I’m starting a jewelry and craft business this spring. I hope to have a shop on Etsy called “Olga’s Dresser,” named after an heirloom that belonged to my great-great grandmother. On top of this antique dresser, I plan to take pictures of the jewelry and journals I make, signifying that many of them will have the look of the past with some style and flare of the present.

Making jewelry has given me a new perspective on writing. I love matching just the right colored beads and pearls with just the right chains and rings. The jeweler is an artist. So is the writer.

 

 

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I am really missing the sun. Every winter, I easily get the “gloomies.” I love to be outside, walking in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing. But in January, I am stuck inside, and my picture window reveals  gray clouds and straw-colored grass. But as I write this devotion, a smidge of sunlight is bursting through the clouds, as if to give hope. Thank You, God. There is always hope.

When we hear the evening news, watch our friends go through trials, or think about our own challenges, it’s easy to get the “gloomies.” Gray clouds dampen our joy and energy. But with God, there’s hope that the sun will shine again, that things can get better, and that we will have the grace to handle life’s challenges. It’s possible that our days can shine with glory because God is the One who is working in us and in our circumstances. When He works, miracles happen, and hearts are strengthened. Consider this quote from Beebe Kauffman’s book Isaiah: Setting Things Right.

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What is your life centered on? We center our lives around what we love. That’s why we need to be careful about what we love the most. If we’re centering our lives around the wrong thing or person, our lives can fall apart.

God is a good center of heart and life. If we love God first, what would life be like? Our lives would revolve around the one Person who makes things better, who satisfies our hearts (Psalm 107:9), and who gives us grace and strength to handle life’s problems. The One who plans good adventures and lasting memories, and who gives us an assignment to help others and the ability to carry it out. When we love God first, we concentrate our attention, zeal, strength, and affection on the One who loves us perfectly. We achieve the purpose for which He gave us life, and draw close to Someone whose fellowship and love satisfy our hearts. ...

 

 

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The Scrapbooked Bible Study: A Blog by Katy Kauffman

Award-Winning Author, Editor, Bible Teacher

An editor for Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Katy Kauffman is also a Bible study author who loves to write about the treasures of Scripture. Her Bible studies focus on winning life's spiritual battles, and her blog shares snippets of "scrapbooked" encouragement. Learn more about The Scrapbooked Bible Study, and follow Katy's blog to receive weekly posts. 

 

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