Sunday, October 2, 2011

Celebrate Autumn!

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

You might have noticed that I took a bit of a break from Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenges... three months to be exact. I didn't really mean to be gone that long. It was just a crazy summer for me. But I'm back now, and I'm glad to be back!!!

Our challenge hostess this week is Kris Breach and she chose as her inspiration scripture Galatians 5:22-23a "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Her challenge is to include FRUIT in your creation (be it a stamp, digi image, paper, charms, etc.). *By definition, a pumpkin is a fruit, and so are other “harvest” produce such as gourds.* I encourage you to visit the SSIC blog to read Kris's devotional and see the rest of the design team cards. You will be blessed!

I hope an acorn is considered a fruit... okay, maybe that's stretching it, but I had a specific reason for wanting to use this particular digi image called Fall Frolic Betty, and I couldn't figure out how to work fruit into the design. My friend Betty of Simply Betty Stamps has lowered prices on various stamps and digis in her store to help raise funds to cover medical expenses for her 17-year old son who was just diagnosed with Stage 1 throat cancer. I want to help spread the word... for both sales and PRAYERS for Christian. Cancer is a very scary thing, especially for a mother and her young son, even though the prognosis is good.

I paired Fall Frolic Betty (colored with Copic markers) with patterned paper from the Farmhouse collection by Crate Paper, greeting by SRM, and acorn embellishment by Jolee's (tied with a bit of twine).

When I reflect on today's inspiration scripture I think about how hard it can be to stick with the promises of the Lord when times are tough, especially when they seem to be unrelenting, and our faith is sorely tested. But that's when it's the most important time to seek and praise God in all things. It is only by doing this that we will feel love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control even in the darkest of times. Seek first the kingdom of God and these things will come to you.

God's blessings to you!


Kristine said...

Welcome back Lisa *Ü* So good to have you joining the DT in challenges again... and YES, acorns are the fruits of Oak trees (even though are considered to be in the nut category... by definition, they are a fruit)!! And what an adorable image this is, I am gonna have to get this one! Sorry to hear of Betty's son's diagnosis but that's promising to hear that the prognosis is GOOD! We'll pray for this young man that God restores him to full health. Thanks for the heads up on the fundraiser *Ü*

Miesje said...

Oh I am sooooo glad that you are back! Missed you here and your fun whimsical cards! Will pray for Betty's son - that is the same cancer that Jerry has - his was stage 2. I know how difficult the treatment is.

Lagene said...

Absolutely CUTE!!!! & Whimsical! Thanks for the info about Betty's son!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how sweet and adorable Lisa!! I am so glad you were able to join the SSIC challenges this week!! You have been missed. How kind of you to promote this digi for your dear friend. She and her son are in my prayers.
Have a blessed weekend!!

Betty Boo! said...

She's gorgeous Lisa! Thank you so much for doing this, I can't thank you enough! I have been so blessed by so many warm and thoughtful wishes and they are helping Christian's spirits!

Thank you so very much dear friend!


Grace said...

Lisa this is so cute! I'd say an acorn definitely qualifies! Love your coloring of the sweet image and will certainly lift up Christian in prayer! It has to be scary for him and his mom!!! I have two friends who are facing this very same cancer right now! Trusting God will heal him completely! So good to see you again! You have been missed!!!

Traci M said...

Lisa...this is such a cute card...did you color that?? I am amazed by how vibrant the colors are!! I am sorry to hear about your friend and her son. It is scary when it is your own children...I will join you in prayer for him! I wish you a blessed week!!