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DIY Craze

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If you have access to HGTV, you know there is a real “do it yourself” or “DIY” craze these days.  Well, I’ve joined the band wagon.  I have a lot of old outdoor furniture that we have enjoyed for years.

As you can see above, the sun, wind and rain have certainly tarnished my furniture.  But they all still sit well and serve their purpose.  I think I have about 25 seats in total, counting chairs and swings that are on my deck.  (10 of the, now, blue chairs and 5 of the, now, black chairs are complete as seen above.)  I also have 6 chairs with cushions that a friend just made slip covers for in a fabric of gray and blue. (I forgot to take before and after photos of those, but they look great!)

When it’s all said and done, my new old furnishings will be black, blue and gray. The umbrellas which I purchased last year for the tables are the same shade of blue as the blue chairs. Exciting!  And, yes, I will show the final “After” picture in a week or two.

As exciting as it’s been to see my own DIY projects transform, I can’t help but think about the transformation Jesus makes in our lives.  Thankfully, the changes He brings is from the inside out.  He doesn’t just “paint over” the old you to make you look better; He creates a new you when He gives you a new heart filled with the Holy Spirit!

The change Jesus brings is even more refreshing than my newly painted old furnishings.   Jesus makes a radical, lasting change when He creates you anew.

If you’ve never experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ, you can right now.

The Bible says, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”    Romans 10:9-13 (NASB)

If you just prayed and received Jesus as Lord, congratulations!!  You have just made THE most important decision of your life!  Welcome to the FAMILY! Now, TELL someone,  start reading the New Testament in the Holy Bible, join a Bible believing church and be baptized.  Baptism is publically telling the world that you have died to yourself and are now raised in new life with Jesus Christ.

If you have already been made new, take a minute and thank Him!

Blessings to you, Wendy

P.S. My favorite version of the Bible is the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

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Take Care of Yourself

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We have all “run ourselves ragged”, haven’t we?  As you well know, there are times when it seems we just have to, but other times we push too far when we didn’t have to do so.

I’m in the healthcare field and we often see what’s known as “caregiver fatigue”.  That’s when the person taking care of the sick/infirmed gives out first.  If you are a caregiver, ask someone to help you so you can have a break.

But most of us aren’t in that situation and yet we find ourselves running on empty more often than we should.  How can we care for someone else if we don’t take care of ourselves?

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) Mark 6:31
Just like Jesus said in the verse above, we must rest a while. We need our rest.
I ask that if you are feeling tired and worn out, rest.  Others may depend on you, but you can’t lend your strength if you have none left.
Sometimes the rest we are longing for is more than physical – it’s spiritual.
If you are restless with a longing you can’t put your finger on, go to Jesus.  Repent and confess your sin, ask Him to save you and be Lord of your life and He will.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
Blessings to you <><
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The POWER of Easter

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For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8 NASB

Easter.  What a glorious celebration!  Jesus FINISHED everything God required for our salvation.  He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave.  He paid a debt He did not owe.  THE debt we could NEVER pay.  Why? “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21.

This POWER can do anything – everything!  This Jesus paid your price and mine to redeem us from sin, from the penalty of eternal hell, for new and abundant life in Him NOW!  Just say “Yes” to Jesus.  Admit you’re a sinner and confess your sins as you agree with God.  Ask Him (Jesus) to come in to your heart and save you.  Commit to follow Him all the days of your life.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10; 13(NASB)

 Get a Holy Bible and read the book of John, then all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to get to know our Saviour!  Find a Bible believing Church to join and be baptized showing the world that you have died to yourself and have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ.

Experience the PEACE OF GOD that only Jesus can bring!

He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6

Hallelujah, Easter!  Hallelujah!

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Not As It Seems

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My husband and a friend went fishing one morning and had a great catch.  So just before lunch they came home to eat and clean their catch before going back.  Piper, our yellow striped cat, ate A LOT of the discarded fish.  Did I mention, Piper ate a lot?  His little belly was dragging, he ate so much.

As the afternoon wore on, we (the wives) sat out on our deck.  My friend said Piper had been in her lap several times, but after he ROLLED off her lap the third time, he gave it up and plopped down on the deck.  He definitely was on a food “high” as he could not stay awake.

At one point, Piper just fell out over the brick to the fire pit with one leg over his face.   I thought that was so funny that I sent the photo to my husband with the caption, “Too much fish.”

Sometimes life is like this.  Someone is going through “the highs of too much fish” and seem very different than they normally are to us.  We jump to all kinds of conclusions, like: “Did I do something?  What’s wrong with them? Well, just be that way!”  We worry or stew of something that we assume is wrong.

The person who is the object of our hurt or anger has no idea that we are even bothered.  They are suffering alone from “the highs of too much fish.”  “Too much fish” could be any number of things…work struggles, family problems, a decision they are trying to make, etc.

Well, later that evening, my friend gets a text from her husband.  “Oh no!  Did the cat die?”  We thought he was joking so she replied, “Yes, but we pumped his stomach.”  He sends back, “Seriously, the cat died?”  At that point, I searched my text with the photo to see if I said that the cat died, but no, just “too much fish”. She assured her husband that Piper was just fine.  He just needed to sleep off his heavy meal.

While, we had a big laugh over the mistaken conclusion from the text and picture, it reminded me that things are not always as they seem.  Many times we dream up all kinds of ‘wrong’ conclusions.  The men worried that they had killed the cat because the photo and text led them to a conclusion far from the truth.

The next time you find yourself jumping to a conclusion…remember, it just might not be as it seems.  Choose to love that person rather than letting yourself be hurt or angry or fearful.  Many times a situation is not as it seems.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Blessings, Wendy

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Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can’t seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don’t we?  Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!

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Sometimes We Just Need a Hand

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Remember as a child when you just needed your parent’s hand to not be afraid?  I do.  In first grade, I was terrified of my French teacher.  He was huge (to me).  He had a deep resonating voice.  Well, he was just plain scary to me.  After a couple of horrific days of French class, my mom had to go to school with me. After she sat in class and made me participate in French with this giant man, I wasn’t afraid anymore.  It’s so funny now because after her coming to school and holding my hand through that class, I loved French!

I can’t remember much French all these years later, but I remember needing someone to hold my hand.  And her doing that was a game-changer for me.  She gave me strength – hers- that helped me get through something frightening to me.

Jesus is just like that.  He gives us strength – His – so we can get through life.  Times when we are frightened and times when we think we can’t go any more His strength will sustain us.

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.           Isaiah 40:29

I’m so thankful that my LORD and Savior does that for me!  I honestly don’t know how folks without Him make it.  If you are a follower of Christ and find that you could really use a hand, reach out to Jesus.  He is holding you already.

If you don’t know this Jesus that I talk about, He’s the Creator of the universe.  He’s the only God and He is reaching out to you – just say “yes” to Him and He will take your hand now and for all eternity.

Blessings, Wendy

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Gifts – Don’t You Love Them!

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I think we all like to receive gifts.  Some of us enjoy giving gifts even more than receiving them! The greatest gift ever is SALVATION!  And God does it all for us.  Isn’t that amazing?

He provided the grace so that He would give the atoning sacrifice – Jesus-and He gives us the faith to believe and then we benefit eternally with salvation found only in Him. It is truly amazing!

I’ve been thinking about this wonderful gift lately. You know, when I give a gift to someone, I want them to love it and use it.  I hate to think they just through it in a pile of other useless gifts.  So I put a lot of thought and effort in picking out just the right gift for them.

This made me think about what I am doing with my gift of salvation… Of course, I love it! But what am I doing with it?  This gift is meant to be shared with everyone, not to be thrown in pile of useless gifts.

Yesterday, in Church we were reminded that we are all called to share the gospel. One person at a time.  How awesome is it to know that God chose to use us to share the gospel!  We may not change the world for everyone, but we can be a life-changer for one person at a time.

This week, join me in putting that great gift of salvation to good use and share what Jesus has done for you with someone.  Just maybe, you’ll see Him do that for them!

Blessings, Wendy