Friday, May 27, 2011

LOC FAF True Encouragement

Friday comes around quickly and with is comes Faith Art Friday at Layers of Color.  This is one of my favourite posts and I am honoured to be hosting it this week.

Symbolism is something I always love to use with Faith Art cards and this one is no exception.  The Fleur Heart is perfect for this topic as encouragement definitely effects our hearts.....my DH always says that 'encouragement causes power and effect' - what a truth!

'But exhort yourselves each day, as long as it is being called today, that not any of you be hardened by the deceit of sin.
For we have become partakers of Christ, if truly we hold the beginning of the assurance firm to the end'
Hebrews 3:13-15
What is encouragement - this seems to have varying definitions for people, God's word tells us in Hebrews 3, that encouragement is not about paying a compliment to someone but rather encouraging someone in God. This encouragement does is not designed to make us feel good  - is not emotion based, but is to point us to the Word of God as our supply and move us forward in our walk with Him.

While being told that we are doing well with things, or our hair looks great today, is always a great feeling and yes, it does make us feel good but I would suggest that this is more a compliment and let us encourage one another in that way, but may we continue to 'build each other up' in the things of the Kingdom, to 'spur one another on' in God's ways and in our relationships with Him.  While paying compliments is a great feeling, and something I like to do - I pray we do not lose sight of the true meaning of encouragement as told here in Hebrews, as it has eternal value and this is what is important!

I pray we fix our thoughts on Jesus and focus on the one who can do all we need.  We are part of an amazing building and God is the architect!

For this project I have used the following products: Layers of Color Fleur Heart, The Love Chapter art stamp sets. Belle Brocade Art Stencil, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Basic Banners One and Labels 13 Nesitbilities. along with Rangers Distressing Inks.
This card is for the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Cards for a Male
Craft Us Crazy - Rembrance and/or Love
Crafty Purple Frog - This of Beauty
Little Miss Muffett Challenges - Metal Embellishments
Paper Romance - Distressing
The Rubber Cafe - Vintage
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - Vintage
Crafting for All Seasons - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptous - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
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Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!!  Your encouragement is such a blessing for me  - it makes my day!  God bless you!


  1. Great card Linda, love all the detail and the colour.

  2. Linda I love the colours you have used here, and all the glorious detail - amazing!!
    Bless you my friend for your encouragement in the Word.

  3. Linda, this is a great card! You put so much love to all the details!
    Thanks for playing along with us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  4. A beautiful card, love the design. Thank you so much for joining in the Little Miss Muffet Challenge, I hope we'll see you again. hugs Donna x

  5. I would not know where to start..but you executed this perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing this creation at 'Make it Monday' also..just lovely.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. What an original Linda!

    Thx for linking up to the Make It Monday party! Hope to see you again soon!

    Mary J x

  7. Such a pretty card - beautiful borders and such a great heart! So glad you linked up at Craft Us Crazy!

  8. This is really beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Amber's Crafts and Stuff!

  9. Great card. Thanks for playing along at Amber's Crafts and Stuff. Hope to see you again soon.


  10. Beautifully said my friend. Thank you for this encouraging post and for you bold testimony! What a blessing you are!


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