Tuesday, July 3, 2012

All Things Lovely. . .

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

If this scripture is familiar, that's because you saw it right here last week! But, no apologies as we can NEVER think too often of our Lord (who alone meets all the criterion set forth in this directive: true, honorable, just, commendable, lovely, excellent and worthy of praise).

So this day, if you're struggling and if your mind is wandering down the dark, fearful path of "what if", take those thoughts captive to Christ, as we are commanded to do. Don't allow yourself to be controlled by your emotions, but with right thinking, biblical thinking, turn those thoughts to the paths of righteousness, the bright path where the light of the Lord shines as the noon day sun! Remember that He gave Himself for you (if you are trusting in Christ alone for your eternal salvation) and He himself said that not a single one of His will perish or be plucked from His hand. Remember that He who can calm the sea, often brings the storm that knocks us from little boat of self-sufficiency, not that we might drown, but that we might be made more like Him and that we might trust Him even more fully. He is in control of ALL things. . .as the disciples were reminded in Mark 4:35-41 and Matthew 8:23-27. If this is your situation today, click here for an encouraging rebuke from Pastor Alistair Begg, Truth for Life Ministries: Jesus Calms the Storm.

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #114 (Part II)

Happy Tuesday everyone!! With the start of a new month and a new quarter, comes the start of a new challenge schedule for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge.  Our challenges are now on Tuesdays and uploading deadline will be Sundays by 8 p.m. EST. However, since Saturday's challenge has only been up three days, we are continuing the *same challenge for this week but the team is sharing new samples. We hope you enjoy them!!

*The challenge?  Just make anything using Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps! Anything goes using ODBD stamps! That’s it! 

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 Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.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

This week's challenge, the first for July is "Anything Goes Using ODBD Stamps! and from the looks of my sample, you're probably thinking EVERTYHING WENT. . .on to the front of the card!!I loved this scripture so much and since the challenge is the same, I thought it fitting to use the same verse. 
Paper:  Lime green, early espresso, naturals ivory, very vanilla
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny Vicky
Ink: Early Espresso, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Prima flowers Perle Bebe Almanac collection, Petaloo, Zva Creative Gem, Zutter corner rounded, Memory Box Sanibel border, Really Reasonable Ribbon

Blessings! jme ~ SDG


  1. Wow Jan Marie this is gorgeous!! Love that ribbon!

  2. This is beautiful Jan Marie! Love the bold colors, detailed dies and flower touches! So pretty!

  3. You are amazing Jan Marie!! I really admire your ability to keep up with things with your new job and move. Your card is gorgeous with the bright green paired with the brown. Beautiful use of dies and punches to frame the verse. Praying for you!!

  4. Fabulous vibrant colors, and just love those edges punched and layered on the side of the scripture. Enjoyed reading your words on this scripture just before the post.....you are right we can never think too often of our Lord. Hugs for a great day.

  5. Amen! Very well said, Jan Marie! What a beautiful sample you have created! The bright pops of lime green are just FABULOUS!! All the beautiful elements combine to make a gorgeous piece! We can never hear that wonderful Scripture too much!
    I still don't have any of those great ODBD stamps but I sure do enjoy seeing what you do with them!...Nancy :o)

  6. WOW, wow, wow, that is abut all I can say about this beautiful card, Jan Marie!! Such an amzing scripture and the way you have it all framed out....love it! I really, really love the borders on the side..what a great idea! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  7. Wow, Wow, wow, this is beautiful Jan! Love the bright color the ribbon, the verse (my favorite), the paper, rhinestones. OK, so I love it all! blessings to you Jan!

  8. Jan Marie what a gorgeous design!!! It's over the top! Love the framing of the Scripture and certainly can't tire of this verse.... I use it often to remind myself!!! :)

  9. Beautiful card Jan Marie, and thank you for your words - they were very timely.

  10. Your card is beautiful, Jan! I never tire of God's Word, and it takes time for some things to sink in, that's why we need to "think on such things" God bless.

  11. Great exhortation...Alistair Begg is one of my favorite speakers too. I am guilty as charge ma'am and have been so convicted that in every area that I am emotionally charged about is just revealing how I am not believing the gospel in that situation or for that time frame. Oh how marvelous is the good news of Christ!

  12. Jan,the colors and patterns in this are absolutely beautiful! And you are right, we can never focus too much on the Word of our Lord.

  13. FIRST of all...Perfect verse again to focus on...SECOND...beautiful bright cheery colours...THIRD...all put together so well.....
    beautiful bright cheery bow too!!

  14. Absolutely beautiful. I love the colours that you have used in this. Very inspiring!! Thanks so much for joining us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week. Hope you will join us again on Sunday!

  15. What can I add? Your work is stunning! Love the verse. designs elements and colors! More importantly I thank God for you in your faithfulness!


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!