Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Creative Side of Me

30 Days of Creativity

I like to have goals. Creative Critique sent me a list of 30 things to stir up my creative juices during March. March is National Craft month so what better time to be creative? Perhaps you too would like to stir up your creative self and follow as few or as many as you can or want to? There are no rules. You don’t even have to DO any of them. Just read through them and see if something doesn’t inspire you or even draw you to let that creative person out. Enjoy!

Day 1: When you were a child, how did you express your creativity?

Day 2: What colors are meaningful to you and why?

Day3: What words or phrases do you find inspiring and why?

Day4: Do some doodling... share it and write about it!

Day 5: What artists do you seek out for inspiration? Create a small something based on your source.

Day 6: How does your living space reflect your creative nature? Share a picture if you can!

Day 7: Relax! Do you relax to create or create to relax?

Day 8: Create a self portrait, draw or photograph yourself. What do you see?

Day 9: Make a list of creative people you are grateful for today.

Day 10: Create something today inspired by nature!

Day 11: Stop and look around you. There is something in this room you've never noticed before. What is it?

Day 12: Look at a child. See how connected they are to their creative self? Pretend you are a child and make something.

Day 13: Try something new! Play today with a new form of art or craft!

Day 14: Make something to give away. Send a card to a friend or make a little gift for someone you care about.

Day 15: Do you like to try new things? What about trying something new do you like or dislike?

Day 16: Do you create best when your emotions are high? Do you turn to creative endeavors when you are sad, angry, or just filled with joy?

Day 17: Sing. Sing a song... make it simple to last your whole life long! How did that feel?

Day 18: Does the way you dress show your creativity? How? If not, why not?

Day 19: Do you keep a creative journal or have an inspiration board? Share!

Day 20: Read a crafty book or blog and write about it or create something inspired by it!

Day 21: Find and photograph one object in your home and create something inspired by it.

Day 22: Take time today to thank your favorite creative people for their talents. Comment on their blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

Day 23: Listen to a favorite song or artist and create something inspired by that music.

Day 24: What is your "Creative Bucket List"? List 12 creative things you want to learn more about.

Day 25: Write a simple Haiku. (5-7-5)

Day 26: Write, draw or paint something with your non-dominant hand.

Day 27: What is the usual theme of your work? If you tend to create joyful, bright and optimistic art, then try to create something somber or dark... or vice versa.

Day 28: Paint with your fingers.

Day 29: Photograph your favorite feature.

Day 30: Make a Creative Tool Kit! Compile your favorite words and phases of inspiration, swatches or fabric and color, drawings and doodles, and images into a little book you can pull out anytime you need to be inspired!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Fixer in Me

I am a lot like my mother, I like to fix things that are broken and make them new again. I basically live by that pull in my life. There are some things that just can't be fixed. People are things that are broken that can only be "fixed" if they want to be fixed. This seemingly is one lesson I have been stuck learning and have yet to master. I can't fix and am not responsible to fix someone who doesn't want fixed or helped.

Today my heart is telling me that if I ONLY do what God tells me to do my life would be a whole lot easier. If I would JUST keep this in my mind's eye and keep my heart fixed on Him I'd be a lot better off. It's hard when you want to be involved in someone's life, but they don't want you in theirs. No matter how much you love that person, if they want to remain aloof you have to let them. You can't force someone to love or interact with you.

So today, though my soul is screaming "put your hands on this mess" I'm not going to. I'm going to focus on things above and not the mess. I'm going to trust God to woo the person who is standing alone in the corner like some unloved and unwanted child. I'm going to enjoy life and its many blessings rather than focus on one small negative thing. I can't let the black hole the other person has chosen to live in the power to suck me in.

God is the ultimate fixer. Though my husband and I are so sad about the situation, we have so many things to be thankful for. Those are the things we are focusing on. God is working in us both to will and to do of HIS good pleasure. He is love and His perfect love casts out fear. So with that in mind we're focusing on His light, His love, His perfect gifts and His grace. He gave each person the ability to choose. I don't want someone to be forced to love me, so I won't force anyone into a corner.

Let go and let God is all I can do today.

I will to let God bring reconciliation without force or pressure.

I will rest in Him. He is a good Father and He loves me with a perfect love.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jalapeno Sausage, Potatoes, Eggs and Cheese


Here is another casserole I came up with to use those ever popular farm fresh eggs my hens keep laying. We were without eggs for so long and now BLAMMO they are laying again.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 jalapeno kielbasa thinly sliced
6 red skin potatoes (the size of a large egg)
1/2 medium yellow onion chopped
1 Cup grated cheddar
8 oz evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in a large skillet until soft. Add potatoes and saute until soft. Add kielbasa and cook until warmed through.

In a bowl add eggs, and milk and whisk well. Add grated cheese and salt and pepper.

In an 8x8 pan put sauted onions, potatoes and sausage. Pour over egg, milk and cheese mixture. Put in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Yummo. Serve with a green salad and you have a complete meal.

Bon Apetit

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Huevos con Chile Verde y Queso

I came up with a yummy casserole to make use of all the farm fresh eggs we have. It turned our muy delicioso!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

4 eggs
1 1/2 cup grated cheddar
I can green chile (hot or mild)
8 ounces evaporated milk
1/4 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk and corn meal. Add salt and pepper. In the bottom of pregreased 8x8 pan spread green chiles and 1 cup cheese. Pour egg mixture over chiles and cheese and spread remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. Serves 3-4

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

God, His Revelation to Us

God, who is He? Where is He? Does He exist? Why can't we see Him? If He exists, why does He allow suffering? If He exists, why doesn't He do something about the evil in the world?

I believe in God and more than that I know Him. I couldn't live if I didn't have a personal relationship with Him. Once upon a time not so long ago I would have asked those questions in my mind, but NEVER have voiced them out loud. Today, BECAUSE I know Him I am not afraid to face them and verbalize them.

This is how I understand God from what He has revealed to us through first His written word, and then through the living word (His Son Yeshua the Messiah).

  1. God exists, always has and needs no outside source to do so
  2. God is three part (spirit, soul [mind, will and emotions} and body)
  3. God created angels as ministering spirits
  4. One angel (an arch angel with a high ranking) rebelled out of pride
  5. All the angels God set under him went with him
  6. God has way more angels than the enemy has
  7. God manifested His son (who already existed in the spirit realm)
  8. The adversary enticed His son (Adam) to rebel
  9. God was WAY ahead of the enemy
  10. God's plan was for man to do exactly what he did. Adam's apparent failure was part of God's plan or will.
  11. God's son was slain in God's mind BEFORE the foundation of the world
  12. God defeated the enemy BEFORE he ever took a single thought
  13. God works outside of time, though He is in time as well
  14. God is spirit
  15. His words are spirit, light, life, water, seed, eternal, and powerful
  16. All things natural are made from all things spiritual
  17. God who is light can never be put out by darkness, but darkness can't stay where light is
  18. God has put man on and in a limited time frame and when the time is up, it's up.
  19. God gave man 7,000 years to destroy the works of the adversary. It was done in Messiah, but the full manifestation won't be until the 7,000th year is up. Today if you trust the Hebrew calendar keeping is year 5771.
  20. God is love and His plan is full of mercy and grace.
  21. God hates sin because it kills His children.
  22. Sin was completely dealt with in the Messiah's life, death and resurrection.
  23. Those who walk by faith (the power of the eternal kingdom) are eternally sealed in Messiah Yeshua.
  24. God gave dominion to man when He placed Him in the garden
  25. Man gave dominion to the adversary when he sold out his birthright for the forbidden fruit. (Knowledge of good and evil.)
  26. Yahowshua Hamashiach bought dominion back when he went to the death side of "paradise" and suffered for all mankind's sin. He took the keys of death, hell and the grave with him.
  27. Yeshua now intercedes for us on the throne of heaven. He temporarily has all authority in heaven and earth. He will surrender it voluntarily to the Father when the 7,000th year is up. He will hand all authority back to him just before the 8th day or when the clock stops and eternity takes over again.
  28. It's very exciting to be a child of the Most High through Messiah Yahowshua!
  29. God is not just God to me; He is my Abba (Father in Hebrew).
  30. I no longer have to be afraid of Him and hide like Adam did in the garden. In Messiah I can approach without fear to his throne. Even though I still have sin residing in the dirt bag I call my earthly body, I have the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) sealing and infilling me!
  31. You can have this too. Just believe that Yeshua was really who he said he was. He came and lived as the living torah or living word, God or YHVH manifested Him to destroy the works of the adversary. Call on his name; Yahowshua Ha Mashiach (also known as Jesus the Christ). You will then be adopted into the eternal family of God and be an eternal creature. Sin will no longer have dominion over you and your life.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Play Away The Day

Who says life has to be dull? I live by the rules set out by a favorite song, "A Spoonful of Sugar" from Mary Poppins. I agree that even the worst job can be made fun.

Life has more than its share of trouble without making matters worse by fear and dread.

Ok I'm not going to lie and say that I never fight either fear or dread. Both come at me like buzzing Mosquitos bent on blood quests, but just like hungry Mosquitos must be swatted so are fear and dread to be treated.

I'm planning my day. The weather is dreadfully cold here in the normally warm Texas. With that being said I'm planning a crafty day over at the ministry house. My scrapbook space is neatly and colorfully ready for me to arrive and to work on some fun project.

I've been busy making Valentine's day cards, but I'm on a St. Patty's day kick. I don't have a load of appropriate rubber stamps, but do have two that I adapt over and over that serve me well.

So rather than whine and complain about a nasty weathered day. I shall add a spoonful of sugar to make my medicine go down; in a most delightful way!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

iPhone Fixed

My iPhone became a brick yesterday. I calmly realized it was time to begin transferring photos from my phone to my email so that I wouldn't lose my photos. I was erroneously told that iPhones can not hold anything in the memory once the battery is removed. I laboriously moved 200 pictures from my phone and deleted close to 700 pictures as well. I have had the new battery sitting on my desk in the bedroom for quite a while, but just haven't had the guts to change it. When the battery would no longer hold a charge I HAD to do something. It took me all day to move my pictures and then delete them. I then told my husband about the "brick" status of my phone. After lunch we began the scary process of taking the phone apart and replacing the dead battery with the new one. It took about 2 1/2 hours in total. There are so many tiny screws, cables and connectors in an iPhone I was basically holding my breath as my hubby removed each thing.

I could tell about half way through the process I was not much help and actually hindering my husband. I decided to sit down with a novel I've been reading and just get out of the way. While my husband was sweating over my phone the house phone rang. The caller ID said, "Cerise Welter"! My husband was calling the house phone from the iPhone! Yay!!!

The rumors of losing all my personal data once we took the phone apart were grossly exaggerated. The only thing I lost were the 700 pictures I deleted. Most weren't very important, but I'm so glad I have the good ones on my computer. I know there was a slim chance I could have lost them all, so a pound of prevention was a ton of cure!

My only regret? Hubby had my bright red magnifying glasses on and I didn't get a picture of him. He looked so funny. I will hold the memory in my mind because I so value what he did for me. I'll pull it up when I need a laugh.

Now I just have to charge the new battery and I'll be back in business.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Too Cold for Comfort

Ok, I used to think it would be lovely to live up north where it snows during the winter, but today I've come to the conclusion that I needed my head examined back when I believed that. It's too cold here in our little home. I'm wearing more clothes than I normally do and my right arm is chilled to discomfort. My animals are all outside cold and looking at them in the snow makes me cold and tempted to bring them indoors. No, I'm not going to give into the stupid temptation I just won't look at them too much. They have hutches, corrals and barns to go into should they choose to. They also have fur to keep them warm and a nice thick layer of fat to insulate them. I too have a nice thick layer of fat, but it doesn't seem to be doing the job I would like it to do.

I just took a look outside and it appears my goats, ducks and chickens are smarter than I gave them credit for. They are NOT out in the snow.

I snapped a picture through my kitchen screened window. Ignore the grid and you'll see cold and more cold.

I prayed for moisture, but I was thinking more on the lines of rain.

Putting a second sweatshirt on right now.