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Walk by faith

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Chances are good I’ll be away from Blogosphere today. Last Friday, DH joined the ranks of the unemployed. Our hope for another extension failed to come through, but given his original termination date was at the end of March then we count ourselves blessed for this little reprieve.

Job loss is nothing new to us…either of us, but more so for DH. Every since the 1985 RIF (reduction in force) at TVA, we’ve been dished the painful pink slip on several occasions. It’s never easy or fun, but we learn how to deal with each cut and trust God to tie us over until a new opportunity opens. My trust rests in Him.

The upside at this point in our lives is we are emotionally and financially better equipped. I have discovered maturing has its perks in the way I see things given to us ~ good or bad. Monetarily speaking, we are in a better place with no mortgage or credit card balance. These things strangled us in the earlier years. Of course, we have the usual obligations: utilities, groceries, etc. I think (I’m not sure 100%) with unemployment benefits (assuming things don’t go wrong…it’s a government program after all), we can manage these bills for a short time.

Electrical engineering jobs are tight in Knoxville. I’m not sure what this means now. Will DH find work locally or will he have to commute? Is a move in our future? What is God’s plan for us at this point? Only time will tell the tale and all I can do is walk by faith.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7

2 Corinthians 5:7

 

NOTE: Kindly keep us in your thoughts & prayers. Please, don’t worry, if I’m absent from blogging for a bit. We plan to take care of some chores we haven’t had time for in a while, while enjoying a little R&R in-between the job hunting. Thanks for understanding! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

Sunspiration: DIY Feminine birthday card

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Another birthday, another DIY rubber-stamp art project!

The anniversary of my mother’s birthday approaches and it was with great pride that I created this cute card.

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Sunspiration: Soldiers’ Deck of Cards

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A fellow sister in Christ, Suzanne from P.S. Annie! shared the below video on her blog this week. It was the first time for me to see it. I love card tricks, but this one comes with an interesting twist that’s not only awesome, it is Sunspirational!

We are entering the end of the first quarter of this new year. Promises of lovely, warm weather with the return of life to God’s glorious world is on the horizon. This is what I am looking forward to!

…behold the beauty of the Lord…ย 
Psalm 27:4
Flower images captured from my in-laws yard
In 20 short days, spring will usher in with God’s handiwork doting roadways, fields, and yards. Do you feel inspired to start some flowers from seeds indoor to soon transplant outdoors? I have not entertained the idea, but am feeling encourage to try my hand at it. It’s been years, since I have done this. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? What’s inspiring you?
Have a Sunspirational time!
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Sunspiration: Photography & photo editing fun

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captured with Nikon D7000

On Monday, DH & I ran around town enjoying a few light errands.  Temperature-wise it was very mild, not all what you would think late winter should be. Rain clouds were pushing into our area with the promise of thunderstorms to develop during the night, which it did.

The above picture was taken at Fort Loudon Lake in Farragut, Tennessee just outside of Knoxville. This tree has been stretched out like this the entire time we have been in the area and not until now did I see it with a photographic eye.

Envisioning this photo’s potential in a B&W setting, I preserved the original aspects of my image and elected to photo edit at my imagination’s discretion.

Below are two new creations using the same photo.

Fotor grey scale setting “Grey Popper”

Fotor preset “Sepia”

By removing the color, the stark monochrome images allow the onlooker to sense winter’s chill and the foreboding, approaching storm. Standing at the lake, while gazing at the contorted tree, I wondered how long it has been there and of all the stories it could share, if only it could talk.

Trees can’t talk, but God speaks through trees and through all things around us, as this tree lies in its winter dormant state, I was reminded of this Bible verse…

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ~Psalm 1:3 KJV

Do you relentlessly stand steadfast for something or someone or both?

What fruits do you bring forth for others to see?

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Sunspiration – Gratitude jar

Over the past two weeks I have come across two or three bloggers who were excited over a little DIJ project in which they put together a little thing called a gratitude jar.

What’s a gratitude jar? It’s simply a container that I will gradually fill with my blessings scribbled down on pieces of paper. There is no set time or day when I can add my thanksgivings to the gratitude jar. I can just do it when ever I feel especially happy about something in my life.

What do I need for a gratitude jar? All you need is a few basics, like a container, paper, and pen. I kept my DIY project simple using stuff I already had on hand, like an old 64oz jar that my mother-in-law gave me that I spruced it up with a piece of purple polka dot ribbon. I am writing my happy moments on a small pad of colored stickies with whatever pen is handy. Some people get really creative with decorating their gratitude jar and doing more than just including written reminders such as adding small objects inside their gratitude jar. That’s cool. Just have fun with it!

What is the purpose of a gratitude jar? It is easy to loose sight of how good I have it. On December 31st, I will open my gratitude jar and begin to read all the grateful/happy moments that I wrote down throughout the year. Hopefully, this activity will bring a smile to my face, warm my heart, and fill me with a greater sense of gratitude as I am reminded of all the good things 2014 held for me.  As the New Year rings in, I’ll throw out the old blessings to make room for the new ones.

Putting a twist on the gratitude jar.  Is there someone in your life that’s difficult to buy for? I know I do. I thought why not use the gratitude jar principle and instead of writing down blessings from my life, but jot down reasons why I am thankful to have a certain person in my life periodically and then at a given time say like Christmas gift the gratitude jar to that person.

Visit www.thegratitudejar.com to bless others or be uplifted!

What are you grateful for today?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father… ~James 1:17

For Bible verses on gratitude, click here
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