Sunday, 23 August 2009

More of the goodness of God

Me and Christine my wee pal from Edinburgh. Ooh we had a giggle. Love ya loads Christine. one of these days we will go see Cliff together!!!
Lisa and Steve. Steve's a scouser and it shows. What a nutter!!!! He's a bringer of fun and laughter but also has a serious side. Steve I will never forget how God used you to bless me this weekend.
Graham the mad weegie (He's from Glasgow)
Carl came over from Ireland to join the madness on the mainland. Carl you are a joy to know. a real inspiration.
hmmmmm they were hearing voices! Adrian you do make me laugh and I love ya loads bro. and Steve my wee pal from over the water in Liverpool. I so needed a good giggle that weekend and you made sure I got it!!! thanks.

This is the third photo Lisa has shown up in so I wont say any more about her lol.

The goodness of God

Well its been an eventful summer.I have been blessed with great friends in my life. Many of them unfortunately live a long way from me. However a couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting up with a lot of them for an awesome weekend of fun and fellowship in Manchester. We laughed, we walked, we talked. We laughed some more and enjoyed good meals together. We chatted well into the night before retiring in our hotel and then enjoyed worshipping God together in church.

Many of these friends I had never met in person before (we are interneet chat pals). and yet that weekend it was like we had known each other for years a reunion between long standing friends. Some had burdens to share and we shared freely and bore each others burdens. This brought more love and freedom than we could have imagined. It has deepened our friendships.

We even had the privilege a few days later to see two of our friends finding a deeper assurance of love in Jesus as they gave their lives to Him. since then God is continuing to work on me. I am a complicated person lol he has a lot of work on His hands, but I am rejoicing that He is not shying away from the workload and has begun a new work in me.

He is an awesome God, and no matter how soiled I am, He loves me and He has cleansed me ready for His work. It will never cease to amaze me how God can use even me for His Kingdom. He is so powerful, so wonderful, so loving, so merciful.

WOW what can I say?? I love Him and I always will.

Here are some photos of the weekendSammy and Jon. A lovely couple who are looking forward to marriage next January. God bless you both, you are a beautiful couple.

Ritchie, Emma and Stacey. three wonderful friends who bring fun and laughter into my life as well as reminding me how great God is.

Dan and Lele - another lovely couple preparing to start their marriage next year. You can't help but giggle when these two are around they are such fun. Beautiful and loved children of God! what a joy to know them.

Lisa is a Mighty warrior for God. Satan watch out when this girl is around.
John is a well loved friend who loves God and shares that love with all he meets.

This is me and Emma. I thank God for sending me such an incredible blessing on my llife in this girl. She rocks. For my cricut friends. the card that got a mention in the Chirp (Give your troubles to God, he'll be up all night anyway) was for Emma.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

more summer crafts

I'm enjoying decoupage again. this pansy decoupage is quite deep with 7 layers.

another decoupage. not quite as deep as the pansies but very calming and beautiful.
this one is much more girly than my usual style. the baasket ws salvaged from a shop bought card, and I added all sorts of flowers, including rhinestone flowers and sequins.
I had these odd shped panels in a card kit and it took a while for me to figure out how to use them. this layout is growing on me andi really like the stamped butterfly which I cut out and mounted on pop dots.
Finally this is the Cross Key holder I made for Emma, to accompany the card which was in the previous post. the cross is cut several times on my cricut machine. Glued together to give depth and then embossed with glossy embossing powder to make it look like a ceramic tile. the top layer of card has a marble pattern on it for extra effect, and the torquoise backing is glittered.

WOW I got a mention in the chirp!!

For those who don't know- the Chirp is an online Crafting newsletter on the cricut message board. every month they highlight about 6 that have been posted in the discussion forum. It is such an honour that out of the hundreds of projects posted there, they chose mine.

This is the card I made for Emma as a housewarming and encouragement card. Most impoprtantly emma loved the card.

the verse says : Give your troubles to God He will be up all night anyway.
He will not allow your foot to slip
He who keeps you will not slumber
Psalm 121:3
This is actually a fridge magnet made by my good friend Peter, which I thought was perfect for Emma so I put it on her card. (Thanks Pete!)