The theme today can be found here on Louise's blog. Thank you Louise.
The inspiration in my home was a rug, laying in front of the log fire. I actually thought I had chosen the colors a bit better but after photographing the two, the differences are quite evident. But I hope you get the idea! I did stamp on the squares with script, leaves and swirls to get the patterns on the squares. The photo is upside down too as I followed the pattern from the other side. It was quite a lot of work, but that's what I like about having a challenging theme.
My little share for today is about something that I'm sure those of you who love God will experience from time to time. I just went through a period of this myself - the feelings towards God seem to be low or non existent. You know you love God but can't seem to find the passion and feelings you used to have.
God has to tell me time and again that it's my faith that He's interested in, not my feelings, as they change all the time! Actually, the Bible is a good mirror - just look into it and it will tell you what it really means to love God. I was reading a very old dairy I wrote years ago and found this statement:
We do not love God more than we love His Word. We do not honor God more than we honor His Word and we do not obey God more than we obey His Word!
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word....." John 14:23
" But whoever keeps His Word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him." 1 John 2:4-5
"If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. He who loves God, shall also love his brother." 1 John 4:20,21
There can't be anything more, sharper, more down to earth and crystal clear than the Word of God.
Read the chapters of 1 John to get an even better idea of what it truly means to love God!
I should be much more worried about abiding in the Word of God than my feelings!
Luckily I do have times that I feel a true love and passion for my Savior and I am happy for those times but I want my faith to be stretched and to stop relying on those feelings which only hinder in a walk with the Lord! I hope you can relate to my little share.
ps - oh yes I must share this... just a little smile from heaven.. God really knows our hearts and desires. While I'm praying for loved ones, the Church, the Kingdom etc,. God still knows the unspoken prayers and it's His pleasure to give surprises.
Secondly, I absolutely love sage tea, dry leaves, fresh leaves, makes no difference. I hadn't had some for a long time and it just isn't sold in the shops where I live. What do I see last Saturday at our local supermarket - a little sage tree!! I can drink fresh tea from my own little tree now every day.
I was so blessed.