It is a cold winter's day as I write this post, both outside and in my heart. The terrible events of Friday have chilled me to my very bone. I have heard the word "evil" used repeatedly in the last 48 hours. Scripture says...
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
This very card was on my craft table waiting to be photographed and blogged...
I created this card with a couple of challenges in mind including The Shabby Tea Room and Mojo Monday. I opted to use some blossoms on this winter card to symbolize how God's spirit can warm even the darkest of nights. No matter the depth of evil, God is there. He can shine his warmth into the darkest of places.
There is a die cut panel nestled under the sentiment panel with a bit of ecru holly. The stamps are by Our Daily Bread Designs and may be found in their December release. Thanks for stopping in!
Paper - The Paper Studio, Carta Bella Beautiful Moments, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye Merry, The Paper Studio Old World Winter
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies/Punches - MS Craft Punches, Spellbinder Holly Motifs
Blossoms - Inspired To Stamp, Stash, Offray
Misc. - Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine
The Shabby Tea Room - TSTR144 - Shabby Chic
A few additional thoughts...
Do we live in a broken and dying world? Yes.
Why is the world this way?
We live in a fallen world. Before Adam's rebellion, the world was perfect. God made it that way... no death, no illness, NO SIN... When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, they were cast out for fear they would eat fruit from the tree of life. The fruit would allow them to live forever. God loved his creation so much that he knew it was impossible for them to live forever in such a broken form. He made a way.
Well, I'm a good person. I give money to charities and help my neighbors. I don't really sin... I follow the ten commandments as best I can. I haven't done anything that bad....
Being a "good person" won't cut it. You can follow all of the commandments, follow the golden rule and still not be "good enough." Sin is sin and according to God's law deserves corporal punishment.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
I know I am a sinner. I want to be right with God. I want to know I will go to Heaven if something happens to me. What do I do?
It starts with you.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
It's that easy. Admit that you are a sinner. Know that you will never be "good enough." God loved us so much that he created a way for us to be redeemed. He sent his son, Jesus, to die for our sins. He suffered a horrible punishment, one that you and I deserved. But it doesn't end there. Christ defeated death by rising from the grave on the 3rd day. He overcame the Devil and made a way for us to be with our heavenly Father eternally. CONFESS that you are a sinner and accept Jesus as your Savior.
Thank you for allowing me to share my heart today! Hugs and blessings...