Sunday, February 3, 2013

Word Art WednesdayChallenge #65

When I first saw this Word Art Wednesday verse at their challenge #65, I thought of something patriotic and God's protection of service men and women and their nation. But then I remembered something a friend shared with me. She was a new mother, living in rural Brazil with a husband who was often away with his business. One night she got up to attend to her baby when she heard someone break in and she saw a man in the hallway with a machete. She held her baby tight and said, "Dear Lord Jesus, protect us!" At that moment the man looked up above her head with a look of fright and ran back out of her house. She and I pondered what the man might have seen, an angel of the Lord perhaps? Whatever the reason he looked up and ran, she was safe and protected. We agreed that the name of Jesus is a refuge in times of danger.

Three months after she told me about this incident, a similar thing happened to me with a man in my hallway in the middle of the night with a gun. I was awakened before I heard the noise. I was praying like crazy because someone had been trying to break in for nearly a month. Then I thought I heard the floor creak in the hallway to the bedrooms. My verbal response wasn't quite as spiritual as hers: "What are you doing?" I saw the gun just before he turned around and left. The result was the same. I was safe. When I thought about these incidents I knew I should make a card that glorifies God for all He has done, even if it reminds me of times I was in danger, something I don't enjoy talking about. But I do enjoy telling what God has done for me. His watch care is amazing and I hope this card portrays that sentiment.


I was inspired by the challenges at Happy Campers Craft Collective Challenge #9 to use flowers and something digital ( the verse and frame). The challenge at Papercraft Star was to use a frame. So when I printed this Word Art I made it the size to fit into a digital frame that I found on Florals and Nature CD from the book by Memories of a Lifetime. I chose that frame because it had lovely purple crocuses like I'll see blooming in my garden later this month (can't wait!). The frame also coordinated with my monochromatic color scheme to go along with the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #65. I may have cheated a little by making the foliage swirl a dark green. The papers I used are old Close To My Heart dp's that were Heather and Petal colored. The ribbon was a darker shade of purple satin and also goes with the challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenge this week - Anything Goes with Ribbon.  The lavendar rose is obvious, but the three lavendar flower beads on the right foliage is less obvious. I gave each of them a purple sparkle/dewdrop.

Thank you for visiting and may God bless you and keep you safe from harm.

11 comments:

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Yes God's love is wonderful

she3655 said...

Hi Vickie,
What a stunning card, I love it, the colour is fab, and love the sentiment.. Thanks for joining in at Happy Campers x

Karen Letchworth said...

This is absolutely STUNNING, Vickie! I love the purple and your gorgeous use of this week's word art file. Definitely a winner in my book! I see a Top 3 winner here!
Thanks for sharing your talents with us!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Sylvia said...

Very pretty card, Vickie, love the purple, fabulous color! thanks for joining in the fun at the Papercraft Star this week.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for playing at Crafty Ribbons

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely card ... I love the frame around the words ... Many thanks for playing at Papercraft Star!

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Stunning card.. Love the flowers and sentiment, thank you for joining us at happy campers, Pauline x

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carol said...

wonderful card, thanks for playing along with our challenge at CR this week, come back soon, x carol

Bonnie said...

Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

so pretty.....thanks for joining in at RRR!