Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kind, Tenderhearted and Forgiving

This scripture from Ephesians really has a powerful message.  Most of us have read, or heard it many times, but how often do we really think about the joy that is waiting for us when we truly put this piece of God's Word into action?  Most of us have been hurt by someone in our lifetime, and many of us carry around bitterness deep in our hearts because of that hurt.  It may have been a family member, an old friend or co-worker that hurt you.  I encourage you this week to simply LET GO of any bitterness you may have, and give it to God.  We need to be kind in our actions, tenderhearted when dealing with people who make us impatient, and ALWAYS forgiving toward one another.  We are human, and we will all make mistakes.  Not one of us is perfect, and we all want God to forgive us for our sins (which He did when He died on the cross to pay the debt of our sins), so we need to remember to also be forgiving.  I realize how difficult this can be, but I assure you that there is great joy in letting go of the hurt, and asking God to help make you a kinder, more tenderhearted and forgiving individual.  I encourage you to pray about it this week.  I know it convicted my heart.  This is the free scripture/word art file this week at Word Art Wednesday if you'd like to save it to your computer.  I invite you all to play along this week (Always Anything Encouraging/Uplifting Goes).  You aren't required to use the scripture.  We want to see what you're working on, and have the opportunity to win.  Please join us at:  Word Art Wednesday
OK, on a MUCH lighter note. . . .I'm LOSING in the polls at Red Carpet Studio Challenge Blog and I need your votes.  If you will PLEASE take a moment to click on this link:  Red Carpet Studio Challenge Blog, and in the right-hand sidebar under the category of Punny Card Projects, please vote for me (Karen).  I would really appreciate it  I'm behind, and really need your help.

Here are the challenges I'm entering with this card: - Simon Says Stamp Challenges - Simon Says Use Die-Cuts and/or Punches - I used a Spellbinders die-cut for the sentiment and another die-cut for the flag strips. - Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything Goes - Crafty Mess Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 - Anything Goes - Through the Craftroom Door - Challenge #38 - Anything Goes - Stampin' For The Weekend - Challenge #18 - Feeling Floral - I used floral patterned paper, and floral washi tape.  All my flags at the bottom are made of washi tape strips

I just want to share that I am SO grateful to live in a country where we have the freedom to blog and speak our minds.  What a blessing to be able to share God's Word here, to be able to tell others how good He is, and to encourage one another to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.  I'm so very grateful to God for this freedom, and I thank each of you for stopping by.  I would greatly appreciate those votes.

Oh, before I run off. . . .I almost forgot to share this card that I made for the current challenge at Mark's Finest Papers on Speedy TV in the Sketch With a Twist Challenge.  I am the Hostess for this challenge, and I invite you all to play along.  Here is my card using the new Autumn Splendor stamp set.  I sent this card to my Dad because I knew he'd get a kick out of it.
I'm entering this card in the following challenge: - Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - Challenge #21 - Birds
Blessings to all,


  1. Hi Karen,
    what a lovely card. The colours are just fabulous and the layout is really pretty. Your words are so true; no matter how kind and thougthful we think we are we often do keep that little grudge or pained bitterness deep within.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Take care Linda x

  2. Sorry Karen,
    I forgot to say that I cast my vote for you. All the best. Linda xx

  3. I must say your cards are over whelmingly beautiful. You can tell alot of love and care was put into making them. "Isn't this a wonderful way to spread the Word of God?" I am now a follower. Continued blessings with your creativity.

  4. Wow, I love your card and banners are so in right now and what a bright card it made with a beautiful verse. I also love the card you sent you dad. I am sure he is going to love it! Blessings to you Karen and hope you win. Going to vote right now.

  5. j'ai voté pour toi Karen, j'espere que ça t'aidera, fabuleux projets comme toujours, biz

  6. Pretty cards. I especially love the design for the first one!

  7. Karen, I do so agree.....carrying bitterness within us is as bad as swallowing poison.....let go, and let God is a good motto to live by, methinks.
    Both cards are beautiful, and the one for your dad would have tickled my dad, too!
    I know you are a Follower on my blog....please don't miss a chance to win something lovely! Blessings. x

  8. Very pretty card, Karen! The colours and papers are beautiful. I voted for you on Red Carpet Studio. :) Sue x

  9. Oh Karen - you are so right that forgiveness is essential!! Wonderful cards - love the top one with all the 'ribbons' on the base.

  10. Beautiful cards. I love that scripture! Hugs, Robin

  11. Very cute card! Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew! Ani

  12. Another wonderful card from you Karen.
    Love the colours and then sentiment as usual, so inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing and joining in the Craftymess challenge.

  13. That owl is fab! Great card. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew.


  14. 2 Such fantastic and adorable cards! Love the colors and the sentiment on the first card is so lovely! Have a wonderful day! Hugs and sunshine

  15. What adorable cards! Love all the layering and colors!
    Just wondering if you received my e-mail?

    1. Not yet, Pam. Let me go check again, but I didn't see it this morning.

  16. Great cards x
    Thanks for playing along with the feeling floral challenge over at stampin' for the weekend & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  17. These are fantastic card's love the layouts and the colours used are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

  18. What a gorgeous card and what a wonderful sentiment!

  19. Such a gorgeous card with this amazing Word Art - love the soft colors!! Cute owl card too!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  20. What a beautiful card you made for WAW. I love all those banners at the bottom. Congratulations on your new position on the DT at Daydream Designs. You are a fantastic addition to their team. I've met very few people in life who have your combination of creativity and encouragement. You are truly a blessing.

  21. What a great card! I really like all the little banners you added to your card. They really add a lot of great texture to it. Thanks for joining in at TTCRD this week.

  22. Lovely card and scripture. The layered banners look fantastic. Thanks for joining us at CSD


  23. Forgiveness of each other, and even ourselves, is definitely a most important part of being a Christian. Blessings!

  24. Your banner card is so fun Karen!!!

  25. What a lovely card!! Love all the banners and the little pennant is just too cute.

    Congrats on winning the Red Carpet Studio Challenge!!!

  26. That's a beautiful bird and I love the colours you've used!

    Thanks for joining the Creative Card Crew Challenge!


  27. Fabulous cards but my fave is the beautiful first one.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  28. VEry pretty and I love all the flags across the bottom! All the layers and sewing really make card #2 awesome! Cute image!


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