Hello 2020!

Happy New Year y’all! A new year and a new decade lies ahead…what victories and challenges will you face in the coming days and months? Time always tells.

While 2019 was filled with valleys for many, I am so thankful it was a pretty good year for this ole gal (OG!) – God led me through a journey towards healthier eating habits and cancer didn’t reveal any new challenges🙌🏻 Those small victories enabled me to be more supportive both physically and emotionally…. and I want more of that!

Over the past few years, I’ve participated in choosing my One Word – for 2020, my one word is gather – that word seems a bit odd, but also on the money! Towards the end of 2019, I did a few new things – after several years of procrastinating, I finally opened an Etsy shop to share FaithArt God lays on my heart, I contributed FaithArt to a longtime FB friend as an accompaniment to her Bible Studies, and I connected with another beautiful soul that I am oh so eager to meet face to face and see how God unfolds our story

What One Word has God laid on your heart this year? I’ve included a freebie for you to print or save for digital use ➡️ https://celetac.com/creative-hearts-paper-studio/ My prayer this year is for each of us to live a life of intentional love, gratitude, grace, and surrender.

Pray Anyway

Creative Hearts Paper Studio

How many times have you found yourself in a situation and at a total loss for words? Prayer can be the same way! The great thing is that God doesn’t need an eloquent prayer to meet our needs… He knows our heart and only wants us to trust Him enough to turn to Him with our hopes, our dreams, our cares, and our scares.

A couple years ago my daughter and I began talks of opening an Etsy shop – she had dreams of custom paper designs – invitations, party designs and such. I had thoughts of sharing Faith art… like many plans, life pushed those ideas to the back burner….

I still had a desire to share Faith art and chose to create projects with one of our church outreach ministries, art for the children’s program, and a few other projects here and there. But I was never brave enough to pursue the Etsy shop on my own… truth be told, I was afraid…. afraid of rejection – now isn’t that silly?

I so easily bypassed all the truths I knew and jumped straight to failure. Once again, I stuffed God on the shelf and decided, albeit unconsciously, to sit out on a dream instead of trusting God to do what was best for me.

Thankfully, God is ever patient! He coaxes me closer and closer showing me time and again that He is trustworthy. He is faithful. The success of the Etsy shop has nothing to do with acceptance, rejection, or sales. The success is about sharing God’s Word – His Truths – His Love. My job? It’s simple: obedience.

And so I’ve taken the first step! I opened the Etsy store yesterday and shared a few pieces of art…stay tuned to see what God does with a little obedience.

What’s on your heart? What have you put off praying about and trusting God for? You don’t need the perfect words or plan. All you need to start is an open heart willing to share and trust in Him.

My Love Dare with God – Week 12

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Can it really be the last week??????  For some, you may be thinking, “FINALLY!” — but can I share something really incredible?  After this week, you will have the gift of seeing this particular piece of the puzzle…. a bag full of tools that can help you seize more opportunities to love…. to boldly go thru doors and let God’s love be known to others in a powerful way.  This is Living My Love Dare with God… but first things first…. let’s work through Week 12

Dare days 38 – 40  – we continue with topics that are a deeper, as they directly focus on our relationship with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Fulfills Dreams – seeking God for direction  and leaning on God to open your heart to the beauty of dreams
  • Endures – the no matter what kind of love
  • is a Covenant – not a contract and so much more than a promise

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 12

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My Love Dare with God – Week 11

wk 11Week 11 – Dare days 35 – 37  – we are on the home stretch!  And although the topics are a deeper, they directly focus on our relationship with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  is Accountable – the impact and importance of godly women/men in our lives
  • is God’s Word – the many tools available to us that help bring God’s Word to life and help us apply it to our daily walk
  • Agrees in Prayer – the power of prayer with others

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 11

 

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My Love Dare with God – Week 10

wk 10Week 10 – Dare days 32 – 34  Some of the dares this week are a bit more challenging to flip the perspective between a spouse to God

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Meets Sexual Needs – yes – this one’s tough… so we look at how sex filters into our daily lives through media with the question, “Does this glorify God?”
  • Completes Each Other – recognizing God is integral to our future success and seeking Him first in all things
  • Celebrates Godliness – shifting from only looking at areas that need improvement to rejoicing in all the work God is doing in us and to be cheerful in all circumstances

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 10

 

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My Love Dare with God – Week 9

wk 9Week 8 – Dare days 28 – 31  Ready to keep diving???

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Makes Sacrifices – keys of actively submitting to God’s call by sacrificing personal desires to meet the needs of others
  • Motivates – components that motivate us to love differently
  • Brings Unity – identifying previously undressed areas of sin in our lives that can potentially block a deeper relationship with God
  • and Marriage – taking a look at behaviors or things that can drive a wedge in our relationship with God

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 9

Thanks again for your participation!

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My Love Dare with God – Week 8

wk 8Week 8 – Dare days 25 – 27  Ready to dive a bit deeper???

This week we take a look at how Love

  •  Forgives – handing over our imprisoned pain to the only one who holds the key: Jesus
  • is Responsible – recognizing the role of pride, seeking God to show us where we’ve faltered, seeking forgiveness from Him, and gaining the strength to humble ourselves before others
  • Encourages – setting aside unrealistic expectations; ones we place on ourselves and others instead of looking to God first

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 8

I’m still behind on audios, but making progress! I’m working on week 7 now.  Thanks again for your grace and patience!

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My Love Dare with God – Week 7

wk 7Week 7 – Dare days 22 – 24  On the surface, some of the days may seem repetitive; but they aren’t – I believe each takes us one step closer to experiencing a deeper connection with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  • is Faithful – committing to show God we love Him even if we’re tired, sick, etc.
  • always Protects – taking a hard look at choices, priorities and balance
  • compared to  Lust – exercising our understanding of the difference between allowing God to fill voids versus turning to temporary pleasures

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 7

I’m still behind on video/audios, but I’m diligently working to catch up!  Please continue to be in prayer – it’s been a challenging few weeks health wise, but I’m getting there – thank you for your grace and patience!

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My Love Dare with God – Week 6

wk 6Week 6 – Dare days 18 – 21… yes, this is another really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Seeks to Understand – how do we gain wisdom, discernment, and deepen our trust in God?
  • is Impossible – we will take a look at the distinct difference is manufactured vs God given love
  • is Jesus Christ – the daily realization of just how desperately we need a Savior
  • is Satisfied in God – how do we ensure daily time in His Word to stimulate growth?

My Love Dare with God – week 6

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My Love Dare with God – Week 5

wk 5Week 5 – Dare days 14 – 17… I realize I mention this each week, but this is a really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Takes Delight – we will explore how some areas can mean relearning some of the ways we express our love for God, which will open us to a truer love
  • is Honorable – how do we express a willingness and develop holy habits to sacrifice for God on a daily basis?
  • Intercedes – how do we become “wise farmers” and care for the soil of our lives so that seeds planted will reap a harvest in God’s timing; and
  • Promotes Intimacy – how do we love well by accepting ourselves and others as God accepts us

My Love Dare – week 5

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