liluga - love isn't love until given away

"Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn't hard at all." 1 John 5:3 NLT

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Word of the Year Do-Over

It is now January 4th and I still have not chosen my word for 2015. Is there a time limit on choosing? Who sets the rules? No and me.

The week before Christmas, I prayed for the Lord to reveal a word to me. The next morning, I received a Christmas gift from a friend. It was a plate that had the word "SHINE" written on it. I had just used that word in a sentence the day before, so I thought, "There's my answer! Shine it is."

To "shine" means "to glow forth or glow with light; shed or cast light, and to be bright with reflected light; to glisten; to sparkle" (from A year to shine for Jesus. Sounds fun and sparkly. But I'm not sure.

Shortly after Christmas I was writing in my prayer journal and writing what I felt God was speaking to me. As I was listening I saw a giraffe and some sheep. I felt God told me I was like a sheep, and I shouldn't try and be like a giraffe. Sheep follow their shepherd. They don't try and figure it out all on their own; they are incapable of doing so. They are simple.  

I thought "simple" would be a great word. A reminder to only look towards my shepherd and not to listen to any other voices. I looked up the meaning of the word; "easy to understand; not elaborate or artificial; plain; not ornate or luxurious; unadorned; unaffected; unassuming; modest; and not complicated"( All good things. But I'm not sure.

Last fall I had made a small flock of birds to sell for a fundraiser to help support a friend who was in need. They all sold, but nobody picked this guy and he was left on my shelf, all alone, for a couple of months. There was just something about him that didn't look right.
Then, the other day, a friend asked if I had any of my birds left for sale. I only had this same guy, but I didn't think he looked good enough to sell.  I took a long look at him and decided he needed a do-over. So I gave him a beak-job. Much better, don't you think?
Sometimes we have to go back and correct things before we can move forward. I feel like my word from last year, "overcome", still needs to be tweaked and worked with.  I still have much to overcome, and by the grace of God, I will. I believe "overcome" will be my word again in 2015. 

However, since I am making the rules, I am asking "shine" and "simple" to join me as I "overcome" this year. I bet we'll make a great team.

"And those who are wise—the people of God—shall shine as brightly as the sun’s brilliance, and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever".  Daniel 12:3 (The Living Bible)

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Year of the Turtle?

The other night I was writing in my journal about the "word of the year" phenomenon.  I pondered the whole point of picking a word. Is it a silly exercise or one of value? I don't know. Last January I picked the word "overcome". Great word with great meaning. I have to admit I didn't focus too much on my word nor did I overcome any big things in life.

However, not long after I picked my word, I was hit with "birds".  All of a sudden, I noticed birds everywhere; in arts and in crafts, decorations, writing and more. I had never payed attention to birds before this. 

Then, Jesus's word from Matthew jumped out at me " “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" (Matt. 6:25-27.  I wanted to trust the Lord for all things, just like a bird. I wanted to spread my wings and fly, just like a bird.

"Bird" became my "word", so to speak. In 2014, I developed a small line of bird plushies and started collecting bird things. Birds make great art. I found a new love in birds.

I still love the birds and want to continue making them and surrounding myself with bird stuff, however, a new year always means something new, right?

As I wrote in my journal,  I prayed that the Holy Spirit would provide a new word for me that I could meditate on and ponder over the next year.  A thought immediately came to my mind - "turtle". Could it be the year of the turtle? They are slow moving, hard shelled and always make it to the finish line (I read that somewhere).

In this fast paced world, the turtle reminds us to slow down, to not let the worries of the world penetrate you (have a hard shell) and have faith that we will make it to the finish line. I like that.

I searched some Bible software for the word "turtle". If turtles were mentioned in scripture that would've been awesome. But they're not. Turtledoves are. What is a turtledove? It's a bird, of all things.  Ok, birds are cuter and are a lot more fun to sew, so maybe I'll stick with them. 

As for my word for 2015? I'm still waiting for the perfect word. I think I have it, but it will have to wait til January!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Christmas Photo

I did it. I got a picture together of the whole family. 

Every year I dream of planning a day where we can all get dressed up and take a professional looking family photo to send out in our Christmas cards. Often, we will take a picture on Thanksgiving to use for our cards, which usually turns out just fine. But, this year, my three kids were with their dad on Thanksgiving, so we did not have a photo opportunity. The thought of rounding all five of them up for a picture was a little unrealistic. With work schedules and a daughter away at college, I didn't see it happening.

So, I got the idea to do a collage with individual pictures of them through out the year (I was originally thinking of a Brady Bunch square, but then nixed the idea). I think I spent more time finding a photo of each of them, cropping them, and then putting them in a collage than I would have if I would have planned a family photo shoot. Oh well.

Hardly professional, but it shows the real us (I wouldn't want to give anyone the illusion of a perfect family!).

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

Friday, September 12, 2014


Five Minute Friday - "READY" - Write for five minutes.....

Every day, when I wake up to a new morning, I don’t think I am ever truly “ready” for what lies ahead. I may have a to-do list in my mind, but the minute I put my feet on the floor, the day takes on its own agenda.

I think being “ready” goes deeper than just being prepared for the day or a task. To me, to be ready, means to be in a relationship with Christ, grounded in God’s Word, and to be always in prayer.

When I am at this place of readiness, I can handle each day as it comes, and have peace and joy. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Give Some Love Away!

"We know what real love is from Christ's example in dying for us. And so we also ought to lay down our lives for our Christian brothers (and sisters!).

"But, if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well and sees a brother in need, and won't help him - how can God's love be within him?

"Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions."  1 John 3:16-18

Hello friends!  Today a friend from my church shared with me some long term troubles she has been going through in her life. She has gone through much physically, emotionally and financially. Without going into all the details, she is with out a job, without a car, without a phone and in need of money to help pay the bills. She has some family support, but not enough to cover the bills.

I wish I could share with you all of her story, but I respect her privacy. Just know, her situation broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. So many negative things have come into her life and they just seem to keep coming at her. She loves the Lord, but doesn't know how much more she can take.

After talking with my friend this morning, and praying with her, I thought, "how can I just walk away and do nothing?"  The above verses came to me and hit hard.  What can I do? 

Well, I started this blog as a place to encourage people to give love away. I started making liluga's (stuffed plushies) to give away to people in need of encouragement. I got lazy with it over the years, but it is still a passion on my heart.

My idea? To raise some money through my liluga's and donate 100% of the money to this dear friend.  

For starters, I have a basket full of birds who are ready to be kicked out of the nest. They need a new home!  

I am asking for a minimum donation of $15 per bird.  And I am willing to hatch new birds to help raise money for her.

Your donations will go to helping a sister in need, and you will be blessed by a new little friend to brighten your day. 

To donate, please send me an email at
Let me know which bird you want, I can always make more!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

V is for Victory

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God". 1 John 5:1-5 NLT

Meet the Victory Birds.....
Sigrid and Bernice

Sigrid and Bernice are Victory birds.  They know that they through their faith in Jesus Christ, they are Victorious. 

The "L" on their behinds stands for Love

Sigrid's name means "a beautiful victory" and Bernice's name means "brings victory". Great names to have, don't you think? I think they will soon become very popular girls names!

Sigrid says "Believe and put your faith in Jesus.
 Read your Bible and obey God's Commandments
 and you will have VICTORY over this world!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Coffee Club Birds


Introducing.... Chai, Mocha, Cortado and Latte

The idea for the coffee club birds has been brewing for a while.  The group has been assembled and I am proud to introduce them to you.

Meet Mocha

Mocha is the leader of the pack and is the first one to land at the coffee shop every Friday morning for their club meeting. Mocha likes arriving a half hour early so he can sip his coffee in solitude before the others show up.  Mocha started the coffee club because he believes birds of a feather should flock together.

Meet Latte

Latte is the most faithful member of the coffee club and has never missed a meeting.  Latte and his wife are empty nesters and Latte really enjoys hanging out at the coffee shop where it's noisy because it reminds him of when his nest was full.

Meet Chai

Chai has a confession to make, he doesn't like coffee. However, he loves drinking tea.  Mocha was a little hesitant to let Chai into the club, but Chai assured him he could sip a chai tea latte from a mug and no one would know the difference.  Chai is a little flighty, especially if he thinks a chai tea latte can pass for a coffee latte. Thankfully, Mocha really likes Chai and let him join.

Meet Cortado

The final member of the group is Cortado.  He is the only Latino member of the group. His accent is a bit hard to understand, but since the love of coffee is universal, he fits right in.  Cortado enjoys salsa and dancing the tango. He tweets in Spanish.