Take a look at the CAST Shop of the Week, bobloveseleanor. Sarah has handmade clutches, totes, purses, and fabric organizer baskets and she takes custom orders.  Her shop is named after her grandparents. Enjoy browsing! 

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Please note that the only way to be featured as the CAST Shop of the Week is to tag your shop items "castteam" on Etsy and to not hide your teams in your Etsy profile. You will also have to have at least 12 items to feature. Those are the ways that I find great CAST shops to feature each week. 

CAST Members: If you have a minute or two, please feel free to favorite ♥ this shop or promote it on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media.  Thanks!

by Sue of SueRunyonDesigns
From DoodleGraphics


If you asked me for a list of 1,000 things that I love, or even like, spiders would not appear.  Not even at 998 or 999.  I really dislike spiders.  However, this past Sunday morning a spider taught me a lesson that I won't soon forget.  You see there is a spider that lives in our driver's side mirror.  I had observed it in days prior but it wasn't bothering me directly so I left it alone.  However, as we pulled out of the driveway on Sunday I realized that it hadn't had time to get from its web to the mirror for a comfortable ride down the road.  Instead it was swinging back and forth like the most crazy amusement park ride you could imagine.  The spider was curled up in a ball and holding on for dear life.

Warren and I were quite amused and he insisted that it was not going to fall.  I was not so sure.  But he ended up being right.  The little critter made it all the way to our destination, which happened to be a restaurant where we were going to grab a quick breakfast on the way to church.  Now normally we don't go in to eat because we don't have enough time on a Sunday morning but yesterday we were a bit earlier than usual and so it worked out.  Warren had assured me that if the spider was still attached when we got there that he would set it free in the parking lot.  We figured that it would just move on and set up house on another car or on a nearby fence post.  We were actually quite pleased at the expected outcome.

He followed through on his promise and I felt much better knowing that we were going to be rid of that pest. While it had been interesting and amusing I maintain my dislike of spiders.

We ate our eggs and toast, paid the bill and returned to the car.  Warren burst out laughing.  The spider was back.  Curled up on the mirror as if it had never been removed.  What could I do but laugh as well.  The attachment of the web had apparently not been broken.  What was the little thing to do but return home?
And so it did.

Of course my mind turned this into a lesson for myself.  A reminder to build my priorities and my home to such a strength and priority that I could not easily be removed and resettled.  How often do we seek to find our happiness and reward outside of the simple things that are most important?  Our faith, our family and our home?

How many times do I disdain the routines of cleaning my house in favor of the more glamorous thrill of ....well...just about anything else!  Or how often do I take a pass on a quiet time in favor of more time on Facebook?  Often, it is true.

Every time we transfer our allegiance to something outside of these basic priorities we are missing opportunities to strengthen our connection to the things that should be our home base.  Those things that when our world gets shaken allow us to find our way home.

Just like the little guy we are now calling Brandon.  Hey, don't blame me.  Chelsea gave him the name.  :-)

Thanks for reading....Becky at Good Neighbors Candles


And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"  So God granted him what he requested.  1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV


Have a blessed Sunday!


Take a look at the CAST Shop of the Week, mingogardens. Cherry's shop is filled to the brim with pressed flower treasures including framed, jewelry, wedding confetti, cards, bookmarks, boxes, albums, journals, and more.  Enjoy browsing! 

Christian Art Lord Scripture Verse Pressed Red Roses Reproduction



Please note that the only way to be featured as the CAST Shop of the Week is to tag your shop items "castteam" on Etsy and to not hide your teams in your Etsy profile. You will also have to have at least 12 items to feature. Those are the ways that I find great CAST shops to feature each week. 

CAST Members: If you have a minute or two, please feel free to favorite ♥ this shop or promote it on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media.  Thanks!

by Sue of SueRunyonDesigns
Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
“With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
  To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
Isaiah 46:4-5 (NIV)

Maria Rose

As I was researching this Friday finds post, these amazing, encouraging and powerful words came up as the verse of the day on Bible Gateway.  I have been reading through the book of Daniel the past few weeks and these verses from Isaiah really reinforced the lesson I have been learning from Daniel: that our God is almighty, powerful and sovereign over ALL.  May these verses encourage and comfort you in times of despair, in times of great joy and in all the times in between.







Hosea 6: Come on, lets go back to God. He hurt us, but he'll heal us. 

 I was weeding the flower bed.  There was a lot of clover that was taking over and growing in and around the flowers.  As I dug in the dirt I noticed that the roots of the clover were thin, small and white.  It was easy to distinguished the white clover roots from the brown thick flower roots. I would not have dug out the clover if I had not worked at it.

This got me to thinking that these white roots are like the white lies we believe about our self. They are hidden below the ground and when the clover plant comes up it looks like a leafy plant with white flowers on it, almost pretty.  It could be left in the ground to add to the flower bed, but eventually they take over and become messy among the flowers.

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While growing up we might have been told negative things about ourselves.  We could be told we won't amount to much, we're not worth much, not good at gifts that might be hidden or not smart enough to have a typical career.  I wanted to be a writer, but I was told I couldn't spell so I couldn't write.  Instead of the negative someone could have used a different way to teach me spelling and helped me.  There are numerous things people tell us that might not be true.

We might have believed these lies because for a time they looked good in our lives, they were comfortable, like the few clover plants in a flower bed.

God has written a book , the bible, which tells us whom He knows us to be.  We have a choice, we can continue to believe the lies of the enemy, the clover roots,  or we can dig down into the dirt of our lives and take those white lies out.

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If we don't take them out they will multiply and take over our beauty, until our lives become a mess. 

It is not easy digging in the dirt to take out the weeds of our life, but with the weeds gone there is more room for the beautiful garden of our life.
"The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church."  1 Corinthians 12:7 (TLB)



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Happy Sunday!
Melanie/Beads-N-Style