Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tilda's Heart

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

Our challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is being hosted by our dear Miesje Flach. Miesje chose as her inspiration scripture 1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." Her challenge is to make a card/project that uses no words on the front yet signifies love.

I hope you'll pop by the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read Miesje's devotional and see the rest of the design team ladies' lovely cards. In fact, making the rounds to visit each blog will be a special blessing to you, I promise!

I'd like to expand a bit on what Miesje said. This past week I heard someone (yet again) complain of the hypocrisy of Christians. Although she didn't, too often folks like her will use that as a reason to turn away from Christianity and/or not attend church. This not only frustrates me, but makes me sad. It seems simple enough to explain that Christians... like everyone...are sinners. But that doesn't seem to be enough to change their minds. Usually the response is something to the effect that they have their own personal relationship with Christ and don't need to go to church or fellowship with Christians who are nothing but hypocrites anyway. Little do they know what spiritual nourishment they are missing because they've let the actions of others influence their feelings about what it means to be a Christian.

Folks, this is yet another reason it is so important that we not only profess ourselves as Christians by words, but also by deeds. It isn't to say we won't slip up... we are human, we are sinners by nature...but we need to try our best, not just for the sake of our own souls and relationship with Christ (after all, if you are a Christian, why would you not want to shine your light for Christ?), but also so that others will be drawn towards Him (and church). Don't be the example of the so-called hypocrisy that drives folks away! Reap the joys of keeping the laws of God. It truly makes life on earth so much easier. :) 

For my card, I decided to play with this week's sketch at Unscripted Sketches. I'm also finally entering the monthly Magnolia Challenge at All That Scraps. The theme is "Queen of Hearts," so it goes perfectly with our SSIC challenge. Yes, I've finally succumbed to the allure of Magnolia stamps! lol

My card features Tilda With Heart paired with patterned paper from the Springtime Vintage collection by Stampin' Up. The flower in the middle is by Prima, but the two on either side are from the Vintage Flower Adornments collection by Stampin' Up. Very simple.

I hope you'll come along and play in this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Our sponsor is Clear Dollar Stamps. Show us your LOVE cards!

I also want to encourage you to pop on over to my friend Kris Breach's blog and purchase a Crafting Grab Bag for $10 (postage included!). Kris is helping her sweet daughter with a fundraiser to attend The Revolve Tour with her Middle School Girl's Christian Youth Group... a very worthy cause for a very worthy young lady! And you'll get some awesome goodies in exchange. It's all good! I can't wait to receive mine!

Have a blessed day!

21 comments:

Becky said...

Lisa, what an adorable card!
I just love your words of wisdom, I hear this often myself, matter of fact, that was me, I thought church folks were all hypocrites, until Christ showed me to be like HIM and not like the thems. :)

Grace said...

Oh this is soooo cute Lisa! I love this Tilda and was wishing I had her! Loved reading your thoughts today... true true true!!!! Hope you have a wonderful week my friend!!!
hugs,
Grace

Miesje said...

Oh my gosh Lisa, this is awesome - she is so adorable! I only have 4 Tilda's and really like them. I really like what you shared and I so agree with you! Even one of my own children feels that way - which breaks my heart! Great post my friend, have a lovely week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Such a sweet image and design!! Tilda is so beautifully colored. Love the blue!! Darling!

Your words are so true...so many blame the church for being hypocritical and while the church should be a role model, they are not perfect. I agree though that it is important to be an example and act as Christ would as best we can to grow as Christians ourselves and/or invite others to the saving knowledge of Christ.

Have a great week!
hugs,
Chris

Patti J said...

Wonderful words, dear friend, and how true. How do folks live without Christ in their lives? Love your card! Good luck in the challenges! I only have two Tilda's, but hope to get some more soon - they are SO much fun to color! Have a great week! Hugs!

Kristine said...

Beautiful Tilda card Lisa!! Love your DP and the roses are such a pretty embellie. Cute Cute!

And thanks for the li'l shout out here on your blog about my fundraiser! We're almost there... we've got $100 out of $130!! WOOHOO! better get to crafting more goodies! LOL. ;) TTYS!

Julia Aston said...

What a sweet Tilda Lisa - love the paper you paired her with!

Angy said...

That scripture is a great reminder. I love the coloring you did on Tilda! thanks for creating with us at Unscripted Sketches.

Pam S. said...

Adorable Tilda creating Lisa! I'm gonna color this one today too if it's the last thing I do! lol Beautiful card! So glad you linked up to the ATS Magnolia Challenge "Queen of Hearts"! Thanks for playing!
Pam Going Postal

dstandard said...

Such an adorable sweet Tilda! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Simply adorable, I like the soft colors you used.

alittlelessuseless said...

Oh this is sooo cute... Love the flowers, thanks for using our sketch over at Unscripted Sketches
\Gardenia

StephC said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I love everything about it. Great take on this weeks sketch. So glad you joined US! I hope you'll play along again soon! :)

Kim Y. said...

Oooo...Tilda with heart! I {HEART}!!! Super duper cute, Lisa!

Lovely Linda said...

Oh how darling Lisa - your care is the sweetest! Tilda is perfectly coloured and that DP is divine, with those flowers! Thank you for sharn!! {{{hugs}}}

Peggysuez said...

So sweet! And your words ring so true, all of us are just sinners saved by grace and still sinners even though saved, but we try to do our best, right? Hope you had fun at CHA!

Jennie said...

Beautiful post Lisa and so very true!!! Too many believers are missing the spiritual nourishment we need from Biblical preaching, teaching and fellowship with others believers!! Your card is just beautiful and love the coloring on the image and the flowers. Thanks for sharing!

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous, wonderful Tilda.
luv
Debby

Alice Wertz said...

awww.... this is darling, Lisa! so sweet and really makes me smile BIG! =)

Iulia said...

Such a sweet card! Love your coloring! And the backing paper and flowers are just perfect!
Hugs, Iulia

Janiel/ janny said...

Hi Lisa, Beautiful card.. great use of colors and the sketch for your cute little maggie is great!
hugs, Janiel