Sunday, February 27, 2011

Get Well Soon

A blessed Sunday to you! This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Our hostess for this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is our very dear Rebekka Reed.

Rebekka chose as her inspiration scripture Psalm 9:10 "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." Her challenge is "things that secure" - use buttons, no less than three, on your card/project.

I confess, I struggled with this card... things kept going wrong, but the thought of starting over was daunting... I just didn't feel like it. I sat and stared at it for hours (okay, I was also watching TV). I tried to figure out what was missing, how I could make it look better, felt frustrated that her hair didn't turn out with enough highlights, fiddled with the shading which is the wrong color, tried various embellishments and tossed them aside. And then I smudged it. And then I forgot that I was supposed to use three buttons. Something that should have been fun turned into stress. Worry worry worry.

I'm not telling you this to fish for compliments, but rather to draw a parallel to today's scripture. How often do we struggle with something, worry over it, pick it apart, examine it too closely, drive ourselves crazy with self-doubt? I'm ashamed to raise my hand. I do this far too often. My excessive worry makes me sick at heart and soul.

This past week, I was reminded of Matthew 8:25-34, which begins, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life..." So why do we worry? We're human, of course. Don't add to your burdens by feeling badly about worrying. Instead, when you find yourself worrying too much, to the point of distraction... or even of indecision and inaction... remember David's words and rest in the knowledge that the Lord will never forsake those who seek Him.  He is with you. He cares for you. He will carry your burdens if you let him. Read Matthew 8:25-34 and Psalm 9 and take comfort. The Lord your God is with you in all things.

A quick note about my card... that sweet image is Willow's Hot Chicken Soup by Whiff of Joy, our challenge sponsor this week. The vertical greeting is from So Random Sentiments by Claudia & Company. I followed the fun color challenge at The Play Date Cafe, pairing Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango cardstock from SU with patterned paper by October Afternoon and a flower embellie by Basic Grey (Max & Whiskers). Notice I had to tuck two buttons into the flower so that my card would meet the SSIC challenge. Hopefully they sort of look like leaves. (*grin*)

I hope you'll come along and play with us this week. Be sure to stop by the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read Rebekka's devotional on her inspiration scripture and see the wonderful cards created by our design team featuring buttons. You will be blessed!

Oh, and don't forget to vote in my survey... just a quick click in the right-hand column of my blog. Thanks! Have a blessed day!


20 comments:

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how darling!! I just love this image and your coloring is gorgeous!! It sure will bring comfort to those who are sick with the cheery colors and sweet image.

Have a great Sunday and week!
hugs,
Chris

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Oh Lisa, this is such an adorable card. Your little girl image is so wonderfully colored and shaded. FABULOUS!

Grace said...

Lisa I loved reading your thoughts today... so dead on! Love this image too! I love the vintage feel it can have and I think you colored it just right! I love WOJ images and am thrilled they are sponsoring us! I hope you have a most wonderful week my friend!!!
hugs,
Grace

Becky said...

OH Lisa this is just adorable! Fabulous colors and coloring, and how creative are those buttons on that flower.
Hugs :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a cute card Lisa! Your coloring skills always amaze me and I love the layered felt flower embellishment!

Miesje said...

Isn't if funny how some cards just really stress us out - the things we worry about! I really like how it turned out! Love the image and the colors. Have a great week!

Fiona said...

Such a sweet card Lisa! I'm sure that would brighten anyones day :) Thanks for playing along at the Play Date Cafe!

1LuvnMama said...

Very cute Lisa! :) Thanks so much for the email and I'll be seeing you real soon over at La La Land!

Debbie Pamment said...

LOVE the fabulous bright colours on this Lisa - would make anyone feel better!
xXx

Sparkle said...

This is just darling!

Helen L said...

Well, I'm not sure what you were worried about, because the card is beautiful (and fun!) And I was able to figure out that the two buttons on the side were leaves without being told (I thought they were a clever addition!!) you do great work, so worry less :-)

Julia Aston said...

Hi Lisa! Love the coloring on this sweet miss cooking up some soup - I can just smell the warm goodness! Pretty felt flower with the button leaves! Miss you GF!

Alice Wertz said...

this is darling, Lisa! love the sweet colors you used to color her. beautiful coloring, too! super card. LOVE it!

Jinny Newlin said...

Your struggles were not in vain, Lisa! This is just darling! LOVE your coloring job and your little, flower embellishment! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in The Cafe!

Michele Gross said...

Sooo cute! I love her jeans! I want cute jeans like that :) So many wonderful details and I'm so excited to see you here in the cafe! :D Glad you played with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Mary Lou said...

Hi Lisa~~Wow this is so cute!!
Hey friend thanks for the visit and I have to tell you that reading your post was soooooo coincidental but not really in Jesus' eyes. I had asked for prayer at work today to give my worries to the Lord that HE will take care of my sick hubby while I have to travel for work and be away for a whole week--that is long for me ;)

Reading this so gave me more peace and comfort!!! WOW he guides of to see GOOD if we truly trust in HIM!!!
God Bless

cbuswell said...

Love that cute flower with the buttons and fab papers!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Super cute card! LOVe the stitching--and that green paper! I also love your image--so precious:) Thanks for playing along and joining in the fun over at the PDCC:}

Kristine said...

This is soo CUTE! i love this image and all your green. Just a really cute and fun card Lisa. =) Hope you're having a great week!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Lisa - this is just darling - your colours and colouring just pop and would cheer anyone! I love your use of buttons Lisa - and your words are always so uplifting! Thank you for sharing! {{{hugs}}}