Showing posts from November, 2018

My First Bible Journaling Page

I have been art journaling for several years now and I often journal about my faith, as well as Scripture.  I have recently decided that I wanted to try my hand at Bible Journaling. The two art mediums are similar. So I bought a Journaling Bible that has wide margins for taking notes and/or drawing in.  I began by looking at websites, YouTube videos, and photos on the internet. I already had a good number of tools as Art Journaling and Bible Journaling use virtually the same tools and supplies.  As I was looking at ideas, I realized that I really only wanted to journal in the margin.  I personally don't feel comfortable covering the Word of God in art, no matter how pretty.  I've seen some really beautiful pages that do so, but it wasn't a comfortable thing for me.

The first thing I did was to draw a blank rectangle template that was the size of the wide margin in my Journaling Bible. This would allow me to play with my design first and make sure it would fit in the margi…

Creating Backgrounds with Spray Inks

I absolutely LOVE these spray inks. You can create so many really cool backgrounds with them and the colors blend so beautifully. They are perfect for art journaling and I may even try using them in my Bible Journal. We shall see :)

Susan Lee Rose

Dirty Pour Painting With Kids

I love trying new things and had been hearing about Dirty Pour Painting for a while. I figured it was finally about time for me to try it and my son Drew wanted to do it too. So, what better time to spend with your kiddo than doing art!

Susan Lee Rose

The Danger of Gossip

There are only a few things more dangerous to a friendship, family, or church than gossip. It can tear apart relationships and build mistrust. There are many scripture verses that deal with gossip in all it’s forms. Today, I want to take a closer look at what gossip is and why it is so damaging.

First, let’s take a look at the word “Gossip”, as defined by the Webster 1828 dictionary:

Gossip – One who runs from house to house, tattling and telling news; an idle tattler. [This is the sense in which the word is now used.] Mere tattle; idle talk

So a gossip is a person who spreads tales from house to house. In today’s world, that would also include blogs, Facebook, websites, etc. A gossip likes to talk and I’m as guilty of it as the next person. It’s too easy to forget that there is a person behind the story. It’s hard to avoid gossip. It’s constantly on TV (even the evening news!) and staring at you from the cover of magazines at the grocery checkout. It’s everywhere. It’s so easy to t…

Dr. Pepper Ice Cream

It’s July here in Texas, which means it’s HOT. Not just a little hot, but so hot that you would think the Devil moved in for a spell. So, to cool things off, we eat a lot of ice cream. As true Texans, Blue Bell is always a favorite, but if I really want to make my family happy, I break out the ice cream maker and make homemade ice cream. Usually we just make Vanilla or Hot Chocolate ice cream, but when I really want to make something special for my family, I make either Dr. Pepper Ice Cream or Big Red Ice Cream. If you’ve ever lived in Texas, then you know that Dr. Pepper is a staple around here and Dr. Pepper Ice Cream is like having a Frosted Pep, only in Ice Cream form. Frosted Peps always put me in mind of my Nanny. She was a huge fan of Coca-Cola and she would always take us to Dairy Queen to get Frosted Cokes (they now call them Coke Freezes). I often would order a Frosted Pep, because I preferred Dr. Pepper over Coke. If you prefer Coke, you could easily substitute Coke for Dr…

Do You Offend With Love

I’ve always tried to be transparent and honest in my blog posts. This blog is simply an extension of my real life. I don’t always get it right, but none of us ever do. My life if not perfect, *I* am not perfect. I’ve never claimed to be perfect and I always try to admit when I’ve made mistakes. I’m not afraid to be imperfect, because I know that the Lord isn’t finished working on me yet…I’m human.

I know what I believe and who I am. I believe that as Christians, we have to respect those who believe differently than we do. We provide a MUCH better Christian witness when we just LIVE our lives as Christ wants us to, rather than trying to shove our beliefs down people’s throats. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stand up for our beliefs or share our beliefs, but you can do that in a loving and kind manner. That’s what I think Christ wants for us to do. For example, there is a person I know who is gay. While I do believe that homosexuality is a sin and I have even told them in a loving way …

Beauty in Ashes - My Testimony

I realized the other day that in all the years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never really given my testimony. So I thought It was about time I did so. It’s my story and I am proud of what the Lord has done in my life and how far He has brought me. This will probably be long, so please bear with me.

When I was ten years old, we were having a revival at our church. Lots of kids were going down and being saved. My brother, who was probably 8 at the time, went down and was saved. I remember my parents being so happy and they made a big deal over it (rightly so!). I also remember being a bit jealous and wanting some of that attention myself. So, the next night I went down as well. Looking back, I honestly don’t think I really understood what I was doing. While I went down and confessed Christ and was baptized I did not fully grasp what I was doing. I did it for the wrong reasons.

Many years past, and while I lived as a Christian, I don’t think that I had actually been saved. I tried hard …

Year of Joy: John 15:10-11

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. –John 15:10-11

I admit it, I find it hard to be obedient to God at times, especially when it’s something I really had my heart set on. What I tend to forget is that when I go my own way, it often leads to trouble and heartache. One example is my first marriage. Marty and I met and married rather young; I was twenty-one and he was twenty-three. When we became engaged, I felt the Lord pointing me away from it. But I was in love and I thought I knew better; so I pushed those feelings to the back and tried my best to ignore them. Even when people from my church started pointing out things, I hid my head in the sand and wished them to go away. Instead of choosing obedience, I chose to go my own way. I chose to be unequally yoked.

Marty and I were married for twenty-…

Bacon & Brat Soup

The weather is turning chilly, so it's time to start making soup! This is one of my family's new favorites! It's warm and Hardy, sure to fill up the family's rumbly bellies! Plus it's cooked in a Crock-Pot so it's super easy for a busy day!

Bacon & Brat Soup 

14-16 oz. Brats, but into 1/2 in. Pieces
1/2 lb. Bacon, cut into 1/4 in. Pieces
3 large potatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
 8 cups chicken stock
8 tsp. Chicken broth base (or 8 chicken bouillon cubes)
2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
1/8 tsp. Chipotle
1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Onion powder
1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes

 Fry the bacon until it's about half cooked. Drain well. Add all ingredients into a Crock-Pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Susan Lee Rose

Unfathomable Love in the Midst of Grief

I will never forget the sunny day in May of 2006 when my faith was shaken to the core. I was five months along in my fourth pregnancy and on my way to one of the many pre-natal doctor visits that every pregnant woman must go to. This one was a bit different, as it was my first ultrasound appointment. I was finally going to get to see my baby and find out if we were going to be having a boy or a girl. As I drove to the appointment, my head was filled with planning for the baby and whether or not I would finally get to dress a baby in pink instead of blue. I am always amazed at how quickly life can change, and my life certainly came to a sudden and drastic change that afternoon. Yet, in the midst of the turmoil, my faith in God was strengthened.

The appointment proceeded as they normally would. The ultrasound technician squeezed the cold gel on my abdomen that would allow them to see my baby. As uncomfortable as it was, it didn’t dampen my excitement to finally see my child. The techni…

A Year of Joy: Proverbs 17:22

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. –Proverbs 17:22

 There have been many times in my life when I have felt broken down in spirit. My life has not always been easy or comfortable. But even in those times, I have always felt the Lord’s presence. He has carried me through too much for me not to put my trust in him. In 2003, I lost my son Daniel. He had Potter’s Syndrome and was stillborn. We found out that he had Potter’s when I was about 5 months along and we were given the choice to terminate or to carry to term. I chose to carry Daniel to term, knowing that his disease was incompatible with life outside of the womb. Those days and weeks leading up to his birth were hard because I could feel him moving inside me—he was so alive and safe in my womb.

 After his death, my heart felt like it would break. My sadness affected me much more deeply than I could have imagined. It was a sadness that went to the soul. While in this sort of sadness, i…

No Mess S'mores

Recently, we had a huge family gathering at out house. Fourteen people total, seven of which were kids. We were having a simple meal of hamburgers and hot dogs and I wanted to have a simple dessert. We have a fire pit at the house and we considered lighting it up and having the kids make s’mores. We were worried about the kids getting burnt, it was a hot day, and let’s face it fires are much more fun at night anyway. So, I started thinking about a fun way to make s’mores that did not require lighting a fire or making them in the stove or microwave.

 Several years ago, I had made Valentine snacks for a party using the giant marshmallows covered in chocolate and rolled in red and pink sprinkles. It then occurred to me that I could do the same thing this time around, but instead of rolling them in sprinkles, I could roll them in graham cracker crumbs. Voila, I had just created a fun and mess free s’more. I made them from the party and they were a big hit. They were very easy to make and…

Parents Set the Example

Christian parenting is not an easy task in today’s world. Our children are exposed to ungodly influences everyday. Moral values must be taught in the home, or our children will learn them from their peers. Many of our children’s peers have secular values that have little to nothing in common with the moral values taught in the Bible. What we do, or don’t do in our homes reflects in the morals of our children. Therefore, we need to first take care of the wrong attitudes within us, so we may be good examples for our children. We need to make sure that we are living according to the morals we wish to teach them.

Having a faithful prayer life is one way we can set a good example for our children. We should communicate with the Lord daily through prayer and we should let our children see us doing it. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (The Holy Bible: King James Version, Jas.…

A Year of Joy – James 1:2-3

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. –James 1:2-3

 It’s not always easy to consider our trials as joyful occurrences. It’s actually flat-out hard! When I first lost my husband, I couldn’t find much to be joyful about. Joy was certainly missing in my life at that time. But Scripture tells us that we should be joyful in our trials because they produce endurance (also known as patience).

 The greatest joys often come through adversity. These trials strengthen us. They teach us endurance and patience. They refine us. Gold is refined through extreme heat. Faith is refined through trials and adversity.

 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. –Matthew 5:12

Our trials are many and are different for each of us. Satan likes to use our trials and adversities to try and deter us from fully trusting God. So, we have to p…

A Year of Joy - Nehemiah 8:10

Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. –Nehemiah 8:10

As a widow, I was often worried. Worried about my future and the future of my children. Time and time again in Scripture, the Lord tells us not to worry. But, at times I just couldn’t keep from it! Sometimes my fear and worry chased away my joy and kept me from rejoicing in the things He has given me. Worry and fear make us spiritually weak and keeps us from serving the Lord with our whole being. It robs us of joy.

So, how can we rediscover that joy? Our joy, as Christians, can be found in our confidence that the Lord protects us. Our joy is in the protection that He gives us. When we are fearful, we do not have full confidence in the Lord. Joy comes from the Lord and when we fully and confidently trust him, He strengthens us–both mentally and physically. When we fully rely on Him, He provides us with a stronghold against the enemy.

Rejoicing in the Lord–serving and trusting fully in Him with cheerfulness and…

The Secret to Joy

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. –I Corinthians 13:13

I will ever forget my Grandmother’s twinkling blue eyes. They always held so much love and joy, even in the midst of sorrow. She was born, Charley Belle Rogers, but we all called her Nanny. She was the only child, and the pride and joy of her parents, John and Mary. She lived an idyllic life as a child of the Great Depression. She was blessed to have parents that made a comfortable living which allowed her the comforts that so many people went without during that time. However, her parents raised her with an awareness of those in need. They taught her to share her comforts with those who could not afford them. They taught her to love the humble and poor in spirit, leaving her a lasting legacy of love for those around her.

She met my Grandfather, Miles Stanley, in high school and he was her one and only love. They eloped on New Years Eve of 1934, shortly after her eighteenth birthday…