What Does Addiction Look Like???????????????

What color is addiction?
What economic class is addiction?
What sex is addiction?
Who is an addict?
Who can identify an addict?
Who can stop an addict?
If you look at this picture of this “happy” family you may never suspect that one of the people in the picture has struggled a long term addiction. You name it and they have shot it in their vain.
You may never know which one has struggled for over 20 years with a terrible drug addiction.
You may never know which ones in the picture have struggled with that person who has had a horrifying drug addiction. 
The choice is one out of three. 
Which one is the one? 
The woman in the middle? The man on the left? The man on the right?
They all look like fine upstanding citizens. They do not look like your common thief. 
They do not look like someone who would lie about anything to get their next fix. 
They do not look like some one who would stick a needle with a syringe full of cocaine in their arm, ankle, or wherever. 
Truth is, drug addiction comes in all colors.
Truth is, drug addiction comes in all sexes.
Truth is, drug addiction comes in all economic classes.
I was once told, “You cannot always tell who is an addict.”
Who can stop an addict from being an addict?
That is a very good question.
Can you?
Can I?
I am finding that I cannot stop the addict in the picture. So, there is a clue. I am not the addict. That leaves two in the picture who may or may not be an addict.
Who can stop an addict?
I hate the word addict. How can a person be described as “he is an addict”. What, how can that be? How can you say, “He is an addict.” He is a man. He is (insert name).  So how can you refer to him as addict as if that is all there is to him? 

Santa’s On His Way!!!

I haven’t blogged much lately. But I have been busy. 
I have been working hard with my etsy shop.
I just wanted to post a few of the things I have added to my shop lately.

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        As usual I am selling a lot of Happy 1st “Paper” Anniversary embroidered toilet paper. Also, I have a listing for a personalized Happy 1st “Paper” Anniversary.
I have added a lot of new things to my etsy shop. So, stop by for a unique Christmas Gift.
Blessings for the Holiday Season
Be sure to take care of your Spiritual Health during the Holidays as well as everyday.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for those who are called according to His Purpose. 
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My Attitude Has Stunk Lately!!!!

I have to remind my self of Philippians 4:7 often.
My attitude has really stunk lately.  I cannot feel the peace that passes all understanding when my attitude stinks . All I feel is a lot of unrest.
 Some words really spoke to my heart as I was reading scriptures today.
Matthew 22:37
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.
Colossians 3:1-3,5 
(Speaking to those who have been baptized into Christ)
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set you mind on the things above, not on things that are on earth.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
v 5 So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth…
Romans 12:2-3
Do not be conformed to this present world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself that you ought to think; but to think with sober discernment as God has given to each a measure of faith.
Why has my attitude stunk lately?
Selfishness
Self-centered ambition
Thinking more highly of my self than I ought.
Not loving God more than myself.
Not loving God with all my heart, soul and mind.
Not seeking the things above where Christ is seated with God.
Not setting my mind above but setting it on the things of this earth.
Being conformed to this world. 
Not renewing my mind with the Word of God.
What do I need to do about this stinking attitude?
Love the Lord God with all my heart, mind and soul.
Seek thing above.
Stop being selfish.
Stop being self centered.
Think more highly of others.
Love God more than myself.
Do not be conformed to this world.
Set my mind on things above and stay in the Word and Prayer.
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What I Have Been Up to in the Month of January 2013

The first three weeks of January I was sick for two weeks and my husband was sick for a week.
Now it is the first week of February and my husband is sick again. Ugh!!!!
The most important thing I did was an online Bible Study. The bible study was Soul Detox and it is http://www.youversion.com
In the mean time I have been listing some Vintage things to sell.
 I was having serious withdrawals from sewing so 
I cleaned up my sewing room and 
started my machine to humming for two days.
 Then I remembered that I was going through all the 
Vintage things I have in my house and 
deciding that it is time to move them on out.
So, now you know what I have been up to in January 2013.

The Cure for Anxiety

This baby does not worry about who will feed her, clothe her, carry her on their back, put her to sleep, love her, comfort her, etc.
Just as the mother in this picture meets the babies ever need, God meets our every need. 
The mother feeds the baby when it is time.   
God feeds us His Holy word if we will just partake by reading His Word.
Sometimes we choke on the food of His Word because we are not willing to digest it. 
Sometimes it opens our heart so wide it hurts. 
Sometimes we reject what it says. 
Sometimes we take what it says and let it nurture us so we grow.
The mother puts clothes on the baby just as God provides clothing for us when we are baptized into Christ.  
God provides for our every need. 
We may not realize that He does because it may not be what we think we need at the time. 
God may not give us everything we think we need. 
He may say “No” or He may say “not now”, or He may say “just wait”, or He may say nothing at all.

Matthew 6:33-34

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Mark 10:29-52
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.31 But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”
Luke 12:22-31
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
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My Heart is so Full of Africa I can Hardly See Home!!!

This reminds me of Act 8:36-38 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 

We just returned from Zambia after three weeks.
Before we go people say, “What are you going to do when you go to Zambia?”
I just say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When I return home, people say, “What did you do while you were in Zambia?”
How is it possible to answer that so they can truly understand?
How can I tell them how happy it makes my soul when I first see the Zambian people I have known for seven years? 
They always have a huge smile on their face, a hardy hand shake and a tight hug that is fit only for family.
They say, “THANK YOU FOR COMING, I JUST THANK YOU FOR COMING.”
How can they understand how my heart feels when I first hear the Zambian accents, when they sing praises to God in Chichewa, and when they call my name?
There is never enough time to spend with them. There are always so many people to see, so many villages to visit and so much teaching to be done.
I took over 2000 pictures and I wish I could post everyone of them so you could see what I see, feel what I feel, smell what I smell, hear what I hear, touch what I touch and taste what I taste. I wish you could feel what my heart feels, what my soul feels.
I think I take so many pictures because I do not want to forget one minute of my time in Zambia.
I do not want to forget one face, one baby, one child, one woman, one man, one soul.
The souls are why I go. 
The souls are why I return.
The souls are why my heart is so full of Zambia I can hardly see home, even though home is where I am now.
When people ask me what I am going to do when I go to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wants me to do.”
When people ask me what I did when I went to Zambia I will always say, “Whatever God wanted me to do.”
There are some things that are hard to explain.
When I go to Zambia, I go to do what Matthew 28:18-20 says.

Matthew 28:18-20

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We had three baptisms while we were there. Not all because of us. Some were because of the work that had been done before we got there. However, praise God that we witnessed three souls being saved while we were there.
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Will We Know One Another in Heaven?

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

I sometimes wonder if we will know one another in heaven.
This is a very touching song by Eric Claptons Song 
Tears in Heaven
Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven
Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven



While the Bible does not directly ask this question, the human heart does. David Padfield Adorning The Word, Volune 6
I know that I have been able to move through the grief process by believing that I will some day see my Mother in heaven. 
There are many other family members that I hope and pray I will see there too.
Recently I was with my lovely niece whom I love dearly. 
We were sitting in a Deli having a long awaited and highly blessed visit. 
I heard a soft voice say “Mrs Holmes?” With a definite question mark on the end.
I was so deep in the moment with my lovely niece that the sound of my name shocked me back to the surroundings of the Deli.
I looked in the direction of the sound, to see a young man with glasses looking at me, as if to say with his eyes are you really Mrs Holmes?
I looked at him intently and he looked at me intently. 
He said, “You are Mrs Holmes?” Again with that question mark at the end.
I said yes I am as I studied that face trying to decide how he knew my name. 
I  knew that I must know him but it was just putting all the pieces together to recall a name.
Having taught pre-school for twenty years, having 20 children each year, added up to 400 little ones that touched my life. 
When one teaches children that young they rarely remember you, even after a year.
I scanned my brain to see if I could put a name with that face. 
I did vaguely remember some of the features. 
The glasses where a huge clue.
Then the eyes beyond the glasses really stood out. 
The body was the part that did not fit the picture. 
It was like one of those computer generated pictures they do of children who have been missing a long time to show what they would look like grown.
In a matter of seconds from the time my eyes first met his, just as I was about to say his name, he said I am “****** *******”.
I said, Yes, yes,******** I remember you but you have grown up so much. 
The last time I saw  him he was 4 or 5 years old. 
I said, “What are you up to these days?” 
He said, “I just graduated for high school and I am going in to the Air Force in a couple of weeks.” 
So it has been thirteen years since I saw him.
No matter how long it has been since we saw our loved ones who have passed on, I believe that when(and if) we see them in heaven we will know them and they will know us.

However, it is not what I believe but what the scriptures say.
Matthew 25: 31 NASB
But the Son of May comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
V. 32
All nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separated the sheep from the goats;
and 
V.33
He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
V. 34
Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
V. 41
Then He will also say to those on His left, Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
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Graduation Gifts-Mini Composition Notebook-Key Chain and Chap Stick Holder.

This post is full of photos. 
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Please enjoy.
We have a sweet friend who graduated at the end of May.
She is going to A & M University. 
I wanted to make her something special for her new adventure.
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It has the Mini Composition Notebook, a Personalized Key Chain/Fob and 
a Monogrammed Chap Stick Holder.
I really liked the black and white giraffe material.
I made these two sets for a couple of girls at church who graduated.
I wanted to make them a little different so I used turquoise thread
on one and hot pink thread on the other.  
These Mini Notebooks are handy to keep in your purse
or Bible. I love taking notes at Church.
Never lose you keys again with these handy Key Chain/Fob.
I did not have black giraffe ribbon so I used the same 
black giraffe material  as the Mini Notebook Cover and 
the Chap Stick Holder.
I had never done that before but it was fairly easy.
I cut a 10″ strip of fabric 1 1/2″ wide.
I needed it to be 7/8″ wide finished.
I folded the edges under and pressed real well until it measured 7/8″.
It was very easy and they turned out so nice.
I plan to use more fabric instead of the ribbon on key chains.
These peanut shaped Chap Stick Holders are really nice to 
have to keep up with your chap stick or USB
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Open Our Eyes that We May See God

Originally posted on 6-8-2010 and re-posted 3-23-2012
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2 Kings 6:16-17
Open our eyes Lord that we may see the armies of horses and chariots of fire all around us, just as they were all around Elisha.
Open our eyes to satan so that we may see his tricks.
Satan puts blinders on us in many different forms.
He blinds us with too much to do in the name of work, rest, relaxation and recreation.  
We neglect You.
He blinds us with problems with our children, families and friends.
We fail to see Your might and power.
We fail to praise and honor You.
He blinds us with health issues and steals our energy so we run out steam.
We do not think we can service You.
He blinds us to put him first on our list. 
Then all of the things of the world will be ours …….
We put You last on our list, or not at all.
Open our eyes Oh Lord,  that we may see that You will defeat satan if we only stand firm and pray as Elisha did.
Open our eyes Lord that we may see the armies of horses and chariots of fire all around us…
Ephesians 6: 12-13
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,  against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Have a Blessed Day.
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All Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.