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26 March 2015

Virtual Smooches: 2nd Anniversary video + GIVEAWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello, friends:}
***Giveaway details below! 

Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches! **Note: Thursdays and/or Fridays are my NEW days to post on the VS blog:) 

Today I share very special video... Trav and I completed our 2nd Anniversary video!!! 

Here's a sneak peek of my video:

THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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ps... GIVEAWAY details: There are 5 prizes that include 4 Paper Smooches gift certificates and a box of crafty goodies that Trav puts together! Deadline: 11:59pm PST on April 1st! Winner announced shortly after that:) 

To enter---- just follow the Rafflecopter (please be honest!): a Rafflecopter giveaway

22 March 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS: March Designer Drafts challenge

Hello, friends:}


Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! This week we are sharing a DESIGNER DRAFT challenge. 




This week we are inspired by the following sketch:
**Sentiments can be placed anywhere on the sketch.

Ok---so I think I went a bit off... I didn't follow the sketch as much as I had been doing. Maybe 65% this time! I moved the sentiment to the banner (which is ok because sentiments can be anywhere). I also made the banner a rectangle and used just a triangle on the bottom right edge. And I did some other things... you'll see:) 


I used several papers and embellies that I had in my stash for this card- LOVE! I made the sentiment, from the PS Bosom Buddy set, black on black- LOVE! I die cut my brother's name and stamped a background for part of it using the PS Sassy Letters and Kissables 2 stamps/dies- LOVE! I finished the card using a transparency, ICT black embossing powder/VersaMark ink, and the Incognito and Spookalicious stamp sets ***Remember when I would use the pumpkin eyes for chevrons?!?! I remembered that this week and used it for a fun embellishment! LOVE x10000000! 


That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs, get inspired, and leave them some love


And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details!!!! This challenge ends March 28th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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21 March 2015

deep{er} #30: reflections

Hello, friends:)

Happy Saturday! WOW! It's the middle of March-- I can't believe it! 

I hope you've had a great week and that the Lord has been opening your eyes to His marvelous Word and works [Psalm 119:18]! 

UPDATE: So again... this last week was a busy week. That's because NHE is having our Launch Sunday event! I hope that you will be able to attend--- that's if you live in the area;) Details below!!! 

Here's what else has been going on this week: 
  • Discipleship- it's going well! This week was all about an encounter with the Living Water and the woman at the well [John 4:1-26]. Quick Reflection--- I understand that the woman didn't get what Jesus was telling her (most of the time I don't understand the parables and stories)... so I think if I met Jesus at a well and he was talking to me... I think I would respond with a curious face and the words, "uh....???" And I think this especially if the situation was the same-- I was a Samaritan woman, Jesus a Jew, no one really talked to me anyway, etc. I also understand how she was looking for satisfaction (approval, love, etc) from men. And finally, I understand that we need to run to God for complete satisfaction- only God can satisfy my deepest needs and desires. We were created that way- with a longing for eternity and for God. When I was doing this study, I instantly thought of a song that I started singing last year during my trial. I printed the music and played some of it on the piano for my student J (I messed up several notes, but at least she got the idea! LOL! Check out the YouTube video below!).   My challenge for myself and for J this week: to catch ourselves when we run to things/people instead of God and when we are relying on self-sufficiency or putting hope in something/one other than God. I know when we do this, it just ends up in emptiness... so why do we do it? Our nature... we haven't put our trust in God completely... either way, I hope that we both will really find peace and satisfaction in God! 
  • The Table Event- Trav and I went to a worship conference yesterday. It was super super fun! We met and made friends with many other worship leaders/pastors in Florida--- it's great place to network! And it was such a blessing because the whole group (and individual groups) prayed for our church's launch weekend service! Took me by surprise that they were so excited about our church and this special service. Several new friends said they would be praying for us at 10am on Sunday!!! I can't even describe how that makes me feel or how good God is! He knows everything! He planned it all--- from Trav and I meeting... serving together on a worship team...going through our trial.... to getting yesterday off from work and attending this event for worship leaders. WOOOOOOOW! Thank you, Lord!!!  
REFLECTION: This week's reflection will be a bit short due to a couple of things (including a busy week and I already wrote a novel for my "quick" reflection- and I still had one more point to make but I cut it off so I didn't write too much! LOL!). 

This week's reflection is from my 3030 Challenge reading of John 2: 14-16.

***NOTE: I've really enjoyed my Bible Study lately--- I love seeing what God reveals to me through His word, but I also like reading about the places/events happening because Trav and I have been there. It reminds me of all the things we saw on our trip to Israel last year. 

So in John 2: 14-16 Jesus gets upset that the temple is being misused and turned into a marketplace. He made a whip and drove everyone out saying, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!"

This reminds me of when we went to Israel and how the area around the temple was full of stores and marketplaces. Things really haven't changed. 

And even more so in our own churches... are we going to church (the temple/God's house) with the right mindset? I know that I attended church for the longest of time because "I had to" and because that's what was expected of me. Now I am excited about Sunday. I love going to church and serving the Lord, using the gift that He gave me. I want to go to church and learn more about Him and how to give to others in our community/etc. I love the fellowship and worship/sermons. 

I'd like to challenge everyone with this question: Why do you go to church?

My goals for this week:
  1. Continue my 3030 Challenge --- I'm in the book of John and super excited about what God's going to reveal to me! Open my eyes and show me great and marvelous things in your Word!!! Psalm 119:18
  2. FINALLY (REALLY!!!!!!!!! I need to do this goal) start chapter 5 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse *This is the chapter where Trav and I can be seen on the TV program Turning Point--- The Dragon! Check out my original post HERE. I'm giving up on this goal! Maybe if I give up, I will actually do it! LOL! UPDATE: still trying to finish this chapter! LOL! 
  3. Start praying for my NEW Women's Bible Study- Stuck! Will you join me in praying?! THANKS! It starts April 20th.  
      I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. I also am praying that God would open our eyes and heart to His Will, love, and Word. May you go deep{er} with God this week! 

      Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

      THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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      ps..I am asking for prayer for our church relaunch service. NHE is having a relaunch party TOMORROW---- Sunday, March 22nd. Please pray that all the details will be handled and completed, and that our community would come out and check us out (possibly even consider NHE their home church!)! THANK YOU for lifting us up in prayer ❤️

      19 March 2015

      Virtual Smooches: Sav Challenges #4

      Hello, friends:}

      Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches! **Note: Thursdays and/or Fridays are my NEW days to post on the VS blog:) 

      Today I played along with the Sav Challenges again! ***NOTE: I wish I would have started these challenges 2 years ago! LOL! The reason I'm completing another Sav Challenge is because I am in need of sooooooooooo many masculine birthday cards! PLUS.... Trav and I didn't have enough time to record our anniversary video! Fingers crossed we get it done this next week! 

      Here's a sneak peek of my video:
      THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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      15 March 2015

      Paper Smooches SPARKS: March Anything Goes (wk3) challenge

      Hello, friends:}
      Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! Another Anything Goes challenge starts today!   
      That's right--you get to create ANYTHING you want (as long as you use Paper Smooches stamps)!! This is the BEST challenge ever!!! 

      I created a card inspired by a layout I found on Pinterest--- I think my card looks good! That's not what I originally thought though! LOL! 

      I used some of my journaling cards to create this birthday card. I used lots of Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko inks, spritz  and their gold embossing powder! LOVE! I only used 2 PS stamps: Happy Birthday and Geobasics. This was a simple card to complete, but then again it wasn't! LOL! I said earlier that I didn't really like it... that was until I kept adding more and more details! Once I added the washi tape, ink splatters, homemade brad and thread... I liked it so much more! And then I added the sequins from Pretty Pink Posh--- PERFECT! It's a winner:) And I think my Sister-In-Law Jamie will get this for her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jamie!!!! 

      That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs, get inspired, and leave them some love
      Lisa 

      And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details!!!! This challenge ends March 21st. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! 

      THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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      14 March 2015

      deep{er} #29: reflections

      Hello, friends:)


      I cannot tell you enough how much time flies--- I seriously thought I had another day to post! LOL! 

      UPDATE: As you can tell by my opening statement, this week has been SUPER busy again! Here's what's been happening: 
      •  Discipleship- it's been going well! I really enjoy having J come over on Tuesdays. We are opening up more and getting more comfortable with each other... being with her makes me wish I had someone to disciple me when I was a teenager! Anyway here's my "Quick Reflection"---this lesson was about friendship with Jesus and the stories of Martha and Mary. The first story is one I'm very familiar with- Luke 10:38-42. Jesus visits these women and Martha is busy/distracted with preparations while Mary is at the feet of Jesus listening to him. I love how our study pointed out that Martha was gently rebuked and taught that there is more to life than work/etc. It's so easy to fall into the worldview of wanting credit for everything and working hard (so hard you miss out)... but Jesus was telling her to spend time with him. NOTE TO SELF! Great lesson right there! The second story was even better because I was also familiar with it but never read it the way it was presented (I miss out on so much info sometimes! LOL!)- John 11:1-16. Mary and Martha's brother, Lazarus  had died and Jesus came to raise him from the dead. Their reactions to his death were different, and Jesus responded differently to both women! I love that! Martha ran to Jesus and wanted to talk it out with him--- and Jesus talked with her! Mary waited and then went to Jesus, falling at his feet weeping. Jesus wept with her! LOOOOOVE that! When I go to God... it's a combo of these two reactions. I wait and try to do it on my own or I wait and not saying anything because I don't know what to say or want to hide my thoughts... and then I finally realize I need to go to God. I do wish I ran more to Him. NOTE TO SELF--- must try running to God:) 
      • Visitors- I love studying in our Study Room (check out my video tour HERE)! This week I was visited by two different creatures. Olsen was the first one... he loves to bother me when I'm studying... for good reasons though! He usually has to go out or needs food. But the second creature freaked me out the other night! In the video tour I mention that we have bird feeders outside our window. Trav and I like watching the birds eat and gather together. We also have pesky squirrels that eat the birdseed. One night this last week I heard scratching outside the window (which is above the couch I sit on for my studies).... I hit the wall thinking it was a squirrel. It continued and got louder. I turned around and saw two large eyes staring back at me! LOL! I freaked out because it was a large raccoon eating the birdseed! I never thought I would see that when I looked outside into the dark! LOL! 
        You've got to love this look! Olsen is such a goose! 
        Not sure you can see... but there is a large raccoon on our windowsill staring back at me! LOL! 
      REFLECTION: I have a couple of things to say today... they kind of go together... and then again, they could be completely random thoughts! LOL! 

      For 2 weeks (HERE and HERE) I mentioned something about being upset because the world is bad/horrible/getting worse/pulling me down/etc., and I'm finding it hard to live like Jesus. 

      Well.... this feeling is even more than what I've talked about the past 2 weeks... I want to be a GOOD Christian role model. I thought I was doing this, but it's so different than what I was taught! Honestly, I didn't have a Christian role model until very recently. So I've been doing my best, but Christianity is SO MUCH MORE! I love this quote from a sermon I heard on the radio the other day: "Christianity is a religion of the heart. An outward compliance is NOT enough." SOOOOOOOOOOOOO true! I'm trying to live like Jesus but that's not enough... I've got to get the Word down into my heart, as well as have a deep{er} relationship with God! When I only have an outward compliance I get sidetracked by the world... I've got to stick with my Bible and live with Jesus in my heart. *Hope this makes sense! It made sense to me when I heard that quote on the radio! LOL! 

      Ok... so here's my big reflection for the week---- a bit of background first...For about a year I've been stressing over how hard it is to be a leader in a church and if I could be a good leader. Pastors/leaders are held to such high standards and guidelines (there are lots of Bible verses about this). Trav and I were disappointed in many leaders that we knew, and we definitely didn't want to become like them (but that was really all we had been taught). As soon as Trav and I took on the role of Worship Leaders at NHE, I started to stress again but tried to put my trust in Jesus that he would give me the knowledge/strength/etc. Just a month ago, Trav and I were listening to a sermon that mentioned the early church leader Diotrephes [3 John]. I found this story interesting and then forgot about it.

      Until this week. My 3030 Challenge is continuing (btw- LOVE it), and I read 3 John

      3 John is a letter from John to Gaius, a man who generously gave to followers of Christ. This letter also mentioned 2 other people: Demetrius- another man who gave to followers of Christ and loved the Truth, and Diotrephes- a self-proclaimed church leader who does NOT reflect God's values. Diotrephes looks out for himself and only his works/things/etc; he is not a good leader and even refused to follow other spiritual leaders in authority; we read of his sin in this book, including pride, jealousy, and slander.

      I DO NOT want to be like Diotrephes! I don't want my work or leadership to be about me! I do not want to misuse my leadership position... I don't want to take for granted Christian workers who serve faithfully! 

      I haven't thought of our last experience much lately... but reading this chapter really opened my eyes to the type of leadership we were under. And that breaks my heart. 

      My Application Bible Commentary likens this type of leadership this way: "When a leader makes a habit of encouraging sin (or ignoring it) and discouraging right actions, this leader MUST be stopped. If no one speaks up (or nothing is done when someone does speak up), great harm can be done in the church!"

      OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!! It's TRUE! It's TRUE! The church will be in great harm if leaders don't take this position seriously and if we ignore what needs to be done. That's exactly what happened in our situation, and that breaks my heart that the place I called "home" and loved so much is in great harm! Even worse... my "friends" may still be in great harm! 

      So my reflection this week is that I am praying that I will not turn into a Diotrephes type of leader. I want fruit that is good, honors God, and that glorifies Him! I'm assuming that God took me through that chapter of my life (enduring a trial) so that I would learn about leadership and positions in the church. And I'm assuming God had me read 3 John because I need to keep in the forefront of my mind just how important my job is and that I am held accountable for the "sheep" under me [I know this is in the Bible... I can't find it right now! LOL! Trust me!]. 

      Whatever the reason... I want to be a leader that is a servant like Gaius or Demetrius. 

      My goals for this week:
      1. Continue my 3030 Challenge --- I'm in the book of John and super excited about what God's going to reveal to me! Open my eyes and show me great and marvelous things in your Word!!! Psalm 119:18
      2. FINALLY (REALLY!!!!!!!!! I need to do this goal) start chapter 5 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse *This is the chapter where Trav and I can be seen on the TV program Turning Point--- The Dragon! Check out my original post HERE. I'm giving up on this goal! Maybe if I give up, I will actually do it! LOL!
          I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. I also am praying that God would open our eyes and heart to His Will, love, and Word. May you go deep{er} with God this week! 

          Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

          THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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          ps... I am asking for prayer this week for our church relaunch service. NHE is having a relaunch party on Sunday, March 22nd. Please pray that all the details will be handled and completed, and that our community would come out and check us out (possibly even consider NHE their home church!)! THANK YOU for lifting us up in prayer ❤️

          13 March 2015

          Virtual Smooches: How-To Adornment Dies

          Hello, friends:}

          Today is my day to share a video over on the  Paper Smooches video blog- Virtual Smooches! **Note: Thursdays and/or Fridays are my NEW days to post on the VS blog:) 

          Today I'm sharing how easy it is to create an adornment for straws, pencils, or cupcakes using the NEW PS Adornments dies. LOVE x10000000! 

          Here's a sneak peek of my video:

          THANKS so much for stopping by--- be sure to go HERE for my video! Be blessed:}
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          08 March 2015

          Paper Smooches SPARKS: March Picture Perfect challenge

          Hello, friends:}
          Today we start another weekly challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!! This week is a Picture Perfect challenge.  







          This week we are inspired by the following picture:

          I had about five different card designs pop into my head when I saw those frames on this inspiration photo. The design and colors caught my eye... but then I went a different route! That happens when you run out of time! LOL! 

          I wanted a simple design- so I just slapped on some American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan patterned papers and tied on some Whisker Graphics divine twine. Then I used the PS Happy Birthday stamp sets, as well as the Fancy Frames Icons dies to create the focal point of this birthday card. EASY! LOVE it! 

          That's it for me today--but be sure to stop by the other Paper Smooches SPARKS DT members' blogs, get inspired, and leave them some love.


          And don't forget to stop by the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for more details!!!! This challenge ends March 14th. I cannot wait to see what you make!!! I might even join in the fun again this week and share some of my other ideas:) Fingers crossed I have time- LOL! 

          THANKS so much for stopping by! Be blessed:}
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          07 March 2015

          deep{er} #28: reflections

          Hello, friends:)


          Happy Saturday:) This last week was busy for us...but it was GOOD! I definitely saw God working and showing His grace/love/mercy/forgiveness all week! I hope that God was revealing Himself to you as well! 

          UPDATE Like I said, this week was busy. Here's a recap of this week's happenings: 
          • Discipleship- Tuesdays are my days with J. I was a bit nervous about this week's meeting because it was titled "A Sinful Woman's Encounter With Grace" Only in week 2 and we are already talking about sins! Talk about awkward. I don't mind admitting my mistakes (especially because it could help someone else from making the same mistakes)... but I thought I would have a couple of weeks to warm up to J before bearing all my deep insides on week 2! LOL! Anyway, it was a  great lesson about the woman caught in adultery [John 8:1-11]. Quick Reflection---this lesson really made me think about the grace I have been given in the past. I definitely didn't deserve this amount of grace, but thanks to Jesus... I received grace, forgiveness, and so much more! AND... this lesson was an eye opener to the labels that I put on myself or what I think others are putting on me. This woman was labeled a sinner (because she was caught)... but do I want to walk around with people calling me a sinner? Some of my labels (some I gave myself and some from others in my life)--- ugly, musically talented, fat, worthless, etc. Some of these labels are not true and shouldn't define me... but I let them. So I learned a really good lesson about grace and allowing Jesus to remove these labels and replace them with the labels like Daughter of a King, loved, special, etc. GREAT lesson! 
          • Answered prayers- I mentioned earlier that God has been revealing Himself all week... and He has definitely answered some prayers! We've been praying for a couple of weeks for a friend to get a job... she got it! PRAISE THE LORD! A friend needed help...and we were able to help (just like the early church in Acts 4: 32-37)! PRAISE THE LORD! I needed help to get through some projects...they are completed! PRAISE THE LORD! J had an orchestra assessment on Thursday, and we prayed that the group would do well... they got a superior rating! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! I prayed that a friend would be home so I could talk with her... she was there and thankful that I stopped by! PRAISE THE LORD!! And our friend had her baby on Wednesday--- she was asking God to give her contractions before she went in for a C-section, and He gave her contractions at midnight (she was supposed to go in around 6am!)! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! Here are some pics of the new little one- LOVE
          One photo... and it's perfect with Uncle Trav! 
          Uh... blurry!
          Uh...crazy smile and face :( 
          Attempt #15--- This one will have to do! 
          WELCOME Baby Rachel! Congrats Ramon, Laura, and family ❤️
          REFLECTION: Last week I mentioned that I just didn't feel good about something. It was as if the Spirit was convicting me of how much I follow the world. Well... this week it continued and I figured it out! 

          It's true- I get caught up in this world and listen to the lies I'm told. But there's more. 

          I think that last week's feeling was based on the following thoughts: "Why even continue to live in this world when it's so hard to live like Christ? How does one NOT get caught up in this world? What's the point of having kids, cleaning the house, shopping, throwing birthday parties, and enjoying life, especially if I'm supposed to sacrifice (for God) and not follow the world? And all things in this world pass away anyway... what's the point of doing anything in this world? 

          Some of these questions seem silly (and I'm sure some don't make sense at all--- that's Savannahland for you! LOL!)... but during my 3030 Challenge study this week, I had a bit of peace about all of this:) I finished 1 John and while reading a commentary about this book I read the following: "John writes this book to share that God is light [1 John 1:1- 2:27], God is love [2:28-4:21], and God is life [5:1-21]."

          "In our dark world, God is light.
          In our cold world, God brings the warmth of love.
          In our dying world, God brings life.
          When we lack confidence, these truths bring us certainty."

          (*thud*) This is exactly what I needed to hear! I was giving up on this world and my purpose!  I didn't understand how we could make any difference in this world. BUT God, who is in me, is greater than the one who is in this world [1 John 4:4]! I have victory! Why am I worried? Why was I letting the world get me down?! I have certainty because God is light, love, and life! And the best part is that because Jesus is in me... I can bring light, love, life to this world! Don't give up, Sav!!!!!!!!! Don't let the world win!!!!!!! God is greater and is inside of YOU:)

          God showed up this week... especially in my Bible study and what I was supposed to read! PRAISE THE LORD:) 

          My goals for this week:
          1. Continue my 3030 Challenge and move on to 2 John :) I still think it's funny that I am reading these books before John just like I did before- LOL! 
          2. Continue with Today in the Word Acts Bible study.  This goal might be put off for awhile because I'm reading so much and doing so many studies. 
          3. FINALLY (REALLY!!!!!!!!! I need to do this goal) start chapter 5 of the Dr. David Jeremiah Agents of Apocalypse *This is the chapter where Trav and I can be seen on the TV program Turning Point--- The Dragon! Check out my original post HERE.
              I pray that God has been speaking to you--- and that you are blessed beyond what you have asked or wanted ❤️. I also am praying that God would open our eyes and heart to His Will, love, and Word. May you go deep{er} with God this week! 

              Remember, if you need prayer, please contact me {savannahland2 at comcast dot net}. 

              THANKS so much for stopping by today! Be blessed:}
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