Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Today is my 31st wedding anniversary. Sometimes amazing seems to be the best word to describe our journey together. We have definitely had hardships and stretching times, but through the lense of perspective we can glean nuggets of truth and wisdom that help us carry on.

I am so thankful to God for giving me such a wnoderful, loving husband. God knew exactly what I would need in my life partner and he created Jerry to be just that. He truly is my better half. He believes in me when I don't even have a thread of hope, he encourages me with his smile and funny jokes to show me not to take life so seriously. He loves me when I am grumpy and unloveable. I guess the list could go on and on, but I just wanted to document our love, our life, our marriage and say: "Thank You God for blessing us with Your love and for our love for each other. You are the source of our love."

Hope whoever is reading is blessed to know that God is still at work in individual lives; that He takes pure pleasure in blessing His little sheep.

Continuing to follow...where ever He leads.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Little Sheepish

My dear sister, who knows me inside and out, suggested I write a little bit about why I enjoy making sheep themed gifts.

Of course, being the "stubborn sheep" that I am, I thought to myself: "Isn't it obvious?" Jesus is our Shepherd, if we follow Him we are called His sheep.
But, then after thinking it through (usually sheep don't do this well); I realized that maybe my older and wiser sister had some good points.

I have recently finished reading Phillip Kellers book; A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.
Quote from the book: "It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep. The behavior of sheep and human beings is similar in many ways ...Our mass mind (or mob instincts), our fears and timidity, our stubbornness and stupidity, our perverse habits are all parallels of profound importance. Yet despite these adverse characteristics Christ chooses us, buys us, call us by name, makes us His own and delights in caring for us."

Today, this little sheep is in need of the Shepherd's Rod and Staff of correction and comfort. So thankful that My Shepherd is ever living to guide and care for me!

That is just one of the reasons that I enjoy making and wearing my little sheep pins. They are a continual reminder to me to keep following. My Shepherd is GOOD and He has exciting jouneys and vistas to lead me through.

Hope your day is worry free as you choose to follow Christ.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Little Things

We've all heard it said that life takes place in the little things...the details.
This past week some of the little things that have made my life enriched are:

~Being featured in the CAST team blog. When Phyllis contacted me with the idea of being featured, my heart skipped a beat or two. Not so much as being featured, but more that I could be part of something bigger than myself. Being part of a team is reassuring...I am not alone.

~Hearing words of encouragement from a friend who is enjoying visiting my shop and considering setting one up herself.

~Talking with my son who is getting ready to deploy, and hearing his words of affirmation and encouragement to me; not really giving himself a thought, but his loved ones around him.

~Watching Mr. and Mrs. Finch build their nest in my eaves, and then observing Mr. Finch taking care to feed the Mrs. while she is "setting".

I could go on and on with more 'little things', but a new day awaits, and I must answer it's call.

My Bible reading today is, Psalm 145:14-16

"The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing."

May my eyes be focused on You Lord, and my heart be bowed down before You. You are my provider and sustainer who satisfies.