Saturday, March 17, 2018

Encouragement on St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My ancestry DNA test shows that I'm 9% from Ireland/Scotland/Wales. I did find that one of my 6th great grandmothers came to the United States from Dublin Ireland in the 1700's. Our family was always told that my grandmother, who was born on March 17th, was part Irish. All I know is that I inherited her green eyes and love of crafting and history.

Robert Morgan, in one of his books about the stories behind hymns, wrote an inspiring account of the teenage Patrick being kidnapped from England by Irish pirates, taken to Ireland as a slave, and later escaped back to England. What amazed me in his story was that he had a passion to return to Ireland to spread the message of Christ. His family thought it was dangerous and he faced many trials, but he had learned to trust the Lord for his guidance and safety. Today as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I like to focus on the fact that he is responsible for the spread of Christianity in Ireland in the 400's A.D.  I thought this verse summarized the importance of trusting God in every situation.  The next verse in Proverbs says in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

I used a few retired CTMH papers from my drawer of green scraps and the leaves and die from Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamps. The white embossed verse and die stamp for "Lord" are from PTI.

Thank you for visiting! May you trust in the Lord both in good times and bad! He will never fail you!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenge #49 - shades of green
CCEE Stampers - die cut words
Crafty Gals Corner #161 - green
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #113 - going green
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - going green
Papercraft  Challenge #7 - sentiment as focus
Word Art Wednesday #326-327 - anything goes


Jeannie said...

Hi Vickie! Gorgeous card and I just love all of the embellishments and you put together.
Thanks so much for joining my Going Green blog challenge and good luck :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Maike of Maikreations said...

I love how the sentiment really stands out thanks to the die cut piece and also love the colour combination of your card :o) Thank you for playing along with our "Sentiment As Focus" challenge at the Papercraft Challenge! Have a great weekend and happy crafting,

Cynthia said...

Thank you for posting a little history on Patrick. I always thought he was Irish.
What a great gift he gave Ireland of the good news of Christ.
I like that this card could be for either gender. Great sentiment too!

Sue Reynolds said...

Very nice sentiment for a focal point and love all the stitching in your frames and your selection of greens...nicely layed out. Thanks for sharing our "Green" Challenge here at Heart2Heart. Please make sure you join some of our other March challenges and become an addict and be awarded a Perfect Attendance Bonus.

Laurie Levorson said...

Beautiful card with a beautiful message! Everything works together so nicely. I love those rectangular dies with the stitched borders. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Renate said...

Beautiful card. I love the sentiment.
Thank you for sharing it at our challenge. I hope you will join us again soon.

-xiss- Renate.
(DT Papercraft Challenges)

Melissa Robinson said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love this card, especially the message. I love that I read it right now. ;) Thank you!

Thanks for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!
Melissa Robinson, H2H Design Team

Brandi said...

Stunning! I love it! Great use of the colour green! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

Brandi R.
DT member H2H