They Call Themselves Christians

They Call Themselves Christians

If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

II Timothy 2:12 NKJV

Soldiers in the Roman army identified themselves with their generals by adding the suffix -ian at the end of the general’s name. Therefore, a Caesarian soldier would be a solider serving under Caesar. In Latin, the word ian means “the party of.” In the early church in Antioch, people began to call followers of Christ Christians, though the use of the name was likely said at first in the spirit of mockery. However, the name stuck and soon believers also began to call themselves Christians, happily adding the suffix to the end of Christ’s name to indicate that they were with Jesus. Early Christians joyfully sent a message to the world that they were followers of Christ, though the message cost many of them their lives. A believer’s life begins at the altar where we surrender our nothing for everything, and sometimes ends on another altar, where believers are forced to decide whether to sacrifice everything for nothing. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” (Joshua 24:15 KJV).

FAITH CHECK

If you knew that openly announcing to the world that you are a Christian would cost you your job, your standing in the community, or your very life, would you call yourself a Christian?

Article Credit: Linda Kozar by way of Dayspring.com

Hello Dear Friends,

Such great encouragement this day!!

Prayers,

k

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Beach and Water….

Beach and Water….

Hello Dear Friends,

I am over the moon excited with the newest collection just released by Creative Memories!!!

Growing up on the coast of South Texas, not a day goes by that I don’t think of the ocean and sea!! When I saw a sneak preview from the main office at our CropNConnect…I knew, it would be a must have in my next order!!

As I send you this peak in a video, I am holding in my hands this absolutely GORGEOUS album, papers and embellishments!! I cannot wait to make an album for my family.

I hope you enjoy this video!!

If you have any questions please email me: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

Or have yourself a peak in my 24/7 store: CreativeMemories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

I will be working through my new album on my YouTube: JosephinesDesigns.com, so come on by and let’s create together!!

With no further adieu, enjoy!!!

k

 

I Can’t Wait….

I Can’t Wait….

Hello Dear Friends,

I am over the moon with this gorgeous paper kit!! I also love the stickers that match as well!!

I will be making cards and album pages using these darling pictures and stickers…it is just our thing!!! 😉 As some of you know, we have been eating a vegetarian diet for many years and are working to going vegan. This is just our thing!!! As well as My Sweet Husband LOVES gardening and working in his small orchard. He is never so proud as he is when he brings in he produce!! And we all love his gift to our family!!

Here’s a quick peek!!

 

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

And you can also visit my website 24/7: www.CreativeMemories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

Mine is on it’s way!! YAY!!!! 🙂

Great big Summer Fruit and Veggie hugs,

k 😉

Look What’s Here!!!

Look What’s Here!!!

Hello Sweet Friends,

I am so excited to share this quarter’s sign up blessings!!! I absolutely LOVE what is being offered for new Creative Memories advisors. To be an advisor is such an amazing blessing….any day!!

Starting today, the sign on is amazing!! There is a wonderful bonus bag for each new advisor!! I LOVE this bag!! I wish I could resign up and receive this for my crops on the go!!

I LOVE the new Creative Memories!! It is the CM of years ago…but even better!!! Creative Memories is an amazing company with amazing people that make up this wonderful journey!! The quality and now even more variety in scrapbooking supplies plus all the ingenious creativity is truly endless!! If you love scrapbooking and are considering joining…the time is right now!!! Also just in case you are wondering, there aren’t minimums as well as you receive wonderful support in not only keeping your family’s memories…you also if desire to make this a wonderful business!! When I was first in CM years ago, I loved it and it helped put my husband through graduate school!! And he really loved that I was saving our family’s memories!!

Here’s my website link: http://www.CreativeMemories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

And also a wonderful video by a sweet sweet lady I was priviledged to meet at the CropNConnect in Richardson, TX weekend before last. The home office had 3 lovely ladies come out and teach us new techniques and designs as well as demonstrate fun activities to do with our customers!! It was a blast!!!

Creative Memories is a blessing in my life…as well in my family’s lives too!!

FREE Gift When You Become An Advisor In Creative Memories Beginning July 1, 2018 3rd Quarter!!

Please feel free to email any questions to: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

I will do my best to answer any questions!!

Have a lovely week,

k

 

 

My Creative Memories Adventure…

My Creative Memories Adventure…

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Hello Dear Friends,

I am excited to share my amazing Creative Memories weekend!!!

As many of you know, I am coming out of a season of emergencies, lots of love, lots of….dare I say it…yes, stress and loss. It has been a very very long journey but one I wouldn’t trade one moment for any of it. I loved my parents and though I honestly would never want to go through anything like this again, I look back now and know I was exactly where I needed to be. I had amazing love and support from people I could never imagine being in my life!! I am so very very blessed and so very very thankful!!

As a result of this journey, I had become very very ill this last month. And I couldn’t nor could the medicine get all cleared. I had signed up for a CM Crop and Connect in north Texas but couldn’t see how I could be there much less be apart of this weekend. I prayed and prayed and though not any better and decided go….there are hospitals there too!!  I had decided by Thursday if not better, I would need to go to the hospital.

I am soooooo thrilled I went!!! My Sweet Husband and youngest went with me. And when I signed up to go, I bought some groupons for them to go and have a wonderful vacation as well!! We caravaned up to our location in Richardson, TX. We checked in quickly to the hotel. And then I made my way to the crop.

I didn’t know a soul at the crop and thought…no problem, I am so tired I will be able to sit quietly and get my albums done. HA!!!

I signed in and found my way to my assigned table. I was the first one there and loved looking at all the beautiful and perfectly planned gifts at each seat that ranged from CM tote, CM notebook with pen, pencil with a heart, trash bags, beautifully made treats to snack on, etc!!  Each table had a linen white table cloth with lovingly made name cards. These ladies truly worked so hard to not only make it beautiful…but later I found out, really thought through who to sit with who!! WOW!!

As I began to get myself organized, in came in my first table mate. A very beautiful and lovely lady that sat to my right. She was grace and eleganc wrapped up in one. She has one of the sweetest smiles I have ever seen. Every part of her was beautifull put together and perfectly planned. As we became more aquainted she had lost her husband in the last year and instantly began to share.

Then these two beautiful fireballs arrived and completed our foursome. They both came in and knew the routine. They in a matter of moments set up all their supplies, arranged their carts all the while chatted and smilled and laughed!! They all three were genuinely pure joy!!! I later found out they all three knew each other for over 20 years!!

How easy it would have been for them to talk only to each other. How easy it would have been for them to go off and do their own things. It was clear to me how much they loved each other and genuinely were friends. As each of them were finishing up their stations ready for the conferenct, they all decided to take pictures at the photo booth area. They asked if I would like to come. I said sure, as I was certain I would gladly take their pictures for them.

Once we were at the area, I snapped pictures for each one’s phone. They were fun, hilarious and amazing women!! I loved watching their love for each other realizing these ladies were long time genuine friends to each other. I stood there and thought…how blessed they are to have each other!! And I remember thinking how happy I was for each of them!!

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Then one of the sweet ladies said…hey, I will take a picture of you!! I said sure…and thank you. Then as a lady passed by, one of the gals said would you take a picture of all of us. So I prepared to step out and they said no!! You are with us!!! We all four stood there and giggled and laughed!!

So as we made it back to our table…I thought, well that was so sweet but these ladies can now go and do their thing. I decided, I will go on back and read my material/notebook folder for the weekend. Seriously, everything was so well orchestrated!! As I looked up, all 3 ladies were back as well. They began introducing each other…asking about me and the friendships began.

I am so humbled by these 3 ladies. In just one weekend, they literally brought me back to life. Each one so differet yet so focused on saving memories and having fun!! I had forgotten how much Creative Memories ladies love family, God and each other!! I was exactly where I needed to be. I needed the smiles, encouragements and pure joy that filled the convention hall!!! I was amazed at not only the quality of speakers, teachings but talent in that room. I was so giddy with the excitement of being back in Creative Memories I just couldn’t get my head around the projects. I loved playing with all the materials and adored all the challenges!!! There were endless drawings and I came home with 3 gorgeous albums…3!!!! WOW!!!!!

Each day was maybe a bit long by most standards….but I could have gone on and on. And yes, I was battling some serious health issues, I found myself one of the first to arrive and last to leave. I was in my groove. A groove that producced and grew more creative with each beautifully made product by Creative Memories. In the days of my first journey with CM I LOVED the products but felt a bit…honestly, limited. I am and have always been a bit outside the box gal. As I had discovered Creative Memories was bought and had come back slowly in time for me to make a very special album a few years back, I had resigned.

With all my family emergencies, planning was all I could basically get done. It was a time to love and care for my parents and I would trade one minute of being apart of their lives and final days on this earth. I just hadn’t thought much about making albums. I still have my 2 oldest graduation albums to finish and my son’s and dil’s albums to finish from their wedding. Besides, I have boxes and boxes of our own pictures to get busy with. I just ordered a bit here and there and that was enough. And I still received my discount.

Years ago when I was a CM “Consultant”, which we are now Advisors, I worked my business. I had scraps, attended events, booths and even a National Scrapbook Day weekend event!! I even helped pay for my husband’s grad school!! I was so thankful to have a job that I could be home, homeschool my children and help my husband. Then when all began to change, we were moving and we had an unexpected late in life pregnancy…that would result in our little sweetheart going ot heaven sooner than we wanted. Life had changed, Creative Memories had changed….I just let it go.

As I had rediscovered the Creative Memories comeback online, I signed up as a hobbiest and ordered a bit here and there for my projects. I missed the friendships and fun of scrapping together…but thought that part of my life was over.

I WAS WRONG!!!! Creative Memories LIVES!!! I had such fond memories of CM that I just couldn’t believe it could be the same. PTL, I WAS WRONG!!! Not only was the event beautifully planned, but the women were absolutely amazing!!! The smiles were everywhere, people were having a genuine blast!!! There was laughter, smiles and stories being shared!!! There were endless friendships to be made and encouragement galore!!

By the end of our Crop and Connect weekend, I realized not only did I again find the wonderful Creative Memories beautiful products, I also realized these were creative and fun friends I had been missing all these years!! I had almost an album finished as well as many fun project recipes completed that taught new skills and fun designs!! I also came home with 3 and yes I said 3, new albums I won in the drawings!!! CM Class FUn

 

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What an amazing weekend!!! And the very best news to share is…I was physically better. After 3 weeks of serious illness, I was better!!! I needed to get away and have a genuinely stressfree joyful time!!! There is a scripture that I kept trying to focus on but with all that has needed to be done…just I couldn’t quite get a focus on.

Proverbs 17:22 (NAS) A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

I am home now. I have wondered to find things I could be creative in and yet I was just never as happy in them thinking they were not Creative Memories. I never imagined Creative Memories was back to this degree of the former company. And I am here to attest, they are and so am I!!! I have decided to begin with sharing with my community and see if I can gather friends and new friends together so we can scrap together and save our families’ memories!! And I can share all about my amazing new journey with Creative Memories!!!

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com. I would love to share about this amazing company!! And more importantly, I would love to encourage you to be the story teller saving your family’s heritage to pass onto the next generation!!

And if you would like to take a peak at the Creative Memories goodies, here’s my website: http://creativememories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

I highly recommend the Fast2Fab if you are feeling you don’t have time for scrapbooking or have allot to catch up on!! Or if you don’t want to have to think about colors and matching things together.

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There are beautiful colors and designs and endless ideas for preserving your memories!!! And I am sooooo happy to be back and preserving my family’s stories!!

Serving Him….k

 

 

 

10 Prayers to Pray Over Your Husband

10 Prayers to Pray Over Your Husband

10 Prayers to Pray Over Your Husband

Sep 3, 2017 by Rachel Wojo

Do you spend time each day praying for your husband? Determining what prayers to pray over your husband can be an eye-opening experience. Years ago, I decided to consistently pray for my husband. While that sounds really mature and wonderful, the choice was a selfish endeavor, though I thought I was being helpful. In my immaturity, I wanted a few things to change in my marriage and so I called on the Lord to change them. Funny how I discovered the one who needed to change was ME! Ever been there?

Through God’s work in my heart, I discovered the importance of praying for my husband and the power of praying for him. Over the years, God has shown me his work in my marriage through prayer time and time again. Prayer is a life-changing, uninterrupted connection to our heavenly Father and oh how he loves to hear his children pray! Check out these 10 prayers to pray over your husband using God’s Word.

  1. Pray for his work.

“Lord, I pray that You would bless my husband’s work. That he would be diligent and prosperous. That You would give him wisdom and discernment. God, I pray You would give him strength to walk the opportunities you provide. Thank you, Lord.”

Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of the unknown. Proverbs 22:29 CSB

  1. Pray for his heart, soul, and mind.

“Father, I praise You for my husband, Your unique creation. Please guard his heart and mind, Jesus. Protect him from temptation and fill him up with the good things he needs. You’ve promised to fill his soul with what he needs and I ask You to do just that.”

For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9 CSB

  1. Pray for healing from the past.

“God, would You heal the wounds of my husband’s heart? You’ve promised healing to those who submit to You. Lord, please smooth the scars of past hurts and brokenness. May Your healing permeate his being, inside and out.”

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14 CSB

  1. Pray for courage.

“Lord, You are gracious and merciful, yet You are all-powerful and understanding. This world can be a fearful place and I pray that You would give my husband courage. Lord, infuse his character with courage for daily decisions and the difficult ones as well.”

The fear of the Lord leads to life; one will sleep at night without danger. Proverbs 19:23 CSB

  1. Pray for his leadership.

“God, You have provided Your Word and I am so grateful. May Your Word guide my husband as the leader of our home. May his leadership skills be empowered by your wisdom. I trust that You will lead in his hand and heart in our relationship, his work, our home, community and church.”

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. James 1:5 CSB

  1. Pray for wisdom in finances.

“Lord, money yields the greatest potential to cause problems in a home. Please give my husband wisdom as he seeks to honor You with finances. I praise You for the blessings You’ve provided and I pray that You would help him, help us, to always honor You first.”

Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you. Hebrews 13:5 CSB

  1. Pray for a heart for the Lord.

“Father, please give my husband a pure heart for You. May he seek to love You and trust You with everything he has and is. Protect him from opinions intended to sway him from Your Word.”

Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Ephesians 6:6 CSB

  1. Pray for his speech.

“Father, in a day when the world speaks with complete corruption, keep my husband’s words pure before You. I pray that he would use his words just as You would have him to. I praise You for his personality and pray for purposeful conversations in our marriage.”

No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 CSB

  1. Pray for his friendships.

“Lord, I pray that You would provide encouraging friendships for my husband. That he would know he is never alone because You are with him, but I ask for others to speak into his life and sharpen him as he sharpens them.”

Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 CSB

  1. Pray for your husband to be a good father.

“God, I thank You that You are the good, good Father. Would you help my husband’s parenting to reflect You? May his children know Your heavenly love personally and experience it through their earthly father.”

Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 CSB

This list of 10 Scripture-based prayers is a perfect place to start exploring how to pray for your husband. If you know someone struggling or feeling disconnected in their marriage, share these powerful prayers with them and use this article to encourage their hearts. If you know someone who longs to strengthen her marriage and build up her husband,these prayers would be the perfect tool to do so!

Visual reminders of my praying intentions are always a bonus and if that’s you too, check out the You + Me gift collection for beautiful inspiration to pray for your husband. This collection, inspired by The 5 Love Languages, comes with sticky prayerscouples’ coupon bookcorrespondent cards, and love notes. You could also take your prayer encouragement another step by giving your husband one of these beautiful “You’ve been prayed for…” cards.

Article credit: Dayspring.com

 

Weekly Verses…

Weekly Verses…

Monday
I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
For Christians, God’s temple is one of two related things: either the Christian’s body (1 Cor. 6:19-20) or the group of people who make up his Church (1 Cor. 3:16). Because of the flaws of the people in our churches, many are hypercritical of them. But God’s Church is precious to him and should be to us. Anyone who destroys his church through division will be utterly destroyed. God’s faithfulness to his people is seen in his preservation of the Church through all the ravages and persecutions of history. But God is still the center of the Church and he alone is to be exalted and the Church is still to be governed by his word and not just their own will.
MY PRAYER…
Holy and matchless God, I praise you for your steadfast love and faithfulness revealed in the preseveration of your Church through all of history. I promise to cherish your Church and do all I can to help it grow and mature to be more like Jesus, but I recognize that you and you alone are to be exalted above all other things and that my church must never be more important than your will revealed in your word. Give me the courage to be true to you even if my church may not be. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Tuesday
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Of all the names for God in the Bible, this is my favorite: Him who is able to do immeasurably more. Our God is the same God who parted the Red Sea and fed 5,000 on a green hillside with only a couple of sardine sandwiches. He longs to do more than we ask and imagine, but most of us haven’t really given him much of a challenge. Dream big dreams for God. Then hang on!
MY PRAYER…
Almighty and awesome God, do in our day what you did in past days. Give us faith to believe and then amaze us at the smallness of our faith. Give us vision to see your plan and do greater things. We ask this, not for ourselves or our experience, but for your glory and the salvation of our world. In Jesus name. Amen.
Wednesday
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
God made the world in 6 days. Now he sustains it with his powerful word. But in each of us, he is still at work and will continue to work to his glory (seePhilippians 2:12-13) until Christ comes to take us home!
MY PRAYER…
Thank you Father, for being at work in my life. I confess that at times you seem distant, but looking back over the crucial moments where things were held in the balance, I can see your fingerprints and your grace leading me to where I am today. Please make your presence more powerfully known in my life as I seek your will and live to your glory. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Thursday
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
In the immense expanse of our universe, with its billions upon billions of stars, where our own tiny blue planet is only a small speck of sand on an inestimable seashore, God knows us each personally. Such knowledge it too wonderful to be true, and yet it is. God has shown us his love in Jesus to remind us that he not only knows us, but he cares for us.
MY PRAYER…
O Great God of the heavens, thank you for caring for me even though I am such a small part of your great work in the universe. Your love is beyond my comprehension, and yet it thrills me to know that in your grace one day I will see you face-to-face. Through Jesus I praise you. Amen.
Friday
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Like Esau, we get so diverted by the mundane things of life, the growling of our bellies, we forget the longer-range view of things. God’s word, his written word the Bible, his demonstrated Word in Jesus, and his proclaimed word in the Gospel, are what can sustain us eternally.
MY PRAYER…
True and Faithful God, through your Holy Spirit create in me a hunger for your word that is much more demanding of life than my hunger for food. I confess that at times I have been distracted by the mundane things of life and have not sought your word and have not nourished my soul. Please forgive me as I pledge myself to be more attentive to your leading and your truth through your word. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
Saturday
God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
When Jesus is exalted, when his name is praised and his glory confessed, rather than being insulted or blasphemed, God is honored. Praise be the glorious name of Jesus and the grace of our God!
MY PRAYER…
Precious Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord, your name is wonderful! Your sacrifice for my sin was so loving and generous. I am so thankful that our Father raised you from the dead and that through you I will be able to be with God and worship you all of eternity! You are glorious, Jesus my Lord!
Sunday
(Jesus said) “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Love is not just a feeling, but it is action. For us as believers, the action that most shows our love for Jesus is for us to be obedient to his words and his example.
MY PRAYER…
Father, thank you for showing your love in Jesus. Thank you, Jesus, for showing us how to love our Father by being obedient to his will and word. Today I pledge to conciously try to live in obedience to your will. Please receive my actions, words, and thoughts today as an offering of praise to you. In Jesus name. Amen.