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A City Being Built September 24, 2012

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 1:39 PM

A City Being Built

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

As I was driving in my car today, I was over whelmed with the most joy when I heard my two little girls singing worship songs form the back seat. I would be lying if I told you it didn’t bring tears to my eyes. I heard these two little voices that sounded like angels rocking out to music that sang “for greater things are yet to come, for greater things are still to be done in this city.” It was over whelming and enlightening to hear these words flow from two little girls who had no idea the impact of the words they sang, however my heart could feel the impact.

God, what a blessing you gave me with these two little girls. These same girls that fight from the back seat over a toy, these same girls that put finger prints on my walls, these same little girls that sometimes call my name 1 million times in a day, are the girls you intrusted me with. What a conviction of my heart today, to know that God placed these two beauties in my life for a purpose. These two little girls did not choose me, but God choose these two little girls for me. Wow!! Can you say pressure!

Our kids are gifts and their little personalities can be compared to a “city under construction.” The heart and mind of a child is constantly being built. As God placed me as the contractor in my girls lives, I sometimes forget that these girls look to me as a blue print of how to be built. Wow, forget pressure, I think I feel failure.

My feeling of failure is just that, failure when I think I can do it alone. It was confirmed to me through these two beauties and their song that we as adults are also cities being built, the bible is God’s blue prints for us, and our quite time and obedience is our refinement. I mess up quite often by losing my way and getting caught up in things that have no value, but thank you God for your grace and mercy!

What God showed me this morning was with Him and through Him I am not a failure. When I draw close to God my girls watch that and they to draw close to God. And today just the affirmation of them singing songs of praise, was like a sweet reward from the Heavenly Father.

Sometimes as adults, as parents, as friends, or spouses we feel like we are failing or have failed. Just remember there is a God that loves you and with him and through him all things are possible. Meditate on Philippians 4:13 (My favorite verse) today “For you can do all things through Christ, who gives you the strength.”

Have a Blessed Week

 

Spookey Fall Candle Holders

Filed under: S2S Crafts — sassy2savvy @ 12:18 PM

Spooky Fall Candle

Holders

I can’t believe it is Friday already, before I start my weekend I would love to leave you with a decorating idea you may want to do over the weekend. It is very easy and the whole thing cost me I think 0.94 cents to do. I am in love with my mantel since I added these fun candle holders.

What you will need:

Vase or clear glass

scrapbook paper

Tape

Candle

Directions:

Measure paper and cut to fit around vase, create a wrap from scrapbook paper and tape on the back side. Drop in candle and you have yourself a spooky candle holder to add charm and character to your mantle or table. Fun for parties or events.

 

Scarecrow Crunch September 20, 2012

Filed under: S2S Recipes — sassy2savvy @ 10:37 AM

ScArEcrOw CrUncH

The fall time always brings fresh aromas of sweet treats to ones house. Well I know in our home, when the heat dies down the stove and oven come on. This recipe I am about to share is a no cook, just throw a bunch of stuff together in a jar type of recipe. Your kids will love it and it makes a great after school snack.

A Great Fall Treat

Ingredients:

pretzels (Waffle or sticks)

Peanuts or sunflower seeds (we used peanuts)

Honey Nut Cheerios and or Reese’s Cocoa Puffs

Cheese Its or Fish crackers

Caramel Popcorn (I used fiddle-faddle)

Dried fruits (raisins or crazins)

Optional Sweet Additives: (Pick a few)

Candy corn (gives it fall color)

Mini chocolate chips

Reese’s pieces (also adds great fall color)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir and mix together, sometimes I use a large ziplock bag so that I can add ingredients and shake together. Kids love doing the mixing part.

I make a big batch up and place half of it in a tightly sealed zip lock bag and the other half in a large jar. My scarecrow crunch is great to eat but used as a fall decoration in my kitchen. Decorate your large jar with a fall like ribbon. The colors from the snack and ribbon give it a great fall look. Add the fun name “Scarecrow Crunch” to the outside with a chalk board sticker or scrap piece of paper!

Gift Idea:

Put in small mason jars, tie with a ribbon and put a label on it for a nice fall gift for a teacher or friend. Will do this as it gets closer to Halloween!!

Love:

The Andersen’s

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is coming, Fall is coming! September 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:44 AM

Fall is Coming, Fall is Coming!!

How I love this time of year! Its time to start sharing some ways this family prepares for the fall season. I just decorated my house, made some fall treats for the kids, and am preparing some fall meals. Tonight, we are having potato soup in the crock-pot (its under the recipes section and it is sure to be a family favorite).  What are ways that you and your family prepare? Would love to hear of any traditions you par-take in and any recipes you want to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sassy2savvy will take these next eight weeks and dedicate it to bringing in the fall season. The blog will be over-taken with ideas, recipes, projects and more. I hope you enjoy these next few weeks as I take you into our home and share my favorite time of year.

Liz

 

Daily Devotion

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:33 AM

I Need, I Want, and I Have to do!

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Philippians 2:3

What a week it has been and it is only Wednesday my friends. I have found myself in a “poor me” state of mind and anything that possibly could get on my nerves this week, has succeeded. Have you ever had that type of week? Maybe this week has been tough for you as well.

Last night while laying in bed I had time to reflect on my reasoning for such a “poor me” attitude. I had to ask myself a couple of questions. Was this attitude warranted? Was this attitude helpful to my family and was I really getting anywhere by feeling sorry for myself? It is funny how God grabs our attention when our focus becomes on ourselves and not on him or his purpose for our lives.

Friends, when I look back over my last month I have noticed a pattern. I have become so self-absorbed and seeking all my needs, that I have not noticed anyone elses. I have gotten stuck in the mental rut of the I needs, I wants,  and the I have to-dos that I have been oblivious to others. I have not stopped much to think of what a friend may need, or how I have made my husband feel lately.  Its funny, I find that when I am serving others with the “right” heart then that is when I am truly my happiest. Now wonder I am feeling quite “dumpy”!

Our lives are temporary here on earth, all of this could be gone tomorrow. What really matters is the relationships we build, the time we take to serve, and the love we have to share. Sometimes, it can be as easy as a perspective change to change our attitude. I heard someone once say, ” a person will not remember what you say, they will always remember how you made them feel”. I bet if you and I were to hug our kids, share lunch with a friend, and or call a family member to see how they were, our bad attitude and self-pity would soon disappear.

So for the rest of the week, I will get out of my mental rut and transition my focus off of myself and look to God for ways I can serve and love others! Have a great week friends and smile, it could be contagious.

Liz

 

Button Monogram September 11, 2012

Filed under: S2S Crafts,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:58 AM

Button Monogram

Many friends have expressed interest in a Button Monogram I did for my daughter’s room. It is a fun and easy craft, older kids would even enjoy making their own. I hope you like this as much as my daughter and I do.

Supplies:

– 12×12 scrapbooking paper (We used a card stock weight with heavy glitter)

– Button of choice

– Sticky tack glue/crafting glue

– Letter template (can be made from computer font)

– 12×12 Shadow Box (Got it from Micheals pretty cheap)

Directions:

Step One: Cut out letter template and glue to scrapbooking paper.

Step Two: Start glueing buttons on making sure to over lap your template so it does not show. The buttons will need to be layered in order to fill in the template. We have three layers of buttons. Dont be afraid to use a lot of glue, it will dry clear and you want your buttons to stay on (Note: Use different size buttons to give dimension).

Step Three: Once glued, let it sit for 24 hours to dry. Once dry, stand up and make sure all buttons are secure.

Finishing Tough: Put into shadow box style frame.

I told you it was simple and pretty easy. I have had so many compliments on this piece we did. Enjoy and happy crafting!!

Liz

 

Running a Tired Race

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:17 AM

Running a Tired Race

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”

Exodus 14:14

This past Saturday I competed in my second Tough Mudder race in Maryland. For those of you that are not aware of what the Tough Mudder is; it is a long race (about 10-12 miles) through mud and obstacles that consist of ice, water, fire, and even electric shock. The race is extremely fun, however it can be quite tiring.

Well running the race I had a lot of time to reflect and pray. The praying was more asking God for strength and help to finish this race. The reflection came from a conversation I had days prior to the race. A few friends and I were talking about how life sometimes can seem like a tiring race, always trying to push through obstacles, so we can see what is on the other side.

My race this past weekend was full of obstacles which consisted of jumping over very high walls, climbing up hay bails stacked five high, jumping into a cargo container full of ice (34 degrees) and getting to the other side before I froze. However, I would be lying if I told you I did it all by myself. This race is based on team work, your entire team helps one another get though the obstacles. If I tried some of these alone, I would fail or not complete each obstacle.

Isn’t God on our team? However so many of us try to run this race of life, filled with so many obstacles alone. We fight through our walls, our hay stacks, only to find that we hit the wall or fall off the hay stack when we do it alone. I think sometimes God sits there and wonders why we run into the same wall over and over again without getting on our knees and simply asking for help. God is just waiting for us to be still, to be fed up enough hitting the same wall that we yell out “I can’t do this alone.”

Many of us know this, but how many times do we still try and try by our own will and not His will. I am so guilty of this. I start my day with a list of things to do. I get the kids ready for school, I clean the house, go grocery shopping,  work on PTA stuff, and look over my soccer mom priorities. By the time my daughter gets home, I can be frazzled and even sometimes just in a foul mood. Do you ever have those days? Those are the days that I feel like I just am running into walls and falling of the obstacles. It is days like these that I never once stopped and asked God to be on my team.

When I start my day with God on my team I usually wake up and read my bible and have my quite time. I don’t feel so alone or over whelmed. I feel like I have more time in the day and what stressed me yesterday does not seem so important today. It’s funny how easy that is to say but how hard it is to do. Friend I challenge you to get in some quite time each morning. In my quite time I read Gods word and talk to God in preparation for the day and then I set out on my day, never alone and with a mighty God ready to help throw me over that wall.

Have a blessed day!!!

Liz

 

Invited to the party September 6, 2012

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:58 AM

Invited to the Party

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

                                        Matthew 25:36

Have you ever had that “awe ha” moment. The moment you realize something and it slaps you so hard that it almost takes your breath away. Well I just celebrated my 30th birthday and actually that in itself was not that “awe ha” moment. I am comfortable in my skin and with my age so that part did not bother me. However it was another moment relating to my birthday that grabbed my heart. It was not until I was sitting in church that God in a quite moment between worship grabbed my attention. I felt him say “You call me father and friend, you call upon me in the time of need, I am with you daily, but I was not invited to your party.” At that moment all I could say with a deer in the head like look was, “God you are so right and I am so embarrassed and sorry.”

See friends, I did not know about my party as it was a wonderful surprise thrown for me from my amazing husband who had help from my parents and one of my best friends. With all my friends being present (both believers and non-believers) I had the opportunity and honor to invite my Jesus to celebrate with us and I did not. We did not say grace before we ate the great food prepared. I even gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming and for the gift of their friendship, but I didn’t even acknowledge my heavenly father. What was I thinking?

I had such a huge opportunity to witness through my actions but was to caught up in the moment. I had the opportunity to share what is most important to me through my everyday actions and did not take it. What really grabbed my attention, was that I had the opportunity to make my walk match my talk and I FAILED. However, I love my God and I believe in his grace and mercy and I know just like a best friend forgives, so does my amazing Heavenly Father. How many times do we forget to invite God into our daily actions? It does not matter if it is a birthday party, graduation, dinner with friends, God  wants to be invited and should be invited.

Reflect today on how many times you might have forgotten to invite God to your party. I am sure once you reflect on this you will engrave a mental note that says, God will be my first guest of choice at EVERY party. I know that image has been in the forefront of my mind all week. I challenge you and will pray that you will invite God to every event. This week I have gotten up each morning and verbally said “God I invite you to be apart of my day” and friends what a great few days it has been.

Until Next Time,

Liz

 

 
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