Friday, June 3, 2011

LOC Enter His Gates

My project for Faith Art Friday at Layers of Color is a Gatefold card - something new to me, it fitted so well with the scripture that I have been meditating on this week

'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him; bless His name'
Psalms 100:4

Thanksgiving - is this a verbal action or an attitude of the heart - or perhaps both?!  More often than not in Scripture things that seem to require an action begin with the heart. 

I have worshipped the Lord and sung songs to Him, lifting my eyes and my hands towards Heaven, sometimes caught up in the atmosphere of the worship around me, yet my heart was downcast and did not align with my outward appearance.

Then there have been those times where inspite of my heavy heart and how I was feeling I have gone into his Courts and brought a Sacrifice of Praise - inspite of circumstances and those things that have clouded my heart, I have made a choice and declared I WILL enter His courts with thanksgiving in my heart...and act of the will - a choice!

It seems to be far easier to do the actions in those times that we are drier spiritually then it is to make a choice,  maybe it is because there is a truth that often gets over looked when the heart is heavy...

Regardless of how we feel - God is worthy to be praised!!  Our circumstances should not even come into the equation - I encourage you to  Lift up your head!!

'And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies, my encirclers, and I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises to Jehovah.'
Psa 27:6
Our choices may not ultimately change our circumstances, but they definitely  effect the way we come through them...remembering....that God inhabits the praises of His people.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel

This card is for the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. - Wedding/Love
Charisma Cardz - Something that Flies (butterfly)
Craft Us Crazy - Remembrance and/or Love
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of Beauty
Little Miss Muffett Challenges - Metal Embellishments
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes and/or use your favourite whatever (colour, technique etc)
The Rubber Cafe - Weddings/Anniversaries
Sassy Studip Designs - No Patterned DP
4 Crafty Chicks - Anniversary
Artistic Stampers - Must Use Rubber - Monochromatic + one colour
By the Cute and Girly - In the Garden
Crafter's Companion - Here Comes the Summer
Paper Creations Ink - Ribbon or Lace
Stampavie and More - More than One Fold
Truly Scrumptious - Summer Sparkle

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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! I am keeping my computer time shorter these days - the glare plays havoc on my eyes - I have my other surgery on June 9 and after recovery time, I am hoping to come and spend some QUALITY time with you!  God bless you!


  1. Hi Linda, your gatefold card is SO pretty!! Love the butterfly in the centre. Great design! Thanks for sharing what's in your heart and for encouraging us. Indeed, God is worthy to be praised. {hugs}

  2. very pretty card, and beautiful sentiments. Thanks for joining us at the Artistic Stamper challenge

  3. Beautiful gatefold card Linda! Thanks for playing at 4 Crafty Chicks this week...

  4. lovely gatefold card.Thanks for joining the ‘Wedding’ Challenge’ at DDSB
    Debbie Dt x
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  5. such a sweetie Linda, gorgeous details
    thanks for joining the PCI challenge this week

  6. Wow, beautiful, Linda! I'm praising the LORD with you!

  7. This is so pretty I love it thanks for sharing at CUC and Divas hugs rebekah xx

  8. Oh my, this is a stunning card, I love everything about it. Thank you for joining in the Little Miss Muffet Challenge, hope you join us again. hugs Donna x

  9. Oh Linda this is just loverly!!! So soft and feminine and just delicious.
    Your devotion is right on too - how often I have had to make a choice between my circumstances and God's worthiness - not a hard choice really, but the emotions can surely get in the way!

  10. Linda, this is Elegant & stunning. Love the dp and I am in love with that butter fly :). Wonderful devotion.

  11. Nice job, thanks for playing at 4 Crafty Chicks, very nicely done!

  12. What a BEAUTIFUL card and message! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft us Crazy!

  13. Awesome card! Just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at PCI!

  14. absolutely beautiful and the butterfly is stunning:)

    thank you for joining us at MMCS


  15. What a wonderful card, Linda and thank you for joining PCI's challenge. Love what you did. I look forward to seeing more of your work

  16. Beautiful card and exquisite coloring! Love the butterfly. SO creative.

  17. Beautiful Creation And I love your butterfly! Thank You for joining us at Paper Creations Ink! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend! Happy Creating! Sara

  18. beautiful fold card just love it
    All things Paper, Create...Learn....Share

  19. Absolutely gorgeous.Stunning shaped gate fold and such pretty colours and details.Thanks for joining us at DDSB :D
    Lisa x

  20. This is absolutely beautiful!! Love eveything about it!! Thanks for joining us at PCJ for the Anything Goes challenge!! Hugs xx

  21. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining in the Divas by Design Challenge.

  22. Wow Linda this is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with us at DDSB.


  23. Wow this is a work of art, absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with us at SSD this week.

  24. Gorgeous. Thanks for playing along at Crafter’s Companion. Hope to see you back next month. Marianne x

  25. Beautiful. You have certainly got the hang of the gatefold. That butterfly just looks as if he is going to take off..
    Thank you for joining us at the BTC&G "in the Garden" challenge.

  26. Your gate folded card is soooo beautiful. I love the all of the details you fit into it. the Butterfly is my fav. Thanks for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Have a great day.

  27. What a gorgeous creation! such feminine colors.
    Thanks for joining us at DDSB

  28. So sweet, so cute, so... WOW! I love this card!
    Thanks for playing with us @ Craft Us Crazy!

  29. WOW, gorgeous! Such lovely details and the butterfly is beautiful! Thanks for playing along @ Sassy Studio Designs for our Dare To Be Sassy Thursday "No Patterned Paper" challenge! :)
    Regan ~ SSD Design Team

  30. lovely card, so beautiful. I like very much:) Thank you for joining SAM challenge.
    Have a nice weekend
    Hugs: New DT Marika

  31. Oh wow, this is fantastic! Love the design and the way you've folded your card.

    Thanks so much for joining us at SAM this time.

    Hugs, Kiki

  32. I hope this posts...I've been trying for days!
    Thanks for joining the colour challenge at The Artistic Stamper. :)
    xoxo Sioux


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