Sunday, February 6, 2011
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. :)
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!