Sunday, August 7, 2011

SSIC LOC Steadfast Love

I am honoured to be hosting this weeks Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge, I love the inspiration that the Sistah's bring each week form the Word of God.  This week I have chosen:
'The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning'
Lam 3:22 -23

My challenge is to dig deep into your craft cupboard and use something from your stash that you 'just had to have' cause you would use it everyday....but have forgotten about...and I am sure we all have plenty!  LOL!

I have used the fabulous Encouragement art stamp set from Layers of Color - I did not have to dig too far for this, but I did have to dig for the DP - among the numerous sheets of it I have in Craft Central.....I would show you a sneak peek of it all but - I don't want to skeer you!  LOL!

The bird image is from the Layers of Color Royal Birds art stamp set.  The Spellbinders Class Oval has been cut with the Grand Calibur and the sign post from the Spellbinders Elegant Posts, designed by Nina Brackett.

The flowers are from one of the many gorgeous RAKs I have been sent from my dear stamping friends - I am very grateful to you all - I am so blessed!

The lace is also from my supplies - this one has not seen the 'light of day' for quite some time - and worked perfectly with this card!

The scripture from Lamentations is such a comforting one - today, everything moves very fast and is disposable - so it would seem is love!  The one security we have is that God, our Creator and Heavenly Father loves us with an unconditional love, a love that never ceases.  Can you imagine that - it is something that never ceases to amaze me.  His love is not dependent on our response, but on Who He is.
His mercies never come to an end -  such a mystery to the natural mind, but a fact and a promise from the Word of God.  When I became a Christian I was overwhelmed by the love of God and remember saying - 'if there is love like that in this world, then I want it!!' It was no whim or emotion - it was a direct response to the Steadfast Love of God, one that I know on a deeper basis today.
Over the years I have experienced firsthand, the steadfast love of God.  God's Word tells us that He is Love and in Him there is no darkness at all.  No doubt, fear or conditions - His love is NOT dependant on our actions, but whether or not we choose to receive it is dependant on our heart response.  Someone can give us the most beautiful gift - but to experience it, we have to make the choice to open it - it is then we come to understand what we have actually been given!  The Love of God, like that gift in the natural - once we have received it the responsibility to look after it and reap the benefits from it lies with us.  We are responsible for reading the instruction manual and applying the principles to our lives.

God's steadfast love is there for each of us - He is full of mercy, in His Love there is no need to run and hide away - He is indeed faithful in our unfaithfulness!  May our hearts respond declaring;
Great is thy faithfulness O Lord!
This card is for the following challenges:
Forever Friends - must include an animal - pastel colors
 Sassy Studio Designs - Lets get sentimental - Use a sentiment on the front
Southern Girls - 2nd week of photo inspiration

My Mum's Craft shop - monochromatic
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenges - Anything goes
Little Claire's - Things With Wings
Paper Creator's Crafts - All about Flowers
Mami Doodles - flowers
Phindy’s Place - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes in August
Thank you to this weeks sponsor, Clear Dollar Stamps

Our Faithful Monthly Sponsor Clear Dollar Stamps

Please be sure to stop by and show them some Stampin' Sisters in Christ love!
Make sure you stop by the Design Team Blogs and see that gorgeous 'works of the heart' they have created for you!! Some of the Stampin Sisters are taking a break for various reasons - there is lots of inspiration to be found as you visit the Designers Blogs
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  1. thanks for the devo and this scripture card, so stunning...I hope you have a fabulous day!

    enjoy *~*

  2. WOW linda this is gorgeous!!!!! Love the embossing and the prayer too!!!!! Fabulous work!!!!

  3. Stunning card Linda.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator Crafts.

    Julie x

  4. Gorgeous! Great devotional, thanks. Have a great day.

  5. This is a wonderful devotional Linda, it is so good to be reminded of His continuous love for His children.
    Your card is beautiful, always such lovely details and colors.
    Have a wonderful day..
    Hugs & blessings

  6. Linda, thanks so much for the devotional this week reminding us of God's unfailing love and his fresh mercies!! I was so blessed meditating on that verse this past week!! I love your card, that sign post is so perfect for using scripture with!! Beautiful card, true words, thanks and have a blessed week!

  7. What a work of art! Your card is incredibly beautiful. Loved your devotion too - Have a great week!

  8. Linda, your work of heart is just beautiful as can be!! LOVE that deep embossing on your dp and this verse and your devo is WONDERFUL! Of course I have claimed His steadfast love for years... but especially in the midst of a hard week, it's always so nice and comforting to hear it again... like honey for the soul. Thank you! Have a great week =)

  9. Beautiful post from the heart, Linda! May you know an ever increasing heap of treasure from opening God's gift of love!
    Gorgeous card! So pretty!!

  10. Lovely card and verse ,Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator's Crafts for this weeks Say It With Flowers Challenge

  11. Beautiful, beautiful, card! Precious!

  12. Beautiful as ever, Linda, both the card and your devotional - love the detail in the clear rhinestones :-)

  13. Stunning artwork! This beauty will bring encouragement to someone's day! Your devotional brightened mine!

  14. Wow, this is such a beautiful card. I love the embossing and all the details on this card. Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenges this week. Hugs!

  15. This is beautiful Linda! Lovely accent and your devotional was a blessing.

  16. Gorgeous card! Love the product of all your digging!

  17. Linda, this is beauitful!! I think I have all those 'must-haves' hiding in my stash, too! Thanks for sharing another of your lovely creations at Southern Girls :)

  18. Wow! This is incredibly beautiful! Thank you for joining in with us at Southern Girls this fortnight. I have some candy on my blog if you are interested in joining in.
    Alicia xx

  19. Hi Linda,
    This is such a wonderful creation. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Mami Doodles!
    Have a wonderful day and good luck in the draw ◕‿◕

  20. Wonderful devotion!!! I love all the beautiful details of your card. That lace is just so pretty. I love how the flowers look. Amazing. I hope you have a blessed week!

  21. Gorgeous Card! Love the textures and the touch of lace, wonderful.

    Thanks for playing with us at Southern girls, the colours are paerfect for this challenge! xx

  22. Gorgeous card :) Thankyou for joining us over at Paper Creator Crafts xx


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