Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Train Up a Child

Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  This is such a wonderful promise from God's Word.  Yesterday, my 12-year-old son was on Skype with his best friend, and they were doing their daily devotions together, studying and reading scriptures, reading their devotional lesson (from a book), and then prayed together. I watched silently from the doorway as tears ran down my cheeks.  I was SO blessed to see him doing this, without being asked by anyone, and knowing he has a friend who loves the Lord as well.  What a blessing to a mother's heart.  And God's Word promises me that when he is old, he will not depart from these lessons.  When I say "my cup runneth over", I really mean it.  I couldn't have felt more blessed.  The lesson they were reading was about how when they surround their lives with God's goodness, how Satan will leave them alone and God will protect them.  What a tremendous truth.  I may not be the perfect mother in many ways, but I know I've done something right.  All praise to God for children who love the Lord and live for Him.

I made this little card last night for my niece, Alexa.  I never grow tired of telling her how special she is, and how much God loves her.  She doesn't hear it from her Mother.  My brother, her Dad, takes her to Sunday School, and tries to teach her of God's love for her, but it's still good for her to hear it over and over again,  She is so special in God's eyes, and He loves her SO much.  I want her to know this beyond any shadow of a doubt, so I made this card to send this week.
I am entering this card in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp since I used three different patterned papers.  Here is the link for that exciting challenge:
I'm also entering this at Paper Take Weekly.  They have a cute sketch:

I also wanted to share (at least the front cover of) this little paper bag album I made while my friend was here with me.  It's super cute, and has an insert tag for a photo or journaling.  It turned out really nice, and I can't wait to give it to someone special.  I'm entering this paper bag album in the challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog where you're asked to make an altered project.  I just LOVE making cuteness out of paper bags.  Here's a link to that challenge:
http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/02/challenge-61-altered-projects.html - Altered Project

I hope you're all having a great week.  I am so grateful to be able to share the joy that I experienced yesterday through my precious son's devotions.  I hope that you all take the time to "train up a child in the way he should go" because the benefits are eternal - praise God.




  1. wow these are so pretty...I always love your attention to detail on your projects...love them...

  2. oh gosh Hun,these are just gorgeous,adore your attention to detail,Hun,brilliant hugs Cherylxx

  3. Both creations are truly lovely! I especially like the soft colours, and pretty tag, on the first one...very sweet.
    I'm also happy that you had such a wonderful experience with your boy.....we are blessed women to have children who love the Lord, and live according to their faith. :)

  4. What a lovely card chick. The papers you used are so pretty. Thank you for joining us this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Hugs, Dawny P :)x

  5. Karen, may God be praised that your son is following after Him! I to love it when I find my girls for no reason just delving into God's Word for themselves! As for your niece, I am sure that your encouragement and love is not going unnoticed by her! Such a wonderful chance to show God's Love for her! I love your card with all it's stitched papers. Your album is so beautiful! The colours and lace are so inviting!

  6. Such lovely cards made ! hugs, marion

  7. Karen, I know your heart must be about to burst with joy. That is awesome and a great reflection on you as a parent. Your niece is blessed beyond measure to have you in her corner. Thanks for sharing that with us today. Your cards are lovely too. Now, off to give my son a big hug.

  8. Beautiful cards! The first verse is one of my favorites:)


  9. What a beautiful altered paperbag! Lovely details!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge!
    Hugs Annette

  10. I love both the card and the album cover....so pretty! Love the colors and designs you used!

  11. What a wonderful testimony about your son and his friend. I would have had tears in my eyes too if I would have heard them. Children are so precious... My 29 year old daughter and her 10 year old son (she has 2 younger daughters) were baptized 3 weeks ago. YEAH, praise God!!!! She sent me pictures of them being baptized, made me cry. Thats one thing a Christian mother wants most for her children is to have them recieve the gift of eternal life!!!! Hugs, Dawn

  12. I'm so thankful I stopped by and got to peek in to your world. I would have been in tears as well: the Lord is so good! What a sweet, sweet card you've crafted for your niece. May the Lord bless and encourage her. . the little bag book is darling!! Blessings!

  13. Beautiful projects Karen, and thank you for sharing about your son - I am so privileged that both my (adult) offspring follow the Lord, as do their spouses.

  14. What a great moment you were blessed to witness! I love that text....and pray my children won't depart from the truth as they get older, too.

    Thanks for sharing the story and the projects, too.

  15. Very lovely creations! What a blessing to hear your son with his friend!

  16. Karen, what a wonderful story about your son, definitely a tender moment in a mother's heart. The card for your niece is delightful, and I just love the paper bag album you made. The verse on front is perfect for it. If you've giving it as a gift, I know someone will be blessed with it. Thanks for linking this to Scripture Thursday. ~ Abby

  17. Pretty card love the colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly.
    Angie x