Friday, October 22, 2010

October 19, 2010... Psalm 31:14... (a birthday cut)...

Psalm 31:14 "But, as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;... You are my God. My times are in Your hands."

This papercut was made for my cousin and friend, Rosemary.

Dear Rosemary,

Here is just a little something for you...a gift of thanksgiving and praise to God for this life He has given you.

"This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

I created this papercut especially for you and this occasion (her birthday). I came across this verse recently and was really blessed by it (Psalm 31:14). I knew that I had to attempt a papercut expressing God's blessings and provisions in all of our "times".

The hand in this papercut represent God's carrying/covering/cradling hand. The sphere is supposed to have a clock "feel" to it, and it especially represents some "times" that I have witnessed God's hand move, work, grow, bless, and encourage me. He truly has "never left or forsaken me". :-) These "times" have been some of the hardest and traumatic times in my life, but God has grown good things in me as I have surrendered, clung to, relied on, and believed in Him. His mercy has endured through each "STORMY", "DARK", "DESERT", and "BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL" time. No matter what, He has been faithful, good, and never unjust.

May your heart be overwhelmed with joy as you remember His help and the works of His hand in your life over these years. In these, it is a blessing to remember. It's a great way "to encourage yourself daily".

I love you dearly, Rosemary. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I am personally grateful for these years, for over these last 11 years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know you, to laugh with you, to share. It has meant so much.

I love you, my cousin, my friend...

Always, Celita

October 18, 2010... Initial Cut: D is for Delia...

D is for Delia...

The verse is the Italian version of Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."

A little girl from our church just celebrated her 4th birthday, and this was her gift from my daughter, Miranda.

Buon compleanno, Delia!

The Last ATCs for Sille Six...

I am officially completed all papercuts for my trade with Sille Six... I am so glad to have done this trade. Thank you, Sille Six!

The Swirly Tree...

Sunset In India...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review for: JESUS CALLING 365 devotions for kids...

JESUS CALLING 365 Devotions for Kids is written by Sarah Young.

First, I was extremely excited that it is a hardcover version. Thank you! I opened to the "dedication" page and was touched by the legacy left by a loving mother, who had the wisdom to encourage and the sensitivity to the Lord to be blessed by the lessons her daughter was learning.

I was ministered to as I read the introduction. This phrase especially spoke to my heart, "Let go of your worries and relax in the quiet stillness of My Presence." Various different devotional lessons not only reach out to the heart of the children, but to my heart as the reading mother. That is because it is all based on God's word and the loving messages spoken to an open heart.

I love how the author makes the point of encouraging the readers and listeners to develop a lifestyle of LISTENING to God. When we listen, He will speak. These devotions for every day are very simple, but very direct. Meant to be understandable to children, they are also simple enough for the adult whose mind is just too overwelmed with the trials and challenges of this life. That is where I am at. I NEEDED something simple. I got it, and I am so grateful to the Lord for providing the opportunity to read these excerpts and for helping me to have a heart that wants to hear.

I have been practicing listening to God's voice for years now, but even this "seasoned" believer needed the basic reminders shared in this book. They speak of God's character and His immense, personal, and unconditional love for us. What mother would NOT want that influence for her child? I highly recommend this book for children even 5 and up. Though that young will require some explanation, I still think it's a valuable conversation starter for young ones, too. And depending on your child, even that age can grasp the concepts if backed up. I love the cover art: bright, colorful, and simply sweet. This is easy reading, which helped me to WANT to read it. And, I actually wrote in my journal that I think the title should read: JESUS CALLING 365 devotions for kids (and for adults needing simple childlike reminders for the heart). I also really like that there are "Read On Your Own" sections- extra verses to back up the day's devotion- and the special verse pages between months. Great and encouraging tidbits to remind the soul to "encourage yourself daily".

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I wasn't required to write a positive review. These opinions are my own.