Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Give Thanks In All Things

Please know, my friends, that I completely understand how difficult it is to be thankful when you're disappointed.  I am disappointed as I write this post, and yet. . . . .I am SO incredibly thankful to God for all the blessings in my life.  Our Pastor was preaching on Sunday night about the fact that regardless of any circumstances, God's children never have to worry about the future.  He WILL provide for our needs - food and raiment.  The sparrows of the air never go hungry, and just look at how beautifully God covers them.  Clearly, if He provides for their needs (which He always does), then surely. . . .He will always provide for our needs.  We have NOTHING to fear, and we need to ALWAYS be thankful.  Satan is going to try our faith, but don't let Satan gain ANY ground.  Always continue to thank God for the many blessings in your life, and NEVER doubt that He will ALWAYS provide for your needs.
I created this card using Simple Stories patterned papers and an October Afternoon patterned paper, a small bit of vintage sheet music, a Daydream Designs Bingo card, the free scripture word art sentiment this week from Word Art Wednesday, a few little Recollections mini pearls, a hand-cut felt leaf, and a few Simple Stories Autumn stickers.  I machine stitched the edges, inked it with Tim Holtz ink, and that's about it.  This is a DOUBLE PRIZE WEEK at Word Art Wednesday and I encourage you to stop by, save the free word art/scripture, and enter your art in our challenge.  Our theme is always Anything Goes, and we would love to have you join us.
 
Here are the challenges I'm entering with this card:
 
 http://www.stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-164-colossians-13-5.html - Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Challenge #164 - Thankfulness

http://www.twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com/2012/11/10-sketch-challenge.html - Twist of Faith Cards - Challenge #10 - Sketch Challenge

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-120-anns-give-thanks-theme.html - The Paper Players Challenge Blog - Challenge #120 - Ann's Give Thanks Theme

http://thecraftypad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-195-anything-goes-at-crafty.html - The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog - Challenge #195 - Anything Goes

http://paperplaychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/11/12-week-44-thanks-bunch.html - Paper Play Challenges - Week #44 - Thanks a Bunch

http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/2012/11/challenge-13-thanksgiving.html - Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #13 - Thanksgiving

http://dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/11/189-thankful-robyns-fetish.html - Dutch Dare Challenge Blog - Challenge #189 - Thankful

I hope that each of you who has stopped by today will take this one thing away from reading my post, and that is this - IN EVERYTHING, BE THANKFUL.  Don't look at all the bad things about a situation or circumstance.  Look for the blessing, the lesson, the hand of God providing for your needs.  Just be thankful.  I sure am thankful for each of you, and I'm so glad that you visited today.

Be blessed,
Karen

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful karen love the design. Caroline xxx

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  2. Wow! Beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at The Crafty Pad this week :) P.S. I have Santa’s Candy on my blog !

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  3. Thank you for posting the encouraging words! Great reminder-Thank you!

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  4. Beautiful card, Karen! And I so appreciate your post and the timely encouragement and challenge for us not to lose heart. Our faith must remain steadfast, and when challenging times come, a thankful heart will increase that faith. Love the use of the Bingo card! ;)

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  5. What a beautifully written post and I concur completely! I absolutely love your poignant message and your card. The bingo card with the sentiment is GORGEOUS!

    Thank you so much for joining our challenge and sharing your wonderful talent with us at Dutch Dare.
    Lisa xx

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  6. Thank you for the words of encouragment. It also reminds me of Philippians 4 (Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice...) sometimes it's difficult to do in times of disappointment but we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Your card is lovely and that bingo card is so fun! Thanks again for being a blessing to those who come here!

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  7. Lovely card, Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

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  8. This is beautiful! I love the fall bingo card! We all have a lot to be thankful for!

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  9. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us at Eureka Stamps this week.

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  10. What a great reminder, Karen. Your posts are always such an encouragment. Sometimes it is easy for us to forget that nothing takes God by surprise. There are NO emergency planning sessions in Heaven. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful in all things.

    What a beautiful card! I really like the colors and the leaves in the upper right corner are so pretty. Another beautiful card, Karen!!

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  11. Amen to that! Your card is a reminder of how beautiful the fall colors are.

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  12. Hi my sister in Christ, Karen - thank you for that message - I so needed it today - I have been disappointed most of the day - I know that God is in charge and that is what brings me out of the disappointment - I must always KEEP my eyes FIXED on Jesus - the VICTORY is always in Jesus - and I know the Lord tells me, "HIS ways are NOT my ways." God Bless you and thanks for a beautiful message and a beautiful card too!

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  13. Another beautiful card, Karen...May God Bless and Keep You...
    Thanks for sharing with us at Eureka Stamps. Hope to see you again next week. joann sassy raggedy

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  14. This is truly gorgeous. Love this bingo fall theme you've got going on your card. Thanks for playing at Dutch Dare Card Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back thursday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

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  15. Wonderful post and delightful card Karen! It is true that when we have the right perspective that we see the blessings all around us!

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  16. Karen - As always this is beautiful! I love the way you use elements (like the bingo card). You always inspire me! Thanks for playing along at SSiC this week.
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  17. Wonderful art work as ever, Karen, and thank you for those timely words.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  18. Lovely card! So glad you joined the Eureka! Stamps challenge this week.

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  19. I do so agree with you, Karen....disappointment can be overwhelming if we don't cast our burdens on the Lord...but He never fails us! I love your beautifully encouraging creation. Thanks so much for sharing at Twist of Faith...we always love your creations!

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  20. Gorgeous card! I completely agree with what you have said in your post Karen. We have to continue to be thankful for God is always by our side:)

    Annette
    My Mind's Dust Bunnies

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  21. Hi Karen! I agree with you, and I am thankful for your encouraging words!! Your card is so lovely, you have such a talent and gift and I am thankful you shared it with our Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week!! I pray your week is blessed!!

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  22. très joli avec ces couleurs d'automne chaude et riche, biz

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  23. This is a wonderful creation Karen! Walk tall in your faith, and know that your burdens are shared... when we mediate on His Word, we will be released! Thank you for sharing with us at Twist of Faith!
    hugs and blessings,
    Pauline

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