Cindy's Country Mix

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Beautiful Mama Blog Award

Now this is just a lovely award.  The Beautiful Mama Blog Award was awarded to me by Ellie at New Creations Ministries.  Thank you, Ellie.  She has a very informative blog with posts about diet, eating, nutrition, God, it’s all great!

Per the award, I am supposed to tell you three things that I enjoyed about motherhood.  That is a simple task, because I enjoyed every minute.  Well, maybe not EVERY minute, but I am thankful that I was there for every minute.

I enjoyed having my children around as great, loving companions.  They went everywhere with me and enjoyed just about everything I did with them.  I was so excited that I raised a son who enjoyed shopping as leisure.  What a surprise when he married a woman not fond of shopping!  God does have a sense of humor.

Everything is more fun with a friend.  My children were my friends, and still are, and were excellent helpers around the homestead.  My daughter was like a ‘second self’ and she could do anything I could and more!  I miss my personal assistant.  She is the best!

I, certainly, enjoyed homeschooling my children.  I think I learned more while teaching them, than I did during my own twelve years of structured education.

Motherhood is indeed a blessing bestowed upon us by God.  As are all blessings from Him, it is not to be taken for granted.  It is given with love and purpose.  He created each one of us and placed us in the family right for us.  Thank God for your family today.

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Glitter

I do like glitter and lots of it!  If it sparkles, it makes me happy.  So, today I made the time to paint my tennies with some holographic paint.

Yesterday, I bought some Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint by FolkArt.  With no idea of what I would use it for, I bought it because it looked pretty.  Then, today, I was staring at my shoes and the paint came to mind.

It was easy peasy.  The paint is acrylic so it cleans up with soap and water.  I got a brush and set the shoes on a newspaper here at my desk.  I had one shoe done, before I remembered to snap a before photo.

Tennis shoe.This is how it looked before I began painting.  Last night, I sewed battenburg lace doilies onto the tongues.  Doesn’t it look cute?  This is a girlie thing, for any guys who are reading.

I opened the paint bottle and began painting just the saddle portion of the shoes.  I just painted one coat.  The instructions say to paint multiple coats until the desired effect is reached.  The paint cures in 24 hours.  There is no mention of whether or not it is waterproof, but it does say to clean it up with soap and water BEFORE it dries.

Tennis shoes painted with hologram glitter paint.

This is how they look in the sunshine.  The glitter has an aqua look to it.  I guess that’s good because aqua is my favorite color.  After studying them for a while, I am thinking that I may paint all of the canvas.  I’m going to wear them like this for a while to see how I like them.

Like I said above, I like anything that sparkles.  I have an aurora borealis crystal necklace.  I found it years ago at an antique store.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  When worn over a white blouse it is amazingly sparkly (if that’s a word).  I often wore it to church on Sundays and taught three year old Sunday school.  I told my little people that it reminded me of heaven when I looked at it.

Heaven is a beautiful place and each one of us, as a believer in Christ, has our own personal mansion.  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV  I am confident that all of heaven is brilliantly sparkly with Christ’s light. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:21 NKJV And I can only imagine how wonderful it will be.

Do you like to personalize your clothing and belongings?  I enjoy seeing other people’s creations.  Please post a comment, so I can stop by your blog!

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2 Corinthians 3:1-11

Today’s sermon was titled “A Heart of Flesh or a Heart of Stone”.  Our pastor is currently teaching through 2 Corinthians.  Following is a bit of notes that I took during the service.

Under the Old Covenant, God wrote the Law on tablets of stone.  Under the New Covenant, God is writing salvation on human hearts.  The Old Testament Law brought the knowledge of sin and death and showed the desperate need for a Savior.

“For by the works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20 ESV

“Therefore, the law became our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”  Galations 3:24 NASB

He gave a great analogy about a man looking into a mirror and seeing dirt on his face.  He doesn’t pull the mirror off the wall and begin to clean his face with it, but rather uses the soap to clean his face.  The mirror’s job is to show him the dirt, and the soap is there to clean his face.  The Old Testament Law reveals sin and the New Testament Covenant (through the blood of the Jesus) cleanses sin.

All of the countless animal sacrifices offered under the Old Covenant could only cover sin, not cleanse sin.

“For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin.” Hebrews 10:4 ESV

The entire Old Testament points forward to the Messiah who will fulfill and obey the entire Old Testament Law perfectly, and Who will usher in the New Covenant making the Old Covenant obsolete.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17 ESV

“In the same way He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'” 1 Corinthians 11:25 ESV

So, why do we still study the Old Testament?  Because the New Testament encourages us to do it.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 ESV

Which of the Old Testament’s commands and laws are we as New Covenant believers called to follow?  We are to obey any Old Testament commands that are repeated or intensified in the new Testament.   For example, the OT Law states that “You shall not commit adultery”.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

And for self examination, we can ask ourselves:

Instead of a soft, pliable heart of flesh, have I developed a hard heart?

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning.” Philippians 2:14 ESV

Instead of a soft, pliable heart of flesh, have I developed a cold heart?

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you…” 2 Timothy 1:6a ESV

“Keep yourselves in the love of God..”  Jude 21a ESV

Instead of a soft, pliable heart of flesh, have I developed a wandering heart?

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 ESV

“Do not love the world or the things of the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15 ESV

And so, we begin another week, new in Christ, in which to become more like Him in all things.  And let us encourage one another to love and good deeds as we are told in the Scriptures.  And all the more as we see the day drawing near!

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Card Table Redo

This 1980’s card table set was originally my mother’s.  Olive green is not one of my favorite colors.  Since recovering these is such a simple task, I decided to use some colorful fabric for a change.  Fabric can get stained easily, so it might not be the best choice.  We don’t use this table all that frequently, so it should be good for a few years.

card table redo

I headed out to Hobby Lobby and found a nice duck fabric in tans, teals and aquas.  The metal is a greenish-gold color so the colors went well with it.

Card table redo

Heading to the garage, I gathered up all the tools that I knew I would need and then went out to the den.  I decided to do the table first.  Laying the table upside down on the floor, I removed the screws that held the top on.

Card table redo

I laid the fabric on the floor, right side down, and placed the table top on the fabric and cut around it.

I did the chairs in the same way.  The wood used for the top and the chair seats was ‘masonite’ so it was very hard.  My husband has several staple guns, none of which are air powered.  He did have one that was strong enough to use to attach the fabric.   However, the recoil of the spring was so strong that it hurt my wrist.  For this reason, I had to break up the project into a couple of days.

Card table redo

I stapled each side pulling the fabric taught and alternating each side.  I did the corners in the same way, then finished in the non-stapled areas and gathering around the corners.

Card table redo

Then you just reattach the top and seats and your project is done!

Card table redo

I think that the table and chairs look much better now.   My wrists and thumbs are still sore.  My husband suggested I wear leather work gloves next time.  Wish I’d thought of that!

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