Sunday, September 4, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 105 . . . quiet colors

Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week's sponsor is Clear Dollar Stamps, they have a great assortment of not just stamps, but all kinds of products, be sure to check out their store front. Please be sure also to check out the home page for Stampin' Sisters in Christ to see all the creations from the design team there.

I am the hostess this week and I selected this verse from 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ""Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before.12 In this way you will win the respect of those who are not believers, and you will not have to depend on anyone for what you need."

My challenge to you is to use nothing bright this week. Use 'quiet' colors in your creation, either pastels, or low key earthtones, soft, muted shades of beige or neutrals. I chose pastels and quieter, softer tones, using this Layers of Color stamp set that I won in their last blog hog, the teacup and sentiments, I am having fun using it. And you can either find my thoughts on that verse on the SSIC home page, or here, and other design team members usually share their own thoughts as well, so be sure to visit their blogs:

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.

Psalm 46:10

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.


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What an awesome devotional Peggysue...I was not sure where to go with this verse but you have shared some positive and thought provoking words which are very inspirational!! Thanks for sharing!

Your card is soft, elegant and beautiful! I love the color combo, how you stamped on top of the dp, the embossing, the use of dies....all of it!
Have a great day!

Grace said...

Gorgeous creation Peggysue and even more so your thoughts today! Thanks for the wonderful and thought provoking devotion! I know it will bless many! I love your card! The punched work reminds me of layers of beautiful linens and the butterfly is a beautiful touch! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Becky said...

Wonderful devotional this morning Peggysue, an eye opener for many, reassurance for others.

Your card is is beautiful, love the tea cup and the design.

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Peggysue...

hugs Vicky xx

Joanne (jojot) said...

such a warm and inviting cup of 'friendship'....lovely

Kristine said...

Love your soft subtles in your card--very pretty :) And your devotional is wonderful too! Thank you for sharing it... and being a blessing.

Traci M said...

I like your devotional today, Peggysue...and it seems definitely relevant for today! I love your card, what a pretty image and so soft and lovely! Hope you are having a nice and relaxing and quiet 3 day weekend!

Terri said...

Pretty card, Love the soft colors too.

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Paggysue - what a beautifully soft card! I love the image and the Diecuts you have used - thank you for sharing you art and from the heart Sistah - always a blessing! {{{hugs}}}