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Sunday, November 27, 2011

SSIC LOC The Birds of the Air

It is time for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge, this week I am honoured to be sharing the devotional


And am bringing the scripture from Mathew:

 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?


 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.


 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Mat 6:25-34

One thing in life is clear - there is plenty to worry about, Jesus tells us clearly in v25, that we are not to worry, infact He specifically lists things we are not to worry about - He knows us so well!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? (v25)

There are many areas we tend to worry about and Jesus answers them - it seems to be the most natural thing to do - worry about where we will live, what we will eat, what job we will have, infact we worry about what we don't have and if we have any wealth we worry about losing it - We could add our own list of concerns...aging, accidents, approval of friends and peers, war, terrorism, death and in some cases even life. There’s no end to the list of things we can worry about.....

Worrying pulls us in many different directions - it causes us to fear. How can we have hope when our hearts are full of fear, no matter what direction we turn, it confronts us. Our minds become consumed and we are pulled in every direction, literally worrying ourselves sick! Worry has never solved a problem! The truth is that worrying doesn’t ADD to our lives - it takes away from our lives- it takes away, eating into hours - but can also consume us for weeks, months and in some case years. Can you think of one good thing worry has added to your life? Worrying is futile.

Worry stops us from trusting God. In reality there is no point worrying about those things that are out of our hands - nothing we can do can change them and we need to trust God with them. Although worrying has physical effects, Jesus is dwelling on the spiritual side of the issue. As Christians we should be living a life of trusting God - not like those people who are not in relationship with God...who carry around the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The rest of God’s creation does not worry, but God provides for them. Will he not do the same for us? Look at the birds of the air - they sing regardless of circumstances - have you ever seen a bird worry? God provides their every need.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereofMat 6:25-34

Trust God to provide for us as He has promised - by seeking first His kingdom you eliminate the need to worry. The only place you will find security, peace, love and joy in this world is when you are seeking FIRST God’s Kingdom!

I have used Layers of Color Backyard Birds, Glad Tidings clear art stamp sets, Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three, Layered Poinsettia and the Grand Calibur for Die Cutting.  The DP is Stampin' Up.

This card is for the following Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any Winter Holiday Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T. - 'Unusual Christmas'
Crafty Purple Frog - For Someone Special
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Animals
Forever Friends - must include an animal - Something old, Something new
Paper Crafting Journey -  Anything Goes

Crafts and Me - shabby chic/vintage
7 Kids College Fund - Christmas, non traditional colors
Sisterhood of Crafters - polka dots
Shopping Our Stash - Christmas or Winter Related
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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!
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22 comments:

  1. This is truly beautiful The little bird is awesome!

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  2. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters. : )

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  3. What a beautiful card love all your details.Thanks for sharing this with us at Digi Doodle this week.xxx

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  4. What a stunning creation! I love the bird and the white (cream) poinsettia is so pretty. It is so true - worrying is futile! Loved your devotion Linda! Have a great week.

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  5. Gorgeous card Linda and wonderful devotional this morning.
    Hugs :)

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  6. A beautiful card. I love the poinsettia. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT.
    Nikki x

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  7. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card and your devotional - I need to print it out and hang it somewhere obvious for several folk to see it, not the least for me to re-read frequently!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. this is just beautiful! I love that poinsettia, and your colours, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's best, hugs, martina

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  9. Wow this is gorgeous! Love that sweet bird and the devotional too.. just what I needed to hear this morning. Thanks so much too for the kind words about our little blog! Thanks so much for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

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  10. Hello my friend! This is just stunning and the bird is a FABULOUS addition!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘POLKA DOT’ challenge and please come back again soon!

    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  11. So so beautiful, just love it Linda. Thank you for sharing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

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  12. Just beautiful. I love your choice of nontraditional colors. Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge.

    Julie

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  13. Love that Bible verse. I typed it and put it on my mirror years ago. I needed the reminder every morning before going to work. Guess what? It worked too. Love those white poinsettias. Thanks for joining us at The Digi Doodle Best Challenges Blog this week. **Linda

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  14. Linda, what a wonderful devotional you shared this week!! I am a worrier, and I always appreciate these verses to keep my focus on God and his provisions for me. Your card is gorgeous, I love the touches of glitter on your bird, and the white poinsettia is stunning!!

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  15. Gorgeous card.
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges xx

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  16. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Hugs,
    Julie

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  17. Mm, handsome card, Linda! Love your color and embellishment choices!

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  18. Beautiful, I love that poinsetta and I love how you have encompassed the text, just gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me.
    Hugs Tracy x
    P.S. I also have special candy on my blog HERE

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  19. Linda, loved your thoughts and words from God. My favorite quote that I have written on my desk is "Worry doesn't take away tormorrow's trouble, it takes away today's peace." I love the touches of sparkle on your little bird's wings. I like the pearls that you used too. I hope you are having a blessed day today!! HUGS!!!

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  20. What a beautiful card!! I love the flower and the embellishments!
    Thank you for your encouraging words, too! How special to know that God cares for and will take care of ME!

    http://debbiesdashofthisandthat.blogspot.com/

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  21. Such a beautiful job! Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Crafters Polka Dot challenge!

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  22. Great card - LOve the lace x
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at papercrafting journey & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

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