Friday, August 16, 2019

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps + My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop

It's a fabulous day today because Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is joining forces with My Sweet Petunia for an awesome blog hop and giveaway! There's a chance to win a $50 gift code to each shop, so we hope you'll join the fun and hop along with us! To be eligible for the drawing, leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop along the hop.

Blogs to hop are listed at the end of this post!

Teach Me

When I began working on the page, it was going to be a page to document my prayers for my grandsons as they started a new school year.  As I  studied the passage more and pondered over it, the Lord really began to speak to my heart that this should be a prayer for me as well.

Psalm 119 is one of the best passages dealing with being teachable and loving instruction, specifically the instruction of the Lord in and through His Word.

verse 11 "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

My prayer was that the boys would recall the words of the Lord as they make choices throughout their day.

verse 15 "I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways."

I pray that they will know and remember God's commandments and directions for their lives and that they will think of God's ways as they make choices.

verse 23 "Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees."

When the times come that others don't treat them fairly with kindness, I pray they will think about the Lord would mediate on His Word and ask Him how He would have them handle those situations.

verse 28 "I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word."

On the days that sadness creeps in, I pray that the love found in His word would brighten their heart.

verse 37 "Turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life through your word."

Whew, on the days when they are tempted to look at things they shouldn't, I pray Father, that your word will fill them instead.

verse 55 "I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord; therefore I obey your instructions."

In the afternoons and evenings as they talk to their parents about their day and they have their family devotion time, I pray that the truths they are taught and learn will lead them to obedience.

verse 114 "You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope."

My heart's cry for my grandsons, Lord, is that they will always know you are a place of refuge, protection, and that you always offer hope to them.

Through these few passages found in Psalm 119, the more I prayed for my boys to be teachable so they could learn these truths and live by them, the more the Lord spoke that this all applies to my life as well.  

I encourage you to read through this Psalm and study it verse by verse.  It is a beautiful reminder of all that we are blessed with by reading, studying, learning, and trusting His word.

The Art behind the Story:

I had the sweet privilege of trying a new tool while creating this page.  The MISTI by My Sweet Petunia was so helpful in correct placement of my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps as well as assuring that I got a good, even impression.

Here are a few photos of the process:

placing stamps

after misti "picked up" the stamps 

love the ability to stamp all at once

alpha placement is a breeze

Here's the blog list to hop along and comment on each for your chance to win:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

"I'm so excited to be part of the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas in July Blog Hop! Sweet 'n Sassy recently opened up an affiliate program through and so we have some of our brand new affiliates hopping with us today! Hooray! And since Christmas is a time of giving, we thought Christmas in July should be too! There's a drawing for a fabulous $50 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop from all of the comments at all of the stops along today's hop. So be sure to leave a little love as you hop about!" 

Ponderings from Matthew 1

It's hard for us to think about Christmas in July!  But, the Lord really put it on my heart last Christmas to be more mindful of the coming and the birth of Christ all the time, not just in December.

Let's take a look at some verses in Matthew that tell us about Jesus' birth.  The beginning of chapter 1 starts out with the genealogy of Jesus beginning from Abraham and going Joseph (verses 2-16).  We then learn about Mary's pregnancy and Joseph's decision to take Mary as his wife even though he first was going to break their betrothal.  (verses 16-21)

Then, in verses 23 and following, we are told this was all done to fulfill the Lord's message through the prophet Isaiah.

Take a few minutes today to go back and read those verses in Isaiah (7:14, 8:8, 10) and be amazed once again at the birth of Jesus.  Prophesied years before and fulfilled with His birth.  Be amazed at His coming...and be anticipating His return!

"We're also kicking off a Christmas in July sale today! Through July 31, all stamp sets in our Christmas and Winter categories are 25% off. No code needed! It's the perfect time to get a jump start on those holiday projects and cards!" 

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Abide isn’t a word we use regularly these days, but the definition is very clear. It indicates a choice. It suggests an action. It’s not something that just happens.

For my word this year, I really feel the Lord pulling me close to Him. I’m sensing He wants me to spend even more quality time with Him. Heart time. Also, more quantities of time...abiding in Him.

When Jesus called the disciples, He asked them to “follow Him.” It was used as an imperative, not just a comment in passing. “Follow me!”  In Matthew, we are told the disciples immediately left all behind and followed Him.
“One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:18-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I’ve been a Jesus follower for many years now. For that I’m so thankful. This year, God is drawing me even closer and calling after my heart to really dig in and abide. To dwell. To linger. To encamp.

As I began to ponder and pray over what this year should like like for me, I kept hearing the Lord whisper “abide. Just abide with me, Gayle. Don’t be making your own plans, let me guide your steps. When you encamp with me, when you draw ever close to me, when you truly dwell with me...that’s when you’ll know exactly what those plans, goals and dreams should like like.”

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:9‬ ‭NLT

For me, I don’t want to miss one thing the God has in store for the coming year. My heart is all His. If you are looking for me, I’ll be at His feet...abiding with Him.

Art behind the story:

For this entry, I knew the focus would be two fold. For the word “abide” I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps new Happy Alpha. All of the others words are from the January release His Love. The second focal point would represent my heart. For it, I used one of the pretty hearts from the January stamp of the month Filagree Hearts set. I stamped it twice on card stock and fussy cut them. I glued the center of the flower down but not the petals to give it a little depth. Next I created the background by applying distress oxides very lightly with a makeup brush. Lastly, I positioned the heart.

And that’s what our job is. To position our heart near Him...and abide. 

Until next time,

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Immanuel. God with us.

God with us. You and me. This world. Your neighbor. Our children. Us. 

God loves the world. (John 3:16) There isn’t anyone too far away from the love of God. When Immanuel is defined as God being with us, it means He’s available for all of us.

God with us. Alongside us. Always near. Never out of reach. With. 

When Jesus tells His disciples that He is leaving, He reassures them not to worry because He was sending a Helper to be with us. From then until He returns, we have Holy Spirit alongside us. (John 14:16-17)

God with us. God...the God of the universe. God the creator. God the Father. God the son. God the Holy Spirit. God.

It amazes, humbles, delights, thrills, and a million other emotions, that God is with us. He is not an unknown far off God. He wants to be with us. He tells us over and over again in His Word that we can know Him. My favorite passage is Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Do you know Him today? Have you asked Immanuel to be with you? Seek Him. He’s waiting for you.

Art behind the story:

The Sweet ‘n Sassy StampO Holy Night set was the perfect silhouette for this page. I used the Rebecca Script Alpha to create the word “Immanuel”, with the exception of the letter “I”, which I hand lettered.

Like I do often, I used Distress Oxides for the color on the page. The color was applied with a makeup brush. While the background may look random, it has several elements in it that mean a lot to me. 

There is a dove (Doves of Peace) stamped several times to represent the Peace that comes from knowing God. I used the Wood Backgrounds set and stamped partial images to look like a fingerprint. God’s fingerprints are all over creation. 

There are some music notes (Texture Tiles 1) mingled throughout because knowing Jesus makes my heart sing. Also, there is some text (Typewriter Text) stamped to remind me that He has the words of life. Lastly, I used the hearts from Grunge Elements 2 to show His love.

This is my last blog before Christmas. I wish each of you the sweetest time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Merry Christmas,

Patio Ponderings

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hello My Name Is

Advent. (n) the coming or second coming of Christ. 

My prayer during this advent season is that I would spend my time celebrating the birth of Jesus and having great expectancy that He is coming again. As I’ve been reading and studying, my heart has just been filled to overflowing with great joy!

A familiar passage came up in my study the other day, and this time, it leapt off the page in a new way and I was compelled to journal it.

Isaiah 9:6 reads “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 

Often, I get so caught up in the first part of that verse, that I don’t focus enough on the ending. That baby, that tiny baby, that was born in Bethlehem in a stable was going to be cal
led Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What? How in the world was a baby going to be all that? Well, it’s because He wasn’t just any baby...He was, and is, the Son of God!

Wonderful Counselor
When I need someone to talk with, and I need advice, there is no one better than going straight to Jesus. He is always there and ready to listen. He’s even got an entire book of advice for me on any given situation. 

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Mighty God
Our God is not just any God. He is the mightiest warrior that ever walked. There is no one or no thing that can defeat Him. And the best part, we don’t have to even do anything but stand still. He fights our battles for us.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you."”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Everlasting Father
To know that there is nothing that God separate us from the love of God is amazing. My God allows me to run straight in to His arms and called him Daddy. I am the child of the everlasting Father. The one who runs to me with open arms, and embraces me, and kisses me is my Daddy God.

“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Prince of Peace
Peace is the thing in the world that I believe everyone is looking for. Peace from the busyness of life. Peace from the stress of day to day. Peace from the million things tugging at our hearts and minds. Peace. Deep peace. He is our Peace. When we choose to think on the right things instead of the things of the world, Peace is ours.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

During this time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and wait with great hope for His second coming, I encourage you to celebrate all that we have because of who He is.

Hello, my name is “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!” 

Art behind the story:

The Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set Hello My Name Is was the perfect set for this page. I stamped the tags on cardstock and fussy cut them. My sweet team mate, Colleen (stirthesoul on IG), gave me the suggestion for the background. I used gray watercolor and made a light wash. Then I pulled out all types of stamps (I’ll list them below) from several of our sets to add visual depth and interest to the background. Lastly, I splattered brighter watercolors on it. Then I glued the tags down, added a bit of washi, and did my journaling.

My prayer for all of you is that this page will encourage you to dig in, study about the birth of Jesus and the prophecies surrounding Him. Also, that you’ll be waiting with great hope and expectancy. He is coming again!!

Much love,
Patio Ponderings

close up of background textures

 Doves of Peace

 Texture Tiles 1

Texture Tiles 3
Texture Tiles 3

Grunge Elements 2
Grunge Elements 2