Saturday, July 16, 2011

Unwavering Hope

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
 all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Our hope, as Christians, is not as the world views hope which is a sort of "well, we really want this to happen" kind of hope. Rather, for us, it is the “expectation” or “anticipation” of something that is certain to happen, but has not yet occurred. What makes it certain is that God has promised it; what makes it hope is that the promise has not yet been realized.

And it is this biblical hope that enables us, by His Spirit making real to us those promises, to endure the disappointments, trials and difficulties that come our way on our journey home.

Praise the Lord! Those who are trusting in Christ are never without hope, no matter how dark the difficulty or situation. He has promised and He is faithful. He will never leave us and He is working all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name!


Crafted for the Christian Paper Crafts Bible Verse Thursday Challenge 115 and Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge 68.

The Christian Paper Crafts Challenge is to use Psalm 31:24 (above) or the word "hope."

The Our Daily Bread Design’s Shining the Light Challenge #68 is to be Inspired by a WORD or the ENTIRE PHRASE "You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag." If you’re wondering how this card meets the challenge, besides the stars, of course, it is the unwavering hope that we have as we march under Christ's banner. Our calling is high and our purpose and destination most grand and glorious!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection #3
Card Stock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Silver
Designer Paper: None
Ink: Colorbox Silver
Accessories: Embossing Powder, Aluminum sheets salvaged from a yard sale; Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder, silver brads, punch
Technique: Embossing, sponging.
Notes: The aluminum plate was embossed, as was the black card stock.


  1. Beautiful Jan Marie!! I just love your star embossing and the black and white design!! The verse is highlighted beautifully!

  2. I love your embossing treatment on this card Jan Marie! Black always make such a classic statement! Beautifully done!

  3. Love your designs, Jan Marie, and Congrats! - you won the vintage ceramic trinket dish in my giveaway - please email your address to me at and I'll ship it right out. I'm adding a couple of little goodies along with it.

  4. One of my absolute fave colour combos - black white and silver! Very gorgeous card, so simple and oh so elegant :)
    Have a very blessed day

  5. What a lovely card Jan. I just happened to see this. Thanks so much for participating in the challenge. ~ Abby

  6. Excellent takes on both challenges Jan! Great way to combine them. I missed Abby's challenge last week due to Mom's injury. I need to check it out.

  7. Jan, sweet friend, this is one stunning card and your, you surely broke it down and gave us something to think about!!! Love the black and silver so dramatic and beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenge over at ODBD!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!