Sunday, July 22, 2018

Strength, Peace, and Comfort

One of the things I love about crafting is that I can do most of it sitting when I'm battling illness. This weekend I've barely been able to walk thanks to auto-immune challenges. It seems to attack a variety of joints and tendons. This time my foot and ankle have it the worst, with joints all over joining in after a couple of days, so I finally relented to take the steroids to stop the progression, gritting my teeth against the side-effects. And I was thanking God for wheelchairs in the urgent care office!

What made me smile was the Bible verse and devotional I read today at 365 Promises. I usually share the promise at the end of my posts, but today's verse said, " He makes my feet like deer’s feet, 
and enables me to go in high places."  
So my faith was bolstered by the similarity and I'm asking for deer's feet after two days of not being able to walk without severe pain.  You never realize how much you have to walk or stand until you can't and need someone else's help. (Thank you, dear hubby!) I usually don't like to share my weekly battles with health issues because they're pretty frequent and I don't want to sound like a whiner, but sometimes it seems to be appropriate to share what encourages me, hoping it may encourage someone else, too. 

The other thing I love about crafting is being able to use my craft to let others know how much I care, especially when I can't get out of the house as much as I used to.  More than anything else, it gets my mind off of my own pain and on how I can bless someone else. One of my friends from church lost her sister, so here is the sympathy card I made for her today to let her know I'm praying for her.

I have Christmas paper pack scraps out on my desk, so I gleaned the gray x paper and gold stripe from last year's CTMH Silver and Gold paper pack. I'm still using long-retired CTMH butterflies. I added black dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The PTI sentiment was stamped on vellum with Black StazOn and framed by the Reverse Confetti die cut.

Thank you for visiting! May God strengthen you during life's challenges and help you to encourage others with your cards!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #301 - anything goes
Craftaholics R Us Challenge #29 - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Crafty Catz #426 - anything goes with dies or punches
Creative Fingers #150 -  anything goes
Moo Mania and More - butterflies
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  -  use a die or punch
Sum More Fun Mood Board #33 - I chose the butterflies
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #344-345 - anything goes
Habakkuk 3:19 (WEB) Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer’s feet,
and enables me to go in high places.

365 Promises of God - Promise #203: I will strengthen you with feet like a deer so you can reach great heights.


froebelsternchen said...

Such an amazing design! A beautiful card is this! Thank you very much for joining us at Moo Mania & More! Much appreciated! Happy new week!
oxo Susi

Rosie said...

A nice card.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Janette said...

Thankyou for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week..x

Cynthia said...

I too, often thank our Lord Jesus for doctors and medicines. I am also thankful that I am allowed to understand how important it is to encourage others; even by making and sending a simple card.
Praying for your health today.

Amy Martin said...

Beautiful and elegant!! Thank you for joining in our Mood Board Challenge over at SumMoreFun. Prayers for your health. We all struggle with something daily. Hang in there. DT-Amy

Scrapper69 said...

So Pretty and Elegant! I love the butterfly and colors you used! Thanks for playing along with us over at SumMore Fun Stamp Challenge!

Theresa (SumMore Fun DT)

Sharon Smith said...

Lovely card I love using scraps too! Thanks for joining our challenge over at SumMore Fun and I look forward to see your future entries

Sharon - DT member for Sum More Fun!

Kim Hamilton said...

Pretty card! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

Gail said...

So beautiful card - love the layout--- I am stopping by as a Guest Designer at WAW saying thank you for uploading your work in the challenge - above all else I wish you good health and that your prosper-- blessings.

Jessica said...

Oh wow, this is so pretty. I love all the layers.

~Thanks so much for crafting along with the SumMore Fun Challenge~

Have wonderful day,
Jessica (SumMore Fun DT)

Polka Dot Orchard

Jamie Wright said...

I LOVE this card! It's so pretty! Thanks for joining in on the SumMore Fun challenge! ~DT Jamie

Beth F. said...

Such a WONDERFUL saying and a beautiful and tranquil card. Thank you for joining the SumMore Fun challenge.