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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Happy Sunday everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.  Today is my Dad's Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!!  So ...we are celebrating!!  My Dad is such a special part of my life and so much of who I am today.  I am so blessed to be able to be visiting with my parents and family for the weekend!!

Anywho...since it is Sunday, it is also time for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge this week!!  This week's challenge is brought to us by Lisa.

Lisa chose the verse:
Matthew 6: 9-13 "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Prayer is such a privilege and an integral part of my life.  You are never alone, He is only a prayer away.  Prayer is for thanks, for help, for comfort, for guidance...Even Jesus prayed.  So often we pray when we are in trouble or when things are not going our way but prayer is also for the good times or a way of saying thanks.

What is the purpose of prayer?  Does God answer our prayers?  I believe He does always answer our prayers but not always the way we think they should be answered.  Last week we had a minister who preached on prayer.  In his sermon he shared that his daughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was 41 and had four young children. Of course, he prayed she would be go into remission and be healed but God's answer was to take her home to His Heavenly home.  After the sermon there was not a dry eye in the church.  All can one time or another God did not answer their prayers to heal someone.  That is why the Lord's prayer says "Thy will be done".

My dear friend Ruby was able to make it to her daughter's wedding ceremony but she is very weak and not doing well. I cry each time I think of her and it seems God is not answering my prayer for healing as I would like but truthfully am I praying out of selfishness for me and her family.  Would Ruby be better off in her Heavenly home without pain or suffering.  Yes God can heal...he can do the impossible but is it His will to do so.

Lisa's challenge this week is:
Make a card/project that features prayer; either someone praying, or a verse about prayer, or a greeting that lets someone know you are praying for them
Here is my take on the challenge:

 I created a card using Our Daily Bread Designs Full of Grace Prayer stamp set.  The designer paper was given to me by my friend Grace for my birthday.  The dp is Prima Pinkpaislee.  I added some flowers, an ivory silk bow, and old ric rac (that I have had for years!!) The nestablilites I used for this creation is the Lacey Squares.

This is a card I made for my dear friend Ruby.  We have had the conversation that in these hard times how hard it is for her to pray.  She is unsure what to pray for.  No she does not want to leave her 4 children and husband but with her pain and her loss of abilities and suffering, what would be best.  I feel this sentiment is so true and perfect for her.

This week's Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping in Time challenge hosted by Betty is easy peasy...embossing!  So I embossed my verse in gold.  I hope you can join in this challenge as well for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate toward stamps!

For Fun - Something I've never used before ( Prima Designer paper which I just got as a gift)
Corrosive - Clean up the Dust (my ric rac is OLD)
The Pixie Cottage- stitching
Little Red Wagon - Something Old and Something New (old ric rac and new Prima dp)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Sweet Stampin - ribbon
Stamping in Time- embossing

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: 

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Patti  and Cindy

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!



Karen W said...

Very pretty and I love how you layered this one. The one before is also gorgeous as are all of your cards. I get many ideas and inspiration from you!! Thank you!

RosesMarijke said...

All your cards are soooo beautiful!!


Thea said...

Hello Chris,
First happy birthday to your dad! Your card is beautiful and give us inspiration. Thank you so much.
Have a nice day.

angelique (anlou) said...

happy birthday for your dad
your card is gorgeous hun
enjoy sunday
hugs angelique

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear Dad, hope he has a lovely day. Love your card.
Sandra (craftynan)

Me said...

Happy birthday to your dad,and your card is so beautiful,great sentiment.

Grtzz Marjon

Susan.... said...

Good Morning Chris,
l hope you are enjoying your visit to your family and l hope your father has a wonderful birthday ! l loved what you wrote about your father in your post by the way.
l visit you often, but unfortunately,dont always leave a comment,shameful l know ! l love admiring your stunning creations, and wonder how you get the time to create such exquisite makes, with your busy lifestyle.
The card is delightful ! the colours/LO and verse are beautiful...
Wishing you all a lovely day !
Susan XXX

Mummylade said...

this is absolutely stunning!

Grace said...

Such a beautiful card Chris and I'm so happy to see the pink paisley dp as it's so pretty! Love this layout!!! Just beautiful and appreciate your thoughts today too!!!
Have a wonderful time with Dad and tell him HBD for me!

Carol L said...

Your card is just gorgeous with that pretty flower and bow and all the other details! Enjoy your time with Dad on his special day!

Miesje said...

Oh Chris - this is stunning! You make such wonderfully elegant looking cards! Love the stitching too! Have a wonderful day with your dad!

Anonymous said...

Chris, this is so stunning girl!! I adore your gorgeous flowers and the sentiment is awesome!! TFS!! HUGS

Kelly Massman said...

Gorgeous! Love those (Prima's) in the top corner!

Becky said...

This is gorgeous Chris, but then too, all of your cards are gorgeous..:) Have a wonderful day.

Cassie said...

What a gorgeous card, Chris! I love the colors and those beautiful flowers ;D

Patti J said...

Oh, Chris, you have me reading this with my box of tissues at hand. I will keep your friend Ruby and her family in my prayers. Beautiful post today, my friend. Love your card - it is so elegant, and that sentiment is one of my favorites. Have a great visit with family - and Happy Birthday Chris' dad!!!

Mariza Sales said...

Hello Chris,
First HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear Dad! Your card is beautiful and give us inspiration. Have a nice day. Thank you so much.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Christine what a gorgeous card, and a Happy Birthday to your dad, im sure he will have a wonderful weekend with his family around him. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxx

Tosha Leyendekker said...

This is stunning Chris!! LOVE the angles!! And your flowers, ribbons, and bling are just perfect with that dp!! WOW!

Crystal said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Chris, WOW I LOVE this!!! Truly BEAUTIFUL GF!!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend...Happy Happy Birthday to your dad!!! big Hugs!

Linda . J said...

First Happy Birthday to your dad, your words in your post were so touching and brought a little tear to my eye, as sometimes prayers are not answered, anyway back to your card.
This is stunning fabulous colours and details!

Hugs Linda

FibreJunky said...

Happy birthday to your dad!

Alie de Vrij-Venema said...

This is stunning! I love the sentiment you used. It's a true thing.
Thanks for playing along this week at Sweet Stampin! xx Alie

Kerri said...

What a beautiful and true quote. Yes, ours and God's plans do not always coincide, but in everything there is a reason. This will mean so much to Ruby-it's stunning!

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Chris.

Hugs Riet.x

Lisa Foster said...

This is really beautiful, Chris! Happy Birthday to your Dad! :)

Marley said...

Happy birthday to your dad Chris!! I love your card so much.. the sentiment is so beautiful and so true!! Amazing!! love the lacey square nestabilitie and the beautiful flowers! Have a great day!! big hugs xx Marley

CarlaKH said...

This is just beautiful! So elegant. Thank you for joining us at The Pixie Cottage Challenge!

cheryl said...

oh wow chris totally amazing such detail just perfect oh really love everything that you create you are such an inspiration hun bless you for playing at the pixie cottage this week,and many happy returns to your dad hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

Marlene said...

Ahhh...a beautiful card with a beautiful message!

Sabrina Jackson said...

Hey girl, I absolutely LOVE your card and I am glad you had a fabulous time with your family!! It is so good to hear that Ruby was able to attend her daughter's wedding. Stay strong girl, you are such a caring and loving friend and I am sure Ruby felt all of your prayers. Hugs, Sabrina

Rosanne said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon!

Susie M. said...

Hi chris! oh wow...this is so beautiful. I just love everything about it! and you showcased the verse perfectly. :)

KarenB said...

Happy birthday to your Dad. I love the beautiful neutrals on your card and the sentiment is lovely.

Tammy said...

Your card and message is just so beautiful.

Betty Wright said...

Wonderful gold embossed scripture, Chris! Your colors are wonderful and your detailing is always scrumptious! Beautifully done! Thanks for playing along with ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge, too!

Melodie said...

Wow, I am by this enchanted card thrilled.

Adrina said...

What a gorgeous card, great details.
Thanks for joining the Pixie Cottage this week
Adrina XX

Kim Piggott said...

Chris this is so very beautiful!
kim x

Random Acts of Krafting said...

So inspiring and quite beautiful. Thank you for playing with The Pixie Cottage this week.

Jo said...

wow! this is so beautiful :)
Thank you for joining in the fun at sweet stampin
Jo xx

Darlene said...

Another GORGEOUS creation Chris!! You are always there to inspire!!! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood! Hope to see you again next challenge!

Unknown said...

Chris this card is beautiful. I enjoyed reading your post also and admire your faith. It is sometimes not an easy thing to have in times such as you described.

Thank you for all your submissions to The Pixie Cottage Challenge.

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow Chris your cards are all wonderful! Love all of the fine details of each and every one. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Pixie Cottage!
Pixie Cottage DT

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Chris - this is just fabulous! I love that sentiment, it is perfect for this weeks challenge! Gorgeous colours and always divine embellishing Chris - your cards are amazing! I am sorry to hear of your friend and your Pastor's daughter - praise the Lord that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!! God bless you Sistah - you are a blessing! {{{hugs}}}

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Silke Ledlow said...

Gorgeous card Chris!!! The colors, design, flowers and the sentiment are fabulous!!! All of your latest creation are so fun and inspirational...!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!! Happy weekend!!!Big hugs ~Silke~


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