Easter Cross

Easter Cross

by Carrie Sunderlin My inspiration for the cross is that Mercy and Grace meet at the cross. Mercy is not getting what we deserve, whereas grace is the opposite. Grace gives us the things we don’t deserve. So through Jesus sacrifice we obtained mercy in that we deserved punishment for our sin, but Jesus was merciful and took our punishment for us. By doing that he gave us grace in that we don’t deserve salvation, blessings, health, provision, joy, and all the other inheritances of the promises of Abraham. But we receive them all through his atoning sacrifice. His sacrifice brought us so much more than just our entry into heaven, it freed us from the bondage of the law, it made us heirs with Christ so that all his riches become our riches. It was the great exchange: He became poor so that we could become rich, he bore our sickness and infirmities so that we could be healthy view website and strong, he bore our sin so we could shake it off, he knew shame so that we never have to be shameful again, he was a man of sorrows so that we could know his joy, he was despised and rejected by men so that we could be loved and accepted by the Father, he stepped down from his position in heaven so that we could gain entrance. Hallelujah!!! What a savior. I made this cross to be beautiful, because it is a symbol of the beauty of Jesus’ finished work. It’s a symbol of how much he loves us, and that is a beautiful thing....
Shimmer for the Lord

Shimmer for the Lord

Today I would like to introduce you to another new design team member-Barbara Graves. (aka Blessed Ladybug)  I ran across her blog one day and had to ask her to apply for the design team position.  I just love her work and her love for the Lord.  See what I mean… Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a native New Yorker, where scrapbook stores are far and wide. I started scrapbooking in 2001, but I’ve been card making since 1994. I recently relocated in June 2008 to Raleigh, NC. We trusted in GOD and stepped out in faith. I left my job of 15 years to trust in God and step out on Faith and it was the best thing that ever happened to me…. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, after taking several tests and No treatments other than Praying. A lot of praying. God delivered me from cancer in 2007, and still I’m cancer free after 5 yrs. To God be the Glory…. Why did you start faith booking? As my faith got stronger and my testimonies kept coming, I just felt better when I scrapbooked about my Faith…. Then I started watching blogs like – Patter Cross. She does some awesome challenges about Bible study. I’ve been following her since 2007 and taking part in all her yearlong challenges….I love creating things altered and making cards and even scrapbooking so why not scrap about the mighty God I serve… What is your favorite way to incorporate your faith into your projects? I love to include scriptures, and or charms like a cross, rubber stamped...
Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord

Stewardship Saturday Today I created a card using recycled tissue paper. For Kimi’s birthday, she received a gift bag stuffed with beautiful, coordinating tissue papers. I just knew I had to reuse it. Using scallop circle punches and dies, I punched out several circles in several sizes with the various tissues.  Then I simply stacked and add a jewel brad.  The blue layer I stamped the stitches with the We R Memory Keepers Sew Stamper tool.  I also distressed the edges.  Added the sentiment and was done.  A pretty quick card using scraps! Your assignment: Praise the Lord by being a good steward. Recycle or use up some...
Color Me Happy

Color Me Happy

I participated in the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge found here.  The challenge is based on James 1:2-3. “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” This is not the first time I’ve run across this verse this past week.  Traci is the challenge host this week. I would like to share with you what she had to say about this verse. I’ve been participating in a Bible study on the book of James this past several weeks. When we came to this verse, I was immediately drawn to the meaning of the word “various.” This word is translated: poikilois: existing in various kinds of modes, diversified, manifold, variegated, many- colored.  As a stamper you can imagine the words, “many colored,” caught my attention. When I think of “many- colored,” my mind rests on brightly colored poppies in green meadows, the aurora borealis sky, or the variegated greens of the lush walking trails I remember while living in Oregon. But when looking at my own set of recent trials, the first color that came to mind was gray. The stretch of gray that descended like a canopy of bleakness over a sky that did not contain a sun. I had to ask myself, is this what God is trying to produce in me? Instead of stalwart of faith; I was allowing this trial to take my very feet from under me and become a victim rather than a victor. Then the bouquet of flowers arrived. There they were, a dozen roses, in beautiful hues of pale...
Whoooo Loves You?

Whoooo Loves You?

I bought these stamps awhile ago and finally am using them.  They worked out great for the challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ. Miesje Flach is the challenge hostess this week! “Once more will he fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with rejoicing.”  Job 8:21 I heard on the radio the other morning that laughter is healthy, in fact it is infectious. Oh how true that is. When someone smiles it is natural to smile back. It is even very difficult to NOT laugh when we hear others laughing. I believe that God wants us to be happy and to share that with others.  We all go through times that are challenging – although most of us never have to go through all that Job went through! When we do walk through difficult times we have a choice – we can choose to show others that we have given ourselves over to God and His plan for us. Really, for me, there is no other choice. My husband and I have spent many years working with couples through our church. One statement that is so hard for me to understand is, “He/she just doesn’t make me happy anymore.” Goodness, happiness comes from within! We choose to be happy or not. Mother Theresa said, “Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray.” Great quote because loving God is joyful! This year we got a new principal at our school. He is full of energy and enthusiasm and joy. He...
True to Your Style

True to Your Style

I participated in the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge found here.  The challenge is based on Philippians 4:8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things… This verse has been reoccuring for me lately.  This is my go to verse whenever I have those negative thoughts running through my head.  Earlier this week I was reading a chapter in Made to Crave and thought of this verse.  Then a day or so later the chapter specifically talked about this verse.  And something else a blog post or my morning reading brought me to this verse again.  Hmm….is God trying to tell me something? The challenge this week is to create a card/project true to your style – show us who you really are! Hmm…what is my style?  I tend to describe my style as simple yet elegant. (just my thoughts)  I also tend to use up scraps from previous projects, especially when it comes to making cards.  So this week, as I sat down to create, looking around at what was left on my scrap table, this is what I came up with.  Is it true to my style?  Yes, I think so. The background is the trust overlay I created for this project.  It is eather a practice print-out or a mess up.  Either way, I was able to use it!  🙂  The white was pretty bright, so I stippled on some blue...

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