Monday, June 12, 2017

New Challenge at Mustard Seed Faith...worry much?

Good evening!

I have had a busy week and I am a day late in posting my card for the current challenge at Mustard Seed Faith. Design team member Tracy Fehr has written a beautiful devotional for this challenge, all about worry and how to hand our worries over to the Lord, based on Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’, or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear’?  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I have often joked with my husband that is worrying were an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medalist, time and time and time again. I seem to spend quite a bit of my life training for this event. The sad thing is, it isn't a joke and it isn't God's desire for us to spend our days worrying. 
The worry is from the one who roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Worry devours our thoughts, our time, can impact our health and consume our days. When I get to the end of my life if someone created a pie chart or graph of how I spent my time, do I really want to see worry leading the pack? 

This devotional was a great reminder that I need to ask God for help to get my worry under control and really take Matthew 6:25-34 to heart. 

The challenge this week is to use a bird, butterfly or peaceful nature scene to illustrate the verse. This is my creation for this week. Thanks for looking and we hope you pop onto the blog at Mustard Seed Faith to read Tracey's devotional here

For my card I did an emboss resist stamping black floral and garden images from an old Inkadinkado set. I wanted to add a bit of dimension so I diecut some extra foliage from the Gathered Garden die set from Papertrey Ink and added them to the panel. I really didn't have a sentiment that fit in that corner so I added the diecut tags and I will write a message inside to this card's intended recipient. Have a great day! 
Stamps: Inkadinkado; Ink: Memento black, variety of distress inks; Paper: watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink rustic white, silver; Dies: Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Tiny Tags, My Favorite Things pierced rectangles; Other: clear embossing powder, sequins, silver cord, blue ribbon

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