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

 

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

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

Sunday Reflection 10/16/16

Hello my friends ~

Patience ~ It is a tough fruit for me.  Tough meaning sometimes impossible to reach.  I think I have patience until I am put to the test.  I often fail, but then to my surprise I have patience, and did not know where it came from.

This is one fruit from the Spirit I hope to obtain.  I guess I still need to grow.

Patience is an essential aspect toward maturity and growth as a Christian, yet it is not a fun thing to obtain. We, as fallen humanity, do not like to wait, especially in our fast paced, and fast food society. We may cry out to God and ask that He give us Patience, NOW! Yet, if He did, would we have it? It is not likely, as it needs to grow through difficulties so it can build and improve. It is not something we get off the shelf of a bookstore.

Patience will allow us to receive and participate in God’s love as it builds loyalty and faithfulness. It will take us beyond our comfort zone into an area we do not want to go. Yet, when we do, we are better and more able to be used by God and to be available for others. Without Patience, we cannot be used effectively in the lives of others, as they will seem repugnant to us, and we will be callous and unsympathetic towards them. Patience will allow us to manage anger and problems, and to wait on God’s timing. Patience will allow us to forgive (Rom. 5:8), as Christ forgave us and has Patience with us. Patience will allow us to endure and go on, even when we do not feel like it. It will see the hope that is ahead, when the clouds of our lives and experiences block its view from our sight. Patience will allow us to cling to Christ no matter what happens. Patience is hanging on to what is good. When we are impatient, we will miss a lot in life, especially in our relationships, because we will give up too easily.

Enjoy your week friends.

Much love,

Rose

Give Thanks Pillow ~

Good Morning Dear Friends ~

After making the runner for our Dining Room Table ~ I had a bit of material left over.

I couldn’t throw it away … SO … I made a pillow with the left over material.

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I stenciled the words “Give Thanks” ~ put a piece of lace and some buttons ~

I love how it looks in front of the other pillows.

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The little pillow saying “Home” found a new home ~  It now sits on top of the TV wall unit.

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A few before & after pictures ~

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~The Before~

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~The After ~

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 10/9/16

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Good morning Friends ~

So we talk about Peace today:

The fruit of the Spirit includes a peace that goes beyond that of salvation. It is a sweet relationship. We are called to His presence (Ephesians 2:11-18) and called to be confident in that presence (Hebrews 4:16) because we are His friends (John 15:15). As Isaiah 26:3 says, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”

God’s peace transcends earthly matters, as Philippians 4:4-7 illustrates. Believers are to be “anxious for nothing,” for God promises to “guard your hearts and minds.” It is a peace “which transcends all understanding”; that is, to the worldly mind, such peace is incomprehensible. Its source is the Holy Spirit of God, whom the world neither sees nor knows (John 14:17).

The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). The alternative to being filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!

As we leave Mass on Sunday the priest always says “Go in Peace”

Now I see those three little words so differently.

We are taking the Spirit with us all week.

Pete & I had the good fortune to go to Stockbridge MA this week.  As we were walking around this beautiful town I saw the sign pointing to The Divine Mercy Chapel –

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Of course I had to go.  It was so beautiful inside & out.  The people were there saying the Divine Mercy Prayers.

It was an honor to be there.   The beauty that people experience as they pray, so devote and humble.

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I felt at Peace as I watched them pray.

Take the Peace of the Spirit with you all week ~ Peace be with you all.

Much love,

Rose

 

Beautiful Hydrangea

Good Morning Friends ~

A few posts ago I shared with you the beautiful hydrangea I received from a dear friend.  I finally found the perfect spot for them.

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I mixed faux white hydrangea with the pink dried hydrangea.  They look so good together.

A few more pictures of these beautiful flowers.

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They sit on top of the wall unit in the Family Room.

A little history on my wall units ~

The doors on the front of the wall unit were made by my Dad about 65 yrs ago.  My parents had a fireplace in there home but,  after we were born my Dad decided to make the fireplace into a bookcase.  He didn’t want us to hurt ourselves if we fell near the fireplace.

After my Dad passed away I was gifted the bookcase.  We had an amazing carpenter make the wall unit using the original door to the bookcase/mantle.  I am so thrilled to have them in our home.

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If you are wondering what the white cap is on the wall ~

It is a sprinkler system in case of a fire.  They are in every room in the condo.

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Have a fantastic day.

Much love,

Rose

 

 

 

 

Sunday Reflection 10/2/16

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Good Morning Dear Friends ~

Today I share with  you how I might need an operation to reconstruct my common bile duct.  I need lots of strength for this operation.  I know that if I trust in the Holy Spirit He will be with me throughout this process.

I do lean on Him everyday.  I have become extremely close to Him, and I know I will be trusting Him ~

The Holy Spirit is the Source of Joy. His Presence brings joy. His fruit is joy. His Wisdom increases our joy. He is the Spirit of Wisdom. The pursuit of money, or having it does not produce joy. We cannot depend on our loved ones to create an atmosphere of happiness.

There are five misconceptions about joy. Many think joy comes from people, promotion, progress, power or possessions. The wise person discovers the truth. The Holy Spirit creates joy within us every moment that He is pleasured. When we pleasure Him through total obedience, we will feel what He is feeling. When we grieve Him and bring Him sorrow, we will feel what He is feeling.

HE is our only true Source of peace…the absence of inner conflict. His Presence brings peace. When we obey His instructions a calmness will enter our spirit. The greatest warfare of our life is the Holy Spirit versus our flesh and self. When we permit the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our life, we will enter the most remarkable and unforgettable season of calm and inner peace we could imagine.

I know His presence brings peace, because I am feeling peace in my life.  This is exactly what I need to have this operation work for me.

Thank you Holy Spirit for giving me this peace.

Have a wonderful Sunday Friends.

Much love,

Rose