Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge 60 . . . thankful

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ! This week's hostess is Patti, who selected this verse from 1 Timothy 4:4 "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving." Her challenge is for you to create a thank you card.

This week's sponsor is a new one, Doodle Pantry. They have the cutest images . . . I would have used one but we had a house deal fall through and are scrambling to figure out a new solution. This has consumed much of my time, so stamping is fit in when I can. You can visit her site here to see the images and if you participate in our challenge this week you could win $10 worth of images from her shop.

I am thankful for Patti's verse selection this week because a thankful spirit is something I am working on cultivating. It helps to keep our minds focused on what we have, not what we do not have and that is in terms of everything that encompasses our earthly existence.

Thankful for the relationships and people God has brought into our lives--and that's on both sides of the coin, the people who are easy to love and those that are more difficult. How different would our attitude be if we thanked God even for those difficult relationships as through them we can learn much about exhibiting the right spirit and attitude and grow in our faith?

Thankful for our housing--I am reminded of this constantly this weekend as we search for a new place to live and I find my eyes longingly looking towards homes that are out of our price range but ooooh so attractive! Stop it! Be thankful that we CAN buy a home at all and provide shelter for our family. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that each year at least 3.5 million Americans experience some form of homelessness and the trend is worse given today's economic climate.

Thankful for our possessions--I'm packing up an entire house, need I say more? I'm astounded at all that we own and thankful for warm flannel bedsheets, clothes, family albums, furniture, rugs . . . have you stopped to be thankful lately for those things?

And the sentiment I chose, Forever Thankful, for not the temporal but the eternal. I am forever thankful for the forever of eternity that I get to experience through the love of Jesus Christ. All of my children will be there too as well as my husband and this thought makes my heart overflow with gratitude and joy.

Lastly, here is a closeup of the mum on my card. When I decided to cut it out in a circul it looked a little plan and I didn't want to use my standard spellbinders petite scallops around it, so I covered the image with crystal effects and while it was still wet, sprinkled a bit of glitter over the entire image. I also was in a hurry as we were going out of town to look at homes, so you can tell my vellum warped a bit when I was embossing the sentiment, I did it too fast.

Thanks for looking, hope you can play along this week!

Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers
Ink: black, white craft
Paper: blues, vellum, white
Other: copics, crystal effects, glitter, velvet ribbon in light blue, fine detail white EP


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a beautiful post Peggysue. I enjoyed reading your words. We should be thankful for the upleasant things which help us grow as well as the pleasant but especial for His eternal gift. Your card is stunning!! I so love your coloring and sparkle of the flower and all the blue!! Gorgeous!!
Have a blessed day and week!

Cindy Coutts said...

Peggysue, I really enjoyed reading your post. Your card, and especially your image and all you added to it is beautiful. You've been in my prayers with the house situation. Trials are never fun while we're in them, but draw you closer to the Lord. Consider all things joy! God bless and He is with you.

Grace said...

Hi Ps~~~ wowzers girl you sure blew me away with this one!!! I loved your thoughts on this passage and adore your card!!! You are so right... we need to be thankful in ALL things! We have much to be grateful for even in "rough" times! Love the glimmer on this flower and the soothing blue tones!!! Have a blessed week!

Miesje said...

This is awesome! I loved what you wrote - it certainly cannot be easy! My DH and I lived with my son and daughter-in-law for a year and a half waiting for our house - it was 18 months of blessings and trials. I really love the card and how you did the mum!

Becky said...

What a insightful post this morning. So true. We have so much. Your card is gorgeous, love how you did the flower, so pretty :). Have a great week..:) {hugs}

Dell said...

So inspired by your thankful post! Blessing to you and your family as you pack.

Gorgeous card and love the glimmery flower. Beautiful colors!

The Mama Monkey said...

Beautiful job, PS! Love that shimmer! Oh gosh, I am sorry to hear about the house! I hope that gets resolved soon!

Sharron said...

Peggysue, your card is beautiful--love the sparkly mum! Your post was so inspiring and so true. How blessed we are to have so much while many others have so little. Best of luck with the house hunt--have a wonderful week!

Melisa Waldorf said...

What a gorgeous blue monochromatic card!!! Stunning! Have a blessed week, Melisa

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Peggysue - what a gorgeous card you have created - and with so much going on in your life!! You are amazing my friend and I am thankful for you - you are a blessing to so many! Thank you Peggysue for all your bring to so many! God bless you! {{{hugs}}}

Traci M said...

Beautiful words, beautiful the shimmer and glimmer on your mum!!