Sunday, December 30, 2012

Always on My Mind

My Mom and Dad are visiting us this week from Minnesota.  This evening while we were making dinner, my Mom had a family friend on the phone who is struggling with breast cancer.  We all prayed with her, and she was so blessed and encouraged by it.  I guess the small things really mean a lot to those who are struggling with things that seem SO much bigger than our usual little daily problems.  It really makes you grateful.  So anyway, while we were praying again before dinner just a little while after all this, my mind was swarming with the names of all the people in my life who need God's healing from cancer and other serious medical issues.  Each one of those names ran through my mind - many of whom are on-line friends and acquaintences I've never met.  These people seem to always be on my mind, and when it comes time to count my blessings - I really need to remember how very blessed I am, and I need to continue to pray for those less fortunate.    Whether physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, etc., I need to count my blessings and lift up in prayer those who are hurting and carrying heavy burdens.  Lord, please don't ever let me lose sight of what is truly important!  I always want to remain commpassionate towards the needs of others.  So anyway, this card is for our family friend who is struggling.  I really hope it will be an encouragement to her.
 I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
 
http://cheerylynndesignschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/cheery-lynn-designs-challenge-60-lace.html - Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #60 - Lace Real or Faux - I used a Cheery Lynn Doily Die-Cut that's pretty lacey, and I also used some vintage lace on the bottom of my card.
 
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/simon-says-anything-goes.html - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Simon Says Anything Goes
 
http://www.pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/mid-challenge-reminder-pio-49-pile-on.html - Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Pile On The Embellishments
 
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/make-it-monday-97-participants.html%20 - Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenges - Make it Monday Challenge #97 - I based this card on Make it Monday Challenge #66 - Making Felt Flowers from Border Dies.  The Papertrey Ink products I used on this project include PTI jute, stamped sentiment, wool felt and heart border die.  I rolled the delicate little heart borders, cut from wool felt in three colors, into these little rosettes.  Such a sweet technique.  This border die is one my all-time PTI favorites.
 
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-152-add-ribbon-andor-lace.html - Fab-n-Funky Challenge Blog - Challenge #152 - Add Ribbon And/Or Lace
 
I'd like to leave you with this thought.  If you can think of someone who is going through a difficult time right now; whether it's a physical challenge or a struggle of another kind, I strongly encourage you to send them a card this week.  Sometimes those little acts of unexpected kindness are just what someone needs.  Let that person know that you're thinking of them, and praying for them, and loving them - and most of all don't forget to pray for them!  God hears our prayers and He will give them exactly what they need.  Just take that extra time this week to bless someone!
 
Have a great week, and share God's love eveywhere.
Bless and be blessed,
Karen



14 comments:

  1. Pretty gorgeous creation. I love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in

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  2. What a sweet and beautiful way to encourage your family friend!! I know your prayers and cards will be such a blessing!! Happy New Year! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  3. Beautiful card and a wonderful way to support your friend. Good luck and thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

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  4. Thanks Karen for those words of encouragement - my dear friend Amy - whom I went to high school with - is a RN - her dear hubby of almost 40 years has cancer throughout his body - it is so sad - yet I know we serve a healing God and if He desires to heal Jim while he is on earth - God will do just that - May you have a wonderful New year and I wish above all else that you be in good health and prosper. Your friend, Gail

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  5. This is so sweet and and beautifu. Wishiing you a blessed and
    Happy New year to you and your family
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  6. Beautiful card Karen, and yes - there are many who need our prayers, and the tangible encouragement of a card.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  7. Karen, such a wonderful soothing card this is! I'm sure it will wrap the one who receives it in love! Thank you for the challenge, it's been on my heart to do something like this to. Now I will!

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  8. Total sweetness! Love the soft but vibrant colors...the perfect way to offer a gentle note of encouragement. Your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the pure beauty of your card, Karen. Love your sweet, compassionate heart, friend!

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  9. Love the beautiful shabby chic feel to this card... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

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  10. Very pretty card, the colours are beautiful too. Thanks for taking part in the cheery Lynn designs challenge.

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  11. Beautiful card and message in this blog post. Happy New Year Karen!

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  12. It's beautiful Karen and made with so much love ,your friend will really appreciate it.

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  13. This is so pretty! I like the pins with the tulle! Very nice! Thank you for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog! Happy New Year!

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  14. karen youre such a kind person :) im sure this card truly lifted the spirits of your moms friend. very beautiful.

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