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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to stop feeling guilty even after we know we are forgiven!

Top of the morning to you all.  It's so good to be here and share what God has been showing me in my life lately.  I have been reading a very informative book by Dr, Charles Stanley called the "Gift of Forgiveness", highly recommended I must say.  Today I want to talk about forgiving ourselves. In the book it talks about that very process and I wanted to share it with you today.  For instance, if you are still carrying guilt for something you did years ago, even after you have asked God to forgive you, this maybe the case and you have still not received that forgiveness.  I want to assure you right now that you can get rid of that guilt once and for all.  In his book Dr. Stanley explains four easy steps to take to make sure you receive God's amazing forgiveness, with the power of prayer.

If you get the chance read the entire book, it is fascinating and explains in great detail the actual act of forgiveness and how freeing it can be.  Harboring unforgiveness whether its for another person or ourselves will keep us in bondage. By forgiving ourselves we are free to live the life that God wanted us to live all along.  Then we will be at peace with God and ourselves as well as others. We will be able to share his amazing love and be a better witness for Christ and the Gospel.

So here are the 4 steps that you can take followed by a simple prayer to our Heavenly Father God to confirm and release yourself from whatever it is that has been making you feel guilty or condemned.

1.  Recognize the problem.  We must recognize and acknowledge that we have not
forgiven ourselves.  We must come to grips with the fact that we still hold ourselves
in bondage. 

2.  Repent of Sin.  We must repent of that sin for which we cannot forgive ourselves.  We must
tell God that we realize that our unwillingness to forgive ourselves is not in keeping with His
Word.  We must thank Him for His forgiveness as we confess our sin to Him. 

3.  Reaffirm trust.  We must reaffirm out trust in the testimony of Scripture:  "As far as the east
is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us". 

4.  Confess freedom and choose to RECEIVE it!  We must confess our freedom and choose to
receive it freely. 

Prayer:  Father, I realize I haven't forgiven myself and am in bondage because of it.  Now I am
reaffirming my trust and faith in Your Word, and on that basis, by an act of my will, in faith, I here
and now forgive myself because you have already forgiven me and I accept my forgiveness. 
I choose from this moment on to be freed of all which I have held against myself.  Please
confirm my freedom to me by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.   Amen!

Now onto the crafty side of me......here is a link to a cute free pattern for my crochet towel tops. It's an easy pattern and you can use one towel, cut it in half and make (2) for the kitchen.  Give them as gifts to family and friends they will love them.  Hope you enjoy!

Until next time, I am off to visit my 4 sisters in Missouri this coming weekend for my sister Bea's 50th birthday.  I am so excited and can't wait to see them...pray for no tornadoes or hurricanes to be in my path.


Oh, here are some of my newest cross stitch samplers to check out as well.........:) If you want to see more info on these click on the pictures and it will take you to Shop Delighted!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mothers Day all of you moms out there!

Mothers day is a sad day for my mom unfortunately.  I love her so much but every mothers day when I call her to wish her a beautiful day and tell her how much I love her, she always gets very sad.  See she lost her mom (my grandma) when she was only 2 years old.  This is so sad to me and she always begins to tear up when she talks about it. She didn't know her mom at all and grew up with a step-mom who was not always kind to her.  So today, I just want to say "Mom" I love you so much and hold you so dear in my heart.  I hope your pain of loosing your mom so many years ago will one day be replaced with joy when you see her in heaven.

Now, to all you moms out there I want to wish you the best day ever - may God's face shine upon you and warm your heart! May you be able to spend time with your children and family and be treated special as you so deserve.  I will be going to spend my weekend with my daughter Michelle in Seattle.  I am so excited because the time spent with her is so precious and I do not get to see her as often as I would like.  She is my amazing talented graphics designer who works at Amazon and I love her so much.  I also have two amazingly handsome and talented sons, both are married with awesome families that I adore and love too.  I am a blessed child of God and am so grateful to have such a beautiful and loving family.  Thank you Jesus!

Now I want to introduce some of my new "sampler" type of cross stitch patterns.  The first one in the photo is my Mom Floral Sampler which is absolutely gorgeous with the words "Mom another word for Love".  That is so true and today I pay special tribute to all you moms for being there for your kids when they needed you, for being there for your husbands when they whine, and for loving each of them even in days when they are unloveable!!!! Amen

Be sure to check these out now available at my Shop Delighted Store....where you can instantly download the patterns........happy stitching!!!