Sunday, January 16, 2011

A NEW creation!

Wonderful-upus


Welcome to another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! Today I am hostessing the challenge and I have chosen 2 Cor. 5:17 for this week's Scripture.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

The Challenge is: Use the theme of "NEW" and interpret it as you want: new year, new life, new birth, new supplies, new house, new technique, etc.
Please tell us what you use to fit the challenge.

We are all God’s creation – made in His image to have a relationship with Him. God saw what He had created and said it was good! However, man sinned, and in so doing, their relationship was broken, because God is Holy and cannot coexist with sin in a sinful vessel.

So because God loved His creation so much, He made the way for us to be reconciled to Him; to be made clean again. This plan involved sending His one and only son, Jesus into the world to take upon Himself the sins of the world. Now, when we place our faith in the work of Christ Jesus, God forgives our sin and makes us NEW. New is our status before Him (forgiven instead of condemned, our relationship to Him (devotion to Christ brings new attitudes and actions), and our purpose! Eph 2:10 says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them”. Now we are to be about our Father’s business!

I used butterflies for my "New" theme. The butterfly is a beautiful example of new life. In its original state, the caterpillar serves a purpose, but it’s not exactly what we’d consider lovely! Many caterpillars die in their caterpillar state, being stomped under foot, considered a nuisance by many, and ending up as food for songbirds! However, those that do go on to cocoon up emerge as a most beautiful creature, enjoyed by mankind, and serving the new purpose of cross pollinating God’s beautiful flowers and flowering trees! Their new life may be very short… but while they are here, they go about their purpose with full abandon!

In the same way, when God makes us new creatures, He has a job for us to do! We each have different talents, abilities and gifts which we are to use to bring glory to Him and to point others to Him so they too can one day enjoy eternal life with Him and the joyous abundant life we enjoy today!

How about you? Are you a new creature in Christ? If so are you living like it? Are you intentionally seeking to do His will and bring Him honor? There is such joy in serving Jesus! Don’t miss it!

My card details:
Stamps: Layers of Color Flutterescent, Nature Walk and Touch of Elegance clear art stamps
Card Stock: Coredination - Nostalgia 80#
Designer Paper: Pinkpaisley 365* lined paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy,(SU!) Big & Juicy (Ranger) VersaMark Dazzle Champagne
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Spare Parts lace, May Arts Faux Suede ribbon, Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks,Sewing Machine

Our Sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps!
They have generously offered $15.00 worth of clear stamps!
If you have not checked out their store, please do so as they carry many Christian stamps!
We thank them for the support!

For full details on the challenge and the prize please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog!
For more inspiration on this challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Patti, Randi (on break)

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - new beginnings
Karen's Doodles - monochromatic
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Color Chef - COLOR - Monochromatic (tone on tone
)
AiFactory - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - monochrome
Meljens Designs - square or round cards (no rectangles)
Some Odd Girl – embossing (I heat embossed the butterflies in clear)
Creative Card Crew - new beginnings
Mami Doodles – mostly blues

Dutch Dare - all stitched up

Thanks so much for visiting!!! Have a blessed week!

37 comments:

Shazza said...

a beautiful card x

Henriƫtte said...

Truly gorgeous card!! Love all the sweet details!

sallysbitz said...

Gorgeous card & colour x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.com

Patti J said...

OMG Grace - what a beautiful creation! Love your card, dear friend, and thank you so much for the wonderful words you have written for us this morning. Have a good week! Hugs...

Karen W said...

This is just gorgeous, I love everything about this, such pretty colors and the paper is beautiful!

Miesje said...

Oh Grace, this is beautiful! I really liked your chosen verse and reflection. Thanks for sharing your wonderful God given insight with all of us! Have a great week dear friend!

Jennie said...

Grace, this is just beautiful and such a lovely combination of LOC stamps! Your post is so very encouraging and may we all go about serving our Savior and being used with whatever talents he has blessed us with...

Becky said...

Good morning my sister!
This is gorgeous! Love these butterflies. Wonderful colors and design.
Great devotion this morning Grace.
Hugs.

Crystal said...

OH WOW Grace this is another stunning creation, those butterflies are GORGEOUS, LOVE your color choice, and that dp is just PERFECT!!! Another amazing piece of artwork sweetie!!! Hope you are having a WONDERFUL weekend!

{ kelly jo } said...

absolutely stunning!!

Kay said...

This is such a beautiful card; I love the colors and the butterflies are simply stunning!

Elaine Stark said...

Beautiful card, I love all the detail. Thanks for jining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Lagene said...

GORGEOUS!! I love the Rich blues for your butterflies!

Beebeebabs said...

Absolutely gorgeous card tfs!!!

Peggysuez said...

Grace dear what a joy it is to visit your blog. This card is like a breath of Spring and reading your devotional, you point directly to Christ, boldly and without apology! wonderful job! Love your butterflies and their flight to Spring.

Dorcas said...

This is one BEAUTIFUL card! Thanks for joining us at DDCC!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is absolutely lovely, Grace! Love the simplicity of it and the colors and butterflies are knockouts!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh this is gorgeous!I love the colors,butterflies,lace,and all the details.I love your scripture.
Hugs and Blessings,
Chris

Anita said...

Gorgeous card. Your butterflies are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for joining us in the Meljen's Designs Challenge this week.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

What an amazing creation and it goes so well with that scripture. :) Beautiful work, thanks for playing with us this week at TTT! :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful! I just love the butterflies and your colors of blues. Beautiful card.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Fab creation!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)

Maggie

xx

Marlena Peduzzi said...

Absolutely beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Meljen's Designs this week!

Rosietoes said...

Beautiful card and beautiful message - it really lifted my heart today.

Edna x

Lori m said...

I just love butterflies and your card accents them so pretty, thank you for sharing.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Sigh...I'm in-love with this card, Grace, ah, so very pretty!!

Jani said...

Stunning card and WONDERFUL witness of the awesome power and grace of God! I just found the Stampin Sisters in Christ site and am in awe of all the talent of this creative group of Christian ladies.

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi grace! wow...this is SO beautiful!! I LOVE all the blue and the delicacy of the butterflies. So lovely. :)

Yvonne Russell said...

Such a beautiful card... love all the shades of blue and the gorgeous butterflies.

Tammy said...

What a beautiful card....the way you made the butterflies is gorgeous.
blessings...and smiles, Tammy

Anne said...

What a serene and beautiful card! Thank you for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hope you’ll join us again today!
Hugs
Anne

Welcome said...

Dear Grace.. Your name says it all .. right! It is by God's grace that we can be go on! I love your card. It is so stunning. And thanks for sharing your thoughts.. Just beautiful to read and so encouraging.

Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog. I added myself as a follower to your blog. Can't wait to learn more from you and be inspired in my crafts and my faith.

Shalom, inky hugs, Pauline

http://thepursuitofstampiness.blogspot.com

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Grace - this is just gorgeous - I love those LOC butterflies and you have given them life my friend! Your words are inspirational too my friend - thank you for always sharng form the heart - you are such a blessing! {{{hugs}}}

Mami Doodles said...

The card is stunning. Many thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge.

Radwa Bayoumi said...

Super cute!!Thanks for sharing it with us at AIF

This N That said...

Now that I have scraped my jaw off of the floor....WOW...girl, you have some serious talent! Thanks for playing wtih Some Odd Girl!

bosenberries said...

Gorgeous colours! Thanks so much for playing with Some Odd Girl's embossing Challenge!!