~ Don't Get Discouraged ~

Happy Friday!  The end of another work week is here!  I find myself in a deeply reflective mood this week.  Have you ever had a case of the "might have beens?"  You know, when you question some of the choices you have made in life?  I'm sure that you have thought about those a few times as well. 
I love my life and who I am.  There are times when I feel that I should have done more, that I have not accomplished enough...  I'm sure that is Satan whispering in my ear...  trying to erode my confidence.  Isn't that what the great deceiver does so well?  Telling us we are never good enough...  and yes that is true...  But I don't have to be "good enough."  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and through our Lord's grace and mercy I don't have to worry about being good enough.  Don't get me wrong.  We must strive to be better people, strong Christians and to do the right thing.  However, just because we mess up it doesn't mean we lose our value in the sight of our Lord.  He loved us enough to send his son to die for us.  That tells me I am "good enough."   
I found this sentiment to be particularly encouraging this week.  Sometimes we have to try a few "keys" before we can unlock the door.  Life may take a few different turns but what we unlock...  abundant life... is what really matters...  I hope it serves to inspire you as well.

I started with a Kraft card stock base (5.5 x 4.25 inches) and a double mat (white & navy).  I added a soft blue and white DP (from ODBD's Christian Faith Collection.)  I used a paper crimper on the Kraft panel and added two white die cut edgings from ODBD's Antique Labels and Border Die.  The sentiment (Keys to Heaven) was stamped with a dark blue ink on white card stock before cutting.  I highlighted the sentiment with a slightly larger navy card stock panel and a few sprigs of greenery created with the Fancy Foliage Die.  The blossoms (created with the Ornamental Crosses Die) have a tiny pearl center.  I added a bit of jute under the panel and affixed two die cut keys created from the new die set, Angel Wings.  A bit cleaner design for me.  Definitely brings a smile to my face!  Thanks for stopping by!
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A very beautiful layout and sweet colors. The keys are a lovely tangible reminder. Blessings Carole

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