Christians Beware!

We are losing people from the Body of Christ quite frequently.  If anyone asks them why, a frequent answer is, “Christians are worse than everyone else in the world!”  If you are a Christian, you’re probably going, “Huh?”  We are not being Christlike.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as in fact you are doing.”  That last phrase rarely applies, these days.

You know those people that seem to have it all together and you say hello to, but don’t take the time to get to know?  They may have it all together, or, their lives may be falling apart.  Maybe they are just introverts that are absolutely desperate for friends, but aren’t great at talking, or sharing, or even know how to be a friend, because they’ve never really had one.

That guy that you used to always see busily working in the church behind the scenes.  Maybe he used to laugh at your jokes, or try and kid with you.  You liked him, but never really got to know him.  Maybe he stopped laughing along so much, but you never asked why.  All of a sudden, he’s resigned from his position and he’s gone from the church.  Did you reach out to him to find out where he is, how he’s doing, what you can do for him?  He’s not the easiest guy to get to know, but he is definitely worth it.  Only, depression hit him really hard.  He prayed for help, but not one Christian took the time to notice that he wasn’t doing okay.  If God really loved him, surely God would have nudged one of “His” people to talk to him.  God’s people were just too busy taking care of all of our own things, our own problems, our own busy-ness that we didn’t pay attention.  Now that guy figures God just isn’t there.  Even after he told one or two strong Christians he’s really depressed, no one stepped out to really spend some time and talk to him, encourage him, or just be there for him.

That couple that slips in just as, or just after service starts and slips out just as fast at the end?  Have you taken the time to go find out their names?  Have you found out where they are from, how they met, what they do for a living?  Have you invited them over for dinner?  Have you even gone and sat with them?

You know that lady that smiles and says hello and occasionally asks how you’re doing?  Have you noticed that no one sits with her?  Maybe she looks like she’s involved in a lot of things and knows a lot of people, do you know that she’s the loneliest person in the world?  Maybe she doesn’t smile as much as she used to.  Did you take the time to ask her what’s wrong and be there for her?

That person that just looks different, not what you think a “christian” should look like, they may be the strongest Christian you’ll ever meet.  Just because life didn’t go according to plan, or someone didn’t meet God until after some living on their own, doesn’t mean they aren’t who God means them to be, where God means them to be.  And, they still need to be surrounded by other Christians, no matter how strong, or weak, their relationship with God is.

Those people that rarely have a prayer request, but on rare occasions will give one, that is a desperate request.  They ask you to pray for their child, because they are afraid their child is going to get caught up in something life altering and/or deadly.  They ask for you to pray for their health because it’s gotten so bad they are pretty sure they are going to die at any time.  They don’t want to and probably won’t give you details.  You don’t need to know the details, but you do need to get to know the person.  You need to pray for them, even when they aren’t around and don’t know that you’re praying.  You DON’T need to share their request with someone else, but you can ask others to remember them in their prayers.  Maybe you and some of your friends can take them to lunch or out for coffee and just include them.

The “church” is the body of Christ.  God has gifted each of us very differently.  We need to use those gifts to build up the rest of the body.  When a fingernail falls off, there is a reason.  When a toe goes completely numb, something is wrong.  Yes, we are all busy with our own lives and each of us has our own multitude of problems, but, Christ told us to be here for one another.  How can we share the love of Christ, when we don’t KNOW the people that are around us and don’t take the time to try?  Figure out how to use your gifts to benefit the body.  Then do it!

Oh yeah, those people that encourage others.  If they are the ones that encourage, who encourages them?  You don’t have to be an encourager to encourage someone.

I hope, if you are a Christian, you’ve been convicted to get to know those people around you in church.  Maybe a big hug isn’t what they need.  Don’t just say, “Hi, how are you doing?” and not take the time to listen and ask them about what they told you in a few days, or next week.  Really take the time to get to know the people around you.  You encourage them and build them up by being a friend who has gotten to know them, listens to them and that they can turn to and confide in.  That’s a lot easier for some people than it is for others.  Let’s get our faces out of FB, Twitter, every other social media outlet and our phones and build up the body of Christ.  We need to hold fast to one another.

Did you think of someone you haven’t seen at church in a while?  Maybe someone that you see at church, but looks like one of those people?  Call them!  Take the time to get to know them!  BE A FRIEND!  Will it be easy?  No.  Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.  Besides, this was what God told you to do.  Don’t believe me, read your Bible.  Check out the old and new testaments.

Shutter Card x2

Actually, it is a double shutter card.

Fold Challenge Finished

To make this fun card, I started with a double sided 12×12 sheet of paper.  This was heavy-weight paper, but not quite card weight.

Pick which direction you want your paper to go and cut 1″ off the top, then cut 5-1/2″ down further.

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Set the 1 x 12″ piece to the side.  On the two 5-1/2″ pieces, score at 4″ 6″ 8″ and 10″.  If it matters which side is up, flip the 2nd piece before scoring.  (You’ll see why later in the instructions.)  Now, parallel to the long side, you want to cut at 1-3/4″ and 3-3/4″ between the 4″ and 10″ score lines.  (Yes, one of my cut lines went too far.  It still worked, as I covered the extended cut with another piece of patterned paper.)

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Adhere the 4″ x 5-1/2″ sections on top of one another.  Fold mountain and valley until you get it looking similar to this.  You can see the 1″ piece on the table behind the card.  It is not attached.

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Before adding your patterned paper pieces, determine which side of the paper you want showing.

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Decorate as desired.  The easiest way to do the belly band, which holds the card closed, is to fold your card, lay the center of the belly band across the center and fold at the sides.  You will probably have a piece to trim off.  Adhere one end on top of the other and slide off.  You can decorate your belly band, as well.

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After this was complete, it seemed a bit bare, so I added some embellishments.

Fold Challenge Finished

This really is pretty easy, once you fold and refold the strips to get them set up correctly.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go check out the challenge on WeCraftCards.com that is this fold.  You have a week to participate and be entered in a random drawing for a prize.  It’s free to join the side and it is a lot of fun.  I hope to see you there.

Macadamia Professional Review

I was given shampoo, conditioner, masque and an oil treatment from Macadamia Professional in their Nourishing Moisture line to try and review.

Their stuff

I’ve been using their products for just over a week and I can definitely say they are good, in that it took about 2 days for my hair to feel incredibly more moisturized, but it does.  However, the frizz my hair is experiencing is usually only during the monsoon season.

This is my hair using just their products, drip dried and not touched.

All theirs

All theirs back

This is after I raked it out a bit with my fingers and clipped the front back.

All theirs touched

It was so frizzy I wound up putting it up in a ponytail for the day.

Here it is the next day, where after I used the oil, I added some Eden BodyWorks All Natural Curl Defining Creme on top.  Same thing, drip dried (well give it another hour and it will be dry) and not touched.

Theirs Plus

Theirs plus back

Less frizz, but it is definitely still there.

So, I like the Macadamia Professional products, but my hair definitely still has a lot of frizz.  It, is, however, much softer.

This isn’t my normal post, but thanks for checking it out.

Blurple

What is blurple?  It is a color.  Now, I read about nail polish that was a “blurple” color and thought, “Okay, purple with a blue tinge to it.   That would be fun to see.”

A few weeks ago I had a discount code for Llarowe.com, so I went and ordered a couple new polishes in different shades, from companies I haven’t tried before.  One of them was from Elevation Polish and was called “The Walker”.  I love the name, as our family really enjoys, “The Walking Dead” show.  Tuesday evening, I cleaned my nails, the put on my base coat and added 1 layer of The Walker.  My layers are probably thicker than average, but I was amazed that there didn’t appear to be any see through spots.  That doesn’t happen very often.  Anyway, I put another much thinner layer on, just to be sure.  I’ve been doing one hand at a time recently, so I put the top coat on my left hand and started the base coat and first layer on my right.  It was then that I noticed my left hand had a much more purple look to it than the very silvery look of the right.  So, not using top coat would definitely make a difference in the color.  However, I use top coat to make it last longer and also so it doesn’t leave marks on my papers at work.

Now, I did my nails on Tuesday evening.  It is Friday morning, when I normally would have a lot of wear at the ends and some chips.  This has more to do with my nails, which are very weak, thin and peel (partly hereditary and partly medical issues).  Anyway, there is a bit of wear at the ends, but so far, no chips.  Yes!

Can I tell you, the color has been amazing me the past couple of days.  Sometimes my nails look blue.  Other times they look purple.  Sometimes they look like a bluish purple and others a purplish blue.  Then, I go out in the sunlight, or see my nails under a really bright light and the holo kicks in.  Wow!  I was driving to an appointment earlier today and noticed my nails looked dark purple with this amazing dark blue holo shimmer.  I totally get the “blurple”, now.  It’s not blue, it’s not purple, it’s blurple!

When I started wearing nail polish in December 2013, I wanted it to be fun.  Not that my nails were decorated to the nines, or anything, but I just wanted fun polish.  So, I have mostly holos, or wear glitter or some other top coat over a creme polish.  Plain creme polish bores me.  I do have some, which is useful for under other things, or for blending, or stamping, etc.  The Walker by Elevation Polish is a new favorite, as it is oh, so very fun.

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This first picture is indoors.  You can see a bit of the holo from the sunlight, but not much.  it is still very pretty.

3-25-15 Elevation Polish The Walker

This is in direct sunlight.  Wow!  And this picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice.  It also looks almost completely purple, when it really isn’t.

Now, how to get blurple in my cards.  Maybe I’ll have to add just a touch of the nail polish.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Time Flies

It amazes me how time flies by.  It seems like just the other day I was walking the kids to and from school and making jokes with them to make things better.  It seems like just before that they were babies I was reading to.  Now, one is married and both have their own homes.  I miss them being small, but am so thrilled that they have grown and are making their own lives.

It is fun to have the house to just my husband and I – along with the dogs.  Though at times, I really miss the noise and activity of having young ones around.  Times certainly are changing.

Rob and I are planning to take a trip up to Washington, then down the Pacific Coast Highway for our 25th anniversary.  It is funny to think we’ve been married for 25 years, but it is also difficult to think of times where he wasn’t part of my life.  Planning this trip is fun, and sometimes frustrating, too.  We are both looking forward to the time together and seeing new things together.  He is also going to show me where he spent part of his youth, which will be fun.  I love how excited Rob is to show me a place he went as a teen that he is sure I will absolutely love.

I am very grateful for these extra years God has blessed me with and the time to share with my husband, children and family.  Can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the future.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Oh, my sister-in-law makes and sells soap and she sent us some for Christmas.  I starting using one of the bars last week and was so inspired by the scent and look of it that I wanted to make some candles to match.  I tried some in the style, but other colors and scents this weekend and can’t wait to test burn one tonight.  I’m hoping it burns well, so I can order some scent and share it with you.  You should go check out my sister-in-laws site and see her handmade soaps (she’s working on lotion, too)!  Any clue which soap inspired me to make candles?

3 Things Challenge

Okay, I have gotten way behind on Blogging 101.  Life gets in the way of what I want to do.  So we were supposed to choose a challenge and post about that.  What I chose was Three Things Thursday.  Yes, I know it is only Wednesday, but I’m sure I can come up with 3 things that have happened this week that are awesome.

1)  On Sunday, a friend at church came up and asked me how I was doing.  I commented that I was doing better than he was, as I had been talking with his wife about him having surgery today having cancer removed.  He responded that he didn’t know about that.  I love that he completely and totally trusts God with what he is going through.

2) On Monday, it was pretty cloudy and was supposed to rain, so when I got home from work, I decided to go out and clean up the dog poop so I wouldn’t have to do it when it was actually raining on Tuesday.  While I was out cleaning it up, it started sprinkling.  That was wonderful!  On Tuesday, it didn’t rain past 5:30am.

3)  I went to lunch with my daughter on Tuesday, which was so much fun.  Granted, she is feeling pretty awful, but we got to chat, for quite a while and shared some onion rings, in addition to our curly fries and sandwiches.  After that, my son met me and we went to coordinating podiatrist appointments.  On the way there and taking him home, it was fun to just catch up.  I love spending time with my children.  I know they are grown and gone, but it is still so wonderful to chat with them and find out about what they are going through.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today.  I know, this is the second post in a day, but I’m trying to catch up and I was thrilled to share 3 things that have made life fabulous so far this week.  Have an amazing rest of the week and don’t forget to look for the good around you.  Even those little things, like making a light, or something that makes you smile counts!