Dec 1, 2017

God Pause, part two by Jan Hess

God Pause, part two

Finding ourselves on the threshold of the typically busiest, most chaotic time of the year, it seems providential that just last month you were introduced to “God Pause”, the Lord’s calming command spoken from the midst of overwhelming, unsettling times:  STOP. KNOW. I AM.   Some of you have recently come through overwhelming, unsettling times; some are finding yourselves stuck there; still others foresee them ahead.  A fresh read of Psalm 46 provides more encouragement for those who heed the call to “be still.” 
 
Have you noticed the repetitions in Psalm 46 which declare God’s continuous, reliable, uninterrupted presence? Check them out:
God is … verse 1
God is … verse 5
The Lord of Hosts is … verse 7
The God of Jacob is … verse 7
I Am … verse 10
The Lord of Hosts is … verse 11
The God of Jacob is … verse 11

 
mighty fortress.jpgEnglish grammar 101 taught us that the statement “God is…” refers to the present tense.  God right now.  After noting the repeats, I wondered, “How many times is that?”  Seven reminders of God’s present-ness!  Suddenly, I remember that the number seven is very noteworthy in God-matters!  STOP. KNOW. I AM. “What does He want me to see?”  A quick research reveals that “seven” appears over 280 times in the Bible, most of which are contexts of great significance.  Another question arises, “Where is its first appearance?” In the first book, of course.  Genesis. The Book of Beginnings.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  And it took seven days:  six days of work and one day of rest. What I learned next really captured my heart:  the number seven denotes both spiritual perfection AND rest!  God completed His perfect creation in six days, crowning it with rest on the seventh.  Perfection AND rest evidenced in this spectacular seven-day event!  And even now, in all our events--pleasant or unpleasant, encouraging or discouraging, triumphant or tragic—our God is present in perfection and rest.  
 
Along with the psalmist, we declare in the third person “God is.”  But what does it mean when God interjects in the first person, “I AM”?  To hear the answer we need to listen with Moses’ ears!  When he encountered God in the burning bush and asked His name, God responded, “YHWH.”  In that four letter Hebrew word--for which there were no vowels--the LORD did not merely say, “I Am God Right Now.“  No!  He declared, “Who I was is Who I am and Who I will be.”  God-outside-of-time!  An eternal and forever present-tense-ness! 

 
We humans, confined to time, thinking and speaking in yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, are barely able to grasp this amazing truth about our God.  It is this facet of His character that gives us assurance that all our yesterdays and all our todays and all our tomorrows are known by Him, handled by Him, ordained by Him. The psalmist reminds us that this “not-limited-by-time” God is, was, and will be our Refuge…our Strength…our Fortress…our Help…our Center…our Stronghold…our Companion in our every moment.  The Always-and-Forever-Present One. 
  
What comforting news for us in the midst of our busyness or bitterness…in the pain of a troubled marriage or a fractured family…in the pressure of a demanding job or debilitating illness!   The Perfect God, the Great I Am, the God of Jacob, the Lord of Hosts, is with us!  Let’s praise Him!
Lord, You are the One who was, the One who is and the One who always will be.  You are the same yesterday, today and forever.  The Perfect One, the Rest-giving One.  Today I choose to surrender all that I am to all that You are.  I REST in You, trusting that You are in the midst of every detail of my life and are using each situation to PERFECT me by, in and through Your grace.  In the busyness, in the chaos, in the restlessness, I choose to pause in You;  To STOP. KNOW. I AM. 

Nov 29, 2017

Lights Shine Brights


Did you see yesterday card? The inspiration behind THAT card was the same behind this one. 

Don't you love to hear Words of His unfailing Love? Words that remind you of who you are and what you are supposed to be doing?
Well, SHINE! 
Because THAT is what you and I are called to do!



Matthew 5:14 says,
14You are the light of theworld. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.…


Try making this card or yesterday's.
Both follow the same style! Working on the instructions....and video! Stay tune.




Join my Team of Demonstrators (hobby, part-time or business) and start making a difference with what you do! Use your card-makingpower to bring Jesus praises and do good deeds! 
Send me a text or call me and I can answer all your questions. Go here to start getting some information. 

"He gave me something I want everyone to see"


I am so thankful you stopped by today.
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Creative Blessings,

Jessica Cruz de Urrutia
Stampin’Up! Independent Demonstrator since 2010
Newark, Delaware (hablo Español)
Looking to keep your budget!
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CASE this card (CASE: Copy All Share Everything!)
Notable Alphabet Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Notable Alphabet Clear-Mount Stamp Set
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Nov 28, 2017

Inspired by Light Shine Bright by Toby Mac

One wonderful thing kids bring into your life is absolutely different styles and perspectives of what beauty is. My youngest child, my boy, has chosen music groups I never paid much attention to and to my surprise have been such a blessing!

Here this song resonates in my heart so often I ended up creating a card with its main word. SHINE! 

I've been exploring different ways to showcase my alphabet stamp sets. I have several, old and new that I really like. 

Do you have a well-loved alphabet set?
Is time to get it out and use it sending Words of Life! 
Yes, use your card-making power to connect with others and remind them how amazing they are.

The song below inspired this card...is from Toby Mac, my boy's favorite singer. So cool we got to see him in a concert back in September at the Bloomsburg Fair in PA.
Click Image to PLAY song video, enjoy!



Check tomorrow's post for instructions on making this card. 


Do NOT hide! "You cannot hide what was meant to stand out" ~heard this on a preview to the movie Wonder. It spoke loud to me. 

Stand out in whatever the Lord called you to do! It will bring Him glory and will make your heart happy too!




Little by little moving forward believing God.
 I discovered few weeks ago, God gave me Stampin'Up! to make me happy...
can you even fathom that?
Sometimes we THINK way too lofty and "spiritual"....forgetting the God we serve desires to bless (makes happy, prosperous, great!) us in diverse ways. 

Stampin'Up! is one of my many blessings!
Share below what is one blessing God gave you that surprised you?

My goal is for His name to be Praised! 
My measurable goal is not my sales or events, but YOUR COMMENTS, you connecting with me testifying of His love, of how this or another post blessed or inspired you, you speaking out His goodness! So share below! :)

Join my Team of Demonstrators (hobby, part-time or business) and start making a difference with what you do! Use your card-makingpower to bring Jesus praises and do good deeds! 
Send me a text or call me and I can answer all your questions. Go here to start getting some information. 

"He gave me something I want everyone to see"


I am so thankful you stopped by today.
If you need any products please visit my store here and use current hostess code: HQ6HS7T2

Creative Blessings,

Jessica Cruz de Urrutia
Stampin’Up! Independent Demonstrator since 2010
Newark, Delaware (hablo Español)
Looking to keep your budget!
Check my Stampin' Savings here!

Want to take a look at the current catalogs?
Click here!

I use Stampin'Up! for all my products. 


My Facebook GROUP here
or my Youtube Channel here!

Bless me today with Words of Life in the comments! 
TESTIFY! :)




CASE this card (CASE: Copy All Share Everything!)
Broadsheet Alphabet
Broadsheet Alphabet
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Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
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Handheld Stapler
Handheld Stapler
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