Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A dear friend, Another Blog and a Freebie


I'm so proud today to introduce you to a new blog I've been working on for a while. I was giving it some time to work out any kinks, and to give the members of my church - Osoyoos Christian Center - time to warm up to the idea, to let it evolve a bit. I'm comfortable at this time to open it up for sharing, so I'd love it if you found the opportunity to check it out! Comments welcome! Just click on the banner and you'll be transported!


I also chose today to reveal it because I cannot help but want to share my dear friend Kaye with you all. Though our church body is blessed with several senior ladies - each one a true inspiration to me, I thought I would start with an introduction to Kaye - then I will work my way through to all of us eventually so we can come to know and appreciate each other the more!

This blog coordinates, and is in addition to a meeting which we women have online on a chat on Wednesday nights! Its been such a blessing, specially with everyone's busy lives. So the chat is a place we can all count on to be. A nice way to connect for sometimes we don't get to Church every Sunday. I've been very impressed with the attendance of the chats and Wednesdays have become a highlight of my week! I can count on my sisters to be there for me if I have a prayer request or want to share.

One thing that surprised me and struck me is that Kaye found the Lord at the age of 53! I've not even lived this long - so thats very powerful to me ... especially because she had so much life previous to compare what its like to live to compare it to living in the Grace of God. How wonderful!

My friend Rose chose the subject for us to study via our blog these past two weeks and it's proved a very interesting one for me. It is "A Timely Word"

Beyond what I published a week ago at the OCC blog, I have another few thoughts here too. The first is a sentence I found in a very old book I got from the thrift store - just a novel - called Kitty, but this bit jumped out at me.

'Silence bears heavily upon a chatterer'

Ha! Its so very true. Have you ever sat out someone who's just blustering on - someone who spews out words just to fill up a silence? They usually give out FAR too much info. Right there is a good reason to share a TIMELY word, not LOTS of words.

The second thing revealed to me comes from Streams in the Desert:

'A word spoken pleasantly

is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart.

Therefore, "Give others the sunshine, tell Jesus the rest."

So true!

The third item I would like to share is... well, sometimes I know that I have to be creative and NOT use words at all. Sometimes its better just to be 'Timely' but in a different way. And it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words... So recently I discovered a way to communicate something wordlessly to my sweet husband, about what to do with his yard work shoes. My words were beginning to degenerate into nagging...

Proverbs 19:13

A foolish son is his father's ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

So, after putting my thinker on, I discovered how to ask him to put his shoes away where they belong - via email, without words!



I also need to acknowledge an award I received from talented designer (and sister to world famous KimB) Gaye, who gifted me with this thoughtful tribute:


and says "Mrs. Miles who always puts a smile on my face with her messages and wishes"

Well, I'm DELIGHTED I put a smile on your face, Gaye - its a reflection, don't ya know? Ever notice this... try it sometime, instead of waiting for smiles, try one on and test them on people... it comes back 9 x out of 10 I've found! Now, Gaye is about to find out I'm an award hogger most of the time. I'm supposed to be working on my BIG PROJECT right now, but instead I'm here... so I thank you so much, dear friend - for the sweet thought and tribute. I'll award it forward someday in the future! I wonder what goodies both KimB and GAYE have up on their bloggies... hmmm, always SOMETHING pretty to enjoy - lets scoot over and check!

I'll leave you with these sweet duckies I took out of old treasure chest and dusted off! There are two versions, one filled and one line art. Personal Use only, please.



  1. I always liked;

    "Never look down upon a man, unless you are helping him up"

    Although I'm ashamed to say I can't remember where I read it.

  2. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Easter post on Mar. 31, 2009. Thanks again.

  3. Good Evening Barb:)
    I visited your new blog and what a wonderful story about your friend.We all need prayer warriors to pray with us.It's so nice to KNOW when you ask someone to pray for you..they will actually do it and with all their heart.:)
    Thank you so much for opening the blog up to us so we can be blessed too.:)
    Thank you also for the cute chicks.:) LOVE them!

    Have a wonderful rest of the evening!


  4. Well Barb, I have popped over to the new blog you have created and I must say Beth's kit has been put to good use, the amazing grace music sheets look fabulous too. I am sure your church group will get so much use out of it!

    your duckling is real cute thank you for sharing her.

  5. Hey there my friend! I have looked at your new blog. I will spend some more time there when I get a chance. Congrats on the award. And yes, I have been convicted by that verse more than once ;)

  6. I will be over to check it out now that it is up and running great ...I am so glad it worked out and you and the ladies are enjoying the minutes and moments ..and sharing the Lord

    missed you Monday ...

  7. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 31 Mar [LA 09:00pm, NY 11:00pm] - 01 Apr [UK 04:00am, OZ 02:00pm] ).


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