Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lucky Number 7 and challenge card

I am so lucky to have won some blog candy for Sue's 100th post. I was the lucky number seven that random org chose.

Here are some photos of what I won - which came in the mail yesterday. Thanks so much Sue! This is one of the many surprise packages Sue has sent me since we have been blogging friends.

Over to the PDCC challenge. Actually I made this card before I saw the challenge colors so all I had to do was add a little bit of green. Although now I think the colors are little bit off...
This is the sketch

A little thought for today.
Lately I have been refreshing myself on the subject of prayer. I read a very good book which I can really recommend for those who feel they need help in this area. It is called, 'The power of simple prayer' from Joyce Meyer. I got it via Amazon. I live in a very dark spiritual country where the general atmosphere is very humanistic and I have to guard over my spiritual fitness! In fact, we all do!
Living in a spiritual desert can have it's advantages though as it really drives one closer to God. You can compare it with living in a craft desert - no shops around, no temptations in that area :) it brings out the creativeness in a person more; but you have to search deeper for resources.
There are lots of approaches to prayer and what I'm refreshing myself in at the moment is based on this verse:

"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this."
Psalm 37:5

I am quoting from a devotional because it really explains this verse beautifully.
Once we commit or roll burdens of any kind from our hands into His, whether it be a sorrow, difficulty, physical need or concern over the salvation of a loved one, 'He works'.
When does He work? He works now. We act as if God does not immediately accept our trust in Him and thereby delays accomplishing what we ask Him to do. We fail to understand that 'He works' as we commit.
Our expectation that He will work is the very thing enabling the Holy Spirit to accomplish what we have 'rolled' onto Him. At that point it is out of our grasp and we are not to try and do it ourselves. 'He works!' What a comfort and relief there is in knowing that He really is at work on our difficulty!
And when someone says, "But I don't see any results," pay him no attention.
"He works" if you have rolled your burdens onto Him and are "looking unto Jesus" (Hebr.12:2) to do it. Your faith may be tested, but "He works". His Word is true!
The very thing "I hold in my hand" - my work today, this concern that is beyond my control, this task in which I have greatly overestimated my own abilities...
The Lord will follow through on His Covenant promises, therefore His past mercies are guarantees for the future, and worthy reasons for continuing to cry out to Him.

I hope that for those that have put their trust in Jesus Christ that this little gem today will help and bless you!



  1. What a lot of goodies from Suzz... you were very lucky - isn't she just the best!!! Love your card today.... the colours are so you.... and your devotional piece is wonderful and thought provoking as usual. Blessing to you Jacqueline.

  2. Lovely card! Love the double tag effect. Was so happy to send a few goodies your way. Always love the inspiration you give me! Both spiritually and creatively.

  3. congrats on your blog candy!! wow! you are so lucky!! =) love your beautiful card! very pretty stamping and colors!

  4. That blog candy couldn't be more your style, could it? Lovely card, I like the design of the two tags. Thanks for sharing the commentary on Ps. 37, too (it's one of my favorites:)

  5. Beautiful card today! Love your new blog look, too. I can't WAIT to see what you do with those Webster's Pages.....they were made for you!

  6. beautiful!!
    and lucky you ~ just perfect really, that you were the winner. all of these things have "jacqueline" written all over them!! ;)

  7. Hi, Jacqueline! Congratulations! Looks like some lovely goodies! :-)

  8. Beautiful card for the PDCC. Love the colours and the butterflies are gorgeous. Tracy Evans x

  9. Thank you, dear friend! That devotion was just what I needed today. How blessed I am that you followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to share this wonderful encouragement.
    And I am so inspired by your lovely artwork, I love the soft and muted tones of the challenge colors you used to make your gorgeous collage.
    bless you,

  10. Fab card and I think your colours are perfect :D It's a great design.

  11. This is just lovely, Jacqueline! I used the same Webster's Pages DP - it's perfect for this challenge! What fabulous goodies, too! Thanks for playing at the Play Date Cafe!!

  12. Congrats on your winnings! This card is so peaceful & serene looking. Thank you for playing along at the PDCC :)

  13. Pretty! Wonderful use of this weeks colors, thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  14. OH, what a great win! Congratulations! And your card is beautiful again, love it!

  15. I love your card it's so beautiful

  16. Thank you for your "little" thought. We are going through an uncertain time at the moment and I need to commit my anxieties to the Lord. Hmmm...easier said than done for me :)

    Have a blessed day.

  17. Beautiful post today - in so many ways!

  18. I think your color challenge card is wonderful! Perfect take on the colors! LOVE the goodies you've won, can't wait to see what you do with the new set of stamps I see there!

  19. Congratulations lucky girl! Yummy candy!
    Your card is beautiful Jacqueline!

  20. Another stunning creation, Jacqueline! I soooo love your style - I can pick out your card from all the thumbnails just by the look of it! :) Congrats on the yummy blog candy, and thanks for the beautiful post today!

  21. congrats on the blog candy! That's quite a prize! Your card is beautiful! The vintage touches are so lovely! Thanks for the book rec. I find her incredibly uplifting!

  22. Congrats on your blog candy. I really like the way you've interpreted our colours over at the PDCC! I like the vintage feel of it too! Thanks for playing along!

  23. Oh wow--that card is super vintage fab! I love the background and the hint of green! Super cute butterflies too!

    Congrats on winning some blog candy--always fun!

    I am also a believer! Thanks for the book name--I am reading Power of a Praying Wife. Love that book. I will totally check out your book too! God is good:) Thanks for inspiring:)

    Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC:)

  24. I found your gorgeous blog while doing some blog hopping. What lovely work you produce.

    For many years we supported some friends who worked with European Christian Mission (ECM) but have not heard much about the work in France for a long time now so I was pleased to read what you're doing! It's good to know God is still working as the devotional reminded me! God bless you in His work.

    Steph Mitchell

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