Monday, August 20, 2012

Casting All Your Cares

1 Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you."  I know in my heart this means that I am not supposed to worry.  He wants me to give Him all my cares and let HIM worry for me.  This is SO difficult to actually do.  My beautiful daughters, 19 and 25, are at the lake today with friends (and of course, friends' parents) from church.  I know that I have to let them be independent, and learn to spread their wings and enjoy life.  But, they are still my precious babies.  They don't do a lot apart from the family.  So, when they are gone from us, I tend to worry.  It's a lake after all. . . and a BIG one at that.  So, I dropped them off and prayed that God would take this worry from me and simply protect them.  But reception isn't good at the lake, and I haven't heard from them.  I know, I know. . . .casting all my cares on Him.  It's so hard.  I just want to hear from my girls.  Why is putting our faith into practice SO difficult when it comes to my children?  I'm sure that many would think that I'm crazy to feel this way when they're actually adults.  But they're not "worldly" teenagers.  We have a very close family, and yes. . . they are sheltered.  We wouldn't want it any other way, and we praise God that they are so close to us.  I hope they're having LOTS of fun, but I really hope that phone rings soon, and that they are home safely this evening.

So, while I was home worrying today. . . . I made this little card for a friend at church.  I used mostly October Afternoon papers and embellishments.  I sewed the edges, used a Cherry Lynn Designs doily die-cut, some Baker's twine, buttons, and some other goodies. - Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #42 - Doilies - Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Challenge #153 - Use a Sentiment Only/No Images - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Animal Antics - My Sweet Little Bird Rubber Charm - Crafty Mess Challenge Blog - Challenge #15 - Words Only/No Image

These are the same four challenges I entered with the card I made yesterday.  I figure, I might as well stick with the same challenges and have fun with them all.  I haven't been doing a lot of image use lately anyway since I am waiting on my order of new Copics to come in the mail.  I enjoy making cards with just sentiments.  I did add a rubber charm, but not an image.  I also LOVE all four of these challenges blogs, and although I have never won anything on any of these blogs, I love to participate and keep trying.

I hope you are all having a great day, and perhaps crafting as well.  I will be SO much less worried when I hear from my girls.  I am so very grateful to God for allowing me to cast my cares or worries upon Him, and He has given me a great sense of peace today.  It's just a "Mom thing" to worry about their kids.  I know this will be the case even when they're all grown, married and moved out.  I wouldn't say I'm a big worrier, but it's more of just wanting to know they're safe.  I hope you all don't think I'm crazy.  I'm really not, I promise.

Have a blessed week.



  1. Praying that our Lord will give you His peace as you await for the return of your girls. What a beautiful card!! Love the stitching and doily die cut!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  2. Karen, I've been in your shoes many times to! I like you have my girls close to me as well. It's hard to let them be independent, knowing what the world has to offer. I pray that you'll know the peace of God and rest in the fact that He is caring for your precious girls to!
    Beautiful card! I love all the different patterns and the little birdie!

  3. Beautiful card Karen. He is watching over them always.

  4. Oh Karen I hope your daughters are safely home after a wonderful day out. Your card is beautiful :-).

  5. Gorgeous card Karen!! Love that sweet little bird and all the beautiful papers you used!

    I worry about my kids the same way even though they are much younger but I don't think I will be any different when they are older too! Praying for you and your girls! :)

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  6. Very pretty card, Karen. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

  7. Oh this is so pretty! I love all the detail. Your friend will cherish this.

  8. Hi karen this is a gorjuss card but our challenge this week is words only! So will wont beable to count your this time.But please come back again

  9. This is beautiful!! I love the mix of papers!! That doily die is wonderful!!

  10. I love this card, Karen! The colors and doily are beautiful. I know what you mean regarding your girls. My son is 22 and I still have a hard time letting him go. We are a close family, too, but I think he's not very worldly either. I worry constantly--not a good thing. I thought it would be easier the older he got, but it's not!

  11. Thank you so much for entering this card into our current theme 'words only' over in the CraftyMess challenge blog.
    We have discussed this card as a DT and as we can see the bird has been used as an embellishment and not an image, we are happy to accept it as an entry.
    The layers and colours are lovely and there is sooo much detail in this card.
    I hope you will play along with us in our future challenges :-)
    Hugs Lisa xxx

  12. Hi Karen, I do like this card. clever us og the 'words' in the layout and I love the colour combo to.

    Thanks for sharing and taking part in the Craftymessers Challange with us.

  13. quel charme et quel poésie, elle est superbe, biz

  14. Your card is just AMAZING! There are sooo many things I love about it! The paper, the colors, your style! Goodness I love it all! Thank you for entering our challenge. I will have to look at some of your other seems like we might have some similar tastes. Good luck and thanks for playing along on the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog.

  15. Wow Karen - you are on a roll Sistah! Love this darling card - it would certainly make someone feel loved! Thanks for joining us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week - we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  16. Super cute card!!!! I love the papers you chose, and your embellies are just perfect!!! Good Luck and thank you for sharing in the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  17. What a great card. I love all of the layering. Thanks for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  18. Oh, my goodness....Karen! This is beyond gorgeous. What an amazing creation. I love every element of it. Such a pretty combination of papers (I have those!) and embellishments (I want those). We are delighted to have your card gracing our blog for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week. Thanks for inspiring us all! Diane Noble (SSIC-DT)