What’s On Your Work-desk Wednesday #161

In case you thought that I am not messy, I want you to know the truth. 
I was so overwhelmed with the kindness shown through visits and comments 
when I joined in with WOYWW for the first time two weeks ago;
 I felt I needed to share my messy desk as I prepare to vacation in Maine, 
and squeeze in some creativity before I go. 
I have a number of projects I am “working on”,
which means, sitting in the To Do pile waiting for some attention. 
One is my Psalm 119 Calendar Revamp. 
I did a page in that today and it felt nice to take a creative break from 
the “other” to do list of my life.
I was hoping to make a collage cover for my journal, 
but that will have to wait, since tonight there were Fireworks 
and festivities to attend with friends celebrating Independence Day.

I posted the other pages I did earlier this year (before I got sidetracked):
Thank you Julia for Hosting! 
Thank you everyone for allowing me to see your inspiration places! 

Blue Monday

I have a fetish for these feet…


 These feet changed my life and seeing my sweet girl off to the 
Father-Daughter Dance this year was precious to me. 6th Grade. 
Although this week she struggled with a very bad cold, 
she made it to the dance. Each year is a milestone in my heart. 
My daughter’s feet hold me captive to their sweetness…
It must be so for every mother.
The power of a child’s feet.
Ammunition for the philosophy that states
 women lose brain cells when they give birth.
Um, dunno.
I gave birth to brilliance to become stupid. Ah, sweet joy of motherhood!

What’s Antibacterial Lotion got to do with it? Everything, baby! 
Have you ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
Remember the deal with Windex? Well, truth be told I have a similar belief about Neosporin ointment. I am convinced it can do and heal just about anything. I spent at least 3 out of 5 days this week searching for this amazing goo around the house. I use it for just about any ailment. This week the way things went I was ready to start ingesting it at the rate health was deteriorating around our humble abode. I did use it on my daughters earring hole which was threatening to close and searched for it for the cat’s little skin problem (it’s personal and she is quite modest-though it doesn’t show in this picture where she is rolling in catnip). It goes missing sometimes as Banjo actually considers it good eats! 
Ashley rolls with it…literally
Banjo, where is the Neosporin?
Don’t put on the innocent intellectual act!
Oh boy, this deserves a post all it’s own. Recovering Church Lady and I are joining our wee few brain cells that we have left after birthing our Brilliance through our uniquely wonderful offspring and basically are hoping to start a Blog Hop for those who have their own Brilliance hidden away in journals. If you keep a journal or have kept one before, this is your chance share a post from one and link up! We are working out details, and are very excited to do this together. She actually has done a few shares randomly from her journals before but we are hoping this will be a great opportunity to share with all of you and hoping you will join us! More details to come!
Look at her nice neat journal collection! Contrast this with
the messy pile on my page (top right)!
Needless to say we will hopefully use this for our Link Button!
We are in need of a button, if anyone knows how to make one for us, we would be very appreciative. 

See how I have no shame in asking.
This is where I am in life.
The worst you can say is no.
I have had so many No’s before that it holds no fear or power over me.
Plus I don’t get embarrassed easy.
Oh, and my winning streak continues. I won a $150 Gift Card for Amazon from Faithful Bloggers!
It was 1st Prize. I felt so blessed and surprised, again. I bought my daughter the iHome she had been wanting. Check it out. I am intrigued with the rotating dock. 20 seconds of cool.
Clearly, I need to get out more.
Here is my Psalm 119 Calendar Makeover Page:

A little “scrappier” makes me happier! 

As for me and my house we skip Superbowl in pursuit of a different ring. As in Lord of The…

That’s truly just the way that we roll!

Have a great week. 

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

As always, linking up with Carissa at lowercase letters!
Check out her site and consider joining in on the
Miscellany Monday Madness yourself!

Getting Creative With Psalm 119

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:7

Hello Friends,
Well you are in for a big treat as you meet the crafty side of me today!
Aren’t you amazed with the many facets of my being?
I love to find ways to write out God’s Word. I also love to scrapbook and be creative.
I think I also have a hard time throwing things away.
Welcome to my creative corner for today!
You could make this with a variety of themes: favorite quotes, fun pictures, or writing prompts (for my blogger/writing friends!) even fave recipes!
I think it would make a nice handmade gift, don’t you?
You can keep it simple. Or for my creative friends, deck it out!
I enjoy being creative with what is on hand.
So last years desk calendar becomes
today’s makeover project for my Psalm 119 Challenge!
Side View
First I chose and cut a piece of paper
to cover the calendar page.
So the plan is to write out each of the 22 stanzas of Psalm 119 each week. 
I will need to use both sides of the paper since this is a 12 month calendar.

I wrote the stanza out in pencil first, then went over it with marker.
This time I used Vellum paper so I could see through it.
I had a lined sheet beneath.
I had to erase and adjust a few times to make it all fit.

After I finished writing in pen. I had to let the ink dry
before I could erase the pencil lines. Of course I discovered this the
hard way. Oopsie, smudges! I never sweat the small stuff.

All finished and here are all the products I used.
Aren’t you proud of me?
Pretty simple and now look, you are impressed.
Your turn.

Go create something!

Soup, Balls, Shrimp, and Snow!

Snow Bird! A weekend of snow in New England!

Interestingly this has been a busy week. Apparently if you start Monday off at the Ladies Annual Soup Night at church and watching comedienne Chonda Pierce  it sets the tone for the entire week! My hubby was sweet enough to make his delicious Corn Chowder for me to take to the affair. Soup, pie, women and comedy. But really hold that thought because this was a truly comedic week. That could be my life’s epitaph: Here she lies after living a life full of food, friends and funny moments. 

So how pray tell do “Balls” fit into this whole scenario, you are wondering? Well, glad you asked. I had another one of those things we call “interviews”. When you work in the field I do, this can vary greatly. See my face? No, so I will just let you know I have a huge smirk. When I say vary greatly, picture what it would be like auditioning for a side show in the circus. I am rarely surprised and have had some, shall we say bizarre and interesting interviews. Since I expect this, it is no surprise that my latest interview was done in the middle of an upscale studio in the Financial District of beautiful Downtown, Providence. On balls. I have no qualms with this. One of the best interviews I had included juggling. Without warning. My interviewer threw two balls at me, watching my response. Then one more. I am of the philosophy that if someone throws balls your way, you juggle them. 
Needless to say, I got that job. You might want to write that down. Never duck when balls come your way. 
You just roll with it. So 40 minute interview on the ball. Two interviewers. Honestly. 

Moving along. 
The shrimp was shared when I had an unplanned lunch date after my Moms In Prayer meeting, Thursday. 
That made for Thursday’s post: Misadventures Of A Praying Mom
I confess, we ate a LOT. It was rather enjoyable.
Shrimp, cocktail sauce, honeydew and conversation.

The beach was amazing this week.
We had a hint of snow on Friday.

I was disappointed except that who can be anything but grateful when you are looking at this:

And then we had this wonderful stuff for the weekend.

Which led to this wonderful time with my girl…

Followed by Cocoa. As well as an afternoon of reading…

which is to say that I have devoured this book at her request:
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I must confess I loved it. I could hardly put it down. 
I am not a big Fiction reader. I also am the slowest reader. 
This young adult read really pulled me in and refused to let me go! 
I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Last but not least I am starting back up on our Psalm 119 challenge and my dear sister in Christ Angela will be helping to keep me from derailing this time! I will be posting on the Facebook page again but not sure how I will do it, exactly. It may be once a week, or I may share different versions. I so enjoy reading a variety of translations. 
Get those index cards ready. Or at least get your Bible open to this amazing gift in the Psalms and enjoy it’s delicious richness! Won’t you join in? 

 א Aleph
 1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, 
   who walk according to the law of the LORD.

Have a wonderful week. 

As always on Mondays, linking up with Carissa at lowercase letters

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

A Short Post on The Longest Chapter in the Bible

I think I have a special place in my heart for the Book of Psalms. It has not always been so, as I remember early on in my Christian life reading them and thinking, wow, this guy is asking God to just take out his enemies in no uncertain terms- what kind of spirituality are we talking about here? Yet as I studied, and searched scripture and began to understand the context, I fell in love with the raw honesty and emotion that permeates these poetic songs. Not to mention the fact that the model seemed to give some credence to to the reality that it was OK to ask God to kick some butt when treated unfairly; with the understanding that ultimately, He is the final authority. The example set forth from my perspective is, bring it, as opposed to hide, lie or suppress it. God knows anyway.

I am no Biblical Scholar, just a chick who loves God and His Word. This is the biggest reason that Psalm 119 stands as my favorite Chapter in the Bible as well as favorite Psalm. I think it appeals to the teacher, student and child within me because it was written for the purpose of instruction, is broken down logically into sections and  the original language it was written in may have served to teach it’s students in both the educational and spiritual realms. No compartmentalizing here, folks! No secular and spiritual division. The purpose of education fueled the spiritual and the spiritual served the purpose of education. God’s people were and are the prime example of the effectiveness of the marriage of the two. Why are we so dull that we would need to remove such amazingly rich, effective and powerful tools for building ethical integrity and moral character into the foundation of education for children? Oh, my I digressed. Here I am, I am back now! Did you really believe this would be a short post? Ha!

Back to Psalm 119

This Psalm is what is known as an alphabetical acrostic and is broken down into 22 sections of 8 verses (stanzas or strophes). Each strophe starts off with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet and continues in order to completion, checking in at 176 verses in all! The chart below shows each character, which is also at the break of each part in our own Bible, today. There is a traditional view that David authored this Psalm, however there is also strong support for other possibilities. While researching the topic I found that both Jeremiah and Ezra potentially could have authored this Psalm. Although I am a fan of Jeremiah, after all he is the Weeping Prophet ( I so relate), the two camps hold strongest for Ezra or David in Rabbinical teaching. I became fascinated with Ezra as I dug into my little project and believe that this scribe and teacher of God’s word may be the author, but I am no expert- so just sharing my thoughts. David was a man after God’s own heart, loved the Law and is credited with a majority of the Psalms, and it is believed by some that he taught Solomon through Psalm 119. Now there is an intriguing picture.


Years ago, it was suggested as an exercise, that I record my own voice reading scripture, to help memorize and root it in my heart. I chose Psalm 119. It was rather amusing, as at the time as I was using the King James Version. I remember laying on my bed, with my cat watching me, as I read through the Psalm. A few times I giggled and had to start over. I mean really, who does stuff like this? But, it planted a love for this Psalm and God’s Word in me that continues to grow and bloom to this day.

Long ago I learned from your statutes 

   that you established them to last forever.

Psalm 119:152
Please join me on a journey of discovering and exploring  this Psalm. I am posting the verses regularly here and you can join in and be encouraged, share your favorite verses, and creative displays from Psalm 119! 

I like to take the 8 verses and write them out for my little Scripture Stand!

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