Smelling Coffee TV – Using What You Have to Make Something Beautiful

SmellingCoffee.com Are you getting Spring Fever? Want to learn easy and inexpensive ways to brighten up your home or spread sunshine to a loved one?

My friend, Stephanie Jordan (owner of Allium Floral Design, in Cleveland, MS) was my guest, and y’all, she is one talented and creative lady!  Stephanie brought all kinds of “plain” containers, and taught us to view them as valuable and showed us how to make beautiful floral arrangements in vessels that we would normally discard.

What Stephanie did with the flowers and containers, God does with us.  When we submit ourselves to God’s Creative, Talented, All-Powerful, All-Wise hands, and let Him have His way, He takes who we are and what we have, and creates something beautiful with our lives! Every. Single. Time.

Let’s celebrate this truth as Stephanie encourages us to use what we have to make something beautiful.  And, if you are near the Cleveland, MS area, you will want to check out Stephanie’s shop.  Visit her webpage for more info.  alliumfloraldesignms.com

SUCH GREAT IDEAS!!! I’m continually inspired every time I watch this episode… and hope you will be, too.

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)


Stephanie Jordan, owner of Allium (Floral Shop) shares creative ways to make and display beauty in ordinary, everyday containers. In the same way, God makes and displays beauty in you and me… even if we feel just plain and ordinary.

God makes everything beautiful in its time. Eccl. 3:11.

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Episode first aired: Nov. 2014.  Smelling Coffee Today TV is a Ministry of First Baptist Church Cleveland, MS (UnderTheSteeple.com) and SmellingCoffee.com.

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Want to get to better know Jesus during this Lenten season?

If so, this might just be the resource for you!  First of all, it’s FREE {we heart free, don’t we?}.  Secondly, it is offered by one of my favorite Bible teachers, Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  And finally, because God has already used the material in this series to draw many hearts toward Jesus.  Interested?

Then check out the current series on ReviveOurHearts.com called The Incomparable Christ, based on the book, The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders.

In February, Nancy began this series and it will continue daily through the week after Easter.  I just started it this week, and the best thing is that I’m really not behind.  Neither are you.  This is how it works:

Author and speaker, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, has a daily M-F radio show. She hosts guest interviews or teaches various Biblical/Topical series. (You can check out past series at this link… it’s a wealth of encouragement and help!) I never seem to catch her on the radio, so while I’m getting ready in the mornings I go to ReviveOurHearts.com and click on the Radio link. Or, I listen to her Revive Our Hearts podcasts on my Podcast App on my phone.  Each program is about 25 minutes long and is a great way to continue fellowshipping with the Lord during your busy day.  (As an extra bonus, if you don’t have the opportunity to listen to the programs, you can read them – because the transcripts of each radio show are on the same webpage as each day’s program.)

The Incomparable Christ Series is going on now, and you can either jump right in the middle of the series, or start at the beginning.  I wanted to share what Nancy has to say about this series and why she is leading us through it:

 

Unfortunately, some of these special days in the Christian calendar that were once observed as holy days have now become holidays. As a result, we strip them of their meaning and their power and what they could mean in our lives.

So I think it helps us to be intentional about turning our thoughts and tuning our hearts to the reality and the meaning of these special days in the Christian calendar, and certainly there is none more special than that period of time that we celebrate as the Passion of Christ: Good Friday, Easter Sunday.

In my devotional time during the Lenten season, I read a classic book by J. Oswald Sanders called The Incomparable Christ. It has 36 short chapters, and I read those throughout this period. Each one of those chapters is on a different aspect of the person and the work of Christ.

This book really ministered to me. It was such a blessing. So I decided that this year I would encourage our listeners to read that book with me, to join me during the Lenten period, during these forty days leading up to Easter in a more concentrated way to focus on Christ.

So during this season we’re going to use Sanders’ book, The Incomparable Christ, as a track. I’m not going to actually read the book to you—you can do that for yourself—but I’m going to use the outline he uses about these different aspects of the life of Christ and follow them throughout these weeks leading up to Easter…

 

To listen to these programs, you’ll find the links below.

The Incomparable Christ Programs in February
The Incomparable Christ Programs in March (so far)

Also, for a PDF of the teaching schedule, click here.

You can download the book here:  The Incomparable Christ, by J. Oswald Sanders  (The e-version is less than $5.)

Nancy writes:

…In order to get the most out of this series, let me recommend a few things for you: First of all, if you don’t have one already, get a copy of Sanders’ book The Incomparable Christ and follow along with us. …

Then if you go to ReviveOurHearts.com, you can see there a schedule of the chapters and the themes that we’ll be covering each day, along with some selected Scriptures on the daily transcript that you can meditate on each day. Even if you’re not reading the book with us, you can follow along with the series.

I just want to encourage you to focus on Christ, to set your attention, your affection on Him. We should be doing that every day of the year, but a special way during this Lenten season to focus on Christ.

How are you focusing on Christ during this Lenten season?  To be totally honest with you – it’s been such a crazy few weeks that I don’t feel like I’ve given Jesus my all.  I’m really looking forward to focusing on Him and hearing what He has to teach me about Himself as I delve into The Incomparable Christ and these radio broadcasts.

Just wondering if anyone else needs a little more Jesus in their lives… If so, maybe The Incomparable Christ is just the Thing.

Much love~

Jennifer Crawford Walker. SmellingCoffee.com

 

 

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – That Crazy Dress Edition

I’m so late in posting today because I can’t decide what color it is! (Grin) That crazy dress that has taken social media by storm since last Thursday… Unless you’ve been on a media fast this weekend, you’ve GOT to know what I’m talking about! But then  just as quickly as its rise to fame, by today it has become old news.   

There were some funny posts going around about it, though, so I thought I’d jump on the white & gold bandwagon and play along. 

First of all, really… What colors do you see in this dress? Is it white & gold? Or do you see it as black & blue? That’s the big question that blew up social media last week. 

Apparently people are seeing it differently. If you’d like a scientific explanation for this strange phenomenon, read this article: 

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/    

If you just want to enjoy the last of this crazy craze, laugh with me at the pictures below. :)

 


Hahaha! 

Dress or no dress… As hard as it might be for us to figure it all out… It’s good to remember that God KNOWS & SEES both the true colors of the dress… And everything else that might leave us puzzled. NOTHING is too difficult for Him!!!

Happy new week, my friends! :)

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The Ups and Downs of #snowmageddon2015 (Waaaay South of the Mason-Dixon Line)

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      hahahahaha! These next pics came from a web article called 12 Hilarious Road Sign Fails.  They crack me up!!!                 Ok… This doesn’t make me laugh as much as it makes me pause and ponder… Seriously? And this one too! Strange!   Speaking of snow […]

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