There's not much I consider a lost cause. I can upcycle almost anything. From an old chicken coop to wall art, to dressers and dollar tree finds, it's my mission to make it better, newer, more beautiful and lovely. We live in a society where things are so disposable, and I really just dislike that so much. I hate being wasteful, and so I try not to be.
My thoughts on this subject may come from a place of not having. As a young adult, I remember struggling to have the necessities, and so every little thing became a treasure to me. I was always so thankful for whatever I had, and I didn't want to waste, in fact, I wanted to make whatever I had the best it could be. So when I did a dumpster dive in college and found an old dresser, I was so excited. It was what is called a "gentleman's dresser" from many years ago. Someone had just dumped it a long side the dumpster, and I snatched that thing right up! I loved that dresser so much, but eventually, I did sell it before moving to Florida. I loved that dresser and used it for almost 20 years though. Someone else's trash became my treasure and over the years so many times that has been the case.
Today it's not for a lack of money that I will take trash and make it a treasure, it's out of my desire to create and not be wasteful. We were recently given an old chicken coop by friends. They had also been given this coop, and when it started to break down from wood rot, they decided it wasn't worth fixing, and so they offered it to us if we wanted to fix it. I jumped at the opportunity, and so we took it, and my husband has nearly completely rescued it. We're just needing to put roofing on the new roof he put on it, and it will get some paint, and we'll have another coop that cost little, and will be an awesome addition for our girls. I do that a lot. I take what others didn't see potential in, or what they didn't want to mess with, and I create something amazing. I am thankful to God for the gift of seeing more than what's on the surface. Some people just don't have vision for that.
When I bought my first home many years ago it was the same thing. I wanted a five-bedroom home, but I didn't have the money to buy one. I was living in Indiana at the time, and there are basements there (you know, those things that are non-existent in Florida). I looked at so many homes, and then I found the one I ended up buying. It had three bedrooms, but it had a full, dry, clean basement and I saw the potential for a family room, and two more bedrooms, and we made it happen once we bought the home. I was able to get a five-bedroom home out of a three-bedroom home and at the cost of the smaller home as well. That's not me, that's God's vision. The vision He has granted me to see things for more than they are. To see them for what they can be. I am so grateful.
Even when it comes to us, God doesn't see us for what we are, He sees us for what we can be. He knows we can be so much more, and He longs to take us to that place. Even after He saves you, there is much work to be done. I am a work in progress because God sees so much more in me than is visible on the surface, and He sees what I can be if I'm following Him and in His will. It's the place I long most to be.
When you pray today, thank God for always seeing the best in you, and for guiding you to be that better person. He makes us beautiful, He makes us everything we are not without Him. He's no respecter of persons, He'll do it for every one of us. So I encourage you today...see the beauty in all things, if you're a crafter, or an upcycler, (or if you want to be) look at things with new eyes, and salvage what others think has no value, but also know that God is doing that in you, and in me, and be thankful for it today.
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I woke up this morning and spent some time with Jesus, then I went live and did a devotional with y'all. Thanks to those who joined me. While I was on the live, I was using my phone as the camera, and so constantly looking at myself. How many of y'all know that can be a hard thing to do. Looking at yourself and giving yourself words of affirmation is even harder. When I look at myself sometimes I don't see what I want to see, and then there are moments like today.
Today while I did that live, and when I went back and looked at the video I actually saw some youth. I saw some beauty, and I saw some good qualities. I liked seeing the good because heaven knows Satan wants us to focus on the bad. As we grow older, and that image in the mirror changes, I think it's normal to not especially like what we see. For a woman to continue to love what they see as time goes by can be really hard, especially for some of us. If we're being honest, women have a hard time loving themselves regardless of age, so when age comes, grey hair pops up, wrinkles embrace our faces, and age spots and random hairs appear, we struggle to see the good, but that's not a problem for Jesus.
Y’all it was a day let me tell ya. It started off with attacks of the enemy, and it ended with my back in a bind. I might have slightly lost my faith in humanity, thankfully my faith in God is stronger than ever, and it's that faith on which I rely.
The country as a whole, the world even, is going through an awful lot right now. People are scared, they’re lost, they're losing sleep over their worries. Well, let me introduce you to my life, and a man named Jesus.
In 2009 Kenny and I brought our son, Cash, home from the hospital after a bumpy start to his little life. He was born only two weeks early, but he had lung issues right away and spent his first four days in NICU struggling to breathe. I had never had a sick newborn before (Cash is #5 out of 7). It was difficult in those few days, but when we brought him home, healthy, I put it behind me and got on with life.
Cash would end up being in the hospital another 8 times in his first two years of life (admitted more than 3 days and up to 30 days at a time) He would subsequently be at the ER and the doctor's office so many times I lost count. Lung infection after lung infection, pneumonia, skin infections, ear infections, a bone infection, sepsis. You name it, that poor little guy got it. It was nothing for us to have to take him to the ER, for one thing, only to have him pick up something else while there. He was a sick little boy.
In the weeks after his second birthday, he was hospitalized after having a tonsillectomy because he had developed three separate infections, one of which ended up taking his left lung. It literally liquified his lung and the lung drained out a chest tube that had been placed in his side. These were dark days. I was 8 months pregnant, and a hot mess most of the time. Cash was hospitalized three hours from our home, and I stayed with him the entire time while Kenny was home and working. It was difficult, and it was character building. It was our wilderness, and that season in our lives was just plain difficult on so many levels.
When he was finally well enough to come home after losing his lung, it was a whole new world for us. He was soon diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency, and that brought it's own set of new challenges as we learned to navigate the world of germs, but the diagnosis also helped our son to live a healthier life because we knew what we were up against and that Cash wasn't like every other child. He was healthier than he'd ever been after diagnosis. He still had infections, and a few hospital stays, but taking a daily antibiotic prophylactically, and taking precautions for him, we were able to keep infections to a minimum.
By the time we moved to Florida four years ago Cash was holding his own, and the warm weather here only helped. We had always been told a warmer climate may make a world of difference as he had the most illnesses in the fall/winter/early spring months. Since moving to Florida Cash has had no hospital stays, and only a few minor infections. We have truly been blessed. We believe Cash could be healed, as we fully know God has the power to do that, but I say he is healed cautiously only because so many kids who have Primary Immune Deficiencies have months and even years of good health, and then relapse. We take every day one day at a time with Cash, and we're truly thankful for every good health day he has. We believe the Lord has His hand on Cash, and that Cash has a mighty Godly purpose on this earth.
Enter stage left, COVID-19. Everyone is freaking out a bit, and we're just over here trying to decide how to best keep our immune-compromised son safe. It's funny, I had almost forgotten the urgency of keeping him safe until all this happened, and then this virus wisped in and changed all our lives and rocked our little piece of the world. We are fortunate to already be homeschooling, so we didn't have to worry about school, but with the numbers increasing rapidly of diagnosed cases, and Florida being number 4 in the number of cases in an individual state, we aren't taking chances with Cash. He has not left our home in over a week now, neither have our other kids. I have left only a few times for necessities, and errands. Kenny has continued to go to school on the weekdays. We are very aware that one of us could bring something back to Cash, so we are trying to minimize that possibility.
Y'all I do not want to minimize the God factor here. This virus is a big deal, but my God is a bigger deal. We have faith, but we have common sense too, That's why we are limiting contacts and keeping to ourselves (social distancing) to protect our son. So when I came against the enemy this morning and it rocked my faith in humans for a hot minute, let me tell you, God reminded me pretty quickly of all the blessings in my life, and how my faith in Him has carried me through some pretty rough stuff. My faith is stronger today than it's ever been. This virus crisis doesn't scare me. Am I going to be smart, of course, but I'm not scared because I know who holds the future.
I guess I'm writing all this to say Jesus is King, God is in control and if I'm not scared, you shouldn't be either. We have someone in our home who falls into that the demographic of people who really need to be concerned about this thing, and still, we're not scared. Fear is of the devil, and we will not be shaken by a devil who has no power over us. Yes, my faith in God is strong, and that's the faith that I rely on.
I encourage you today y'all, don't bend to the fear of Satan, but instead lean into the strength and the power of Jesus, and know He is in control, and He's got you. Use your brain, be smart, but trust in Him always. I hope y'all have a wonderful and blessed day and I will talk to you again tomorrow! Please leave me a like or a comment if you enjoyed this blog and share it with your friends so I can be an encouragement to them as well.
One of the hardest things for some when they become a Christian is to distinguish between that mandate to "love thy neighbor" and "liking" people. I'll be honest when I was a young Christian I had some real difficulty with understanding if I was "doing it right". Falling in love with Jesus, for me, didn't automatically mean I fell in love with everyone else. I did start to love people in the way Jesus did, praying for their salvation, and witnessing to them about the Gospel, but there were still people that I just didn't care for. These people weren't large in number, but if I'm being honest, it was a few. I fundamentally loved them. I didn't, however, want to be friends with them, or even particularly like them. This gave me great guilt. I struggled almost daily with not liking some people. Over time, and through prayer with the Lord, I realized this was the enemy in disguise. He was using my own humanity against me.
Y'all, I don't want to get into a theological debate here because that's not what this post is about, it's really just about guilt and how Satan uses guilt to control us. If he can keep your mind busy with worry, shame, and guilt, he can effectively take you out of play and make you ineffective in the kingdom. He clearly knows what he's doing, how to do it, and he does it well. Protection from that can only come from one place, Jesus Christ. Because we know that Jesus is the word, being in our bibles is the protection we need from Satan's trickery.
When you have guilt, that is not a feeling of God. God doesn't guilt you, He doesn't have to. The Holy Spirit will convict you if you're in the wrong, and if you're praying regularly, you'll feel and understand conviction right away, but there's more to it and we need to understand that.
Guilt is not from the Holy Spirit, but from Satan. Because guilt and conviction often seem so similar, Satan relies on our own confusion and uncertainty to tear us away from Christ and separate ourselves from His love. Satan is hoping we will embrace guilt, regret, and shame. He wants our emotions to take control so that we are paying more attention to them than we are to the truth of God. If we start listening to emotions and not the truth of God we may feel we are no good, and that we will do the same thing again and nobody is going to forgive us for our mistakes.
Guilt says we are responsible for saving ourselves, and that because we can’t do it, we have no hope. Grace says Jesus has done all that we cannot, and that He is the salvation and hope for all.
Conviction is something actually very different. John 16:8 says, “And when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” Conviction is a two-stage process: The Holy Spirit shows you your sin, and He shows you how to turn from it and walk instead in righteousness. No one likes to be reminded of how imperfect they are, so conviction isn't pleasant, but the more we see how undeserving we are, the more grateful we are to our Savior for loving us anyway. So conviction, as unpleasant as it is, is a healthy step to grow closer to God.
The Holy Spirit exposes sin in our lives, not to guilt or shame us, but to change us. You can, therefore, be assured that if you're feeling guilt over sinful behavior, that is not of God, but of Satan. Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable. Grace says that though I am flawed, I am loved. Don't feel guilty for things you've done, instead repent and find healing and forgiveness in Jesus.
It's been a few years y'all. I'm a Christian on a much deeper level than I was a decade ago. I have come a long way, and I love all people, but in fact, there are moments when I meet someone and we just don't jive. It doesn't mean I don't love them with the love of the Lord, it means, we aren't very compatible, and they're not my favorite. In fact, they're not close to my favorite, and I may really not care for them one bit, however it doesn't keep me from loving them, praying for them, and being kind to them. It also no longer guilts me to feel this way because I have exposed the enemy and his plan through scripture and prayer.
I believe Ephesians 6: 10-18 says it best, 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God couldn't have made things any more clear. Wrap yourself in His word; in Him. He is the only thing that will keep you guilt free and accepting of conviction that will change you to more reflect the glory of God. If you're struggling with guilt today, break free of the chains the enemy is trying to bind you up in. If you're a child of God you don't have any reason to feel guilt, and if you're not, surrender to Him in walk in the light of Jesus. He is our strength, He is light, He is everything.
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Have y'all ever had a dream, but sat on it out of fear or a reluctance to go against the grain? Although I've always been willing to be different, because Oh boy am I different, I wasn't always willing to follow my dream. I think every boy and girl has a dream when they're little, and sometimes they're lucky enough to have parents or someone else who fosters that dream. Sometimes that dream really is out of touch with reality, and then other times its actually God-driven. What's the litmus test that tells us which it is? I would say does your dream glorify God? If it does, then you're probably on the right track.
Every since I was a little girl I've had a dream y'all. My dream was to be an encourager. I suppose the fact that I didn't have a lot of encouragement as a child made me want to be that for others. I have always been a positive soul, and always had a call of God on my life, even before I realized it. Looking back I sure wish I had recognized it sooner, because He has always been chasing me. He instilled this dream in my very being, but even though I had this dream, I had zero clue how to accomplish that. Did I have ideas? Of course, I did, but did I get off track? Of course, I did!
My young self, who didn't know Jesus and had no clue about life, took off into adulthood by jumping in feet first and making life a whole lot of complication for myself. I had babies young, didn't have any real plan for a career, and just forget about following that dream, or listening to God. I couldn't even hear God at that point in my life, and still, there was a nudge that would not stop pulling at my heartstrings for more. I knew I had so much to share, and I also knew God had given me an incredible gift of words and writing, but did I put two and two together to come up with four, of course I didn't, well, not for many years.
You see, I'm creative. I create, it's what I do. I'm an artist, a writer, a photographer, a designer, I love to create things and I'm not bad at doing it. That's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but when you're trying to fill a void in your soul because you don't know Jesus, it's all in vain. That was me for so many years and then about a decade ago that all changed and I met Jesus. I'd love to say that coming to Jesus moment completely transformed my life and set me on the path to His great destination for me, but I'd be lying. Yes, some people have that kind of God experience when they get saved and radically change and transform in literally moments, but that was not me. I did change of course, but the kind of transformation I'm talking about didn't happen overnight. Maybe God just knew how stubborn I am, or maybe I was just being stubborn, either way, it took me a bit to figure out what God was saying to me, how He was guiding me and where He was directing me.
After some tug of war with Jesus, and trying to do things myself, I finally submitted to His will and started to do things His way. Just living my life, the way He designed me to be, and not taking one minute for granted. Shining His light for all to see and sharing the love of Jesus with them, and letting Him use it all for His glory. That's how "That Farm Charm" was born. Now it was actually "born" long before it was born on social media. It's been being birthed for about three years now, but by listening to Him, He has allowed me to take the things I love to the next level and touch lives through creation, but mostly because of and all for Jesus.
So if you were wondering, who is this girl, where did she come from, and what is this Farm Charm all about? Well, now you know a little piece of what makes me tick, why I do what I do, and how this all came to be. It's all for the Glory of God. He's in charge of this dog and pony show. When I die, I pray it's not me that is remembered, but Him and how He changed me. I am honored to get on here every day and share my life, my vision, and my Lord and Savior. I pray that along the way something I say, do, create or share will be an encouragement to someone. I know that it's all about Jesus, and I just wanna share Him with the world.
Welcome to "That Farm Charm". I pray I've been an encouragement to you. Chase your dreams, but don't do it for yourself, do it for Jesus. When you're in His will, and you're asking His direction He will never steer you wrong. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! I know it because the bible tells me so! (Philippians 4:13).
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for taking the time out of your day to read what I have to say. This place is a little piece of the internet that belongs to Jesus, he just put me in charge for awhile. If you enjoyed this blog, please "spread the charm" to your friends by sharing it, and give me a like or leave me a comment below.
Y'all we're living in uncertain times, and it's got me to praying and thinking a lot about my children. I'm considering all things as we stay home and ride out this storm with Jesus. What's REALLY important in life, and how can we make sure our kids get the important stuff and let the other stuff slide on by? How many of y'all know the world is teaching them one thing, but we have to teach them something else? In times of trial and uncertainty, it's not our government we lean on, it's not our own understanding, but Jesus.
So as the days have been a little long recently trying to keep my kids occupied as we hang out at the house even after homeschool is finished I am trying to teach them well. We were fortunate to have a good supply of food already, so I didn't have to buy a lot, but some of our staples around here have thinned out the past few days and I don't want to make unnecessary trips to the store so I'm waiting to do my grocery run until I run out of a few more things and also hopefully allow some of the shelves to be restocked a bit. One of those things is cereal. We actually have cereal, but their favorites have been demolished. Typically I'd go out and pick up some more even if I wasn't making a store run that day, just a box or two to tide us over until I did a larger grocery shop. I'm not doing that this week and my kids are about to lose their minds. Instead of getting frustrated, and aggravated I tried to use it as a teaching moment. I was reminded of words from the bible and felt compelled to share those words with my children.
Philippians 4:11-13 tells us, "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Being content in all circumstances is a hard one. It's hard for kids, and yet we must teach them the truth of God's word, and how that translates into our lives. Psalm 34:10 says "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." We must teach our children to seek the Lord, not just in troubling times, but always. As we go through the coming days and weeks, and many of us have more time on our hands than we've had in a very long time, our children are watching us. They're looking to us to set the pace and the tone of life. What are you doing to set that pace and tone in line with the word of God and to teach your children that if we have Him, we have everything. Yes, we need certain things on this earth to survive, but we don't have to have Fruity Pebbles like my kids so strongly protested this morning that they needed. They need the very word of God, they'll find something to eat in our pantry, even if it's not their favorite.
So I want to be an encouragement today. Don't get overwhelmed by everything going on that's out of your control. None of it is out of God's control, and if you're seeking Him, and teaching your children the same, all those little things will fall into place. I read a meme once that said, "Teach your children to follow Jesus or the world will teach them not to." Sadly this is exactly it, and now that you have some extra time with those precious ones the Lord has entrusted to you, don't waste it! Show them the order of importance in your life, and model for them so they'll figure out where things need to be ordered in their own lives. Yes, they're children, and no they're not going to get it all right now, but I'll tell you what they will get, and that's where your heart stands with the Lord, and what your intentions are. Be faithful to the Lord, just as he has been and will be faithful to you, and show your children that God's truth trumps all, and that the important things have everything to do with the Lord.
Proverbs 19:23 says "The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble." Today, our lives are untouched by the trouble of the world, and it's not because we're immune to it all, it's because we have Jesus in our hearts and we trust Him. Teaching our children not just that in theory, but practice is something we try to do daily, but you can be assured that during this time, we're working diligently to clarify things for them, and to gently lead them further down the path to a life lived for Jesus.
Praying for y'all today. I pray that you are also using this time to teach and mold your children and grandchildren because we certainly do not normally get enough time with them where we can shape their character and their thoughts so free from distraction. They typically spend so much more time "in the world" than they do with their own families. Perhaps God is slowing things down and giving us a chance to right some wrongs? Perhaps He's saying to us today, gather my flock and teach them well my intentions and my desires for their young lives.
I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday. Thanks for being here as always and thanks for "spreading the charm" to your friends. If you like what you read, leave me a comment and "like" this blog post. It would really mean a lot to me. I look forward to our time together again tomorrow. Until then, be blessed y'all. I appreciate each and every one of y'all.
Hey y'all, it's Monday, and I needed some motivation, and I wanted to share that motivation with y'all. I read a short devotional today, and it blessed my soul, so I wanted to share the thoughts behind it with everyone this morning.
Y'all know we're unique. There's not another person exactly like YOU! God has given all of us a unique voice, gifting, and perspective to contribute to this world. We often admire these things in others. Perhaps you see strength and ability in your friend, your neighbor or your child, but do you recognize the same qualities in yourself? You may or may not, but God does, that's a promise! God sees us at our very core. He created us, and He knows us inside and out. There is nothing you can hide from God. He knows your very center, your mind, your heart.
He has the vision to see everything you've already done, and also what He's made you to accomplish. He knows your purpose, and He's ready to help you accomplish it. I want to encourage you today, Don't hold back who you are and who God meant for you to be. Everyone has something unique to give to this world. If you hold back your contribution you're not doing anyone any favors, especially yourself.
Many of us have an inclination to embrace our mistakes over successes. We don't mean to do it, but it's hard to let go of the mistakes we've made, and get back up and try again. Don't be that person! Release that inclination and behold your beauty and your value as a new creation in Christ Jesus. Be everything God intended for you to be.
You have so much to give. God Himself has breathed His breath into your very lungs. You were made in His image. Why do you sell yourself short? He created you, He holds you close and He gave you great purpose. For there is no one else like you. Make a prayer to the Lord today that He would help you to achieve balance in your life. I pray he would show you your purpose and help you to recognize all the good qualities He has given you and how you can implement them.
I encourage you to re-evaluate things in your life today. If you're feeling like you aren't enough, or you don't have what others have to give, know that you are enough. You may not have what others have, but you have something that is unique to you, so don't back down from your gifts, and don't keep them to yourself. God will empower you to accomplish all He has set out for you to do if you seek His will and His word.
In Mark 10:27 Jesus promises us: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” God makes all things possible. Even though we are in uncertain times, that doesn't change the call on your life or the qualities God has endowed you with. Embrace yourself and love yourself the way God loves you. You can do anything you set your mind to, and when you seek God's will, you'll have Him right there beside you every step of the way. Give yourself up, but never give up on yourself! God's ways are higher than our ways. Trust Him, lean on Him, and above all else, listen to Him.
Until we meet again, I'm praying many blessings over you and the ones you love. Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by and read my blog. Thanks for being a part of the 'That Farm Charm' community too! If you enjoyed this blog post, please spread the charm to your friends by sharing it and give me a like and a comment below. I love hearing from my readers!
I don't know about y'all but I feel like I'm living in an episode of the Twilight Zone right now. Here I am making some crafts, doing some DIY's, feeding my chickens, watering my garden, baking some bread and all the while the world has gone mad. The NBA shut down, the NCAA shut down, schools are closed, Universities are closed, and something that, as a Floridian, I can tell you NEVER happens. Disney World has shut down. Even when Orlando gets hit head-on with a hurricane, Disney World never shuts down for more than a day. They're now officially closed until at least the end of the month. That's TWENTY DAYS people! TWENTY!!! I'm telling you, this is serious!
So, what the heck is going on? I'll tell you what's going on, there's a whole lot of people who don't trust Jesus. Now, having said that let me be clear. I fully know COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus is a real thing, and it really can kill people, but I also know it has a much lower death rate than simple Influenza which hits our nation every year. Some years it hits harder than others, but people die every single year, and they die at a higher rate than COVID-19 is killing them. I'm not saying we shouldn't take it seriously, take precautions, and be smart, I'm just saying this is madness, and anyone who trusts the Lord cannot be falling for this madness.
Now, before you start yelling at me, know that I have a child with a compromised immune system and so this is serious to our household. I mean it's serious to everyone, but we know elderly, babies and toddlers and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk to be affected. That means I don't take it lightly, but I also don't take the Lord God lightly. I know He's protecting me, and He has a mighty plan among all the craziness that's happening around me in the world right now.
I am drawn to Philippians 4:6-7 which tells us: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." The panic that is happening is not of God, and I dare say it is of something dark inside this world. In Isaiah 41:10 it says: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
You need not look any further than your very own Bible to find the peace and comfort that you desire during this time of panic in our nation and our world. God is with you, He is fighting for His people, and He will sustain you. Is this crisis real, well in part, yes. Should you take precautions and use common sense, of course. Is there a viable threat currently, unfortunately, yes there is, but none of that changes who God is and what He does. There's a reason the Bible says the peace of God surpasses all understanding, and it's because non-believers don't understand it. Sometimes believers don't even understand it, but we know we can trust it, and we can trust it.
Take heed friends, when there's panic in the streets, and when people rush about, buying up all the things, hiding in fear, and trembling, we serve a Mighty God who is in total control and for whom we can trust with our very lives. Proverbs 3:5 tells us: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding." We do not fear, because God tells us that fear is not for us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you're fearful today and you know Him, go to Him and ask for His peace. He will supply it in multitude to those who are His own. Grab hold of Jesus and don't let go. We're all going to get through this and come out better for the fact that we depended on Jesus for our every need. Though it's unfortunate, this isn't an episode of The Twilight Zone, and we can't just turn off the TV and make it go away, but we can get on our knees and take it to the Lord in prayer. I pray you're doing just that, and that you won't let the panic of others control you. Feelings lie to us every day, the word of God never will.
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Hey, y'all! Are ya ready to put together the cutest door hanger you ever did see? This will be a Farmhouse Style Bunny Door Decor piece for the Easter season. It's so super cute easy to make, and I know you'll want to try it!
Items needed for this project:
Next, I painted all three bunny frames and I personally used a blow dryer to dry them, but this paint dries fast so you could just wait if you weren't in a hurry. I did this because the frames are grey, and that would not have blended well with the tan jute twine I would be using for this project.
When all three bunnies were dry I used my jute twine to wrap the bunnies. You can see the video HERE to see this project as I did part of it on a LIVE. I do show how I wrapped the bunnies and this is especially good to see how to make the ears look like two separate ears. It wasn't difficult, just a bit of a challenge in the middle of the ears. I secured the twine with a dab of hot glue on the backside at each point it was wrapped around.
Once wrapped I used my ribbon to make bows for the bunny heads. All my ribbon came from the dollar tree, and the plaid I used was actually leftover from last fall.
Although originally I didn't do this, I ended up dry painting the pallet board white. I also added a piece of larger twine to the back with hot glue to be able to hang this piece on my door. When the white paint was dry I secured all three bunnies to the board with hot glue. I also added a bow to the top of the board and included a carrot (from the dollar tree) in the center of the bow.
This upcycle turned out absolutely adorable. I have a double front door, and I put it on the side that doesn't typically open. It looks great! I love the Farmhouse Style look and it's hard to believe this started out as a cheesy Easter decoration from the dollar tree. I'm super thrilled with how it looks high quality, and the plastic bunny frames blend right in and you cannot tell they're plastic.
I hope you'll try this adorable upcycle and let me know how it goes! If you haven't yet joined us in the "That Farm Charm" Community, join our Facebook Group HERE, and share all the things you're making, baking, creating and doing! As always, thanks for being here and being a part of this community. If you love the blog and That Farm Charm please spread the charm with your friends by sharing this blog, and the video. Give me a like and I'd really love to read a comment from you on what you're making, or if you'll try this or something like it.
I pray you have an amazing day and happy DIYing!
What did she just say? Did she really title this blog "Stupid People Always Think They're Right?" Well keep reading folks, you might be surprised by the time you finish this blog.
Do you know someone who never thinks they're wrong? Do you know someone who cannot admit defeat, admit mistakes or admit failures? Are you that person? I'm going to be completely honest and say I don't like to admit I'm wrong. I don't think anyone does, but some are more humble about it than others. Some people are willing to admit failure far easier than other people. I'm not sure it's an easy thing for me to do, but I am completely willing to do it. There are some people I know who aren't quite as fast to admit it when they mess up, and it bothers me a whole lot.
I can have respect for many things, but if you're wrong, and you know you're wrong and you won't own it, I cannot have respect for that. Now I do realize there are times when people are wrong, but they wholeheartedly believe they're right. At least, there's passion involved there I suppose, although I'd encourage that person to go to the Lord because we can't always be right 100% of the time. Life just doesn't work that way. I sure wish it did. If you think you're always the right one, maybe you need to take a good look at yourself, a really good look.
I am wrong way more times than I care to admit. I know it, and I try my best to own it, but when I come up against someone who I know will never own their mistakes, and they're coming full throttle against me and what I'm saying is correct, I am far less likely to concede because I know they never admit defeat, and sometimes they're wrong too. This frustrates me to no end guys! If there's anything in this life I hate it's someone who believes they're always right and they won't back down from it.
I had some frustration with this recently and so I got to thinking and praying about it. The Lord is so awesome, to give me an understanding that we're all wrong sometimes and we need to admit it. I thought to myself, ah, just what I thought Lord, and in the very next verse, He scolds me for my reaction to those who do this. Here is the first place I was led to in my Bible.
"Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult." Proverbs 12:15-16
But God, I thought you'd be on my side on this one. Is THAT really written in YOUR WORD, side by side???
What about 1 Corinthians 8:2, it says:
"Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know."
Okay God, you have me thinking.
God also led me to this verse:
"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18
and this one:
"For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." James 1:20.
You see, what I'm getting so upset about isn't something people ought to be doing, but also I shouldn't be getting so upset about it. I need to take a deep breath and take it to God; all my frustration, my anger, my annoyance, all of it. God wants us to admit wrong, but He also wants us to keep our calm and not let people get under our skin when they do these things. That's all fine and good, but maybe not as easy to implement in real life, huh?
So this morning as I was praying I realized the other person wasn't the problem, I was the problem, at least a big portion of it. The other person has some things they need to deal with and should take to the Lord, but so do I, it's just a different set of issues. I love how the Lord opens our eyes and gently encourages us and urges us to admit our own defeat in that we also are not perfect. I know I'm not perfect, and I am human. I'm finding out a little more than I wish at times, but I am listening to Him closer too, and He's speaking a whole lot of truth to me.
This morning I am thankful for a God that corrects me and leads me Higher in Him. He takes away my pride and allows me to be more humble and admit when I am wrong. I need to let God deal with those who are doing things I don't like or agree with, and just pray for them and move on with my life instead of falling into the trap of doing things myself that the Lord is not fond of. (Like arguing with them.) Does any of this hit home with any of you this morning? Surely I am not the only one who has dealt with something of this nature, and I know I'm not the only one the Lord gently prods back into line. :)
Thank you, Jesus, that you love me so much you won't let me go astray when I'm seeking you and your will. I love you Lord and I'm so thankful for your sacrifice for me. If you enjoyed this blog post today please "spread the charm" by sharing this with others. Give me a like and comment and tell me about something this reminded you of in your own life. Thanks for reading as always. I love it that you've joined me on this journey. I pray blessings over all of you today and always; until tomorrow.
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