Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hold Your Horses. . .

Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10
Easel Option ~ Inside Panel
Horses are not known for holding still in what they perceive to be threatening situations. The Lord has created them with a very strong flight response as their primary means of defense. Or, as my mares would say, "When in doubt, snort and run, and run and run and run! Snort, snort!" Their response is captured well in this set from Coronado Island Designs.
Card Front ~ Closed

Even when the threat isn't real or physical in nature, so often we are like the horses; we run about anxiously, fretting and worrying. Or we, unlike a horse (unless given no other option), try to fight our way through. Yet when we are anxious, or we fret and worry, we are sinning because we are not trusting the Lord. . .and the promises He has given to all those who are trusting in Jesus Christ, the Savior. He reminds us to be still, to know that He is God. He is in control of all circumstances, He can be trusted with the outcome. We must assess the situation and determine what is our responsibility and do that, and then, leave the rest in His most capable hands.

Or as Matthew Henry says in an excerpt from his commentary on this passage:

. . . They are under the protection of a God in covenant, who not only is able to help them, but is engaged in honour and faithfulness to help them. He is the God of Jacob, not only Jacob the person, but Jacob the people; nay, and of all praying people, the spiritual seed of wrestling Jacob; and he is our refuge, by whom we are sheltered and in whom we are satisfied, who by his providence secures our welfare when without are fightings, and who by his grace quiets our minds, and establishes them, when within are fears. The Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us—has been, is and will be our refuge."

This week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #100 is to craft a project using "any type of creature from tiny (like an ant or a bug) to a very large creature (whale, or elephant) on your card or project."
“Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,  wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds.” Psalm 148:7-10
Charisma Cards is also having a challenge: four-legged friends.

Stamps: Coronado Island Designs, Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection #3

Paper: Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue
Ink: Versa Fine Onyx, Ranger Distress Faded Denim
Accessories: SU brad, twine, black embossing powder, sponge, Liquid Pearls, black pen, Spellbinders Nestabilities Reverse Scallop Squares.
Heat embossing, stamping, faux stitching, distressing SU Oval Punch
Side View ~Easel
Special Notes: The idea for this card came from a western style shirt that used a repeating cowboy image in black on a blue background. The pocket style card lent itself well to replicating the shirt design.
Directions for basic pocket card: Start with cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches. Score at 2.5 inches and 6.75 inches. To create the top flap, find and mark with pencil the top center of the shortest panel. Mark each side 1 inch down from the top (or 1.5 inches from the first fold). Cut diagonally between the marks, and there you have the pocket! Decorate as desired! It can also double as an easel card by flipping it around so the inside back panel sits atop the front flap.
Have a blessed day, and may you be still and content in the knowledge that He is God!


  1. What an awesome card, wonderful design and colors.Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

  2. stunning card beautifully made thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  3. Gorgeous card, Jan Marie!
    Hugs and smiles

  4. Oh my word, Jan, this is breathtaking!!! I need those instructions on how to make one of those amazing cards!!I love it all the way around :D, yep, the sideviev, back, front, inside, outside this is one stunning card!! Even the brad on the front is perfect! Thanks for sharing this masterpiece!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  5. Oh GORGEOUS, I LOVE this Jan Marie!!~

  6. This is beautiful! Love the matching envelope. :)

  7. Gorgeous card. Consider entering our Favorite Animal challenge at Simply Create http://www.simplycreatechallenges.blogspot.com/

  8. Gorgeous creation, I love your horses and the black and blue combo is wonderful. Thank you for joining us at TTCRD challenge.

  9. Amazing card! Thanks for joining us at TTCRD challenge.

  10. Beautiful horse image. Thank you for joining us at Simply Create.
    Ike xx
    SC DT

  11. Awesome card ! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge.

  12. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

  13. Beautiful post and card...clever design too!

  14. your horses card is wonderful--love your colors! So glad you could join us at Simply Create for Favorite Animal Challenge #49.

    Simply Create Design Team Member

  15. Gotta love horses. Love how you have designed this creation. And your colors are perfect.
    Thanks for playing with us at Simply Create.
    Erica (Simply Create DT Member)

  16. Thanks for stopping by today! I've enjoyed your art and blog. The words you choose are as lovely as your creations. This one is particularly striking!
    Perhaps someday you would like to create a card for Layers of Color Faith Art Friday - you have the heart and talent for it and are doing it naturally on your blog already.
    Blessings to you! God be with you!


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!