Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Love As Defined by God: Love Beareth All Things; It Endureth All Things--Lesson 9

Lesson 9:  Love beareth all things; it endureth all things.  I Corinthians 13: 7 --Some read the first, covers all things. So the original also signifies. Charity will cover a multitude of sins, 1Pe_4:8. It will draw a veil over them, as far as it can consistently with duty. It is not for blazing nor publishing the faults of a brother, till duty manifestly demands it. Necessity only can extort this from the charitable mind. Though such a man be free to tell his brother his faults in private, he is very unwilling to expose him by making them public.

Thus we do by our own faults, and thus love would teach us to do by the faults of others; not publish them to their shame and reproach, but cover them from public notice as long as we can, and be faithful to God and to others. Or, it beareth all things, - will pass by and put up with injuries, without indulging anger or cherishing revenge, will be patient upon provocation, and long patient - holds firm, though it be much shocked, and borne hard upon; sustains all manner of injury and ill usage, and bears up under it, such as curses, contumacies, slanders, prison, exile, bonds, torments, and death itself, for the sake of the injurious, and of others; and perseveres in this firmness.

By:  Matthew Henry

Monday, July 8, 2013

Love Thinks No Evil -- Love Defined by God--Lesson 8

Lesson 8:  1 Corinthians 13:6 -- Love thinks no evil. It cherishes no malice, nor gives way to revenge: so some understand it. It is not soon, nor long, angry; it is never mischievous, nor inclined to revenge; it does not suspect evil of others, ou logizetai to kakon - it does not reason out evil, charge guilt upon them by inference and innuendo, when nothing of this sort appears open. 

True love is not apt to be jealous and suspicious; it will hide faults that appear, and draw a veil over them, instead of hunting and raking out those that lie covered and concealed: it will never indulge suspicion without proofs, but will rather incline to darken and disbelieve evidence against the person it affects. It will hardly give into an ill opinion of another, and it will do it with regret and reluctance when the evidence cannot be resisted; hence it will never be forward to suspect ill, and reason itself into a bad opinion upon mere appearances, nor give way to suspicion without any. It will not make the worst construction of things, but put the best face that it can on circumstances that have no good appearance.

By: Matthew Henry

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A New Missy Crissy Product

I'm off to trying something new!  I'm making polymer clay barrettes.  After I grew my hair out, I am always in need of some kind of hair ornament; so I thought that I would try my hand at making barrettes.

To make my barrettes I use polymer clay to make the ornament body, and then attach it to a "made in France" french hair clasp. These clasps are the only ones to use in my opinion if you want a barrette that is strong and one that will hold your hair securely.  French clasps that are made in China, etc. do not seem to be made to the high quality specs as the ones "made in France."   Those made in France are made of a single piece of heavy gauge steel with no center bar that can fall out like those included in low quality brands.  This one feature is well worth the extra cost of the barrette.

When I make the ornament body of the barrette, I design it, form it, bake it for one hour to cure it, and then sand it through ten grits of sanding pads. It is then preserved with Renaissance Wax Rolish, a micro-crystalline wax polish used in the finest museums to protect metals and most other sufraces. It has, also, been used with great sucess to protect the surface of baked polymer clay. The surface is sealed and protected beneath a hard coat of wax. It is a great way to finish off jewelry and hair peices, expecially if they are handled often. Finally, the ornament body is attached to the metal barrette blank using two rivets made of copper, aluminum, or brass.  A riveting system is used to give a professional riveted attachment.

So far, I have designed and made eight barrettes, but only three have been accepted into my line of products for sale.  Each barrette has to meet my high quality standards before I sell them to customers.

Here is a look at the three that I will be selling in my Etsy and Art Fire stores.  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Love as Defined by God -- Lesson 7--Love is not easily angered.

Lesson 7:  I Corinthians 13:5 -- Love is not easily angered.   It tempers and restrains the passions. Ou paroxunetai - is not exasperated. It corrects a sharpness of temper, sweetens and softens the mind, so that it does not suddenly conceive, nor long continue, a vehement passion. Where the fire of love is kept in, the flames of wrath will not easily kindle, nor long keep burning. 

Love will never be angry without a cause, and will endeavor to confine the passions within proper limits, that they may not exceed the measure that is just, either in degree or duration. Anger cannot rest in the bosom where love reigns. It is hard to be angry with those we love, but very easy to drop our resentments and be reconciled.

By Matthew Henry

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Love as Defined by God - Lesson 6

Lesson 6:  1 Corinthians 13:5  Love (Charity) is not Selfish.  It is an utter enemy to selfishness: Seeketh not its own, does not inordinately desire nor seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Indeed self-love, in some degree, is natural to all men, enters into their very constitution. And a reasonable love of self is by our Saviour made the measure of our love to others, that charity which is here described, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 

The apostle does not mean that charity destroys all regard to self; he does not mean that the charitable man should never challenge what is his own, but utterly neglect himself and all his interests. Charity must then root up that principle which is wrought into our nature. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or with the neglect of others. It often neglects its own for the sake of others; prefers their welfare, and satisfaction, and advantage, to its own; and it ever prefers the weal of the public, of the community, whether civil or ecclesiastical, to its private advantage. It would not advance, nor aggrandize, nor enrich, nor gratify itself, at the cost and damage of the public.

By: Matthew Henry

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Love as Defined by God - Lesson 5

Lesson 5:  I Corinthians 13:5 - Love is not rude.   Love (charity) is careful not to pass the bounds of decency; ouk aschÄ“monei - it behaveth not unseemly; it does nothing indecorous, nothing that in the common account of men is base or vile.

It does nothing out of place or time; but behaves towards all men as becomes their rank and ours, with reverence and respect to superiors, with kindness and condescension to inferiors, with courtesy and good-will towards all men.

It is not for breaking order, confounding ranks bringing all men on a level; but for keeping up the distinction God has made between men, and acting decently in its own station, and minding its own business, without taking upon it to mend, or censure, or despise, the conduct of others. 

Charity will do nothing that misbecomes it.

Written by Matthew Henry

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Love Defined by God - Lesson 4

Lesson 4:  I Corinthians 13:4 - Love does not boast (brag).  Love subdues pride and vain-glory; It vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, is not bloated with self-conceit, does not swell upon its acquisitions, nor arrogate to itself that honor  or power, or respect, which does not belong to it. It is not insolent, apt to despise others, or trample on them, or treat them with contempt and scorn. Those who are animated with a principle of true brotherly love will in honor prefer one another, Romans 12:10. They will do nothing out of a spirit of contention or vain-glory, but in lowliness of mind will esteem others better than themselves, Philippians 2:3.

True love will give us an esteem of our brethren, and raise our value for them; and this will limit our esteem of ourselves, and prevent the tumors of self-conceit and arrogance. These ill qualities can never grow out of tender affection for the brethren, nor a diffusive benevolence. 

The word rendered in our translation vaunteth itself bears other significations; nor is the proper meaning, as I can find, settled; but in every sense and meaning true charity stands in opposition to it. The Syriac renders it, non tumultuatur - does not raise tumults and disturbances. Charity calms the angry passions, instead of raising them. Others render it, Non perper et pervers agit - It does not act insidiously with any, seek to ensnare them, nor tease them with needless importunities and addresses. It is not froward, nor stubborn and untractable, nor apt to be cross and contradictory. 

Some understand it of dissembling and flattery, when a fair face is put on, and fine words are said, without any regard to truth, or intention of good. Charity abhors such falsehood and flattery. Nothing is commonly more pernicious, nor more apt to cross the purposes of true love and good will.

Written by Matthew Henry

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Love Defined by God--Lesson 3

Lesson 3:  I Corinthians 13:4 --Love suppresses envy: It envieth not; it is not grieved at the good of others; neither at their gifts nor at their good qualities, their honours nor their estates.

If we love our neighbour we shall be so far from envying his welfare, or being displeased with it, that we shall share in it and rejoice at it. His bliss and sanctification will be an addition to ours, instead of impairing or lessening it. This is the proper effect of kindness and benevolence: envy is the effect of ill-will. 

The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us; and the mind which is bent on doing good to all can never will ill to any.

Written by Matthew Henry

Friday, June 28, 2013

Love Defined by God--Lesson 2

Lesson 2:  I Corinthians 13:4 - Love is kind - chrÄ“steuetai. It is benign, bountiful; it is courteous and obliging. The 
law of kindness is in her lips; her heart is large, and her hand open. She is ready to show favours and to do good. She seeks to be useful; and not only seizes on opportunities of 
doing good, but searches for them.

This is her general character. She is patient under injuries, and apt and inclined to do all the good offices in her power. And under these two generals all the particulars of the character may be reduced.

Written by Matthew Henry

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Love Defined by GOD

My, my, it has been a while since I posted to my blog--over a year!  I hope to do a better job, starting today.

So what has been on my mind lately?  Well, I can always depend on God to put on my mind what HE thinks is important--  and his method is most often through my experiences.

True love has been on my mind the last couple of days, but I have come to realize that it is not always present in my heart.  I believe that God has signed me up for a new class that he is teaching and it is called, REAL LOVE 101.  My first lesson starts in I Corinthians 13:4.  I will not add any of my own thoughts because I am just the student; but instead over the next ten days or so, I will share my reading assignment from Matthew Henry's commentary.  This Scripture interpretation by him, has shown me that I truly know nothing much about what True Love from God's perspective is.  My goal is to learn and try to exhibit it more every day.  I guess if I pass the course, I will look a little more like Jesus.

Lesson 1:  1 Corinthians 13:4- Love is patient (long suffering)...

The apostle gives us in these verses some of the properties and effects of charity, both to describe and commend it, that we may know whether we have this grace and that if we have not we may fall in love with what is so exceedingly amiable, and not rest till we have obtained it. It is an excellent grace, and has a world of good properties belonging to it. As,
I. It is long suffering - makrothumei. It can endure evil, injury, and provocation, without being filled with resentment, indignation, or revenge. It makes the mind firm, gives it power over the angry passions, and furnishes it with a persevering patience, that shall rather wait and wish for the reformation of a brother than fly out in resentment of his conduct. It will put up with many slights and neglects from the person it loves, and wait long to see the kindly effects of such patience on him.

Please come back tomorrow for Lesson 2.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Missy Crissy Business

Last year around Thanksgiving I began getting orders for custom made cheerleader and cheer competition outfits for American Girl dolls.  This is a blessing that I had been waiting for; and in God's timing it came.  Little did I imagine, though, that I would get so many orders that I had to turn some down and put a hold on taking orders until May, 2012.  Wow!  I am so excited about being able to use my talent that God blessed me with--designing, pattern-making, and sewing little American Girl doll clothes.  It is so much fun that I spend most of the day every day sewing in my Missy Crissy shop. The greatest blessing, however, is that God can use the money that I make to help two families that I sponsor in the Philippines. Just recently one family lost everything due to a typhoon; the sewing orders that I received timed perfectly with this tragic event. Here is a gallery of some of the outfits that I have made since November, 2011.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Christmas is right around the corner and I bet your little girl's American Girl doll will love one of these outfits.

Check them out in my Missy Crissy shop on Etsy.  Click on each picture to view details.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Every Cell is IMPORTANT to God--He decides its fate!

Posted by PicasaToday as I walked in my garden I proclaim, " how wonderful is our God!"  All that he does is so intricate and beautiful.  Each little ruffle in these rose petals shows how he pays attention to every detail.  I can't help but think about each human life and  how precious each little cell is to God.  It just blows my mind to think that someone would ever consider destroying a little human life--no matter how many cells big it is or how it was conceived in the first place.

 God said to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5, " Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."  Can we not assume from this scripture that every human life is conceived in the heart of God before it is ever conceived and planted in the womb of a woman?

Our hearts would probably fail us if we could see what God sees--millions of lives destroyed before they ever had a chance to achieve the purpose and the plans he had for each of them.   May God help us and forgive us for "they know not what they do." (Jesus)

Monday, October 10, 2011

How Great, How Great is Our God

Take time to see how much God really loves and cares for you.  This beautiful rose and butterfly that  reside around my house are living proof that God doesn't neglect the least of these--his creation.  How much more does he love and care for each one of us who are made in his image.  His greatest proof, though, is in the giving of his life for us.  Let's praise him today.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of precious Kyle Dunkerson.  Kyle lost his life this past week in a car wreck and will be so missed by his family and friends.  This awful tragedy reminds us of the fragility of life--life that is in God's hands.  Let's stay close to the Father today and always be ready when he calls. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Really Big Change

A lot has been happening in my life since I last posted.  My mom who has been living next door to me for almost seven years has begun to relocate to a new city (Florence, MS) with my brother.  For many baby boomers, like myself, taking care of elderly parents is a reality that is tempting to ignore.  When my mom first came to live next door to me, things were really nice.  I got to bond with her for the first time, because initial bonding when I was young was prevented because of our large family and because she worked full time during my entire time while living at home.

Things gradually changed, however, as she continued to age and develop dementia.  She became afraid to stay by herself at night, and then gradually became irritable when I would leave for a few hours during the day.  We both developed frustration with this situation over the last few years until we  realized a change needed to occur.  After much "talking"my siblings and I worked it out, and I have a good feeling that our plan is going to be a positive one for all of us--especially our mom.

Something that I learned from my dentist today, who had a similar experience with his mother, was to always agree with whatever your aging (memory deficient) parent says.  Dementia zaps their ability to reason, so it is most often futile to try and change their mind about something.  In other words don't argue with them--you won't win and your blood pressure with rise. As my dentist said, "when my mom commented on the beautiful, bright moon at 2:00 in the afternoon, I told her that it, indeed, is a beautiful moon, and I believe that it is a full moon!"

Monday, September 19, 2011

A sweater named Perseverance

YEA! I succeeded. It took me five times, but I finally completed the little doll sweater. I almost gave up today, but the Lord answered my prayer and I finished it. It probably is not the best job in town, but it's my best, and that's all that matters. Now for any of you who need to purchase a new outfit for someones American Girl doll, you can do so by clicking into my Etsy shop--http://www.etsy.com/listing/82154121/hand-knitted-pink-sweater-and-corduroy. This outfit is named Perseverance; so you will be purchasing something that represents "true grit."

Perseverance--sweater progress report

For those of you who are following my "do or die" effort to make a doll sweater on my Ultimate Sweater Machine here is a progress report. Referring to the picture, you can see that my progress is a negative 4 at this point! Those little wads of knitting are my attempts to complete the knitting project. I am now on my fifth sweater. Remember what I said about perseverance? Well, I am certainly being put to the test, and I can assure you that it has become very personal!! At first I had planned on two attempts not five or six. I am discovering some things about myself, though; and that gives me a personal sense of satisfaction. I have decided to commit this project to prayer today, and claim the verse, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13) So for those of you who are thinking about giving up on some project, some person, or some situation--don't. Commit it to prayer and then relax; because you, like I, will feel so GOOD when it's complete and successful.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I will not be defeated

Back from Bulldog land, I am more determined than ever to complete a project that I have been messing around with for a week. I started knitting a doll sweater on my Ultimate Sweater Machine (I can't handknit) and have had a heck of a time getting it right. I finally got the back and front knitted, but threw it in a drawer when I couldn't get the two pieces seamed at the shoulders. Today, I woke up at 5 a.m. thinking about how I should not give up so soon --if ever. So today I will start completely over with knitting it. For those of you who like to give up, I want to share this story that has inspired me to persevere when I feel like giving up.

One day on a beautiful Saturday morning Jim and I were at his mom and dad's home in Maben, Mississippi. Jim's precious mom, Matty Vell White, had been putting the finishing touches on a gorgeous strawberry shortcake. Before I continue let me say that she was a wonderful cook. I have never seen a more photo perfect, ready for the cooking magazine cake. The strawberries were brilliant red, the cake layers had been carefully slit into thin little layers, and homemade frosting oozed out between the layers, and sweet strawberry juice trickling down the sides. Oh, my! I could not wait until lunch to eat some of that.

Well, things suddenly changed. All of a sudden, Ms. Matty Vell dipped her finger in the bowl of strawberries, tasted the juice, and with only a slight sigh, picked up that beautiful cake, and walked outside with it. Now, since I had taken a very personal interest in the cake, I had to see where she was going with it. I got up and looked out the kitchen window, and lo and behold, she threw the cake over the fence. I was reluctant to say anything when she returned, so merely chose to watch her next move. This is where I was awed with her composure and perseverance. She got out a mixing bowl and started making another cake--WITHOUT SAYING A WORD--Now, you may be wondering, like I was, what happened. So, I got up enough nerve to ask and she said simply, "I put salt in the strawberries instead of sugar."

Ever since I observed this event I have used her tenacity to begin again rather than give up on something that I know that I can get right if I just give it another try. She was an awesome woman, and I might add that her son, my husband, has inherited her gene in this regard.

Tune in later for my second try on the little doll sweater!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall is in the air

Oh! Wow! Fall is in the air. Of course, yesterday in Mississippi it was muggy and hot, but today it is wonderful. I sat on the front porch covered up in a blanket and read my Bible and my Matthew Henry complete and concise commentary. I have been reading through the MH commentary for 3 years, but I am just now in 1 Samuel:
17. It is such a wonderful book to read for those of you who want to find out how Scripture applies to your daily walk with the Lord.

Now back to the weather. Not only is fall in the air, but so is football. Tonight my favorite college team, the Mississippi State bulldogs play the Louisiana State tigers. This is the third game in a row that the Bulldogs have played Tigers. First it was the Memphis State tigers, then the Auburn tigers, now the LSU tigers. Last week we should have won, but an INCH lost the game.

My mom and I are going up to Starkville tonight and babysit so that my daughter, her husband, and little first grader can go to the game. Looking forward to seeing the game on TV. GO BULLDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, I sell handmade cheerleader uniforms for 18 inch dolls. Check out my listing in my blog and also in my Etsy store. Etsy.com/shop/MissyCrissy2

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I choose not to be discouraged when the sun won't break through; I know that my heart is in your hand, and my life is a part of your greater plan. Thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pleated Skirt and Double Tee

Missy is ready for shopping and has the perfect little outfit to do this. Her outfit consists of three pieces--a strappy navy knit tee, a yellow ribbed knit sleeve tee, and a traditional navy plaid pleated skirt with elastic waist. Both tees have velcro back closures and are made from Liberty Jane patterns.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trendy Mini Skirt and Tee

This adorable blue jean mini skirt and tee top made by the very trendy Liberty Jane patterns will be a hit with your 18 inch doll! Her navy strappy tee is made of 100% cotton knit, has lace trim along the bottom, and a velcro back closure. The pull-on blue denim skirt has top stitching, and it looks great with boots. All seams are serged. The outfit comes with the skirt and tee. The boots and doll are not included. $15.00

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jane Olivia Necklace Set

This necklace and its matching earrings were designed to celebrate the beautiful fall season. The handmade polymer clay beads are reminiscent of the majestic fall foliage displayed in the Virginia landscape and also of the birth of my seventh grandchild, Jane Olivia. The beads are connected with hand wrapped copper wire and completed with a braided silk cord and handmade copper clasp. The matching set of earrings make this ensemble a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe and at a very affordable price.

$25.00 includes free shipping.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Earring Collection I

More earrings for the fall with the same Missy Crissy style and affordable prices. Each set is handmade using polymer clay, glass beads, and copper, gold-plate, or gold filled earwires and findings.

$13.00 includes free shipping


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whimsical Glass Heart Necklace Set

This unique necklace features a crystal clear glass heart infused with a pretty flower. It is accented with glass pearl beads and handmade polymer clay bicone beads. The matching earrings with sterling silver earwires accompany the 17 inch necklace.

$42.00 includes free shipping.

Pink Heart Necklace Set

This handmade glass heart and polymer clay millifori beads dangle from a 14k gold filled and red brass wire necklace. The glass heart is accented by dichroic glass, 14k gold filled stardust and fire-polished beads. This 16 inch necklace set includes matching earrings.

$48.00 includes free shipping.