Archive | November 2014

Legs to Walk Upon

Legs To Walk UPon

Matthew 9:1-8

“And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”  But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”  And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”

 

These men brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus to be healed. Jesus did just that but not in the manner that was expected. Upon seeing their faith, He said “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” Jesus went beyond the man’s physical body and touched his very soul. He gave him spiritual healing. This is key. So many believers read this passage and marvel over the fact that Jesus physically healed the paralytic. “He made the lame man walk” they happily sing and thus miss the entire point. Jesus did not give the man what he asked for but gave him what he needed. He gave him spiritual legs to walk upon. Yes, Jesus did also heal the man’s physical body but this healing was not primary and was done in response to the evil in the hearts of the Pharasees. “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Did you catch that? The man’s physical healing had nothing to do with physical healing in and of itself but was done so that the Pharasees would know that Jesus had the authority to forgive the man of his sins…to spiritually heal him so to speak.

 

The paralytic did not truly need his legs to survive this life but to thrive in the next he needed Jesus’ forgiveness. Yes his physical body was healed but as the phrase goes “you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:19b)”

 

How often do we come to our Lord seeking physical healing or change in our earthly circumstances when what we truly need is spiritual healing, spiritual life? We need to be careful that we do not raise high what Jesus does not. Yes there is value in physical healing but it should not be our highest or main focus and pursuit.

 

1 Timoty 4:7-10

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.  For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”

 

Is our hope set on God? Are we primarily pursuing things of spiritual or physical value? A good way to answer these questions is to take an honest look at how we spend our time, treasure, and talents. Do we spend most of our time seeking entertainment and happiness? Are we greedy with our money? Do we spend with God’s kingdom in mind or with our own? Do we use our strengths for his glory and to build others up or do we use them to build ourselves up, for our own glory? These are hard questions. Questions that leave me convicted.

 

Another approach that my husband taught me, is to take a look at our prayer life. What kind of things do we ask of God? It’s okay to ask for things such as physical healing and pleasant circumstances but if that is what our heart is wrapped up in, if that is where our focus lies then something needs to give. The Bible says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34) So what are you speaking to God and what does it say about your heart?

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Shaker It Off!

Shaker it off

I’m a Texas girl in the flesh if not at heart. Born and raised in this barren land I have experienced record breaking heat and have heard my fair share of tornado alarms. Every summer I overhear at least one person tell another that after living here a few years they will get used to the heat. All I can think of is WRONG! I grew up here and I’m still not used to it! That being said I’m also not one to shy away from it. Whether it be extreme heat or icy cold I tend to brave the climate and live life as usual. At least that’s how I was before having two toddlers to wrangle. As I am quickly discovering, getting out and about in freezing weather with two hyperactive boys is a little more than difficult. I have attempted it several times already but, well, let’s just say that after my last attempt, the next time we had a couple of cold days I chose to stay home. Day one was loads of fun. Hot chocolate, pajamas all day, and movies were the perfect combination…at least until we hit day two. As the day wore on it became a little more than obvious that we were all going stir crazy. Adam and Owen were fussy and my fuse was about to light up so what did we do? We put on fun kiddie music and decided to “shaker” off our bad moods! Lol. Sooo cheesy!

Horrible pun aside, I have found that crafts…especially ones that are slightly challenging can be a game changer. If your child is in a bad mood or woke up on the wrong side of the bed a lot of times a craft can be the perfect diversion or “reset button” so to speak. Here is a simple but challenging project that is great for developing fine motor skills.

Musical Shakers

Supplies:

String

Pipe Cleaner

Hole Puncher

Paper Plates

Markers

Rice, beans, or something else that will make noise when shaken

To Make:

Simply punch holes at an equal distance from each other around the circumference of a paper plate. Punch holes the same distance on the second paper plate. Then take a pipe cleaner and cut off a piece about the length of your pointer finger. Tie a piece of string to the pipe cleaner that is long enough to be threaded through the paper plates. Also tie a double knot at the end of the string. Finally line up the holes, show your toddler how to “sew” the plates together and depending on where they are at developmentally they can either sew on their own or with your help. Before you finish the last hole insert the rice into the plates and then sew and knot closed. Then decorate as desired!

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There you have it! Next time your kids are driving you crazy and your choclate supply has been compromised you have another way to “shaker” it off. 😛

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Cucpake Themed Baby Shower!

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I recently threw a baby shower for my good friend, Sarah. She owns an in home bakery and wanted her shower to be cupcake themed. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off but it came together so beautifully that I found myself wishing I could make a random cupcake themed room in my own home! Here are some of the pictures and details in case you would like to use some of my ideas…

For the table skirt I used a regular $1 table cloth. I folded it in half and then taped the top edges to the table. Since one side of the table was out of view I only needed to use one table cloth. If you want both ends of the table to have a skirt you would need to buy a second table cloth.

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The beautiful polka dotted table runner was made out of wrapping paper. Very easy and only cost $2.
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These gorgeous pretzels were fairly easy to make. I used Wilton’s white candy melts, violet icing coloring, and pear sprinkles. 
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The cupcake cake did not quite turn out how it was pictured in the catalog but at least the colors matched the decorations perfectly!

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Instead of trying to find baby themed food I decided to simply put out a variety of tasty party foods! Pictured from left to right: Cheetos, Homemade Butterscotch Cookies, Cupcake Cake, Sixlets, White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Vegetable Tray, Ruffle Chips, and Artichoke Dip. The punch was made out of Sprite, Frozen Concentrated Raspberry Lemonade, and Rainbow Sherbert. Mmm Mmm!
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I made this 5×10 collage on Smilebox, one of my favorite (and free) computer programs.
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I searched google images for a cupcake pattern, printed it off, cut it out and used it to make several of the cupcakes pictured below. I put two on the banner, framed another, and set the rest out for guests to write notes on. I plan on mounting them to cardstock and making a sweet keepsake book for Mother and baby to look back on.
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The banner is made out of a mixture of cardstock and patterend paper. I hand cut the circles and printed off the letters.

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The Garland was stunning but incredibly easy to make. I simply bought a small amount of different fabric patterns/colors, cut them into strips, and tied them into knots on a string. I spruced it up with some sparkly and polka dotted ribbon.
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I  wanted to send the guests home with a cupcake but I figured that wouldn’t be a very special memento since they would have already had one from the cake, so I decided to make faux cupcakes out of cupcake liners, dark chocolate hershy kisses, and hand crafted pom poms. I still haven’t eaten mine. It is sitting here reminding me of that cupcake room I plan on making someday when I am a billionaire and have 10 different rooms to decorate!

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