Sunday, May 6, 2012

Communion: 1 John 2:4-6

Did you notice that we have 6, yes 6 new design sisters here at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! We are so excited to welcome them and just wait until you see how incredibly talented they are, they also have a wonderful spiritual aura! You will love them as we do already! Two of our new sisters are not really new - they came back! Please welcome them - stop by their blogs and shout out a warm hello.

This week it was my turn to host our challenge. I chose this verse from 1 John 2:4-6 .
"Whoever says, “I know him”, but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him."
Last week was a wonderfully busy week at our house. We were blessed with our 18th grandchild and helped out the new family by keeping their other 3 children (9, 7 and 4 year olds) for 4 days. We both still work full time and we are not as young as we used to be when we raised our 8. Needless to say we were wiped out by the time they went home Thursday. We were looking forward to a weekend of recuperation. Then we received an e-mail from a couple at our church who asked us if we would attend their daughters 1st Holy Communion on Sunday. We are already committed to our Saturday service so I inwardly groaned. However they wrote that we were instrumental in bringing them back to the church and they wanted to share this special occasion with us. Needless to say we are going to both services and brunch afterwards on Sunday. The thing is that we were not even aware that we had that impact on them when we taught their baptism class several years ago. In fact I had to put aside the card I was making for this challenge and make the challenge fit the card I wanted to make for Gracie on her special day.

Have you ever been in a social situation and are asked if you know a specific person? We may know of them but do we really know them? It always amazes me when I hear someone quote scripture and then turn around and use unkind language and words about or to another person. Do others know that we have the love of Jesus in our hearts? Can they see and hear God in our actions and words? It is so easy to say “I know Jesus” but not as easy to “live as Jesus”. Yes, proclaiming the goodness of the Lord and the incredible journey life is with Him at our side but we have to be sure that our daily moments reflect that – that is what is seen and believed by others.

As I said in my devotion I had to come up with a card for this occasion so I had to put my first card aside, (I will post my first card tomorrow after I finish it up). I stamped this image from ODBD on some muslin fabric and colored lightly colored it with Copics. I then used a twig from my back yard and some thread to make it look like banner that hangs in church. A few gold brads and the sentiment is on some vellum. There is a longer sentiment on the inside.

The challenge this week is; Create a card or project that uses something real or natural on it - twine - burlap - shell - sand - etc.

This week our sponsor is Our Daily Bread Designs

Don't forget to stop by my SSIC design sisters (listed on the sidebar) to see what they have to share this week.
It is always great to see you, thanks for the comments and have a wonderful week surrounded with God's love.

Stamps: ODBD  
Paper: SU - elegant eggplant and some gold vellum
Designer Paper: None
Other: muslin, velum, twig, brads, copics

2 Sisters - #90 Anything goes


Wendy said...

Congrats on your new grandchild... wow - you are truly blessed with all these children and grandchildren. God is good! Love your card Miesje but even more your message... we need to keep this truth central to our walk with God and others. Have a good week. Wendy xx

Kristine said...

Morning sunshine :) Beautiful card and you have a beautiful heart that shines through Miesje. Your presence at their child's first communion I'm sure meant a lot to them. Hope you had a wonderful time at brunch :) Have a blessed week!

Peggysuez said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful bit of scripture you chose for this week, sure to have everyone thinking about their relationship with Jesus this week! Beautiful First Communion card you've created too, I have a few friends celebrating that sacrament this weekend!

Jerusha said...

This is so neat. What a great idea to make a banner lie this. I really like this. Appreciated your devotional this week as well. Thank you!

Diane said...

What a wonderful celebration...and what deep impact you have surely had on this family and all those who know you personally. I love the banner idea for the card, and the powerful verse/thoughts.

MariLynn said...

Meisje, Loved reading your thoughts on the scripture. I like how you have the panel on your card hanging from the twig. I hope you have a blessed week!

Candace said...

Hi Miesje! I love how you stamped on fabric! I will have to try that technique sometime. Thanks for this fun challenge today! Hugs!!

Traci M said...

Your card is lovely, Miesje!! You are brave to stamp and color on muslim after the week you've had, and it turned out great, I love the twig and thread! Very creative!
You have certainly been a blessing to so many, and what a beautiful spiritual heritage you are passing down to your children and grand children!

Helen said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for your devotion this week! It's something I should think about more often than I do! Letting my "light" shine, means not only with my words, but with my actions, too. Thanks for the reminder of this!