Sunday, September 12, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge . . . Living out the dash

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week I am the hostess and have selected this verse from John 1o:1o "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. They have a great variety of stamps and stamping supplies in their store, check it out here.

My challenge is as follows: Around your central image or around the edge of you card or project, use a series of hand drawn in dashes or lines, like faux stitching.

And here are my thoughts on today's verse . . .

While many view Christianty as restrictive, full of rules, the opposite is true. The Christian life is or should be a life of abundance, of freedom in Christ Jesus. This does not mean abundance in terms of physical possessions or the temporal. The abundance referred to is eternal but it starts the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. An abundance of love, joy, peace and other fruits of the spirit . . . Galatians 5:22-23 . . . will grow as we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

So do we just sit around searching for abundance through some form of Christian transcendentalism? Because one bible verse supports another you know if you are a believer that life lived in Jesus Christ is a life also of service.

The reason I chose the challenge to use dashes or lines around your main image, either drawn in by hand or sewn, is because of the lyrics from this verse in Chris Rice's song Tick Tock.

"Got our heels dug in
But time is draggin’ us toward
The time when time won’t matter anymore
They say life is but a vapor
Just a blip on a radar screen
Not the dates on your tombstone
But the dash in between. . . "

One common denominator for all human beings is that the death rate is 1oo%. What we do with that dash on our tombstone is what makes all the difference. Think about all that is encompassed in that dash--your entire life. How are you going to spend it? In an abundant life, hand in hand with Christ Jesus, working to make a difference in whatever sphere of influence he has placed in front of you or spinning your wheels wasting time?

Choose to live the abundant life today. Make that dash count for something, make it count for Christ.

Thanks for looking and hope you get a chance to play along this week.

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy
Ink: black
Paper: Enchanted Evening, cranberry, random patterned paper, gold and shimmer white
Other: fiskars edge punch, PTI scarlet jewel buttons, copics, ribbon, black marker


Miesje said...

Peggysue, this is a wonderful card and sharing! I love how you explained the scripture and why you chose the dashes. Wonderful - have a great week and try to rest once in a while!

Patti J said...

Beautiful card and post Peggysue. This week's verse really made me think, thank you for that! I love how you used the song and the dashes for your writing this morning - great job! Have a blessed day :)

Diane Jaquay said...

Just LOVELY!!!

Becky said...

Wonderful devotional this morning Peggysue. Your card is just gorgeous, love the butterfly and sentiment. Have a blessed day.

Grace said...

Hi Peggysue! Beautiful card and even more beautiful are the words you shared today! The song is perfect and made the whole challenge take on special meaning! Praying for you during this time!!! Hugs,

Linda said...

Very pretty card. That's a lovely butterfly image.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is beautiful Peggysue!! I so love the butterfly and your colors with the oh so perfect sentiment. The butterfly symbolizing new life matches perfectly with the sentiment. Your words of wisdom were so insightful and foods for thought for us all. Praise God for His wonderful Gift!
Have a blessed day and week! Praying for you!

Lori said...

Peggy Sue,
What lovely scripture and I love how you put your explanation on it. Very inspiring that is for sure! I just may play along with this one, I love to do faux stitching.

Dell said...

Peggysue, what an enlightening post you shared! Thinking about the dash in my life and comparing it to what I have done and can do is so inspiring! Love how you captured your inspiration from the song. Your card is truly beautiful and what a great image that displays transformation like the butterfly you chose. Wonderful job!

Diane said...

Love the card, especially the sentiment. GREAT post. Especially thankful today for the new life in Christ my whole family has experienced and our hope of heaven. Thanks for sharing.

Traci M said...

I like your thoughts today, and the song peaks my interest, don't recognize it but the words are so true!
The card is a beautiful reminder of new life in Christ, and the flitting of days gone by, how fast they flit, just like a butterfly!
Hope your days don't flit, hope they aren't flat, hope that you are flying high on Eagle's wings through this latest trial/challenge. Praying God's best for you in finding the perfect spot to land!

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Sharron said...

Lovely thoughts, beautiful card!

Basslady said...

wonderful card with a powerful combination of colours...
i LOVE butterflies!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Peggysue - I love it that you always share TRUTH and challenge us in a good way! What a fabulous post my friend and your card is gorgeous too! I love the gorgeous border punch you have used - thank you for sharing your art and your heart Peggysue! God bless you!! {{{hugs}}}

Fran, said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Beautiful thoughts and card.

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Leah said...

Beautiful card, I love that image and verse. I also was very encouraged by your post and the clip of lyrics from Chris's so true, thank you for reminding me to make my "dash" count. Hugs...

Gina said...

Beautiful card! I love your words of inspiration too.

Terri said...

Very nice! Love that butterfly. Great thoughts too!

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Nerina said...

Great thoughts today Peggysue! I love your card - the image is of something delicate and fragile, but your colours and rendering have created something with more substance ... very thought provoking!

Karen Lynn said...

I Love the card and how the butterfly and DP coordinate. Very pretty.