Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

As some of you already know, I had surgery on my foot Friday to repair a torn tendon.  It has been painful and difficult; I will admit that.  But it's also been a tremendous blessing to see God working in my life through this trial.  I really wanted to recover from this surgery without the use of narcotic pain medication.  I knew I needed to look to the Lord for strength.  It was unreal to me how many helpful, encouraging verses I found in His Word regarding strength.  I've clung to, "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength", and also Jeremiah 17:14, "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.  Save me, and I shall be saved, for Thou art my praise."  And let's not forget Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

I had to make my art for this week's Word Art Wednesday Challenge before my surgery because I knew I wouldn't feel up to it this week.  I made this card using MME Blush line papers, a Hero Arts background stamp, some Prima flowers and leaves, vintage lace and MM trim, and a few other goodies.  I actually gave this card to a friend at church.
What could cheer me up this week?  Finally winning at Simon Says Stamp Blog would be a dream come true.  Here is a link to their challenge:
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/04/simon-saysanything-goes.html - Anything Goes


Abby's Scripture Thursday is the perfect place to link up your projects that contain Biblical scripture.

I hope you will all stop by Word Art Wednesday and play along in this week's challenge.  I also want to say thanks for your prayers and encouraging words, and to let you know that I am happy to pray for you if you need it (just let me know).  Have a great week, and be strong in the Lord.

My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen


19 comments:

  1. Karen - it is so good to see you praising the Lord in your circumstances. I am amazed that you thought about the challenge despite your time in hospital.

    Hope you make a speedy recovery.

    Wendy xx

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  2. Wow Karen God is our healer! He can do any and everything. Im so happy you see in your life. I will keep you in my prayers. You made a beautiful card! I love the colors and the pretty flowers. ~AJ

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  3. Hope you are doing well with your surgery. I'll be praying for you!

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  4. I just love the layers of stitching and patterned papers! They give your card such a comfy, homey feel! Love how you've added the verse! May you continue to find your comfort and strength in the Lord! especially as you continue to heal! Hugs

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  5. Love your card with this beautiful scripture! Hopefully, we will all offer our praise to God each and every day, no matter our circumstances! You hang in there and continue to focus on the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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  6. You are a strong woman to avoid narcotic pain medication for such a painful surgery! I pray that God continues to give you strength and heals you very soon. Your card for Word Art Wednesday is gorgeous as always. Take care! Love in Christ, Dawn

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  7. Oh I feel your pain - been there!! Beautiful card Karen - love the colours and the way you have made th escripture the total focus of the card.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. Hi there Karen,

    You have a lovely blog and you are very inspiring. I love the card you made and the scripture fits beautifully too.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope we can have conversations about life, the Lord and all things beautiful.

    Many blessings

    Annie xx

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  9. Hello, Karen! I was stoked to see you stop by my blog & I will definitely become a follower as I am now a FAN :)

    You have wonderful pieces - This one is just gorgeous!

    Sending you LOTS of blessings in everyday life AND your healing,
    Corrinne

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  10. repose toi bien et a bientôt, biz

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  11. Praying for you today. God is faithful.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Your card and the Scripture are beautifully done!

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  12. Have a speedy recovery. God is good and you will heal well.

    I will attempt this week's Wednesday Word Art.......

    Many blessings

    Annie xx

    It is freezing here, but then I am on the North East coast of Scotland...brrrr !!

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  13. Beautiful card! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I saved this week's word art and hope to play along! Prayers for your recover! (I tore a tendon in my wrist a few years ago...very painful and took a long time to heal! So I feel your pain!)

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  14. Hi, Karen! I hope that your foot is doing better and that you heal quickly and well. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with all of us--it's amazing! LOVE the flowers you put on it--and your patterns are perfect together! Thanks for letting me link up to WAW each week--it's a blessing each time I'm able to play along! :)

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  15. Thank you for all you do to spread His word. I also want to thank you for your prayers and leave one for you. May our Lord give you the strength to quickly recover, and the peace of mind that can only be found in Him to endure all pain.

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  16. Karen, I pray for a speedy recovery. Your card is beautiful and I do hope you win ;)

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  17. Thank you for taking time to visit my blog, I'm happy to read that my blogpost today was an encouragement for your. I'm praying that God will use my art for His Glory.

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  18. Hi Karen, Sorry you couldn't post on my blog. The hop is what you think it would be. I cant give full details its for one of my DT Sister how had 5 of them. She don't know we have planed it for her. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOU SUPPORT & AND WE ARE HAPPY TO SUPPORT YOU! BLESSING AJ!

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  19. Beautiful card Karen, so pretty and the papers are so gorgeous and feminine.
    I hope you heal quickly and aren't in too much discomfort.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

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