LOVE IS …

Love IS

Love is… a lot of things! Jesus loved us perfectly even while we were still sinners He died for our sins so we could have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and be with Him in eternity. For us mere mortals where we are not perfected yet, love can be tricky. Love is not about getting everything perfect or being perfect or expecting others to be perfect! Love the ones your with! And if they are, or if you are… ever unlovely, give or ask for forgiveness and move on. Life is too short to hold onto un-forgiveness or bitterness.

I have been crazy busy with another international move and our family has become extremely close. I think giving each other grace for our unlovely moments helps. There has been a lot to do and there still is a lot to do but God has really held us close as we transitioned into new communities and ministries. I am learning to understand that God hasn’t called me to watch life pass by in a safe and easy way being able to live in one place. He has called our family to participate and live life to the full in Him. Often we have to move to where ever He leads us in the world. God calls each one of us differently and some He calls to live in one place all their lives and be of great value and service to their community. (I hope one day He will call us to live in one place!) For our family for the time being we have been asked to move around the world. I don’t find change easy I find it stressful and my autoimmune diseases flare up and I have all that drama to deal with. I guess when you move there are a lot of challenges but there is also joy. There is the delight of seeing how God stretches our faith to solely rely on Him. It is exciting and fun getting to know new people. There are a million other things to be grateful for. Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly write something since I have been M.I.A. for so long. I will pop by Living in Grace now and again. To all those who have written beautiful notes to me I want to say how thankful I am that you would be so kind as to think of me and my family. I will reply to you all individually (now that we have the internet up and running). Hope you are having a great day where ever you may be in the world! ~ Sarah

DIY – Easy Vintage Coffee Table Suitcase Project

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What a lovely idea from the clever Ruche blog! if you click the source button you can go directly to their tutorial which is full of lots of explanations and fab pictures.
~ Sarah

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DIY – Vintage Spools for Photo’s

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So cute from StudioCalico. Please go there for the tutorial.

Studio Calico. The top photo’s are from Pinterest. I couldn’t find the source. I did try. I searched and searched and then gave up. So if you know the source please let me know. Thanks!
Enjoy. ~ Sarah xxx

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Jesus is My Umbrella

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Jesus is my umbrella of love, grace, mercy, refuge, compassion, joy, protection, peace, strength, happiness and blessing. Jesus can stop the rain but there are times when He doesn’t, He does keep me from getting drenched. And He allows me to learn, smile and dance in yellow gumboots in the rain! Blessings ~ Sarah xxx

Mumford and Son’s

Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait – Grammys 2013 by IdolxMuzic

Who doesn’t love a Little Mumford and Sons now and again? Their music reminds me of a day out with friends along the Ohio river in an old river boat listening to the best Bluegrass music you could ever want to hear. I love music with real words, full of soul.

The more you get to know Jesus the more you know you have to wait on Him, wait for Him to move, to come to know His heart and grace. Sometimes it is having patience and waiting for a prodigal loved one to return. Or perhaps just missing a beloved while they are away for a short time. Sometimes life can be about waiting and enduring these earthly trials and in the end know how each trial was a blessing in disguise. The good and awesome is just that little more sweeter when you have tasted a little hardship and little bitter along the way. Hope you get a kick out of Mumford and Sons as much as I do. Their beautiful words are just waiting to be read.
~ Sarah

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And I came home
Like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of darkness
Which we’ve known
Will blow away with this new sun

And I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
And I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step
And relent
You forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way
Shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

Not A Fan

Hi Everyone,

Hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and 2013 has found you happy and well!?!! I will be taking a brake from 1Pastorswife for a little while. I’m trying to wrap up some writing. I’m getting there but need a little more concentrated time. I just wanted to share this movie with you called “Not a Fan” it is available free to watch on YouTube for the month of January. After that you can pop on over to the Not a Fan website to get the movie. I loved the movie I hope you all do to.
Blessings ~ Sarah

Visit www.notafan.com to learn more about the Not a Fan movie.

The Not a Fan Movie, “A Follower’s Story” is an adaptation of the original 6-episode DVD series to a full-length feature film. The movie includes scenes from the original study, as well as teaching by Kyle Idleman.

Follow the journey of Eric Nelson, a man leading a compartmentalized triple life as a pleasure-seeking rebel, a cutthroat corporate executive, and a nominal Christian. But when confronted with a near death experience, Eric embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his commitment to Jesus Christ and tests the faith of his friends and family.

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DIY – Stenciled Table Runner

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Gorgeousness from Pretty Handy Girl. Click the source button to go to her full tutorial! In Australia and in New Zealand often our painters drop cloths are made from canvas. Canvas would also make a fab table runner!!!
~ Sarah xxx

Great DIY – Totes

Don’t you just love this idea? These totes are from Torba You could use the same idea for monogramming pillow cases, cushions and various art work. I haven’t made them yet… but these totes look cute, and fun which is always a great combination for any DIY project.

Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

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Easter Egg Garland – DIY

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This is a reblog from the cute and talented Alissa.You can go to her blog for the full tutorial by clicking on her name or the

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Enjoy ~ Sarah

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I made some Easter eggs today out of string, and turned some of them into a garland.

Make a stiffener mixture. I used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with a half cup of flour, and blended it in a blender. You could double or triple this recipe if you’d like. I did.

Next I got some string, I used embroidery floss. You could also use pearl cotton thread or crochet thread.

Apparently the embroidery floss section of the store is a dangerous place, I grabbed a bunch and couldn’t stop myself.

Then you stick your string in a bowl of starch goo, but don’t just plop it in there like I first did. Your string WILL get into a knot… and it’s not fun to try and un-snarl gooey string. So don’t do it. Instead coil your string into the mixture and gently press it into the goo, I didn’t get one knot doing it this way.

For a little egg, blow up a water balloon and wrap the gooey string around the balloon. Make sure you wipe off the excess goo and let it fall back into the bowl, it doesn’t need to be drippy.
One skein of embroidery floss was just enough for one water balloon sized egg.

It’ll take several hours for it to dry. Once it dries, pop the balloon. You might have crusty stuff in-between the string, I scraped that out with a straight pin.

I think it’s important to mention that you need to fill the water balloons up with air and not water. Your eggs will be ruined if you pop a water balloon filled with water.

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