Sunday, August 28, 2016

Journaling {Bible} Psalm 136

Well, as you may have noticed, I have not posted in over a week. I have had a very hard time since all three of my girls returned to college. Yes, even my little heart patient was well enough to head back to her university. Praise God for that but it has left me with a dreadful, dreadful bit of depression and sadness. This past week I have been unable to do anything but cry. I even woke up crying. That is SO unlike me, and I hate the feeling. I think it is a combination of age-related hormones and the girls' leaving. Yes, bad time for everything to just hit me like a truck. BUT there has been great news since yesterday. First, God has an unfailing love for me!! He sees my tears. He know I ache in a way I have never known. He drew me to Psalm 136 yesterday, and I have done nothing but read it, quote it, and meditate on it. Then after reading this same chapter in about five different versions, I knew I had to put this truth in the margin of my Journaling {Bible}:

"His love is faithful! His love is steadfast! His love never quits!"

And this morning at church, He continued to show His amazing love to me. As hubby and I were walking back to our car, I ran into a dear, dear friend that I have not seen in two years. She has a daughter a year older than my girls, and I remember how hard it was for my friend when her nest became empty. She was the exact person I needed to see this morning. God knew that. I cried right there in the parking lot, and she completely understood. We have plans to go to lunch and go to prayer time at our church together each Tuesday. I am now filled with such joy, and so glad hubby and I decided to try a new service time since we no longer have sleeping young adults in the house. LOL!

Have you recently become an empty nester? Or maybe you are sad and down for some other reason. I encourage you to remember that God loves you beyond measure, and that love never, ever fails or quits! He has plans for you. I also encourage you to read Psalm 136 along with Psalm 135:13, Psalm 138:1-2, and Psalm 138:8. May you be blessed and feel His love for you!

Papers: painted deli paper 
Stamps: Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, Schoolbook Lower Alphabet, Illustrated Faith date stamp 
Stamp Ink: Archival Ink jet black 
Paints: Dylusions squeezed orange, Martha Stewart date night pink, Daler Rowney FW acrylic artist ink flourescent pink 
Tools: Stencil Girl Inky Circles, Pentel colored mechanical pencil, Delta Daisies stencil, Pigma Micron pens, sewing machine 
Embellishments: Authentique Petite Type Crush alpha stickers, Illustrated Faith Say It black and white, Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers, Simple Stories DIY Icon stickers

Have a blessed Sunday, and remember His steadfast love endures forever!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Organization {Friday} Tube Paints

Agh, tube paints. I love them as well as all of the other paints I have; however, they were not organized quite like I like them. So I searched for another Simply Renee Mini Clip-it Up. I had one and used it for my stencil organization which has worked amazing for me. If you missed that post, click here. So, I thought this same concept would work great for my tube paints.

I found someone that had a Mini Clip-it Up that they were not using so I purchased it from them. It arrived and that afternoon, my tube paints looked like this:

They are clipped up in color order, and this sits right on the edge of my art table. It is very easy to see the paints I want to use and makes it easy to put them away. If you are unable to find the discontinued Simply Renee Mini Clip-it Up, you can certainly make your own. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest. Also, feel free to look at my other paint organization post by looking at these posts:

Tube Paints (original storage)

Please note that the Mainstays organizer noted in the 2nd link is where I now have my Tim Holtz Distress Paints standing. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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