Dec 20, 2014

FE 164. 3 Words to Describe You

This digital buzz quest is for The Fun Extras 164, but whether you are following the class or not to earn credits, I'd love to have you join the conversation in the comments.  Go ahead, leave your answer in the comment below.

Text Frame Template Tutorial #digiscrap #photoshop

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Lesson 49 of Course 2 is a really simple, yet really awesome technique for creating a text frame template.  You may have seen designers creating these, but watch the video to see how easy it is to create a custom one perfect for your layout theme.  If you use this tutorial, please do share with me in the forum.  I would love to see what you do.  The link is on the guide page.

Mary & Elizabeth - Like-minded Friends #biblejournaling #illustratedfaith

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Luke 1 35 to 42
I have wanted to make this for over a week now and I'm excited to have done this one.  As always, I had some new revelations as I just sat and contemplated on the Word.

I recorded a video, by request from a few blog readers, of how I do these pages and hope to have it uploaded in a little bit.  Watch for another blog post soon.

(click on image to see credits on Flickr, if interested)

Bible Bits - Week 17

*This post was first written January 3, 2009.
Each Saturday, a new printable Bible Bits will be posted. Download it, print it, post it where your family gathers, talk about it, and pray about it with your family. Use it as a screen saver for the week.
BeingAnxious God tells me not to be anxious. Why don't I listen to Him?

Sometimes we associate the word anxious with looking forward to something good that is to come, such as what gifts Santa will bring.

However, I decided to look at the definition on

----"Full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried. "

There is even a special note at the bottom of the page indicating that the word is often used instead of "eager," but many prefer it only be used when referring to worry or unease. See here.

I am always anxious it seems. With my low self-esteem, I am always worried about what others will think of me. The thought of whether or not they will approve of me or approve of the task I have completed gives me great distress. I become uneasy and worried.

I know why I am this way. I am never good enough for my Mom. I even worked myself into a depression before Christmas worried about whether or not what I was doing would be acceptable to her. I never am. And it wasn't. My worries came true.

I know that it does not matter what other people think of me. I know that it only matters what God thinks of me. However, somehow, in the deep parts of what makes me "me," I still become distressed. It is something that will always be a part of me and never go away.

In Philippians 4:6, I am reminded how I am to handle being anxious. God wants me to come to Him in prayer in petition. He knows me. He knows my anxious desires of approval will always be with me. He just wants me to come to Him in prayer whenever these feelings come along.

For example, I often plan challenges, create videos, write tutorials, etc. for this site. When I become anxious about whether or not it will be accepted as okay, I need to pray to God and ask Him to be in the hearts and minds of those who view it so that they can be benefited by it with an open mind. I need to give it to Him and say, "Here it is God, I made it with the gifts You gave me, now do with it as according to your Will."

I know God can work good through all things. I just need to give it to Him so that he can do so and not worry because I can do nothing without Him. If anything good is to come from the things I do, it is only going to be because of Him. He can work good through the things I accomplish in the most unexpected ways.

God gives me instructions. He gives me a way out. Just pray, he tells me. What could be more simpler?

Dec 19, 2014

Plowing Ahead #digiscrap layout & NEW quote challenge

Keep Plowing

I am loving this layout!  I found this quote which made me go find an old photo just to journal my current circumstances.  Isn't it great how things come together in digital scrapbooking?

Join me and scrap this quote for Quote Challenge 63.  I would love to see how you interpret to your life.  Come one!  Stop just reading all the new stuff at HW and join us in the challenges.  We at HW are all about "just scrapping."

Click on image to see credits on Flickr.

Parcel Update (giggle)

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You Have A parcel in our custody worth the sum of $800,000.00 USD in a certified bank draft, contact our Head Dispatch Officer Mrs. Omozuwa Christopher.

For parcel delivery,

I forwarded that request to my Nigerian lawyer. 
He's taking care of all my financial decisions since discovering a long-lost business partner I forgot I must have once had.

How shall we live this Advent?

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So how shall we live in such times as these?

Live expectantly for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Keep awake.
Be alert.

Prepare for God's certain arrival.
Be not like King Herod who prepared for the advent of Christ
by killing the infants and children of Bethlehem.

Prepare for the second advent by saving the children;
saving them from starvation,
saving them from child abuse,
saving them from all manner of deprivation.

Be not like the shepherds of the fields
who were caught totally unaware of God's advent.

Prepare for the second advent
by knowing the Bible,
by loving God and all people,
by coming out of the hills and fields to attend the worship of Christ.

Be not like those of Bethlehem who had no room
for Joseph, Mary and the baby.

Prepare for the second advent by taking time
to entertain the stranger,
to visit the sick and imprisoned,
to talk with God so frequently that God becomes
a heavenly parent known intimately as 'our Father .'

Prepare for the second advent by remembering the first advent.
Celebrate Christmas by exhausting your supply of Christmas cards,
advent wreaths, and manger scenes.

Celebrate Christmas until your voice gets hoarse
from singing the Christmas carols.

Celebrate Christmas by attending all the plays, pageants,
concerts and Christmas eve services that you possibly can.

Celebrate Christmas without hesitancy and with joy.
December 2007
Paul Kabo, Jr .

Embossed Paper Tutorial - Digital Scrapbooking Designing

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Lesson 27 of the Designer Class is a really cool tutorial for embossing digital scrapbooking paper.  I would love to see what you do after following this tutorial.  There is a link to the forum thread to share with me and others your work.  Please join us.  It's free.

1 Corinthians 13 - a Christmas Version

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If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Author Unknown

Easy Gift Mug & Coaster - Video

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What a great idea and so easy.  I probably would not use the coaster.  I do not like coasters that are too thick because if I do not set it right in the middle and my cup overlaps the edge any, my cup tips off and breaks!  But maybe the coaster would be fun as a decoration propped up.