Friday, June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010 The Squid...

This is the last of the cards that I owe for trade with Mary L., and I have absolutely enjoyed the challenge of making these cards for her. They are not my normal choice of cut, but they were done with great pleasure, and I am pleased to have created things that I believe she will really, really like. I hope, anyhow...

Mary, Thanks for the trade. I love your ATCs, and I really look forward to getting these off to you! Hugs...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 2010 Crafty Craze...

I was hit with a great wave of desire to do some trades. I found some wonderful ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) on the sites of some of my bloggy friends/contacts, and have been working at completing many, many cards to trade for them. You would be overwhelmed for me if you saw how many I have yet to accomplish, but I am loving it!! Here are just some of the ones I have completed already. So... Just so you know, I have more to show you soon. Have a great day!!

RAK (Random Act of Kindness)card to Nancy T... Expecting Rain (based on a paragraph that struck me in one of my kid's Sunday School lessons. There is a short story that was written in the lesson, and I translated this portion and made the cut from it. It basically says, "We came here to ask God to send rain, and so I thought it might be best to bring my umbrella, said the little girl." The lesson was about faith. This is one of my favorites for this season of my life.)

Trade with Aumtumnsensations (aka Joy)... J is for Joy

Trade with Mary L... Following Mama

Trade with Mary L... The Glowing Dusk

Trade with Mary L... Papa, Mama, and Baby Owl

Trade with Mary L... Wary

Trade with Mary L... Flight of the Iridescent Butterfly

Trade with Mary L...Calm of the Day

Trade with Mary L... La Gazza (or La Gazza Ladra) A.K.A. The Magpie

Trade with Mary L... "All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all." Unknown

Trade with Mary L... Psalm 27:13-14 "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage; And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 9, 2010 A-Budding Love...

There is a song that I remember from childhood called "Abiding Love". While I was creating this papercut, I kept thinking of that song, but inserting "A-budding" in place of "Abiding". So... I suppose it is a pun of sorts. :-)

I have been thinking about youth, love, and that time of growth. I am watching young adults around me pass through what I have already passed through. The struggles to know "what is REALLY right or best for my life?" There are those on the way to marriage, or those just starting relationships and in the middle of deep puddles of doubt. There are those beginning new careers, moving away from families, finding new jobs or new homes, preparing for college, ending one chapter of life to begin another.

Change is not easy. And, for me, it seems that my life really does represent the quote, "Anything worth having is worth fighting for." The best things of my life have not come easily by any means. I mean, NOTHING. I was really discouraged about it yesterday, as I scanned through my life and observed how "struggling, stretching, tottering, bending, trudging" have been constants in my journey.

Today I feel better, but I feel heart sore. I know that all of those challenges have caused me to build endurance, grow in faith, and to lean more on God. I am grateful to see how much I have grown, but... Sometimes I wish I could have some things come easily.

Yesterday I was looking at the photostream of some of a friend's art, and I saw that he had a series of three cards representing a flower bud growing. I sat staring, reflecting. One seemed to be ready to soar into the sky, exciting and ready to just be let go to grow. Another seemed as if inching along gradually, up, up, up, but still reaching and wanting. And the last seemed to be going even more slowly, still piled on top of itself and just beginning to show bravery to lean away from what it has always known.

This papercut card, here, represents the couple, the differences in upbringing, location, thought process, and so many other things; but what I really want to be represented is the SUN. It is big and the bud grows towards it because it wants to soak up the light. That is how we each, individually, should ideally be with Jesus, the SON, so that we can soak up His goodness, blessing, and have His direction, guidance, wisdom, discernment, etc... when making life's many tough decisions.

I can attest, personally, to God's faithfulness to guide me and direct me. I prayed often about most issues in my life. I remember feeling at a loss of what to do, many times. I remember feeling overwhelmed, ready to break, stressed out. I remember lots of different emotions, but through them all God was, and is, always in control. As I leaned on Him, and still do lean on Him, as I sought Him for His perfect will in my life, He has always given me an answer- Yes, No, or Wait. As I have obeyed Him, I have seen His perfect will and perfect way. Yes, I have made mistakes, but... He has also helped me to get back up after I have fallen. What a faithful and loving God He is.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Note: The color of the sun is a little off in the scan. It is more of a light orange... Perhaps other colors are also not exact, but that was the most noticeable.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 5, 2010 Mere Edges Of His Ways...

I do give God standing ovations... Here are just a few reasons why...

Job 26:7-14 (New King James Version)

7 He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.

8 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.

9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.

10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are astonished at His rebuke.

12 He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.

13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”

Created for Nancy for a trade...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 3, 2010 Update...

Just thought I would let you know. I have been busy with scarlet fever in the house, and trying to end off school well, and preparing for two kids and their guitar recitals. I currently have a papercut in progress, and ideas for more. I will post them as soon as I can.

Thank you for your patience!! Have a great week! Soon...