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Feeling all Rosy!

7 Feb

Feeling all Rosy!.

Feeling all Rosy!

7 Feb

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Feeling All Rosy Inside!

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I wanted to encourage someone today with these rosy benches.  You might be saying to yourself,” This gal has gone off somewhere.” When I found these old benches at a flea market, they looked like they once were possibly stained red, but they were so weathered that it was hard to tell for sure.  I shook them and they were pretty wobbly, but I bought them for practically nothing and took them home.  I remember asking my husband if he could tighten up the legs to see if they would become sturdier! Well when he had done as I had asked and tightened the screws that were in them, the benches were as solid as could be.  They were really sturdy and stable.   I then sanded and repainted them with a base paint.  I found that I honestly liked them just with the base color.   However, I could see something else in them.  I began painting the first rose and then the second until Viola! I had two matching rose benches that I received awesome money for at an arts and craft show!

“Okay, okay, you’re still wondering, what does that have to do with me?  How could that possibly encourage me?” Well, I once was like these old benches. I had been through some things that really made me look and feel pretty wobbly.  You might say I was very unsure of my purpose and wasn’t the least bit stable in my mind, will, emotions, spirit, or even in my body.   Life is a rough game to play sometimes, and especially if you play it hard!  Eventually the life you’ve led catches up with you.  But one day, when I thought I was no longer useful, or was so ugly that no one could ever want me, The Lord Himself bought me with the highest possible price!  He didn’t just slap a coat of paint on me, but he cleansed me from the inside out and totally remade me. He tightened up every” loose screw.” I was stable again and had new purpose and meaning.   I was in HIS eyes as beautiful as any rose….like these benches, He seen something more in me!

Jeremiah 18:2-4 (KJV)

2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

He is looking at you right now with the piercing eyes of the great Creator, The Master Potter and Artist.  He is remaking you and creating something so beautiful in you.  I just wanted to encourage you to know that you are of great value, worth and purpose.   He has paid the ultimate price to purchase you.  He loves you so much and considers you His finest piece of art!

It Came to Pass

31 Jan

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“It Came to Pass!”

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Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

In Georgia, this year, the winter seems to be exceptionally long and cold.  Normally in the South, the winters are very mild and we may have one winter event when we actually have snow or ice. I call it an event because many Georgians are thrilled to see snow; however this winter for many that I’ve talked with this winter season seems to be wearing down a lot of folks with sickness and just plain bone chilling cold! I know that compared to the Northern States that we do not have anything to complain about, but if you’re not used to the cold then it is very difficult.  I think we are definitely suffering from “Spring Fever!”

After Christmas is over I personally crave the Spring!  I can’t wait to see my crocuses peek out of the ground, which are usually followed by my Daffodils.  It’s not long before my whole yard is awakened to Spring and is splattered with brilliant colors such as yellow Wisteria bushes, vivid fuchsia and white Azaleas.  As if they are ordered, here come the pinkish white blooms of twenty-one Dogwood trees, along with a splash of deep purple Rhododendrons, red Tulips and blooming fruit trees that burst forth in all their glory!  Song birds fill the bushes and trees with their sweet melodies as the warmth of the Spring season marches in like royalty!  I love it, Spring seems to warm the soul of the weary!

What Season are You in?

The seasons are wonderful in that they are truly only supposed to last for a certain amount of time.  However, some people seemingly become stuck in a dark, dismal winter season that last way longer than a season should last.  Many feel as though their winter season will never end?

I can relate to those of you that may feel like you are stuck in a winter season! I can especially relate to those of you that may have been driven into a winter season because of a chronic sickness or maybe grief or loss of a loved one.  Sometimes things can hit our lives that absolutely knock us to our knees, but I am here to encourage you, that it is possible for you get back up! If you have ever read Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.   In this scripture, it plainly states that in everything that there are seasons, whether good or bad.  I once had a Pastor years ago preach a message that I’ve never forgotten and has encouraged me through many winter seasons in my life.  He preached “It came to pass! It did not come to stay!”  Regardless of what it looks like or feels like right now, again whether good or bad, “It came to pass! It did not come to stay!

Your Spring is waiting for you!  It’s time for you to stand upon your feet again.   Start living again and looking forward!  Yes, much easier said than done, but it starts with a made up mind.  In order for me to come out of my winter, I had to make up my mind that I was going to begin walking forward, even if it meant I took tiny little baby steps!  The great thing about being a Christian, is that my Heavenly Father, just like a natural Daddy held out his arms and encouraged me “Come on you can do it! You can make it!”  I hope that if you are a Christian that you can hear him tell you the same thing.  However, if you not a Christian, then I hope that you hear my heart and hear my cheers for you, “Come on you can do it!  If I walked out of a dark winter season, so can you!”

Welcome Spring Season!  The Winter cannot hold on forever! “It came to pass!  It did not come to stay!”

 

Resolution

22 Jan

Resolution.

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  Christine Gilliam Hornback is a wife of thirty three years and a mother of two young boys, ages thirteen and nine. She homeschools her children and is an author,meet our newest contributor tomorrow in www.lakeviewtimes.com

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Lakeview Times Online Paper

15 Jan

Lakeview Times Online Paper

I am so excited about my blogs being published in the Lakeview Times Online Paper!  In order to read my blog, you must click the link and scroll down!   Please Check out the paper with Greg Hetherington.  My new blogs will be posted every Wednesday!  

….Lakeview Times is a great online paper that has great resources that will inform and encourage.  The paper features many local community events and helps to promote them, great ideas to promote community in your town, city, school, church etc. The paper also has encouraging short stories, poems, great classifieds at very reasonable prices. 

I actually have my latest Juvenile Fiction book listed in the classifieds! If you are an author, artist or have items to sell, the classified ads are a valuable resource!  Check out the papers low advertising fees!

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Ask, Seek, and Knock!

10 Jan

Ask, Seek, and Knock!.

Ask, Seek, and Knock!

10 Jan
Ask, Seek,, and Knock!

Ask, Seek,, and Knock!

Luke 11:9

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man  who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while  daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”~ Theodore Roosevelt

There are many things I want to be or do in life, but I want to help others do and be as well!  What fun is achievement if you can’t pass it forward or share your success….I want to be spent doing what I was created by my God to do!  This quote by Theodore Roosevelt stirs my soul to shake myself and step out and try once again.  In reality I may not hear success knocking at my door…I may not even know what her knock sounds like as of yet, but by faith,  I can hear her walking up my walkway even now!

Be encouraged my friends….If you’ve asked and  you did not get an answer…Keep Asking… If you’ve sought and have not found what you’re looking for,…Keep Seeking….If you’ve knocked and the door has not been opened unto you…Keep Knocking!

 

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Three Steps to Change!

27 Oct

Three Steps to Change!.

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