Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do Not be Discouraged!

Hello everyone! It's Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge! Our challenge hostess this week is Lisa, and she has chosen the following Scripture for this week's focus:
Philippians 3:13-14 "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The challenge is: Make a card of apology or one reaching out to someone and encouraging them to put the past behind them and move forward

This verse is a wonderful one, because I believe that if anyone could have been "hung up" on his past, it could be Paul, yet he KNEW he'd been forgiven, he'd been changed, and was now appointed to be an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ! He didn't let his past sins drag him down and render him ineffective. Instead he pressed on to what he could do... today and from this day forward.... We all have that same opportunity! Regardless of our past, regardless of how deep into sin we have fallen, Christ stands ready to forgive us and to change us into vessels fit for His use, when we repent and turn our lives over to Him! I know many people who have real trouble accepting God's forgiveness. They ask for forgiveness, and then guilt feelings move back in as well as doubts and discouragement. Once we've truly repented of our sins, the Bible tells us that God has removed them as far as the east is from the west. Praise God! Accept His forgiveness, but then move forward to do what He wants you to do from this day forward! If you struggle with feelings of guilt even after having really repented ... those guilt feelings are lies from the evil one, and you stand on the authority of God's Word to rebuke him!

Why does Satan want so much to accuse us and keep us riddled with any negative emotion he can? Because if he can rob us of the joy of our salvation.... he can render us useless in doing God's work and allowing Him to work through us! Paul is saying that we should press on to "win the prize". If we are in Christ... we are saved, and heaven is ours, but we will answer to God for our works here on earth... and some of us will be rewarded with many crowns, to cast at our Saviour's feet, others with very few. There are many reasons some of us may not be doing all we should be right now... for some it's false guilt, but for others it's fear of rejection, ridicule, anxiety, discouragement, or many other reasons . I chose this verse from the Our Daily Bread designs DT Scripture Collection 3 because it speaks to me.... I tend to be anxious and fearful. Those emotions are just as damaging as guilt, and this verse reminds me not to be discouraged, or afraid. With the full assurance that God will be with us wherever we go, let's press on, for our reward is not on this earth.... it's in heaven!

Card Details:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs Don't Worry (image) and DT Scripture Collection 3
Ink: Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Paper: Bazzill base, Memory Box Gossamer DP, Gina K Cream
Accessories: Copics, lace, Hero Arts Pearls, MS Punch, EK Success 1 1/2" circle punch, SB Petite Circles die, Silk flowers from stash

Please join us in welcoming back Simon Says Stamp as our faithful monthly sponsor this week!!! Simon Says Stamp offers a huge variety of the most popular stamps and supplies, including a line of exclusive stamps!!!  One of you lucky ladies will win this adorable stamp set for playing in this week's challenge! 

We'd love to have you play along... if you do, please place a link to the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog in your post, and place a direct link to your project on the SSIC thread.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration for this week's challenge!
We're so excited that Miesje, Cindy and Rebekkah will be staying on as Design Team Members!

Midnight Madness 65
Stampin Sisters in Christ
Cupcake Challenge - Distressing (Distress Inks)
Cute Card Thursday -Whatevah
Stamp Something - Inspiration challenge - I used the colors
Dutch Dare Card Challenges~ anything goes
One Stitch at a Time~little pink
Sparkle creations~fave embellishment (silk ribbon!!)
Alota Rubber Stamps~Distressing
Delightful sketches~distressing
Stars and Stamps~patterned paper


Lovely Linda said...

Hello Grace - this is just fabulous! I love the soft colours you have used and that gorgeous image! Perfect sentiment too Grace! Your touches are alwats fabulous! Love your card this week!
Linda SSIC and MMSC Design Teams

Miesje said...

Oh Grace this is beautiful! You come up with such beautiful detailed cards! I love them. Have a great week!

Jo Davies said...

Such a beautiful card Grace, loving the soft colours too!

Thanks for sharing with us at Stamp Something Photo Inspiration Challenge this week!

Jo x

peggysue said...

Grace it is amazing the things you think of to do with your stamps, this is gorgeous, the colors so soft. And great thoughts, you put it so much better than I did today!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

What a beautiful card and what an awesome challenge! I love the freedom our Savior gives and hope everyone will accept His gift of grace. I enjoyed your blog post today immensely.

Thanks for playing along with us this week at Operation Write Home!

pam124 said...

Wow, Grace, do you expect me to vote for you every week??? It's hard not to with the spectacular creations you make.

This verse is inspirational and your soft colors add a feeling of tranquility. LOVE your b/g image and your spotlighted image. The crochet ribbon with flower/leaf treatments are a great added touch. LOVE your use of the border diecuts b/hind the image and, of course, your pearls!! Excellent job!
Thanks SO MUCH for joining the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and come play with us again next week!!


Marie said...


Thank's for participating in Alot 'Distress' challenge!


Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Grace!

This is beautiful! I love the new flowers form ODBD - they are fantastic and you sure know how to make them look their best. Lovely soft colors!
Great encouragement card!

Thanks for joining Midnight Madness challenge! I hope you will join us agian next week too!


JustYolie said...

Lovely card and love the scripture!

ChristineCreations said...

A beautiful card Grace! Oh the pinks are gorgeous...beautiful with all the lace and framing!


Hi Grace
A beautiful card,thankyou for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges,
Hugs Dianne xx

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Beautiful card just perfect in every way! Your work is amazing!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wowzer Grace!! What a stunning take on the sketch. I so love your flower in the circle and your pink and green combo. The verse is perfect for today's challenge. YOur insight on the verse is so well put and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your heart Grace!! Your friendship inspires me in so many ways!!

We had a great weekend surprising Mom for her Birthday and just got back. It was so nice to make someone's day. Talk to you Monday!

Lenoria said...

Your card is beautiful and it is just the card and sentiment I needed to see today. Thank you!

Anita said...

Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

Faye said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Thank you for playing at Cupcake. x

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Hi Grace, what a lovely creation you have made this week. Your colors are divine together and so soft and pretty. I love the image, your spotlighted area, edging, lace and flowers. Just gorgeous! Thanks for blessing us each week with your creations.

Carol said...

Grace I just love your interpretation of the sketch this week. What a beautiful verse from scripture and your awesome embellishments. It is just stunning. Great job with the sketch. Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Midnight Madness Design Team

JazzyH said...


Basslady said...

what a noble and fantastic ideas!

it is bringing tears to my eyes, because this was one of the verses somone said, when i was baptised...

this card encourages ME...

blessings and greetings from germany,

Riet said...

What is this so wonderful card Grace.

Hugs Riet.xx

Julie said...

WOW! Your card is stunning. I love the layout, the colors, the Bible verse. Just wonderful!

Thank you for joining us at CCT!


rosalien said...

Amazing card, i love it. :)) Thanks for playing with DC.


Annie said...

a pretty card! thanks for joining us at CCT.
hugs, annie x

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Oh this is so gorgeous - beautiful colouring and love the spotlight effect!!

Melisa Waldorf said...

So very beautiful my talented friend!! 3 of my favorite embellishments used here, lace, pearls, and prima, always a recipe for something gorgeous! I was thrilled to enter your name into my Blog candy drawing. You name is in the hat x2 so far!! Thanks for playing!

Laura - Layers of Color said...

This makes me melt, it's so gorgeous!!

Kristine said...

Beautiful card and verse Grace! And beautiful said as well. I JUST read your comment on my FAF at LOC from Friday and I hadn't seen your SSIC card yet so had to pop over here to read your devotion. Yep, sounds like we were on the same wavelength ;D Very true. I use to sing a song in church called "What Sin?" - because He truly does forgive and forget and doesn't want us to be guilt ridden.

I'll miss being on DT with you, but will try to push myself once and while and still create my "Faith art" *Ü* You ya, sister!