When In Doubt… DON’T

Many years ago a former pastor gave me a piece of advice that I’ve kept in my mind and heart.  When in doubt…DON’T!  This four-word sentence has had a huge impact on my decision making.  When I’m even the least bit uncomfortable with a choice I ponder it carefully.  I question, will it have a positive or negative impact?  Will it support or tear down?  It’s amazing what an influence these four words have had on my life.

Here are a few more don’ts:

  • DON’T judge people for the choices they make when you DON’T know the options they had to choose from.
  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind DON’T matter and those who matter DON’T mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
  • DON’T give up! Great things take time.
  • DON’T talk about me until you have talked to me!
  • DON’T do it!

How about these from the Word:

  • DON’T worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
  • DON’T panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. Isaiah 41:10 (MSG)
  • Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and DON’T be afraid! God is coming to your rescue. Isaiah 35:4 (CEB)
  •  Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we DON’Tgive up. Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
  •  That is why we DON’T give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Do you have a favorite quote or Bible verse about the word DON’T?  I’d love to add them to my collection.

Blessings to you and yours!




Work in Progress Wednesday

Have you given much thought to the fact that in God’s eyes you are a work in progress?  He is shaping, refining, restoring, adding new, and constantly changing us.  His greatest desire is that we become the one we were created to be.  His plan (Jeremiah 29:11) is more than we can imagine, but He knows every step, every decision, every minute of every day of our lives.

Don't be afraid

I’ve been busy working on my counted cross stitch Christmas Santas again.  The two you see here will be part of a set of twelve.  (I had started the one that’s most finished, forgot about it, and started the other. That’s why there are two in progress.)  6 are finished and I hope to use all of them this year.  Stitching on perforated paper has been a great experience. Don’t hesitate to give it a try.  2 Santas


51ZH54d0IeL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_I have created an entire book of Christmas Card Charts that would look awesome on perforated paper.  The charts work up easily and can be stitched throughout the year.  When Christmas comes you’ll have some really beautiful card/gifts for those awesome people in your life.


Blessings to you and yours!