Friday, June 21, 2019

Sneak peek!

Hey there!
Here is a peek of one of the cards we will be making in class in July at Scrapper's Edge in Eureka, CA.  It will be the class called Christmas in July (of course!!)  If you are in the area it would be great to have you in class!  We will be making 3 cards.  Check out Scrapper's Edge class page and sign up!


Thanks for visiting!!


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Encouraging Words and Wavin' Hello

Hello Delightful Friends! 
Hope your week is going well!  This week at Word Art Wednesday our sponsor is Lawn Fawn!  Yay!  Love their products (as you can see by my card I've used a lot of their fun dies and stamps).  Here is a link to their fun blog.  Our bi-weekly challenge gives you plenty of time to enter into the challenge and remember you can enter 5 times each week with a new project!  Looking forward to checking out the inspiration!  The challenge is Anything Goes - Family Friendly.

Here is my card:

Front


                                                                             Inside

Ingredients:  (Lawn Fawn)
Lawn Fawn Dies: Ocean Wave border, Spring Showers (sun), Butterfly Kisses (clouds)
Stamps: Critters in the Sea (dolphin, crab and wavin' hello sentiment); Polka in the Meadow 6x6 paper pad.


Here is our Scripture Art (free to use!) for this week that the design team used:

I thought this verse would be perfect as an encouraging word to a friend and a special birthday blessing for the upcoming year.  I know it's my prayer for myself!  Remembering to stay joyful while growing as a Christian can be a challenge.  Growing pains can be painful but know that the Lord is increasing us in strength and knowledge in Him is a real blessing.  I've been teaching a ladies group in our church and we are studying in Hebrews and we are in chapter 6 which is a very challenging chapter.  But knowing that the Lord is with us and encouraging us in the walk, knowing that we can endure whatever comes our way because He will give us His strong consolation/encouragement to persevere is priceless.  Our hearts our strengthened knowing that the Lord Jesus is our strong refuge in tough times and knowing that God's promises are true and that He cannot lie gives us faith to walk between the times we understand the promise and when the promise is fulfilled. He is always faithful and everyday we can trust Him - and that's a wonderful promise. To God be all the glory!

Thanks for visiting!



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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anything Goes Challenge - Word Art Wednesday

Hello Delightful friends and family!

Can you believe it's already June!  I've been so busy with our daughter's wedding, that I've been just a bit neglectful of my blog, understandably!  Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things, I'd really like to update my blog and get to sharing a bit more.  I've been making a lot of cards but neglecting to share them here. I've also been teaching a card making class twice a month at our local Scrapbooking and craft store Scrapper's Edge.  (we've updated our website!)
Today I am sharing for Word Art Wednesday!  I hope you will check out the blog and join in our challenge.  It's an Anything Goes, (family friendly) challenge that you can share up to 5 new projects weekly.  Our sponsor this challenge is The Project Bin.  Be sure and check out their blog HERE for some crafty inspiration!

Here is my card for the challenge and our Word Art is from 2 Corinthians 6:18.  You can upload it at Word Art Wednesday (it's free!!) and if you are inspired to use it we would love to see you share it for our challenge but it's not a requirement.


I love this new paper (Wolf Pack - Heidi Swapp) it's a 6x6 paper pad (one of my paper addictions, those doggone paper packs!)  It's a fun outdoorsy theme and perfect for Father's Day and masculine-themed cards.   I chose 3 different designs from the pack for my card and added them to a desert storm card stock base. What I love about those paper packs is that all the papers coordinate so it really  makes for a quick and easy card.  I trimmed the Scripture Art and added it to a piece of woodgrain card stock.  I inked the edges with Distress ink - Brush corduroy. 

The apostle Paul  starts off the 6th chapter of 2nd Corinthians with "We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain." and then he goes on in this chapter to paraphrase a few Old Testament scriptures and instruct us to be separate from the world.  But what I find so interesting is that God wants us to be workers together with Him for our good! God's best for us is never indulgent inactivity, no we are not called to be couch potatoes!  We are ambassadors for Christ, fulfilling God's work.  Trust God, rely on Him, and then see how His work is accomplished. The verse in our Scripture art is part of a call for us to be different from the world, we are expected to live differently when we are His children.  We have a different purpose and that is to glorify our Father.  Isn't it wonderful to know that He claims us as sons and daughters?  It's a blessing as we abide in Jesus and stay faithful to Him. It's a wonderful promise for us when we are willing to separate ourselves from the world's influence and live godly lives that honor our King.

Thanks for visiting!!


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Friday, May 3, 2019

CAS Wreath Card

Hello Delightful Friends!

Here is a CAS card I made featuring a new stamp set we are carrying at Scrapper's Edge a locally owned craft store in Eureka, Calif. It's from American Crafts the Kelly Creates Line, the stamp is called Floral Wreaths.  I'm also sharing a quick and easy tutorial!  This stamp set is perfect for CAS gift card sets with different sentiments. I hope to do a beginning stamp class soon at Scrapper's Edge.


Step 1:  Cut Desert Storm 80# card stock 4" x 5.25"
Step 2: Stamp wreath using black Archival ink.  I've position the paper in the MISTI to do this.
Step 3: Color the flower petals using a Prismacolor Premier Pencil (PC938)
Step 4:  Stamp Sentiment using the MISTI, (I've used the Avery Elle Oh Happy Day set, not shown in supply photo) with black Archival Ink. Keep the paper in place and stamp again with Versamark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder, don't forget to prep your paper with anti static powder (EKSuccess)
Step 5: With white pencil, outline the sentiment on the thick edge of the letter to highlight.
Step 6: Adhere the card stock to the white card base.
Step 7: Add Liquid Pearls (buttercup) to the center of each flower.  Set aside to dry.  Easy Peasy!

Here are my supplies:


Thanks for visiting!!


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Blessing to Others - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello!
It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday!  Did the last two weeks just fly by or what?!
We have a new sponsor for our challenge: Stamps of Life  ($25 gift card), thank you Stephanie Barnard!  I hope you will visit her store and blog and be inspired! There are so many adorable stamp and die sets in her store! She also has some great tips and videos to share there as well.

Here is my card for the challenge and the Scripture Art from Proverbs 11:25


I stamped the flowers on each side of the Scripture, the stamp set I've used is a very old set from Gina K Designs called One in a Million (it continues to be a favorite of mine!)  The butterflies are from Reverse Confetti : Hippity Hoppity stamp set.  I've done some simple coloring with Copic Markers and then added Kaiser Pearls and Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles (tropical assortment).
I've trimmed out my focal piece and matted it with black card stock, then mounted it on the purple card stock (Bazzill) and adhered to an A2 white card base.

The Scripture this week is a little difficult to understand in the old English but I think translating it into language that we would use, it makes perfect sense.
Simply put "A generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself" (NKJV); the New Testament equivalent would be what Jesus said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."  We reap the benefits of giving, especially when we aren't looking to be repaid.  God has promised to bless the generous soul with riches in this world, the next or both.  When we give, God knows how to give back to us.  We can't water others without being watered ourselves.  We can never out give God.  I once heard it said that He has the bigger shovel!  So whether I give of my time, my finances, whatever I give, with the right motives I know that God will bless me.  
Luke 6:38 says "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measure back to you."
2 Corinthians 9:7 says "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

May you be a cheerful giver, led of the Lord!  Thanks for visiting today.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Abundant Mercy Gives Hope - Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends!

Hope your week is going well!  I'm a bit late posting this weeks Word Art Wednesday challenge due to "poor time management"! Just being real 😏

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Sharon Johnson from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Be sure and check out the blog and all the inspiration for the Stamp Simply design team!
I've used the stamp set Thinking of You Rose (the gold embossed rose colored with Peerless Watercolors) and the Coffee or Tea Die set.  I used the small cup and re-purposed it as a vase.  That was a fun way to extend the use of the die set. I am always looking for ways to use dies to get the most out of them.  I tried to give it a marbled look with alcohol inks on glossy paper and then die cut the shape.  I had a branch of leaves cut out from watercolor paper in my "stash" of "I need to use these someday" and yay(!) I finally used them! The background paper is a piece from the Crate Paper Collection of Chasing Dreams and with the Scripture Art theme of the resurrection I thought it worked nicely.


Our Scripture Art is downloadable at Word Art Wednesday!  We would love for you to use it in a project.  It's not required to use it to play along with the challenge and don't forget this is a Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge and you can link 5 projects a week for the two week challenge.  Lots of opportunities to win!

Another great Scripture was chosen for today 1 Peter 1:3.  All of God's goodness to us begins with His being so merciful.  Peter, the author of this letter was the recipient of such mercy from our Lord, it makes it especially relevant in his writing of this letter.  This mercy is for each of us and it brings such a blessed hope to the soul. It's also a living hope because it is imperishable and will not fade away.  We can rejoice in this even in the midst of trials.  Peter was all too familiar with the trials and persecutions so in writing this he is encouraging all of us to know that even in the midst of tribulations we can hold onto the hope that comes through knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.  I would like to encourage you to read 1 Peter, it's a short letter and will speak to your heart in many ways I'm am sure of it.  Hope you have an especially blessed week in the Lord.
Thanks for visiting!



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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Looking to Jesus - Word Art Wednesday


Hello!
Welcome back to this weeks Word Art Wednesday Challenge!  Hope you are checking all the inspiration over at the Challenge blog and more importantly playing along!  This challenge last 2 weeks and you can submit 5 new projects for a chance to win a prize from our sponsor Pink and Main!  Have you seen their cute March release?  Thanks Michelle for sponsoring us this challenge!

Here is my card for the challenge:


Spring is in full bloom here in northern California!  The flowering trees, my wisteria is budding (yay!!) the colors are beginning to burst out.  Last challenge I was heading to Mount Shasta to check out the wedding venue for my daughter's upcoming wedding and we got stuck in the snow!!  Had to call a tow truck to the rescue.  What an adventure!  The snow was knee deep at the venue, sure hope it melts by the end of May!!  The wedding is outdoors and it's going to be such a pretty setting (minus the snow!)  So seeing the flowers starting to peek out has been very encouraging.

Here are a couple of pictures from my trip to Mount Shasta,

Iron Horse Unlimited (wedding venue)
Stuck in the snow (fyi: I was not driving!)

Card info:
I water colored on 140# cold press Strathmore paper using Koi watercolors.  The clear stamp set is an American Crafts Florals (Kelly Creates line)which I've stamped with Archival Watering Can ink. I've mat the Scripture and the watercolor paper with a dark gray/charcoal card stock. 

The Scripture Art is free to use and you can grab it over at the Word Art Wednesday blog.
This week the verse is Hebrews 12:2 a perfect verse to get us ready for the Easter season.  It also is a reminder that Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith will help us to endure this race of life if we keep our eyes focused on Him.  Let's remember what He endured for us when He willing went to the cross and took our sins on Himself.  He willing endured the shame, remembering the joy that would come from the suffering.  What a blessed Savior we have!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (in chapter 11), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 2:1-2

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge


Hello Delightful Friends!

Here is my card for this weeks challenge at Word Art Wednesday!


I've used Prima Watercolors for the coloring of this card and the flower and vine stamps from the Dare 2B Artzy set called Words of Praise were stamped with Distress Antique Linen.  I started with a white card base, then matted the watercolor paper with a rose and gray card stock.  The Scripture was cut out with the Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die.  I doubled up the ribbon at the bottom of the card. 
Our sponsor this week for our challenge is Hefty Doodle! Be sure and check out their blog for some fun inspiration HERE.
Thanks for visiting! 
Heading to Mount Shasta with my daughter for the day to check out the venue for her wedding in May.  Busy times are ahead!



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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello!
It's time for a new challenge over at Word Art Wednesday!  Our sponsor this week is the Project Bin! They have some really cute stamps and coordinating dies.  Thanks so much to Denise Storck (founder/owner of the Project Bin).  Be sure and check out their blog for inspiration and some very cool tutorials! Our sponsor is giving $15 to be used in the Project Bin Store! 
Here is my card for this weeks "Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge:

I had fun designing this card using the "Sunburst" technique.  I will try to explain it but there are lots of tutorials and videos out there in blog land, it's definitely not a new technique.
I've chosen 5 different patterns from the Bo Bunny "Early Bird" Collection of 6x6 papers.  I cut them into strips of 1.5" x 6" (I could have gotten away with 4" lengths). Then I cut those at a diagonal so I  had 10 pieces (triangles) to work with.  On a piece of white card stock cut 4.25 x 5.5, I made a score line across from the bottom at 2.5".  Then I added liquid glue to the white card stock above the score line.  Beginning in the center I added the "triangles and worked down to the score line.  The tricky part is to make sure that no white is showing at the top of the card stock, so you will have a lot of "overhang" which will be trimmed off.  Sorry, I should have taken pictures of the process.  😟
After trimming all the excess paper, I added a piece of pink card stock 2.5 x 4.25 to the bottom and then adhered a dark pink ribbon and bow over the seam. Our Scripture Art was matted with the coordinating card stock and designer paper.  I added this all to a white card base.  It didn't take much time at all and it's a great way to use up those 6x6 paper pad leftovers!

The Scripture Art this week is from Ephesians 2:6 "And hath raise us up together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
I am so glad that I have a place in Christ Jesus, once we are believers our identity and life are in Him and this earth is no longer our home but heaven is our home because of our fellowship with Jesus. We are just pilgrims or strangers on this earth! Verse 6 is right in the middle of a group of verses that show God's work of redemption in us individually.  I hope you'll take the time and read the Book of Ephesians especially chapter 2! God's gift of salvation is such a blessing and my prayer is that you've had a personal encounter with Christ and have surrendered your life to Him.  A decision you will never regret.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Be blessed.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Put on Love - Word Art Wednesday

Thanks for visiting!! I trust you are having a great week. 

Today I am sharing a card for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes - Family Friendly). We have a fantastic sponsor this week : Waffle Flower Stamps and Dies!  Be sure and check out their blog for some fun inspiration.  Thanks so much to Waffle Flower for sponsoring our prize this week.  Don't forget you can link up 5 new projects per week of the 2 week challenge.

I've used the Bouquet Builders 1 stamp set on my card.


I used my Zig Clean Color brushes to color after stamping the individual images with Archival Watering Can ink.  I did a little tiny bit of masking but that work is hidden under the Scripture art strip! I've used Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper and kept this pretty simple, the card base is A2 and I cut the watercolor paper that size too.  I do love the vibrant colors of the Zig real brushes.  I used a waterbrush with the Light Blue for the background.  I may make another one and add a bit of texture/dimension with some Liquid Pearls or Nuvo Jewel Drops or perhaps a few sequins.  I'm pretty CAS when it comes to the watercolored cards.

Our Scripture Art this week is from Colossians 3:14
"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

Love is truly the summary of all the things mentioned in the previous verses in this chapter in Colossians.  It is the righteous requirement of God to "put on charity aka love (agape). It's what shows that we are His and that bond of perfectness is the manifestation of the life of Christ Jesus in us, to which we were called.  Jesus said that others would know we belong to Him by our love for one another.  Chapter 3 of Colossians has a great checklist to examine our lives to see if we are walking in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, especially in our relationships with others.  I know I sure fall short, I'm so grateful for God's love and forgiveness.  I'm truly loved and feel so blessed because of His goodness to me!  To God be all the glory.

Have a wonderful week and thanks again for visiting!  I will be busy this afternoon making the grandkids their Valentine cards after our Ladies Bible Study in the morning.  Hopefully I will be able to post them here tomorrow.  I really want to make some peek a boo cards I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  They sure were cute!



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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cast Your Burden upon the Lord - Word Art Wednesday

Good Day to you all!

It's time for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes, Family Friendly challenge).  This week our sponsor is Stamp Simply Clear Stamps!  Sharon Johnson is the Owner/Designer and she has donated a generous prize for the winner : 2 stamp sets OR 1 stamp set and 1 die set. AWESOME!  Thanks so much Sharon!  Be sure and check out her fabulous shop HERE.  And for more inspiration check out the Stamp Simply Blog.

For my card I've used our sponsor's Coffee or Tea? die set and a sentiment from the Thinking of You Rose stamp set.
Here is my card for a little inspiration!

Not sure of the brand of paper it's from an old Taylor Expressions card kit that I've been hoarding It's so pretty on both sides!  The metallic gold card stock is from DCWV and I've die cut the handle and steam separately, then die cut the smaller cup in the set twice, once in the gold and once with the pink/gold dotted paper.  I stamped the Scripture from John 14:27 (from the stamp set) onto the cup, I thought it complimented the verse from Psalms 55:22 which is our Scripture Art this challenge for the designers.  I've use a doily that's transparent behind the tea cup, which of course doesn't show up in the photo unless you click on it, then it might. It's real subtle even in person.  My card base is white (A2 Neenah bright white), pink c/s layer is cut to fit the base 5.5 x 4.25, the pattern paper, dotted side was cut 5.25 x 4 and the rose vine paper was cut 5 x 3.75.  Simple design, just how I roll (lol)!  This will be a good card to encourage someone at church.  I do have someone in mind.

Love this promise in Psalm 55:22.  We can see God's faithfulness in the midst of a trial or testing of our faith.  As we release those things troubling to us to Him, He will hold us and bear the weight of our burden.  He is the Sustain-er!  I encourage you today to not be afraid, cast your burden, your hurt, your anger, your testing, whatever it may be upon the Lord and He will lift you up and help you in your time of trouble.  He is faithful and loves you!

Thanks so much for visiting!


Saturday, January 19, 2019

I've Taken a Viking to You...

Hello Delightful Friends!

Just had to give a shout out to Lisa Henke, a HUGE THANK YOU for the happy mail!  I was the winner on her blog for the Season's of Giving bloghop.  She outdid herself with the goodies.  I can't thank her enough.  Everything in the package was something I will use and is so my style.
I had to share a card I made with one of the stamps that was part of my winnings.  It was the Avery Elle Viking stamp (with a die, too!! Oh my goodness! So cute)


I've colored the Viking with Copics and used a colored pencil to add a bit of texture to his manly beard!  I had this cute paper from Pebbles (Night-Night) with the fun anchors and the backside was the blue gingham. I matted each paper with a charcoal gray, added the baker's twine and a button to embellish. I cut out the image using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die and then using the Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die I cut out the gray circle to mat.

Inside: the stamp I used here was from a set called You Aren't Normal (Technique Tuesday) that I have had for a while and the sentiments in the set just crack me up! Not so sure that Vikings fought zombies but I thought it was pretty funny to think about that ;-)
 The heart die is from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope to be posting a few more cards here in the next few days.  
Blessings to you!

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Word Art Wednesday and The Greeting Farm!

Hello!
Are you having a delightful Wednesday?  I sure hope so.  Winter is in full swing all over the nation.  Here on the west coast we have the rain, while on the east coast and middle of  the country we have major snow storms! Fortunately here where I live it's not too bad, but the storm is still approaching, so we will see.  Lord willing there won't be any flooding.
It's most definitely a good thing to stay in and craft away! Right?  That's my plan.
Word Art Wednesday has another Anything Goes - Family Friendly challenge today and here is my card:

Thanks to The Greeting Farm, our sponsor this challenge!! Yay!  So be sure and link up your projects.  You can enter 5x a week!  The challenge runs for two weeks.  Lots of cute rubber/clear stamps, dies and digital images are in their store.  Be sure and check out their blog too! I've use a retired stamp called Hope and Grace (girl and sun).  I watercolored the images and I'm not happy with my skin tone paint color. I am still trying to get the right color.  I did some mixing of colors and even though I'm not 100% happy with it, I must admit, it's much better in person than in the photo.
I've also used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die and the Sizzix Merry Moose die (tree), it was in the Tim Holtz line of fun dies released for Christmas.

Don't forget you can grab the Scripture Art over at Word Art Wednesday and use it in your projects. It's free!!  We would love to see you over there and link up your fun projects! The Scripture is Deuteronomy 4:39 a verse declaring God is Lord in heaven above and upon the earth beneath - there is none other! Such a vital truth to grasp.  Hope He is Lord of your life!

Until next time... have a great week and thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Hello Delightful Friends and Family,
Happy New Year to you all. Praying for a year of blessing and drawing closer to the Lord.

We are starting a new year of challenges for Word Art Wednesday and we have some fabulous sponsors for 2019!  It's going to be a great year!  This challenge sponsor is Clearly Besotted.  Here is the link to their blog for some inspiration and be sure and check out their cute January release!

Here is my card for this weeks Anything Goes, Family Friendly Challenge:


I've used the Penny Black stamp called Cones and Berries, and stamped on watercolor paper using Tomboy and Distress Markers on the stamp then spritzed with water.  I used PrimaMarketing watercolors (Decadent Pies) to create the background.  The pattern paper (Carta Bella - The Great Outdoors 6x6 pad) was trimmed to fit the card base.  I printed the Scripture Art on 67# white card stock and diecut it using the Cross Stitched Square by Cottage Cutz.

The Scripture for this challenge is Ephesians 6:11, which is our reminder to keep ourselves protected and guarded from the enemy of our soul by putting on God's armor.  You should read all of chapter 6, it gives us a description of each piece of armor that protects us.  It reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness which wars against us. It's the spiritual wickedness in high places which tries to discourage and cause us to reject the love and salvation of our Lord.  But God is greater and has provided us spiritual weaponry to help us to be victorious over the powers of darkness! It gives us the strength to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS MIGHT!  So thankful for God's faithfulness. 
I chose the lamppost on my card to represent God shining His light in our dark world.  It's amazing how a small amount of light dispels the darkness so I pray we will continue to walk in the light and be the light that Jesus has called us to be. Be encouraged this year and know that the Lord will be with us and I trust He will give us the boldness to shine brightly for Him.


Thanks for visiting!


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