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Word for 2014

Word for 2014

Connie Prince’s “Star of Wonder” digital scrapbooking kit, available at Scrapbook-bytes.

My Word for 2014 is grace. And my verse is Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. May I focus this year on God’s grace, manifested in so many ways in my life and the lives of those around me. It is sufficient.

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Psalm 23

Our Bible study each morning uses Bible Study for All Ages, Unit 3, which asks us to memorize the Twenty-third Psalm. It didn’t provide a sheet with the Psalm, so I finally decided to make one up. This image uses Trixie Scraps Designs “You Raise Me Up”, found at Scrapbook-Bytes as well as other digital scrapbooking stores.

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My Word for 2011

For the past few years, I’ve sought the Lord for a word for the year. My word for 2009: Abide. The word for 2010: Obey. This year, for 2011, the word is hunger. It is my prayer on my lips, in my heart, and deep, deep in my soul. I pray for more and more hunger for the Word of God, more and more hunger for His presence in my life.

I tend to be a great starter, but poor finisher. (I’m sure no one has noticed, right?) A lot of this is because I don’t have that hunger to see things through to completion. This irritating trait worms its way into all aspects of my life, from the foods I eat, to how I school my children, to my relationships with friends and family, to that absolutely most important relationship with my Lord. Sometimes, I feel as though I’m just sort of watching life go by…with little emotion or ambition to drive me.

So, my word, my prayer, my action for this year is hunger.

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As the year draws to a close, there are so many things that I am thankful for:

1. My family. Of course. When you are faced with difficult times (relatively speaking, of course) there are few things that you can count on. I am blessed to be able to say that my family is together and that we are one. We don’t always get along, but we always stand together.

2. My faith. It truly is a gift from God. Sometimes, I hear myself tell people things (like, “Well, I’m just trusting God for that. If this is where He wants us, then this is where He’ll keep us. If not, then I don’t want to be here anyway.”) and I think, that was the Holy Spirit speaking and I praise You, Lord, for those words. Make them as true in my heart as they were in my mouth!

3. My freedom. I just can’t think – the thoughts don’t make it all the way through my brain – how some people live in this world. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I’m jealous of them. If I didn’t have the freedom that I have here in this nation, would I rely more on God than on myself? And yet, I am so thankful for the freedom to gather with my children, the windows uncovered, broad daylight, to study the Bible. I’m thankful that I can raise my children to love God, without fearing the persecution of man every single moment of every single day.

4. My provision. God takes care of us. Plain and simple. He takes care of us.

I am also looking forward to the new year. I am not making resolutions. I’m not even really setting aside goals that I will forget in the next two months (those of you who’ve kept up on my blog for a couple of years know what I’m talking about). I am, however, aiming for a few things. If I get anywhere near any of them, I will be thrilled with the year, come December 31, 2011.

1. Study the Bible. Not just read it, and not the whole thing. Study the Bible, book by book. I’m in Colossians now, and I want to move on and finish Daniel. Not sure what else after that, maybe Ephesians.

2. Make a quilt for Mr. Nutt. Ssshhh. It is going to be a log cabin lap quilt made out of patriotic fabrics. Along with this, finish F2’s quilt. I was blessed by a good friend who quilted it for me, now I just need to get the binding finished up (the hand-sewing part). It should only take a day or two, if I would just sit down and do it! I also have a quilt that I started quilting on (I was going to try to sell it to gather up money for school books) but was very disappointed in my quilting. I need to finish it up and give it, I think, to F7.

3. Scrapbook Project 52 at eNKay’s blog. I like the idea of having themes for each week, as opposed to just taking pictures on the fly and getting the same stuff over and over. I also love that at the end of the year, I’ll have a 52 page album that I can print off or have printed at Shutterfly that embodies the year 2011.

4. Become more active both with the local pregnancy resource center and maternity home. I will hopefully be going through the peer-mentor training at the pregnancy center and I have already been teaching basic infant care classes at the maternity home. I am so excited about both of these opportunities!

5. School with the kids. Yep, just keep plugging away. Get it done every day and mark down what we’ve done. I love Donna Young’s site for her record-keeping files. She really is amazing.

I think that’s probably enough to keep me busy for the year!

Be blessed as 2010 closes and be safe as we enter 2011. May God’s grace abound in your life, and may you truly know His love.

What are you thankful for this year? Any plans, goals, ambitions, resolutions? Are you good at maintaining these, or do you utterly fail like me?

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Well, okay. I finally found a software to do it right. UnFreez by Whitsoft, an animated .gif maker. It is so easy to use. It won’t do anything fancy, but it does what I want. And it is free!

So, I changed my blog header to what I had envisioned to begin with when I actually sat down and took pictures of mixed nuts. See how each of my fruit is a nut?

I also made this blinkie, which is next to useless now that I don’t do message boards, but I wanted to play more. Tee hee. I used it at Scrapbook Bytes, but that is all. Hmmm…I’m wondering how fun this could be!

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The Fruit

All Bundled Up Scrapbook Page
Credits: Twelve Days of Christmas by Raechel Knight.

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Day Five was simple for us, because we had a busy day of running around. We all had dentist appointments and we were supposed to take Mom to the doctor. Unfortunately, our dentist appointments ran over, and we had to reschedule Mom’s appointment. But now we are home and I made a page about the day! I’m hoping to make a page for each day that we have, even if it is mostly or all journaling if it isn’t something that is picture-taking-friendly.

Here’s the page. I used Melissa Bennett’s Homespun Holiday kit (found at Scrapbook-bytes.com) and a sketch from Brenda Kempf, for her sketch challenge for subscribers at Scrapbook-bytes.

Day Five

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