Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nothing More Precious

There's nothing more precious to me than my relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It makes me sad to know that not everyone knows Him the way I do, and I continue to pray that everyone will be saved and find the truth before they die.  Please remember to pray for Christians around the world who are being persecuted, and even killed, for their beliefs.  I've suffered persecution as a Christian, but it's NOTHING in comparison to the persecution other Christians have suffered.  Many have given their lives for Christ's sake.  I beg you to remember to pray for missionaries around the world who devote their lives to spreading the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ).  We owe them a debt of gratitude and respect.  Praise God for His precious Word, and for those who devote their lives to sharing it with the world.
God's Word  is another precious gift to us, and the beautiful and encouraging support He has given us through His holy scriptures are such a beautiful comfort.  Today, I'm sharing two scripture cards.  The first is my DT card for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  The second is a matching card using a lovely scripture stamp from Verve Stamps.
These patterned papers are very old Chatterbox.  I've been trying to use up some of my stash lately, and I've been giving away a lot of it as well.  I always enjoy being able to bless someone with a BIG box of scrapbooking supplies.  I machine stitched both cards, added seam binding, jute, a stick pin, a Prima leaf, and a 3-D flower to each.  Here are the challenges where I will be sharing my card(s):
 
I really appreciate your visit, and hope you're having a blessed week.

Karen

9 comments:

  1. Oh what beautiful cards Karen- love the colours and the way the scriptures take centre stage.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Both cards are stunning! LOVE the peachy oranges and that beautiful flowers. The sentiments are so beautifully showcased. Very happy and lovely!

    In reference to your post text, I almost spoke of the very same thing in my post but didn't. I followed God's lead and spoke about what was going on in my life... my own small struggles.. because I am a mom who is always struggling to make and keep everyone happy... and failing every day. When I can focus on just making God happy, it all falls into place. Funny how we get sidetracked and let 'life' and 'flesh' get in our way, even when we know better! God dusts us off and stands us up and puts us back on our paths.

    I am glad you brought up the people who are being persecuted. People need to know and need to be praying! I have been praying and thinking about all of the ones being persecuted and killed for their belief in Jesus Christ. The terrible things that they are doing to them and their children. And they are still standing for Him. Sunday when we were talking about it before church, I felt my heart get so heavy. I had to lead praise and worship by myself because my husband was at work. All I could do was cry and start over again. The only thing that I could think about was that those people and children were celebrating and loving on Jesus that very day. They didn't deny Him, and they stood up for Him. It still breaks my heart that they are having to do this. No one should have to be placed in this situation. Praying for grace and love and peace to flow through all of those people. A blanket of love covering them and comforting them. I can not imagine!

    We are persecuted every day, as you said, just not in this way. We are always given choices to stand up for Christ or to sugar coat things so we don't offend friends or strangers. God doesn't sugar coat. His word is truth. We don't need to water it down or sweeten it to make it better. It is perfect.

    I don't mean to write a novel. The kids aren't up and I am just sitting here praying and thinking and preparing myself for the rest of the day.

    Thank you so much for having me as the August Guest Designer at WAW.
    It has been a blessing in more ways than you know.

    Heather D.

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  3. Karen, your card is soooo pretty! I love all of your beautiful stitching! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!

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  4. A very special message Karen. Kudos. Two very special cards as well. - Jim

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  5. Amen to your prayers for all the Christians and missionaries being persecuted around the world. I've done some missionary work in SE Mexico, but other than being careful about what I ate, I never felt in any kind of danger. I feel thankful and blessed to have met you via blogland, because I feel we are able to spread his word around the world, even when we can't travel at this time. In addition, we are using his gift of creativity to do so. Blessings, my friend!

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  6. Oh Karen, your cards are just beautiful... while the designs and embellishing are gorgeous, the most important parts are indeed those precious words of life. What a beautiful post to read. It is a reminder we always need. Thank you for sharing your words, heart, and talent with us at My Craft Spot!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  7. I just wanted to come over and thank you for your lovely comment on my Christmas Robin. It made my morning. I went over to Heather's blog and entered. I love your cards. They are gorgeous. *U*. Hugs.

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  8. tout a fait charmant et très stylé! biz

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  9. Lovely cards! Your flowers look amazing and your papers are wonderful! They were worth saving for these wonderful creations!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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