Sunday, May 1, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 87. . . Romans 8:28

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Our hostess this week is the introspective and talented MariLynn, who has selected this well known and well loved verse from 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."

Her challenge is for you to NOT use designer paper, the paper must start out as a solid color.

Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps. You can see the rest of the creations by the design team on the home blog here and my design sister Kris used a beautiful strawberry stamp that I didn't know existed before today and now feel the need to own. :) You can also read MariLynn's thoughts on her chosen verse.

What does that verse mean to me? I think there are a lot of ways to interpret it and I have to be careful when I read it. I tend to think of it more in terms of what it does not mean.

God works for the good of those who love him . . . God's eternal view of what is deemed good isn't necessarily the American cultural view of what we would think of as good. I need to leave that word up to God's interpretation.

God works . . . he's not the only one who is to be working. If we are called according to his purpose, then we have a job, a purpose here on earth to fulfill before we go to our eternal home and we need to be busy about doing it. That purpose will differ for everyone, but ultimately our purpose is to bring God glory. So it does not mean God does the work, I sit back and wait for heaven to come along some day. I'll be interested to read the thoughts of the other designers on this verse.

In the meantime, I used last week's sketch from Card Patterns, too late to enter it on their blog, but it helped me figure out what to do on this challenge. I started with white, red and blue paper. Gingham has always been popular but seems to really be making a resurgence; I've seen three stamp companies introduce gingham-style stamps in the past few months, but luckily I purchased a gingham background stamp a long while ago and can play along with this trend.

The image is from Clear Dollar Stamps and I don't know if you can tell from this photo or not, but I put a little strip of glitter on the blue burst behind the sentiment to help it stand out a bit more. If someone is "spoon-tacular" I think they need a little bling!

Thanks for looking. Hope you can play along this week!

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "Kitchen Clutter", CHF gingham backgrounder, SU retired background (flowers)
Ink: red, black
Paper: red, white, blue
Other: glitter, nestabilities, copics, gingham and other ribbon, scalloped edge die



16 comments:

Becky said...

Good morning Peggysue,
Fabulous card this morning and wonderful insight into the scripture this morning.
Hugs :)

Wendy M said...

Love, love, love this card... fabulous.

Also appreciate your words: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 87. . . Romans 8:28

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Our hostess this week is the introspective and talented MariLynn, who has selected this well known and well loved verse from 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."


Her challenge is for you to NOT use designer paper, the paper must start out as a solid color.


Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps. You can see the rest of the creations by the design team on the home blog here and my design sister Kris used a beautiful strawberry stamp that I didn't know existed before today and now feel the need to own. :) You can also read MariLynn's thoughts on her chosen verse.


What does that verse mean to me? I think there are a lot of ways to interpret it and I have to be careful when I read it. I tend to think of it more in terms of what it does not mean.


"God works for the good of those who love him . . . God's eternal view of what is deemed good isn't necessarily the American cultural view of what we would think of as good. I need to leave that word up to God's interpretation..."

So true Peggysue.

Hugs
Wendy M xx

Wendy M said...

Oops! I meant to copy and paste your words Peggysue - Mariylnn's words were excellent also but I particularly loved what you said about God's interpretation of what is good...

Wendy M xx

Miesje said...

Hello Peggysue - love that card - love the images and the colors and well, love the card. Your devotion is quite powerful today - touched me! And thanks, yesterday brought a nice surprise ;-)! Have a wonderful week!

Kristine said...

Love your card Ps!! I just saw that very stamp set yesterday that you used here. The gingham is perfect for a kitcheny look ;0)

Wonderful Insight on the verse too! Thank you for sharing.

ANd THANK YOU SO MUCH for the blessing in the mail, which I got reeealy late last night as we were out to a concert and grabbed dinner at 9 p.m. and got the mail on the way in. It's beautiful and such a nice surprise. You are so thoughtful ... thank you!! =)
Hugs,
Kris

MariLynn said...

OOOH so pretty! I love that gingham background stamp. It has such a country feel to it. I agree with what you said about good. I hope you have a blessed week my friend.

Grace said...

Hi Peggysue! Oh I so agree with every word you shared!!! I often hear people quote just the first part of this verse.... God works all things together for good.... and leave it there! Truth is... there is a condition and you nailed it! God's ways are not always our ways but they are always the best ways!!! Oh don't let me get started! LOL! I love your homespun and pretty card!!! Loved this sketch and you used it perfectly! I too want to thank you so much for the happy mail I received last night!!! It put a huge smile on my face, and especially because I loved that one so much when you posted it!!! I will treasure it forever! Thank you!!! Have a wonderful week!!!
hugs,
grace

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a beautiful card Peggysue!! I just love your background, the gingham and the image. Such an awesome country feel. What a great take on the scripture!! We all do have a "purpose in Him".
hugs and blessings,
Chris

Traci M said...

I also agree with your words and the condition of the promise...Peggysue, and the thoughtfulness you've added to this verse.
What a pretty country card, love the gingham and the background you've created!! Thanks to my friend, I too have an awesome gingham background stamp!

Sharron said...

Peggysue, this is so pretty! I love the homespun feel with the red & blue and of course the sweet gingham! I just ordered a gingham set from Waltzingmouse and am anxious to be able to play with some gingham designs too! Happy Week!!

Terri said...

Great card, Love the gingham and all the other elements you used too.

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Peggysue, this is adorable! I like gingham a lot and you've done a great job with this! The flowere roller used on the white bg really adds a pretty contrast. And the glitter bling is just right!

Diane said...

What a simply adorable card. That was a great challenge, and I love your rendition of the design part of the challenge. Plus your devotional thoughts as always are thought provoking and right on target. Just wanted to tell you I appreciate you!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

PeggySue, what a fabulous card...love that fun image! Your BG is amazing too! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Peggysue - this is adorable!!I love your take on this weeks challenge! Gorgeous image and fabulous colours! Your words are always so true and right to the point - thank you my friend!!! {{{hugs}}}

Basslady said...

very cute and lovely card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo