Friday, September 30, 2011

God's Work in Us Will Be Completed--He Promises!

Happy Friday, Friends!

How exciting!  Tomorrow, October 1st is World Card Making Day!  I was up and in my art room at 5 this morning...and I finally completed page 2 which is "B is for Bible" in my Scripture Scrapbook, that I have mentioned to you a few times.  I will probably post it and anything I make tomorrow on Monday.  I am trying to photograph a 12"x12" sheet of cardstock, with lots of vellum,tiny written detail, and shiny bling things on one shot! They have to be able to read it.  I am hoping Dave will be able to figure it out, because I want to enter it in the Our Daily Bread Scrapbook Challenge! I can take it in 4 quarter shots...but that is not allowed.  YIKES!  What's that?  You didn't know that ODBD had a Scrapbook Challenge?  I keep reminding you to get over to their blog and check it out! They have many challenges going on! (You can click on the link on the right side of the blog.)

So, do you have any special cards you are preparing on Saturday?  I am sure there will be many challenges out there tomorrow in Blog World!  Do you make cards or scrapbooks?  Any paper crafts?  Would you like to see more and learn more techniques from different people...and let the art Glorify the Lord?  Please let us know in the comment section, OK?

"This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
(Psalms 118:24)

I have been singing that song and praising Him all morning already.  I am feeling good today, and I am so grateful for your prayers, and for His Goodness and love and ability to heal!

Today I am sharing a wonderful column by Dr. Jack Graham.  It is so nice, his organization has given us permission to reproduce his columns any time.


Trusting that God's work in you will be completed

"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."  (Philippians 1:6)

Just 45 minutes north of Dallas, Texas is a city called Frisco that's home to over 100,000 people. Away from the busiest part of the city, you'll find a beautiful piece of land called the Brinkmann Ranch on the main thoroughfare. But as you look at this idyllic, 2,000-acre Texas landmark, you'll notice something very wrong.
You see, 24 years ago, the picturesque house on the Brinkmann Ranch burned to the ground. So the owner contracted to build a new house just like the old one. But in the middle of construction, he died and the house was never completed.
Today, over two decades later, that house still stands unfinished. The roof is up and the steel framing is there, but only an eerie skeleton of the beautifully-dreamed house rests on the ranch today.
When many Christians today think about their spiritual life, they see themselves like that house. Sure, there's something there, but it just feels incomplete.
But I want you to know that God has not forgotten you. He doesn't just leave you half-finished and walk away. All believers are a work in progress, and we can be assured that His work is being done. One day, on that glorious day of Jesus Christ, we can have full confidence that this work will be completed!

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Do I hear an "Amen" to that promise that He made?  And, He hasn't forgotten a single one of us!  Do you feel called to do something to serve Him?  When you read the "Help Wanted" section for Prayer Team Members to join the blog team, did your heart start racing?  Did you wonder if that was for you...and then talk yourself out of it?  I am just using that as an example.  Be careful not to talk yourself out of the plan He has for you. 

That almost happened to me just before I was going to start this blog.  But, Michele, being the good friend she is, asked me, "Are you going to take this Leap of Faith or not?"  I knew it was what God wanted.  I knew that it was an answer to prayer...and my fear of not knowing what I would write three times a week forever...almost made me stop before I started!  I don't have to worry about all of those posts.  I write them one at a time.  And, He leads me on many of the topics.  He probably is leading me on all of the topics...but I am too busy, and not listening long enough to hear Him all of the time!  The more I prepare for the blog, the closer I feel to Him, the closer I feel to Him, the more in tune I am with what He wants me to do.  How do I get closer to Him?  Read the Bible every night.  I pray... a lot.  And, I love to share about Him.  And, be obedient.  If you do it as an act of love, and not as a "bunch of rules to drag you down." It is much easier...and it feels wonderful!  Trust me, I am as surprised as any of you could be about that!!

And, He has never forgotten you!  Never!  And, He never will!  If you feel like there is a big distance between you and me, it is on our part.  He has promised, "Just as I was with Moses, so I shall be with you, I will never leave nor forsake you."  (Joshua 1)  He tells us over and over again, but that is my favorite Scripture where He tells us that no matter what, He will be there.  So, if you are feeling distance...tell Him.  That's praying.

I am praying that none of you are feeling that distance with God, and that you are feeling very close to Him.  Talk to Christian friends if you are feeling more alone. Tell us in the comment section, and we will be happy to pray for you! I'd guess that most of us feel it at one time or another.  Have a great World Card Making Day and weekend!  God Bless!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather


  1. Update to prayer request: I thank you all for your prayers and we continue to need them as we are still in battle. Rod's Mom is still with us but has asked to be move back to the farm (her home)to die. We moved her Wednesday. She asked to see the Chaplain with Hospice, the sister and brother she has left were there yesterday and will be back today.

    My Mom was taken from the care facility back to the hospital last Tuesday. While I've seen small changes daily she has a ways to go. Her heart rate was way down, other levels too high. She is in constant pain, which she has lived with for many years and needs relief from it, she is a believer but is tired of fighting. Her body is not producing blood like she needs. Still having trouble swallowing pureed foods. She needs total healing, she believes in it and we are waiting for miracles.

    Besides being exhausted, my tears still fall but we do feel your prayers and continue to ask for them. I don't know how people without the Lord do it. He is our lifeline. Rod and I have pulled even closer together, as we walk through this.

    A praise report: we have seen breakthrough with our relationship with our son. Both of our kids and daughter-in-law have been real supportive, and we have been seeing quite a bit of them lately, this is a big answer to prayer.

    Again, thank you for lifting us up.
    Blessings~ Catherine

  2. Praising God. My sister in law just came back from her 21 month cancer checkup at the Mayo Clinic. She is cancer free and thanking God. I know that God does perform miracles.
    Catherine and all others who have asked for prayers either through your words or just in your mind please know that I pray daily for you!
    God is a good and loving God!

  3. I would like to encourage any of you who are walking or living in a storm to go to Grace's "Th-ink-ing of You" blog that is located on the right side of the blog. You will need to go down a couple of posts...past a beautiful Christmas door, to a Christmas Rose Card...and the post below it. It is long...but it brought me new insights, new hope, refreshed thoughts from the past...and I do believe in miracles...but this will amaze and hopefully heal anyone's heart some, if not all. Please do not delay! I feel it will change my life. Maybe it will comfort or heal you. Grace doesn't know that I am posting this...not at all, she is not giving or getting anything from sharing it besides Serving the Lord...and in this case, I believe she may have received the Christmas Rose stamp from ODBD for free...I don't really know. We don't talk about those things. Please, do a beautiful thing for yourself...go read it, and let us know what you think about it.

    He IS Able!
    Traci S.

    p.s. We can only see comments left on the He IS Able blog somewhere.


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