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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Stephanie Serrano

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,