Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ, where our stamping challenges are based on scripture. This week's hostess is the uber-talented Chris, who selected this verse from Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles." Her challenge this week is for you to use something with wings and a biblical verse on your creation.
Our sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread Designs and one randomly selected winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to their store, so we're hoping you find a chance to play along!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
And here we are at day four of the Mark's Finest Papers September release! AGain, I am not part of the official hop today (and my photo here is rather crooked!) but you will find the hop order above to be able to enter to win this set, Get Your Broom On! I stamped and embossed the images in black and then simply used some twinkling H20s in deep blue and purple to paint a Halloween sky in the background. Have fun and happy hopping!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Just a quick note of explanation for what I created above; I posted 2 cards using the pumpkin/fox image to show two different coloring mediums, but when they're on the blog post itself its really hard to tell there's much of a difference! The top one uses watercolor crayons while the bottom image uses copic markers. That's all.
As for the third card, I stamped the leaf image in versamark and then shook a bit of three different embossing powders on the stamped images; gold, silver and copper. Sometimes when the sun comes through the trees onto the ground the leaves are just illuminated in a way that makes them look like they're metal, not real leaves . . .that was the thinking there. Thanks for looking and happy hopping!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
I chose this verse from Thessalonians in particular because it represents almost the exact opposite of what we see in society today. I don’t recall a time period when there were more ‘reality’ shows-- voyeuristic invitations to intrude upon the private lives of stars or aspirants in a desperate bid to garner public attention.
And what an odd juxtaposition of words in the first phrase…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…isn’t it everyone’s ambition to be famous, wealthy, popular like the people on these TV shows? But how often do we witness tragic results from the toxic combination of wealth, self-promotion, boredom and fame?
Some people are called into the spotlight naturally or by accident, through a heroic act, public service or the display and use of special gift or talent given them by God, such as music or athletics.
We might long to be in the spotlight, at least once in a while. However, most of us lead a “quiet life,” raising a family, going to work, going to church, cleaning house, cooking dinner, leading Awanas, coaching Little League, visiting elderly parents and the list goes on. Can you see the value in these things? This passage affirms that God does.
God’s plan has work for us all and the quiet life can accomplish much within a family and a community. I have a friend who purposes to live a ‘quiet life’ and in this life has given gifts of the work of her hands that have blessed many people. Creating a happy home where a healthy, godly family can grow in love and in service to others in their community is a gift in and of itself. Working with your hands to support yourself and your family without having to rely upon others, unless in times of tragedy or misfortune, is of great value as well.
In addition, a quiet life leaves room for reflection, to meditate on God’s word and His promises, Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
While you may win the respect of outsiders, even living a quiet life however, does not guarantee that you will always fly under the radar of notice when it comes to faith. As it says in 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NLT) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
We are all adequate for, or will receive God’s power when needed, to walk the path laid out before us, most often a path of little notice and quietude. The ultimate purpose of our lives after all, is to bring glory to God, not to ourselves.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
We hope you can find the time to join us in this week's challenge. Thanks for looking, have a blessed week.