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    That is really cute. 😸
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  4. Awe, that's so cute. Thanks for sharing Dave. It made me smile.
  5. You know how you usually see a picture or a painting of a cat warming itself by the fireplace or a wood burning stove? My cat is warming itself by the coffee pot! 😼☕
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  7. Sorry to take so long to respond, plaid patterns went quite wonky. It was funny, but not something I would upload. I got my second Covid vaccination yesterday and it's been nothing like the first one. The first one, I never even felt the needle go in, this time around, YIPES! Last time only my upper arm was sore, this time, my entire arm throbs. I am happy though to be fully vacinated. I'm still not going to rush out to eat at a restaurant, or be a social bunny. I have to redo the dining chair, living room chair loveseat and sofa that I had already finished for my Get Together collection. The dining chair is 256X512 and all the rest of the seatings are 512X512. What that meant was the loveseat and sofa was laid out oddly and the pattern reversed itself at the halfway point. I did not like the way that made things look. Stripes are pretty much the best option of having the pattern be continous and not chopped in half. Jake got a new stuffed toy because I had to leave him alone when I went for my shot. As hard as he has been trying he just canot shake the stuffing out of this one. Plus this toy goes where Jake goes, outside, upstairs, everywhere! It is hilarious to watch him struggle to get the toy up the steps. He's not always successful and I have to go and get it for him because he whines when he can't get it all the way upstairs. We had a long play session with the new toy so he is now napping.
  8. I am so sorry that I missed this. I hope you had a wonderful day. Big hugs.
  9. Thank you, very much, Beck! I had a lovely day!
  10. Sorry it is probably late in the day for you, more like evening, but I hope you have had a beautiful day on your birthday! We are so very blessed to have you as one of our staff for many years. May you yourself have many blessings to come this next year.
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  12. That is great news, Beck! I'm starting to feel my age To do anything takes me so much longer, so I can only do maybe a quarter of what I used to do and then I'm totally drained I'm systematically sorting through my stuff and getting rid of all those I hadn't used for a year and more. It's not easy, because I am sentimental But it needs to be done!
  13. I'm doing ok Alet. Hou are you doing?
  14. Oh yes, that is true! Thanks Beck! How are you all doing?
  15. sometimes the meshes are not laid out properly so a plaid just will not work.
  16. MM, now you have me so curious! Why not?
  17. A.W. Tozer put it this way, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Why is that? First, our Father God is the King of the Universe. As such, we are accountable to Him as our Judge. All of creation operates based upon a system of authority. Therefore, we are subject to Him, and we will be held accountable for how we live the life He has gifted and entrusted to us. Second, He loves us and wants us to be intimate with Him. Life, freedom, maturity and blessing come from walking with our Father God. The problem is, when we do not have a right perspective of His character, we are not as likely to draw near to Him to experience life and walk in freedom. This is the great transition of the gospel. All of us are born dead in sin with God as our Judge (Ephesians 2:1-3), but because of His great love for us, He provides the gift of life and faith in Jesus Christ so that He can continue to “show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7, ESV). Once we are saved by faith and made God’s children, we no longer relate to God as Judge but rather as our loving heavenly Father. When we are saved, our minds were not immediately reprogrammed. Sometimes we still see God as an angry Judge. Sadly, the lies we’ve believed about Him impact our ability to draw close to Him in love. Those same lies can also cause us to attempt to live independently or even in outright rebellion of Him. It is critical that we understand our Heavenly Father’s character so that we can draw near to Him in love and joyfully submit to Him as our ultimate Authority. We cannot escape our need to be close to Him, nor can we walk in freedom and the blessing of His protective Hand without willingly submitting to His Lordship. Love and submission go hand in hand. Jesus put it this way, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:10, ESV) Just as we will not love and voluntarily submit to someone who we believe is uncaring, unkind, mean, angry, etc., we will not love and submit to our loving Heavenly Father if we do not have a proper and healthy understanding of His character. Dear Saints, what comes to your mind when you think about God? Are you aware of the ways in which your parents or authority figures did, or did not, represent God well? What does your readiness to love and submit to God say about your view of His character? The most important thing about you is what you think about God. Dan Studt Freedom in Christ Ministries President, USA
  18. I learned something new and boy was it an eye opener. Just because I can only work in SFS for a bit at a time, due to the fact I get bored.....I thought I would attempt to recolour that Hipster Set. DO NOT and I cannot stress this strongly enough, DO NOT use plaids! One of my worst ideas ever.
  19. “I just don’t feel like doing it.” And so I did absolutely nothing on day one. I stayed in bed all day. Day two: I felt the same. Not only was I unproductive, but I was discouraged and overwhelmed with anxiety. Days melted into weeks, weeks into months, and before I knew it, six months was lost. I still had long-buried feelings of shame. I didn’t think I deserved to be forgiven. I felt unforgiven, unloved, and ashamed. I felt unworthy and condemned. These lies Satan fed me prevented me from believing God’s truth about myself. I knew about the freedom and abundant life God offers us, but I thought it was for everyone else but me. I was stuck. And I didn’t know how to get out of the pit. Maybe you can relate. Ed Silvoso says a stronghold is “a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable, situations that we know are contrary to the will of God.” Strongholds prevent us from seeing what is true because of how they make us feel. When we are adopted into the family of God, no one erases the “hard drive” of our emotions, memories, or mistakes. So we come into the relationship with our Heavenly Father with false beliefs and coping mechanisms. Neil Anderson describes strongholds as “mental habit patterns of thought that are not consistent with God’s word.” Mine needed to be dealt with. Maybe yours does too. We find the answers on how to do this in Ephesians 4:22-24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” So let’s break it down—how do we tell ourselves the truth? First, we must “put off the old self,” which means to move away from guilt, shame and blame through repentance and faith. Disown these things. They don’t belong in us. We evict these toxic attitudes towards ourselves by declaring God’s word over our lives and our whole being. This happens by understanding and owning up to our identity in Christ. What do I mean by “understanding our identity in Christ?” This perception is absolutely essential to living the victorious Christian life. No matter what comes our way, in Christ we are secure. Our mistakes should not define us. God doesn’t hold our sins, mistakes, or missteps against us. The real me is in my identity in Christ. Once we know what God says about us and believe it to be the truth, everything about how we view God and ourselves changes. If you are a Christian, then you can find the Identity in Christ statements that are true of you at the end of this devotional. I encourage you to read them, meditate on them, and declare them over yourself. Secondly, we must be “made new in our mind.” How is this possible? It is entirely available to each of us when we choose to allow God’s word to transform our minds by reading it, praying it, saying it, memorizing it, listening to it, and keeping it at hand. Romans 12:1-2 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Notice that Paul states that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. Our mind is where it all begins! The choice is yours: you must choose to think on what is true of you, allowing God to renew your mind and heal your hurts by the power of his word. Lastly, we must “put on the new self.” We discussed owning our identity in Christ, but the daily “putting on of our new self” happens most effectively when we choose to live in the truth by renewing our minds with the truth. Another term for this is “stronghold busting.” We must realize our belief system may not be in line with what God says is true in His word. As we allow God to bring to the surface lies that we have believed, we can examine each falsehood that is exposed, renounce the lie we have believed and announce the truth from God’s word. Choosing to do this for forty days is a powerful way to transform your mind. Are there situations in your past that have caused you to believe lies about yourself? If so, acknowledging them is the first step to being free from them. Until you deal with what is keeping you from believing God’s truth about yourself, you will stay stuck in the pit. Once you make the decision to start the process, God will help you take the next steps, just like He did for me. With His help, you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Come against the lies you have believed about yourself and start telling yourself the truth. Now! Let’s pray: “Heavenly Father, thank you for the truth. Help me to know the difference between the lies I’ve believed in my old self, and help me to take off the old self and put on the new. I need your renewal, restoration and refreshing – thank you for the invitation to be transformed. I ask you to show me your will – your good, pleasing and perfect will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner Author, FICM Field Staff and SW Regional Director of Care & Training Who I Am in Christ Statements
  20. Awe, that's so cool. Thanks so much for sharing your adorable stories of Jake.
  21. While I should be doing some housework, here I am on the laptop working away at my latest project. Dave is visiting a friend in the hospital, so I almost have perfect peace and quiet. Yep--ALMOST!! One of Jake's dogbeds is under my desk and he is there right now, SNORING!! Then he also has these sighs and squeaks mixed in with the snoring. Eventually he starts dreaming and that is when all heck breaks out. He barks, yips and cries. I have to stop what I am doing and gently wake him up and cuddle him to get him to calm down. Jake doesn't dream about chasing rabbits or squirrels, nope he dreams about confronting that dreaded axe murderer. How do I know this? I can tell by his barks, he has happy barks, bossy barks, scared barks and very angry barks. When he barks in his sleep, he is always barking angrily. I've learned over time the best way to handle this situation is to very gently wake him and then cuddle him until he calms enough to go back to sleep. AND that is sort of the problem, it's not possible to work on the laptop while holding the world's cutest sleeping dog. I look at his adorable face, feel his warm breath on my neck and I'm just gone. I have no idea what it feels like to own the world's cutest dog, BUT I do know what it feels like to be owned BY the world's cutest dog. For now he is just snoring, and I have to keep peeking at him cause his wee squeaks mixed with the snoring makes me giggle.
  22. It is so nice to have you back. ❤️
  23. Oh yes! 100% my thoughts too! We love you, MM!
  24. Oh my goodness I am so grateful you seem to be getting back to our oh so loveable Mission Mouse. Not that you haven't been loveable, but you just sound happier and a little more lighthearted. Yeah!
  25. I have been goofing around with curtains. I wasn't planning on ding another big project--*FAMOUS LAST WORDS* but I was goofing around with some items from Get Together and decided to do a Livingroom. Then I thought it should also have a Dining Room and then naturally it needed a Bedroom. That just wasn't quite enough so I am working on redoing the Mission Bedrooms as well. It's slow going because Dave is only working every other day and when he is home he is a bit of a pest. On the days he is working, he works a 15- 16 hour day. On the days he is home, he requires a morning nap and an afternoon nap. Poor Jake is Dave's binky and both of them nap on the sofa and they both snore---LOUDLY! That necessitates me having to have an afternoon nap just so I can have some peace and quiet.
  26. This reminds me of a mother who had lost her son she said "always blessings never losses". She would think about how blessed she was that God allowed her to have her son in her life for as long as he did. I'm not sure I could think that way all the time, but she was an inspiration to me. Big hugs MM!
  27. I have been slowly recolouring some more furniture. Every so often a memory of Toni comes through my mind and I have to take a break. I lean back in my chair and let the memory replay in my mind. They are happy memories but they do make me sad that there will not be times to create more memories. Jake seems to sense my sadness and we have a long cuddle, which helps. I know that eventually time, the love of friends and our Lord will ease the pain. For now just geting by day by day works. I remember when my friend Pauline lost her dog. Frankie and how the pain of that loss affected her. I also remember asking her if she would trade that pain for a life that never had Frankie in it........she took a few days to mull that over and then caled me back and said she would accept the pain just to keep her memories of Frankie. I still cry when I think of my beloved Bailey, but I treasure the memories I have of him and I am gratefu to God for putting he and I together. I use that method to handle the grief I have when I remember anyone I loved that is now with our Lord.
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