Sunday, May 8, 2011
Our challenge hostess this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is Sabrina Jackson. Sabrina chose as her inspiration scripture Ecclesiastes 3:11a, "He has made everything beautiful in its time." Her challenge is to make a card and put all things "beautiful" on it (such as flowers, pearls, bling, butterflies, birds, lace, etc.). I hope you'll stop by the SSIC blog to read Sabrina's devotional and to see all the beautiful cards created by our design team. Your visit is sure to be a blessing!
Sarah Martina Parker makes. And what do you know, she is the muse this month at CASE Study Challenge! So I had to play. :)
For my main image, I chose the beautiful flower bouquet in the To You stamp set by Penny Black, which is available at Simon Says Stamp, our challenge sponsor this week. (Thank you Kathy for your kind gift of this gorgeous stamp set!) I heat embossed the image in white and then traced around the edges of the die shape with a Sharpie white poster paint pen. The patterned paper is by Websters Pages. I created the greeting myself because I plan to give this card to someone who has been a blessing to me. ;)
Today's inspiration scripture comes from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, which is familiar to most of us... "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What does the worker gain from his toll? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a (NIV)
Life is a study in contrasts, isn't it? Things can change on a dime... in one brief moment. Just ask the good people of Japan. Just ask the good people in the south whose homes and lives were ravaged by the recent tornadoes. Ask the person who just received news that they have cancer, or that a loved one has died.
But think also of the people who are holding a new baby in their arms. Of the person who is given the good news that treatment has been successful and they are cured of disease. Of the joy in the hearts of those whose prayers are answered in the way they had hoped.
Peace comes from knowing that God has a plan for our lives... for your life... and that these ups and downs... these seasons... come and go. During the valleys you can rest in the knowledge that this is but a brief moment in eternity, that the real reward is the kingdom of God, which is promised to each and every one of us. During the peaks, you can thank God for your blessings. Actually, we should thank God even in the valleys, when it doesn't feel as though we are being blessed, because in the fullness of time, we will find that we were.
"He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11b (NIV)
Have faith my friends, in the valleys as well as on the peaks. God's plan is perfect. He has/will make everything beautiful in its time.
God's blessings to you.