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"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Sunday, February 22, 2015

For the LOVE of Cupcakes!

Everyone has their favorites.
I love cupcakes.
I love them IRL (In Real Life) and in stamping form.
I have seen some of the ca-yootest cupcake images
over the past 16 years I've been stamping.
I would buy and keep them all if I had
a room designated just for my cupcakes, HA!

This cupcake image in Stampin' Up!'s
is one of my all-time faves.
It's so cute and swirly!
And it's super duper easy to trim out.

Remember this is
so when you order the stamp set
"Peace, Love, & Cupcakes,"
along with enough to have a $50 order...
Feel free to visit my
or contact me by email...


On a more personal note...
These verses spoke very clearly to me today

Eureka! Admirable and Jealous are two very similar characters! I can look on those I admire because they seem to have more friends than me or they have deeper friendships than me... I can look on those who seem to be so incredibly close to the Lord or more "blessed" than I... I can look on those I admire for their talents, their jobs, their seemingly successful marriages, their contributions to others... ALL of these can be ADMIRED without experiencing JEALOUSY.


THINK... "think of these" as it says Philippians 4:8-9 - "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable... if it is excellent or praise worthy, THINK of these things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

I spend much of my time letting things I admire (or desire) simply "cross my mind." My focus tends to land on the fact that I don't have any of the things I see in others or that others have which I don't.

"THINK" of these things means more than just letting something enter our minds. God means for us to FOCUS on these things... simmer with them... sit and contemplate them. 

If I do this, will I then receive the things I so longingly desire... the things I see others receiving yet I continue to lack? Most likely -no. But what I will receive is something FAR greater... Phil 4:9b "And the God of peace will be with you." PEACE. 

"If we mix trust in God with reliance on self, our calm demeanor will waver. But when our security rests in Him and we show conviction about His promises, peace follows. " -Dr. Charles Stanley

And to tell us a bit more about just how powerful that peace actually is, let's step back to verse 7 of Philippians 4... "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I don't envy others for their big homes, nice cars, stylish clothes and handbags. I don't envy people who take extravagant vacations... pfft, or any vacations for that matter! I find myself jealous of the things that are suppose to really matter in life... close friendships, respect from others, inclusion with others, family bonds, sisters, knowledge and understanding of Scripture, a closeness with the Lord... These are all things I see others enjoying and I lack.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not having a pity party here and boo-hooing because "whaaa... KellyJean has nothing!" Pa-lease. I am blessed beyond measure! But the things I've mentioned... friends (true blue friends... the ones who call ME and include me instead of me always calling them and then having to be turned down by them, etc.), family (my mother uses the Lord's Name in vain like it's candy... even though she knows it offends me), acceptance, inclusion... I can't explain it but... my heart longs for these. And regardless of how hard I pray for them, they just don't come. Yet the longing remains.

So when I see others with what seems to be what I long for, I experience a mixture of admiration as well as envy/jealousy. Today I am discovering I can focus more on the admiration and less on my longing... and the peace He gives is no longer being blocked by my desires.

Heavenly Father, keep my focus on your Son, Jesus Christ - my one true Desire. Allow me to be more like Him. Let me build up the people I admire instead of the longings for which I desire. And may you, as always, be glorified in me. Thank you, Jesus, for the peace you so freely bring. It is in your Name I pray, amen.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I wonder... how are you doing?
Be blessed,


The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

Hello KellyJean,

I am a lurker that checks in on your site every no and again. Just had to let you know today that I truly enjoyed my visit.
1. I enjoyed the post I am leaving this comment on ... very insightful.
2. Congrats to Wynne for her designer job. She creates cute images. She is obviously VERY talented.
3. I agree with you on Lent.
Just had to let you know someone is 'listening'.

kellyjean said...

Thank you so much for visiting, Belinda! And thank you even more for the 1. sweet words of congratulations for Wynne (I am STILL pinching myself!) 2. sweet words of compliment... although I long to be more insightful so as to understand and comfort others more than I feel I am able right now... thank you still and 3. for "listening."

You're awesome!!!