Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For a friend. . .

A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised! Proverbs 31:30

The Lord tells us that the "fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Do you fear the Lord? Are you in awe as you consider His majesty, His holiness, His purity, His omnipotence, His omnipresence, His goodness, His mercy, His wrath against unrepentant sinners. . . and the list goes on. He tells us not to fear the one who can harm the body, but only to fear the one that can condemn the soul eternally. The fear of the Lord is a godly attribute. . .and one that receives accolades from the Lord as evidenced in the scripture above.

Our Daily Bread Designs Forum Challenge

The challenge schedule is starting to solidify over at the Our Daily Bread Designs forum and this is the fifth Tuesday, so that means it's time for a Surprise Challenge. It's a surprise because we don't have it all planned out way in advance, but kind of wing it the week before. The first Surprise Challenge theme is "Anything But a Card." If you want to participate, just leave me a comment with a link to your project. If  it uses ODBD Stamps, be sure to upload it to the ODBD gallery and use the keywords ODBDFTS01 ~ that's it, no commas. We're having a few technical difficulties at the forum. . .as part of the transition from Christian Paper Crafts, the registration feature isn't working. However, if you've previously registered, you still have access, just log in, and then click the Forum button. It should take you right to the discussion board. If you click on "new posts," you'll see all that's been happening since your last visit. (We are seeking to honor the Lord and learn the lesson in patience that He has for us during this time!)

Project Details

This darling gift burlap gift bag was dug out of  a closeout bin. A flower here, a ribbon there. . .and it's ready to pack up and give to a special friend. The scripture is stamped on a scrap from an old salt sack, adhered to a re-purposed piece from a cardboard cracker box

Stamps: ODBD Fancy Labels and Scripture Collection 7
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Satin roses and paper roses from Floral Supply, pearl strand from the thrift store, ribbon and lace trim, salt sack scrap fabric, buttons from my heritage stash.
Mechanical Things: Spellbinders Labels 17, Glue gun
Challenges: Our Daily Bread Designs Forum 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

All this, and Jesus, too!

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1 Corinthians 15:57  

Thanks to the Lord, Jehovah Jireh, for His abundant provision. He shall supply ALL of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

There is a story of a pastor walking down the street and as he passed a rickety, little shack, he heard a voice saying in wonderment, over and over. "All this, and Jesus, too!" Not being able to pass by without satisfying his curiosity, he peeked in the window. At a meager table knelt a withered, old man,his body ravaged by years in the mines. In his coal-stained hands, he held a piece of bread and before him was a small bowl of very thin porridge. The dear saint lifted his eyes and hands toward heaven and once again exclaimed, with deep adoration and thankfulness, "All this, and Jesus, too!"

May the Lord give us the grace to see just how richly we have been blessed and to lift our hearts to Him in thanksgiving and adoration. If we are the Lord's, if we are trusting in Jesus, is there really anything else that is necessary?
Inside Close-up

Card Details

Stamps: Layers of Color Sent with Love; Verve
Card Stock:
Stampin' Up! Basic Black, metallic bronze
Ink: VersaFine Onyx, Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  Leaf punch, corner punch

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Monday, November 21, 2011

A New Song of Praise. .

He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God;
         Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD
Psalm 40:3
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Psalm 40:1-5

I waited patiently for the LORD;
         And He inclined to me,
         And heard my cry.
 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
         Out of the miry clay,
         And set my feet upon a rock,
         And established my steps.

 He has put a new song in my mouth—
         Praise to our God;
         Many will see it and fear,
         And will trust in the LORD.

Blessed is the man who makes
   the LORD his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
   none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
   yet they are more than can be told..
Psalm 40: 1-5 (Psalm 40)
ATCs Packaged

Packaged ATC, Note card and Envelope
Artist Trading Card Supplies
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry, Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Digital Images: WORDart by Karen (digital); Graphics Fairy (digital)
Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs: A Harvest of Memories; Stamp Cabana: Music 12-70; Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: Sing Unto the Lord
Ink: SU Rich Razzleberry, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Vintage Photo.
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 20, SU Beautiful Wings
Accessories: Gold twine, Stampendous Crushed Glass, Stickles, SU Rhinestones


  • Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #116
    Make a card of praise using music, stamp, or design paper, or just the word "praise."

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Righteousness Looks Down. . .

"Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, so righteousness looks down from heaven.
Psalm 85:11

What a beautiful reminder of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: fully God and fully man, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, ruling and reigning as all of His enemies are subdued. . .until the designated time for His triumphal return! Come Lord Jesus!!

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-13

Stamps: SU Bliss, ODBD Scripture Collection 6 & Fancy Frames
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Homemade
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Pearls, Ribbon, Chipboard, SU Shimmer Paint, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, SU Vanilla Smooch Spray, Ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17, Sizzix Lattice Texturz Embossing plate, Scorboard
Technique: Stamping, Sponging, Embossing

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Friday, November 18, 2011

In Everything, Give Thanks. . .

Pray without ceasing, in everything, give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

 The Lord instructs us to pray without ceasing and in everything. . .EVERYTHING. . to give thanks. That isn't always our first response, is it? I know it's certainly not mine when things don't go as I've expected. 
Yet, by the grace of God, after a time I realize that I've been grumbling, complaining and otherwise kicking against the goads. I've not been doing what the Lord has instructed. . .in everything, give thanks. So I start with the simple things. . and soon my attitude has changed, as has my focus. This is part of God's plan: He intends it for my ultimate good. It is part of my preparation and fitting for Heaven. God is still sovereign, He is still in control, He is still working all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name, and this too is part of His most wonderful, wise, holy and perfect plan. He has promised to never leave or forsake His children. .There is so much for which to be thankful and nothing at all about which to complain! What do I think I deserve anyway? What I deserve is eternal condemnation for my rebellion against an infinitely holy God. Yet, what am I receiving? Blessing after blessing poured out in abundance all because of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Stamps: Stampin Up Give Thanks, Verve
Card Stock: SU Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny Forever Foliage
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Bakers Twine, Spellbinders Classic Circles, Scallop Circles Dies, Scallop Rectangles and Mini-Tags, Bic Markers
Technique: Stamping and coloring

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Monday, November 14, 2011

Whom Shall I Fear?

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9
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The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear. Psalm 27:1 (Inside Scripture)

If we are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear. Our Savior, through His life, death and resurrection has overcome sin, hell and death and provided a way for His people to be with Him for all eternity.

Jesus said, "I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows." Luke 12:4-7

This card was made a while ago (before I started a blog) in honor of a dear friend, Abby, who is a source of great encouragement and blessing. Abby has a blog entitled, Little Birdie Blessings and if you haven't visited, please do. You will be so blessed! Every Thursday, Abby sponsors a weekly "linky" party. The only rule is that the linked project must contain a passage of scripture. . .not an inspirational quote, not a cute saying, but God's Word. And, Abby is always offering lovely free digital vintage images and often accompanied by scripture.

Abby loves vintage art and elements and at one time, she and her husband sold antiques and vintage postcards, and conducted auctions to benefit charities. From the time she was young, she loved playing the piano and organ, a gift shaped with private lesson. She now plays the piano for weekly services and events at the church her husband pastors.

To make this card,  I pulled together some of Abby's favorite things and crafted the way Abby likes to craft using vintage items, such as fabric, old postcards or paper, and a computer. So since she’d rather be playing hymns than any other type of music, I copied the page from an old hymnal, included a musically themed Prima flower, a bit of lace, some old buttons, and a vintage image printed from my computer, which includes a bird and scripture (two more of Abby’s faves!)

Supply List
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Light of the World
Card Stock: SU Crumb Cake, SU Basic Black, white printer paper, white cardstock
Ink: VersaFine Onyx, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Aged Photo
Accessories: Buttons from Grandma’s tin, old lace, Prima flower, SU Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, seam binding, SU Vintage Trinkets; image panel photocopied from a 1923 hymnal cover;, vintage clip art.
Challenges/Link Ups: 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fight the good fight of the faith. . .

Fight the good fight of the faith. . .1 Timothy 6:12

  Three times in his letters to Timothy, the apostle Paul uses a variation of this phrase. . .twice as exhortations to Timothy and the last as an old soldier who knows his end is near, encouraging a young recruit in the most worthy and holy of wars. Paul's mortal life was coming to a close: he had fought the good fight of faith; he had defended the gospel and carried it throughout the known world~despite the opposition, the persecution, the physical toll~because of his love for the Lord and for those who were perishing. He now was looking forward to his heavenly home. . to being with his Lord and master, Jesus Christ.
Or, as Bible Commentator Matthew Henry writes, "'Come,' says Paul, 'I have found our Master kind and the cause good; I can look back upon my warfare with a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction; and therefore be not afraid of the difficulties thou must meet with. The crown of life is as sure to thee as if it were already upon thy head; and therefore endure afflictions, and make full proof of thy ministry.' 
  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 
2 Timothy 4:7

"As a Christian, as a minister, he had fought a good fight. He had done the service, gone through the difficulties of his warfare, and had been instrumental in carrying on the glorious victories of the exalted Redeemer over the powers of darkness. His life was a course, and he had now finished it; as his warfare was accomplished, so his race was run. “I have kept the faith. I have kept the doctrines of the gospel, and never betrayed any of them.”

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 16:12

What an encouragement these verses are. . .fight the good fight, persevere and press on! Your Savior has gone before and prepared a place for you with Him in glory. One day, you will be home. Wars will no longer rage, the battles will have ceased . .

A card in honor of Veteran's Day this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11) 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In the United States, in 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans" and and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever and whenever they had served. It is still celebrated in the Allied nations as Armistice or Remembrance Day.

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. We also recognize and honor those throughout the world who have fought for freedom and justice consistent with biblical principles.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Not Forgotten
Card Stock: SU Black, Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede
Designer: Homemade
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, SU Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Canvas Home Basics burlap, mini brads, Spellbinders Scallop Rectangles, scrap bit of twine.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Friday, November 4, 2011

Of Marriage and Weddings. . .

May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. 
 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Weddings are always such a special time and a sweet remembrance and symbol of the Lord's love for His bride, the church. As John Piper wrote in This Momentary Marriage, "The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people."

Oh, that we would honor Him in our marriages; that we would be faithful, loving, submissive, respecting self-sacrificing and that we strive to live together as the Lord has called us to live until death do us part. So often, it seems that the focus these days is on THE WEDDING, while the marriage is secondary. I'm not so sure that's what we see in the Bible. Rather we see the focus on THE MARRIAGE and the wedding being the door to that blessed covenant of companionship that the Lord established at creation.  May He give us grace to honor Him!

PROJECT DETAILS. . .This gift set was prepared for a sweet sister whose bridal shower was held recently. The little black coaster set is one where you can put a photo behind the glass. At the last minute, I decided the red stock inserts were not very complimentary, so prepared four inserts with various scripture verses, stamped over the beautiful stencil from Layers of Color. The paper, flower and swirls on the card were a result of my first trip to our new Hobby Lobby store. . .what a blessing. I love being able to shop for my supplies at a store that is operated on biblical principles and that sponsors advertising at all of the major holidays sharing the Gospel: the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ! The lace was a gift/giveaway from Abby at Little Birdie Blessings.

Supply List
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs, Layers of Color, Verve
Card Stock: SU Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: The Paper Studio Vintage Black Toile and Damask
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark, SU Sahara Sand
Accessories: Vintage Lace (from Little Birdie Blessings) Prima swirls and crochet trimmed flower, Marcasite embossing powder, SU Tulip Frame embossing folder and crochet trim ribbon, plastic candy bag, Spellbinders Labels 17 dies; Layers of Color Botanical Swirls Stencil; Target gift card.
This has come to be one of my more recent favorite scriptures as it reminds me that God's love is conditional. . .conditioned upon the perfect work of Jesus Christ! It reminds me that for the joy set before Him, He (Jesus) endured the cross and is even now, seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 12:2) interceding for His people. 

May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. 
 2 Thessalonians 3:5

It is a prayer for spiritual blessings. Two things of the greatest importance the apostle prays for:—1. That their hearts may be brought into the love of God, to be in love with God as the most excellent and amiable Being, the best of all beings; and this is not only most reasonable and necessary in order to our happiness, but is our happiness itself; it is a great part of the happiness of heaven itself, where this love shall be made perfect. We can never attain to this unless God by his grace direct our hearts aright, for our love is apt to go astray after other things. Note, We sustain a great deal of damage by misplacing our affections; it is our sin and our misery that we place our affections upon wrong objects. If God directs our love aright upon himself, the rest of the affections will thereby be rectified. 2. That a patient waiting for Christ may be joined with this love of God. There is no true love of God without faith in Jesus Christ. We must wait for Christ, which supposes our faith in him, that we believe he came once in flesh and will come again in glory: and we must expect this second coming of Christ, and be careful to get ready for it; there must be a patient waiting, enduring with courage and constancy all that we may meet with in the mean time: and we have need of patience, and need of divine grace to exercise Christian patience, the patience of Christ (as some read the word), patience for Christ’s sake and after Christ’s example.                            ~Matthew Henry

Blessings! jme ~ SDG