"If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself."
(2 Timothy 2:13)
Happy Friday! Yesterday my Mom and I went to a CHA show that was a part of the "Orlando Southern Women's Show." The Southern Women's Show is an annual event with different vendors selling and educating us on everything from necklaces from Uganda to beautiful jewelry, to soup mixes! They had TV personalities giving shows and classes from Chefs to famous Craft Artists. They also had many booths that focus on different aspects of health. Being October, there were many, many booths that were teaching about Breast Cancer Awareness, and reminded everyone to get mammograms and do self exams. (Hint! Hint!) There were "pink ribbon" hats, pins, shirts, socks, purses...any item you can think of they had a pink ribbon on it...with part or all of the proceeds going to help find a cure for breast cancer, or to give away free mammograms. There were other health booths, free chair massages, orthotics for very tired feet (from walking from booth to booth possibly), and many booths on things we must do to lower our stress levels, cholesterol levels, and weight. (For most Americans.) I wonder if other countries have these particular major health problems...If you are from a different country, would you please tell us what your country's major health issues are please? I am curious.
Many of the booths had different perfumes to sample, hair salons that would cut your hair right there, and give the proceeds to charity. And, make-up companies that would do make-overs. I had my very first make-over...just on my eyes. I do not wear a lot of make-up. Eyes and lips only. I went to the Clinique area of the floor. I had the most patient woman do my eyes up with me having told her that I like a natural look...but want my eyes to be, well, more eye-catching. I asked her to choose what she thought would work for me. They have an eye-liner with brown and violet--LOVE it! I was so excited with the results. And, I didn't even blink a lot or pull away when she did the mascara! I felt so grown-up...and I received a free bonus gift...so many items...with my small purchases.
The CHA part of the Event was not a full blown CHA Event. (CHA= Craft and Hobby Association) Usually, they are amazing events, and are on their own...this was part of another event, so there were only a few craft booths. If you ever get the chance to go to a CHA event...GO! Usually, you will find booth after booth of different types of hobbies. A lot of rubber stamping, and scrapbooking booths, along with make and take opportunities. You would find sewing, needle point, crocheting and knitting, beading...you name the craft....you would find a booth selling and sharing information on that craft. There are usually many products just being introduced to the market. This Event, however did not have very many craft booths. Don't get me wrong, I found so many new items that I fell in love with! You'll see those things over the next few months.
I imagine it sounds like I am only invested in THINGS...nothing could be further from the truth. I love the Lord, and my family and friends. Serving them, is my joy. I am just excited about the items I purchased to make gifts and cards for Christmas, and the fun I had getting out of the house, which is usually reserved for doctors appointments only.
Oh, I made a beautiful glass necklace at a make and take! So, I now have another new craft, too! They will make nice gifts. (I'll show you it on Monday with a couple of cards.) Now, I need to go find new little homes in my art room for the exciting products I bought...and decide what to use first!
Sunday, is my son's 22 birthday. I am trying to think of a meaningful gift to give him. He leaves for boot camp in 3 1/2 weeks, and can not bring ANY personal items. I am really stumped on this gift. We are having a dinner for him with family. I am so proud of him...and I am getting less worried...thanks to all of you who have reminded me of who He is! (I worry to an extreme...and I am working on changing that.)
"He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."
Speaking of gifts, thank you to each of you who left a comment on the last few posts. I have really felt so close to each of you, you have helped me tremendously. I don't know who "Anonymous" is who left such a gift in her comment. She or he told about her child going into the Air Force, and how she gave her children back to God to take care of them. It was so beautiful. I appreciate it so much. Thank you for taking the time to write it.
"But Jesus said to them, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 19:14)
I figure that any person who is capable of loving, probably worries about them from time to time. I am going to share that comment here...it is full of so much wisdom...for any of us...myself definately included. I hope you find it to be as helpful, meaningful and loving as I do. Please enjoy this God-given wisdom:
Hi Traci. My son, too, enlisted in the Air Force but did so immediately after high school. They sent him to Germany after boot camp. He is the 2nd of my 5 kids. The other 4 are girls. We lived 20 miles from town, so for work, school activities, to see friends, etc. they often drove those old gravel country roads. In the beginning of the years when they become teenagers, I worried myself sick.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
I hope you will be here on Monday when I share the necklace I learned to make...and a card or two. Next Wednesday, we will have a "He IS Able Card of the Week Give-Away!" as well as talking about the Full Armor of God. And, Friday, Michele will have another incredible post, "Precious Women of God--This Includes YOU!" Thank you all so much for being here! We really appreciate you!
He IS Able!