Showing posts with label Handmade Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Handmade Crafts. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Change is Good!

katherines corner

Good Evening Friends!
I hope this short blog entry finds you well. 
This evening, my heart sits upon the topic of prayer and change.
Change is good when preceded by prayer. Yep!
Many of you already know that I am a retired school teacher and assistant principal.
Upon retirement, I created a business, Prayer Notes by Cynthia.
Boy, was there a learning curve! I had to learn how to run a business, as well as market the business. 
This was a huge change for me--running a business, instead of a classroom or a school. 
But, it was a great change!
If you have been a member of my blog or a customer, 
you know that my art has evolved over the last few years. 
I have finally reached a point where I am more comfortable with my creations.
And, you know what? That comfortable feeling prompts me to evolve my creations, once again.
Change is good, if preceded by prayer.
I challenge you to make changes, grow and enjoy each day, in accordance with His will.
Keep your eyes and heart open to His will and embrace change. 
Many blessings!

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2


He Kept Me by Kurt Carr

Crafts from my Etsy shop

Custom coasters for one of my customers.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Following Christ or Following Christian Rules?

Linking-up with 
Faith Barista Jam Thursdays

Hello Friends!
Have you ever read The Word and thought about some of the rules and dogma that many Christians insist upon?  Do you, sometimes, feel like there's a kind of "incongruence" between The Word and accepted Christian dogma? Well, I have and I do. None of us can really get it right because we are not right. We are only made right through His Holy Spirit. When we ask for and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us, we are made right. And, I believe any believer who has called upon the Holy Spirit with an open heart, has experienced this "rightness." No matter how many rules or beliefs we put into place, we will all stumble and sin, here and there. Now, who can say that they haven't stumbled in thought, word or deed? NO ONE! And, guess what? That's okay! Why? Well, if we are giving our all and trying to follow His path, our stumbles will become less of a bruising and more of a stepping stone. That's why we must stay in His Word and walk in His path. According to Scripture(Romans 2: 14-15), even if you haven't read every single word of the Bible, it is written upon your heart. 

Romans 2:14-15

Good News Translation
14 The Gentiles do not have the Law; but whenever they do by instinct what the Law commands, they are their own law, even though they do not have the Law. 15 Their conduct shows that what the Law commands is written in their hearts. Their consciences also show that this is true, since their thoughts sometimes accuse them and sometimes defend them.

Love this song! It is plain and simple: I Just Want to Say Thank You, Lord.


Giveaway for March

Crafts in My Etsy Shop
Are you following Him, today? How is your walk? Are you in a place of contentment or confusion? Leave a comment about your "following."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ready, Set, STOP!

Good Morning Saints,
It has been a while, since my last post. And, oh, have I been busy! My etsy art shop is growing and I am becoming more involved in my art and my prayer time. Isn't it a privilege to be able to take all of our worries and concerns to the Lord? If this is true, then why do we continue to worry and fret over our lives? Well, it's human nature to do so. But, it's not our spiritual nature to do so. The Lord did not give His children a spirit of fear. (Psalm 27:1-2) However, this instinct to worry, handle it on our own or take flight is strong. I can attest to this last alternative, taking flight, in my own journey. There have been times when I have run, instead of staying-put. But, I learned from all my "sprints." I learned that I can run, but the trouble still follows. Or, that I can run, but out of sight, does not necessarily mean out of mind. For, running, only creates a lingering problem or a "what-if " question in your mind. So, it has taken much running, stumbling and doing things my way, to grow me into a person who stands her ground. I might cry or decide to wear the cloak of worry, but I remember that the Lord has inscribed me in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16) and will hold me in my times of distress. I encourage you to stand strong, and be of good courage, saints. It's okay to worry or run, for millisecond, but stop in your tracks and surrender those negative tendencies to Jesus and He will create, in you,  a strong and courageous heart. Many blessings! 

Psalm 27: 14
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Music by Jamie Grace

Drink Coasters for the Soul

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Appreciating Freedom

Happy 4th of July Saints!
I have been mulling-over this topic for about a month, trying to pull-together what freedom means.... 

Freedom is very precious, yet many of us take it for granted. Every morning, I open my eyes to a safe and secure home. I eat my breakfast, talk to my kids and husband, tend my flower gardens and work in my art studio. Some days, I run a few errands and phone my friends and family members. And, these are just a few of my daily joys! The biggest joy is being able to praise the Lord! I can sit here and write about praising Jesus on my blog and not fear that the military or government will punish me or my family for believing in Christ. Would I have the same joyful and non-threatening environment no matter where I lived in the world?  Probably not. 

Now, I'm not saying that every day is a holiday. I experience sorrow, pain and grief just like everyone else. But, for the most part, we all go about our business in a relatively safe environment, knowing that the police are a phone call away and that our servicemen and women are keeping a watchful eye on our country's perimeter. Wow! I don't know about you, but I am thankful for my freedom...the freedom to praise, live and enjoy each new day the Lord has provided. So, right now, I want to praise the Lord for every given day and applaud our servicemen and women for working to ensure our freedom. I do not take my life for granted. I try to live each day, as if it may be my last.  Enjoy your holiday and give much praise to the Lord!

Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days, 
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Giveaway Winner for June
Luella Newkirk of

Giveaway for July! Beautiful art coaster, below! 
To enter the giveaway, please join and leave a comment.

Music-I Won't Go Back!

Etsy Christian Crafters!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gaining Faith

Good Morning Saints!
Today, it is 93 degrees in Denver! And, this is considered extremely hot for us Denverites:-) You know what else is hot? Trouble! Yep! Trouble is always lurking around the corner. But, I have found that our reactions are totally different when we are steeped in His Word and stepping-out in faith. The calmness that we feel is phenomenal! And, I give Him praise for holding us up when we would rather give-up.

Our faith grows, phenomenally, in the face of trouble and trials. We learn what we are made-of and what we are able to do with the help of the Holy Spirit. Take a few minutes to think-back on situations and circumstances that you have come through....  Was it all you? Were you the rock that pulled yourself through? Nope! It was the Lord and His grace that kept you from falling apart and giving-up. As you go about your way, today, lend a word of encouragement to those who are "going-through." Your blessings and experiences are to be shared with others. Many blessings!


Isaiah 43:2

New International Version (NIV)
When you pass through the waters, 
    I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, 
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
Giveaway Winner
Winner of The Lord's Prayer wooden coaster:  Ana Marquez of Spain!!! Congratulations, Ana!

New Giveaway: John 3: 16 Wooden Coaster

Etsy Artists from the CASTTEAM
THEME: Happy Father's Day!

Men's Handstamped Rugged Cross Necklace Fathers Day First Communion Confirmation Baptism

Prayer Journal Personalized - Grunge Wall John 11:25

Great for Father's Day- Custom Graphite Portrait 5x7

faith as small as a mustard seed - antique matte silver tie clip

Best dad in-law

Large Handstamped Sterling Silver Pocket Token Golf Marker Fathers Day Graduation

BEST DAD EVER aceo atc father's day card african american black brother funky retro 1970 70s soul glo red orange blue green purple lavender

Handtooled Leather Vintage style truck wallet

My Dad is My Superhero

Friday, May 4, 2012

Is Your Eye on THE PRIZE?

Good Morning, Saints!
It is a good morning, indeed! Why is this morning so wonderful? Because, it is a day that the Lord has made! Some people ask me how I can be so joyful, all of the time. The truth is: I'm not always joyful. Some days, it is difficult to see the beauty that the Lord has placed before me. But, I am wise enough to know that it is there and that I am blinded by the less important circumstances of my life.  And, when I give those circumstances to the Lord, no matter how big or how small, the beauty of His day sets upon me like a dew-kissed rose. Oh, the beauty that awaits all of us, if we keep our eyes on The Prize:  Jesus. 

Philippians 3:14
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Young teenage girls, singing His praises~~

Summer Giveaway #1: The Lord's Prayer Coaster
I will choose the recipient from those who reply 
during the next 2 weeks. Don't forget to join my blog,
in order to qualify! The giveaway is for ONE Lord's Prayer Coaster.  

Fabulous Etsy Artists~~
Red Orange Black Woven Bead Bracelet, Smoldering Embers, with Button Clasp

    Ol' Rugged Cross Heavy COPPER Guitar Pick Style Men's Necklace

   Handmade Pincushion Soft Sculpture BLACK and IVORY Double Handcrafted CharlotteStyle Needlecraft


   Green post earrings sterling moss agate gemstone

   FLoral hand painted wine glasses JUST REDUCED WAS 20 NOW 15  SALE SALE SALE

   Ivory PRAYER FOR PROTECTION Inspirational greeting card Free Shipping

   Bib Necklace with Vintage Lace Roses

Brooch. Mr Darcy III Bridal. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice. Upcycled. Cameo. Bouquet Pin. Jewellery Pink Glass Pearl

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