Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Can you believe August is more than half over?

 Today I read a very interesting devotional.  It stated that a life not lived for Christ is a wasted life.  And it is so true!  Think back before you were saved, what did you do with your time?  I am not proud of it, but I spent it drinking, swearing and only thinking of myself.  I was selfish and full of pride.  I look back on that now; and think - what a wasted life!  What a waste of time!  I thought I was happy - but I wasn't,  I thought I had the world by the tail - but I didn't.  I praise the Lord my God, that I do not have to live that life anymore.  My life has changed from night to day, from darkness to light.  Excuse the cliche' but it is true.

Psalm 44:22 says this, 'For Your sake we are killed all day long.  We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.'  --  I use to read this and think how awful!  There is a better way to look at this.  When we accept Christ we are new creatures in Him.  Our old life is passing away; in other words we are killed all day long - our sins that we are forsaking now, are being killed.  In place we are becoming alive in Christ as we mature in Him.  It is like a cigarette addiction; at first when we stop smoking, it is hard, very hard ... but as time goes by and we refrain from those cigarettes .. it becomes easier and easier.  Till one day, we do not even think about it anymore.  Likewise our life in Jesus becomes easier as we lean on the Holy Spirit's indwelling in us, our faith in Christ Jesus, our daily walk centered on the will of our Heavenly Father. 

So when I read my devotional this morning and read about a revival preacher, named Billy Sunday who preached in the 1920s.  I was elated to know that this statement affected me, as well as the Holy Spirit within me.  Quoting Billy Sunday, "That the deathbed repentance is “burning the candle of life for the devil, and then blowing the smoke in God’s face.”

Folks are you burning the candle of your life for Satan; or are you living for Jesus?   It is never too late to turn to Him.  Turn to Jesus now.  He is always there listening for you.

--  Now I do have some cards I want to share with you today.

The first one is for the Tea Potter's Challenge.  It required using strawberries.  Well I just loved the first one I did, so I made a second one as well.  Both are taken.

The second one is here:

As you can see I used the same Red CS from Heritage Pack.  I used the same strawberry image which I colored with color pencils and for the seeds I used fabric puffy paint.  And I used the same ribbon to make my bows.  The difference, is the sentiments, both are from Sweet n Sassy.  And the DP are a bit different.  Both have polka dots though.  

Speaking of Polka dots, there was another challenge that required the use of dots in our cards.

This was 'Free for All' challenge.  I ran out of 12 x 12 White CS, so used the Black instead by Darcie.  I then used white CS 8 x 11 size and cut it down.  I layered an aqua dot DP and then added a die cut oval (Spellbinders).  I stamped the sentiment which is from Stampabilities, and the Tea cup stamp is from HOTP.  Adding a pearl to the pencil colored image.  

My next card is for Word Art Wednesday challenge.  

I used dark gray CS which was given to me from a new friend, Nancy on SCS.  Such a wonderful lady and so much fun to chat with each week.  I took it and embossed it with my brick embossing folder.  I then used my die cut window (Spellbinders) and backed it up with wood embossing brown CS.  Cut out the window frame inside and ran the bible verse on scrolled velum paper, backed with white CS.  I popped up the shutters so they would looked opened.  I also used paper punched leaves and small flowers are from another wonderful lady who makes these on E-Bay and sells them.  

I have one more that was made for the Sweet n Sassy sketch challenge.  
The keyword here was to use a sunflower on the card.  So I went to my trusty sunflower stamp I have by 'Local King Rubber Stamps'.  I used colored pencils to color it in.  I cut the corners of my white CS with Friskars corner cutters.  The pendant is made of ribbon which has sunflowers / daisies on them.  The Gold and Sage CS again is from my friend Nancy.  The sentiment stamp, you guessed it from 'Sweet n Sassy'.  

I sure hope you enjoyed all these.  As always, love hearing from each one of you.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sweet comments you leave me.  It is so uplifting and comforting!  God bless you all!  Jan

Monday, August 12, 2013

It has been awhile ...

I have a few cards to show you today!

This card I made for my lab technician Jo.  She is the only one who gets to stick me with a needle when I go for blood work.   This past month she has had to draw a LOT of blood from me ~ and she gets it out of my hand!  No one and I mean NO ONE touches me in the crook of my arm - not even my purse straps!  So I wanted to thank her for her wonderful talent and patience with such a baby as myself.  The card has a huge 'blood drop' which I printed off the computer, and inside stamped the sentiments:  Each day is a gift (Sweet n Sassy) and Thanks so much (Verve).  I added a silver flourish and hand-made red rose to a black die cut oval (Spellbinders), the background I printed off the Internet and layered it on red card stock from Heritage Pack.  

My next card ...

This is the result of a 'Sketch Challenge'.  I started off with Pink Card Stock from Bazzill,  The middle part of my card, I used a Sage Green Card Stock that I got as a gift from a dear friend, Nancy S.  Layered it with a beautiful floral DP from Judi Lee Design Paper.  The smaller square, I used again the Sage Green, Pink CS and White CS where I ran off the computer the Bible verse, that came from Word Art Wednesday Challenge; Isaiah 25:4.  Then added a paper punched butterfly out of the Sage Green CS added pink gems and a big pink satin bow.  

My next card ...

This card I tried something different.  I really like the way it turned out.  First I used blue chalk and made my cloud background.  I then added my grass stamp from Sweet n Sassy, using Bamboo Leaves Ink.  I then used my flower stamps (both) Sweet n Sassy.  However this time instead of using an ink pad - I used marking pens.  I just love the way they turned out!!  This is a cool way of making your flowers look different on your cards.  The butterflies are stamped with Paris Dusk Ink, (Sweet n Sassy).  I added diamond gems for the body.  Last but not least, I added the sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado - a message that is good throughout the ages and will be forever!  

Are you ready for one more card?

This card was another Word Art Wednesday challenge.  The sentiment is a Bible verse they chose to use for this challenge.  I started with Blue CS, layered with a rich red DP from K & Company (I think)...  which I corner cut.  I added a Die Cut oval (Spellbinders), paper punched flowers, (red centers were bought from a private seller).  Added half a green flourish in the corner.  

I hope you enjoy these.  Maybe they will inspire you to make something today.  When it comes to sharing God's Word - remember no matter how small or how big we do this, nothing is done in vain.  Your heartfelt creations will never go unnoticed by God.  And He will bless you and keep you in His precious care.  

As always - I love to hear from you!
God bless!  Jan

Friday, August 2, 2013

Are we more like Jesus today than we were yesterday?

Today Bible passage I want to concentrate on is found in 2 Corinthians 3:7-9 & 14, 18.

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 

 This passage sometimes is hard to understand.  It talks about the 10 Commandments that God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai and compares it to the Grace and Gift of Eternal life through Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit until that day comes.  

You see everyone is a sinner, no one could possibly live their life completely sinless, following the 10 Commandments.  God did not send those to the people to make their lives a failure - but to show them, that they needed a Savior and could not live a sinless life.  So this is why the Bible calls the 10 Commandments the 'ministry of death'.  And the ministry of Christ death and resurrection, 'ministry of life'.  Filling us with the Holy Spirit to make us more and more like Christ, forgiving us of all past, present and future sins.

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  

 Symbolically, when Christ died on the cross, the veil in the Holy of Holies, of the Jewish temple was ripped from top to bottom.  This would have been an impossible task for any man to do.  The thickness of the veil was so thick only God could rip it.  And with Christ being on the throne, having victory over death and hell - we who have accepted Christ as our Savior, can come directly to him through prayer, His word, and ask what we will.  No more do we have to go through a priest, who went in alone once a year before the ripping of the veil.

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

Are we being 'transformed into the same image from glory to glory'?  In other words each day are we becoming more like Jesus?  Are we studying His Word, are we praying and thanking him for what He has done for us?  Are we being living testimonies to the unsaved?  Well only you can answer those questions.  I pray that you will do that today.  

Due to illness this past week, I have not created any new cards.  But will try to get back into the swing of things soon.  I thank you for your patience.  May God bless you always!  Jan