The treasure of encouragement 

My motto is “Choose Joy” even though I do mourn, weep and cry I still try to fall on the choice of joy. Sometimes I think I comment too much on things or “like” too many things on social media but my goodness why not?! Life truly is bombarded with so much junk, negativity, and just too many bad days so why not be the encourager in this world? Where there is Jesus, there is joy! Don’t post things to show perfection in your life (which there isn’t) but post to show the beauty, grace and joy which your God has given you. God has equipped you to be the cheerleader in your life and in others! 💛☀️ Have a great day!

Death Sentence

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Have you ever given yourself a death sentence or felt as though someone else has?

Has there ever been a time when you have done something, been ashamed, committed a wrong, and thrown yourself into your own prison?

Have you committed yourself or someone else to this death sentence?

Whether you have wronged someone or been wronged yourself, one of you might have, unknowingly been committed to a death sentence. You or someone else have done something that has caused such great pain that your lives will never be the same.

For the one who caused the pain, they feel forever sentenced to their wrong doing. It is as though anything they did before or will do, that might have been “good”, will be forever erased because they will constantly be known by their stripes. They will always be seen behind the prison bars and sentenced to a life of “death” to who they once were and forever chained and known by their “sins”. They daily encounter remarks or actions that are like lashes, continually beating them down, reminding them that they will never make an escape from the cell that they are in.

For the one who received the pain, they forever sentence themselves to the other person’s wrong doing. They put themselves behind the bars of their own fear, hurt, insecurity, and self doubt. They refuse to free themselves from pain that has placed them there. They hold so tight to the sentence that has been given to them that they can not see a way out. They feel so alone, weak, and hurt that they become enveloped by the cell that has been placed around them.

Before we begin to drag ourselves, or lead others, to the execution chamber, we need to know, or be reminded, that someone has already paid the sentence. Our “death” has been taken care of and our freedom has been paid for in full. No matter how far you have fallen, how greatly you have been wronged, how deeply you have hurt, Jesus Christ has gone to the execution chamber in your place and your sentence has been wiped from your records.

Jesus Christ died on the cross in order to pay the costly price for those hefty wrongs we have committed. He has shown us grace, love, and mercy by dying for us. Once we have accepted that, knowing it is nothing we have done but it is everything He has done, our sentence has been wiped clean.

So if He has taken our death sentence why are we still held up in that prison cell? The bars have been opened and we are still sitting in the cold, empty cell, alone in our imprisonment. The guards are gone and yet we refuse to leave, move, or accept our freedom. Why? We are our worst enemies. We are our prisons. We are our Wardens.

Stop looking down! Look up! Jesus is there, waiting to free us. Take His hand and escape from that prison cell. You have been set free! You no longer have a death sentence, you now have pure and beautiful freedom that only Christ can give.

Enjoy the warmth of the Son, you have been set free!

Finding Security in the Storm

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. —Psalm 4:8

“Now I know the greatest security of all: God Himself. I can “lie down in peace, and sleep” (Ps. 4:8), knowing that He is my shelter from the stinging storms of life. Enveloped in the warmth of His love, I’m snug as a bug in a rug.”- Our Daily Bread

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Ever After High

We just finished decorating for my daughter’s Ever After High, tea party and sleepover. This theme was such a blast to decorate for I had to share it!

Black and white banner- Target

Gold dots- recycled from a wedding

Black and white fabric and teal – JoAnne’s

Ever After High dolls- Target

Ever After High books- Barnes and Noble and Target

Gold and black chargers- 99c store

Gold candlesticks (recycled from wedding)- Hobby Lobby

Plates and napkins- Walmart

Food- mini teal cake, meringue cookies, Pepperidge Farm cookies, tea sandwiches, Funfetti cupcakes, and Teavana tea

Gift boxes and tissue paper- Target

Bronzed keys- Hobby Lobby

Ever After High symbol- http://www.everafterhigh.com

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