Saturday, January 21, 2012

Godliness with contentment. . .

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 
 1 Timothy 6:17

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (Verses 18 and 19)

Earlier in this chapter of the book of 1 Timothy, where Paul instructs, encourages, exhorts and commissions this young man of God, we read, "But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world."

The book of 1 Timothy isn't a lengthy book, but it is packed solid with godly instruction; wise counsel that we would all do well to heed. May the Lord give us grace in living our lives in a way that would honor Him! Godliness with contentment is great gain!

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge 93

It's time once again for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge. This week, the team challenges you to create a card or project using the sketch below.
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award.In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC93. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

For more ideas and to see the diverse intrepretations of this Our Daily Bread Challenge, please visit my design team sisters. If you take a moment to leave the girls some love at their blogs, I am sure they would greatly appreciate it.

Project Details 

After reading through the sixth chapter of 1 Timothy, it seemed fitting to pair the bird and border corner stamps with this scripture. That's because most birds seem to always be content as they sing and go about the tasks for which they were created. I say most because the magpies and blue jays around our place always seem to be squawking about something!

ODBD Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Bird and Border CornersScripture Series 2
Card Stock: SU Early Espresso, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory
Ink: SU Old Olive; Ranger Distress Antique Linen and Embossing
Designer Paper: Prima Londonderry, Basic Grey Curio
Accessories: Paula Deen Cupcake liner, Wilton doily, Zva Creative pearls, Stampendous Clear and Periodot Embossing Powders, vintage seam binding and button
Tools: ODBD Vintage Brocade embossing plate; Cheery Lynn Border Carnivale die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 and Labels 17, ATC gold Shimmer Mist

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


  1. What a beautifully written post Jan Marie!! I just love your explanation of why you did what you did with your card in relation to scripture. The birds are perfect. I do agree about the blue jays.

    The lime green with the ivory details is absolutely stunning and pops off the page. Your use of the vintage brocade background is gorgeous! Great take on the sketch. So elegant.
    Have a great weekend!!

  2. LOVE your green and ivory colors with the vintage, crinkled ribbon! A beautiful take on the sketch!

  3. This is lovely Jan Marie! I love the colors you selected. Everything is so regal, from the doily peeking out to the lush ribbon and pearls... A lovely combination! And I love how you used the image stamps to draw attention to the scripture. Beautifully done! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. So beautiful, Jan Marie! Love all the pearls and lace you used! The frame for the verse and the bird and swags fit perfectly and really highlight the verse! Have a blessed weekend! Kathy

  5. This is so pretty Jan Marie, I love your rich colours, beautiful!! love the bird border, and your precious verse!! Its a joy being on the team with you hugs!!

  6. JanMarie, I am once again blown away by one of your creations!! I mean from the colors, to the details and that DP....beyond words gorgeous my friend! Have a blessed weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

  7. This is such a beautiful card creation!! The colors, the beautiful papers and dies, all work together to make this such an inspiring card! And your verse and thoughts are really great to think on!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!

  8. goodness, jan marie!! what an absolutely stunning card!! i love the colors you used and all the wonderful details!!

  9. Hello Jan Marie - this is just beautiful! I love the colours and the images you have used - such gorgeous details! Love it! Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ - we love to see you and appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love everything about it! And yes I understand why you said most birds : )

  11. Jan this card is over the top stunning. Two of my favorite things on cards - scripture and birds. I haven't seen that bird stamp, will have to look into it. Thanks for this devotion you shared, and for linking this card to Scripture Thursday. ~ Abby

  12. Beautiful, beautiful card!!!! Soooo many things to love about it....the way you framed the scripture with the Bird Corners, the dry embossed mat, the gorgeous papers, and all of the pretty little "Jan Marie" details! Thank you for the Bible lesson as well! I learn so much from you! You are a blessing!!!!

  13. OMGoodness, this is gorgeous! So many fabulous details! Wonderful textures, colors and mixture of papers! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  14. I love the bird corner stamp and your right it pairs up beautifully with the verse, lovely card!

  15. Jan Marie I love this card! The colors, the verse with the addition of the corners, and all your gorgeous embellishments are fabulous!

  16. Very pretty card. I love all the lacy accents and the gorgeous colour scheme. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  17. i think this is so touching - beautiful card with your lace and colors...thanks so much for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow


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