Sunday, May 29, 2011

Change: Ecclesiastes 3:14

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I am very blessed to have a lot of family and friends to spend the day with us today. Thank you for joining us for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

This week the sweet and talented Kristine chose the verse and the challenge. The verse she chose comes from the book of  Ecclesiastes 3:14 .

"I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."
Everything God does is forever - for me that means His many promises to me. I could write a very long book filled with all the wonderful messages and gifts He has given me but for today I will share one quick story.  
One of our children is mentally handicapped. When we adopted her as a 3 month old we did not know of this handicap and I was blind (or in denial) to it for a couple of years. When I finally took her to a neurologist I was told that her malnutrition as an infant in Korea had caused brain damage and that we would not know the extent of that until she was older. It was an incredible blow to me. That night while my husband was taking night college classes and I was home with our 4 children I broke down at the foot of her crib. I cried and ranted and raved at God telling him this was not what I wanted and that I could not handle taking care of a child with special needs! After a while I calmed down and on my knees accepted God's wish for me and us and asked (told) Him that I could NOT do it alone and that He better not ever leave me. The peace that I felt at that moment is indescribable! Katie is now 34 years old and He has never left either one of us.

His promise was and is forever! 

Kristine has a sketch challenge for us. That challenge is to follow the sketch to a "T" - not adding anything to it, or taking anything away from it.

Our sponsor this week is Sweet and Sassy Stamps and the winner can select 3 digitals of their choice. Be sure to check them out, they have a wonderful selection!

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:

Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow 
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Kristine Breach: Ink Something
MariLynn DeGroot - Mississippi McGyver
Sabrina Jackson - SJ Butterfly Dreams
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

It is always great to see you, thanks for the comments!

Stamps: GKD - Warm with Love
Paper: GKD White
Designer Paper: PinkPaislee - Bayberry Cottage
Other: Ribbon

Rainbow Lady's - Inspired by the song "Some Enchanted Evening".
Do You Stack Up? - Animals.
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge -  Insects
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes


Denise and Louise said...

Lovely card. Thanks for sharing it with us at DYSU this week xx

ahlers5 said...

Beautiful card, even more beautiful story. You are a very special person. Thanks for joining us this week at DDSB.

Grace said...

Hi Miesje! Your card is just beautiful and I have always loved this sentiment! Thanks too for sharing your story of your journey though a difficult time and how God carried you both! His promises are sure! He went on to bless you with many more little blessings and I know that you were that one special family that He chose for this preciious little girl.... He know exactly who was the perfect family for her!!! Thanks for sharing your heart.... enjoy your family this weekend!!!

Becky said...

What a touching testimony Miesje, of God's love for you and yours for Him.
Your card is gorgeous.

Kristine said...

Your card is awesome--love the crisp clean look of it and I can almost feel the seabreeze! =)

Thank you for sharing your personal story Miesje. God always has a bigger better plan than what we can see for ourselves. We don't like NOT knowing what it is or how we will be better off in the longrun--but He never fails. Have a blessed weekend! Hugs *Ü*

WencheP said...

Fabulous card, love the colors. Thank you for joining us over at Do You Stack Up.


Lisa Hjulberg said...

A beautiful story, Miesje! I love you more and more as time goes by. You are an incredible blessing to so many, including me!

And I LOVE your card. And I know I should never be envious, but I have to say it's hard not to be envious of your view of the lake. Lucky girl!


Carol said...

Great card with a lovely sentiment. Thanks for sharing it with us at CFAS and I hope we see you again soon. Carol DT x

Jan said...

Such an adorable card. Thanks for joining us at CFAS, hope to see you agin soon. xx Jan DT member

Peggysue said...

Beautiful card and a very touching story. I really love the sentiment on the card. I’m glad you joined us for the Do You Stack Up? ANIMAL challenge & hope to see you again!

Payne Holler Cards said...

God is always working and His plans for us never cease to amaze me...and the extra grace He gives us is a blessing that only a child of the King knows - I pray that a soul will be saved through your testimony of his love for us!

your card is wonderful! perfect for the images used (-:

Patter Cross said...

I wanted to wish you a HUGE Happy Birthday today! There is also a thread on Christian Paper Crafts! I hope you will come and see.

Have a blessed birthday!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Happy Birthday sweetie. Gorgeous card and story. Thank you for joining us at DDSB this week.


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Happy Birthday Miesje!!! I hope you had a great day!!!

I just love your card and your take on the sketch. The color combo and your image and sentiment and image are beautiful!!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks very much for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew this week, and good luck :)

Peggysuez said...

Your stories are always so inspirational to me, and I just loved seeing this card pop up in he yahoo gallery, such a serene image and you made a marvelous contribution to the sketch gallery.

Rainbow Lady said...

Calm peaceful and lovely. Thanks so much Love Cynthia x

Donna said...

what a beautiful card! what a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness, you are so special and I'm sure Katie is too!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Oh Miesje, I am sory I've missed your Birthday!!! Belated Happy Birthday and may God bless you abundantly!! I love, love, love, your card. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina