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Panic! (self-deprecation at its best)

2 Apr




20 Jul

Folks, do not tumble-dry your child’s crocs. Trust me; they don’t come out looking their best…(…don’t know how they got there! I do put them through the wash and they come out as new. But the dryer? Uh-uh. Never doing that again)

God’s Work of Art

4 Jun

I follow several ‘crafty’ blogs as well as the other, non-crafty ones. I am addicted to creating beautiful cards and love to check out what others are doing, for inspiration, and if I’m honest, to also give me a bit of an ego-boost sometimes! (…as I find that actually much of what I ‘do’ is at least of an equal standard to much of what I see online, if not sometimes – dare I say itbetter…!!)

Anyway, I visited one of my bookmarked blogs just tonight (I will keep it nameless for now…) and saw a card on there, which had the following sentiment as the focal point:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about CREATING yourself“…

The card itself is absolutely stunning, but I had to post something, anything – my reaction to the sentiment on it.
Because I instantly cringed when I saw it.
Because I so completely disagree with it, which has quite taken me by surprise…!

Because I believe GOD has created me, and that one of my purposes in life, my job, is precisely to discover myself – to find out who He has created me to be. Who the ‘real’ Rachel is. Who He meant me to be – and become…
It’s not up to me to create myself, because I am ‘God’s craftsmanship’ – His work of art.
I am not my own…

Have I got this completely wrong??

I don’t know if I’m being totally over-the-top here, but it was such an immediate, and strong, gut reaction, and I know for sure I would never, ever, be able to use such a sentiment on one of my cards! I usually quite like most of the sentiments one can use on cards, although some of them are pretty ‘naff’ and a bit too sickly-sweet for my liking. But this, to me, is actually very ‘humanistic’, and in being so, to me is also deeply arrogant and self-sufficient. I need God too much, and am eternally grateful that it’s His job to create me, and mine to discover what He has done and is still doing.

What do you think?…..

>New Band and Album Cover Game – pointless but brilliant…

27 Feb

>I saw this on Facebook (yes, Facebook, again…: the source of much inspiration at the moment…!) and simply couldn’t not post it on here.
One wonders, sometimes, how they come up with album cover ideas; but one need wonder no more. For all we know, this is all there is to it… Maybe I should set myself up as a freelance album cover designer??!? …You never know, …it could do pretty well… Big bucks here I come!!

Oh…and the rules

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit ‘random article’
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to The Quotations Page and click on ‘Random Quotes’
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on ‘explore the last seven days’
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post the result with this text as the rules and tag whoever (or should this be whomever…??!?) you would like to join in.

Fun, huh…?
Please consider yourself tagged if you would like to take part, just let me know in the comments if you did so I can have a look!!

>Passing the Purple Hat to You (it was meant to be about 2 months ago… sorry!!)

8 Dec

(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’, more ‘I’m sorry’s.’
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute. Look at it and really see it . . live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what
Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Oh Lord help me to live this day without wasting a minute, without wishing any moment away, and with the grace only You can give…

Letting the side down…

14 Oct

Get It Down; 31 for 21

I’m not doing great with the whole ‘one post a day’ thing here… I feel terrible! But then there is that little button in my sidebar stating that I’m “blogging without obligation”.
And I am sick.
And I have very little spare time.
And it takes me AAAAAAAGES to write anything half decent.
And I’d started writing a beautiful post about ‘what happened next’ – and my freaking computer decided to shut down IE7 – without allowing me to save what I’d written first. I was SOOO cross it made me bite my hubby’s head off several times more than I normally would… And after that I completely ran out of steam, totally deflated that my efforts had been wasted.
But I shall choose to forgive Microsoft for destroying my precious work; it probably wasn’t that good after all.
And I’ll give it another go.
I guess that’s what life is all about isn’t it??

>Introducing a Blissfully Chaotic friend

2 May

>This is a blog well worth checking out, if you like a good story and you need cheering up. Cecily is an expert at making me laugh, and believe me, that takes some doing!! I have already ‘promoted’ her blog on here once before but visiting her today made me want to tell the world how amazingly funny and witty she is.
Here and here is where you could start. Then just let have a wander.

It really is worth it.
You’ll be going back for more.

So go on…
What are you waiting for??!? Chop chop…
Run along now ;o)

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