Happy Saturday, everyone! How is your weekend going so far? It is COLD here...so cold. Blech...pretty much hating it. But, I am going to venture out for a little bit today and go to a craft thing with my friend, Misty. Her daughter is working at it to raise money for cheer....and I want to show my support! Hopefully I will find something cute to buy! I went to a craft bizarre with my mom a few weekends ago, and got two really cute & unique necklaces, and they didn't cost me much. So, you just never know!
I have a sympathy card to share with you today. These are never my favorite cards to create, but it is important to have them on hand because you just never know when you are going to need one. I always tend to create very clean & simple cards for sympathy. This way they are easy to slide into an envelope and get sent out...plus the sentiment is really the most important part. I combined stamps from the new company CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, and Papertrey Ink, and they were the perfect fit together to convey the message I wanted. Here is what I created!
1. Make A2 card from blue cardstock, then tear the bottom of it.
2. Cut a white cardstock block slightly smaller, tear the bottom of it and adhere.
3. Stamp the flowers to the right side of the white block, and to grey dotted paper.
4. Cut out the flowers tops from the grey dotted paper, and layer to the card front.
5. Stamp the sentiment to the left of the flowers.
6. Accent with jewels & pearls to finish.
-CASE Study #116 - Card Inspiration
-Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Thinking of You/Sympathy
-CAS-ual Fridays #78 - Tearing
-Creative Card Crew #23 - Blue & Silver
The thing about sympathy cards, is that I often feel like the sentiment seems forced, or fake. I love this sentiment set from PTI...and this one was just perfect. It just seems....real, I guess. Not sure how else to explain it.
I have some Bible study notes to share with you today, and I am going to preface this by saying it has some things to do with the election. I hope that what I wrote did not come across as handslapping, but it is how I feel about what I saw on election day. So, take it as you will....
1 Peter 2:11-17
What a completely fitting time to read these verses, as the election was just this past Tuesday. I was puzzled (and I can admit, a little amused) by all the negativity and doom & gloom posted as the results started to filter in. I can understand disappointment when your candidate is defeated. But I don't understand the blatant hate and dismay portrayed towards our re-elected president. You don't have to agree with his politics...but as Christians we are called to submit ourselves to our leaders. Verse 17 pretty much says it all. "Show proper respect to EVERYONE, love your fellow believers, fear God, honor the emperor." I did not see a lot of respect on either side, which makes me sad. We live in this great nation where we have all these amazing rights...one of them the right to vote. Not everyone in this world gets that right....ever. Our current president won the election, both electoral & popular vote....and for that alone, he deserves our respect & loyalty.
I am reminded that regardless of who is in the White House....God is still the same yesterday, today and forever. I do not put my hope in man, but in Him. I will not fret over our politicians... I will respect them, respectfully disagree with them when I see fit because I have that right, and most importantly...pray for them. Our president has one of the hardest jobs in the world...have you seen how much he has aged in just the past 4 years? Whether you care for his politics or not...he absolutely needs our prayer.