Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks!

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Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Today, I have a card of Thanksgiving.  It seems like more and more, Thanksgiving is getting lost in the Christmas hustle. 
Well... I wanted to just take a moment to say thank you to the Lord for all His blessings!  This has been a difficult year for my hubby and me, with the recent loss of his job high on the list of trials.  However, it has caused us to really focus on Him and all He has done for us!  The list is long!  I guess one of the neat things that has come out of this lay off is that we have had to refocus our thoughts on the things that are really important.  We had both been praying that the Lord would draw us closer to Him... and we both believe this is one of the ways He is doing that.  He's reminded us that all that we have is a gift from Him.  He has also reminded us that He will never leave us or forsake us!  He will meet our needs, even if not all the "wants".  We know that He has a plan for us, and we are waiting to see what that is!  While I'd be lying to say I don't have my "down" moments, I really am at peace with the fact that I know He will lead us through this and we're looking forward to this next stage of our lives.  I'm also thankful that all our immediate family have come to accept Christ as their Savior and having that common love and assurance of a future in heaven with our Savior is such a special and wonderful comfort!  I'm thankful for friends who have done so many thoughtful little things to remind us that they are praying for us and love us!  I'm thankful for new friends made this year who have become so dear to me!  I'm thankful for the love and support of my family!  I'm thankful for the health and strength God has given us, and that we will all be together for Thanksgiving.  I'm thankful that this year... as Christmas approaches, our focus will NOT be buying gifts, shopping til we drop, wrapping and being busy right up to the last moment!  This year... because we can't really buy much...  I really think our focus will be more than ever on the gift that was given so many years ago by the Almighty God who loved us, and wanted to have a relationship with us, so He sent His one and only Son to pay the price we could not pay, so that we could walk with Him today, and be with Him tomorrow!  There is no greater love!  You know... when we just begin to count our blessings... it's pretty hard to be depressed or worried about our lives!  Today.... I choose to be thankful!!!  

I hope that you too are enjoying a wonderful time with your loved ones, and that you find some time to thank God for all His rich blessings on your life!!!




Our Daily Bread designs wants to celebrate this season in a special way too!  They are having a "We Give Thanks to God" special with 10% off and Free Shipping! Several of the DT have made special cards for Thanksgiving.... so pop on over to the ODBD Blog to see them, and read all about the sale!

 For my card, I used Give Thanks and Fruit of the Spirit, from Our Daily Bread designs. My base is Bassill and the dp is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Sunshine.  I used Memento Ink, colored with Copics and cut my image with Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents.  The flourishes are Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  May you feel God's richest blessings in the days ahead in a new and fresh way!

hugs,

59 comments:

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hullo Grace we never can thank the LORD enough for all His goodness to us, Shaz in oz.x Ps you might like the latest post on my blog - "We never walk alone."

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Beautiful card! Your background paper is perfect and your coloring of the image is wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I am thankful every day for all that God has given me in my life...
Hugs!

Marlena M. said...

Grace, your card is BEAUTIFUL...your testimony is priceless! May you have a blessed Thanksgiving! ;)

Lisa said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Lovely card.

Lisa said...

I wanted to add that I too have been down those roads...my favorite verse has always been a constant for me. Isaiah 43:2. I'm a living testimony that God always comes through. God Bless!

christi said...

wonderful card. i really like all the layering with spellbinders. Happy Thanksgiving!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I know you are busy with your family but I wanted to pop in to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! I cherish you dear friend.

Your card is gorgeous!! You always know how to use those dies so creatively. Your coloring is stunning!!

Hugs,
Chris
TTYS!

seamom said...

Another truly beautiful card! I am in awe of your talent....
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tami said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Grace, your card is so rich and gorgeous and full of all of those "Grace" details that I love so much! More than that, I love you, sister! Thanks for being such a wonderful mentor and friend....your faith and strength through your trials inspire me to draw nearer to Him. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Love and hugs, Angie

Rea said...

Beautiful card, I understand all you wrote so well, my husband and I have been married 21 years and have been through alot of difficult years from various tragedies. I have learned that when things are easy in life it is easy to praise God, it is the trials that bring us closer to Him. If we allow them to. As you said, we must seek him out in the midst of them. I praise God that I am learning to stay close to him in both times, and have peace either way. It is something you learn in time. God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Betty Siu said...

Lovely card. I like the vintage look....! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sherry said...

beautiful card!! Yes we truly have a lot to be thankful for. I too got laid off this year from a job I have had for 36 years, so I know what you are going thru!! but we still have our health, home and family, and our wonderful church family!!

bensarmom said...

Grace, I heard Blessings and Amazing Grace, as I read your post today and looked at your card. You are an amazing testimony to others like myself. Your words are very moving and from the heart. You have a true gift of creating stunning cards as demonstrated by your card today. Thank you for your encouragement on who to focus on each day. Blessings to you and yours. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your path straight. Psalms 3:5-6

Cathy Engel said...

love this card! The colored image really stands out with the black behind it. Happy thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

this card is absolutely awesome, have a blessed day

Kathy Serrahn said...

awesome card

Jonia said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Grace! Your cards are always an inspiration to me! Just beautiful!

Dawn said...

just beautiful Grace! the black just makes that gorgeous coloring POP!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rosemary said...

oh my... just stunning!! wishing you a happy thanksgiving!

Antonella said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
I know that you will find the comfort you seek! You are a truly amazing talent, your card is gorgeous!
Hugs, Antonella :-)

Sally Evans said...

Thank you for being a blessing to me. Your card is beautiful!

irishgreensue said...

What a gracious and loving heart you share with all of us, Grace! Your beautiful card reflects how you treasure every blessing from the Lord - I love the framing of this image with the dies - just a striking card in every way!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!
HUGS,
Sue

Stephanie said...

What an absolutely beautiful card!! I really like your used of the spellbinders dies. Also, thanks for sharing how the Lord is working during this time of trial. It was an encouragement to me. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Babs Y. said...

So much detail - lovely.

Linda Carson said...

Picture perfect...as usual..! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Grace, your card is beyond words gorgeous!! So very perfectly colored and the details....so amazing! Thank you for always sharing something encouraging with us even when things are not all right! I am so very grateful that I can call you my friend! In spite of all the things going on I pray that you and your family have a blessed and memory filled Thanksgiving!!! Love you my big sister! Hugs, Sabrina

Julie S. said...

Grace, love your design. You really have a gift for creatively using things in a new way! Your choice of colors is awesome. Thanks also for the reminders I needed to read today about all we have to be thankful for as a child of the King of kings.

Moosisk said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! God bless you as you feast with family today. God is good. :D Thanks for the inspiration from your gorgeous card.

Bobbkat said...

Grace, Your cards always show so much inovation. Love the colors of this one.

Pati said...

Very nice card, love the colors and the black framing. I love that stamp set! Happy Thanksgiving!

Cottage Crafter said...

Love the vintage look you gave this lovely design. I appreciate your lovely testimony too. We'll meet when the roll is called up yonder. tfs

Earline said...

How stunning is this card.

Becky Dunham said...

Beautiful card Grace! You truly are blessed for all the reasons you listed and also because your eyes are open to the Lord and his blessings for you. I pray every day that our immediate family would come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Some are receptive, others are not. Thank you for taking the time to list so many of your blessings Grace, and for giving us this message today. Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

MaxineD said...

Grace your card is beautiful. thank you for sharing so much of your current journey - it is an encouragement.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Blessings
Maxine

Newbie said...

Stunning card, Grace! Love the coloring of your image! Very pretty color combo and lovely bow!

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Grace! What a beautiful picture of your heart you have given us in these words. I'm smiling right now as I think of what song you have at the top of your playlist. And of the verse in Isaiah that says His ways are not our ways. Trials in our lives are not meant to beat us down, but rather to sift us out from the chaff and that really is something to be thanful for, isn't it?!
I will be praying that God's plans for this time in your life will be made clear to you and your husband.
Blessings to you and your family.
Love and hugs!
Elizabeth

ecclesp said...

Always a treat to view your work..hope the day was blessed...actually, I know it was!

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful card. Loved reading your testimony. Thanks for sharing and God Bless.

Evelyn Petrere said...

Hi Grace, Thanks for your heartfelt post. What a wonderful testimony to hear you acknowledge that God's answering prayers through this trial in your life. I loved your photo of God's canvas. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sherry Kushibab said...

Grace, what an awesome Psalm you have used....all of your layers remind me of the layers of 'things' we let get in the way of keeping it simple and focusing on Him and all he has supplied us with.....grateful for His love and forgiveness. A beautiful card. God Bless.

Kris Turner said...

Grace, God has blessed you greatly with your gifts of art and the grace to share your love of Him. My hubby is off work for several weeks due to surgery, and finances are most definitely difficult. Christmas for us, too, this year will be more than ever about Him and his incredible gift. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts. You are blessed and blessing us all! Thank you.

Cindy Lou said...

Beautiful card with such heartfelt Thankfulness behind it. Your colors are gorgeous, thanks for sharing! Blessings :)

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Grace.

Hugs Riet.xx

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

That black diecut really makes the image stand out. Really nice design.

Doris said...

Beautiful card and wonderful music, which I bookmarked to enjoy again and again--thanks!

melv said...

The dark colors always seem to make everything just pop. Maybe the darker times make us shine brighter too. Happy Thanksgiving Grace.

macjuna01 said...

Beautiful card Grace. Blessing.

Clare Curcio said...

I totally agree with you, Grace! I am thankful to have you as a fellow crafting friend, and I really appreciate all the beautiful work you put into your projects! God bless you!

Traci S. said...

Hi Grace,

I love what you wrote. It is so true, that sometimes He takes some of the things away from us so that we can be all that much closer to Him. I know that is what happened with me when Dave lost his job.

I love this card! This is one of my favorite stamps from ODBD. I think it could be used for so many reasons! I love your coloring...and the Scripture looks wonderful...so clear. I really love all of your die cut work. I am guessing that is what most of the black is. It looks amazing! And, your sheer bow is perfectly tied! Thank you so very much for sharing all that you did...you are a very inspiring woman!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather

gg nurse said...

The background & diecuts are so lovely--great card!

TrinaM said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card.

Traci M said...

Grace, thank you for your encouraging words!! Our last year was full of one large trial after another, and it did cause me to completely refocus my priorities and be thankful in a new way for things we normally take for granted. Though we can find the blessings in our trials, I am praying that this particular one of yours is short-lived!!
Your card is absolutely gorgeous, beautiful papers and image and frills and thrills!! Love it!! Blessings to you as you look forward to advent!!

Shirley N said...

Just stunning Grace, your design is gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--I like all the scrollwork.

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Beautiful card and I love how you framed your image.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Beautiful. I love all the black accents.

Loretta said...

Your cards are wonderful. They bring joy to many!

Myamical said...

Wow, the black really makes it pop. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your gift.