Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peace...

Happy Sunday, and welcome to another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!
Our hostes this week, is Miesje. She has chosen John 14:27, as her scripture: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid".
Miesje's challenge for the week, is to use a Christian symbol of peace, or to make a card or project that shows or shares peace.

Our sponsor this week is Designed 2 Delight Digital Stamps. One lucky challenge participant will receive a $10 gift certificate to shop at Designed 2 Delight!
For my card, I chose Heartfelt Wishes. This is just about the cutest snowfolk ever!
You can find it here!

Supplies: Snowman Image: Designed 2 Delight, Dove Image: There's Magic in the Air, Coloring Medium: Koh-I-Noor Pencils and LOMS, Polar White Flower Soft, Red and Green Stickles
In 1980, the love of my life, my DH received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns over
nearly 80% of his body when our house burned.
As you can imagine, this was a very intense situation for us all.
We were told to expect the worst - he would probably not survive, and should he live,
he would be horribly disfigured.
This week's verse is special to me, as it helped to carry me through the days of his healing. There were the skin graft operations, the emotional strain, and once we got him home, the daily wound debridment, all while I was several months pregnant. Many years later, this same verse continues to carry me through difficult times in my life - the two military deployments of DS, watching DD struggle through, and triumph over an abusive marriage, then move away to Asia for over a year, the loss of our parents and grandparents, etc. The glorious peace of the Lord, and the peace that this verse has given me over the years has kept me calm and sane for my family.
I wish for all of you peace in this new week!
Smiles and blessings,
Patti J.

25 comments:

Sue W said...

Super sweet image Patti..........I recognise the little bird! Hope you're enjoying your week end!

Olga said...

wow, what a story, God has looked after you and yours. Gorgeous card, and it is a beautiful verse

Becky said...

What an adorable card and an adorable image. Beautiful testimony on the grace of God toward us.

Grace said...

Oh goodness Patti... love your card but I really loved reading your thoughts! Isn't God's love and peace a comfort in any storm! You have been through the storms and can testify to God's peace through it all! Thanks for sharing your testimony!!! We're so glad to have you with us gf!!!

Miesje said...

Patti, thank you so much for sharing! I can see that this verse would hold a special place in your heart! So happy you are part of us. Your card is beautiful- such a sweet image. Have a peace filled week!

STAMPING SAM said...

What a touching reminder that we need to focus on the positive to get through the negative. It's amazing that we can draw strength at the most difficult times and in the end come out much stronger than we think possible! Of course, having a great friend like you is the best!

Happy Sunday and enjoy the fall weather!

ps - Love the card to!

Chelsea said...

I love that snowman!

StephC said...

Your card is wonderful Patti! Love that snowman. Hope you have a great Sunday! Hugs!

Beate said...

Patti, your card looks wonderful.
Hugs and smiles

chatdumpgirl said...

you are a living, breathing witness to God's love and the essence of Emmanuel - He is with us. Love you, girlfriend!

Patti said...

OMGosh Patti... your story so touches my heart! My son at 18 burnt 60% of his body. His face is not disfigured but his entire upper torso is. He has had a difficult life because of poor choices. However at 32 I think he is finally getting a grip on life!My DD was in an abusive relationship for 11yrs! My we have a lot in common! Our Lord sure carries us thru! Your card is beautiful as usual!

Netty said...

Oh Patti you have all been through such a lot. The verse is beautiful and so is your card. x

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Patti, you have been through so much!! Your words and how this verse has touched your life is an inspiration to all who read this post.

Your card is both darling and beautiful!! I so love the snowman scene you created my friend. Peaceful indeed!!

hugs,
Chris

Glittered Paws said...

I have heard your emotional story before but everytime I hear about the struggles you went through I admire you so much for your faith in God. What a great verse for you this week. The card is great and I love the flowersoft as the snow base. Great job.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Wow, Patti, I had no idea about your husband! Or your house burning down! My goodness, girl, you've been through the wringer, no doubt about it. No wonder I love you so much... you have such strength to stand up strong against adversity and always have a kind word, a sense of humor, and warmth to share with others.

Hugs!!!!!
Lisa

Oh, and I love your cute snowman card, too!!!!

Giovana said...

Oh patti, I didn't know all these, but I know our Good Lord is Great!! Your card is beautiful.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
God bless.
Giovana

peggysue said...

Wow I didn't know these stories either, but then I am just getting to know sweet you as a DT sister and what a blessing it is to have you on the team! I like that little snowman too and you used koh i noor pencils, I have those and just packed them away. I am looking forward to reuniting with them in about six weeks. Have a great week.

Terri J said...

What a soft pretty snowman card! Thanks so much for sharing!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thanks for sharing your story and your very powerful verse. This card is just precious!

Nina said...

Patti, thank you for not only sharing such a beautiful card, but also such beautiful words of encouragement that are very touching, courageous and heartfelt. God is good all of the time; especially in our darkest of moments if we just look for the light. I love the softness to your card with the soft pinks, blue and whte. What perfect images for that verse as well. Very comforting. Thanks for sharing as always! Not only is your card beautiful, you are too! :o)

Amy Johnson said...

Awwww, what a sweet image and card! Love the pink and blue and the flower soft.

Lovely Linda said...

Aww Patti - this is adorable! I love the soft colours and the peaceful feel to our scene! What beauiful and encouraging words you have shared - I thank God for the peace He has given you - and is available for each of us! GOd bless you dear sister! {{{hugs}}}

Patti P. said...

Patti, your card is so gorgeous, the softness and colors are perfect with the verse. TFS your powerful testimony and you know well how great God is! Rick was burned in 1984 (working for power company and got into 7400 volts) suffering 2nd and 3rd degree, and he survived and I believe firmly that God was not done with him and he had more to do in this life. God is Good and I appreciate your being my friend.

Melisa Waldorf said...

That snowman is so cute and I love your flower soft snow!!

Curt in Carmel said...

Patti, you did a seriously wonderful job using this verse in your personal story. OMGosh you have gone through so much. What a strong person you are to suffer through it all and come out in the end such a wonderful person. Love your card Kiddo, but I'm so impressed with you! Best, Curt