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10 Ways To Fight Against Negativity

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We all know that one person who never has positive, upbeat things to say. Ever. It’s not just that the glass is half empty. There’s a chip in the glass, it’s an ugly color and there are probably a billion germs in that water. And look out if there are multiple negative people in a room together. What an unpleasant situation for everyone involved.

Or maybe it’s your own attitude that stays in the negative zone. Everything is difficult, no one cares and something terrible is probably about to happen. What is there to be positive about? No one understands, anyway.

We live in a world that fosters negativity. We can grouse on the phone, complain in person and pour anger and frustration into almost-anonymous social media platforms. There are so many avenues to vent our negativity into the world, and many of us do so without even thinking.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are…

Sunday Sketch

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Let’s pull out some gorgeous patterns and colors for today’s sketch. Then we can hang a beautiful image from a pretty ribbon and wrap it all up with the perfect sentiment.

There are actually two focal points for this sketch - the hanging image and the large sentiment beneath it. While you could use a smaller, longer phrase at the bottom of the card, this space just screamed for a large word.

Ok, it doesn’t really scream because that would be incredibly spooky.

Here’s the secret to hiding the ends of your ribbon: wrap it around the back of the torn card stock before you attach it to the card. This works perfectly for thin ribbon, and you don’t have disguise the ends in some weird way.

Ready to make this sketch your own? Start by choosing two solid colors of card stock and a pretty pattern. One color will be the background of the card, and the other will be one of the torn layers at the top. Tear the patterned paper and cut it to fit the width of your card.

Before you attach the banner…

Homemade Blackberry Muffins

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The blackberry harvest on the Carrell Wildlife Preserve is in full swing! The bushes are in various stages of ripeness, so we’ll keep bringing them in until we can’t bring in no mo’! Grammatically incorrect, I know...

Finding great ways to use all these wild berries is the fun part for me. I’ve posted many of them here before, so make sure you check them out, too. Just do a “blackberry” search at the top of the page.

Today’s blackberry muffin recipe has three things going for it: 1. It’s super simple. 2. You probably have all the ingredients you need in your pantry right now - minus the berries. 3. You can make 16 muffins with these measurements, so you can share the blackberry love!

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups blackberries

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with nonstick spray or muffin papers.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add…

Our Puppies Are Growing Up!

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A few weeks ago we started leaving the puppies out in the living room while we were gone for short periods of time. Up to now they’ve been crated in Molly’s oversized crate together because God forbid they’re not together. Molly hasn’t been crated for years, but we just hadn’t been able to leave the babies out yet. They have too much interest in ripping the stuffing out of ... anything.
It’s only been in the past couple of weeks that we’ve left them out for three or four hours at a time. They’ve had a few behavioral problems, but they’re things we’re really working on.
The first, and possibly most expensive, is their addiction to the ottoman. It no longer has fabric or stuffing around the bottom panel, and most of the wood is now exposed. Yes, that’s a very happy face Diesel’s sporting in this picture because he is incredibly proud of himself. “Yep. That was me!”
I hate admitting that our dogs are still struggling with basic obedience. They’ve grown up so much, though, and I have to …

Words For Wednesday

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An Insight Into My Creative Process

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If there were just one thing I could do for the rest of my life, it would be making greeting cards with Scripture tucked inside. I love everything about the process - from choosing papers and embellishments to moving all the pieces around to make the perfect layout. It helps to be addicted to paper and stickers, but that’s a story for another day. 

When I’m ready to sit down and put a batch of cards together, I start with paper. I have a box of card stock and a bag of decorator paper scraps that I start with. I’ve always liked to used up the bits from other projects before I tear into new, full sheets. Two patterns and two colors of coordinating card stock can make an amazing card.

Then I stack those papers together, match up the embellishments (which live in another basket) and choose my Scripture verses. It takes up a good chunk of space for a while, but it keeps my brain clear and focused to have these steps already done.

Then I’m ready to sit down and make a batch of greeting car…

My God, He Is ...

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David was well acquainted with God’s many characteristics. This man after God’s own heart had seen God be and do so many things during David’s lifetime. As we read through David’s life story, we can’t help but notice all the references he made to who God is and what He does in a believer’s life.

Our daily readings for the past few days have been in the book of Psalms, and these songs and praises are filled with David’s testimony of the Lord working in his life. How many of these have you experienced for yourself?

My God, He is...

My shield, my glory and the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3)

My portion. (Psalm 16:5)

My rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength, my buckler, my salvation and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2)

My shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)

My light, my salvation and the strength of my life. (Psalm 27:1)

My shelter and my strong tower from the enemy. (Psalm 61:3)

My rock, my salvation and my defense. (Psalm 62:2)

My help and the shadow over me. (Psalm 63:7)

Which of God’s ch…