Our Savior

Our Savior
The beauty of nature is medicine to the soul

Monday, April 29, 2013

Announcing Jackie's Needle Art Mania......awesome cross stitch and needlepoint resource!

I am very excited to announce that my cross stitch patterns are now featured at Jackie's Needle Art Mania!  Do check out her website, it is filled with every kind of needle craft you can think of, including cross stitch, stamped cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, crewel, knitting and felting.  She sells the pattern charts and kits as well as supplies for every project on your list. She is only carrying some at the moment but I know she is adding more all the time!

Next time you are looking for a pattern for your next project, make Jackie's the first place to go. I know Jackie would also welcome and appreciate a prayer for her husband Jim, who has cancer it would be a blessing to the both of them. 

Well, until next time, hope you enjoy the website and my posts!  Definately more to come very soon.  Blessings to you all!

Here are just some of the other patterns she offers including mine of course - cheers!

La Vierge - needlepoint
Olivia Counted Cross stitch

Guardian Angel by Lavender & Lace

Friday, April 26, 2013

Being comforted in order to comfort........

In life there will be trials the Lord tells us in scripture. There will also be people in our lives from time to time who we thought we could count on in those times, and they disappoint, for reasons beyond anyone’s control.  When faced with needing comfort our Heavenly Father is always there, you can count on Him.

I have found in my own life that in my darkest of days getting on my knees and praying out to God is all I need.  After the tears and sadness, I gain a sense of peace in my spirit.  It’s hard to explain but very real and very comforting.  I still look to others, like my husband, my family or friends and they have been there for me and have given me much support and comfort.  But sometimes only the comfort of God is what we need to be able to move on with our lives.

It’s taken me a long time to learn and put into action this principle, and I thank God each and every day that he has shown me and given me discernment as to when and when not to share some things with others.  If I’ve been struggling with a decision to make, for instance, through the power of the Holy Spirit He will show me what to do.  It will always be for the best of everyone concerned, and sometimes you will not realize that for some time.  

Remember the flesh wants to tell everyone everything that you are going through, for sympathy.  But Jesus prefers us to only go to the person who is part of the problem and address them in a loving and direct way.  He also doesn’t want us telling others just for the sake of gossip, he hates gossip.

What will happen is we will gain the ability to comfort others when they are hurting in similar situations.  The Holy Spirit empowers us with those extra qualities that are sometimes not so easy to acquire on our own. They are the fruits of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control” Galations 5:22-23.  These fruits are given to us when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. If you haven't received this awesome gift yet, maybe today is the day!!!

Free pattern today is easy to knit dishclothes.  They can be made from cotton, the multi-colored ones really look nice.  So enjoy the pattern and until next time, may God be gracious unto you and your family!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder........sharing what I love to do!

Bringing some of my art and photography to you on my blog.  Here is a quick peak at some of my work that is available at Fine Art America.  They do an awesome job at printing my artwork on canvas, fine art papers or now even metal art.  I love this website because on here you can preview first hand what the artwork will look like on whatever type of framing you choose or on canvas, it's a preview before you buy concept.  So do check it out and share it with everyone you know. 

Here in the Pacific Northwest we are literally surrounded by beauty in every direction.  I have tried to capture as much of it as I can,  especially the beautiful bald eagles that fly around in our backyard, simply amazing to see.  So enjoy this quick preview, and if you are ever looking for a nice gift for someone who loves nature and art, I even sell greeting cards with my artwork - so there is something for every budget.

Have a beautiful day!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

God's beauty and our Oregon RV trip........


We just returned from a wonderful RV trip to Oregon a couple of days ago and I am excited to share some of the beauty that we encountered.  I first want to say that we were in awesome company, our friends Don and Val in their 5th wheel and Quint and Elizabeth and their son in their motor home.  It was a true caravan going down I-5, kinda cool.  We left Sunday morning April 7th and traveled to McMinnville and stayed in a very nice RV park right next to the Evergreen Space and Flight Museums.  We had a blast and actually were able to walk to the museums from the park, it was very convenient.

After a couple of days we left for the Oregon coast and they went on to Seven Feathers and other areas of Oregon.  We traveled to Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Tillamook, Astoria, and Long Beach.  It was a relaxing trip and we enjoyed it very much.  The best part was seeing all of God's amazing beauty in the different areas we traveled to.  His signature is in each and every wave, tree, and sunset and sunrise we experienced.  I was truly in awe.  I will never understand how some individuals in this world still do not believe there is a God.  He is real, his presence is felt and seen in everything that exists, he created all that is good and beautiful for us to enjoy and take in whenever we can. In each sunrise or sunset, each being different from any other that I have ever seen, I can feel his warmth and love telling me to be still and know that he is God!!

So here are a few photographs of some of that beauty, I do hope you enjoy them.  It's great to be back home though as it always is.  We live in God's country here on Whidbey Island so for us we never have to  go far to enjoy that beauty, how blessed we are indeed. Thank you Jesus!

Have a super Blessed day!!!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jesus and the Cross - what Easter means to me!

When I woke up on Easter Sunday, the thought of how special that day was came into my thoughts instantly. Then the scene played in my mind of Jesus being crucified. There was sadness but then there was joy because of when He rose from the dead - Praise God.

Yes, we are to rejoice at the fact God loves us that much.  He didn't want us to perish, but to have everlasting life the moment we gave our hearts to Jesus, who took all our sins and punishment to the cross.  I still today cannot comprehend what God must have been going through watching those Roman soldiers hurting and beating His precious son.  Or Mary for that matter, Jesus was her son too. Then when the nails were pounded, the agony that Jesus must have felt.  There are no words to describe the pain our Heavenly Father and Mary must have endured, as well as our Risen Savior, and He did it for me and for YOU!

I was listening to an evangelical Pastor on television the other night, his name is James Merrit.  He said it this way:  "Here's what happened on Good Friday.  God took the biggest debt ever incurred.  He stated, you think America has a debt problem, or Greece or Europe for that matter?  Well let me tell you, the biggest deficit in the history of the world is the "sin deficit".  The sins of every person who has ever lived, every bad word that has ever been spoken, every bad deed was placed on Jesus Christ that day on the cross. Jesus paid the debt. No one will ever owe a greater debt then we owe to God.  No one will ever forgive a greater debt than when God forgave us."  He goes on to say this, "If you are a Christian, a true follower of Jesus Christ you should be a "forgiving person", because you are a "forgiven person" through Christ."

That sure helps to build and strengthen my faith in Christ.  I know that I know that He loves me! That I have been forgiven for what I have done and I am so grateful. The other thing I can be sure of is that He will never bring up those things to me, ever again - truly awesome.  A peace comes over my inner spirit knowing I am loved and forgiven.  Because of what Jesus did am I able to forgive others a whole lot easier.

Easter is a reminder of how much God loves us and that we can experience peace through forgiveness - as long as we receive that free gift, but we must forgive ourselves as well. It's hard sometimes but remember "It is Finished", and when Jesus says it's finished it truly is. 

Well, Easter here on Whidbey Island was the best.  Sunny and warm, we spent time with family and had a nice BBQ. The grand kids and adults had a blast in the backyard throwing the frisbie and football.  It was the best day ever - except for not being able to see some of my family who live in Virginia and Seattle area.  But they were in our hearts and thoughts.

Here is the next "free pattern", it's knitted dishcloths.  They are great for the kitchen or you can use them as wash cloths.  Either way you will whip one up in no time, because they are easy and fun to do.