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Sunday, October 9, 2011

SSIC LOC All Things are Possible

It is Sunday and  we all love Sunday, one of the reasons that I love it is that it is time for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge.  I am honoured to be hosting this weeks challenge and have chosen this scripture in the Book of Mark.

 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mar 10:27


The challenge I have set is an easy one - anything goes - it doesn't get much easier than that!

using Vintage Roses art stamp set

along with the Butterfly Collector art stamp set

How many times do we come to a grinding holt when our circumstances seem hopeless, we throw our hands up in the air in despair as we can no longer do this - all seems lost! This is a situation that most of us have experienced at one time or another....in one form or another.
Like many challenges we face, the battle takes place in our minds and are determined in our hearts before we ever see any results in the natural. Decisions we make along with the choices that go along with them are ultimately determined by our ability to turn to God, handing them over to Him and watching Him work - against all the odds!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Pro 3:5-6
God is not limited by our understanding of Him, there are many accounts of healing and miracles in the Word of God where the circumstances have been impossible but people have placed their trust in God and He has taken the impossible and made it possible. One of the well known accounts is the story of David and Goliath (1Sam 17) - as we know David, the son of Jesse, a mere shepherd, was not the obvious choice to slay Goliath in his family - infact, in the natural, he did not even qualify - BUT he was the one God had chosen, so that He would be glorified.  David's family tried to deter him, even when challenged by King Saul, David's response echoed his trust in God,
But David persisted. "I have been taking care of my father's sheep and goats,"
he said. "When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,
I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!" 1 Sam 17:35-37
David trusted God - his confidence did not waver, even in the face of his enemy, as we can see when he was face to face with Goliath
"Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!
And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues His people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD's battle, and He will give you to us!"  Isaiah 46-47
Today, regardless of how big the Goliath's in our lives, how insurmountable that mountain before us, - the reality is that our God is a miracle working God - He is not limited by that we would deem as impossible, infact through Him all things are possible....we merely need to put our trust in Him – the key is WHO we trust in!
I pray that as we face our Goliaths, we will remember the words of Jesus:
With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mar 10:27
Amen!

This card is for the following challenges:
Fun with Shapes & More must include die cut/punch - shabby vintage
Glitter Geeks - flower power
Simply Create - older than 6 months
Stampin For The Weekend - colors of Autumn
Paper Crafting Journey - Die cuts and/or a punches
Paper Play – Autumnal Colours
 Stampavie and More - Autumn

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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!
{{{hugs}}}

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful card and beautiful truths. Thanks for the encouragement, Linda--much needed today!

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  2. Wow Linda!! I love the colors and your coloring is just beautiful!!Thanks for sharing the encouraging words today!!
    Hugs,
    Chris

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  3. Love your choice of verse and the devotion today Linda! I really needed to hear that and concentrate on it. I was throwing my hands up yesterday with a "poor me" attitude. Tired of the way my DH feels and how weak he is and missing him terribly as the one that I often lean on. You woke me up - With God - that is my focus today. Bless you and yours!

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  4. Think I forgot to say that I love, love, love that card! Those roses are beautiful, you are so talented!

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  5. What a timely devotional for me this morning my dear sister, such an encouragement.
    Your card is stunning, love the shape and love those butterflies.

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  6. Your card is glorious, love your beautiful design and colors, Linda!!
    I am encouraged reading David's words regarding his Goliath...his boldness and trust in the Lord for victory are really inspiring to me!! Thanks for sharing such an encouraging scripture and wishing you a blessed week!! Hugs to you!!

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  7. Gorgeous card! Thank you so much for the wonderful devotional, keeping our eyes on the One who is in control!

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  8. Beautifully written Linda! Your card is spectacular, love the shape of it. Hugs!

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  9. Dear Linda, you had a great devotional to accompany that verse and wow, what a card! It is gorgeous! The first thing that went through my head when I read your chosen verse for this week was that song by Darlene Czech (?) I think? called All things are possible.

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  10. Beautiful devotional this week Linda, and your card is stunning! I couldn't figure out if it was an easel or not ;) Love the colors and stamps and Nesties used. Soo pretty!! I'm looking forward to seeing the new releases at LOC. Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Hi there Linda a lovely card indeed and even more beautiful are the reminders of the promises of our gracious God to us, even when we are so unworthy.
    Thanks for popping over and encouraging me too, Shaz in oz.x

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  12. stunning card love the flowers fab colouring too thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

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  13. Really lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at MMCS
    Tracyx

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  14. Wonderful creation!! So pretty! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

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  15. Great card Linda, thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week!

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  16. WOW that's gorgeous. So beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week.
    Doreen

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  17. This is beautiful! thanks for joining us at this week glitter geek's flower power challenge, come back soon and good luck...x

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  18. WOW - love this card - the way you have cut and layered it is IMPRESSIVE my friend, and I loved reading your devotional - it really blessed me.
    Blessings
    M

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  19. What a pretty card!! Love the butterflies :) Thank you for playing along with Flutter By Wednesdays!

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  20. Beautiful card and lovely words. I have been learning that in a very real and personal way.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    (I am going to have to make time to play along st SSIC this week :)
    Jani
    papercompulsions.blogspot.com

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  21. this is a beautiful card Linda-thank you for such an inspirational commentary as well-it really ministered to me

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  22. A beautiful card and image, its gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week and good luck, Paula :)

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  23. Loved the fancy shape of your card, thanks for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey xxx

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  24. A lovely card Linda, and a really pretty image coloured in beautifully.

    Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks and good luck!

    Helen xx

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  25. I have to tell you that I absolutely love that butterfly on your card. Your card is very pretty and creative. Thank you for joining us at Glitter Geeks.

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  26. Beautiful card Linda, so very pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our Autumn colours challenge
    hugs Mandy xx

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  27. I love the shape of this card and how you used a die cut to make a window! Looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks flower power challenge.

    Shelby

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  28. Beautiful shape and image too.
    Thanks for joining us at SAM challenge.
    Hugs, Giò

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