Wednesday, December 26, 2012

You've Gotta Have Faith

I remember when I was a little girl, my Mom bought me a necklace that was a small glass heart with a mustard seed inside of it.  The heart rested on a delicate gold chain, and it was really pretty.  But I didn't understand why on earth she would buy me a mustard seed.  So I asked her, and she said that it's because of the Bible verse.  Of course, as a curious child, I asked her "what Bible verse"?  She explained to me that in Matthew 17: 20 Jesus tells us that if we have faith even as small as a grain of a mustard seed, we can tell a mountain to move from one place to another, and it WILL move, because nothing will be impossible for us.  I thought that was really strange.  Does it mean that our faith should be small, I wondered.  But as I studied about the mustard seed, I learned that although it was the smallest seed used in Bible times, it grew into the most powerful herb which eventually grew into a large tree.  So what it really meant was that if our faith was small, but we really trusted in that faith, God could grow it into something mighty.  What a wonderful lesson about faith.  It really made me take interest in this matter of faith, and helped me to learn how to grow my faith.  I still have my little mustard seed neckalce, and it has become a real treasure in my life.  Well that, and the fact that my Mom taught me the truths of God's Word so that they would bless my life.  I truly am a blessed person, and FAITH is a large part of why.  God blesses us when we are able to put our faith into practice and see the mighty blessings that come to us through that faith.
I made this card using My Mind's Eye and Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, PTI buttons, border die and jute, glitter, Prima letters, some Recollections flowers, machine stitching and the free digi word art available this week from Word Art Wednesday.  It's a quote from Helen Keller, and the "Light" she mentions in this quote is none other than the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Come play along with us this week!
 
Here are the challenges I'm entering with this card:
 
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/make-it-monday-97-participants.html%20 - Nichole Head's Papertrey Ink Challenge Blog - Make it Monday Challenge #97 - I based my card on Ashley Cannon Newell's tutorial #54 - Glitter Buttons.  The Papertrey Ink products I used include the banner border die-cut, the cream jute, and their beautiful vintage buttons.

 http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/2012/12/week-146-favorite-tea-room-project.html - The Shabby Team Room - Week #146 Favorite Team Room Challenge - I based this card on Challenge #124 - Oh, So Pretty In Pink

http://www.pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/mid-challenge-reminder-pio-49-pile-on.html - Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Pile On The Embellishments

http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/simon-says-anything-goes.html - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Simon Says Anything Goes!!

http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-93-anything-goes-and-blog-hop.html - The Paper Shelter - Challenge #93 - Anything Goes

I hope your week is going well, and I encourage you to have great faith, and to put your faith into practice.  You are sure to be blessed by it!

Blessings,
Karen

24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift your mother gave you, thanks for telling us about your necklace !Your card is beautiful,love the beautiful colours and buttons,and the border die is so delicate.

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  2. What a blessing for your mother to share such amazing wisdom with you. This card is simply stunning!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  3. Beautiful card Karen, and I love the way you were introduced to the concept of the power of faith.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. This is gorgeous! I bet those glitter buttons are just stunning in person! :) Thanks for joining us in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xo

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  5. Amen....Your mother sounds a lot like mine. I thank GOD for her everyday and when she leaves me I will remember the many sayings and teachings. Faith is a word I hear just about every week. I want to exercise that Faith. Your pretty treasured art is so cute and dainty. The letters stand out so boldly.

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    1. Looks like I wrote that last blog comment on your blog too late as well. I'm two steps behind today...LOL. Thanks for sharing. Our Moms have definitely blessed us!

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    2. Karen this is just beautiful!!!

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  6. I am so thankful for the faith that the Lord gives me! How wonderful it is to trust in him and know that a little faith is more incredible than we think! Love your card Karen, all the wonderful glittery buttons and quote!

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  7. What a beautiful story Karen!! LOVE it!! :-) And such a beautiful card!!

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  8. Love the story you shared. Beautiful card with a great message. Thank you!

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  9. A beautiful quotation and card. Helen Keller is really an inspiration! And how wise of your mother to give you that necklace. I'm sure she knew you would be curious enough to ask and that your talk would be memorable! I tried to answer your comment by email but you are a no-reply blogger. You may want to change your settings (unless of course you don't want replies by email): http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/09/are-you-no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix.html

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  10. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, and stunning card design. Its a reminder to me of how important it is to continually talk to our children about the Word of God. I am needing to focus more on that mustard seed faith these days, as we are all faced with situations that test our faith.
    Wishing you and yours many Blessings in the new year!

    Tameko

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  11. So pretty, Karen! I love all the sparkle. Thanks so much for stopping by during the Paper Smooches December DT Blog Hop!

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  12. OH MY! My mother gave me similar glass heart earrings with a mustard seed inside. And told me about faith. Great moms think alike-lol. This is a wonderful card. I love the buttons and a great message too.

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I guess I haven't been linking my projects to WAW lately...because I thought projects had to include WORDS. I guess I better read the rules again-lol. Thanks for the encouragement. Have a wonderfully happy, scrappy day!

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  13. Sweet, sparkly, beautiful creation, Karen. Loved your story about the mustard seed necklace. I had one too, and loved it. Your card is again a wonderful blend of gorgeous shabby chicness and inspirational art. It's just a joy to come here, delight in your work and be inspired by your posts. I'm so thankful God has "teamed" us up in so many ways!

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  14. Stunning!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing that story xx Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
    Tammy from Créations LaDiva :) xx

    I have some candy on my blog, would love to have you join for a chance to win :) Still have a few days left! Thank you and good luck if you already have ☺

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  15. Just Beautiful....love your gorgeous card and the story behind the title! Thanks for sharing this with us in TSTR!

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  16. Wonderful embellished card. I host a wkly challenge at Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations in which the challenge this wk is Anything Goes Card with a sentiment. Please enter & let them know I sent you. You can enter multiple times as long as each entry is in a separate post.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP SS Hostess

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  17. Your card is so beautiful and has ALL of my favorites things, PINK, gingham, buttons, etc. Your post is so inspiring, and I thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog. Happy New Year to you...Blessings, Jill

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  18. Hi Karen!
    Love your work. This is so beautiful and the colour coordinations are awesome! Thank you for sharing. *hugs*

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  19. Karen,
    The card is just so beautiful.
    The word faith is front and formost on your card just as your faith is first in your life. Everything else is beautifully aligned around it in various spots, as your family and friends have a place in your real life.
    The 2 flowers and that delicate bow are just the icing on the cake.
    Happy New Year!
    May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
    and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
    and give you peace.
    Carole Robb Bisson

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  20. Your card is beautiful as is your story of your mother, it is wonderful to find talented people who are not afraid to share their faith!

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  21. Your card is so PRETTY!!!
    Thank You for joining us at PIO!
    Happy New Year! Have a GREAT day!

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  22. This is fabulous!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Happy New Year!
    Helen x

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