Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Life In Full Bloom April 2016 Blog Train!!

Whew, this month just flew by!! So many things going on! We had my oldest daughter's birthday, then my hubby surprised me with a trip to Florida, just the two of us!!! We spent a lot of time hanging out, laughing (Eric is such a ham), studying God's word, just meditating on God together, praying at the beach (it was sooooo nice and peaceful and quiet, and surprisingly COLD) and then we watched "Risen" at the theater!! We came home renewed, refreshed, and encouraged!! Its amazing what a couple of days away can do, ha ha:) Then we prepared for Easter! My kids knew it was in the air when we bought lots of eggs, Easter grass, the cutest bunnies, table decorations, etc....I really wanted a super cute table, on a super cheap budget, ha ha. I ended up using some old things I had, with just two new bunnies I found at Big Lots! My daughter loved them because she is a huge Beatrix Potter fan and they sort of had that look. Then I made a traditional white coconut cake for the center, and it was complete!

We had the best Easter! Easter Egg hunts, lots of friends (which we consider family), great food, great fellowship, just the best time!! Then, the next day all decorations came down, and my sweet hubby cleaned everything (he can not sit down for a second) while I finished the brunt of this sweet new Pixel Scrapper April 2016 Blog Train kit- Life In Full Bloom! I had already had a few items photo'd and extracted, ideas rolling around in my head, but still need to finish and polish it up!! I really had the best time with these BEAUTIFUL colors!! I didn't get as much done as I had originally planned, but I think it still turned out cute! I LOVE the theme as well! Life surely is in full bloom here, with all the flowers popping up, the trees growing their leaves out finally!! It is starting to look so beautiful and rich and green around here with splashes of color here and there!! AND starting to really warm up!! Yay, come on SPRING!! Well, here is my part of this beautiful blog train:

I hope you enjoy it and can use it!! AND don't forget to run back to Pixel Scrapper April 2016 Blog Train- Life In Full Bloom to grab all the rest of this train!! It is mindblowingly beautiful! Oh how I am amazed at all the beautiful artwork that sprung up all over this blog train! All those super talented designers! Don't forget to leave them some love!!

I really love the idea of "Life In Full Bloom"! As a christian, I can't help but think about how we bloom as we grow with Christ! It starts out as a seed, planted in our heart! Then, the more time we spend with our heavenly Father, reading His Word (truth), and praying and worshiping Him, we are nourished, and start growing spiritually! Our passions in life become His passions in life! Our hope lies only in Him and all His promises! We start loving Him more than our life here on Earth! It is a beautiful picture of a flower blooming to its full potential, for His purpose, to maturity in Christ! Our fragrance becomes our worship to Him and how we live our life for Him! We, as Christians, must bloom where God has planted us. Wherever we are in life, whatever we have to offer, we must do all for His glory, however small what we have to offer may seem to be!! After all, He is the one that gave us any good thing we have to offer, our talents, our desires, our abilities!! We must be humble enough to know that even the very calling to Him was because He loved us first, and called us to Him himself, even that we can not boast in!! Thank you Jesus for saving us from ourselves, given us a higher calling in life, May we bloom beautifully for you, giving you all the glory wherever you have planted us in life!!! And May God bless each and everyone of you and your precious families!! Lots of  love!!!!!!!

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  
                                                                   2 Corinthians2:14  NKJV
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
                                                                   1 Corinthians 7:24  NKJV
 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God              
                                                           Psalm 92:13  NKJV