Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World,One Heart 2011

Winners have been posted here !
Thank you for all your
comments and encouragement!

Welcome to my blog!
My name is Patsy
and I am from the Philippines!
I like to do mixed media art,
ATCS, sewing, jewelry,
and sometimes I post about my
creative faith journal.

This time I have a story for you:

Legend has it there was
a lovely young maiden who was pining for the moon.

Her father gave her everything she wanted,
but he was in a quandary as to how to get the moon and give it to her.
Now she was spoiled and strong-willed,
and she set off to find the highest ladder she could find.

One evening, she chanced upon a high tower,
and on top of the tower,
she spied a ladder.
She went inside and climbed, and climbed, and climbed.
When she reached the top of the stairway,
there was the ladder.
She hitched her skirts and started climbing the ladder.
It was a very tall ladder.

Indeed it reached the heavens.
But when she saw the moon,
she was sorely disappointed.
It was dark, and dismal and cold.
She sat at the top of the ladder in dismay.
When she looked down in her sorrow,
she could see the earth,
all shimmering like a precious gem.
Frowning, she thought,
"Why, I never thought the earth so beautiful!"
"I've wandered so far from my family,
given up so much, grown old,
lost everything, even time,
in search of something that
merely looked beautiful from afar!"

"I should go back and try to share what I've learned.
We should appreciate what we have,
while we have it,
especially family.

I am afraid my father is dead.
I have been gone away too long!"

So she slowly went down the long ladder,
but slower and not so impatiently as she was
older and grayer and had pain in her joints
and varicose veins.

When she finally reached her home,
she found it in sad disrepair.
Her father they said, had been waiting for her
to come back every single day.
He would stand outside the door in rain, in heat, in snow,
in tornadoes and tsunamis.
Finally he succumbed to the elements
and faded away.

Of course she was devastated,
her heart broke in two.
"Father, I will spend the rest of my life
making it up to you!" she vowed.

So up to this day, there is an old woman,
you may have seen her,
for she goes all around the world,
and tells her story to anyone who will listen,
in the hopes that no one
would be as foolish as she was.
Many have listened,
and her heart has grown stronger and wiser.

So one winner may remember
to appreciate what we have
and not go pining for what we don't,
here is a gold heart necklace which I've put together
especially for One World, One Heart.

Just leave a comment below and
I will pick a winner on Feb. 17
using a random number generator.
This is open to bloggers worldwide.
For more wonderful giveaways,
visit OWOH for the list.

I forgot that I promised my followers
that they always have a chance
in my giveaways,
so I hurriedly made something
my followers can win-
a brooch with fabric and lace flowers.
You can pin this to a pearl necklace
to dress it up!
Happy OWOH!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

This is what's on my upstairs work desk.
The reading for my prayer time this morning was:
"Stir into flame the gift of God that you have..."
from 2 Timothy 1:6.
When we take an interest in other people's lives,
when we encourage and build up,
recognize one another's gifts,
inspire and nurture,
we are stirring into flame the gifts God has given.

God has given us so many marvelous gifts,
and there are so many ways we can
be life givers to each other,
to our family, friends,
even to the friends we meet in blogland!

Peek into what others are doing on their desks
at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's on Your Work BED Wednesday!

I have been working on my bed
the past days as I am confined to rest
because of a bad cough.
So on my bed, you can see my journal,
bible, glue, a pair of scissors must be around somewhere,
papers to cut up and watercolor.
My paint and water are on the floor.

For those of you who asked,
yes I do journal everyday and
either paint or do collages.
I had more time today obviously.
The challenge was to make Jesus' hands
not look withered because he is healing the
man with the withered hand!

Today's reading is from Mark3:1-6.
Jesus asked the man with a withered hand to
"Stretch out your hand."

All of us have a withered something
we can stretch out to the Lord.
It can be a talent we haven't used,
a dream we've allowed to die,
a relationship destroyed by unforgiveness...

The good news is Jesus is asking us to
stretch it out to Him,
for healing, restoration,
to make it whole again.
We shouldn't lose hope.
There's always hope.

For more beds,
I mean desks,
neat and tidy,
chaotic and frenzied,
see Julia's Stamping Ground.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Thanks for all the visits and great comments last week!
It gave me a big boost!
My sister Peggy and I were talking about all the
great craft spaces on WOYWW,
how much space and room to organize, etc.
But what I like best, and why I keep posting
is because of all the wonderful encouraging women I meet
(there's hardly any men, I notice)!
It matters not if you're messy,
or neat and super organized,
just be honest and show your desk.
No judgments!
So go and visit the weekly party that is WOYWW
and have yourself some fun!

So here's my super chaotic desk again
with a project I just started.
I bought some cheap Japanese fans,
put gesso on it, and drew on it,
tracing the Japanese lady
and putting flower designs.
I don't know what it's going to look like when it's finished,
and I'm just trying out the flower collage on it
to see if it fits.
And here's my journal for today,
not very clear I'm afraid.
If you can't see, Jesus is leaning over a boy or girl
who seems to be in deep trouble.
Hebrews 2:18 reads
Because He Himself was tested through what
He had suffered,
He is able to help those who are being tested.

This is a comfort to me.
Whatever we go through, we can depend on Jesus
to be there for us, even if we do not understand.

Monday, January 10, 2011

More than a Fisherman

This is what is in my journal today,
a line from the Book of Mark, Ch. 1, verse 17.
"Come after me and I will make you fishers of men."

In another version, the verse reads:
"Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people."

Why did Jesus target Simon and Andrew, James and John?
Was it because they were fishermen?
Maybe because fishermen are used to being patient,
to not catching anything for long stretches of time!

My father wants to catch fish.
He has developed so many methods,
but he hasn't been successful
It's not that he isn't patient.

It's because he doesn't know the fish in the area.
He needs to know what it eats, when it eats.
Eventually he'll be able to catch fish, I'm sure of it.

I believe that when we follow Jesus,
even if we're total dummies about "catching men",
He'll be the one to make us
excellent fishers of men!

Todd Millikan said in his blog,
"Every single child of God is made to have a role
of incredible significance and
influence in others' lives."

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Here is my desk at work:
pure chaos!
Which fits my bible reading for this morning
which was about Jesus walking the water,
and telling the disciples
not to be afraid.
The disciples thought he was a ghost walking
on water!
For Jews, water usually signified chaos,
and so Jesus' dominion over water
signified that He was victorious over all
our troubles, anxieties and whatever
chaos is occurring in our lives right now.
Isn't that good news!

I had a Christmas giveaway two weeks ago,
and this flower collage brooch
goes to
# 7 Sarah Anderson
She said...

Sorry to hear about your mother in law, but as you say, what a party she'll be having!! It must be like Christmas all the time in heaven, but better :)
Love, love, love your brooch, it's stunningly yummy :)

I'm making more flower collages in preparation of
One World One Heart.
If you don't know what it is,
click on the link above or on my sidebar.

See other desks and projects
on Julia's every Wednesday Blog party!