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Friday, June 25, 2010

LOC Blessed are the Children

Friday comes around so quickly, which is 'skeery' in one way, as time is flying - but it is also great, as it is one of my favourite days on Layers of Color - Faith Art Friday!!! I love it that we can combine our faith and our art !!

I have used the new Layers of Color Bella Brocade Art Stencils along with the Creative Flourishes and Flutterescent clear art stamps to create this layout! 

The past couple of weeks I have created layouts - they just seem to fit so well with scripture - this week I have been pondering on the scriptures about children....

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so He could lay His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering Him.  But Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."  And He placed His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.
Mat 19:13-15


These photos of my children when they were younger got me thinking about children and they are referred to in the Word.  What is it about children that we need to attain to - surely it is their trust and innocence, as adults we tend to complicate things and look for deeper meaning - anyone who has been around children at all would know that they see things as they are, call a 'spade' a 'spade!' 


There is a purity that we have as children that gets lost along the way.  As adults we tend to want to see our children grow up quickly, but sometimes in doing that they miss out of the innocence and carefree lives that children are entitled to....


Jesus clearly says that unless we return to the state of being like a child, NOT to be confused with being childish (and there is a difference) that we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven.  Does this mean there are no adults in Heaven - no! LOL!  He is talking about in our hearts and minds - to trust Him as a child trusts a parent, a 'no questions asked' kind of trust....as a parent I can clearly remember the feeling of having my child look at me and leap off the wall or piece of furniture without any doubt that we will catch them before they hit the ground!!

I was a Nanny before we had out own children and I used to say about some of the children I looked after, that I loved them like they were my own - at that time I had no understanding of the bond that is so amazingly there and  when you have your own child - it is so strong and defies any logic or reason....can you imagine the bond we have as Children of God....indescribable!!!

You can see more of my projects in my Layers of Color Gallery, while you are there make sure you check out the other Design Team galleries there is so much inspiration waiting to be discovered.  You are invited to join us on our SNR Group where there is lots of fun and chatter (No surprises there I know! LOL)  There are also discounts and previews that are exclusive for the Group Members - come and join us!!
 
I do want to say thank you to those of you who have sent email and being praying for us.  My DH lost his Grandmother yesterday and these times are never easy. Olwen lived a full life and would have turned  90 next month - she passed away in her sleep after having a stroke a week earlier, which is  a peaceful way to go, but it doesn't make the loss any the less - your kind words and prayers mean so much - thank you!

Thank you for visiting with me today, and for the lovely comments you leave me - I love knowing you have been - you make my day!  God bless you!

10 comments:

  1. Linda this is just BEEE-UUOO-TIFUL. I love the page, and also the thoughts you have shared along the way. We as adults do complicate things, don't we!!
    Bless you sistah - praying for you and your family
    M

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  2. Simply delightful Linda!!! Love this layout, your big beautiful bloom and of course all the yummy LOC touches!!! I do wish you could come over and bless me with some lessons! I love your style my friend! Will be praying for you this weekend as you travel! Hugs to Ron and the kids too!

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  3. The is just beautiful Linda, The LO and embellishments are wonderful, as are the children, LOL. Sorry to read of you family loss, sending thoughts and prayers your way. Blessings, Jane

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  4. This is beautiful Linda! Love the colors and design with these precious pictures. You are so right in the innocence of children and how it is a struggle for so many in wanting their kids to grow up faster...
    Life gets complicated soon enough without wishing the tender years away....
    Praying for you in the days ahead...

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  5. Hi Lindalou! I read your write up on LOC but wanted to visit here and leave you some love. It is so true about kids and how they "cut us down to size" in a good way. I think that is what I love most about you my friend. Your "child way" of being. Guess it takes 2 to tango, and we both know another sistah that is just like us...Pat ring a bell. Hugs, Peggyxo

    Oooh, forgot to compliment on how gorgeous that page looks to. Your details and flowers always amaze me, and the children are well demonstrated as not looking to the camera to pose, but just drink in the scenery!

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  6. You make the most beautiful pages, this is just beautiful Linda, beautiful thoughts this morning.

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  7. Beautiful, Linda!! I love all the pretty delicate details and the colors. Wonderful depth of thought and lovely post!

    God be with you all during these days ahead!

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  8. Lovely Linda has done it again -- not only in a beautiful, delightful, and cherished layout of your children, but in your words as well.

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  9. Super cute! Love the little flowers!

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  10. Hi Linda! Love the close ups on your blog, and easy reading at the LOC blog.

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