Thursday, July 5, 2007

Prayer of Serenity

I just discovered that I haven't posted a purple card since June 23rd. You probably thought someone else had taken over my body, right??

I'm going to have to box up my computer in a few hours so I thought I would leave you with my favorite paper again (You may be pleased to know that I've used it up... for now) I'll be back online in a week or so. Thanks for all your encouragement and prayers. I really do appreciate it.

About the cards:

Finished Card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Stamps: Prayer of Serenity(PSX),
Printed Paper: Vineyard Jersey Stripe and Vineyard Flowers (Heidi Grace) still my favorite!
Ink: Brilliance Victorian Violet( Tsukenko)
Other: Ribbon, Corner Punch

Here's a tip: Bonus flower!

Just before I stuck the focal layer to the card front , I realized that I was about to completely cover up one of the beautiful flowers in the paper.

Using a craft knife and mat, I cut out that area, then cut out the flower with micro tip scissors.

And here is the card made as a result of the leftovers I found when cleaning off my desk. The flower accent is from making the first card shown in this post and paper was left over from the 12 x 12 sheet that I've been making cards with over the past month.

Finished Card size: 7 x 5
Stamps: Prayer of Serenity(PSX)
Printed Paper: Vineyard Jersey Stripe and Vineyard Flowers (Heidi Grace) still my favorite!
Ink: Brilliance Victorian Violet ( Tsukenko)
Other: Coluzzle, Fiskars Corkscrew Paper Edgers

About the Prayer of Serenity:
I remember seeing this poem on a plaque or a pillow at my grandmother and aunt's house when I was a little girl. I had it memorized long before I understood the words and many years before I experienced it.
There is very little in our lives that we have control of. I want to make sure I am doing the best I can with those things. With God's help and strength, I can do all things...

And for the things I cannot control, I don't want to waste time whining and complaining about it. I want peace, God's peace as I watch Him take over and handle things. That "wisdom to know the difference" is the key.

Proverbs 6 says : For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Mommas and Grandmommas don't underestimate what those little eyes see on your refrigerator or in the plaque on the wall. Surround them with Scripture and positive uplifting words. (... and then be sure to model the principles too, with God's help)

One more thing: I've had this stamp for several years and have yet to give someone a card using it. Now that I've made two new cards with it, I still don't know when I'll give it to anyone. Help me out?? What occasion or circumstance would cause you to send a card like this?


Cindy H. said...

Two lovely cards and a great tip! Thank you! See you (on the blog scene) in a week or so :)

Perhaps someone who was going through a particularly stressful time (at home, work, or whereever)they would appreciate receiving those beautiful cards with the calming sentiment.

Darlene said...

What Cindy H. said!! A friend of mine received a card with that prayer during a rough time at work

imchatty (Denise) said...

Just give it to someone that is having a bad day in general. BTW, I love that prayer and having it hanging on the wall in my office. Now I need that stamp!

Good luck on your move. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

These are both beautiful cards. I would think that the sentiment would be perfect for someone going through a rough patch or perhaps a milestone birthday. Best wishes for a smooth move and may the Lord sprinkle your path with encouragers during the weeks to come. God Bless!

cndymkr said...

I've missed the purple so much. I thought maybe you had packed it all away. Both cards are great. The sentiment would appreciated by anyone going thru a rough time. Something like what you are going thru right now with the move. Tuck them away and I'm sure you'll find someone soon who could use the lift.
PS: Good luck with your move.

Beverly said...

That is a beautiful card. Maybe you can send it to Cathy (your sister-in-law). She could really use it right now.

Praying for safe travels and quick and easy unpacking!!

Kathy W said...

I would have loved this card when I was going through a divorce that I didn't want. It was a stressful time where this prayer would have helped me and my son. As others have said, it is a beautiful, calming card for almost any stressful and/or unforeseen situation. Love the purple :)
Thinking of you as you travel south

Sharon in NE said...

Its a beautiful card and a wonderful post. I loved reading your memories of this poem.
I think you should have a extra card or two handy and wait. God will tell you when and who needs it as everyone at some point in their lives needs that reminder.

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you and your family move.

sari said...

very lovely cards!!! Love your blogg!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

malieta said...

I really like the cards Jackie, especially the second one! I would give these cards to someone that is really down and I think that the words would really inspire them.

Anonymous said...

Two wonderful cards. Thanks for the reminder that we are planting seeds of faith even when we don't realize it! Framed as a gift for any occasion would be one idea. I pray this prayer a lot because of a situation with one of my children and because my mother has Alzhiemers. So, those are two groups of people who would treasure that sentiment. Military families would be another thought. The Lord will show just who to send them to. Many blessings as you move. Looking forward to your new posts. You bless me each time I visit your blog.

Beverley & Carol said...

Jackie...very ...very nice...hurry up and unpack so we can see more beautiful cards.

vivian said...

Your cards truly touched my heart, anyone at any given time to me could use this pick me up. Love your blog. Vivian