Obscure Bible Verses to Help you through the Week

Most people have a favorite Bible verse or group of verses that help them through the vagaries of life. Most will site Psalms 23, Isaiah 41:10, or the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6.

However, I’m sending you some of the more obscure Bible verses to help you through the week.

Here goes!

beautiful, sweet roses that make our lives joyful

Bible Verses about Peace and Comfort

“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face whine upon you, and be gracious unto you. TheLord lift up His face upon you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).”

“Know,therefore, that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy with them who love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations (Deut. 7:9).”

“There is none holy as the Lord, for there is none beside You. There is no Rock like our God (I Samuel 2:2).”

“…Go, do whatever is in your heart, for the Lord is with you (II Samuel 7:3).”

“For they cried to God in the battle and He entreated them (answered their prayers) because they put their trust in Him(I Chronicles 5:20).”

“The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace (Psalm 29:11).”

Bible Verses about Life Purpose

“…What does the Lord your God require of you? To fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (Deut. 10:12).”

“He has shown you, O human, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God(Micah 6:8).”

“…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people (Jere. 31:33).”

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13).”

I like this rusted, old mailbox which is standing beside this rural road.



Will Post Soon

Hi Everyone!

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted as much this week. It has been nuts at Sweetgum Life!

You know how I say that sometimes life is sweet and sometimes it’s kind of sticky…like gum? Well, I’ve definitely had some sticky moments this week.

The main place that I’ve been stuck is meeting deadlines and securing good stories for our local paper. At the same time, it was kind of a fun challenge.

Princess Buttercup is knee-deep in band stuff. (Did I ever tell you that I love being a band mom??)

Anyhow, I hope I’ll get some good ol’ southern content coming at you next week.

Oh, yeah…I’m also trying to work with Mail Chimp to get a newsletter going. How fun is that? Don’t worry, I promise not to spam you. I just want to keep all of you wonderful readers who are all over the country close to my heart.

Till next week!


Beautiful Day in Downtown Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville Big Spring Int’l Park[/caption]For the first time in months,the temperature rose to nearly 80 degrees.  It was sunny, and a lot of folks were out in the downtown area.

I needed a protein drink…desperately.  Fortunately, I met Ty Blackwell who runs a local Wheelys Cafe along with his family. Known as “the World’s Fastest Growing Cafe Chain,” Ty’s family only just started about 3 days ago. I don’t know about the other days, but this was the perfect day to run that kind of business.

Wheelys Cafe food stand Ty at Wheelys Cafe

A Beautiful Day

I knew I was going to be in the Downtown Huntsville area this morning, so I brought along my little Nikon d7000. I also know how much y’all like photos of beautiful southern architecture. I didn’t have to stray far to get some good shots (IMHO) of buildings and water features. We really do live in a beautiful southern town!couple in Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville’s Big Spring International Park

They’ve done a lot of work to make the Big Spring International Park area even more gorgeous than it was when John Hunt built his cabin nearby in 1805. I gather it was probably a pretty primitive place back in the 1800’s. That seems funny, considering the fact that Huntsville is now known as the engineering capital of Alabama. Not far from John Hunts settlement are law offices, engineering firms, and some of the best restaurants our town has to offer.

By the way, in case you haven’t guessed, our little southern town was named in honor of John Hunt!

So, there’s this fountain underneath the big bluff at Big Spring International Park. People go here to get prom, wedding, family, and senior portraits made.

Then, it’s the home of lots of ducks and koi.

a ducky life in Huntsville Big Spring DuckThese sweet little ducks were just hanging out in the water, just enjoying the day. That’s the life!

Isn’t this a beautiful bank? I think they say it was built in the 1800s. We have a few Greek-revival-style places around Huntsville. You can read more about it, here.

Greek revival architecture bank at Rocket City

Downtown Huntsville

door Downtown Huntsville

Create Beautiful Signs at University Pickers!

I wrote about my desire to create beautiful signs from the vintage wood I bought at Harrison Brothers’ basement. Well, today I took a class at University Pickers in Huntsville, and I made the sweetest little sign…It turned out better than I thought!

Thanks to JennLin for teaching the class. She took us, step-by-step, through the sign-making process. Not only was she a lot of fun and encouraging, she was also very generous with her crafting supplies!

Here is my finished product!

Create a beautiful sign at University Pickers--just like this one.

How we Made these Sweet Signs

Now, I know the secret! JennLin prepped for the class by cutting out the stencil on her Silhouette machine. Ohhhhhhhhh, so that’s how they got those letters so perfect!

I’m sure you can find lots of different ways to transfer your stencil to your wood panel. We stuck the stencil on contact paper…and did a few more steps that I can’t remember. You’ll just have to take JennLin’s class to find out!

family sign The stencil.

Anyway, we painted in the stencil, and dried it super-quickly with a dryer.

craft dryer I want one of these paint dryers!

We pulled the stencil away, and behold! The text was afoot. (Borrowing from Sherlock Holmes…random, I know, but I’m trying to post this by 5 p.m. and just have to go with whatever words come to find!)

After that, we embellished like crazy. Like I said, JennLin was super-sweet and generous with her embellishments. Thanks, JennLin!

lots of glitter love Glitter anyone?

The Finished Sign

So what do you think? Here’s a finished sign that JennLin is selling at University Pickers.  I patterned my sign after hers.

beautiful sign

My University Pickers Sign Classmates

Why take a class instead of just going to Youtube for sign-making instructions?

Look, if you’re a mom or a work-at-home kinda person like myself, you’ve got to get yourself out of the house…Can I get an Amen on that?

I went in to create my beautiful sign at University Pickers, not knowing a soul. I came out with some new friends! I asked all of these fabulous, beautiful ladies who would prefer me not to photograph them for the blog post, and not one raised their hand!!! Isn’t that amazing?

My seat-mate is this amazing mom from North Dakota…a military mom who began taking University Pickers class to find friends in the crafting community. I told her the only things I know about North Dakota is that there are a lot of good jobs there and Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in DeSmet, North Dakota.

She was cool with that. I think we’ve all got our biases about certain states in the Union. Sometimes people think that life in Alabama isn’t that cool, but it really is! Anyhow, here’s a big shout-out to my new friend, Tammy! Big hugs!!!

fellow crafters Tammy from North Dakota.

More Beautiful, Creative Sign Pictures at University Pickers!

Don’t forget to send me a little message to let me know what you think! Bloggers love comments! 🙂

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