Believing…


 

Luke 1:45: Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.
Luke 1:45: Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. *

 

I have a confession to make. I have trouble believing. Ever been there? Believing that God will answer my prayers and will actually be there to pick me up when I fall.  Faith is hard. Hope hurts.  Yet all He asks of us is to believe and trust.

I have struggled so much with this. I know many say that they have too. It’s rather common. But I have fought believing and walked on my own not even bothering to ask for help. Why should I? Why should He help me? Forget it. I will get what I want and desire on my own. I don’t need  His help.  I believe that to get what you want you have to work for it and work hard. I am independent. It hurts my pride to ask for help. Pride goes before the fall though. Think about that.

What’s so amazing though is that God has not stopped believing in me. Shockingly amazing. No matter how discouraged I get, He always sends a hug or smile or sometimes a straight out “HELLO! I’m watching you!” my way. He loves me. Truly LOVES me.

I gave my heart to Jesus when I was 5. I knew what it meant and I was sincere. I was raised by a minister and knew all the motions and words to say and do. I have for years “served” God. But only just recently learned what it is to know Him.  It’s sad really and as my cousin Lee put it ’embarrassing’ . (He is an amazing singer and worship leader by the way.) All of these years I have professed the name of Jesus and spoken of His love and Mercy but never truly grasped it or knew it as my own. I  heard a long time ago that a song is nothing but words and music until it touches your heart and soul. It is the same with life. Until you experience God’s Grace, Love, and Mercy you don’t know it.

Back to believing…He is teaching me the power of faith and believing. I am believing for a miracle as many of you know. A sweet baby to call my own and to raise up. I am finally believing that God can and will heal my body completely. He wants to. Since I have started believing He has sent angels my way in human form (family, friends) to encourage and lift me up. It is a constant flow and He is using my body to speak to me. Every day is one faith step at a time. He is using my husband to minister to me as the priest of our home should. Together we are standing in agreement that our miracle is on the way and to further take those steps we are getting our nursery put together. I have known for quite sometime that God was calling us to do this.  But Matt couldn’t.  “I don’t need a daily reminder that the crib is empty.” he said.  I understood so I didn’t push it. But after yet another confirmation from an unexpected source, there was no denying that it was time. “I think it’s still a little silly,” he said, “but why not?” Lets do it! One faith step at a time.

I want so much to share my entire testimony with you, my friends. But my testimony isn’t complete yet. It is nearing completion so be patient.  It will bring such glory and honor to God that I stand in awe already. No I am not pregnant at this present moment. But by faith, my baby is on the way. Yea I know I sound crazy, but if you could only experience what I have in these past few months, you would understand. You would dance for joy and laughter would fill your soul. It has filled mine. 🙂

 

(The necklace was given to me by my sister-in-law Rachael Scott. Check her out on facebook: Polished Arrow

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Skirt Purse


Here comes another refash!

Cute print yes?
Cute print yes?

So I found this cutie pie skirt at Maranatha Thrift Store in Milledgeville a couple of weeks ago for $1. Being a modest gal I noticed right away that it was too short and so put it back. But then I got to thinking…”What if I made this into a purse?” How cute would that be?

It has a liner too!
It has a liner too!

This one was super easy. All I did was sew the bottom with right sides facing together then the lining together. But what about straps?

La Belt
La Belt

I took the buckles off and then hand sewed my new straps to the sides of my new purse.  That’s all folks!

I love!
I love!

I could have put a button on it to close it or a snap or a zipper but…I’m lazy so I didn’t. Go make one!

 

Worms, Worms, Worms!


I am so excited to announce that we have grandworms and are expecting more soon! Yes, yes I know that I am weird and probably need therapy, but I am super excited! Our compost is doing great! We poured it all out and went through it Saturday to make sure that our worms had not outgrown their home.

That my friends, is an egg!
That my friends, is an egg!

There were a bunch of these in there!

It's a girl! Just kidding They are hermaphrodites. lol
It’s a girl! Just kidding They are hermaphrodites. lol

There were only a few of these at the moment.

This one does nothing but eat apparently.
This one does nothing but eat apparently.

Seriously it is super easy to keep these guys.

And here is the lot of them.
And here is the lot of them.

All is well on the compost front. Check out the color of that dirt. It’s super fertile. When our plants need food we will sprinkle this natural miracle grow and keep on truckin’. Have a great day!

A Bed Of Flowers


So yea I’m trying to see if I have a green thumb or a black thumb. Matt and I moved into our present house in May last year and were so exhausted from working, going to school, and getting the house fixed up to be moved into that we neglected an already neglected flower bed. Whew! That was a mouth full huh?

Anyway, I made a mistake and didn’t take before pics. Shame on me huh? This poor flower bed that someone had loved at one time or another had been neglected for God only knows how long. The idea was to get out there and just weed it. Ummm… think again Shalah! I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

First off we noticed that a rather large colony of ants had moved in. Had to get rid of them.  Once we did the deed we then started to pull up the weeds that had gathered around the bulbs. We then noticed that…well the bulbs were sitting on top of the dirt. The dirt that the colony had used for their fortress was on the other side of the bed. There was also a concrete fence thing that I had ran over twice with the lawn mower the year before because it had sunk so far down in the dirt that I couldn’t see where it began and where it ended. I looked at Matt and he looked at me. We both rolled our eyes. I said, “We are going to have to dig this whole thing up aren’t we”. With a crooked smile he said, “Yep sure are.”

So we started to gently dig around the roots of our bulbs. And dig some more. And more. Before we knew it we had a 5 gallon bucket full of bulbs! Once again I did not take a lot of pics. I have one of the bulbs though:

Huge right?
Huge right?

Seriously these bulbs were huge though! They had been there awhile I could tell. Many of them had several knobs on them to be separated and planted. We have given some away to 4 people and still have an abundance of these mystery bulbs. You see I’m not really sure what kind of flower these suckers produce. I think they are bearded irises but I really don’t know.  So for now they will be dubbed ‘Mystery Bulbs’.  (Thanks for that lovely title Brandi Heath.)

Like this one
Like this one

If so then I am super excited! I seem to remember a purple flower popping up last year…I have been told by a student of mine (Rebecca Gerrard) that they bloom in June. So we shall see. Either way I am excited to see them!

Ok back to the digging. Once we had all of the bulbs extracted, we could work a little faster. We pulled up the fencing and raked up the rest of the weeds. Oh by the way, ever wonder why it’s so hard to kill a brier bush? Check this guy out:

Holy Moly!
Holy Moly!

 

 

Yea that’s why. That thing is huge and that’s only part of it! Here is the other part:

 

Wozer!
Wowzer!

 

After all of that, the bed was clean. But it was more a a hole than a bed. We went to ACE Hardware and bought potting soil that has fertilizer in it and red mulch. Did I mention there was a rose bush in the middle of the flower bed? It was getting the life choked out of it by all of those bulbs. I’m not a huge fan of roses honestly but I seem to remember these were little ones and very pretty so why not? Anyway, we filled in the hole  with the soil and made it a sort of raised flower bed. Then planted some of the bulbs back around the edges. I didn’t want to choke out the rose bush. I had also been given some new bulbs by Rebecca so I planted them too. I think they are daffodils.

After planting them we spread the red mulch over the bed and then watered the new, revitalized flower bed:

Flower Bed

 

Once again no pics but I had 3 adorable little helpers that day. Alex, Ava, and Jackson Gale. My niece and nephews. Much better huh? I promise to do better with photos. 🙂