14 September 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS September 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:

Ever since Kim sent me this file, I've seen it pinned on Pinterest at least a 100 times! LOL! I've been thinking about what I wanted to use as my inspiration...and I went with purple, woodgrain, and a bottle/jar (should have done a vase... but my PS Crystal Clear vases were just a bit small).
I created this card for our PSS teammate, Larissa. I just love the simplicity! I love the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon Electric Purple ink as a splash behind this jar! THIS layout actually inspired me for this design- gotta love Pinterest! LOL! I also stamped the sentiment "Sending you hugs and prayers" from the PS Spiritual Sampler set. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I hope it lifts her up and that she recovers QUICKLY!
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 September 20th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

13 September 2014

deep{er} #7: reflections

Hello, friends:)

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a great week and that you were inspired by some of my reflections from last week--- praying and reading the bible on a deep{er} level:) 

UPDATE: Unfortunately, I had a bad week. I was down for about a day or so with a bad headache/migraine. And recuperating from that took about a day... and then the devil started telling me lies that I believed. I just got into the dumps. I know what are lies and what is truth, but I just let the devil win this week. 

I felt like I couldn't do anything right.... that I'm larger than the biggest whale and will never lose weight... that I won't ever find a good church and group of friends that I enjoy hanging out with and sharing life with.... that I won't sing again as a worship leader.... lies... lies... lies. 

I know I'm not the only one who struggles with these thoughts or "bad days"; however, this week... it was bad. I felt alone and so down. I think the devil knew I was making progress in my trial and really seeing that there is an end, that God has a plan, that I will come forth as gold.... so he took me down with his fiery darts. He knows that my mind is fragile right now--- and that's where he struck--- fiery darts of lies. 

So after a couple of days of believing lies, I finally understood that the devil was attacking and tried to get back on my feet. I'm making progress, and I've got victory with Jesus.... but it really set me back for this week's reflections post. :(

REFLECTION: So you might have guessed that I didn't get to do any of my Prayer sermon/podcasts/studies. That doesn't mean I don't have ANY reflections:) The devil doesn't win this time! LOL! I still do my daily devotionals and I have some more reflections from last week's post (HERE).

  • Thinking about how I want to go deep{er}  with the Word and with prayer really has me scared. It's almost paralyzed me with fear! I don't know where to start. I don't know how to do it. I just read how to do it... but will I do it right?! HOW DO I DO IT!?!?! I know this sounds silly, but I think that I really have a fear of messing up. This is so different than anything I've ever done before... and it makes me question everything I've done before this point... Was it good enough? Did God hear me? Was my heart in the "right spot"? I'm just really struggling to find the answers and strength to start. I'm really excited about starting this deep{er}  journey, but I'm stuck in some mud of questions and fear right now. Hopefully, as I continue (which is what I need to do...... I need to continue to praise God, to wait on Him, to serve Him, etc)... hopefully, as I continue to complete these studies, I will be more comfortable with this deep{er}  level.
  • Monday night probably was the worst for me because I went to a bible study with a group of gals from a different church. I'm the only one who doesn't attend the same church. The ladies were going on and on about how they felt the Lord's presence and had God Moments all week.... and while I'm happy for them... I'm so jealous. I feel like I still can't feel God. I can't hear Him. I don't know where He is while I'm waiting to find a church or to sing. Again--- all lies. I know God is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and that He is with me always, never leaving me (Deuteronomy 31:8 and there are so many other verses about this!)... I just felt like I had nothing to share and nothing in general. So what was my devotion about that day--- God is with me always; that God is speaking to me and that I need to continue to walk in consistent faith, love, and hope. Guess that was my "God Moment" for the day:) Just like that, God shows up and says, "Sav... I'm here. Just keep going! I've got a plan. Trust me." 
  • Another "God Moment"---- Wednesday night my friend Courtney and I went to a bible study at The Church of Hope in Sarasota (LOOOOOOOOVE)! As we were walking in, I told Court just how frustrated I was that I couldn't sing or lead at the moment. One of the worship songs had the lyrics, "Those who wait on the Lord renew their strength". Court turned to me as worship ended and said, "Do they always sing about waiting on the Lord or is that just for you?!" Funny that God had me right where I needed to be, listening to the worship song lyrics that would speak to my soul.
  • And finally.... my last devotional for this week was about following God wherever [WHEREVER] He leads. The verse was Joshua 1:9... not being afraid or discouraged and that the Lord my God is with me. That's hard for me right now because what I knew is in the past. This new road ahead of me.... scares me. This brings out more questions that I have: What if we are to lead somewhere but I'm not equipped? What if I'm not qualified? What if I never sing again? What if we have to move? What is the plan? What if I mess up the plan because I don't follow God?! I know... I know.... you're saying, "Get it together, Sav!" I do have it together, but this past week was just a mess for me. It really set me back. 
Overall, my week was a back and forth ride of emotions. I'm praying that this week, I will stand up against the lies, follow the Lord, and NOT question anymore

And just because... here's a photo of Olsen and I relaxing in our study room. I was studying but he was sleeping! LOL! You can see one of my devotional books there on the footstool. It's called 3 Minute Devotions for Women

My goals for this week:
  1. Continue to take notes from the Prayer sermons/podcasts/etc.
  2. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
  3. DO NOT let the devil win! DO NOT listen to lies from the devil but fight back with Truth!
I pray that this post has blessed you ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

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

ps...Here's ONE MORE chance to win tickets to the True Women 2014 conference! OHHHHHHHHH! I hope I win:) 

11 September 2014

Virtual Smooches: Leather Chevron Necklace

Hello, friends:}

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

I've FINALLY figured out how to make large chevron pieces using my 
Paper Smooches Hexalongs dies! THANK YOU, Pinterest! 

I've used this die and some leather to create a super fun and trendy necklace. 

Here's a sneak peek of my video:

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

07 September 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS: 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!!!

This might be an easy challenge... but I made my CAS 1 Card 2 Ways creations WAYYYYYYYYYY too hard! LOL! I was up until 3AM recording these cards because I wanted to share how I made 1 card design work for both male/females. I am not sure I will ever show this video! LOL! 
I do love these cards because I gave them to my friends who were celebrating their 30th birthday yesterday. Happy birthday, Kim and Dustin

I used some Project Life Becky Higgins Coral and Sunshine ed. journaling tags/papers for these cards. I LOVE it! For both cards I used pretty much the same Paper Smooches stamp/die sets (with a few variations): Happy Birthday, Digits, Numbers, Ornaments, Hearts, and Cardbooking. Simple and fun! Perfect for just about any birthday really--- just change out the numbers and colors of papers! 
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 September 13th. Hope you join in the fun--- this is the EASIEST challenge ever!!!!!!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

06 September 2014

deep{er} #6: reflections

Hello, friends:)
Before I begin--- I want to share with you one of my FAV blogs: Lies Young Women Believe. If you head over there NOW, you can enter to win some tickets to the True Woman 2014 conference! I would love to win--- first because it's near my hometown (about 3 hours) which means I could visit with my family, and because I love to go to conferences that help me learn more about my God and myself. LOVE it! 

I cannot THANK YOU enough for reading my "reflection" posts! I'm so thankful that you stop by to reflect with me! 

Also---- THANK YOU for leaving comments and encouraging me! I read all of your comments and plan to visit each of your blogs or respond if you don't have a blog:) THANK YOU for lifting me up! 

UPDATESo we had an eventful week with lots of visitors and projects... that's why my studies this week were a bit short. ***Pictures below. I didn't have time since I was cleaning and cooking! LOL! And let me tell you that both of these activities are on my "Least Favorite" list! The good news is that my dinners were awesome (confirmed by Trav and Poppie)! I guess I'm learning and progressing:) As for cleaning, I think I'm going to continue to ask Trav if I can hire someone to clean our house! I'll keep you posted!
Poppie came down to our house and helped put in a bird feeder with a baffle so that the squirrels won't get the seed. 
Now we can see the both the bird and hummingbird feeders outside our Study Room window! 
I love this picture of Poppie in the Study Room! He must have been looking out the window at the new bird feeder:) 

REFLECTION: I already mentioned that this past week was a bit busy for me. I did start my Prayer studies... and I have learned LOTS just in the few sermons that I've listened to by David Platt, Radical. I have other sermons about prayer that were featured on Today in the Word and some by Dr. Tony Evans. I hope to get into all of these sermons/studies this week! 

These reflections are from the David Platt sermon series REAP: Genesis and  For The Love of God.
  • REAP: Genesis- This was AWESOME! I've been wanting to go deeper... this is one way, and it is all about how to read and study the Bible. I have to be honest that for 33 years, I haven't been taught how to really study the Bible. I grew up going to church regularly; however, to read the Bible was unheard of! It was almost as if touching and reading the Bible was forbidden. After I accepted Jesus into my life, I knew that I needed to read the Bible-- get into it, hunger for it, share it! But I have a fear of the content- it's just too much for me [**SIDE NOTE: I learned how to "read" at a very late age.... reading isn't something I do well... I go extremely slow and really have to think about what I'm reading to understand it!] There is so much in the Bible! And several names that I can't pronounce (I used to pronounce Job as the word job, a place of work! How embarrassing!). I've been reading more the last five years--- I do more Bible studies and devotions... but I want to get really into the Word. Dig deep! 
    • REAP stands for Read the scripture, Examine (including observation and interpretation), Application of Word into my life, and Pray/Praise. 
    • The goal of reading the Bible isn't for more Bible information (which is what I always thought it was about).... it's having a total transformation of my heart, mind, and life! 
    • My reflection about this type of Bible study--- I can't wait! It seems like a lot... and the question is now, Where do I start?!?!? Which book or verses should I read!??! I also think I want to use some of the Inductive Study method as well.  
  • For The Love of God- this is another sermon with an acrostic. This is all about prayer!!!!!!!!!!! I am loving what I'm hearing. Honestly, prayer was miscommunicated and not practiced correctly in my home growing up. My parents did what they thought was best and what was taught to them- repeating the same 3 prayers every night. Prayer is soooooooo much more--- it's a personal conversation with God! And then think about it.... we are talking with GOD! The Creator! He's so big! He's everything! And I get to talk to Him!?!! WOW! 
    • I should probably explain that I've always struggled with prayer. I mentioned that growing up we did the same 3 prayers every night (and even our dinner prayer was done so quickly by my brothers and I that we mumbled it several times just to get it done as fast as we could!). When I first prayed out loud as a new Christian, I was laughed at. There was only one other person with me, but this person laughed at my prayer and criticized me saying I didn't pray correctly. It crushed me. I never prayed aloud again until I met Travis. And even praying in front of him was nerve-wracking and caused lots of arguments. 
    • This recent trial has also caused an issue with my prayers. I felt very distant from God (at the beginning, and even as I am healing... I still am shy and don't want to put myself "out there" just in case I get hurt again. Also.... I feel like I can't approach God. I know I can [Hebrews 4:16] but it just seems like I can't say anything right, my heart isn't right, I need to forgive those who've hurt me and I can't (or am working on it), and I think I can't approach him. I guess this is a LONG story.). 
    • I'm excited about this new revelation on prayer. I've been through 2 of the letters for this acrostic. 
      • Praise- I should start my prayers with praise. God is _____________. Jesus is _________________. I can find these in scriptures or think of things that I know are true. I need to take time to pause and think about who I'm talking to.
      • Repent- I need to confess my sins to God and acknowledge my need for Jesus. (THUD!) Confession hasn't been my favorite practice! I will confess when I'm mean and when I do things that I know are wrong. But to sit and confess daily... that's not something I practice... YET! This is humbling, and I need to be doing this daily.
  • Review from Praise/Repent: #1 my prayer time needs to be unhurried time with God so that He will direct/lead/guide me #2 confess regularly- this will lead to rest [Matt 11:28]. 
Sounds simple! I am excited to see what the rest of the acrostic stands for and how it will take my prayer to a deep{er} level!!! 
My goals for this week:
  1. Continue Prayer studies
  2. Continue to pray- starting with Praise and Repentance
  3. Continue to read my devotions daily, as well as begin my personal Bible study (book from the Bible is TBA! Maybe Esther (it's my fav) or John or Acts)
I pray that this post has blessed you ❤️. THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}

ps... please know that I'm praying for you!!! If you ever need prayer or if you are going through a similar situation, please leave a comment or email me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}! I want to lift you up!!! 

04 September 2014

Virtual Smooches: Sav Challenge

Hello, friends:}

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

This week I'm trying my challenges again! I actually try three: 1. Make more masculine birthday cards 2. CAS cards and 3. Use up my stash. 

I'd say that I did awesome at 2 of these challenges... I guess you win some and lose some! LOL! 

Here's a sneak peek of my video:

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

02 September 2014

Whisker Graphics: Divine Twine Fringe Necklace

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 was thinking about making a homemade necklace for awhile... and then I saw a dress on Project Runway that was completely fringe! This inspired me to make a fringe-like necklace using some of my WG Divine Twine! I used a gold chain with some WG Solid Coral Divine Twine--- beautiful combination! 
This is a super simple project! 
  1. Gather your supplies- jewelry pieces, divine twine, and scissors.
  2. Cut several strands of divine twine about 8 inches long (for thicker fringe- cut double the amount of strands).
  3. Find the center of your necklace and start adding your divine twine.
    • Take divine twine strand and fold in half
    • Loop around the chain
    • Pull ends through loop ***This type of tying is called Lark's Head or Topsy Tail.
  4. Add a stitched line near top of loops for decoration (optional).
  5. Trim "fringe" into shape or design.
I think this is the PERFECT project for a young girl or for women who want to make a fashion statement! 
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! Check it out HERE

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}


31 August 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes (wk5) 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!!!

I am not sure what to call this technique... and I'm not even sure I'm the first one to ever think of it... but I wanted to watercolor backwards. That means that I used the stamp image to guess (roughly) where the design is and watercolor that, and then I stamp over that coloring. I looooooooove how this turned out. 
For the watercoloring, I used Imagine Crafts Ink Potion No. 9Radiant Neon Electric Coral ink and Memento Angel Pink ink. LOOOOOOOOOOVE that pig from the Paper Smooches Green Acres set--- the coloring is a bit more than the image... but I still think he's cute:) 
To finish the sentiment, I used the PS Birthday Words die set. I thought maybe the pig was squealing because he was celebrating.... maybe I can't talk pig! LOL! 

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 September 6th. Hope you join in the fun--- this is the EASIEST challenge ever!!!!!!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}

30 August 2014

deep{er} #5: reflections

Hello, friends:)

Well.... we are back from our vacations! South Carolina and Georgia were great, but it's sooooooo nice to be back HOME! 

CONFESSION: Last week my goals were a bit much for me! I thought I would have more time away at the cabin to read and listen to my Prayer studies. Then I looked at how many sermons I have on this topic-- there's at least 10 hours of sermons! And I have to take notes... plus, I just added about four more sermons to the list!

So hopefully this week, I will get started on this new topic! 

Here's a pic of me working in the back of Poppies' vehicle while Trav drove us to South Carolina. It was about a 12 hour drive. I brought my laptop, turned my cell phone on as a "hot spot", and worked on these posts, as well as read some of my bible studies!

REFLECTION: Before I get into my reflection... I know I've said that the Lord is probably speaking to me about "prayer".... well I think the other topic He wants me to reflect on is "beauty" and pretty much how I feel about myself. I think this has been a struggle for me as far back as I can remember... so maybe after the Prayer series I can start one on Beauty or Approval or something like that! 

Ok--- back to my reflection, I finished the ENTIRE book of When Life Is Hard. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! James MacDonald is awesome! I highly recommend his books and listening to his radio program, Walk in the Word, or finding him on your TV listings for Sunday service! 

The last chapter of the book was a review and hit 16 lessons all around 4 principles and scriptures that include: 1 Peter 4, Hebrews 12, James 1, and 2 Corinthians 12. The best part about this chapter is that Trav and I have the sermons that match it! I downloaded them last year or so.  We've already listened to them, but I think I need to listen again! LOVE it! Here's what I learned and want to apply to my life (and future situations): **These lessons are too good not to share--- sorry this is another long post! 
  • Principle #1: Every trial I face is allowed by God for my ultimate good. 
    • Trials vs. Consequences- there's a difference. Consequences are from sin that was planted, but a trial is a painful circumstance allowed by God to change my conduct & my character. Apparently God wants me to change my conduct and character through this trial. 1 Peter 4:14
    • Good means "all I need" NOT "all I want"- God will make sure I have everything I need. So I have everything I need to get through this trial. James 1:4
    • It's for my ULTIMATE good not immediate- I need to be patient. The good that God is bringing will only come through the perspective of time. It's like the farmer planting the field-- the harvest comes after a time. Hebrews 12:11
    • This trial is allowed not caused by God- God has allowed this trial to come... I need to acknowledge and embrace this trial. It's for MY GOOD! If I do this, then the superiority of the life lived in God will be demonstrated by ME! 2 Cor. 12:7
  • Principle #2: Trials need NOT steal my joy.
    • It brings me to the power of God- When I am weak, He is STRONG! In my hard/unhealthy/hurting times, God shows up strong and my weaknesses are revealed. God will give me sufficient grace and strength in my weakness- I just need to embrace this trial and see Him working in me. 2 Cor. 12: 9-10
    • Trials prove I'm God's child- James MacDonald states that "if we are going through difficult days and we are not bitter but love the Lord more... this is proof that I'm God's child!" I need to remember this! Hebrews 12: 5-7
    • Trials increase my endurance- This is exactly where God has me.... this is where I will make a difference. It's going to take this trial. My BEST and MOST FRUITFUL days are ahead--- keep going, Sav! Endure! James 1:12
    • Trials build my intimacy with Jesus- isn't that what I want!?!?! To dig deeper!? I guess this trial is what I needed to get to that point. Jesus is also very close to those going through hardships- he suffered so much more than me! 1 Peter 4:13
  • Principle #3: God is never more present than when His children are suffering.
    • He is an experienced sufferer, fellowshiping with me- this trial has been HARD! No doubt about it. But Jesus is an experienced sufferer. There's a unique intimacy with Christ when I'm suffering for Him. 1 Peter 4:14
    • He is an attentive counselor, listening with me- God knows exactly what's going on in my life, and He listens to my prayers. I need not shut Him out--- I need to draw nearer to Him! James 1:5
    • He is a loving Father, chastening me- His discipline is for my good. This whole trial is for my growth and good. Enough said! Hebrews 12:7-8
    • He is a faithful Friend, sustaining me- James MacDonald asked the question, "Do you meet with God everyday? In a special place? How many times have you been there and then got up and left God's sufficient grace there?" WOW! I need to remember God's promise "Sufficient for today is the grace of Me". 2 Cor. 12:9
  • Principle #4: Until I embrace my trial in unwavering submission to God, I will not reap the good.
    • The good doesn't come until I embrace my trial- kind of what I stated before... I can't resist this anymore because I won't see God working in my life and I won't see any good. The choices are: embrace or resist. I need to embrace. 2 Cor. 12:10
    • I can't embrace my trial without submitting to God- I need to remain under this trial (my choice) but I also need to willingly yield myself to God. Remaining under this trial will bind my heart to God-- I'm committed! Hebrews 12:9
    • I can maintain my submission only through believing prayer- I guess God really is talking to me about "prayer"! I need to get on my knees, on my face- give it back to God. I need to be there in believing prayer until I don't take it back. James 1: 6-8
    • I will not reap the good unless I persevere- God will put up boundaries in my trials... He will not allow me to be tried beyond what I can take. This trial won't last forever (unless I resist and don't embrace!). So I guess.... I need to have hope that there is an end and that God won't let me go through something I can't handle. 1 Peter 4:19
So... overall.... here's my prayer: 

Lord, I am beginning to see that this trial has been allowed by You and You will bring good from it! I'm sorry that I was resisting for so long! I am going to keep doing the things You've called me to do. I will continue to believe in YOU! My goal is to dig deep, even in this pain. I want to be closer to You. I will embrace this trial because Your Word says that You will bring me through! You will also give me sufficient grace and that in my weakness You are strong! I am holding on to that--- I feel so weak (and sometimes lost). I will move forward because I don't want to go backwards. Please turn this trial into good and bring me forth as GOLD! This is for Your glory! In Jesus' name, Amen. 

My goals for this week:
  1. Start Prayer sermons and series
  2. Make video of Prayer book
  3. Continue to pray/read my devotions daily  
I pray that this post has blessed you ❤️. Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

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