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Sunday Sketch

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Even though we've had snow and dramatically cold days for more than a week, I'm loving the winter weather! My thrilled-ness spilled over to my crafting when I found these beautiful die cuts. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. On a card. For my card, I started with a 6.25x9-inch piece of card stock and folded it in half. I covered the front with dark blue card stock to coordinate with the blues in the die cuts. Then I cut a piece of textured decorator paper half an inch smaller than the card and centered it. I have a word document on my computer with tons of Scripture and phrases that I can resize and print out as I need them. The Happy Birthday is printed on white card stock and matted on the same blue card stock as the background. Inside is Psalm 139:14 printed and matted as well. Ready to make this card your own? Choose die cuts, patterned paper or a large stamp that will fit in two of the corners of your card. They'll extend past the edges of the card, so you'll

Winter Arrives In Southern Iowa

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To appreciate the beauty of a snowflakes, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. - Aristotle  No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland The very fact of snow is such an amazement. - Roger Ebert When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. - Unknown In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. - William Blake The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is this to be found? - J.B. Priestley Take me deep into the wintry woods where hope glitters freshly worn. - Angie Weiland-Crosby Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem. - William Hamilton Gibson

Faith: My Actions, God's Actions

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We've all heard that love is a verb. Love is something that you do, not something that you create or feel. The same holds true for faith. We live by faith, step out in faith and let faith be your guide. Faith is a beautiful word that we can act on every single day because we serve a God who is worthy of all our faith. David wrote Psalm 37 as an encouragement to his people who saw evil people getting away with evil things. The Israelites were no different than we are today - they had a propensity for worrying and complaining. There must have been some issue or concern among the people because David starts his psalm with a reminder not to fret (be vexed, annoyed or troubled). He probably wouldn't have had to warn against it if it wasn't a problem. This definitely sounds like he was speaking to people of our day, doesn't it? But he takes it a step further and gives the people some solid, practical ways to avoid fretting. How great of him to just teach us what God had taugh

Gift Bag Toppers For Bags Of All Sizes

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 Our youth group is through the first two chapters of Genesis in our chronological study of the Bible. We started on January 1 in Sunday School, and it's only taken four weeks to get through two chapters - there was a lot to unpack there! In just a  few weeks (fingers crossed), we'll be ready to study Noah and dig deep into his faith in God, his perseverance to preach and his desire to be obedient no matter what. The kids' gifts for that day are these adorable erasers in a bag with a gift topper. There is a super simple way to make treat bag toppers of any size, and here's how I do it. I start with a plain piece of card stock and make a cut mark slightly wider than the top of the baggie. Then I make a second mark far enough above the top of the baggie to fold it over. Then off to the paper trimmer I go! Once the card stock is folded in half, I use the same marking technique to mat a second color inside. That's the basic start for any bag topper I need. For this topp

Words For Wednesday

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Blueberry Dump Cake

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One of my favorite things to do when I'm meal planning for the week is to ask Danny to send me a couple of recipes he would like. And that's how we end up with blueberry dessert recipes! This blueberry dump cake needs only a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. Add a pint of fresh blueberries, you'll probably find them on sale soon, and you have a warm dessert for these winter days. Ingredients: 1 pint fresh blueberries 2 Tbsp sugar 1 1/3 cups flour 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup lemonade 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. 2. In a small bowl, toss blueberries and sugar until coated. Pour into bottom of baking dish. 3. On top of blueberries, add flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt, lemonade and melted butter, in that order. Gently mix until all ingredients are combined. 4. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees. The top will

How Well Do You Glow In The Dark?

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For Danny's birthday in November, I surprised him with a glow-in-the-dark succulent. Now, I'm not a horticulturalist, so I did a little research. These succulents are able to glow in the dark due to a special non-toxic coating applied during cultivation at the nursery. Throughout the day, the succulent is able to store up energy so it can radiate its unusual glow once the sun goes down. If you ask me, this is the coolest thing ever! Soaking up the sunshine, the plant's new pigment gives off a beautiful glow in the darkest of rooms. Jesus said the same thing about you and me. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 A light does no good when it's hidden under a bushel or taken