Friday, September 21, 2018

Before I Bring My Need......

Hello, Sweet Friends!!  I'm one week post a chemotherapy treatment and I wanted to pop in to update and share some art!

My amazing God is doing a great work in me!!  Daily He heals me body, mind and spirit.  He has given me an amazing peace and spirit of gratitude that I rest in despite the trial my body is enduring.

The trial is not being wasted, however!!  Prior to my chemo treatment last week, my doctor reported that all of my blood levels were fantastic--I even got a "hot diggity" from the nurse!  My doctor also said if he did not know the location of my tumors, he'd not have been able to feel them!  After just one treatment!!  Praise our Amazing God and Father with me, won't you?

I feel like the most spoiled human on the planet.  Daily I am being ministered to people I know personally, some who I know only online and by my God who loves me without measure!  He seems to show me some way, each day, how much He loves me and how much other's do too!

I've been dwelling on the song "First" by Lauren Daigle all week.  It's the inspiration for the card, I'm sharing also.  I often wake with the verses playing a loop in my noodle.  I love it!





"Before I speak my need, I will bring my heart"
This is how we are supposed to pray, y'all!


I created my card using an image from I am Loved by Sweet 'N Sassy stamps.   I have to admit, I was dwelling on a retreat stamp set that was created for use in an upcoming retreat that I'm not able to participate in.   I may have been feeling a bit envious of this beautiful set and the sister who are getting to use it. (shhh....)  Then I remembered, that I already own a great set with a similar image to what I was looking for and, BOOM! I was back in business!


I stamped the praising girl image multiple times and then heat embossed each one.  I also heat embossed the sentiment which I created using a sentiment from I am Loved and one from Incredibly Blessed (didn't I just say both of those things??)  I used several different layers of brusho pigments to create the colorful background. 

Just a few other goodies and cardstock, all from Stampin' Up!

Remember, my offer to pray for you still stands; let me know how I can do that!

Be blessed, Jane

I got crafty with :

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Shelter Under HIs Wings

Today is chemo day, Sweet Friends.  Will you take a moment to pray over me?  As always, it is the hand of God who sustains me, but I also knows He hears our prayers:

Psalm 34: 17  "When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles."

I am believing on God for full healing and, yet He so desires to hear from me (and you) while I pass through this current trouble.  He sustains me in the most amazing ways, and you are part of that.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I often hear from others of their own struggles and I'm compelled to pray for them also. My heart is burdened for many.  Sometimes, I fear I will miss a prayer or remembrance with so many needs and hurting people around me.  I made this little prayer box to help me. 

It all started with a small mint tin that I decorated with some washi tape and patterned paper + stamps--always my favorite combination!  To decorate the tin and the cards that I made, I used several sets from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  Those sets are:  the September release,  Armor of God , and  His Wings, Brotherly Love, Girl Power and Mini Grunge Alpha.

It's just a mint tin, but who knew?  A great way to re-purpose what others might consider garbage.  I've created a small card which fits inside the tiny tin, but has plenty of space to record my specific prayer requests for those I am praying over.  I keep it right next to my bed and can go through each card at night or first thing in the morning.  Most prayers are never far from my lips, but I also like the tangible visual reminder.

I'm happy to pray for you too!  Just say the word--

Blessings, Jane

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Armor of God

Ephesians 6  Starting in verse 10:  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.....

Keep reading my friends!!!  Such a rich word picture that is created for us and practical advice on exactly how we are to arm ourselves for the very real battles happening in this fallen world.

I was so excited to receive my Armor of God set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps September release, I couldn't wait to use it in my bullet journal.  

It's the perfect addition to my journal and helps to keep me strong and focused on the promises of God!  I'm using this journal to track my journey through cancer.  I can attest to the attacks of the evil one--he seems to go after my spirit and mood daily, but I continue to arm myself and enjoy a peace in the midst of this storm that can only be from my God.   

I'm standing firm, are you?  As I said in an earlier post, if I say I will pray for you, I will.  If you are in need of prayer this day, please feel free to leave your request in my comment area.  I would consider it an honor to pray for you.

Because He Lives, Jane

Friday, August 31, 2018

Incredibly.....

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!  Today, I have a simple water colored card to share.  It features images from the Sweet N Sassy Stamps SOTM, Give Thanks.  Today is the last day your order will qualify for this free set (with $75 purchase).

In addition to Give Thanks, I've also used images and sentiments from Happy Scarecrow and Incredibly Blessed.

Stay grateful; be blessed--Jane

Monday, August 27, 2018

Grateful....


I've been pretty reflective lately as things in our world have changed.  I have often been led to wonder how others surf through the trials of life?  It constantly amazes me that I continue to experience profound gratitude for all of the many ways in which I've been blessed, and continue to be blessed.

This happy little scarecrow is the perfect picture of grateful!  He's a bunch of fun to color and such a versatile image:
You can find all the goodies I used to make these two cards over in the Sweet N Sassy store:  Happy Scarecrow, Incredibly Blessed, God Is Bigger and the August SOTM, Give Thanks--yours free with a purchase of $75 or more!

Have a great day!  Jane

Sunday, August 26, 2018

God Is Bigger

This is a blog post I never thought I'd be writing.....not in a million years.  But, life is funny that way---always handing out what we least expect.  In just a few short weeks (2 1/2 to be certain), I've gone from being a relatively carefree 50 year old momma walking through the first pangs of college age kids to a cancer patient.  It's moved so rapidly, I have to keep reminding myself of my new reality.

A little something not right.  A call to my provider.  A visit.  Follow up mammogram and then an ultrasound launched me right smack in the middle of more tests and procedures than I've had in all of my life up to this point.  By the grace of God, I have an amazing doctor who pushed through barriers, and nurses who fought for tests to be done--I had my first chemo treatment less than two weeks from receiving my diagnosis.

I discount none of it and know beyond a shadow of doubt that this has been the work of my Heavenly Father, who is able and who will heal me.  I'm so grateful for the hands and feet of Jesus that I have come to know in this short little time.  I build my testimony to the great and steadfast love of my Father daily. 

My girl and I decided to start bullet journaling.  I wanted to use mine to chronicle this journey.  I want a place of accountability--when I say I will pray for you, I will and I wanted a place to keep it all organized.  I also want to be very intentional about noticing the hand of God on my life:

 Art has always been a great source of joy and comfort for me.  I'm blessed to be part of the Sweet N Sassy Stamps team in ways that go far beyond cute stamps and coloring tools.  I used some of those cute stamps to create this layout:  Awesome Thoughts (retired) and Note This. More than that, though, I've found peace and calm in this storm--pray with me......

Jane

Friday, August 3, 2018

Thankful...



Do you ever find yourself WOWED by God??  I'm feelin' it right now.   Wanting to celebrate the new release at Sweet N Sassy Stamps of some super fabulous sets, I created this card.  Little did I know the reflection He was creating in my heart at the same time!!

It's not been easy in my little neck of the woods--I know this to be true for so many others, so I don't really want to get into the details too much.  So much sickness and struggle.  It would be so easy for my own little self to be bogged down with worry and overwhelmed with sadness and yet, today, I'm reflecting on how thankful I am.  THAT is directly from and for my God.  Without Him, despair would be the go to.  With Him, I have peace.  I have hope.  I am loved and that makes all the difference. 

I used three new sets to make this simple, sweet card of thanks: 

 

The Stamp of the Month set, Give Thanks will automatically be added to your purchase of $75 or more all this month!!!  How fabulous!

Other sets used include Happy Scarecrow and Incredibly Blessed.  Thank you, Father for using my sweet little creative time and goodies to remind me of your Truth.

Be Blessed, Jane