Jun 29, 2009

Living in His Presence

This is a quote from Spurgeon's Daily Devotionals for Sunday.

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13)

"'The upright shall dwell in thy presence!' They shall stand accepted where others appear only to be condemned."
I just stopped as I read those words, and a few faces quickly flashed through my mind. I thought about those who oppress, abuse, snub and mistreat others for their own selfish gain and have gotten away with it. They think, because there have been no consequences to their actions, that they are winning the battle. But in reality, they are deceived in their thinking and will one day discover the truth. They will discover that they were losing all along. The question is whether they will discover and trust in Jesus before that day of judgement.

Lord I thank you that you have accepted me and have helped me to know you. Draw me nearer still and don't let me step to the left or the right but keep
me centered on you. I lift up all of these that came to mind, and I pray that you would speak to their hearts and invite them to know you now. In Jesus Name - Amen


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

Jun 27, 2009

What Goes On at Grandma's House?

Had a sleepover with my darling little granddaughters and thought I would share some of the fun with you. I have been volunteered to do face painting, or paint facing as Ashleigh says, at a church event this Sunday. I needed some volunteers to practice on so I twisted the girls arms to get them to comply. :)

Olivia made ears to go with her puppy face.

Paw prints.

After paint facing we went to the grocery so the girls could show off their new look to the public and because we wanted ice cream. Olivia and I got our favorite, Mocha Almond Fudge, and the little ones opted for ice cream sandwiches.

We came home, ate chicken quesadillas and ice cream for desert, took baths, played on the computer, read a story and about midnight they were wiped out. I let them stay up late since it was Friday and we had no real need for a schedule. :)

Did I wear 'em out good or what?

Saturday activities included fire cracker poppers. See how the decorated my rose bush?

More paint facing.

Thanks for joining us!


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

Jun 24, 2009

Another Award

Two dear friends have both given me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Alice at From the Heart, a very loving lady who is always encouraging others, and then Alleluiabelle at Humble as I Go also awarded it to me. What rich gifts God has given me in these friends. Thank you both for thinking of me. I truely appreciate you.

I am required to nominate 7 other bloggers for this award and they are supposed to nominate 7 others. (Be sure to leave a comment on their blog about the award.) After they accept the award they are then asked to write a list of 7 things that their blog readers may not already know about them.

Now most of you know that I don't generally follow the rules about these awards and I just give them out to all of my bloggy friends because I really do think you all deserve them. Well this time I'm going to try to follow the rules and pick some of you for this award.

Now if I pick you and you don't have room on your sidebar for another award or it's the wrong color, or not your style, or you can't hang it straight, that's ok. You are not required to hang it on your blog unless you want to.

But I'm sure you can come up with 7 things about yourself that we don't already know so have some fun and do the post. :)

Here are my picks:

ADHD-Jo at Monkey's are Funny - I pick her because she could win a creative wrtiting contest hands down. So she certainly deserves this award.

Sue J at CREATE: Making Something of Today - The title of her blog alone says it all. She is creative in her writing and activities.

Heaven at Heaven's Journey - God is working through her to create some wonderful Name Pictures inspired through prayer. You can see some of her work at Heaven Designed.

Mrs P at The Patterson 5 - For her creatively fun family outings and adventures. :)

Alexa (Cindy's daughter) at Army Brats and Me - When Cindy got cancer, Alexa came up with the idea to give away "Faith" and "Hope" bracelets to people in every state in the country to encourage prayer for her mom. Now THAT's creative AND Love. Way to go Alexa!

Gigi and Cici at Chatty Kelly's Kids Say - They are very creative thinkers!

Zoie (Pamela's daughter) at Pinkshoelady - For her creative poem for her daddy on Father's Day.

The kids can tell us 7 things about themselves or their parents at the parents discretion.

Now 7 things about me that you don't know. Hmmm.

1. I have only ever had one broken bone in my life and I paid a doctor to break it. I worked in an ENT office and one day we got talking about what each of the doctors seemed to be best at. When we started talking about the doctor who was good at nose jobs I mentioned that I didn't like my nose. About that time the doctor walked in and the girls in the office offered that information to him. The rest is history.

2. I remember almost every detail about the house I lived in when I was three years old but I don't remember a great deal of my childhood after that.

3. I have only ever gone away for vacation once in my life and that was within the last 10 years. A friend of mine in California and I decided to go to Florida on vacation together one year. She flew to Texas where her plane connected with mine at DFW airport and we flew together the rest of the way.

4. I clean when I'm angry or upset. From the look of some areas in my house, I must be pretty content.

5. I took a silver-smithing jewelry class in HS. I would love to do that again.

6. As a kid, one of my chores for a period of time was to feed the dog. I had to open a can of dog food using a manual can-opener. To this day I can't use a manual can-opener without thinking of dog food.

7. I moved out on my own when I was 17. I had my dad's permission and blessing. I was very close to my dad, I just wanted to be on my own.

Thanks for reading along!


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

Jun 23, 2009

Tuesday's Special Guest

Every Tuesday my friend ADHD-Jo hosts a special guest, blast from the past. I thought I would join her today and have a special guest too.

I was visiting Rebecca's blog and she mentioned this group in one of her posts. I loved this song but apparently not as much as Rebecca loved the group because she saved up her money and bought their album. I only bought the 45. If you don't know what a 45 is then you probably won't recognize the song either but I'm sure you will enjoy the choreography . ;)


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

Jun 11, 2009

The Last Three Months and a Giveaway

Well as you all know, the last three months has been so busy for me that I have barely had any opportunity to post anything or keep up with my visits to all of your blogs. I can't believe it's been three months!

Anyway, during that time I have missed a number of things so I thought I would play catch up today.

I have to tell you that I am still amazed at the friendships that I have developed here. Even though I wasn't around as much as I had been, you were all still here. You still came by to visit, and emailed me, and said prayers, and encouraged me so much. You are truely a blessing to me.

~ April 10, 2009 was my one year blogoversary for Rich Gifts.

~ April 25, 2009 I posted my 200th post to Rich Gifts. (I missed my 100th post also which was on 11/20/08.)

~ April 11, 2009 I posted my 100th post to Rich Gifts Graphics and Blog Design.

Several of you have been kind enough to award me in the last three months and I am just now getting around to acknowledging your kindness. Please forgive me and know that I am honored that you think of me and every award is deeply appreciated.

His Light Shines Award from Alice at From the Heart

Friendship Award from Heather at Things Above

A Mountain Bouquet gifted by Stephanie at TruthSharer

UBER Award from Tammy at Umahs Helping Hands

Sisterhood Award from Kathy at Blessed Builder

Golden Heart Award from Alice at From the Heart

Encouragement - Sistah's For Life Award from Lorie at Encouragement From the Heart

I know that most awards have rules that you pay them forward to a certain number of people but I think you have all learned that I can't narrow it down to just a few so as in the past, I am awarding all of you for your love, kindess, prayers, encouragement and friendship. You really do mean so much to me.

Now I'm adding a little twist this. To all of you who gave me the wonderful awards above, I have a special award I have made just for you. There are no rules, you do not have to award it to anyone else, just receive it and know that it comes with love.

Please accept this Beloved Blogging Buddy Award for your thoughtfulness.

Now did you see the word Giveway in the title? Oh yes, I almost forgot. :) Well with all the things I missed it surely must be time to have a giveaway. There will be an announcement at Rich Gifts and Graphics on Monday, June 15, 2009 so be sure to watch for it!! :)


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

Jun 7, 2009

Prayers For a Dear Bloggy Friend

Alleluiabelle at Humble As I Go is very much in need of prayer for her husband's health. She also needs prayer for comfort and for God's Peace to rest on her.

Would you please pray for them and visit her blog to let her know that you are praying? Thank you so much.

Humble As I Go

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27