We will be introducing here on the blog some of the promo events available on the CASTTEAM.  If you like to make treasuries, you might be interested in participating in the CASTTEAM Treasury Event.  While the new Etsy front page no longer prominently features the treasuries, we still find it helpful to be featured in treasuries since each participant also hearts and promotes listings in the treasuries.  Each event will end when there are at least 10 participants.  There are three featured shops each week and you must feature one listing from each featured shop and then add at least 5 other CASTTEAM listings when making your treasury for the CASTTEAM event.  The three featured shops are randomly chosen from those that participated in the previous session.  If you like making treasuries, jump in and you just might be chosen as one of the featured shops next time.  If you are really ambitious, you can make more than one treasury for the event and increase your chances of being chosen.  Click here to visit the current CASTTEAM treasury event thread.  If this one has closed -- look for the current thread.  Here is one from last weeks event:

Some of my favorite finds in these beautiful shades of red...
Handmade Crochet Doily Victory Red, Christmas Party Decor, Reception Table, Holiday Decor, Christmas Wedding, Cake Base, Motif
Christmas Tree Topper Bow/ Red Scroll Glittered Tree Topper Bow/ Red Christmas Tree Bow/ Handmade Tree Topper Bow/ Red Christmas Tree Bow
Nature Print, Nature Photo, Tree Photography
Wedding Scripture Art, 1 Corinthians 13, True Love, Modern Typography Design (12x12)
Red Blanket Chunky Blanket Handknit with Diamond Pattern
Rose red howlite rosebud post earrings gold filled wire wrapped gemstone
Snowflake Table Runner Quilted  Snowflakes in Red and White  focus fabric from Studio e
Apple Pi - paper cut silhouette geek / nerd art
Summer Beach long skirt, chiffon skirts, custom length, any length skirt, red wine dress, woman skirt, maxi skirt, floor length skirt
Blood Red Carnelian Jewelry Fibonacci Nautilus Necklace Math Jewelry STERLING SILVER Wire Wrapped Jewelry
SET Christmas Printable, All is calm All is bright, Instant download, Red christmas print, winter, Home art, Digital file, Christmas decor
54" Christmas Tree Skirt in a Deep Red Premium felt with Hand cut and sewn flowers.  "FREE SHIPPING"
Solid Red Scarf Classic Men Unisex GABLE Ready to Ship
Set of 6 Red Christmas Ornaments with Swirls Felt Embellishments
Chiffon Wine Red Long Party Dress Evening Wedding Lightweight Maternity Sundress Summer Holiday Beach Dress Bridesmaid Dress Maxi Skirt
Merry Christmas Banner, Paper Banner

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I think many people have a variation of this recipe. This is the one my family enjoys. I like that you can use it as a main dish or make it meatless and use it as a side. If you happen to be grilling, add a few more chicken breasts to the grill, otherwise just boil the chicken. Dark meat chicken really works well with this salad but with all of my recipes, tweak to your own families’ preferences. 

Oriental Chicken Cabbage Salad

1 whole cooked chicken breast, shredded OR 2 - 5 oz. cans of white chicken meat
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
¼ c. slivered, toasted almonds
½ head cabbage, shredded fine
2 green onions, chopped
1 3 oz. package chicken-flavored Ramen noodles

Salad Dressing
1/2 package Ramen noodle seasoning mix
1 ½ tbsp. agave OR 3 tbsp. sugar
½ c. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. rice or wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt (optional)
½ tsp. white pepper OR ¼ tsp. black pepper

Combine the chicken with seeds, almonds, cabbage, onion and uncooked noodles which have been broken apart. Add the dressing, toss to blend. Cover, refrigerate until serving time. Serve cold. Yield 6 servings

By Lorrie of WitsEndDesign
Very few verses of the Bible have hit me like I Thessalonians 4:11.  In fact I think I have quoted it in some manner or another at least five times over the past couple of weeks.  I've mentioned it to friends at church, to family members and really hit it hard in the Bible Study small group I am leading right now.  I came across it in Beth Moore's Children of the Day study.  So my take on this passage of scripture is definitely impacted by her teaching.  I'll not claim credit.

How many of us, as Christians, wonder how it is that we can best live for Christ?  Well, this verse lays it out in a very plain way.  First it says we are to "lead a quiet life".  Oooh...I love this.  You mean we aren't to be superstars for Christ?  All of us?  Out there shouting from the mountaintops and harassing every person that crosses our paths?  Nope.  This refers to living our lives in such a way that outsiders watching can see our peace, joy and commitment to the things that are important to us.  Living a life that allows us to be available and within reach of those around us.

Next it tells us to "work with our hands" or "not to be dependent".  Now I don't believe this talks about those times when things are hard and we need the support of those around us.  It is more to the effect of not being lazy and thus requiring others to carry our load or pay our way.  In this way we show the Believers in our community respect in give and take.  A chronically lazy, and therefore needy, person is not living out the teaching of the Word.

Finally, we are "to mind our own business".  Now, I have to be careful with this one.  Yesterday it was very convenient as I observed a potential "train wreck" in relationships about to happen and took five steps back to "mind my own business".  In reality it all worked out very well and I'm thrilled that I hadn't inserted myself in the middle of it as I had been tempted to do but I'll have to be aware of when I am using this to stick my head in the sand.  :-)  Isn't it true, though, that we can have a tendency to "share a prayer request" because we really want to be the one to tell someone else about this or that?  Or to pass along someone else's thoughts or opinions in an attempt to strengthen our position with the potentially offended person?  Oh, I'm guilty.  But I'm going to work hard on minding my own business.

Feel free to check out I Thessalonians this week.  It will have something for you.  Such a packed study of practical encouragement.

Becky - Good Neighbors Candle Co.
Today is my country, Canada's Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving is for thanking God for all the blessings of the fall harvest.  While we enjoy our family and stuff ourselves with turkey, squash, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie we take turns sharing about something we are thankful for. It is great to be thankful on this holiday, but we should be thankful all the time. 

 In Philippians 4:8 Paul says 'Finally brethren whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

This seamed like a tall order, especially when I was raised with lots of negativity.  For years I have been trying to overcome negative thinking and doing.

A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to be much more positive.

It takes 40 days to make or break a habit.  I have decided to use 365 days.  Every day I try to blog about something positive . If I have to miss a day or two I will blog about the days I missed also. 

I am on day 50. One thing that I have noticed is that I think on the positive, not the negative and I have  a happy life.  The not so nice things in my life have become very small, insignificant.

Philippians 4:8 does work.  I challenge you to try it.  

“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8 (NIV)

As Spring arrives in one half of the world, and Autumn/Fall in the other, I thought it helpful to be reminded about the constancy of our great God and his word (and I may have been listening to Chris Tomlin's "Everlasting God" a fair bit too).  No matter the changes we may see or experience in our lives and the world around us, one thing is certain: God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  And as the prophet Isaiah said, his word "endures forever".  I pray this would be an encouragement and comfort to you in your Christian walk.

What do we think of when we hear the word “wisdom”?  Do we think of the aged person who has lived a long life and learned many things? Wisdom can come with time and length of years but one does not have to wait for their retirement to become wise.  The book of Proverbs is filled with verses encouraging us to seek after wisdom.

Proverbs 4:6-7 tells us that attaining wisdom is the principal (main, key, predominant) thing. It should be of high importance in our lives, not something we hope we end up with in our latter years.

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Chapter 8 of Proverbs deals with wisdom.  Verse 17 makes it clear that we are to seek after wisdom and that we are to do so early in our lives.

 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

There are 53 references for “wisdom” and 66 for “wise” in the book of Proverbs alone.  It is an excellent place to begin our search for wisdom.
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, 
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
Isaiah 55:10-11 NKJV

Have a blessed Sunday!