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!

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Smile

A few days ago I saw an amazing post called, “Around the World in Nine Photos” by Krista.  Now, I’m not a world traveler, I see beautiful pictures of places and think,  “Wow! I’d love to go there sometime.”  However, these were pretty amazing photos that were shared and a couple of them had people in different areas of the world smiling.

I’m often told I have a beautiful smile.  It’s not that my teeth are perfect (they certainly aren’t), or my lips are perfectly formed (a kid in grade school used to make fun of my lips being too fat), it’s where my smile comes from.  My smile is a gift from God.  He has given me every reason to smile, whether things are going good, or bad, my health is horrid, or actually pretty decent for a change, my situation is great, or horrid.  He blessed me with life (when I should have died many times over), hope (I know where I’m going and why I’m here), and gratitude for all He does and allows me to do.  God is absolutely amazing.  He gave me a smile and that is something to be shared with others.  So, I share it.  I smile at people I pass on the street, people who are near me in stores, or lines, no matter their lot in life.  Do I smile constantly?  It sounds like it, but no.  And, I look at people when I smile at them.  Yes, that has caused some unwanted attention as some think I’m flirting.  I’m not.

Anyway, when I see someone smiling (a real smile, not the fake ones kids in America are trained to pop on their face as soon as a camera or phone appears), I thank God for the person and for their smile.  Smiles really are a generous gift.  It encourages someone else, who maybe doesn’t see a smile very often, or has had a really rough time.  And, they are contagious.  When someone smiles at me, it makes me smile and share that smile with someone else, who may smile then, or later, which encourages another to smile.  Those real smiles give us pause and work their way through us, to give us a brief rest and often a different outlook on life.  What may have seemed a huge problem, doesn’t look so huge anymore, or maybe we a way around it rather than through it.

So, take a look at the gorgeous pictures in the original blog post.  Take a moment to relax and enjoy.  Then, go smile at someone as you go through your day.  They may really need that bit of encouragement, or someone they smile at may.  Who knows, your smile, passed on, may be the only bright spot in the day someone along the way.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Encourage Some Friends

Sometimes, you need to take the gifts God has given you and encourage someone.  I made two cards today for some friends that just need a bit of encouragement.  I’m hoping these do the trick.

This first one is on a St Patrick Day’s theme as it is all in greens.

3-11-13 St Pattys Day Window

 

Supplies:

  • Primitive Blessings (Gina K)
  • Signs of Autumn (Gina K)
  • Cottage Ivy ink (Memento)
  • Remake Grass Greens paper pad (K&Company)

This next one is a bookmark card.  I’ve never actually used my perforation blade, so I finally got to use that.  This is for a couple that I want to encourage.

3-12-3 Bookmark 1

 

3-12-13 Bookmark 2

 

Supplies:

  • Hot & Spicy (MFP)
  • Tuxedo Black ink (Memento)
  • Woodless Colour Pencils (Koh-i-Noor)
  • Red Glaze pen (Sakura)

Take the time to use the gifts God has given you, no matter what they might be, and encourage someone else.  It not only makes them feel better, you feel better, too.

For more ideas on these types of cards, check out the MFP SpeedyTV links and see what other did.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Hope In the Lord

This verse stood out to me this week and I wanted to highlight it.  I kept coming back to the Lord being a strong tower and the one we run to for protection, which led me to think of a lighthouse.

 

Supplies:

  • White card (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned Paper (??)
  • Verse (NIV Zondervan – done on computer with Word)
  • Classic Scalloped Ovals Large (Spellbinders)
  • L9061 Brass Stencil (Lasting Impressions)
  • Red, Black, Yellow, Clear Glaze Pens (Sakura)
  • Broken China distress ink (Ranger)
  • Celebrate It Basic Narrows (Michaels)

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Remember, when things aren’t going well, run to God.  He knows you and loves you.