Friday, September 23, 2016

Let's be More like Matthias

Who is Matthias? 

I didn't know about hime either until a couple of weeks ago but I really like this guy. He is written about in the books of Acts. 

Let me give you some background information: 

Matthias comes into the picture because Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, had committed suicide. Jesus at this point was in heaven and the disciples were looking to fill Judas' spot. The Bible says they searched for someone who had been with them from the time Jesus was baptized by John until the day He went to heaven. 

Did you ever think that it wasn't just Jesus and the 12 disciples? It was a team of people. Helpers. The unnoticed ones. But seriously, who do you think cooked for all 13 men? It couldn't have been the disciples because they always seemed to have some type of something / drama going on. It had to be this team of people that went along side Jesus and the disciples.  

You know who was on that team of people who went around where Jesus went? 

Matthias. He was there. 

You don't read in the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John what a faithful accompaniment he was. You don't read that he served. You don't read that he left whatever life he had to follow Jesus. 

But you know what? God saw. 

Acts 2:24, 26 says, "And they prayed, and said, Thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen....and the lot fell upon Matthias." 

God saw Matthias. More importantly than Matthias, God saw his heart. He saw His faithfulness and God honored that. He became an apostle. 

And that spoke to my heart. I can fill my life with so many things and can seek the approval of so many people but the one thing that matters most is that I'm faithful to God because He sees.

So at the end of the day I want to encourage both me and you to be faithful to God. It doesn't matter if men see. It doesn't matter if you are honored like you think you should. Just be faithful to serving Christ and God will reward you in due time. 

Happy Friday, friends! What are your weekend plans? Had you ever heard about Matthias before?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Affordable, Fast and Easy DIY Fall Sunflower Wreath Tutorial

Raise your hand if you love pretty fall wreaths? 

Now, raise your hand if you love the prices of those pretty fall wreaths? Yeah, me neither. 

I've been looking for a fall wreath to hang on our front door for a while but every time I found one the price was way more than what I wanted to pay for. I spotted a few that I really liked and decided that I could make one similar for much cheaper. And I did. And I love it! 

And now I'm here to share how I made this so you can make one too. The total cost for this wreath was $18.57 (excluding tax) and took me around 10 minutes to make. 

I was looking for a wooden wreath that was not all brown. I liked ones that had some white in them and Hobby Lobby had the perfect one. They also had tons of fall floral out so I chose two floral pieces and headed home. 

Also, side note: this is not a sponsored post in any way, although I wish it were because that means Hobby Lobby would be sponsoring my blog, and wouldn't that be a dream come true? 

Here is what I purchased as well as the supplies I used: 

*  Twisted wood wreath from Hobby Lobby - $9.59 after using a 40% off coupon 
*  Sunflower from Hobby Lobby - $4.79 
*  Flower bunch from Hobby Lobby - $4.19
*  Hot Glue Gun
*  Something sharp to cut the flower stems with as they have metal in them. 

Here is the wreath and flowers I purchased:

I started by cutting off the long stem from the sunflower and removing the wire entirely.

I poked the remainder of the stem through the wood in the wreath. I don't think it has to have hot glue but this was going on my front door so I wanted to make sure it was secure. 

I then removed flowers from the large stem of flowers and intertwined it into the wreath until it looked right.

And that is it! It was so simple and easy and I think it turned out lovely.

Here it is on my teal door. I think it is a really fun fall edition for this season.

I had a lot of fun putting this together and I was glad that it was fast and turned out really well. I hope it is a help to you and if you decide to make your own wreath please do send me a picture of it!

Do you like wreaths? 

Have you ever made your own? 

Have you ever seen something you really liked but just decided to make it for cheaper? 

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