Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Whatever you ask for in prayer . . .Believe

"Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will  be yours." Mark 11:24

Here is a verse that I shared with my son today. He and his wife are buying a new house. They have looked for months and finally found the one that is just right. They should have closed on the house yesterday. However, little things keep happening that make it seem like they won't get the loan in time to get their low interest rate. Having faith in the face of discouragement and trials can be a difficult thing. Knowing what and whom to believe in is the key.

When I was thinking about this verse, I didn't want it to sound like believing you'll win the lottery means that you will. The Lord's model prayer included these phrases: "Our Father . . .thy will be done. . ." That teaches us that praying for God's will in a situation and believing that it's the best for us because He loves us is the important factor missing in the "lottery prayer."

I've been a Christian for more than 56 years now and I know that the more time I've spent with Him, knowing Him, and the more answered prayers I've seen gives me that confidence to believe in answered prayer.  Prayer and faith give us strength as Christians. I had an aunt and uncle in the ministry that I sometimes stayed with in the summer. My aunt would thank Him for the answered prayer even before it arrived. That was evidence of her faith like that mentioned in this verse.

Once again today, the brick wall my son encountered disappeared, and he knew that God answered another prayer.

I used papers from my scrap drawers, Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals and Floral Ovals to make this card and a lovely piece of Basic Grey ribbon. The verse I used comes from Our Daily Bread Design's "Scripture Collection 3."  I also used their card sketch from this week's Shining the Light Challenge:

Thank you for visiting and may God increase your faith with answered prayer.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Amusing Challenge - Ribbon (or twine) and no digi
Card and Scrap #57 - Use text
Cupcake Craft Challenge #247 - Sentiment as the main focus
Desert Island Crafts Challenge #56 - Used 1. die cuts, 3. patterned papers, 5. ribbon, and 10. Sentiment
Oozak #16 - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #159 - sketch
Path of Positivity Challenge #3 - "Strength"
Word Art Wednesday #85 - Scripture or encouraging verse


Sannekreativ said...

Beautiful Card.

Tak for at du er med på udfordringen hos os i Card and scrap.
DT Sanne

Cultivate Life in Joy said...

Lovely card...and beautiful encouraging scripture. I love that paper pattern you used on the card and the beautiful ribbon pops so wonderfully. Love all the intricate details.

Patti J said...

Your son is very lucky to have a mom like you! Beautiful card - love that scripture! Thanks for sharing with us, and joining us in our June challenge at Oozak!

Path of Positivity said...

I am so glad that your son found the strength through faith and prayer to realize yet another dream. Faith and prayer are definitely instrumental in keeping anyone who believes in a Higher Power strong in the face of all the misfortune that may possibly transpire in their lives. Your card is beautiful. I love the layout and papers you have chosen. That swirl adds just the right touch and the scripture verse you chose is perfect for the sentiment you want to convey.

Thank you so much for joining this month on the Path of Positivity. I'm so glad that you found my challenge and I hope that I will see more of your lovely creations in the future.

May you always find the strength you need through your connection to God.

Lisa D., Path of Positivity Owner

Anonymous said...

A beautiful card...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
Helen x

Karen Letchworth said...

SO super pretty! Thanks for sharing this lovely card in our challenge this week. It's always SUCH a blessing to have you fellowship and share with us.
Word Art Wednesday

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

Beautiful card, Vickie, and I love the story about your son! God is so good...for all time! Glad you entered this beauty in the ODBD Shining the Light challenge!!

Jenn Borjeson said...

Lovely card, love the combination of papers and colors. Thanks for joining us at DICC. :)

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card Vickie.
Gr Elly

Jan Marie said...

So very beautiful! Your post and your card! The Lord is so faithful and we are so faithless, it seems. I am so grateful for His discipline and He instructs and trains us to trust Him. Thanks for sharing your heart and your talents with us at ODBD Shining the Light Challenge! Blessings!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful Vickie!! I love the colors and the dp!!Thanks for joining us at ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!!

Donna Mack said...

Love this card! Beautiful job coordinating your patterned papers!!!!

Donna Ellis said...

What a lovely card, Vickie - and so true - when we spend time in prayer - and believe that God truly does know what is in our best interests, we can then fly to Him unimpeded, with great love and gratitude, believing that He will do only what is in our best interest always. Such a peace results, and the lavish love only He can bestow. Thank you for sharing. hugs, de
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Samantha Casey said...

Very pretty card! Amazing job, thank you for joining the Oozak Challenge!


Ann said...

Very beautiful; thanks for joining us for the Oozak Challenge. :)

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

That is such a gorgeous card. What a profound verse. And so very true.

Jennifer Swandells said...

What a very beautiful card Vicki, the colours and the verse are also beautiful. I just love all of it. Hugs, Jen :-) x
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