Gem Bag

My son purchased a gem excavation kit, which came with a small gem bag. He determined the bag was too small and asked for my assistance in making a new one. He picked colors and sewed up the sides, and I helped with the drawstring.🙂 I love the results and he does too!

Gem Bag

My First Christmas Ornament

I wanted to make something fun and meaningful for Christmas. I’m giddy at how well this turned out!

Christmas Ornament

I used scrapped t-shirts for filling, but I think I’ll use standard polyfill next time – it’s lighter. I also re-wrote the pattern some to make it less confusing. I had no less than 5 false starts! That got a little frustrating. Next improvements are to get a smaller hook and improve how I start the rounds (another pattern rewrite).

OwnIt365 Day 3 Notes

Gen 6-8

6:9 Noah walked faithfully with God. It was Noah’s faith that enabled him to be saved from the flood, enabled the reception of the Lord’s instructions, and enabled Noah’s obedience.

Job 5

Eliphaz claimed God spoke to him (how?) – that he should be light hearted and secure despite calamity because God’s power overcomes. (v.17-27)

Gen 6

Noah had 3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Jepheth. There were 8 people on the ark plus 2 of every kind of aminal with 7 pairs of each clean animal and 7 pairs of every kind of bird. There isn’t a single animal I wish he didn’t put in the ark. They each have a role to play even if I don’t understand it.

In Noah’s time, no one would have likely believed him, and I would not have been any different. In the movie, Evan Almighty, I would not have believed the world would flood because God promised to never flood the earth again and God is the promise keeper.

In the movie, Evan Almighty, I would not have believed the world would flood because God promised to never flood the earth again and God is the promise keeper.

I imagine God talked to Noah face-to-face. After all, the Lord closed the door (7:16).

OwnIt365 Day 2 Notes

Gen 3 The Fall

First, there was something we couldn’t have, and then there was someone to entice us to have it anyway. Second, Satan cast doubt on God by his crafty questions. He also created a desire that wasn’t there before – the first example of marketing/advertising! Third, Adam and Eve lingered and considered. The more they looked, the more they wanted and the quieter the command of God to not to became. Finally, they ate. They disobeyed God.

Job 3-4

Job cursed the day of his birth after all the disasters struck his family, wealth, and person. He did not curse God.

Job 1:8 God was talking with his angels and Satan, and God brought up Job. It’s odd to consider God having conversations with Satan, much less to mention people. What if it was me?

“Have you considered my servant, Deb?”

Eek! Well… even so. It’d be all to God’s glory. I’d just read Job over and over again.

None of the trials Job experienced were a result of anything he did. God called out Job and allowed Satan limited ability to strike Job because… He wanted to? Had his reasons? To show his glory?

Do we need to know the specific “because”? God did so because he can. God is sovereign and I don’t have to understand his reasons to trust him.

Job lost his children, his property, and his health. However, Stan could not do what God did not allow. In everything, God is in control. That is very comforting.

Why God allows suffering…
Romans 5:3-5
We rejoice in our sufferings because they produce endurance -> character -> hope. And hope doesn’t shame or disappoint because of God’s love poured into us via the Holy Spirit.

My storms? Health, special needs children… yes, I have storms. Lord, help me to rely more fully on you!

Plank Challenge

I want to try this…

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – Rest
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – Rest
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – Rest
Day 26 – 210 seconds
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – Until failure

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OwnIt365 Day 1 Notes

I started the whole Bible plan from OwnIt365. I didn’t want to lose my notes. So, here they are:

God created everything from nothing but his will. God and Satan talk to each other. God is in charge and limits Satan’s actions.

Gen 1:1 “heavens” — plural? Maybe like we say peoples meaning “all kinds of people” … “all heaven” meaning nothing is outside God’s creation.

Gen 1:31a “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Why was it very good?

I’m reminded of Nancy’s fridge magnet: “God doesn’t make junk.” Maybe he said that to remind us that fundamentally, creation is good. The bad comes in with sin… everything would be good without sin breaking the good down. My imagination isn’t good enough to picture the world without sin – that’d be heaven.

My most favorite thing that God created is the stars in the sky – how ordered & beautiful. Least favorite is bugs that bite/sting people. The weirdest is probably man – humankind.

I cannot create something from nothing unless your talking abstract. God spoke STUFF into being and brought about life with his breath. I can only create moods with my words: tension, peace, laughter, etc.

Juggling the Kids’ STUFF

As I finalize plans for the coming school year, I’m often overwhelmed! There’s so much to do, so many different things to juggle, and so many ways to mess it all up. I can’t be the only feeling this way!

Lord, be with all of us parents as we plot out our plans and help us keep those plans in check with You. Grant my fellow parents and I peace and success – whatever that may look like. Bless our children with your love above all, and then a little bit of learning to help make life go well with them. Sprinkle in even more love and a lot of fun too. Thank you, Jesus, for delighting in each of us so we can delight in You as we go about life, not overwhelmed but free.

Leaders and Volunteers at Church

I got to join a gathering of folks who love Jesus and serve the community through their own awesome and unique ways at CrossPoint last night. So many people! It was a fun gathering, and I’m so very grateful for all the people that “bring it” to make church happen. We are the church. Thank you, Lord, for empowering us with your love!


“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.” – Martin Luther

“Christianity isn’t for the Little Engine that can. It’s for the train wreck that can’t.” – Dan Emery Price

“We contribute as little to our spiritual birth as we do to our physical birth.” – Jacob Preus

“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” – Tim Keller


Pray Before You Speak


Jesus Calling Devo

This devo from Jesus Calling really struck me this morning. I’m typically quick with my words. It seems sometimes that I’ve been trained somehow to be quick witted, sarcastic, and funny. That is a hard thing to unlearn, but I really need to!

I’ve noticed that things go so much better when stop taking altogether when I’m in a bad mood or angry.

I love the simple prayer, “Help me Holy Spirit” but I think I’d rather just go with, “Help me Jesus.”

Lord, help me remember to pray this bullet prayer before a word leaves my lips… especially when I’m upset or grumpy!

Prayer for Emotional Roller Coaster

​Dear Lord, remind me to pause before I react. Sometimes the stresses of life pull at my emotions, which cause me to have reactions that tear at my relationships. Please forgive me for poor reactions in my past. Thank You for second chances. Thank You for the way You prepare my heart for everything that I’ll be facing today, tomorrow and in all my tomorrows to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries Facebook Post

Gift of Faith That Saves

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
John 6:63‭-‬65 ESV

My faith in Jesus is enabled by the Father. Not even my faith is my own doing! It is God alone who saves.

You Have Self-Control

​There are certain messages in the Bible that apply to everything – self-control is one of them. It doesn’t matter what kind of problem we have in our lives, self-control comes into play in every area. If we don’t discipline ourselves, our emotions will rule us and our lives will be miserable.

Exercising self-control means living in moderation. Everything in life requires quality decisions and discipline to make it happen. So many of our problems are a direct result of a lack of discipline. Financial debt happens when we can’t control our spending habits, bad health follows when we can’t control our eating habits, etc.

If you are in a situation that seems overwhelming to get out of, a lot of discipline and self-control may be required. Thankfully, God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us and help us. 

If you are born again, you have the Spirit of Christ inside you – complete with the fruit of self-control. You may not have developed it, but know that it’s there. You have what it takes. Make a decision to develop self-control through your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Starter: God, I choose a spirit of discipline and self-control. By the power of Your Spirit in me, I will do what You tell me to do and not be controlled by my feelings.

— Joyce Meyer, YouVersion Promises for Your Everyday Life Devotional