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Saturday, July 14, 2007

FREEBIE!!!! (it is still Saturday here in Ohio) ;)

:) I promised it would be up sometime saturday and here it is! 10 min. under the wire!!!
So I better post this quickly!.....
I am going to post my blog post here too (it is in my personal blog, but it is something that really impacted me today, so i am going to post it here too!)
I was listening to Joseph Prince on t.v. last night....he was talking about how to stay healthy with what you eat, how to follow God's plan for eating and things like that ;)....but what got me was something that was said during a "commercial" for his ministry....it said "Boast of the LORDS love for you, not of yours for Him".....
wow...i will repeat it...
Boast of the LORD'S love for you, not of yours for Him...

How often do we go on and on telling people how much we love the Lord for what He has done for us?...it is not a bad thing!, but if you think of it in the context of that quote, how much more glory would be given to Him if we instead say "God loves me so much that yesterday He (fill in the blank)".....He pays attention to our desires just as He pays attention to our needs!....He loves us so much that He will do (and has done) more than we could EVER imagine!...not because we love Him (He wants us to do that, but He literally has a "host of angels" that do nothing but praise Him and love Him eternally), He does it simply because HE loves US!!! isn't that amazing?!

I was SO hurt yesterday by not getting a "thanks" or any recognition for some things I had done for a few people.....my heart was heavy and my spirit began to wither and become ugly.....as this little tiny minuscule splinter of resentment made its way from my head to my heart, it began to fester! yes! just that quick! and that darn little splinter must have had barbs and was slightly organic because it began to take root!!!!.....
I confided in a friend who knows the hurt I was feeling because she has been in the same environment...as I was venting to her, feeling great for "knocking" these people who hurt me, I started rereading what I had typed..."Ya know...it is not that I expected them to really DO anything to reciprocate, but a simple 'THANKS'" would have went a long way..." and "I do this over and over for them, yet not ONE of them has given me the same respect?!".....and suddenly it was like God was talking to ME!!!!!.....INSTANTLY my heart began to soften and gently, slowly, yet still a little painfully, that splinter was being rejected by my heart! being pushed up and out through what I had said, and what God had said to me.....
looking like a goober, tears welling up in my eyes, suddenly it all made sense (just as my friend had told me "EVERYTHING you go through God has something to teach you from it...what is HE trying to teach YOU through this?"....)
So many times He does things for us, just to help us out, just to make our lives a little easier, just to help us save face....and how many times do we forget to purposefully take the time to just look up and say "hey thanks...i appreciate it..."
not some long drawn out thing, but a sincere "i noticed what you did for me today....thanks"
and with our loved ones? hubby may not get every last spot up off the counter after supper, in fact he might not get hardly any of them up, but every ONE he did get up is one less I have to....or your hubby may not have remembered that you like this show or that show, so he turns on the game instead.....but he is at home with you right?....
take the time to sincerely thank God today....and to thank those around you who do "little" things that really are done just for you and those they love....
i know i am thanking God for all the "little things" He has blessed me with because if I didn't have them, they wouldn't seem so "little"...thanks

and I want to thank all of you who have been d/l, commenting on, and using my designs! God willing I will find a store to sell in soon (I have had a couple pointers, but praying about when/where to start)....so here it is....today's freebie!
Click on image to get to download page ;)

55 comments:

cherylzyx said...

"So many times He does things for us, just to help us out, just to make our lives a little easier, just to help us save face....and how many times do we forget to purposefully take the time to just look up and say "hey thanks...i appreciate it..."

I so needed to hear that - thank you. And your words painted quite a mental picture as you told about the splinter in your heart - thank you for sharing that truth in such a beautiful way with word pictures.

I appreciate the crowns. I am a daughter of the King, you know...;)

Maria said...

Thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie! This blog post has been added to the freebies list at digifree.blogspot.com

Digitess said...

So cute!

Youre on my list girl!

Thanks!

JoAnn said...

Thanks for the cute gift!

Dawn said...

Thanks so much for the crowns Fantacy! They are awesome. And I really liked what you wrote today. very touching .

Cricket said...

Hi! I just linked to your blog a few days ago and have you bookmarked in my favs, love your work! I really like what you wrote today, it's so true and sometimes I need reminding of that!

Thanks for the crown freebie too, sooo stinkin' cool!

Smiles,

Mrs. Miles said...

Fantasy - your words have spoken to my heart girl - thanks so much. I recently went thru an experience very similar... and I too, struggled... and I too, came to the same place. I just read a cute Christian book series, I will have to find the names of them for you... and the character in there says, in those very situations "get over myself, already!" LOL - and how true... we continue to disappoint oursleves by having EXPECTATIONS of others, rather than to give without truly not expecting anything from our 'human' freinds...

May God Bless your day!

Nice, crowns - thanks for sharing.

Love, Barb

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this nice freebie. Leonie

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the paper crowns. Love them, i also downloaded the hillbilly cover ups. They are hilarious and will come in handy.

Thanks for your generosity in sharing your talents.

ani (aka maggiebean)

karinkay said...

What fun crowns! I especially like your addition of the heart on one. Thanks for sharing.

K said...

The paper crowns are beautiful! Thank you for all of your beautiful kits. You do a wonderful and amazing job. I can't wait to use this!
Thanks so much!
K

Scrapcat4914 said...

AWESOME!!!
TY so very much!!!!!!
HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherry said...

I too loved that big heart on the crown-thanks for sharing

GrannyDancer said...

Just a note to let you know that I think the paper crowns are waaaay cute! Thank you...

SAHM said...

Thanks for sharing the story -- I've a few that are like that and you reminded me that sometimes be glad for what is done ... and learn to accept that not everything is "done" the way you want it to be, but be thankful for what was done or the help given. Love the crowns - no idea how to use them, I keep thinking different great ideas, but they're wonderful. Thanks for making them!

honeybee said...

Fantacy,

I used your cardboard moon frame on this layout:

http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147457&cat=all&limit=last1

I like it alot. Thanks!

Melissa

miss j said...

Thanks bunches for the crowns. I just wanted to tell you that I have used a couple of your coverups. I LOVE them. Since my SIL doesn't want her kids pics on the internet they have come in VERY handy for me. When I get all of them uploaded to my gallery I will send you a link.

AlabamaStoneThrower said...

Very darlin' freebie...will go perfectly with my altered faeries!! (Can't wait to use them)

Your post today touched my heart...I know how something so tiny can grow enormous in such a quick time when it's surrounded by anger and resentment. Thankfully, we serve a God that is always by our side, and still speaks to us in HIS still, small voice. Just as we like to receive thanks for something we've done, (or even for our blog freebies) Our Heavenly Father likes to receive thanks for the things HE's done too...you reminded me that I should be more thankful for the small blessings I receive daily...for that...I THANK YOU!!

Gab said...

Thank you for your cute freebie and for your words. I definitely agree with your words, and, like any earthly parent, I know our Heavenly Father wants to give us as much as possible, and he even knows the desires of our hearts, without us speaking them. A few days ago, my husband mentioned that he felt like he wasn't getting much out of church spiritually, lately, and I told him that maybe he could try increasing his own spiritual studies first (along with a few other things), and then, wouldn't you believe it, but a few days later, someone called from church and offered a responsibility that will help my husband in what he was wanting help with. So, of COURSE the Lord loves and gives us incredible things, even if they're just tiny things to the world, they're big things for us.

Anonymous said...

These are very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Brook said...

I am so sad. I want these really bad and it tells me the link can't be found. What did I do wrong? These are just too precious!

Dahlia Co said...

What an awesome revelation God has given you. And how much more awesome that you're sharing it with us so that we, too, can be edified and strengthened in our walk with Him. Thank you for sharing this with us and for your freebie. I, too have a few freebies on my blog if you're interested. Anyways, God bless you and may He continue to use you for His glory...Take care!

PSharp said...

Love the crowns. Thank you.

olga9999 said...

It's very heartfelt what you have written in your blog today. And they are beautiful words to share with us. Thanks so much for sharing them. :D

Also many thanks for the cover ups, the two parts, they are a really cute idea for layouts even if you don't want to cover up.LOL They just add a bit more fun to layouts. LOL Thanks as well for the crowns, they are another lovely idea and different from the usual crowns. :D

Best wishes. :O)

Stephanie said...

I needed to read your post - isn't that how our sin nature is? Wanting to make everything about us instead of about Him! Thank you for sharing your lovely crowns =) Have a nice day!

Julie said...

These crowns are awesome!! Thank you!!!

JulieBee in Iowa said...

I just love these crowns. They're unique and so fun. You have a lovely blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

Brook said...

Whoohoo!!!! Finally got the link to work. I love these. You always have such cool stuff!!!!

Hilmarose said...

Thank you for sharing this post... How many times are we like the 9 lepers... 10 were healed by Jesus but only one came back to Thank Him. That is what the Holy Spirit puts on my heart... and I want to be like the one... Thanks for reminding me... for reminding us.
and Thank you for sharing your heart and your faith!

Joy said...

Boast of the LORD'S love for you, not of yours for Him...

Wow... thank you so much for your words of wisdom. I truly needed to hear this today.

Thank you for the wonderful freebie.

faith42love said...

Your crwons are amazing but your post was more so. I just came to a simalar realization today. I was low and feeling blue and it cam einto my head that "God loves me so much that he . . ."

Kori said...

Thank you for all the great goodies!

Jenni said...

Love these crowns, going through a crown phase at the moment, so these are perfect!! Thanks so much!

Nancy P said...

Thank you so much!

Carol said...

Absolutely fabulous crowns, thank you so much.

Connie said...

Fantacy, love your blog and thank you for the cute crowns! Take care and have a wonderful day!

yin said...

Lovely crowns, thank you! And lovely sharing too, thanks too

CaliChris said...

Awhh to cute, thanks...You need to wear one of these crowns for all the wonderful freebies you give me!

Time for change said...

These crowns are sweet - thanks for sharing your talent :) Have a nice week!

mel said...

Hi!! I just wanted to say that I have stumbled across your blog and love many of your designs!! Thanks you so much for sharing your talent with us. Have a great day!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the adorable crowns! Thank you also for the wonderful message today and for sharing it. You are so right! He is so good and merciful to us and we have many lessons to learn but he is always there if we walk with him!!! BettyJoR

BrigittevT said...

Gorgeous crowns, thank you so much ! If you would like something in return, feel free to browse my blog ;-)

scrpmnga said...

Cute idea, sweet pea. thanks so much.

mrsbopp said...

I just stopped in to catch up on your blog life - Young lady- you shared a very powerful message with us - one that is most easily forgotten by a lot of folks - My grandfather was a preacher (like his dad) and he always told us never to start sentences with "I" - just like in a prayer - never put yourself first - always put "Lord" first. Your whole share reminded me of that. Thank you for sharing your wonderful messages.
PS Your work is excellent - I know that you have been given a wonderful talent!

teenScraps said...

hey! thanks for leaving such a warm and *long* comment on my blog :) i am glad that i came of use to someone! i am sure ur son will soo be scrappin' cos i tell u no one can resist the pull of temptation of all the possibilities! hehehe... and here i am downloading freebies of ur blog ... i'll try to post LOs when i get the time using ur freebies ... rite now it's only freebies for me ... thats why i have a freebies blog cos i feel guilty!! :) anyways ... thanks so much for leaving a comment and also for ur freebies!
yaad

Sharyn ..aka serene said...

Awesome Chicky...very cute crowns. Thanks so much!

Just a girl on the net.... said...

These are so pretty! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

This is fab! Thank you :)

Cath

Meridith said...

Thanks so much for these cute crowns! I can't wait to use them!

Meridith

Poppet (Tangie) said...

OH so stinking cute! Just stumbled across your blog. THANKS GIRL! So fabulous!

Maisan said...

I just came across your blog and I like it here. I downloaded a couple of your freebies and when I have created something I will let you see my result. It might take a while though.

Maisan

lacyrenfro said...

More paper elements like these! MORE MORE MORE! Please.

noel said...

Thanks for this freebie...I also grabbed the Hillbilly coverup stickers and the Cardboard Moon stuff. :)

Cinda said...

Thanks for the unique freebie Fantacy. It has been featured today at www.artyouspecial.blogspot.com.

CellyOneill said...

Thanks so much for this lovely freebie !