Sunday Reflection 11/27/16

Hello Dear Friends ~

Today is the start of Advent, as we begin preparing for the birth of Jesus.

Just a little something about the advent wreath and the candles around it.

The first of the candles lit will be purple, and the first candle stands for Hope.

This is a tradition we had in our family when the girls were living at home.   Pete would light the first candle, the second candle was lit by Kristin our oldest ~ the third candle was my candle, and the last candle was lit by our youngest Aly.

Pete would say the prayer for each candle lit.

Our advent wreath was made by my Dad ~ something to treasure always.

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The Advent Wreath is a tradition related to Advent, the Church season immediately preceding Christmas. The Advent Wreath is a popular tradition among many Christians, Catholic and Protestant. It is often used in homes, churches, and schools.

The Advent wreath, first used as a Christian devotion in the Middle Ages, gets its design from the customs of pre-Christian Germanic and Scandinavian cultures, who used candles and greenery as symbols of light and life during the winter. The Advent Wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with four or five candles, three purple, one rose, and (if you use the five-candle type), one white candle for Christmas Day placed in the very center of the wreath. Some Christians use blue candles instead of purple.

The candles symbolize the light of Christ coming into the world. The evergreen symbolizes renewal, and the circular shape the completeness of God. The candle colors are derived from the traditional liturgical colors of Advent (purple and rose) and Christmas (white). Each candle is first lit on the appropriate Sunday of Advent, and then the candles may be lit each day as a part of the individual or family’s daily prayers

Advent Week One

Directions
Light the first purple candle

Prayer:
Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come,
that by thy protection we may be rescued
from the dangers that beset us through our sins;
and be a Redeemer to deliver us;
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Have a wonderful week all.

Much love,

Rose

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Sunday Reflection 11/20/16

Good Morning Friends ~

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Today we talk about Self-Control ~ the last fruit of the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean ~

The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

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The last characteristic listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as a fruit of the Spirit is self-control. The fruit of the Spirit is the change in our character that comes about because of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. We do not become a Christian on our own, and we cannot grow on our own. Philippians 2:13 says that “it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Every good thing we do is the fruit of the Spirit’s work in our lives.

Self-control is, of course, the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no”. 

One of the proofs of God’s working in our lives is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. It’s not that we are naturally weak-willed. But our fallen nature is under the influence of sin. The Bible calls it being a “slave to sin“. One definition of sin is “filling a legitimate need through illegitimate means.” Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we are incapable of knowing and choosing how best to meet our needs. Even if we knew what would be best, such as not smoking, another need, like comfort, would take precedence and enslave us again.

When we are saved by Christ’s sacrifice, we are free (Galatians 5:1). That liberty includes, among other things, freedom from sin. “Our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). Now, as the Spirit gives us self-control, we can refuse sin.

Self-control naturally leads to perseverance (2 Peter 1:6) as we value the long-term good instead of the instant gratification of the world. Self-control is a gift that frees us. It frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy body. It frees us to rest in the security of good stewardship. It frees us from a guilty conscience. Self-control restricts the indulgence of our foolish desires, and we find the liberty to love and live as we were meant to.

I’m not sure about you, but this is the hardest fruit for me.

I try very hard to say NO, you do not need this, but I become weak and give into my desires.

I think if we really want the spirit in our lives, we must practice self-control.

This is one I will try to accomplish .  It will not be easy, but I am willing to give it a try.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday & a Happy Thanksgiving.

Much love,

Rose

 

 

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Better look for the Office

Good Morning Friends

Once again Pete & I looked at the office/TV room and agreed we needed to make a few changes.

After thinking – what am I was using the space for ~ (Extra room for guest to stay) ~ we chose to use this room for that purpose, and Pete’s office ~

TV is back in the Family Room ~

This ment moving thing around again.  Sometimes you don’t get it on your first try.  So what do we do??  We keep trying until we get it just the way we want it to be.  I say it’s a better look for the Office..

First take on the office – The couch looked good here, BUT – better in front of the windows especially since the TV is no longer in this space.

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I love how it looks, and is better when our guests come to stay.  No furniture to be moved except the ottoman.

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A few more pictures of the office space.

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A better space for the desk – putting the desk here breaks up the big white wall.

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Sweet little heart  ~ First one I made, and made me want to make more.

I will be redesigning my Etsy store after the Christmas holidays ~

Be sure to check out the New Redesigned store after Christmas.

http://www.muchloverose.com

Much love,

Rose

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Sunday Reflection 11/13/16

Good Morning Dear Friends ~

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Today we look at gentleness of the spirit ~

Gentleness to me ~ listening to each other in a sweet tender way.

With all the messages going on Facebook and the sadness people are experiencing I think now is the time to become gentle, speak kindly, show compassion.

~ GENTLENESS ~

Gentleness is not being weak, as with meekness, gentleness is strength under control. It allows us to be tender, just think how big and vast and powerful God is, who is bigger than the universe, who transcends space and time way beyond our comprehension. Yet, He treats us with the utmost of tenderness and care. Knowing gentleness is trusting that God will take care of justice, thus we need to think correctly about who God is and who we are in Him. This understanding of His sovereignty, doctrine and control will move us from the hurriedness of life and the cruelty that goes with it to take the time with relationships, growth because we are at peace with God.

Gentleness allows us to be caring and nurturing to others. It helps us stay calm and not escalate problems or push people’s buttons! To build others up, by allowing them to grow. It places the other first, it is being selfless. As attracting people to you who could use a listening ear or help, at the very least to hear and the most important thing we can do for others is offering our friendship. When we are too full of pride, we cannot be gentle with others; we cannot be a friend, for all we will do is hurt them and push them away. We can look to Jesus who modeled ultimate gentleness and care. Being fully God He does not have to be gentle, yet He takes to time to nurture others even when they make mistakes and fail. He helps them up and puts them back together; He will do this with you too. But you have to allow Him to form you. This character must continue to function in a society that does not see its importance, care for perceived limitations or think it is weak. But when others need an ear to listen they do not go to the ones filled with pride they go to someone who is gentle! Will that be you?

Remember; what come into your mind when you think about God tells a lot about you, perhaps the most important thing!
Lets us all try to be that gentle friend who truly listens to our friends and families.
Wishing you all a blessed week.
Much love,
Rose
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Sunday Reflection 11/6/16

Happy Sunday Friends ~

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FAITHFULNESS

Today we talk about Faithfulness ~

Faithfulness means being true to your word.

What does being true to your word mean ~

Being true to your word means ~ doing exactly what you said you were going to do.  To keep your promise.

Did you know that dogs are called people’s faithful friends? Dogs become attached to their owners, love them unconditionally, protect them, and help them. Dogs are used to guide the blind because they are reliable, steady, and trustworthy. Dogs can be counted on! We have been learning about the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

 Faithful people can be counted on to do what they say they will do. They don’t change their minds based on what other people think. We can all be faithful people by following what the Bible tells us to do. 

God wants you to be faithful, that is, to do right all the time—even when the people around you don’t agree with you, or even when doing right may get you into trouble.

I know to do the right thing all the time, seems impossible.  I think if we try and do the right things it will become easier ~

Take it one day at a time ~

I hope you have an amazing Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

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Christmas Tree Garland

Good morning ~

Today is my second craft ~

Garland for the Christmas tree.  I saw this on Pinterest, and thought this would look so nice on our tree.

I have been wanting to put garland on our tree, but it had to be different.

So here it is ~

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The products you will need are:

Red craft paint ~ I used Martha Stewart

Painters Tape

Ribbon ~ I used cream burlap

Stencil ~ I used Merry Christmas here is the website

http://www.homesteadstencilco.com/store/Default.asp

Stencil brush also Martha Stewart

Piece of cardboard or thick paper for under the ribbon ~ this is so you do not get the paint on your surface.    The paint will bleed through the burlap.

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How I made the garland.

Found the ribbon which is very fine burlap at Michael’s ~  It had the edges frayed already. This will saved a bit of time.

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Placed the stencil in the center of the ribbon and taped both ends to the burlap ~this way the stencil does not move.

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I started at the end of the ribbon placed the stencil down and painted ~  I then spaced 4″ between each “Merry Christmas”

Let it dry and rolled it back onto the spool it came on.

This entire process took about 45 minutes.

I am so happy with the way this turned out.

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I will be posting my Christmas Home Tour after Thanksgiving.

 

Enjoy your day today.

Much love,

Rose

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Twine Christmas Wreath

Hi Friends ~

Today I am sharing a sweet twine Christmas wreath with you.

My first of many projects for Christmas.

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I got this idea from another blogger I follow ~

Making it in the Mountains ~

10 Minute Decorating: Floral Crown Inspired Spring Wreath

I have enough twine left that I will be making another one for spring and summer.

It was so easy ~ Everything was on sale in Michael’s ~

Twine –

http://www.michaels.com/ashland-naturally-coiled-wire/10336518.html?productsource=PDPZ1

Little berries –

http://www.michaels.com/bright-red-berry-cluster-pick-by-celebrate-it/10481428.html#q=red+berries&start=16

Tiny Christmas balls – Can not find the link- but they are also at Michael’s.  They come in a small plastic case – 12 pieces Wreath Ornaments.

Ribbon – Already had.

A few more pictures of the wreath ~

Hope this inspires you to make something sweet for Christmas.

The entire wreath costs ~ $11.49 –  Not bad ~

Enjoy your day.

Much love,

Rose

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Sunday Reflection 10/30/16

Hello Friends ~

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The perfect definition of Goodness to me is ~ Love in Action ~

I love that this photo used hearts which is the new addition to my Etsy store.

After making each heart which I did with the Spirits help I looked at each one and smiled.

So what is it this thing called goodness? What is a good heart, a good deed? Good question. Even Jesus sought to clear up people’s misconceptions when a man once greeted Him as “Good Rabbi” and the Lord stopped him short and called into question the man’s definition of goodness. So how do we define it? First, goodness is a Christian thing; it’s a fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5:22 it says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness. A good deed can only be truly good as it is inspired and motivated by the Spirit of Christ; it has to be a fruit of the Spirit.

A good deed is one, which on the outside, conforms to the demands of the law but, on the inside, is motivated by a desire to please God. So this means that Christians are the ones who have a true capacity for goodness. As the Spirit of Christ fills each of us, we have the potential to be good and to do truly good deeds because our desire is to please God.

Dr. R.C. Sproul points out that the fruit of goodness carries with it a new ability to appreciate excellence, beauty and truth. Guided by God’s Spirit, we know when an action or a deed is good, because we appreciate it’s true and lovely character. Like: God saw what He created and said, “It is good.”

If you would like to read more about Dr R.C. Sproul ~

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/teachers/rc-sproul/

“A good life is when your assume nothing, do more, smile often, dream big, & realize how blessed you are for what you have.”

With the spirits help we can all obtain the fruit of ~ Goodness ~

Have a wonderful week.

Much love,

Rose

 

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Sunday Reflection 10/23/16

Good morning Dear Friends ~
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KINDNESS

When you think of kindness, what comes to mind? An encouraging note sent by a friend? A caring shoulder to cry on? Or maybe your mom’s chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven? Whatever you think about, it most likely includes a warm fuzzy feeling. Kindness just does that. No wonder it’s a fruit of the Spirit. When we’re kind, others get to experience that warmth, and whether they realize it or not they’re experiencing some of God’s character.

God’s Kindness

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:4-5)

How did the kindness of God appear? Through the life of Jesus Christ. That’s the greatest, most complete picture of kindness we’ll ever know. God saw a whole lot of hurt, brokenness and despair. He saw people with no hope of breaking free from pain and suffering. And so he sent his Son to the rescue. There wasn’t any logical reason for him to do that. No one deserved his kindness—we really brought the suffering on ourselves (see Romans 3:23). But thankfully, God didn’t treat us like we deserved.

Do you understand why we didn’t deserve God’s kindness? Titus 3:3 offers an explanation: “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures … ” The word that really sticks out to me here is “enslaved.” That’s what sin does to us. Like a prisoner shackled and chained in the deepest, darkest dungeon, our disobedience—our desire to do things our own way rather than God’s—stood between us and freedom. We were deceived by the things the world said would make us happy—clothes, cars, popularity. And we were captives to the lusts of our flesh. But when we accepted the truth—that true life comes only through Christ—the chains were broken and we were set free.

God knew what we needed before we even asked for it. That’s kindness—the ability to recognize the needs of others and take steps to meet those needs. Kindness is understanding. It’s compassion.

I hope someone shares a little kindness with you today, and you share a little kindness with someone else.

Being kind is so simple.  Just a little smile may make someone who is sad ~ happy.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

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Renewed to Etsy

Good Morning ~

These cute little tags have been view by so many people at Home Talk (a fun site I belong to) I thought I would bring them back to my Etsy store.

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Here is the link if you are interested ~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/486753441/gift-tags-with-wood-buttons-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Much love,

Rose

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