I hope you like my first forays into the 'grunge' side of designing! ;)
Oh Baby, its cold outside! I'm not complaining... I actually love it being this cold, other than the danger side of things. In my unscientific thinking I somehow have it in my head that a good deep freeze is something that is needed once in a while. I would certainly like to think it might have an effect on the Pine Beetle problem we have in BC. In case you are reading my blog from somewhere on the other side of the world, Pine Beetles are pests which bore under the bark of pine trees and they are really wiping out our pine trees all over.
ANOTHER BARB'N'BECK HAYNES OUTTING PIC
I have been really thinking about our last message at church that our Pastor preached... and I feel moved to share with you some bits of it. I am hoping if you are in a difficult place right now, perhaps struggling with your faith that the words I share might uplift you. I know its easy for us to be faithful when things are all going smooth, but what about those times when its just a labor to live - to merely get through a day. This is the time your faith is REALLY tested. This is the time that tests the mettle of your faith. A few bits of wisdome Pastor Ed shared are these:
Anybody can praise the Lord on the DRY side of the Red Sea! (Once the crisis has past, after we have been delivered... but where does our praise stand in the face of the enemy falling upon us an the wet, wet sea stretched out before us, with seeminly nowhere for us to go?)
God would say to us DON'T STOP believing.
Give your uncertainty to Him.
Faith that is not tested is USELESS!
God is, in every way, worthy of our confidence and unwavering faith.
I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world,
even our faith.
Pastor speaks a very clear word and if you are finding yourself thirsting for some water - some words of wisdom and encouragement you can find his complete message on his Sword and Trowel Blog - Entry "HAVING A BAD DAY?"
I also need to share another resource with you - its on my heart. If you are looking for a very meaningful gift for your spouse, newly weds, anniversary, or to a couple who will be married soon, I would strongly suggest you check out this one book "Sacred Marriage" by Dr. Gary Thomas. The subtitle to this book is "What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?" Intriquing idea, no? You can even read the first chapter of his book HERE. When Miles and I guided some weekend marriage bible studies, we looked at over 50 marriage books, and this one stood hands above the others, in its easy reading and clear principals and good sound advice.
I promised you some looks at Marie's fridge the other day... and so here you are! Marie (the lady with the sweet, sweet alpacas, has not one speck of real estate left on her fridge for it's covered from top to bottom with fridge magnets she collected on thier travels through the years. In the close up you will notice she has actually assembled the entire USA! Get this... when she ran out of room here she began plying her washer and dryer... LOL!
gourmet fast food
group of individuals
HERE'S A SMALL JOKE FOR YOUR DAY...
A man observed a sign in the window of a restaurant that read Unique Breakfast, so he walked in and sat down.The waitress brought him his coffee and asked him what he wanted."What's your Unique Breakfast?" he asked."Baked tongue of chicken!" she proudly replied."Baked tongue of chicken? Baked tongue of chicken! Do you have any idea how disgusting that is? I would never even consider eating anything that came out of a chicken's mouth!" he fumed.Undaunted, the waitress asked, "What would you like, then?""Just bring me some scrambled eggs," the man replied.
I know... ewwww!
BARB'S HANDY TIP #138
a SAFE place to put your 'stuff'
Well, you all know I have been having a dickens of a time finding a place to upload and host my elements and 'stuff'... because I refuse to host at a place that will offer you nasty ads or questionable material... and I have found the very place. I am impressed because when you upload it says the following underneath the upload window:
By clicking upload you confirm that your upload is not pornographic, copyrighted, or otherwise illegal.
Finally, a place with integrity! You will notice I have also posted a permanent link on the left hand side of my blog so you can always find it here.