Thursday, January 28, 2010


This is a card I made this weekend. I usually make my cards on Friday afternoons or on Saturdays and Sundays, after I have finished preparing for Tuesday's Bible Study. This one took me awhile to make, because I kept getting stumped. It was only after I had added the splash of blue cardstock, that I started to like it. There is still something about it that bugs me, but I don't know what it is. Anyways, the picture doesn't do the colors usual. I just can't seem to get my photography right. I guess it's just another thing that God uses to try and teach me humility....I sure wish I would learn it! lol

The stamp set is called "A Cup of Life", by Verve Stamps. I love their stamps. They are clear polymer/acrylic, and they stamp wonderfully.

Recipe: Stamps: A Cup of Life, by Verve Stamps. Paper: Border Blue, Chocolate Chip, PTI White, American Crafts "Letterbox" DP. Ink: Memento Black, Copics. Accessories: 1", white satin ribbon, Fiskars border punch, nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders Labels 5.

Answered Prayers

In the past week, among many prayers that God has answered, there are three in particular I would like to share. The first two are on going helps from the Lord, which I would be lost without. These in particular relate to the Bible study I teach to women on Tuesday morning. Consistently, when I am studying I come across Scripture I don't fully understand; I struggle with how and what I am going to teach from the Scripture; or I struggle with learning something new. It used to be that I would keep at it a short time, and if I still had no success I would rely on the words of another teacher or I would just teach what I knew and forget the rest, which really isn't wrong; yet, I wasn't persistant in pursiing understanding...I gave up too easily. However, recently that has changed as a result of reading the life of George Muller. In his life he was persistent in his studies, and he would bring them before the Lord in prayer until the Lord brought him understanding. I have been trying to practice this in my own life, and God has consistently blessed. Last week was one instance in particular. I was studying for our lesson covering Jesus' call of Matthew the tax gatherer, and I had hit a brick wall. I knew there was something more there than the basic facts of the story, but it wasn't coming together for me. For three days I looked at it and studied it, and I prayed to the Lord for help. On the third day, after praying about it, I started studying, and in an instant the Lord brought some relevant Scripture to mind and brought understanding to me on how I was going to teach the Lesson. It was truly a blessing, and it confirmed the need to be persistent in prayer..

The second answered prayer, and also one which occurs every week, occurs on the day I teach the lesson. Every Tuesday morning, right before class, I am lost as to what I am going to teach. It does not matter how much I have studied for the lesson or how good my notes and outline are. The morning of the lesson, it is as if my mind has drawn a blank and I haven't a clue what I am going to do. In fear and anxiety, I go before the Lord in prayer, asking Him to help me teach the class, acknowledging my helplessness before Him. When the class begins, I still feel lost, but then as I speak the Lord brings it all back to me an enables me to teach what I have studied. I really believe that He allows me to go through this each week to keep me humble and dependent on Him for the class and the teaching.

Lastly, over Christmas, my son's dentist told us that one of his wisdom teeth was coming in and pushing into his lower molar. It was going to have to be removed; otherwise, it would come in and ruin 2-years worth of braces. I was not thrilled, because we do not have dental insurance, and it cost $3,600 to have my daughter's 4 wisdom teeth removed. So, I began praying for a miracle. My husband had all four wisdom teeth removed, and so did my daughter. I however, only had one wisdom tooth, and my sister did not have any. So, I hoped and prayed that John would take after me. Well, Monday, right before we went to the oral surgeon, I prayed for God to intervene, acknowledging that He had the power to remove existing teeth (which I was skeptical that He would do), or He could have John take after me. Well, guess what.....they took John's x-rays and found that he only has one wisdom tooth! I was so excited! Instead of paying $3600, which I did not have, for 4 teeth, we only have to pay $890 for 1. Let me tell you, I was praising God...He answered my prayers.

I share all of that with you, to encourage you to pursue God in prayer. First, when you pray for the things that you know are God's will, such as understanding of His Word, greater spiritual growth, etc, you can be confident He will answer them. It may not be in the time that you want, but He will answer them. You just need to be persistent. Second, God wants us to bring all of our needs to Him in prayer. He listens. He may not always answer them the way that we would like. When He doesn't, we need to rest in the assurance that He always does what is best for us, and when He does, we should thank and praise Him.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lamentations 3:21-23

Today, I am posting card featuring one of my favorite passages of Scriptures. It is Lamentations 3:21-23. Lamentations was penned by the prophet Jeremiah during the time when God's wrath was being poured out on Judah. Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet. He was the prophet that witnessed the gross sin of Judah and the subsequent discipline by the Lord. During this time, Jeremiah preached repentance and judgment to the people, but they did not want to hear it. They persecuted him, imprisoned him, and threw him down a well. He witnessed the carrying away of many of the people into exile and the terrible effects of famine, due to the seige they were under. In Lamentations, Jeremiah spends the first two chapters and half of the third chapter, lamenting Judah's downfall & crying out to God. In it, we see that he is depressed, discouraged, and disheartened, but starting in verse 19 of Chapter 3, we see his attitude change as he remembers His God. As he reminds himself of the faithfulness & goodness of God, his attitude changes from one of complaining and despairing to one of hope and encouragement. This is a great lesson to us, in that whenever we are discouraged, disheartened, discontent or despairing, if we will go back to Scripture (and to our own experiences in the Lord) and began remembering the goodness of the Lord and the might works He has wrought, our souls will be lifted up and encouraged....It is a beautiful example of the great things that God will do when we lift our eyes unto Him.

As to the card, the stamp comes from the Scriptures 1, set by Our Daily Bread Designs. The DP is by Heidi Grace. The front side has the flower pattern, and the backside has the gold, with white polka dots pattern. I used my nestabilites labels to cut out a frame from Always Artichoke cardstock, and I sponged the edges with black to make it pop.

Recipe: Stamps: Scriptures 1, by Our Daily Bread Designs. Paper: Heidi Grace DP, Whisper White, Basic Black and Always Artichoke. Ink: Memento Black. Accessories: Nestabilities Labels, Dimensionals, Sheer, black 1/2 inch ribbon, Antique Brads, faux white pearls.