Monday, March 29, 2010

We have a Winner!

I was able to draw our winner tonight. I know there were so many of you that could really use this toaster, but I drew this name fair and square. The Lord knows who needs this and we will leave this in the hands of the Lord. I am so thankful to CSN to have the opportunity to be a blessing to someone.
Without further ado......The winners name is:

Congrats goes out ot Marci J. She is the proud new owner of a Hamilton Beach Toaster.
I have sent you an email and I will need your information back within 48 hours or we will have to do a redraw.
Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster - 22600

Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster - 22600

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Verdict is In

My poor man has had a rough two weeks. He went in to the hospital on Tuesday night March 9th with chest pains. The doctors ran every test you can imagine, then finally they did a heart cath on Thursday morning and we were able to leave the hospital thinking all was going to be ok, by Tuesday of the following week his arm (where they did a new proceedure heart cath) was in serious pain and turning red and holding heat so that night he went back to the hospital and they kept him from Tuesday til Sunday afternoon with a serious infection in his arm.
We are home now but in the midst of the storm he finally got news that everything had been approved and what we have been fighting for, well over 19 months was now coming to an end. Praise the Lord.
God is so good and I have pondered what this year and a half has brought to me in my life. It has been hard and at times I felt I was going to fall apart, but the thing I have learned about the Lord is that he has begun a good work in me.
Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath BEGUN A GOOD WORK in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:
God will never let his children be utterly cast down, he lovingly comforts you with his words and constantly draws you back to a right mind set. He has been so faithful to me even when I have not been so faithful to him.
God promised in his word that with that work that he began in me he will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. He never gives up on his children, the goodness of God leadeth a man to repentance.
During this year I have been stripped of all self righteousness, He has shown me that I had put a lot of stock in the things I was doing for him, almost a works mind set. I was trying to find favor in God's eyes and in the eyes of man by doing all of these (RIGHT) things. ......visitation, soul winning, teaching, bible reading, prayer life. Do not get me wrong these things are right to do, but if you are doing for the wrong reasons they are meriting you nothing in the eyes of God and the reward of man thinking you are spiritual is all the reward you will get.
These works do not make one spiritual, allowing God to work in you and through you makes one Spiritual.
In Galation 5 we see that Paul was telling the Galations that they had put themselves back under the law thinking it was going to merit them something, We tend to try to put on Spirituality ourselves. We think if we do all of these things then we will be spiritual, then you have a Christian that is frustrated, spinning their wheels, and feeling like they never measure up.
If you take an apple seed and lay it on a table, it will never grow. If you just put it in the ground, it may grow but be weak, if you put it in good soil chances of a good tree increase, But if you put it in good soil, water it, place fertilizer around it chances are soon your tree will be bearing fruit.
Not one thing you can do can make that tree bear fruit, it is natural process of a healthy tree.
We are trying to bear fruit ourselves on our tree, we are trying to produce something that is God's job. We cannot put on Spirituality, it is something that God does through us.

We must water the tree.
Ephesians 5:26
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the WASHING of water by the word,
Through watering the tree and making sure it has the nutrients it needs it will be a natural process. By reading God's word we are watering our soul and the natural process will bear fruit.

Having been put in a situation where all of these things I was doing were taken from me I had to take a good look at who I was and where I stood with God. In my thinking with all of those things making me right with him and now none of those I have to offer, I felt defeated and totally at a loss. I have come to realize with the comfort of my Saviour and his loving working in my life that he loves me and excepts me without all of my righteousness being presented at his feet, all of my righteousness is as filthy rags in his sight.
Now having gone through this trial, I can now offer these things out of a love for him and not wanting a love from him. He loves me already, I do not have to earn his love.

Galatians 3:3
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now MADE PERFECT by the flesh?
We are not made perfect by the things we do and that is not what merits us Spirtuality, it is Christ working in us.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We are made perfect by the Spirit and yet we try to make ourselves perfect.
I have learned to stop and listen and try to be obedient to the Lord's leading.
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
I am so thankful for the Lord teaching me to follow him and to stop trying to establish my own righteousness. I am all for those things I mentioned earlier and I will continue to do those things in my walk with God but like I said earlier I can now do them out of a love for my Saviour and not trying to obtain a love from my Saviour.

I love the LORD because he first loved me.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

CSN Giveaway coming on my blog.

CSN is an awesome presence on the web they have so many sites that have everything you would need to decorate a home. I have found these awesome counter stools and table and chairs at their web site, one of CSN many online websites. Please go and browse around this would be a perfect place to spend that tax return that you have recently received or will be receiving.

These are just a few items that I personally like.
I have always been drawn to the rustic look, but have never brought myself to go that direction with my decorating. This stool caught my eye as I was searching their web pages.

This is the style that I usually end up going with. This stool would look so beautiful at a breakfast nook. My children have always like to sit at counters with high bar stools.

This dining room set would look beautiful in my dining room and the thing I like about it is that with a big family sometimes you can feel like you are so far away from each other at a big table, but this one seems to pull the family together. I am all about pulling the family together. As my children are growing up and getting those significant others our family will just continue to grow. This would be a perfect gathering spot for the holidays.

I have a giveaway posted here on my blog. CSN has so graciously offered an item from one of their sites. Be sure and stop over and enter my giveaway for this awesome Hamilton Beach Classic Toaster
Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster - 22600
I could spend hours literally searching their sites. As a matter of fact last night I did. With the March MADNESS that is going on i
n our house right now, I thought I would search their sites for some Kansas Jayhawk items. OH WOW, look what I found. Can it get any cuter than that Jayhawk Bird? Needless to say the daughter feel in love with these few items.
This may have to be the place I do some Christmas shopping.

Fathead Kansas Jayhawks Logo Wall Graphic
Fathead Kansas Jayhawks Logo Wall Graphic
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Broad Bay Cotton Kansas University Jayhawks Apron
Broad Bay Cotton Kansas University Jayhawks Apron

Broad Bay Cotton Kansas University Jayhawks Purse
Broad Bay Cotton Kansas University Jayhawks Purs

Tervis Tumbler University of Kansas 12 oz. Tumbler (Set of 4)
Tervis Tumbler University of Kansas 12 oz. Tumbler (Set of 4)

Have you ever searched a site and then wanted to go back and find what you had searched for earlier but can never seem to find it?
One of my favorite things about the CSN site is that they have a widget on their sidebar that shows all of the items that you previously searched, wow, that has helped me out several times while searching their sites.

Go check out their sites for yourself, you just might find what you have been looking for in other places.
Here are a few of their other websites.,

I did not receive anything from CSN for this post or giveaway.

CSN Giveaway ends March 29, 2010

I received an email this week and was asked if I would be willing to do a giveaway on my blog, I was thrilled to offer this great giveaway to my followers.
So here is your chance to win this awesome toaster.
Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster - 22600

Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster - 22600

I will be doing a drawing from my little basket on Monday, March 29th. I will post the winner on Tuesday .
First Manditory Entry:

All you have to do is visit the CSN site and come back and tell me what you would like to have from one of their sites. Make sure you leave your email address in your comment and leave a separate comment for each entry.,


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I did not receive anything for this giveaway. Just wanted to be a blessing to those who stop by.