Sunday, August 8, 2010

SSIC LOC Just Because

Doesn't the week go past so quickly - it is Sunday and that means it is time for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge!!  This week Lisa is sharing the scripture with us and she has chosen...

 "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" Philippians 3:13-14

Lisa has challenged us to make a card of apology or one reaching out to someone and encouraging them to put the past behind them and move forward .

I have used the Layers of Color Clear Art Stamp Acanthus Leaves and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. I am recycling some old Christmas cards and using the back of them on some of my cards - some of these have fabulous texture, like the one I used here!  I cut it out with the Nestibilities Labels 1 and sponged the edges while it was still in the Die!!  I have seen this done before and love the effect - there is always something to learn each day!!

I stamped and coloured the flower from the Nature Walk Clear Art Stamps with chalks, cut it out and secured it with a large gold brad - these are not just any brad, but were given to me by our friend Jack, who has given me many gorgeous vintage finds along the way - these brads are from an old bank and used to be used - they are have now been updated and made their way to the sanctuary of my Craft Central!!

I embossed a sentiment from Stampin' Up in Gold Embossing Powder and but it out using the Ribbon Tags Nestibilitie and attached it with gold brads.

I have thought about the scripture for this week and 'forgetting about what lies behind' and today was reminded of it again today as we had a surprise visit from a very dear friend, we met him and his family when they came across from Hawaii to be Missionaries at the Church we were attending, after two years they went back and took part of our hearts with them.  Over the past six years we have missed them terribly - you can imagine our delight when we saw him walking along our veranda this morning - we could not get to the door quick enough to hug him, we were all falling over ourselves!

The Church we had attended together had some issues come up and things took a bad turn and needless to say people were badly hurt and sadly there were causalities.....Many people were so hurt and are still recovering today.  I look at this scripture and thank God that He gives us the ability to make the choice to forget what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

When we get hurt we can tend to stop where we are and let that hurt take hold of our hearts, making it almost impossible to move forward - I love way it says 'straining' toward what is ahead - sometimes it is an effort to move forward - we tend to say back at that ;point 'selling souvineers' of our experience and not moving past it, reliving those events over and over....but we need to leave that place and move forward if we are to reach the goal, win the prize. The Bibles tells us to separate the precious from the worthless - and I am challenged to do this - to leave those things which really, in the big picture are not important at all and move on to that which has value!!

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  1. Fabulous piece of artwork and I love your brads. Thank you for entering my challenge this week on creative inspirations.

  2. This is a beautiful card! So unique and elegant - I love it. I so look forward to reading everyone's take on the readings and how they touch each of our lives. It is always sad when there are separations in relationships. I will pray for you church.

  3. This is so rich and elegant. I love the fact that you have done some recycling. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

  4. This is stunning Linda, you are so creative.

  5. Excellent thoughts this morning, so true! And how often does it happen that in the body of Christ we hurt each other . . . and how difficult it can be sometimes to move forward! Beautiful card this week!

  6. what a wonderful post Linda! Thank you for sharing!

    Gorgeous card hun, you do such beautiful work!!

  7. Beautiful card, what a wonderful challenge idea Lisa has too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Operation Write Home!

  8. Lovely!

    Thank's for participating in Alot 'Distress' challenge!


  9. Thanks for sharing your story. I always enjoy it when you connect to the chosen scripture. How nice to see an old friend as well. The first thing that struck me about your card, it the sentiment. It looks engraved to me, wow, great embossing technique!

  10. Stunning card! Beautiful colors..perfect card!

  11. This is so lovely, the image the story and the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week with your lovely work.
    Suzi x

  12. Gorgeous Linda! Love sponging while still in the die! Love the texture of your recycled card! Loved and appreciated your words today too... we all had a slightly different take on today's Scripture and what a perfect example of how God speaks to our own hearts where our own needs are and through our own experiences that have brought us to where we are! Thanks for sharing! So happy you had a happy reunion!!!

  13. This is beautiful Linda!! I love all your sponging and your coloring. Hurt can definitely hinder us from moving forward. Only God can heal... Thanks for sharing your thoughts of hope. Have a great week! Glad you had a good reunion!!

    blessings and hugs,

  14. Beautiful card love the recycling idea.Thanks for joining in with us this week over at Creative Inspirations.Good Luck
    hugs judex

  15. Amazing card! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

  16. This is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at Penny's. Good Luck!


  17. Really lovely Linda, thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

  18. Bless you Linda for your thoughts - I think your card is delightful - just so uniquely 'you' :-).Love the recycling idea - must take a closer look at last years cards when I do this years Christmas greetings....

  19. Wow, this is gorgeous. Thank you for playing at Cupcake. x

  20. amazing and noble card...

    thank you for your encouraging words!

    blessings and greetings from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  21. What a fab idea for a card something we could all do with recieving at one time or another. Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

  22. Beautiful Linda!!! thanks so much for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges.
    Rachel :0)

  23. Thank you for sharing your story and your verses and lovely card. It is very sweet and the recipient will be very lucky to get it. Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations for our recycling project.

  24. Ohhh so pretty! I love the story you shared too! Thanks for playing in the ODBDSLC this week! We hope you will join us again!


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