Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hi Friends,

I hope everyone has had an exciting and creative week!  I love to make cards and do scrapbooks, but I am in the middle of slowly rearranging and cleaning my art room.  And, honestly, there isn't a surface to work right now.  I do have a question for those of you who are fellow stampers.  I am wondering how you store your wood stamps?  Can you put them in baskets by theme?  Or do they all need to be facing the same way...like  I have been storing them in rows in boxes.  All facing the same direction.  I'm considering just "gently tossing" each theme in one basket...but I don't know if it will damage them.  Anyone have an idea?  How do you store yours?  PLEASE let me know either by leaving a comment or email.  I need to find a few ideas, space is at a minimum, if you know what I mean.  (If you are a Crafter--you'll know what I mean!  lol )

My post was late this week, because my computer picked up a virus, and I needed to wait for my husband, Dave to fix to make sure I couldn't pass it on to anyone.  We are sure I did not, and it is fixed.  No need to worry. Otherwise, I have been healing and taking things slowly, since I am so tired. Things are looking up however.

I am posting a survey on the right side of this post.  I would simply like to know, what day you prefer to receive a post from the He IS Able Blog.  So, please choose one of the days in the poll area.  I want to make things as convenient for you as possible.

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I love this book I have shared from previously.  It is called "Quiet Moments in the Presence of God."  The book is published by Bethany House.  There is a short section I would like to share with you.  It is called, "Be Quiet."  I hope you enjoy it.  Here it is:

"They were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven."
(Psalm 107:30)
 
"The less busyness around you, the more you can feel the presence of God.  The less you are aware of the noise of the world, the more you will understand the love of God.  The less you listen to the unimportant and the non-essential, the more you will sense intimations and indications of God's presence."

"Fill up the space between you and God with a silence that waits for God, acknowledges His great love for you, and anticipates that He is with you.  If anything can go without saying, let it go.  An absence of spoken words brings the quiet that makes possible the awed awareness of God."

"Create in your environment and within your heart a chapel-hush that makes of your soul a sanctuary for the presence of God."

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How do you spend quality time with God?  Do you go to church on Sunday and call it done? Do you make time to be with Him?  Quiet time?  TV off?  Kids busy, on their own? Time where you can praise Him, and share your deepest concerns? What about telling Him about your sins, and asking Him for His amazing gift of forgiveness? Can you tell Him about how you are doing, where you are struggling, but also the needs of your friends and family members?  Most of all, do you have quiet time, to listen for Him to answer?  For guidance? 
 
I don't think a relationship with people or with God works if we are the only ones talking.  For a successful relationship, we need to also listen.  Sometimes for a while, before we hear what it is we are needing to hear.
 
"Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet.  Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and He addressed them in their own language." (Acts 21:40)
 
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The Winner of the He IS Able Blog's Card of the Week is...

jcb!

  Congratulations, again!  You were the only comment this week, and you can win as many times as you can! Thank you for your comment. Normally, I would need you to email your mailing address to me, but I have it from last week.  Your beautiful card is on the way!  Enjoy!

Here is jcb's comment:

jcb  March 21, 2014
I enjoy reading the posts. It gives me new perspectives and some things to ponder.
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I hope you will make some quiet time this week.  Listen.  He may have something important to share with you, through your thoughts and dreams, through other people...be open to hearing from Him.  Remember, He loves you and is faithful to you.  He wants your path to be the path He wants you on...for He wants much more for each of us, than we can even imagine.  God Bless!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather

p.s.  Please let me know how you store your wood stamps in the comment section or via email.  If it is by email, please put "He IS Able" in the subject section.  I really look forward to hearing your ideas.  Thank you being here today.

4 comments:

  1. Good morning Traci, like seeing you in my inbox. :-) Hope you are doing well.

    Btw, we are going to Israel and we are so excited. This will be my second trip and Reynold's first. Pray for a safe trip - thanks!

    Love,
    Caterina

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    1. I am so excited to hear about your upcoming trip! I have never been there though many of my friends have been there several times. If time allows, try to go up Masada, and at the Wailing Wall, you can write prayer requests on paper and squeeze them between the stones! I wonder if you are going during a holiday season. I will pray for safe passage, good health, and an incredible time living in the Promised Land of my ancestors.

      If you have a moment, please email me and let me know when you are going I'm so excited for both of you! Oh, and thank you for your comment!

      His,
      Traci

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  2. Please keep my DS in your prayers over the next few days. he is at the Mayo Clinic. He/we need some answers. Asking God to guide the doctors.

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    1. jcb, I am still praying for DS. Please keep me updated. I hope you and yours have a sense of peace during this time, especially. It is a part of my prayers. Remember...

      He IS Able!

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