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Ranch Life
Being in God’s word is really the only thing I can do to overcome my fear of something. Learning from Bokoda, our Haflinger horse, has taught me many things I do that simply don’t work. One…RUN! Fear will not go away. Fear will just keep coming back and learning to confront will help overcome.

Bokoda is a prey animal. He hears or sees something he thinks could kill him, he will run. It’s instinct. To save his life he is wired to run. God created horses to save themselves they must run away as fast as they can!

For us, NO. What does running do? For me I have had broken relationships because I didn’t want to deal with it any more. I have situations that I didn’t want to get hurt again, so the answer was to run away, instead of confront. I felt like the situation was impossible to fix or reconcile. 

But I forgot one truth.

Brokenness and fear festers deep within when things are unresolved. The fear actually gets worse!

Remembering a truth…
“For the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your way and My thoughts tan your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

When I embraced the truth and thought was impossible, became God’s possible.

Since fear has no power over me as I have Jesus to help me overcome this major little word, I can indeed run to Jesus in the midst of fear vs. running away.

When we have Christ, He takes over. Indeed there is not only power in that alone, but what a promise we can hold on to! With Christ we can overcome ANY fear! 

A bad diagnosis, a new change in life, loss of someone dear to us and being alone. You name it. Jesus’ has them all!

What a wonderful gift we have of art and being creative in our bibles. Below is a video on my new love..Gelatos! WOW! They are SO fun! There are many ways to use them and here I am showing one of many.

Devo creations verses:
Matthew 6:25-34
Psalm 60:2-4

Overlays are from Dayspring…click the link on the sidebar
Gesso
Gelatos Toolset
Gelatos Set



In the video there is some blurred images. Sorry about that! Also the page I created is in Psalms not Isaiah. I was all over the Bible that day and got caught up in the moment. I hope you find it helpful and maybe even giving you power to overcome fears you have in your life today.

What fear are you dealing with right now and how can I pray for you?

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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Spring is a time for splashy colors and making fun, cute baskets to give to loved ones and friends! 

My favorite colors are the bright lime greens, soft yellows, and of course the pinks, so I decided to make up these baskets for birthday gift giving and of course May Day surprises.

You can find the die cut shapes on Sizzix or Amazon which I will highlight under the pictures. Remember, there is a TON of ideas on the  Sizzix site and really look around you may find a cuter die cut that fits your style. For example, the butterfly. There are many to choose from and if I had a more detailed one I would have used that, but didn’t.
I found Amazon provided some better basket boxes and Sizzix was sold out of a few.
 I had to bounce between the two and so may you. You will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to cut your dies. Once your into this machine your creative juices will really rock!

I also have come upon another company, The Fun Stampers Journey. I have a link to a gal who would be happy to help you, as well as get some of the die cuts from her. Her name is Pam and she is sweet. When you go to her link, you can click on the catalog and look around. 
FSJ also has the bags!

So enjoy the shopping and being creative. 

To make the basket topper you will need either one of these:

The solid die cut from Sizzix the #661018, just put it in the search part.
Daisy die from Amazon

For a CUTE scallop but with more lace type flare try this one:

You will see more…see what you like.

Scallop lace from Amazon
For these two  Sizzix doesn’t carry any more but put links from Amazon for you.

Here is one

Sizzix

Circle Scallop #660021 for fun edging. Just put it in the search part of the site. 

 Here is one

Hope the video here helps in how to make the basket handle for your bags.


Want some of these cute bags? Lime green, purple, pink, yellow, and teal. Just email me and I would be happy to send you some! Free will offering! (they’re cheap!) I did say 50 cents a bag on the video, but want you to have them if you like.

homesteadranchgirl@gmail.com

Enjoy making your fun basket gift bags this spring! They are cute!

Here is a video explaining how I did them. MAN Smilebox hasn’t fix this yet, but hope to get it fixed so you can see the whole HOW TO which got cut off. Hang in there…it will get fixed!


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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life
When I got into bible journaling, I began simply with just buying the NIV Bible Journaling book and some colored pencils. Which by the way are awesome! I can water color or just color with these and they are amazing. I also enjoyed getting out the sparkly gel pens too. 

But when I saw what Dayspring had in their packets and kits, I came into a whole new world of journaling!

What I love so much about them is really, they keep me organized in finding certain words. 


For example, I like how the tabs are on the top that I can label frustration,  forgiveness, worried, angry, or love. I can quickly go to those spots when one of those words are in my life. Or someone else that I can give them a verse.

I adore these pom poms….just because!


Another item I didn’t know how to use right away I now find amazing! These clear transfers can be used as you see below as an overlay.

I love this! I can have this colorful page that I attach with wasabi tape (Dayspring has) and add my own note on top or prayer. It is especially cool when the page has already been drawn on. 

The best part about bible journaling is how wonderful this is to share with young kids but really for teens. I know through the years of doing ministry with teens getting into the Word of God is hard for them.

Bible journaling is a wonderful way to let them express creatively what their thoughts are or to remember what God is trying to teach them. 

The kits make great gifts. The Advent kit is wonderful! I highly recommend this for stocking stuffers for next year…or a St. Nick gift on December 6th. (You place one shoe outside the door and fill with goodies) Traditions are so fun!

Remember if you click on the Dayspring link on this blog and the other links, proceeds from your purchase goes to support our ranch ministry.
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When you explore all Dayspring has to offer, you will be hooked on this wonderful way of doing devotions as well as how they provide some wonderful gift ideas!

Thank you in advance, for clicking on the links from this blog to help us reach kids and teens in need1

God’s blessings upon you as you live life for Jesus!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Don’t you just love receiving a homemade thank you card?
Especially one you didn’t expect to receive ?  I DO!

BUT most of all…I love making them!

This last week I had to get on the horn and make some long overdue thank you cards and of course I have to make it a little country, a little ranch like, and touches of the season.

These cards are using mostly background papers that I find online HERE

There are so many background papers to choose from you can really go crazy! I do like to buy them in big bulk packages as they provide more for my money. Plus, the variety in that one pack is huge and sparks some creativity!

So…here is the scoop on how I put these together:

I made up a template for the jean pocket and used my favorite vintage card stock for the tags. I made my own tags but you can also purchase them already done too.

Of course, enjoying the ranch life we have to have cowboy type background paper.


Using inks from Stamping’ Up! and thank you stamps, I added distressing color to the outside of the card and directly on the card. This gives the old time look. (when you purchase from SU! you really get the BEST of inks and card stock, my personal preference) The ink I used was More Mustard.

Finally, I give the card an overall look by stitching around the edges from my sewing machine. I didn’t do this to all of them, but looking at it, I like it better. It added a ton to the overall look.


Hope you find making special thank you cards to your loved ones and friends, brings them joy as well as knowing how much you care for them.

Making homemade cards is truly a great gift you can give to anyone!
Spark someone you love today with a homemade thank you card!

Enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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