It's a very rainy morning as I'm writing this. Hubby is starting his brisket down in St. Joseph for an event we hope will take place despite more thunderstorms (some with severe warnings) are to come into the area this afternoon between 4-7 pm, the time when we would be serving food into the evening until 8 pm....
***Update*** So, I just deleted what I had typed in this section about waiting to see about today's event. A few minutes ago they announced on their Facebook Page that they will be holding the event but it'll start 1/2 hour later after the rain stops, so that the band has time to set up to start at 7 pm. They said for folks to come after the rain, as due to COVID they have only a very limited indoor space for people to gather.***
Well that's good news. I got a load of laundry in - might as well while I'm typing this short update (which got quite long actually now looking over it)....so I should check on it before we head out.
So I better get this sent off so that we can prepare to take the equipment trailer down and get it set up at least.
Friday, August 14: BBQ!!!
Place: Milk & Honey Ciders
11738 County Road 51
Town: St. Joseph, MN
The band "Church of Cash" will be playing - we just heard that the event WILL GO ON after the rain stops. So instead of 6:30 pm, the music will start around 7 pm.
We probably will start serving around that time as well, since tents would not be safe in case a strong storm blows through....
Check out "Warrens Famous BBQ" on Facebook. Click button below for updates!
Events wise, there is nothing lined up until October and hopefully the one crafts show at the American Legion in St. Augusta will take place. So far they are still looking to do the show and are looking for vendors. This is a show I've done with this event coordinator for a few years and I really like the show. It's small, but it's fun and the people are cool, plus you can order food from the Legion, which is by the way pretty darn good!
I hope to also hold my annual Jewelry Open House in October again. Due to Covid I most likely will not hold it inside my home as in the past years, but hope to have my little shop, the "she-shed" fixed up enough to where I can put my displays inside there and have some heat going in case it'll be cold.
Also hopefully we will finish that part of the yard in front of the shed to where you can actually walk on paved stone instead of weeds and it'll be landscaped nice.
Should we not get this done.... I'll have to do some thinking on how to hold the show this year to keep you, my customers comfortable and healthy as well as my family too. Maybe it'll be by appointment where I won't have folks gathering together like in past years.
If we can be outside that would be perfect! Maybe setting up my tent in the driveway and display my jewelry like I would at an outdoor show might work also. Then, if it's nice we can sit on the deck and still visit.
But this is all still a couple months away yet....
Music wise, I'm working on a new song. At the moment titled plain "Jesus" and it's about who He is and what He means to me (us). Lyrics are there, melody is still not in my head quite yet.
Otherwise no music events as all has been cancelled for the rest of the year. However God always opened doors on very short notice for me music wise, so I'm ok with nothing being scheduled. I think for how life is right now - that's the best thing. No expectations, no disappointments, no planning - just letting God move.
If you've been following the news, everything seems dismal and if you are getting depressed or angry because of the news - TURN OFF THE NEWS!!! I have! Now that doesn't mean I don't scan through to see if there's something I do need to know about, but I'm careful which news I follow and what I'm supposed to pay attention to and I'm selective to hear news which presents events of today in a biblical perspective. Use discernment of the Holy Spirit.
Most of all my eyes have turned to my Bible more, for in the Word of God I find wisdom, direction, calmness and God's leading. We need to be repentant, humble, seeking the Lord more than ever. If we are a follower of Christ, we need to live as He did, act as He did and show kindness even when it is not returned or we are attacked. It's hard, but gosh I see so many people hating on one another because of politics, masks, skin color, opinions. We need to allow one another to be who we are and to have different views and opinions. Yet, NONE of these will matter in light of eternity. The ONLY thing that matters is, if Christ is your Savior and your name is written in the Lambs book of Life!
Are we to care about the world we live in and seek the good for it? YES. In Jeremiah 29:7 it says: Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare. (NASB)
This scripture refers to a city, but our country is made up of many cities and a lot of the big ones have had some major turmoil in them! Also remember that once we are saved we are not of this world, we are exiles here.
Man's way of "fixing" the wrongs or the issues of today will never work, unless we all have repented hearts and do it God's way. All the "self" (add any word: care, help, sufficiency) is all built on self, within ourselves. We are so messed up we can't help ourselves! The help we need comes from the Lord!
I too get discouraged - I've lost most of my business since March with no shows (jewelry or music) on the horizon except possibly October. It's not been easy and I'm sure for many of you it's probably even worse. However, we cannot put our trust in government or anything else. We MUST TRUST GOD! ....remain strong, remain focused and do not give up or give in! Also remember the CHOICES you make today will affect your tomorrows....
Remember it's the ENEMY OF OUR SOUL who comes to kill, steal and destroy!
Psalm 121:1-3: I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He wo keeps you will not slumber. (NASB)
Love you all,
Happy 4th of July!
As the Independence holiday approaches, we are busy with fireworks sales. Hence a very short update.
Wanted to let you guys know that this year we only have ONE fireworks tent with TNT. We are no longer in Waite Park at Westside Liquor. So if you've been stopping by there, you've probably noticed strange people there.... and we don't know them. We decided to 'lighten the load' and not have the stress of 2 tents this year.
So where are we?
💥We are at the COBORNS parking lot in SAUK RAPIDS!!!💥
Our tent is open 💥every day from 🧨10-9🧨 - except 🧨Sunday July 5 from 12-4.🧨
Weather permitting.....and no Thunderstorms in the forecast - on the evening of July 5 we are considering doing some informal music 🎸🎼 at 6 pm in the TNT fireworks tent. Bring your own lawn chair, we will sit in the round, come hang out and let’s have a time of fellowship. Check the Sam Scales Music Facebook page for updates should weather be bad! (www.facebook.com/SamScalesMusic)
Come see us!!
Saturday, July 11: BBQ!!!
Place: Milk & Honey Ciders
11738 County Road 51
Town: St. Joseph, MN
The Milk & Honey Ciders place have a few events going on and they are trying out Warren for food that day. We may do more if they like his food. So if you've been wanting Warren's BBQ and since all our other events have been cancelled - here's your chance! 😊
Also, all my events for the rest of the year have been cancelled as well, so please check my Etsy store for your jewelry gifting needs, or - if you just want to buy a unique piece you can show off! I'd much appreciate it! www.Etsy.com/shop/NotesNBling.
All my jewelry is now listed!!!
Now we hope we all will have a fun, wonderful celebration holiday without any crazy things happening.... Happy 4th y'all!!
Ah dear friends,
once again our nation has been shaken! The catalyst was horrifying, unnecessary, cold with no regard for life. The protests are justified and necessary - however the destruction and stealing uncalled for and in a way took away the voices of those who are advocating peacefully but rightfully for change!
The results of ungodliness and SIN are ever more rearing its head and unless we, as the people of God, begin to repent and turn from our own wicked ways and humble ourselves and pray - we will continue to see the effects of sin. God WILL heal our land, but we have a lot of work to do in the spiritual realm.
At the moment of writing this I still haven't wrapped my head around it all.... it starts with each one of us, each individually seeking the Lord of how we can shine His light. Maybe it's not in a grand scheme for many of us, but we each can reach, comfort, help, encourage and actually LISTEN to: a neighbor, a person of color, someone who is going through hard times, someone who has lost a loved one, first responders, a law enforcement officer (not all are bad!!!!).
I have often wondered what the significance of the masks is. Now please hear my heart, I'm not talking at all about the virus and the need for the social distancing, the need for protection. I'm talking about a spiritual significance of this virus showing up and we all wear masks. Like as if prophetically we have been shut up. Muffled. As to be quiet. As not to speak out. Or as in we HAVE been quiet, we haven't spoken out. Spoken the TRUTH of the Word.
As churches (rather I should say buildings) are "opening back up" we now should wear masks especially when singing?!!? This brought tears to my eyes and spiritually it bothers me extremely and deeply. SPIRITUALLY I see this as if our praises are muffled. Stopped in their effectiveness! Maybe this is a physical manifestation of what has already has taken place spiritually over the last few years...?
Social distancing....again maybe another prophetic significance of how we as the church have been distancing ourselves from one another - way before the actual virus had us do this physically? Have we distanced ourselves from people because of their differing views on whatever the strife of the day is? Have we distanced ourselves from our brothers and sisters because we don't agree with them? So much division alone in the church. We act like the world does!!!!
We have stood by and agreed with the world on abortions and homosexuality and the moral decline in our country is off the roof! We are not to "throw away" the people caught up in it, but we must deal with the SIN!!
Finally, have we thus distanced ourselves from God also? Have we distanced ourselves from true faith? Real faith? Jesus said in Luke 7:8 in the last part: However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? I'll be the first to admit, I'm not always strong with walking in faith. Stuff shakes me! I have worries, fears too.... But then I'm always reminded that God is still in control and I MUST TRUST Him!
So, please....take it for what it is - MY thoughts, things I'm sensing in the Spirit, things I've been wondering about. Trying to look at this from a possibility of spiritual significance aspect and I hope you allow me to present this to you. You may not agree, or you may, and that's ok too.
I fear for my fellow human beings and brothers and sisters in Christ of color, of other nationalities and white too. We are all created in God's image, something we seem to forget!
What is happening in our country and all over the world is the result of SIN, plain and simple. When have we truly repented? I'm not sure if we can still reach this society for God 🤷♀️, I pray it's not too late. Today is the day to start.....
Pray, seek God, have compassion, be caring, treat other human beings with kindness no matter how they treat you! It starts with us individually reaching the individual!
There are NO events for MUSIC or JEWELRY (or even BBQ) 😢, as now ALL of scheduled summer events have been cancelled by the events coordinators. We are still hoping for one August event for BBQ at the Summerfest in Deerwood, MN.....
JEWELRY however is available online in my Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/NotesNBling
All my new summer line is listed as are most of my designs. I was SO excited to show it - so please take a look. I'll be running a few sales here and there throughout the summer.
So, by the time shows can start it'll be fall already and I'll have to start working on a new fall line.... 🤔
FIREWORKS for Warren and I starts up end of June and runs through July 5. For some reason the Fireworks Tent sales have been declared "essential". 🤷♀️
So, since we had agreed to do the two tents again this year, we must fulfill our obligations.
We will have a TNT tent at Westside Liquor again in Waite Park (across from the Mall and Scheels) and our other tent will be in Sauk Rapids at the Coborns Grocery Store.
We pray for a good season, since there is no other income for us this summer with all the cancelled events (including BBQ events)....
We would love if you'd come by to get your fireworks from us if you're doing fireworks at home and we'd appreciate it a lot if you could share with your friends about our locations.
We will have social distancing in place and also the shopping experience will be a bit different as it usually was in past years, but we will have fun and still help you find the fun fireworks you're looking for.
Let's keep the focus where it should be. On our precious Lord and Savior and upon the Word of God! The following verses are SO good. What principles to live by in these days!
Psalm 37:1-9. 1. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2. For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
3. Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 . Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.
7. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
Wow, has the world changed since my last Music Notes (March)!!!
After the "Pot-O-Gold" event in Chicago, everything shut down and Toilet Paper was nowhere to be found 🙄.
All my upcoming shows were cancelled - bam - just like that, life changed! 😳
It is certainly been a time to be grateful for what we had, what we still have and what we still can do. Life changes in a moment, but God never does and THAT my friends is the anchor I hold on to!
I'm grateful that as far as working from home, not much has changed for me, but for a lot of you - work life has become different, for others of you more stressful, for some of you (especially medical and grocery) more dangerous as you are around either sick people or around people all day long.
Honestly, I don't want to dwell on the current situation too much....I'm sure many of you feel sick and tired of hearing the name in the news and the ads and the announcements in stores. Many of you believers have been praying and standing on Psalm 91... if you have not read that one lately, do so. It will encourage you. I've added Psalm 119 to my reading list and began posting a portion of that Psalm each day on my Music Facebook Page. So grateful for the Word of God!
So there will be no UPCOMING EVENTS listed this month. I'm considering some "live" music online via my Facebook page.... but I'll let you know when that happens.
Since everything is shut down, my jewelry business went from doing well to "zero" and that's been sad 😥. I've met so many cool new folks at the shows and SO enjoyed my customers, fans & friends I got to see at each of the shows. I miss the conversations, helping people pick that perfect piece, share some love, give encouragement or share God's love. THAT part has been very difficult.
So.....this forced me to go online and restart my Etsy shop again and if you are reading this on a laptop, or computer screen, there's a picture on the right "I'm on ETSY". If you click that it'll take you to my store. I've been doing daily store updates and there are over 100 items listed now 😮! (I know, right?....for months it was only 5 bracelets 🤪🤪🤪)
If you are on a phone, that link is probably on the very bottom..... so please take a look and if you have any questions or want something in a specific color, just reach out to me via the store.
ON THE HOMEFRONT:
Warren has been laid off from school bus driving since school is no longer in session, however we are grateful that he will get paid until the end of this school year. What happens once fall rolls around remains yet to be seen with all this uncertainty.... Let's pray all will be back to 'normal'. He is really disappointed too that there are no ball games he can umpire. He has truly enjoyed that and the kids and parents. Summer will definitely look different for us this year as there aren't as many BBQs either.
But on the bright side... it's gonna get WARMER in Minnesota and the sun will hopefully shine more and we can be out in the yard - which needs a LOT of attention 😃!! Warren can also enjoy is kayak and fishing more.
I have been staying SO busy at home, I can't believe it. I'm re-organizing my jewelry studio and I've discovered a lot of cool stuff I had ordered and totally forgotten about. Soon I'll be making more new things. I have to admit, this present situation took the wind out of me and I just haven't had the motivation to create more jewelry at the moment. There were just some things that needed to be cleaned out, cleaned up and one of those places was the BASEMENT! Gah.....why does all.the.stuff. collect in the basement??? Does that happen to you guys too? Today I poured leftover paint out of the starting-to-get-rusty metal cans into plastic paint containers I got at Menards on Thursday..... Now if I need to fix a nick on a wall, I can actually open the paint container! aaaanddd, ALL the paint fit on ONE shelf! LOL. There were a lot of empty cans down there. Now why? Really...why? Empty cans? Seriously. Y'all, that's why I needed this time to really sort through stuff.
Have you guys seen all those ridiculously funny memes and gifs on Facebook lately? Some of them have me just rolling!
Y'all, keep your humor, laugh with your family, play with your kids, find fun things to do, keep your mind on the bright side, stay healthy, spend wisely, trust God and keep the faith.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8.
🌺Warm Spring Greetings everyone! 🌷
In Minnesota we have Spring Break, hubby is "out of school" from bus driving this week ....and our plans were changed. We are not going to see his family in Oklahoma as we had hoped. Instead he will be having surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) and we would appreciate your prayers. Nothing serious, just something that needs to be done.
Otherwise I'm gearing up for my NotesNBling Spring shows, with the first one being this weekend (March 7th) at the Sartell Community Center. I've gotten a lot of new beads and leather in, so I'm excited to work on my spring and summer designs.
Music wise, we have been playing at our church for a series of evening services, singing with worship leader Aaron Sutton and that's been a learning curve for me, but a lot of fun! Currently music plans are to stay fairly local (that would include Wisconsin, that's local enough, haha) since I have so many jewelry shows coming up in March and April. Hoping to look into the south for a couple music dates around June, but we will have to see how things develop. God directs the steps and opens the doors! We go where they open.
Well, on to the upcoming events so you guys know where to find me!
Date: Saturday, March 7 (NotesNBling)
Event: Sartell Business Showcase
Place: Sartell Community Center
850 19th Street S.
Town: Sartell, MN
I'll be set up at this event with my jewelry (NotesNBling) and hubby Warren will also have his BBQ Sauce table there as well. Our Sartell Winter Farmers Market is part of this event and there will be additional vendors, crafters and businesses showcasing their wares or information. We enjoyed it last year, so come check it out and see us!
Date: Saturday, March 14 (NotesNBling)
Event: Pot-O-Gold Craft & Vendor Fair
Place: Smith's Central Garage
3315 Pearl Street
Town: McHenry, IL
I'm excited to be part of this event, because my daughter Cindy and her friends Sammi and Sue are organizing craft and vendor shows and this will be their first adventure! Of course I'll support that and hopefully gain more fans of my jewelry in the Chicago area too. I'll be doing another show with them in July so if you're in the Chicago area....you may want to keep that in mind and your eyes peeled for announcements on my NotesNBling Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/NotesNBling.
Date: Saturday, March 21 (NotesNBling)
Event: "Just For Fun" Vendor & Craft Sale by Steph Theis
Place: Eagles Club
730. 41st Ave. N
Town: St. Cloud, MN
This will be my third show with Steph and she does such a wonderful event! It's worth coming out because she has such a good variety of not just vendors but also crafters and handmade items. Plus she has drawings for some amazing prizes for the attending shoppers!! You don't want to miss this one!
Date: Saturday, March 21. (Music only this year) THIS DATE IS NOT CONFIRMED OFFCIALLY YET!
Time: 11-7 (time for whole event)
Sam Scales Music Time Slot: TBD - will be sometime after 4 pm
Event: Empty Bowls
Place: City Hope Church
413 Franklin Ave. NE
Town: St. Cloud, MN
We always have been part of this event, either with just music or both with music and jewelry. This year the conflict of date is with me being at the Eagles Club for the Vendor/Craft show, I won't be set up with my jewelry for this event, however I may be playing music, but I won't be there until after 3 pm and hope to get a time slot after 4 pm or so.... Stay tuned on my Music Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SamScalesMusic), or look back here when the date is close.
As of this writing (March2) I have not seen an announcement made yet on Place Of Hope's Facebook Page or website.... I'll keep you posted.
I'll be rolling out my spring collection slowly but surely! I'm excited about some design ideas I've been mulling over and the new supplies I've ordered. The beach glass and recycled glass beads are in, the new leathers are on their way today! YEY!!
Some items will be already at the March 7th show in Sartell, more will be along to Chicago/McHenry show middle March and then on the 21st at the Eagles Club I'll have more styles with beach glass and leather, so mark your calendars!
For now most will only be available at shows, or check out my Facebook page www.facebook.com/NotesNBling. Nothing on Etsy yet.
This past Sunday our message in church was "The One Who Can Control The Storm" and the scripture portion was Mark 4:35-41.
With so much happening in the world and some friends struggling with the issue of fear (and I'm not exempt from this either), I thought this be a good thing to share today. It's very very brief, but just some points to ponder on.
Have you heard the phrase "It's not what you know, it's WHO you know?
Sometimes that doesn't go in our favor does it? The other person got the promotion because of who they knew, even though you might have been a better candidate due to your knowledge and experience.
But sometimes it does. For example, I've always wanted to meet certain well known musicians in the Christian Music world and because of who I knew, I got to meet quite a few of them and some even became friends. That's pretty awesome. Now this was a desire of my heart, however in the scheme of things not really significant, but God granted it anyways.
So it is important who you know and in Christianity it is absolutely vital who you know! It works in our favor! We must know Jesus!
So in this text the main point is to get to know who Jesus is.
The disciples and Jesus got into a boat to go 'to the other side'. There was a storm. Plan was to get to the other side but there was stuff happening in the middle. Jesus is absolutely trustworthy because when He says something you can count on that it will be fulfilled no matter what happens in the middle. They did get to the other side.
Faith is trusting in God and His Word. He will see us through whatever we are going through.
Faith is not a blind leap in the dark and it's not cosmic string pulling.
Jesus is human. He fell asleep in the boat...in the midst of a storm. Why could He sleep in all that roar of waves and wind? Because Jesus as human could sleep because He was completely trusting in His Father. You know Lotti Moon made a statement: "I am immortal until my work is done".
Worry is a serious issue you need to take to Him to eradicate it!! God wants to help us to overcome worry. Worry says "I don't trust You". Worry says: "You don't care about me". Worry takes away joy and instead brings death to our soul (mind, will, emotions). This past year I've really worked on putting this into practice, to trust rather than to sit there and fret about everything!
Worry does not add one day to our life. Matthew 6:27 - Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Remember, Jesus as human CAN relate to us - but He still is GOD!
Jesus is Almighty God. John 1:1-3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Jesus created everything and not one thing that was created was made without Him creating it! Some may say that Jesus was the first created being, but you would have to exist first before anything can even be created. Jesus was already because nothing was created without being created by Him! Always go by the Bible and know truth as we read in John 1:1-3.
Jesus is in control of nature. He calmed the storm. Jesus is in control of the demonic realm. He rebuked the wind.
Fear looks at the storm. FAITH LOOKS AT JESUS.
Faith looks at the Savior! So keep looking to Him, study your Bible, read it, get it in you, let Him strengthen you through His Word, PRAY (which means conversation with God every day not some formula you pray through), get to know Him and then trust Him. Although answers may not look like what we expect, but they come and they are always good for us.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, where your help comes from!
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Psalm 100 Scripture
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.