"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8

By Phyllis Ducey of pfdoriginalartworks

Friends come in many packages. I have friends that took years to build…years of tears, years of laughter, years of thoughtfulness and years of being there for each other. Some friends we were born with like our moms, dads, sisters and brothers. I moved four years ago and I have good friends in the making that will need a few more years of building memories to bind us tight. I have work friends who may spend more time with me than my husband. Oh and speaking of him… he too is my friend of 38 years. And there are also accidental friends. They are the ones we first met and thought “I don’t plan to see them again.” Sometimes they are the best, because as they are unwrapped slowly, cautiously with trepidation…then they suddenly surprise you with their unique inner beauty. My best friend was one of the accidental ones.

Recently I have opened a few new packages… they were wrapped in Etsy paper. My first one, who now is very dear to me, I have never seen her face nor heard her voice, but we became friends when our shops were new and we decided to do a trade. Then I joined two Etsy teams. The initial one I joined the tie that binds is our love of creating. Together we celebrate the artistry we each possess. They are a wonderful group of artists that I truly am enjoying getting to know.

The next package I opened was the second team I joined, the CAST team. It is the one that I felt instantly bonded to. This team is bound by God’s words and the Word – Jesus. My fist day on the thread I felt surrounded by friends united by our love of God and by our love of His Word. I found them to be a group who wish to encourage and be encouraged in knowing God better and bringing His Word into our lives daily. I think it is amazing that God has blessed us with a technology to create a network of friends throughout this strange world, don’t you?

The work of our hands is a gift from God. We can use this gift to help us to meditate on the God’s word day and night. Below are some of our wonderful CAST team member’s items for your enjoyment and encouragement.

Glass tile pendant from NewHopeBeads

Hebrew Psalm 111 t-shirt “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” from Zosai

Romans 8:28 from Ifrogcrafts

Psalm 91 plaque from CreationsbyCurry

Comments (10)

On January 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Thanks so much, Phyllis for such a great opening post to our new CAST Team Blog!

On January 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM , mattscraftywife said...

Beautiful first post to our CAST blog!!

On January 3, 2010 at 12:50 PM , Princess Daffy said...

OH! I am so excited to see our team blog up and running! Thanks to all who are making this happen :o)

Phyllis,thank you for a wonderful first post here!

CASTTEAM is filled with love for our Lord and for one another.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

xoxox, Daff

On January 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM , knitgirl2009 said...

I am so proud of you Sue. Beautiful job.

On January 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM , KippysSoMature said...

This blog has such an incredible beginning, I am at a loss as to what to write! Thank you for the lovely words, pfdoriginalartworks, and to SueRunyonDesigns, for all the work and love in it! Thank you for featuring my shop! I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful team - I thank the Lord for leading me to take the plunge and ask to join ♥

On January 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM , Graceful Moments said...

Sue thanks for taking this project and running with it. You have done a wonderful job. What a beautifully written and heartfelt first post by Phyllis!

On January 3, 2010 at 9:17 PM , Helen said...

Sue, thank you so much for this post. It's such an encouragement to me, to see others so passionate about the Word of God and the gifts that He's given us. Bless you.

On January 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM , new creationz said...

What a wonderful encouragement. Thank you so much for the post. Thank God for drawing us all in as a family!

On January 3, 2010 at 11:30 PM , Kathleen said...

Totally awesome! What wonderful items you posted, too. The Scriptures are so uplifting - many of them are my favorites =)

PTL for this Christian corner on etsy =)

On January 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM , Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

What a lovely write up for our first post back! Thanks to all those of you who have been involved in getting this blog up and running again.