Not Afraid of the Dark

This was a water color picture I made in an art class that I took with a friend who was undergoing cancer treatments at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

“I’m so psyched I had a great quiet time this morning and I’m ready to take on the day!” Said the 50-something mom and wife of three kids who’s been a Christian for over 25 years. “I feel God’s love and know the direction he’s calling me to.” She said, but by night fall, the worry, anxiety and even depression began to set in and the intimate relationship that she just experienced earlier in the day began to wear off like the disappearing sunset she just watched outside her window.

Wait a minute, now. Does God only show up in our day when we’re having our quiet times, when we have our Bibles and notebooks out? Or is God only available to us in the early morning of the day when we’re enjoying our cups of coffee? Or is our coffee just making us more alert to the truth that God is always with us?

Psalm 139:7-12 says:

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

You see, God is omni-present. Unlike a good friend we get to hang out with for a short period of time, our God is capable of being everywhere at the same time, day and night, with and inside every person in the entire universe! Since Jesus is part of the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, He must also be able to be with us everywhere we go, whereever we are, especially when we’ve got His Spirit in us.

So how can we make Jesus more tangible during the lonely times? Think about Him being there, with us in our present moment. Think of him in our souls filling us up with all of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Think of Him hemming us in, walking before us and behind us and taking our hand, walking with us or leading the way.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure.” It says in Jeremiah 17:9. “Who can understand it?” Our feelings of fear, loneliness and discontentment do not have to rule us. When we are in Him and He is in us, we can have the peace (and contentment) which surpasses all understanding.

And if that doesn’t help, He might just be nudging you to reach out and talk to someone who He’s put on your heart.

Have you ever felt nudged to call someone?

Flowers for Every Season 6 X 6 DS Papers from Stampin’ Up! Review and Designs

6 X 6 Flowers for Every Season from the Stampin’ Up! 2020/2021 Catalog

My husband has been singing that song Season’s of Love by Rent Film Cast for the last few weeks so I decided to make him 4 (yes, four) Father’s Day cards, each representing a “season of the love” that he shared with us being a dad to our kids.

In order to write down all of their memories, I polled our 3 sons and had them tell me what they remembered doing with dad that they loved from each of the seasons. Some of the things were going to the ocean, swimming at the lake, throwing a football and watching Halloween movies by the woodstove. I wrote them all down in each of the cards to give to him on Father’s Day.

Which one is your favorite? Happy Father’s Day!

Simply Citrus Card Kit from the 2020/2021 SU Catalog!

The green in the video is called Just Jade but it reminds me of Sage because it has a hint of blue in it.
Hello Sunshine/Calypso Coral Polka Dots
Thanks for Being You/Garden Green
Thanks for Being You/Mango Melody
Just a Note/Just Jade & Night of Navy
Way to Go/Simply Citrus Card Front
Way to Go/Just Jade Polka Dots

Which card is your favorite?

The New Stampin’ Up Catalog is Here!

Okay, fewer things bring me joy in life than receiving the brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalog. And this year’s edition will not disappoint. The awesome demonstrator who delivered it to me for FREE is Patty Bennett whom I highly recommend if you’re looking for a fantastic one. I placed my order two days ago and can’t wait to share with you what I bought and what I’m creating. Stay tuned.

Making Spring/Summer Face Masks during Corona-Virus

My sister lives in Southern CA and when the Corona Virus Pandemic forced us all to wear facemasks there were none to be found. So I made some using heavier flannel material because it was still winter-like weather in NJ.

I also sent one to my sister in CA and she said she liked it but it was “hot.” So last week I found some spring-like bedsheets that we were no longer using and got to work. I plan to send her one of the lighter-weighted face-masks this afternoon. I hope you enjoy it Diane!

Do you buy your masks or make them? I’d love to see yours!

Pattern that I used for making the facemasks

Homemade Gift Tags and Packaging Ideas

Did you know I used to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? I had so much fun stamping homemade cards and projects while I was home raising our children. As our children grew, I stopped stamping and went back to school to become a teacher. But my love for crafting hasn’t changed. I still have alot of their papers and other supplies that I use to create homemade cards and packaging like these.

I had two birthdays coming up, one for my son’s girlfriend and another for my son’s friend, Ben. The last package is for my friend, Robyn. I made her a facemask to wear during the coronavirus pandemic.

What creative hobbies do you have?