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Monday, March 26, 2012

Take Every Thought Captive

I'm reading The Fear of the Lord by John Bevere and in Chapter 3 he mentions Psalm 139:17-18.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 
If I would count them, they are more than the sand...

Wow! God's thoughts are more than the grains of sand on earth and they are ALL precious. This made me think about my own thoughts. How do mine add up? Are they all worthless? Do any have value? Then I remembered a few verses that will help me get my mind right!

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 
                                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 10:5

I'm supposed to take my thoughts captive, like prisoners, when they don't align with God's word. I need to be on high alert watching for those sneaky thoughts that try to bring me down. You know the ones, they come up and make you feel inadequate, they leave you worried about something out of your control, they are any negative thought you can think of. God doesn't leave us hanging! He tells us what to think about...

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 
                                                                                                                            Philippians 4:8

Sometimes it's easier to think about our troubles, even POTENTIAL troubles. I'm talking about myself here, I'm the world's worst when it comes to thinking about the future and all the things that could go wrong. What a lack of faith and a waste of time! Let's face it, it's more difficult for some of us to think positively and to believe things are going to work out for good but wouldn't life be SO MUCH BETTER if we did?! We just need to believe what God's word says and DO it. 

Therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the gentiles seek after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 
                                                                                                                                   Matthew 6:25-34

Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with money bags that do not grow old, with a treasure in heavens that do not fail, where no thief approaches, and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
                                                                                                                                  Luke 12:32-34

God doesn't want me to be anxious about what he considers small issues like food, drink, or clothing. He wants me to be concerned with greater things!! Like giving to the needy; to whom food, drink, and clothing do not come as easily. He wants me to gather up for myself treasure in heaven that will last unlike everything this world has to offer. God's word is steadfast and doesn't change with the times. The world is always changing; nothing lasts, in the end his word will still be standing strong. 

I want my heart to be where the REAL treasure is. So for goodness sake! I'm going to take every thought captive, think on the lovely, pure, excellent, noble things! And quit being anxious about things that are going to be burned up in the end anyway so that I can focus on what will last. I know I'm not perfect and that I will have days where those unwelcome thoughts come but hopefully these verses will come to mind. :)


{photos taken by me}

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Color Inspiration for Spring Products

I've got a couple of craft fairs coming up at the end of April and of course I have NOTHING made because I haven't been inspired lately and I'm a procrastinator (I always say I'll stop procrastinating when it stops working for me. hehe). Then one day I made something for myself and I've gotten the itch to create again! However, I couldn't decide what colors I want to display in my products so I looked to Pinterest for help.

I just typed the words SPRING COLORS in Pinterest's search box and re-pinned my faves. Here's a few of 'em.

                                                            Source: refinedstyle.tumblr.com via Mandy on Pinterest

                                                                    Source: matchbookmag.com via Mandy on Pinterest

                                                               Source: reasonstobreathe.tumblr.com via Mandy on Pinterest

I guess my favorite color combos for spring are aqua + bright yellow, mint + soft yellow, and teal + pink/coral

What are some of your favorite color combos for this Spring? 

Friday, March 16, 2012






1. sweet photo of Dallas putting Noah to bed. 2. planning stages of a tote for myself 3. we found some moss while we were playing outside :) 4. i love my new anthropologie mug! i couldn't help myself it's just so cute! 5. finished product of #2! the ruffle did noooot look good at the bottom like i had planned. i love it though! it's my farmers market/library/craft tote. :)

I'm planning on making a sunglasses case to match, which means a DIY post in the near future! I would've DIY'd the tote but I'm a bad girl, I didn't measure my pieces and I just don't know how to condense a project like that for a blog post.

life rearranged

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I try to exercise everyday except for one day a week, at the most two, but very rarely. My husband recently bought Zumba fitness for the Wii which I LOVE. I've been obsessed with it, especially since it tells you how many calories you've burned at the end of the workout. I definitely recommend it if you DON'T like to exercise but you DO like to dance. If you're like me you're more likely to exercise if you like the form. I love dancing, pilates, yoga, walking, biking; that about sums it up for me. I don't really like strength training but I also don't like being squishy so I'm trying to incorporate more of it into my workouts. I'm a petite girl but trust me, I'm squishy and I have jiggly parts. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to lose weight or get 'skinny' I just want to be healthy and toned.

Are you on Pinterest? I am and I started a Fitness board recently to help motivate me to try new workouts. Go check it out if you want!

I completed 3 new workouts from my board today! One for legs, one for abs, and one for arms. I'll go ahead and just pat myself on the back now for trying something new! I'll admit it I thought the moves were boring but I'm loving the feeling of endorphins kicking in so it was definitely worth it.

What are your fitness goals? What workouts are you doing right now?

I want to be healthy now and stay healthy so I won't live in regret later and have to work that much harder. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Banana Drop Cookies

Oh the possibilities!!

What to do, what to do with this plethora of bananas, two ripe with old age no less! Smoothies? Nay. Banana pudding? Nope. How about banana bread? You're getting closer! Banana drop cookies! They have been a staple to my existence thus far. I know they've been around longer than I; I'm positive I consumed one in the womb. Okay I'm lying, I can't remember that far back but seriously, my granny has always had plenty of them around for her grandchildren to consume at their {our} leisure. I'm guessing she's had a lot of overripe bananas in her day. 

They're squishy, cakey, light, and flakey. <--that was totally on accident and I love it. They're moist {a lot of people despise that word, do you?}. They're quite heavenly and not like most cookies. You'll like them best with a nice warm cup of joe. Would you like the recipe? Okay, here goes.

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup shortening       :::i used coconut oil! it's supposed to be healthier!!:::
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)    :::i left those stinkers out this time:::
1/4 cup granulated sugar 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large bowl beat 1 1/4 cups sugar, shortening (or coconut oil) and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then bananas. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Beat into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts (but I'm telling you they're better without them!). Chill 30 minutes (I know...you're like, say what?!!! JUST DO it. I don't want to know what happens if you don't.) Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over cookies. 
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. (Mine were done at 8...ovens vary y'all)
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Funny story time...
My granny gave me this recipe over the phone once and I swear she told me to put in 4 teaspoons of baking soda. 4!!! As opposed to 1/4 teaspoon like it says above. Needless to say the cookies tasted like banana toothpaste and I had to throw every single one of them out. Funny thing is, I ate two trying to convince myself they were supposed to taste like that until I confirmed the evil that had happened. 

These cookies are delicious {especially when you put the right amount of baking soda}! I would love to know how you like them if you decide to make them!