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20 December 2014

deep{er} #19: reflections

Hello, friends:)


I'm so glad that you stopped by today. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and that you were able to find some time with the Lord this week. 

I also hope your Christmas shopping is out of the way so that you don't have to rush around this weekend/next week!

UPDATE: Nothing really is new this week... I'm still on complete immobilization with my ankle. I'm hoping that it will feel better soon! I really do not like being in this boot all day long! 

Really... that's it:) Pretty uneventful week! 

Here's a picture that I snapped this week while Trav and I were doing our studies. I love it! 
OH! If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen this status, but I thought I would share it again here because I've been reflecting on the book The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. I think this comment from Trav is HILARIOUS! I guess I've been talking so much about circling things/goals in prayers that it transferred over to Trav and EVEN Olsen! LOL! 

REFLECTION: So this week, I'm not sharing anything new from my reflections... it's basically the same (i.e. I need to pray more, I need to forgive those who've hurt me, etc.). I'm a work-in-progress and am continuing to work on the same issues. LOL! 

Last week my goal was to record a video for you! Check it off the list because I did it;) I completed this goal the best I could **NOTE: I did my best with my boot and not being able to walk. I apologize if the video is a bit shaky.

I wish you all could come and visit our house, possibly do a bible study with us in this room! It would be so much fun! ***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching:) THANKS! 
***NOTE: This is actually how short I would love to keep my Reflections posts... but sometimes I get a bit carried away, and my posts grow in length, making them kind of long! LOL!

My goals for this week:
  1. Continue to pray hardest even when it's hardest to pray and get on my knees and pray!  **I guess you can never pray enough:) And I think it's never too late to pray:) 
  2. Continue with chapter 2 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse--- Trav and I started this study two weeks ago:) LOVE it! ***We are a bit behind, some weeks it's harder to get it into our schedule because of Trav's work schedule. I'm hoping we can get a schedule and stick to it! 
  3. Pick a devotional bible or study for my daily devotions. ***I still need to do this! I've got so many books ad devotionals to pick from!
      I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

      THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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      ps... be sure to stop back by next week, I'm having a giveaway! I am so thankful that you want to join me on this journey, and I thought it would be fun to give something away to one of my readers:) Just thought I would let you know...HUGS:) 

      19 December 2014

      Virtual Smooches: Christmas CAS (part3) Penguin card

      Hello, friends:}

      Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches

      I've created my last video for the "Christmas CAS" series. I actually made lots of videos and projects this holiday that were CAS! LOL! ****And I have one more project for this series, but it won't go live for another couple of days... I'll share it as soon as I can:)

      Here's a sneak peek of my video:
      Be sure to stop by these links for all kind of "Christmas CAS" creations:) 

      Click HERE for "Christmas CAS" part 1
      Click HERE for "Christmas CAS" part 2
      Click HERE for Easy Gift Boxes and a card
      Click HERE for Mitten Tags

      THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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      14 December 2014

      Paper Smooches SPARKS: December Picture Perfect challenge

      Hello, friends:}
      Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! This week is a Picture Perfect challenge.  







      This week we are inspired by the following picture:

      I found inspiration with the stacked rocks/items, silver, and kind of simplicity of the photo/jewelry design (I know that stacked rock design wasn't easy to put together... but it made me think of a simple card design). And get this---- I used ONLY ONE die set!
      I used the Paper Smooches Christmas Words die set. I really wanted to make the sentiment pop so I used white on white cardstock except for the word "Christ". Jesus is the reason:) I also used Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress pico embellisher to outline the die cut words. LOVE it! 
      That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs and leave them some love

      And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details. This challenge ends December 20th. I cannot wait to see what you make--I actually can't wait to see what you are inspired by in this photo!!

      THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:} 
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      13 December 2014

      deep{er} #18: reflections

      Hello, friends:)


      Happy Saturday afternoon! Sorry for being late... my intensions were to write this yesterday (or earlier this week) but time got away from me! LOL! 

      I hope you are doing well and that the Lord has spoken to your heart this week ❤️.  

      UPDATE: Thank you thank you THANK YOU for your prayers the past weeks for my ankle and our worship. My ankle is doing better and worship last week was great! Wish we had a recording of it, but unfortunately we only have a photo that the pastor put on Facebook. 
      Not sure about my outfit that day... I looked "good" when I left the house! LOL! 

      OH! You have got to see this photo I took the other day in the study room! *NOTE: I really need to share a video of our study room! Fingers crossed next week! Trav and I were sitting in there, and of course Olsen was with us too, and outside our window were some new little birds! Yellow/green ones! So we were trying to watch them. 
      Olsen was excited about seeing them too! LOL! ***NOTE: Trav just told me that he wished I had a good photo of the birds to share. Next time! LOL! 

      REFLECTION: well.... let's see... I finished The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. LOVED it! I loved it so much that I bought my own copy, as well as the 40 day prayer devotional Draw the Circle. Today I'll finish up some of my thoughts on the last couple chapters in the book. 

      • Making Good Decisions- Batterson tells the story of Daniel who made a resolution in Daniel 1:8 not to defile himself with the royal food. 
        • I would not have looked at Daniel's choice as a "BIG deal"... but Batterson says that Daniel continues to make good decisions and serve God. That first decision will lead to a daily decision and together will lead to a different destiny. 
        • Oh how I long to make better decisions! I feel like some decisions have been better... I'm working out (or was working out 6 days a week)...I'm eating healthier...but it's a bit more than that... 
        • This little section of this book reminds me of another book that my friend JZ is reading The Best Yes. I want to make good decisions on a daily basis... I want to glorify God in all that I do... This little section of this book just makes me realize that ALL of my decisions are important. Eating right... what I watch on TV... how I speak to customer service when they are rude or have an attitude of not caring about the situation... or if I agree to a task that I don't really have time for... I need to make the best decisions that will honor God/etc. 
        • Last thought on this little section of the book (literally, it was probably a paragraph long!)... my struggle is that sometimes I get it right and I make the right decision. But then there days when I just don't get it right. I just feel like a failure. One line from Batterson's book that struck me on this subject: If you keep trying, you're not failing. How great is my God!?!? He gives me a second chance and forgives me! And He never thinks I'm a failure. I need to remember this the next time I hear Satan telling me that I'm doing it wrong and can't' get anything right! I need to keep trying! 
      • Goals- you never achieve goals if they aren't set. Batterson says that prayers turn into goals which turn into prayers. They give us prayer targets and help us to "think long", possibly could take a lifetime to achieve. Goals need to be specific and with deadlines.
        • Backstory--- I LOVE lists. Would that count as goal setting? LOL! About 2 years ago, I started making goals for myself. I put them up on my cork board above my desk. They are simple (i.e. workout 3x a week, make 1 Pinterest meal a month). The first year I bombed my goals- I think I only accomplished one goal and probably not 100% of the time! LOL! This year I've done better and I think it's because I'm putting more specific goals down. This comes at a great time because as we end the year I start thinking of my new goals for the next year.
        • This part of the book makes me look at my goals in a different light too. I've got a variety of goals--- losing weight/getting toned up, making better meals for Trav, taking Olsen to the dog park (bombed this!!!! BIG time!). I also have some spiritual goals--- pray three times a day. I guess this part of the book makes me want to make better goals... ones I can pray about and circle. Scripture says that without a vision, people perish [Prov. 29:18]. What's my life goal? Where do I want to be in 5 years? What do I want to see God do in my life? What part of my life do I need to give to God completely so I can see Him working and answering prayers? I'm not sure on some of the answers to these questions, but I know that I want to include the following as my 2015 goals-- and some of them have deadlines!!!
          • Read one book/devotional every 3 months
          • Monday-Friday pray using my prayer journal
          • Memorize one scripture every month with Travis
          • Practice piano on Thursdays
          • Start a woman's bible study group- specifically for wives using The Power of a Praying Wife book *LOVE this book
          • Pray using the names of God + memorize the names of God
          • Find a way to share Jesus with family members before Easter- specifically asking if they have accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord, putting their trust in him.
          • ***I have other spiritual goals... ones that are God-sized dreams;) 
      I really really REALLY enjoyed this book! And in my post last week, I mentioned that I heard a sermon by James MacDonald about prayer. WoW! If you haven't watched/listened to it, check it out HERE.
      I made lots of notes in my Bible and in my notebook-- LOVED it! Here are a few of my reflections: 

      • Prayer is personal- not just saying (or chanting) a "prayer" given to me by my "religion"/faith
      • Hardest part about developing the discipline of a sincere faith in prayer is DOING it! I've got to jump over those hurdles of feeling that I can't approach the Lord... I can! I can go boldly to His throne [Hebrews 4:16] because He is "The Lord my Righteousness", YHWH T'SIKENU
      • Matthew 6 gives Jesus' answer to "how to pray"... this prayer is a model prayer. Each verse is a different category (i.e. addressing the Lord as our Father/other names, worshiping Him, giving thanks, asking for only what I need, etc). WOW! That blew my mind because as a kid we would say this prayer over and over and as quick as we could! My prayers now are way different, but I need to really follow Jesus' model to make my prayers deep{er}.

      Ok--- so this week I had a SUPER LONG post! Next week, I think I have a special treat for you! I have it on my list of "things to do" (I'm setting a goal! LOL!) to make a video for you!!! I can't wait to share it ❤️.

      My goals for this week:
      1. Continue to pray hardest even when it's hardest to pray and get on my knees and pray!  
      2. Continue with chapter 2 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse--- Trav and I started this study last week:) LOVE it! ***We are a bit behind, some weeks it's harder to get it into our schedule because of Trav's work schedule. I'm hoping we can get a schedule and stick to it! 
      3. Pick a devotional bible or study for my daily devotions.
      4. Make a video for deep{er} post by Thursday, Dec. 18th!
          I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

          THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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          11 December 2014

          Virtual Smooches: Reindeer Tags 3 Ways

          Hello, friends:}

          Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches

          I'm continuing my Christmas CAS series... and wanted to share how to create a reindeer tag 3 different ways! 

          Truth be told... I created 3 different versions because the first one was WAY TOO SIMPLE! The second tag was better but just needed one more detail! LOL! 

          Here's a sneak peek of my video-- this is the 3rd version of the tag:

          THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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          07 December 2014

          Paper Smooches SPARKS: December Anything Goes (wk1) challenge

          Hello, friends:}
          Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! Another Anything Goes challenge starts today!   
          That's right--you get to create ANYTHING you want (as long as you use Paper Smooches stamps)!! This is the BEST challenge ever!!!

          Today I created a simple card using some Becky Higgins Project Life Jade Ed. and Baby Ed. For Him journaling cards. I wanted to make a simple first birthday card for my friend's baby, Caleb. WOW! A year has passed too quickly! 

          I paired these journaling cards with my Paper Smooches A Little Lovin and Digits stamp sets and the Numbers and Birthday Words dies, as well as Imagine Crafts Pico Embellishers! LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out:)  

          That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs, get inspired, and leave them some love
          And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details!!!! This challenge ends December 13th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

          THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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          06 December 2014

          deep{er} #17: reflections

          Hello, friends:)


          First of all.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for stopping by! I cannot tell you how wonderful it is that you want to reflect with me:) And thank you for lifting me up with your encouragement and prayers--- I'm so thankful for my friends ❤️

          UPDATE: Nothing is really new. I've got another 2 weeks of complete immobilization with my ankle... thought I could walk on it (per the doctor) but found out that he thinks I might have damaged some nerves as well. So... back in the boot 24/7. Thanks for your continued prayers for healing! 

          Here's a fun picture from the studio this week. Trav and I have been doing our Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse study in there together. Well... Trav was tired one night after studying but I wanted to continue to work on another study. He literally laid down at my feet and feel asleep! I won't say if he was snoring or not... but I tried to take a picture without him knowing! 

          But I guess he wasn't really asleep if the next photo I caught him with his eye open! LOL! 

          REFLECTION: So this week I've been continuing my study on praying circles and praying hard in the book The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. LOVE what I'm reading, but it makes me think too hard! LOL! I think I over analyze my situations... know what I mean? And then I think and think and think about it and NEVER put the information into motion. It's kind of frustrating; I know what I need to do... I know the answer... but I am paralyzed. I'm not sure what is paralyzing me-- maybe fear? Well, I guess I do know! Sometimes I get overwhelmed at ALL that is wrong with me and how much needs to change before I'm more like Christ. It just seems like too much. For the prayers... I get overwhelmed with where to start and how to continue or if I should write it down or just pray in my head/out loud...

          So anyway... even though I'm overwhelmed and paralyzed, I'm excited about the dreams and things I want to circle in prayer! Plus, I keep thinking about the scrapbook page I'm going to be making to memorialize this book/thought/lesson! LOVE it;) 

          Here's what I've been learning this week ****Goodness! This is so hard to pick just a few thoughts and reflections! This book is AWESOME! I totally recommend it!:
          • A Well Prayed Bible- a Bible is not meant to be read through but prayed though; the Bible is a prayer and promise book.
            • I grew up going to church on the weekends and saying our nightly prayers, but I never had a Bible. I remember my Granny having a large Bible on this white stand-- it was placed on the shelves in the doorway of her bedroom. You could spot it as you walked into her bedroom. I always wanted to "play" with it, but I'm not sure if I was allowed. "Don't touch the Bible. It's important to have but you don't have to read it." was really the idea that I learned growing up (through no fault of anyone... it's just what I learned). So when I got my first Bible it was weird to touch it, turn the pages, etc. I love to write in my Bible now...and I believe I've got three or four different ones! LOL! 
            • My point is that I don't just want to read through the Bible. I want to pray the promises and pray my way through. I want a "well prayed Bible"! 
            • Another comment Batterson made: Reading is reactive (the way to GET THROUGH the Bible); Prayer is proactive (the way to get the Bible THROUGH ME). Nuff said! 
          • Planter, Farmer, Sower- Most of the time we want to reap immediately after we sow (I know this is true for me! Sometimes I don't even want to sow before I gather the harvest!). We need the patience of the planter, foresight of the farmer, and mindset of the sower. 
            • I cannot believe that I read about patience in this book... and then this weekend Pastor Eddie preached about waiting on the Lord! OH MY! I need to wait on the Lord. I need patience for this harvest. And who's to say I've sown something worth harvesting or is good fruit?!?! Did I even sow anything?!!?
            • Apparently, I've got it all wrong! I think I'm waiting on the Lord, but He just might be waiting on me! He wants me trust Him and believe in His promises. God will right every wrong... I just need to be patient. I need to learn that I can't reap a harvest just in "the time of want". Pastor Eddie said that when my impatience is really retaliation- it's all about me, myself, and I. That's NOT what I want! Oh Father-- help me to wait on You! Help me to trust Your Word and promises. Rid me of myself and give me more of You! 
            • Here's the video of Trav and I singing this past weekend. THANK YOU for your prayers- each prayer is precious to us! THANK YOU!
          • James MacDonald- this past weekend, James MacDonald preached on personal prayer. OH MY! You have got to listen to this sermon- click HERE! WOW! AMMMMMAZING! I've listened to it 2 times and will be listening again to take notes! 
            • The reason I love this sermon is because I LOVE James MacDonald! And I love that he preached right to me-- I need to be on my face and pray out to my Father! I said that last week... and I'm saying it again.
          My goals for this week:
          1. Pray hardest even when it's hardest to pray and get on my knees and pray!  
          2. Continue with chapter 3 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of ApocalypseLOVE it! 
          3. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily ***I've finished my daily devotions and am now ready to read through (pray through) the Bible!!! I would normally start this on January 1st... I might start in the new year... so I guess I better just start reading The Word and doing a SOAP or REAP study:) 
              I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

              THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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              ps... I'm going to ask one more time for prayers!!! Please pray for Trav and I as we are leading worship tomorrow at New Hope East! Please pray for good health, that our hearts would be in the right place for worship, and that the congregation would only see Jesus! We need His covering! THANK YOU

              05 December 2014

              IMAGINE Crafts + RubberMoon Stamps

              Hello, friends:) 
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              IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon Art Stamps are excited to share with you the amazing projects that our design teams have created to kick off the Holiday Season! Over the next few days, we'll be sharing with you inspiration and techniques using IMAGINE Crafts' line of ink products featuring rubber stamps from RubberMoon. Be sure to visit the IMAGINE Crafts and RubberMoon blogs daily for more projects and ideas!

              I was sent several stamps for my projects... including the Vertical Lines and Inksplat sets. These are not holiday stamps, but I used them to create some modern gift boxes and Christmas cards! I love using non-holiday stamps for my projects during the holidays! 
              Check out my video HERE on YouTube or HERE on Vimeo! ***Be sure to change your settings to HD before watching:) THANKS! 
              I just love those gift boxes--- you literally could use them for any occasion just by switching up the inks and papers! 
              And I LOVE this Christmas tree--- so simple and yet with lots of depth and detail! 
              I also created a clock using some old Crate Paper designs with my IC black pico embellisher for the numbers. I wanted something simple... and that pico just makes the numbers pop! 
              Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed:) 
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              04 December 2014

              Virtual Smooches: Christmas CAS (part 1) Snowflake Wreath card

              Hello, friends:}

              Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches

              I'm going to do my best to make at least 3 or 4 Christmas creations this year...so I'm starting a NEW series on the VS blog called "Christmas CAS". 

              I never have time...so I need something simple during the holiday season! LOL! 

              I've created a simple glittered snowflake wreath card after being inspired by THIS photo. I think that this card could be mass produced-- SUPER simple!  

              Here's a sneak peek of my video:

              THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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              02 December 2014

              Whisker Graphics: Snowman Wine Bottles

              Hello, friends:}

              Today I'm sharing my Whisker Graphics creation that is featured on the WG blog-- you can also read about this creation over on the WG blog HERE.

              I've created a super fun little embellishment that you can attach to any holiday favor or gift--- I've added these snowman tags to a small bottle of wine.
              You could def. have these around ready to give to guest or take one with you to a party for the hostess or friend!

              To create these embellishments, you need just a few supplies: WG divine twine (Cherry, Green Apple, and Aqua)WG large tags, Paper Smooches Cool Dudes stamps, and Imagine Crafts inks. EASY! 
              That's it for me today! And be sure to stop by the WG blog for more inspiration. Also-- did you know about Whisker Graphics's new products??? Like bitty bags with GOLD designs! ACK! LOOOOOOVE LOOOOOOVE LOOOOOOVE! Check it out HERE

              THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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