Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank You

Good morning, and welcome to a glorious Sunday at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. I am today's challenge hostess - what a privilege!
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The scripture that I chose for our challenge today is: For everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. ~1 Timothy 4:4.
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Our challenge this week is "Thank You". Our sponsor is Doodle Pantry. Thank you, Laurie Wilson, for your generosity!
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My card today features a wonderful sentiment, and a beautiful pre-colored image from Doodle Pantry. I can't wait to see your beautiful Thank You cards this week! You could win some goodies from Doodle Pantry!

Supplies: Image and sentiment from Doodle Pantry, CS:Bazzill, Embossing Folder: Stampin'Up, DP:DCWV Mat Stack, button and ribbon from stash, Scrapper's Floss from The Angel Company, Distressing with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

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In the above scripture, I think that Paul was speaking to Timothy, who was a young man, probably going into the ministry. Paul was preparing Timothy for some of the challenges he would soon face as a young preacher. I think, in verse 4, Paul was telling Timothy that everything God has made is good, that we are to look upon our food and many other blessings as that which God has created, that we have it from Him, and must use it for Him, and that these blessings are double sweet when received with thanksgiving, and sanctified by the word of God, and by prayer to God.

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Having a gift from God is not good enough. To ignore an opportunity to thank God for these gifts is to neglect them. Sometimes, in our hectic and crazy lifes, 'life' gets in the way, and we forget to thank Him.

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My dear husband is usually cheerful and wide awake within seconds of waking up each morning, and within minutes, he is singing, humming, and has the news playing on the TV. I need just a wee bit more quiet time prior to being quite that cheerful, but over the years, we have both found that being cheerful and thankful is the best and only way to start our day.

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Today, dear friends, I woke up thankful. I have counted my blessings, and have given thanks for them. I am thankful for family and friends - they know me so well, and choose to love me anyway! I am thankful for the chance to laugh, talk, pray, and eat together. I know that I have many blessings that I have forgotten to count, and pray that God will help me see these missed blessings.

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I dug out some old dictionaries, and was saddened to see the definition of thanksgiving change over the years. In 1959, it included 'praising God for his mercies'. Over the years, "God" has changed to a small reference of 'divine goodness'.

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I hope that all of you have woken up thankful today. Maybe your life is not perfect, maybe you have needs and wants that have not yet been fulfilled, but my prayer for you today is that you wake up counting your many blessings, with an attitude of gratitude!

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Again, our challenge is: Thank You. It is amazing to see the talent that you bring to our challenges each week, and we are eager to see what visions of beauty that you create this week!

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Hugs, and blessings!

Patti J.

25 comments:

Patti said...

What a wonderful and inspirational post! Your card is beautiful as always... love the focal image!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a stunning easel card Patti! I so love your image and the design with the verse!! Great colors and punched details. Fab embellishing! A great challenge and verse this week my friend. Have a great Sunday and week.
Hugs,
Chris

Netty said...

Patti its just beautiful, love it. Annette x

Olga said...

Well Thank You for a wonderful message! We do forget to always be thankful when first getting up. Me! I'm slow about waking up too. Will try to do better, I love your card too by the way!

STAMPING SAM said...

Lovely verse with a card to match! Love the blue bird and coloring is magnificent.

Spent yesterday attending/helping with Debi P's wedding. What a beautiful, happy bride! Now back to reality and house cleaning - or - is it card making? LOL

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

such a gorgeous image and the scripture is a great reminder to always be thankful...thank you...have a fabulous day!

enjoy *~*

Grace said...

Hi Patti! What a great devotional today!! I'm not surprised that the dictionary definitions have changed but I am saddented too! Then we wonder why our country is in such a mess!!! Your card is fabulous!!! Thanks soo much for this wonderful challenge!
Hugs,
Grace

Cindy Coutts said...

Patti, thank you for choosing this verse for our challenge today. I know so often I forget to be grateful and count my blessings when God is always so good. Your card is beautiful. God bless and have a great week.

Patti P. said...

Patti, this is a really beautiful card. So glad to see Laurie sponsering this week. I haven't tried her colored images but I love yours, will have to try one. Will try and play along this week with your challenge. TFS

Miesje said...

I love it! I love what you wrote and I love your card. The verse was perfect, I really liked reflecting on it!

Glittered Paws said...

Beautifully written and the card is just perfect for this verse. What a blessing for this DT to have such a talented wonderful lady on their team.

Becky said...

What a perfect image to a perfect challenge..love the this cute little fellow and your coloring is fabulous as well as the design. Wonderful verse for today and for every day. Have a blessed week..{hugs}

Beate said...

Patti, your Easel card is gorgeous!
Have a great week!
Hugs and smiles

Betty Benton said...

Thanks for the uplifting post and for a beautiful easel card! Your stamping sisters have been coming up with some gorgeous cards for your challenge!

Amanda Mertz said...

Very sweet card Patti! Thanks also for the reminder to be thankful for all that we have in our lives.

Lynne in NI said...

Oh Patti, what a stunning card - the verse you chose is beautiful and the image is just perfect too!
(My DH is like that too, full of beans the instant he wakes up, whereas I usually need at least one cup of tea to kick start my day!)

betty benton said...

I'll be looking for you after the first snow storm!! The lady that I met who was from Missouri is Julie Mignard (pronounced Minyard).

Brenda said...

Hi Patti, remember me?? Long time since I have been by. What a wonderful easel card it is gorgeous. Such great detail.
Hugs

Auntie Em said...

Beautiful card and what a lot of happy blessings you have! Thanks for sharing and the reminder! :o)

peggysue said...

That is one gorgeous card! What a great post too, such a neat reminder of all we have to be thankful or. And I just saw your post below, we have friends who live in Ste. Genevieve, what a small world this is!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Patti - what an adorable card and a fabulous post! You have brought such a truth today - may we all have thankful hearts IN ALL THINGS!! God bless sistah! {{{hugs}}}

Pam S. said...

what a sweet image and lovely coloring Patti J! Cool embossing folder work and love the scallops!
Pam Going Postal

Silke Ledlow said...

Patti, your easel card is super cute and so beautiful!!! Love it!!! Hugs ~S~

Beth Norman said...

Your inspirational post was so refreshing. I am one of the guilty ones who neglects God because "I don't have time." I go to counselling and my counseller gave me a daily inspirational book and I haven't taken the time to read it. Today, I will read it thanks to you.

Your card is great. TFS.

Traci M said...

Patti, thanks for the great challenge on SSC! Your devotional reminded me of my many blessings also...it is good to talk about those things and encourage in each other that attitude of thanksgiving everyday!
Your card is so sweet, love that image and what you've done with it!!