Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blessings - Psalm 138:3




Our 1 year Birthday Blog Hop starts at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog! You'll want to start there and follow along. There are many blessings along the way and chances to win prizes, so we hope you'll join us! All of the blog links are there in case you get lost or a link does not work.

Psalm 138:3 - When I called you answered me; you built up strength within me.
There have been times in my life when I have called out in desperation for God to help me because I just didn't think I could make it through. One such time was when I found out that our daughter was mentally handicapped. We had adopted her from Korea and she was suffering from malnutrition and had pneumonia when we got her home at age 3 months. When I finally accepted that something was wrong I told God that I couldn't do it - I could not raise a handicapped child! After ranting and raving for a while I finally quieted and told God that I could not do it without His help. (gee, you think that is what He wanted to hear?) Now, 33 years later, not only does He help me, I have also found a strength within me that I did not know I had. It was a lesson learned that has seen me through so many difficulties since then, with Katie (our blessing!) and other difficult times. Now I just find a quiet spot, like shown in my card, and talk to Jesus knowing that He will answer me and walk with me.

This card came together easily. I knew I wanted the flowers to show around the chair so I masked the chair and stamped the flowers all the way around. I then stamped the butterflies and cut those out. A fun peaceful card to make.

Who wants some flowery candy? Blog candy that is! I will pick one lucky winner using the random number generator from all the comments that are left here on my blog! Be sure to leave a comment on the main site there is a $50.00 gift certificate up for grabs and your name will be entered twice for my blog candy! The hop officially ends on Wednesday at 11:59 pm Pacific time and the winner will be announced on Thursday. If you came here without going to SSIC be sure to head right on over - more prizes and candy to be had!

Your next stop on this birthday blog hop is to our very own dear Randi! Be sure to hop on over and leave her a blessing! Thanks for hopping along with us, for your continued support and your wonderful comments. 


May God send you blessings!








Recipe: 
Stamps: The Journey and Sending Sunshine - Gina K Designs
Paper: SU Pretty in Pink - Pure Luxury Grass Green and White - GinaK
Specialty Paper: Basic Grey - Olivia
Other: Ribbon, Cuttlebug folder

Challenges:
StampTV: Color Challenge
Flutterby Wednesdays: Use a butterfly or fairy
Mark's Finest Papers: Flowers


 

66 comments:

Randi said...

Miesje, what a restful scene you have created for this verse. We are so blessed to have a God who answers up in our time of need. Have a great day. Great blog candy, too!

Heather said...

What a gorgeous card, love that dp, it works so well.

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Miesje - what a gorgeous card you have created - it is so serene! Love the verse you have chosen and that you have shared - what a blessing and inspiration you are to all of us at SSIC! God bless you Miesje! Love your candy too - someone is going to be blessed! {{{hugs}}}

Grace said...

Hi Miesje! Oh I love your card! I have a similar stamp and just feel the relaxation come over me when I use it! LOL! Beautiful job masking! Love your verse and thanks so much for sharing your story with us! We all walk different paths in this life but God is faithful to each of us and gives us the strength we need!!!

Nicki-twinklebug said...

Wow Miesje!I love your colors,image,and your paper!Your coloring is amazing!I love your blog candy too!
Nicki

Olga said...

Miesje, what a gorgeous card!!!! Love the image and your coloring is always so perfect!!

Wilfreda said...

Your card is so relaxing. Very pretty.

peggysue said...

Oh Miesje that is a beautiful verse and I admire you so much! We learn so much from each other's times of trouble and doubting, how faithful is the Lord! What a blessing it is to know you.

Sassy Scrapin' said...

Miesje, such a beautiful place in your card, and a perfect verse! Thanks for the reminder, as I go through things now, that with out Him I can not complete a thing! ;-)

Becky said...

Miesje this is gorgeous. love this image and all those gorgeous flowers. I love this verse too. I am so blessed we are Sisters. :)

Ceal said...

Beautiful card and beautiful story thank you for sharing with us!

Jessica L said...

This is a beautiful card and a beautiful verse. And thank you for sharing your story. It brought a tear to my eye.

Kathy Winter said...

Beautiful card!! Love the scene you created. So peaceful:)

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful card and great use of the flower soft. The verse is a great one to lean on in times of need.

Helen said...

The moment I looked at your card, I immediately thought "what a peaceful image" It is a beautiful card! Sometimes we need quiet rest to allow the strength God has put in us to come forth and take hold. You're amazing to have raised a child with this handicap. They are a huge blessing because they have such faith and they don't worry about what others think about it! Thank you for sharing this with us today!

Kristine said...

You card is beautiful and I love what you shared about the verse. It's hard toalways take time to just be still and listen but He blessed us so much when we do! Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday SSIC!! *Ü*

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Kary said...

Miesje - what a beautiful card! The lavender & butterflies are so sweet. Thank you for sharing the verse and your story. I believe God uses challenging situations to mature us in our journey of faith. I pray you continue to find joy and strength in God always. God Bless!

Cindy Coutts said...

Just beautiful and lovely testimony. Although we may not be able, He is able. God bless you.

MariLynn said...

Miesje, What a wonderful scrpiture. It is so amazing that we have a loving Father who answers us when we call. I love the little butterflies on your card. I also like the coloring on your flowers.

Monique said...

What a pretty card. I love the little butterflys

Kristine said...

Wonderfull card, it looks so peacefull! I want to be in that place...
And there is so much promise in that verse!

Laurie said...

Miesje, I am so glad you cried out to God all those years ago & let Him work in your life. I pray the blessings will keep coming & I know that your eternal reward will be worth the struggles you & your family have experienced.

I especially like the cutout flower & butterflies on your card. Hugs, Laurie

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Miesje!I love that image,paper,and your coloring.Awesome job!
Chris

Jill said...

Oh, lovely card! So relaxing and colorful too! Great PP choices! Thanks for reminding us that God will build up strength in us to meet our challenges!

Mary said...

Wow, I would love to be sitting there right now!

Sharanda said...

This card looks so peaceful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. That scripture is just what I needed today, too. God bless you and your family!

Lauren said...

What a beautiful card! That chair looks so relaxing and peaceful...just waiting for me with a book and a cup of tea. ;) I love the verse you chose, too!! It reminds me to rely not on my own strength but on God's to see me through the trials in life. And He's always there, isn't he.

Dani said...

This is so lovely!! Soooo beautiful!

Kelly Massman said...

Beautiful card!! Thanks for a chance at a giveaway, too!

Lori said...

Your card is peaceful and beautiful. From the ranting and raving to the peaceful scene. Bless you, you asked for what you needed and I believe that's what you received.

Margaret said...

What a peaceful card! I love the verse that you have chosen and your choice of DPs :o)

Angella D. Crockett said...

Thanks so much for sharing about your dear daughter! Your verse is proof that He does hear us and is there when we need help! What a comfort!! God Bless!!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

your cards and your verse selections are always so perfect. i understand all too well the crying out to God that i cannot do it - and I cannot do it alone. He has been with me time and time again over the past few years. when people ask me how i do it, i just say faith; He's never let me down before and I don't suppose He's going to now. if i can present a positive front to others to lead them to Jesus - thinking they want what i've got - then i've done what my path was meant to do.

beautiful card.

Elena said...

WOW...this hop just gets better and better...THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing not just your verse but also your life...what an honor for us to be allowed to peek into your private world. THANK YOU.

perezmom said...

What a beautiful card and the verse you chose and the reasons behind it - thank you for sharing that.

-Kristin

MaxineD said...

Miesje I love your verse - and the testimony you have shared abouts God's great faithfulness!

Thank you for blessing me.

Maxine

Stephanie said...

What a restful/peaceful scene you've made on your card!! I love how you did the flowers around the chair. Beautiful!! It's so encouraging to know that God is there for us WHENEVER we need Him.

Mickie said...

What a lovely spot to sit and talk to the Lord. Love your card and your words are so inspiring.

Traci M said...

This is such a lovely, serene scene, thanks for the tip of adding in the flowers, I don't usually think of that!
Your verse is wonderful, and thanks for sharing your own story!!

Lagene said...

Miesje, Beautiful card, thanks for reminding us that God is there when we call on Him!

msfreida said...

Oh Miesje, this is stunning! Your creativity is mind-blowing! Love how you created this scene, and the scripture is sooo perfect for it...sooo peaceful!!! Thank you for sharing your heart-warming message! We all have so much to be thankful for! Blessings to you and yours~

Clare said...

Miesje, Hi! Your card is gorgeous, and the chair is calling to me! God is calling to my daughter, who is not a believer! She said she wants to go to church with us for the very first time next Sunday. My husband was baptised not too long ago, and she went for that, but left right afterwards, not staying for the whole service. God is so good! I need some blog candy!

Wendy M said...

Miesje, that chair in your card looks so inviting... just perfect for a 'quiet time' with the Lord. Thank you for sharing your testimony and reminding us of the importance of time spent with the Lord xx

Lynn McAuley said...

Awesome work with this gorgeous image!! Who wouldn't be inspired sitting in that chair surrounded by those stunning blossoms!

Thanks for sharing this beauty in Speedy's challenge!!

Magi said...

Miesje, What a restful, calming card you created! I love the soft tones of the flowers and the little butterflies! This verse is so beautiful - if only we always remembered to call out for His help, life would be so much easier! Blessings to you . . . Hugs, Magi

Carol<>< said...

lovely card, god blessed you with your adopted child, and her by sending her your way.
Carol<><

Fran, said...

The verse goes well with your card, so peaceful. Your card is so pretty.
Cheers

Natalie said...

Beautiful card! Love how you masked the flowers around the chair. Wonderful testimony of how God will provide exactly what we need when we humble ourselves and ask! In our weakness, His strength is glorified! Thank you for sharing.

Sandee said...

Thank you for sharing your story! Your card is beautiful!

Janaria said...

What a beautiful card and an inspiring message. . .thank you for sharing and for the encouragement. He is our strength and shield! Blessings in Christ!

Chrissy D said...

Ohh gorgeous card - love that image... so inviting to know when we rest in HIM, HE will supply everything we NEED. Beautiful Scripture.... And thank you for the chance at Blog Candy!

Patti J said...

Your card is beautiful, peaceful, and calming. Thank you for sharing it, and for sharing your life with us. You are a wonderful mother! God bless you, for choosing to raise this blessing!!! Hugs!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Ooo my fav chair and flowers! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Tami said...

GREAT verse and beautiful card!

MiamiKel said...

This is my first chance to know your blog and I'm so glad I found you - it's beautiful! Your story with your adopted katie brought tears to my eyes - such a testimony of His incredible love and givings - she is so lucky you found her and have blessed your lives with her. Your card is gorgeous! I live close to the beach and always long to bring a chair and find that quiet moment (so far, we are just there with the 4 kids and usually chasing them!) Love your scripture :) TFS!

Shelly said...

Beautiful card!!! Everything about it makes me think of a perfect summer day.

Jerusha said...

Your card is so lovely. I just want to sit in that chair and quiet my heart before the Lord. The colours are beautiful and the verse just perfectly fits with the scene. Thanks for sharing it!

JanD said...

What a beautiful card..I love the layout and how you masked the chair to have the flowers popping up around it. Super

Traci S. said...

Hi Miesje~

Wow! Where to begin? I really love your card with the beautiful lavender and the butterflies. I love the simple but powerful word, "Blessings."

I especially admire and am grateful for you sharing a part of your life with strangers to demonstrate just how amazing and faithful our Lord, Jesus the Christ is! You gave a great example of how Psalm 138:3 really works in our daily life.

Thank you for being so open, my Sister, and for your beautiful card, and the very generous blog candy you are offering!

Remember~
He IS Able,
Traci S.

Miejse, please stop by:
http://He-IS-Able.blogspot.com

Jennie said...

What a precious promise from His word Miesje! Love your card, it is gorgeous and thanks for the chance at the blog candy.

Vicki said...

Miesje...a beautiful card and verse...and I loved your story...and the sentiment on your card said it all "Blessings"...thank you for sharing!

HUGS,
Vicki

Catherine Kraft said...

When I first saw your beautiful card i thought of comfort and peace. It made me want to go out and relax and soak in God's presence. The scripture you shared is one I'm adding to an index card to refer back to time and again. I need His strength. Thank you for sharing! hugs and blessings,
Cathy

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Deedee Anderson said...

What a delightful scene you created on your card! The flowers and the butterflies -- some of the many things in which we find God's grace every day. Thank you for sharing such a lovely verse, and your touching story about how the Lord has uplifted you in times of need. He is so good!

Joanne Travis said...

This is so beautiful and serene. Love this!
Thanks for sharing with us and for joining Speedy's Friends this week!