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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Open Stamp Night - TONIGHT

So I've been feeling a little heavy hearted lately
(lots of reasons... some just aren't for chatting)
and it's been REALLY challenging for me to
(regardless of whatever "it" might be.)
Ever feel that way?
Ya, I know you do... or at least have.

-It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog.
-I have lots of happy mail to get to the post.
-My house is super dusty.
-My studio... OI! Don't even look in my studio!

For some folks, the weather has much to do
with their mood which is why I love love love
this adorable little chick tag
we will be stampin' up at TONIGHT's

STAMP CLUB gathering

This adorable little tag just shouts
and makes me feel all sunshine-y inside
(even though it is literally snowing outside right now!)

Did you miss the chance to RSVP?
No worries!
You are still more than welcome to attend.

Open Stamp Night (OSN) is just $5!
You make a FREE Make&Take project
AND you enjoy four hours of doing
whatever you want to do!!!
OM, that sounds fun -right?!
Have access to all of my stamp sets,
tools, gadgets, templates, samples!
And bring a friend... because we all know stamping
is way more fun with friends!!!

Stamp Club is for EVERYONE!
And the best part is STAMP CLUB IS FREE!!!
You do not have to be a member to attend.
Simply place a minimum $15 order
while attending Stamp Club
and the FREE Make&Take is yours to...
well, make... and take!

Tonight's STAMP CLUB project is
the adorable little CHICK TAG seen here
AND a bottle of jelly beans!
How cute is that?!
(NOTE: The cute little bottle just might
end up being a cute little silver pail
since I was unable to snatch up
enough of the bottles.)

RSVP is always required for my events
as this gives me an idea of how many
class kits to prep... however,
you are more than welcome to come
and take advantage of
as our free make&takes for this event
are always plenty on hand.
So if you missed the chance to RSVP,
just come and enjoy anyway!


On a more personal note...
I think another reason I am feeling so sluggish lately is that I have a million and one things "changing" in my life right now. My marriage is shifting to a new place (not a bad one... not necessarily a good one but just one that is bound to happen after 25 years of marriage), my business is taking a different route than it use to, I feel God asking me to lead a Bible study but leaders already within the study are telling me otherwise, and my daughter is about to graduate from high school and embark on college quite a distance away. Whoa! That is a ton of change! Other little things are happening as well but the biggies are listed.

I feel really bad for people who suffer depression when change hits their lives. (psst... if that might be you, please know I am hugging you at this very moment through the cyber space between us!) I tend to feel sad from time to time about the changes in my life but I wouldn't consider my sadness to be "depression." To be honest, perhaps depression is a bit like "beauty..." it's in the eye of the beholder... possibly a "mind over matter" thing to some degree. (Yes, to some degree... as I know many deal with a chemical imbalance of the body which accounts for many depressions. THAT kind of depression is a whole other topic. Please know I love you deeply, dear one, if this is a depression seeming to rule your days.)

I still feel JOYFUL even though the changes taking place in my life have me a bit heavy hearted. I know exactly where my joy IS... where it COMES FROM... and where it can SAFELY BE PLACED.

I can't explain it but I sure wish everyone could experience it as I do! Therefore, I wish I could explain it better. Did you know we are actually commanded to "not be sad?!" That is almost bizarre to think that it is something we are told NOT to DO... wait... did you see that?! Did you catch that?! Listen to this verse...

God gives us all kinds of emotions... ALL kinds... happy, sad, angry, joyful. He created us in a way that He WANTS us to experience each and every one of them... right down to feeling depressed... or so mad we could just SPIT! What He instructs us NOT... is to BE the negative... or the positive if it is not the right time for it (read Ecclesiastes 3 to better understand). Therefore, I can FEEL sad... but to BE sad... especially if it means for too long a period of time... is simply unhealthy. And THAT is from what God wants to protect us.

I know there is a reason for this season... even though I wish I had a dear friend (or mother or sister) with whom I could chat about my sadness (and not have them feel "sorry" for me... thus taking on the mistake of giving me all kinds of worldly or self-righteous advice.) We find in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

So the reason for this season?

Although I can't explain my JOY in spite of my sadness, dear friend (who has been sweet enough to put up with my ramblings thus far... hugs for reading all of this, wink) dear friend, know that I understand I may be going through what I am going through so as to lift YOU... even if it is a cyber lift. It would be my honor to pray for you should you feel like you have no one to turn to and could use an unbiased "friend." Please feel free to leave a comment as all of my comments are set to wait my approval before posting. I will not post your comment should you ask me not to do so. OR feel free to contact me privately... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting today. And thanks for making it this far!
Be blessed... through the changes and otherwise,

PS... Getting together with others for whatever reason is SO important in finding your JOY within the sadness! This is one reason why I am REALLY looking forward to tonight's OSN!!! I love seeing these ladies and listening to their laughter! Here's wishing you something FUN TO DO today!

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