20 June 2015

The Mustard Seed

Everyone has faith.  Faith in someone, something, somewhere.  

This faith is brought out in their beliefs and their worldview-- the way they see others and the life they live.  No matter what they think (be it even atheism or new age) they see something in the world, and through their tired, sin-blocked eyes they try to make sense of this muddled and messed up world.  

It is human nature to believe in something, and when the world tells you that there is not God to believe in, you believe them that you must believe in society, in the government, or in yourself.  This is totally wrong.  Society, and governement are made up of people too-- people who lie, people who mess up and make mistakes.  

Somehow still we believe them, and we believe that they can fix things.  That they can make things right.  And yet they don't.  And they let you down time after time, telling you "You aren't good enough without-- [fill in boyfriend, girlfriend, popularity, high paying job, etc.]"....."You can't be great without-- [fill in etc.]".................."Until you believe in yourself, you'll never win" 

Even through their lies, they are in a way telling the truth.

We are not good.  Human nature is sinful nature-- it is a broken nature that only it's maker can fix.  We will never be great without God, and until we believe in him, and truly TRUST him with our futures, we will never win.

It seems simple-- to say we believe.  To say we trust.  To say "I'm a Christian".  But what do we mean?  Do we mean? Do we mean we go to church?  That we pray to something, someone, up there?  
They ask us how we can know for sure, how we can believe in something we cannot see.  It is by his grace that we have been saved, and through him, we can see the wonders of God.  

That is the truth.  

Only God can save us, and we simply must believe.  We have to trust-- Truly Trust that he has our back.  That no matter what, we must give our lives, and die to ourselves daily.  That is the only way we can be made whole.  He is the only thing that we can believe in to fulfil our wants and needs.  

And all we need is a little faith-- faith the size of a mustard seed.  True faith, that we cannot do anything, and He is the only one who can mend our brokenness and help our failed attemps to fly.

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15 June 2015

DIY Cute Match Box

Have you ever wanted to light candles in your room?  I know I have, and because I like to light them quite often, I ended up keeping some matches in my room.  However, while I was re-organizing my dressers and desk, I thought "Why not have a cute matchbox?  It can't be that hard"-- and it isn't!  Here is a step by step, with pictures tutorial on how to make a cute matchbox for your room.

Begin with a box that fits normal sized matches-- I used a Kohls necklace box since it is a cute size, and fits my matches perfectly.

Take a piece of double sided tape (or tacky glue if you prefer-- I used the tape so my paper wouldn't bubble)

And cute your piece of tape in half.  You'll have to do this for pretty much all of the tape so that you don't use as much.

Then stick the tape like so, on all the corners of the lid...

Here you see the lid-- with a lot of tape on the edges.  You don't need to use this much, although if you don't want the paper to have a ton of air bubbles underneath, you may want to.

Do the same to the base, and tape is as shown above-- one piece on the top center, and one on each corner.

Then you have to measure out your paper.  I used some scrapes from some paper I got in Italy, and simply put the lid on the underside of the paper, and made little marks for the corners.  I then took the covering off of the tape, and placed the lid face-down on top of the paper.  Then I took the sides of the paper and stuck them to the sides of the box...

And it looked something like this.  

I then took some tape and taped those corners down.

The only part different for the base compared to the lid was these corners-- I had to put a little tape inside the corner so that it would not open up.

I then took some sides of an old empty matchbox I had, and taped them to the bottom ends of my box, and... Voila!  I was finished!

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