taken from Numbers 6:24,26; Jeremiah 29:11; Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pint Size Heroes

Join Peck Elementary School's Pint Size Hero Blood Drive!

Held in Gym
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
3pm to 8:45pm

You can sign up online at Enter sponsor code: peckschool

Tomorrow's life saving blood donations will be made possible by today's children who are taught the importance of blood donation.

You can also call 1-866-236-3276

If you have any questions regarding the blood drive, please contact the school at 586-510-2600 or Jamila Wilson 313-300-9617.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

A Prayer for a New Year

There are many uncertainties in our world but what matters most will never change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

We believe You are with us, for us, and surrounding us with Your love. So do not fear, for I am with you... I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41:10

No matter what happens, You will guide us and fulfill Your purposes for us. He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Even in hard times we can be confident that we will have victory through you. In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

We trust you will take care of us and bless us in more ways than we can imagine.
God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

We give each moment and every day to You. Most of all, we give ourselves too.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 5:10

--by Holley Gerth

Brad Paisley - When I Get Where I'm Going

Happy Birthday, Judy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts.

This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad, I'm ready.'

His Pastor dad asked, 'Ready for what?'

'Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out.'

Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring rain.'

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?'

Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.'

Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go? Please?'

His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the tracts, be careful son...'

'Thanks Dad!'

And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel Tract .

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered.

He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.

Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him.

Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?' With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that * JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU * and I came to give you my very last Gospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE.'

With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave.

She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, 'Does anybody have testimony or want to say anything?'

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet.

As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face, 'No one in this church knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken-hearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, 'I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.'

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly...

I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!

The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU .' Then he gave me this Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see---I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.'

There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated....

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love and honor for his son... Except for One.