Saturday, June 16, 2012

Passing away or eternally alive?

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the 
will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17 
This scripture seems to imply that we can earn eternal life by doing what God requires. . .but that's not what the rest of Scripture teaches. . nor what this passage in its context teaches either. There is only One who has fulfilled the will of the Father perfectly, and that One, is the Lord Jesus Christ. We can never trust our own works, which the Lord says are like filthy rags (to put it politely). We can only trust the works of Jesus: His life of perfect obedience to the Father, to the point of death on the cross after enduring the Father's wrath for the sins of all who will believe. We are not, and cannot ever be, through works of our own, good enough to merit eternal life. Jesus, however is and He offers this perfect righteousness to all who will repent and believe. If you want to learn more and to read what God says, please click on the Good News tab above. . .

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #112

Since it is officially summer in the USA this week, the Our Daily Bread Designs’ Challenge team wants to see your summer-themed projects. They can include gardening, boats, and etc….anything related to a summer activity.

One of my favorite summer activities is relaxing with my husband under the canopy of trees in our yard as the sun is setting, meditating on the goodness of the Lord and watching the dragon flies flit about the pasture (as the cats chase them in their attempt to snag a tasty treat). This card reflects that peaceful time.
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Friday, June 22 at 8 a.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!

Project Details

Ink: Versa Fine Onxy, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Paper: Basic Black, Tan
Designer Paper: Prima Nature’s Garden
Accessories: Memory Box Willow Dragon fly, Debutante Frame, Orchard Tree Frame, Tessatina Border, Spellbinders Labels 17, Prima Flowers Camille and Perle Bebe Almanac, vintage rick rack, Zva Creative Gems


  1. What a beautiful card Jan Marie!! I just love the pink and yellow with the black. Your favorite thing...sitting under the trees and watching God's nature sure sounds relaxing. Your tree and your layout are beautiful!! Great job Jan Marie!! Have a great weekend!!

  2. Love the tree and the design! Beautiful!

  3. Oh my lovely cards...and I love the 1John 2:17 scripture..lovely..absolutely lovely and touching

  4. Beautiful Card Jan Marie, I just love your tree, and that gorgeous DSP, What an awesome verse, and the dragonfly and butterfly add the perfect touch!!

  5. Jan Marie, first, I love how you titled this post! I was intrigued to see your card and I wasn't disappointed -- and when I saw the quote I had such a "DUH!" moment I actually laughed out loud! I love John, I love the tree/frame die - it's perfect for this quote, and the inside is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  6. WOW, Jan Marie, another AMAZING card, my friend! I love the thought of sitting under a tree with dragonflies flying around and watching the sunset and special time with God!! Have a blesed weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

  7. This is beautiful Jan Marie! I love the tree... it looks like I am peeking into a beautiful meadow! What a wonderful presentation of God's word! Blessings...

  8. This card is just so beautiful - inside and out. I love the verse, and the whole design. It will be a real blessing to its recipient. I really appreciate you for sharing it with us in the week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. We are so blessed to have your beautiful art shared in our challenge, and we greatly appreciate your continued support and participation, Jan Marie. May God bless you for sharing it.
    Have a great week!
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. I have blog candy on my personal blog at:
    I'd LOVE to have you visit and say hello

  9. Beautiful card Jan Marie, and so comforting to anyone who loses a loved one. My husband and I also love being outdoors and just sitting and watching God's creatures, and the beauty of the earth.

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! I think that this will bring much comfort to the person who you send it to. I think that we were given talents to further God's work--and as we are to uplift those around us, this is a perfect example! Gorgeous!!!

  11. Fabulous card - love the serenity in the front design, and the sincerity of the inner. Love those ODBD sets and I have had to use them recently.

  12. this is just gorgeous, jan marie!! i would definitely love to sit under this beautiful tree watching dragons and reflecting on God's beauty!! hugs!!

  13. Wonderful card.
    Thanks for joining Craft your passion this week.
    Hugs Berit - GDT

  14. Beautiful and elegant card.Very serene and gentle.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  15. Jan this is amazing and I love the idea of setting up under a tree and just taking in all the beauty of what our Lord has created. Hope you are doing well dear sister.

  16. I love this Jan Marie! What a beautiful image for summer! I love all the new toys! Blessings! Kathy

  17. Such a gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ! Have a blessed week! ~H

  18. Your posts are always full of beautiful and eternal truth! That Memory Box die is SO COOL too! Lovely card :-D

  19. Simply beautiful Jan Marie!!!! Love how you always decorate the inside of you cards. Thanks for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  20. Such a gorgeous card inside & out!

  21. such a beautiful card thank you for joining us at SCH this week

  22. o my i absolutely love this card from the amazing scripture to the colors wonderful

  23. Beautifully embellished card and a post full of eternal hope and truth. So thankful that I can rest in the work that Jesus has done for me! God bless!


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