Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Blessings

Today is a glorious day... the Second Sunday in Advent. I just love the holy seasons of Christmas and Easter and the special services at church. They refresh my soul!

Speaking of soul refreshing, our hostess for today's scripture challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is the wonderful Ceal Pritchett, who is also my DT sister for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps... and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is once again the sponsor of our challenge! Yay Korin! Thank you soooo much!

Ceal chose the following scripture for inspiration: 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (NIV)

Ceal's challenge is to make a card to let someone you know that you are praying for them, using images of people.

As I said in the SSCC blog post, while we most certainly should pray for others, we should also pray for ourselves. I don't mean this in a selfish way. Today's scripture tells us to humble ourselves and pray and seek God's face, and He will hear us. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him, and we do that in large part by talking to Him through our prayers. There is certainly no greater path to joy, solace and peace than by turning to God and allowing Him to be the father He wants to be to each of us.

My card might not appear to go along with the challenge, but my prayer for each of you is for Christmas blessings.

The sweet image is a digi stamp by Chris Dickinson for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called The Greatest Gift. The DP is more of the scrumptious holiday paper by Webster's Pages, as is the lace. I followed Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #50, although I mine is square. I'm totally hooked on Mercy's sketches!

Enabler alert: Korin has added some seasonal stamps to the clearance sale... 70% off!!! You also MUST check out the two new releases for this month, Punny Fruits & Veggies and Trees of the Field.

I'm so glad you stopped by today. Don't forget... there's still one more week to enter for a chance to win one of my five Birthday Blog Candy prize packages! See the link at the top of my blog.

22 comments:

Tana said...

super!

Claire Brennan said...

This is a very beautiful card Lisa, gorgeous colours and a wonderful image!

Annmaree (EmuUpAGumTree) said...

Lovely image indeed, very special.

Summerthyme Studio said...

Wow!! Lisa, you card is absolutely Stunning! The image is gorgeous and you have showcased it so nicely with your choice of DP

Hugs

Vicki

Cindy Haffner said...

Lisa beautiful job on Mercy's sketch.

Lori said...

The colors and textures on your card are just fabulous. I think that it goes with the challenge, you didn't even need to explain it. Hugs-Lori

Kristine said...

Wow 5 comments already and it's not even 8 a.m.! LOL - I can see why! Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS Lisa! The image is so precious, love that Joseph is praying over Jesus, and your papers are so beautiful and ribbon too. Praying the Lord blesses you in a special way today. Hugs!

Kathy Winter said...

My goodness Lisa, your card is beautiful. Love that image of Mary, Josehp and baby Jesus. Have a super day and great week!

Elena said...

Very beautiful card, Lisa!

Laurie said...

Hi, Lisa: The colors on your card are simply beautiful. I love the doodads that add that something special, too. Hugs, Laurie

Julia Aston said...

This is so beautiful Lisa! I love the colors you used, the inspiring image and wonderful DP's!

Debbie Pamment said...

A glorious image made even more magnificent by your talented hand! So how big is your head about now - LOL
xXx

Stamp and Smile said...

I just don't know how you come up with these amazing card ideas... such an elegant and sparkly card! I like the rhinestone swirl, delicate lace and layers! And your colored image is so detailed and has depth!!

Super take on the challenge!! SMILES and chat soon... Michelle :)

Mercy said...

lisa...this is gorgeous! love the papers, the lace ribbon, the rhinestone flourish, and that focal panel! amazing coloring!

thanks for playing along with my sketch for last week...you did a phenomenal job! :)

{{{hugs}}}
mercy

joey said...

Hi Lisa,

this is truly beautiful, fabulous details and a beautiful image so tender.

Joey.x

peggysue said...

That is a beautiful card, and it certainly does fit the challenge well. Praying to God for ourselves is the best way to find out his will for our life and to get direction and comfort so yes, I agree, we need to pray for ourselves not just others.

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Beautiful!

Irina said...

Very peaceful and oh so lovely!!
Hugs!!
:) Irina

Helen said...

What a beautiful Christmas blessing. This card is stunning! Every element of this card is gorgeous!
Blessings!
~H

Chrissy D said...

Gorgeous!

Randi said...

Lisa, this is breathtaking. I love the color combo and the image.

theneon said...

Lisa, these are my favorite colors and you know just what to do with them -- lots of great detail to make another stunning card.