Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #87

Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #87

I have decided to take the challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ.  The challenge is based on Romans 8:28. “And we KNOW that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his PURPOSE.” Romans 8:28 Marilynn, the challenge hostess, offers a beautiful devotional thought on the passage: To me there are 3 very interesting words in this passage. Know, All, and Purpose. KNOW. I love that it says that we know. Not that we wish, we hope, or we think. To me it is so comforting that I can know that God is working things for my good even when I don’t see how. I love the saying “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.” ALL. The word All in it’s very nature is inclusive. It is the good AND the bad. The big things AND the little things. It is easy to see how God can use good things to work for good, but harder, if not impossible to see how he used bad things to work for good. Sometimes God gives us a glimpse of how he used something bad to work out for our good and then there are other times that I believe we will have to wait until Heaven to see the big picture. One of the times I was able to see His working things for my good started 16 years ago. I was 3 months into the pregnancy when Nikki died. I was devastated. My baby dying, to me, was a very bad thing. How could...
Wordart Wednesday- New Life Challenge

Wordart Wednesday- New Life Challenge

Since it is spring in the USA, how about creating something symbolizing New Life…this can be Easter, butterflies, flowers…..etc.   Take it one step further and only use items from your stash. Therefore, making something new out of old. I used wordart from the Easter Blessings set found in the Faithfully Yours shop.  I recolored the wordart, a tutorial is available here. Once wordart was recolored and sized, I printed out on a scrap of green cardstock. I love using items from my stash to create something...

Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #71

I have decided to take the challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ.  Each time I visit their site, I leave thinking, “I should participate in a challenge.”  So, today I’m doing it. The challenge is based on Ruth 2:12, which declares a promise that the faithful are invited to take refuge under the mighty wings of God Himself. Chris Olsen offers a beautiful devotional thought on the passage– Ruth 2:12: “May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” The challenge is to design a project using the theme of “wings”. Here is my submission. Materials used: Moonlight Lime cardstock Moonlight Quarter Lime cardstock white cardstock polka dot Cuttlebug embossing folder Spellbinders die label #7 Ruth 2:12 wordart butterfly stamps border punch ribbon rosette flower and punched flower made from cardstock...

What will your legacy be?

Did you know that August is “What will be your legacy?” month? What Will Be Your Legacy Month is a time for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect future generations. The seeds, whether positive or negative, that we plant in our children’s lives, will grow and reflect our teachings. Have you ever thought about what your legacy to your children will be? Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 Whether you scrapbook, keep a journal or share/live your faith in other creative ways, take time to plan your legacy. Yes, the month is half over, but there is still time to plan and the rest of your life to live out your faith. I ran across this layout in the old gallery and thought appropriate. Layout by Suzi Wollman What will be your legacy? Challenge: Create a layout, write in your journal or discover a scripture verse that describes the legacy you want to leave? Need accountability? Leave a comment, post to the gallery and share your...

Monday Motivator-How to live your faith

This week 3 out of 4 of my girls are at church camp.  My youngest, Kori, is at home. She has a week of “mom and me” activities planned. Today is the mall.  We already have the scrapbook paper and stickers to document our day. Before heading out to the mall, we took a picture of the two of us with her sisters’ puppies and made a quick card to send to them.  Can you believe I forgot to scan the card to share?  But I do have the original picture. Funny eh? I thought this week I would do something different and share some wisdom from an 8 year old. Monday Motivator-Encouragement to Live Your Faith Kori says, “You can live your faith by reading your Bible and praying to God.  You can go to church and learn about God more. You can always trust God.” Challenge: Create a layout documenting how you live your...

Challenge Thursday

I decided to participate in the weekly challenge over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ. The challenge hostess is Lisa Hjulberg. Here is the scripture she chose: 2 Timothy 1-6 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” The challenge is to make a Father’s Day card/project…or a masculine card. Lisa’s thoughts on the challenge: When I knew my turn was coming to host the challenge, and that it would be the week before Father’s Day, naturally I thought the challenge should be to make a Father’s Day card, but which scripture? Of course, I thought about our Heavenly Father… the greatest father of all… and the endless number of scriptures referring to God’s love for us. But I was looking for something that was more about our earthly fathers… or at least what our earthly fathers should be. My search led to 2 Timothy. Paul wrote to Timothy from prison, exhorting him to guard the gospel, to persevere in it, to keep on preaching it, and, if necessary, to suffer for it… for the...

Thought Thursday-Unexpected Time of Refreshment

I’ve been reading “One in a million-journey to your promised land” by Priscilla Shirer. In her book, Priscilla talks about how the Hebrews wandered around in the wilderness complaining and missing God’s blessings. But despite their complaining, God provided an unexpected time of refreshment. 22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah. [e] ) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” 25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” 27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water. ~Exodus 15:22-27 Can you think of a time when during your wandering in the wilderness, God provided a time of refreshment?  There are a few examples: a check in the mail when you were...

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