Weekly Verses…

Weekly Verses…

Monday
By the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Pride does go before a fall! It is not easy to balance the two truths: “I must not be prideful, but I must understand just how much God values me.” Satan can use our self-denigration, the worthless worm syndrome, to discourage us and keep us from using our gifts for Kingdom work. On the other hand, pride takes God out of the picture and attributes our contribution to God’s Kingdom to us and not to God.
MY PRAYER…
Holy Father, as your child, redeemed at the cost of Jesus’ life, I know I am loved and valuable to you. I know you have given me abilities and gifts to use for your glory and to bless your church. But Father, I do not want to ever think that my abilities are somehow mine alone. I know you have given me the gifts, abilities, and experiences that have shaped me, so please empower me to your glory. But Father, I never want the glory that is achieved from your gifts to puff me up or turn from me the realization that I am what I am, I have what I have, and I do what I do, because of your grace and your generous gifts. May I ever be your humble but valuable child at work in your Kingdom. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Tuesday
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Jesus told us that what is in our heart ultimately works its way out into our activities. The great wise man told us to guard our heart because it is the spring well of our life. Jeremiah wants us to know that God knows our heart. We want to stress the importance of what goes into our hearts because it really makes a difference in what goes on inside our heart. Invite the Lord in to what you do, think, read, watch, and hear and ask him to remove those things that are not worthy of your time and interest.
MY PRAYER…
Righteous Father, please help me guard my heart and be wise enough not to place things into it that would rob it of its devotion to you. I want to be pure through and through. Please search me and help me remove everything that would steal my devotion from you and ruin my influence with others. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Wednesday
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Wow, what an indictment. When we vote according to our pocketbook more than character and when we excuse the indiscretions, infidelities, and illegalities in the leaders of both political parties, we have reached a very sad state indeed! But before we rant and rave about the sad state of morality in our public officials, let’s make sure we’re honest in our own daily lives, that we don’t say cruel things about others, that we remain faithful to our marriage and our purity vows to God, and let’s make sure that we expect of ourselves higher standards than we do of others.
MY PRAYER…
God, you are not only the Almighty, you are holy! Holy, Holy, Holy are you, the LORD God Almighty. May the whole earth be filled with your glory and may that glory be shown in what I do and say. Forgive me for my own sin and hypocrisy. Bless me with purity and holiness as I pledge my life to your glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Thursday
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
What is god of our culture and our nation? Certainly our God is the LORD, Yahweh, King of Israel and Redeemer of the lost. But we can pray for revival to sweep our land and we can repent for not placing him first in our own lives. He has promised to respond if we will humble ourselves and seek him. Let’s do that beginning today!
MY PRAYER…
LORD, God of the heavens and Father of all nations, I humble myself before you today, acknowledging my own sin and the sin of my people. I pray that you will revive us by the power of your word and the sanctifying power of your Spirit. Bring renewal to our land. In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Spirit I ask this. Amen.
Friday
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done and proclaim that his name is exalted.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
It is wrong to think God’s love for the nations began only with Jesus and the Great Commission. Remember Jonah’s preaching to save Israel’s great enemy, Nineveh? Remember the precious story of Ruth? God loves all people and wants them to come to share in his grace. As Christians, we are his salt and light, here to touch all the people of the world and beckon them to come back to the Father who loves them.
MY PRAYER…
Holy God, stir in my heart a greater passion to share your love with the world. May my life, my money, and my concerns be used to do more of your work throughout the world. Please bless the efforts of all those who share the Gospel of Jesus in a culture other than their own. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Saturday
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Spoken by Jesus.)
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
What do you have that will last? Not much — the love you have for God and his children, the praise you offer him, and the Word he has spoken to use through his Spirit, the prophets, and his Son, Jesus.  Invest in these things and you will never be without lasting profit!
MY PRAYER…
Eternal God and loving Father, give me wisdom to discern what is truly lasting and invest my life in those things that will never suffer decay. Thank you for sending Jesus to teach me truth that will last. I want to be obedient to his words and his life. Bless me in ways that help me live a life that is true.  Through Jesus, my eternal Savior I pray. Amen.
Sunday
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
A shield whose word can be trusted. But we must take refuge in him if his flawless word for us is to be a blessing and his presence a shield.
MY PRAYER…
God of the Fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I trust my soul and future to you. You are my strength and shield and I pray that your name will be exalted in my life. Please protect and guard me and my family and my church from the Evil One and keep us physically safe and whole as we serve you this summer. In Jesus name. Amen.
Devotional credit: Oneplace.com
Weekly Verses…

Weekly Verses…

Hello Dear Friends,
Working towards getting back to working on my blogs. What better way than in the Word. 🙂
Praying you all have a lovely day remembering our soldiers that serve our nation,
k
Monday
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
It’s amazing to me how Satan knows our “silver bullet sins” — those sins that can especially wound and disable us from the work of Christ. Commit in your heart to ask God to protect you, your family, and one other person you’ll silently support) from the attacks of the evil one.
MY PRAYER…
Mighty and Triumphant King, crush your enemies under your feet and liberate me and those I love from the oppressive attacks and the horrible consequences of sin. Not only forgive and cleanse me, but please guard my heart so that I might gain strength to serve you with passion and power. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Tuesday
“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
There is no hiding from God, but for those who willingly and joyously seek him, there is comfort, power, and hope in his presence.
MY PRAYER…
El Shaddai, God of the Mountains, be my sources of strength as I seek your presence. I acknowledge your presence in all I do and everywhere I go. Please, don’t just keep blessing me, but use me to bless others in your name. Through Jesus. Amen.
Wednesday
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Hanging on to bitterness and keeping alive grudges is consuming work. It leaves little energy for blessing others, praising God, or enjoying life. The only way to get over these things is to actively love (i.e., serve them) others in ways that bless their lives. If we can’t do this because it’s good and the right thing to do, we do it because we know God!
MY PRAYER…
Father of light, love and mercy, please remove from my heart any cynicism or delight in seeing others around me fall. Instead, help me to be a rescuer rather than a neglector. I want your grace to be seen in my friendships. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Thursday
Spoken by Jesus: “…whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
The key to life is letting go of ourselves and receiving Jesus. Please don’t forget to relinquish your life to the one who gave up his own life. When we lose our life to him, we can have it back forever with him.
MY PRAYER…
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, my Savior and King. I long for your life to be made visible in me. To your glory I pray. Amen.
Friday
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Maranatha — O Lord come! This cry of the early church, especially during times of trial, persecution, and difficulty, must be tempered with the reminder that there is a lost world around us — many of whom are dear friends and family. Our passion for the Lord’s coming must be equaled by our passion to share his grace with those who have not “come to repentance” and changed their lives to serve the Lord who died to bring them life.
MY PRAYER…
O Great and Patient God, please do all within your power and grace to bring my loved ones and dear friends to repentance so that when Jesus appears they can share in my joy and your salvation. Through Jesus The Savior I pray. Amen.
Saturday
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. The greatest thing we can do is to find that purpose and live it out. We can trust his purpose in us because it is based on his wisdom and love. As long as we seek his will, we’re not going to do anything that can ultimately spoil his purpose in us. Yes, we may at times stray from the perfect channel he wants us to travel, but we never get totally out of the main channel. As long he does not abandon us, (and he promised he never would forsake us he will use us) for his purposes.
MY PRAYER…
O Sovereign God, help me discern today what my life is intended to fulfill. Thank you for loving me and promising to walk beside me every step of my life. I live trusting that you will never forsake me. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Sunday
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.
New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus taught us to pray for the day that the LORD would be the recognized king over all the earth. We look forward to that, because our faith will be shown true and the LORD himself will be glorified as he should be. In a world of profanity, a world where God’s name is blasphemed, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is LORD, Yahweh, incomparable without rival.
MY PRAYER…
Great Almighty LORD, work to bring yourself glory, in these days. Do mighty works that show your Sovereignty. Help us as we seek to bring others to call on your name and praise your grace. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Devotional Credit: Oneplace.com
Wonderful T-Shirt Stamps via Sale-A-Bration

Wonderful T-Shirt Stamps via Sale-A-Bration

Hello Friends,

I am so glad to share with you more of the wonderful opportunities for free stamps via Stampin’ Up!! I love all the wonderful goodies in the Sale-A-Bration catalog!! This is a wonderful time of the year to shop Stampin’  Up!! With Sale-A-Bration you can earn additional products with every $50 spent in our Occasions and Annual Catalog before tax.

If you would like to see more, enjoy the video below and please visit my 24/7 Stampin’ Up shop: http://www.JosephinesDesigns.stampinup.net

Have a lovely and creative day,

k

josephinesdesigns.com@gmail.com

Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog Is Here

Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog Is Here

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Hello Dear Friends,

The long awaited Occasions catalog is here!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Yay!!! Yippee!!! I am soooooo excited!! I am having a wonderful time with all the new goodies!! I call this the Spring catalog. There are wonderful Spring, Easter, floral, birthday, thank you, etc. stamp sets and dies. The DSP or Designer Series Paper sets are GORGEOUS!!! I am having the best time creating with all these goodies!!

Please go visit my Online Store available 24/7 and see all the beautiful new things:

http://www.josephinesdesigns.stampinup.net

If you are new to Stampin’ Up and do not have a demonstrator, I would LOVE to earn your business!! I will gladly mail you a catalog for a better look, just email me:

JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

The main thing is enjoy this day and make something beautiful to encourage someone special in your life!! And have fun!!

Have a lovely creative day,

k

Stampin’ Up and Sale-A-Bration

Stampin’ Up and Sale-A-Bration

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Dear Friends,

During Sale-A- Bration (4 January–31 March), you have not just one, but THREE ways to earn FREE products: shop, host, or join! For each qualifying order you place, you’ll earn a FREE Sale-A- Bration item—including orders from the new occasions catalog (US/CA)! Plus, for each qualifying party you host, you’ll earn even more Stampin’ Rewards for your party sales. Finally, when you join, you’ll get an extra TWO free stamp sets in your Starter Kit (any value-no kidding)!

Please visit my online store open 24/7: http://www.JosephinesDesigns.StampinUp.net

There’s so many wonderfully free options to pick from  in the Sale-A-Brations catalog.

For every $50 spent on items from the Occasions and the annual Stampin’ Up catalog before tax and shipping, you can choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Brations catalog. All 3 are available via my online store.

If you have any questions feel free to email me: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

May you have a lovely creative day,

k

Stampin’ Up Fun

Stampin’ Up Fun

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Hello Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you something GREAT at Stampin’ Up!!!

What could possibly make Sale-A-Bration even better? Getting Paper Pumpkin involved, of course! It just might be the easiest way for your customers to earn FREE items.

Details

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Get a discount on 3-month prepaid subscriptions and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

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Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save over $2/month with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT). Click here for more information about prepaid subscriptions.

 

So please feel free to hop on over to my 24/7 store and look at all the good things happening!
And be sure to email me if you have any questions…I am so glad to help!! 🙂
JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com
Have a great day,
K