Friday, March 28, 2014

A Quote and a Legacy!

Hello friends!  I hope you are all well!

 I have another cards to share with you today that I made with the special 6th Anniversary sets at Our Daily Bread Designs!  This card is made with a quote by Jim Elliot, and is in the Quote Collection 4 set.    I don't know if you know who Jim Elliot was, but he was was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.  He was only 28 years old when he was killed by the Huaorani Indians, but the story of his life, and the lives of the  people who killed him after his death will be a real blessing if you ever have time to read his story or watch the movie. Jim's wife Elisabeth Elliot wrote a couple of books about his life and death, the most notable of which is Through Gates of Splendor.  A documentary based on the story was also made, called Beyond the Gates of Splendor.  Another movie I have seen and highly recommend, called End of the Spear, is based on the story of the pilot of the group of missionaries, who also was killed at the same time, Nate Saint, and the return trip of Nate's son attempting to reach the natives of Ecuador. I marvel that some of the family members of those five missionaries including Elisabeth Elliot, did go back to the same place and ministered to and lived among the very people who killed their loved ones!    
Jim's journal entry for October 28, 1949, expressed his belief that work dedicated to Jesus was far more important than his life (see Luke 9:24 in the Bible). "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."  Given that dedication to God, the above quote takes on even more meaning in my opinion!  Can we even imagine what's God's best is?  For Jim... for the Huaorani Indians... for the families... God is so much bigger than we can begin to understand!  We see his death at such a young age and wonder "why".  God... sees the bigger picture and had an incredible plan to save many!!!

Besides the ODBD Quote Collection 4, I used the ODBD Elegant Oval dies and Fancy Foliage Die.  The base is ivory, and the designer paper is a Kirby Teesdale Pack by Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).  I used a variety of flowers, May Arts silk ribbon, snips of lace from my stash, and lots of sponge distressing for a vintage feel.

I am linking this to the ODBD Shining the Light Challenge for this week and next... to have fun with ODBD stamps!  I am also sharing it with Word Art Wednesday, which is anything goes with a Scripture or uplifting sentiment.

Before I go, I want to remind you that you have one more day to take advantage of the special Easter Sale goingon at ODBD!

 Through Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can SAVE 20% on all ODBD Easter Stamp Sets and Singles!*  when you enter code EASTER20 at checkout. (Sorry, no rainchecks, retail customers only)
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Thank you so much for stopping by,looking at my card, and for reading my thoughts today!



somethingcraftybydottie said...

hi Grace
as always your card is Gorgeous.. God Bless Hugs

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful card Grace, and thanks for sharing the story of Jim Elliot and reminding me that God's ways are far higher than ours.

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card, encouraging always! Thanks so much, Grace!

Unknown said...

It's been such a long time since I thought about this story. Thanks for sharing it. Your card is beautiful!

Unknown said...

The layout is beautiful, the flowers are just adorable and your bows always take a bow. The DP is screaming SPRING! Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Grace, this is breath-taking! Such a beautiful layout and fabulous floral array with luscious bow! And this is a wonderful quote by Jim Elliot, who lived and died loving his Lord! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post...I love it! Hugs, my precious friend!

Kelley said...

Love your papers and trim! So vintagey and beautiful!!

SarahGeorge said...

So gorgeous..Grace Lovely design paper and embellishments

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a vintage and beautiful design, Grace!! I just love your design paper and your recessed sentiment with the added flowers!! Stunning my friend!! Thanks for sharing and supporting the Shining the Light challenge!! I so appreciate you my sweet friend!!

Jo Ann said...

This is so gorgeous. From the lay-out to the paper choices and embellishments, it's perfect. Love the sentiment too. Thank you for blessing us with your artwork this week at Word Art Wednesday. Would love to see you join us again in our next Challenge. Leaving you with a blessing from God's Word in Joshua 1:9- "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Hugs always!


Alshandra said...

Such a gorgeous card Grace! You are so talented and I love all of your cards! The flowers, bow, papers, lace - just beautiful! And thanks for sharing a little bit about who Jim Elliot was :-) Thanks for supporting us in the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!