Thursday, January 10, 2008

Choosing JOY!

"Busy day"

"Crazy day"

"Whatever can go wrong will go wrong day"

Take your pick, I've had them this week.

Let's see, my printer is retarded and probably needs to go to printer heaven. This isn't the regular wonderful-but-can-be-replaced for $50 printer. No this is the Scanner-Copier-Printer Fax-that-I can't-live-without-printer. Or course, I only have about $70 worth of ink here in the house for this machine. This is ink that isn't in the box so I can't return it.

And then there's the car, the broken one. Fixing it will cost more than it's worth. So we need to go car shopping. sigh... For that we need money in the budget, right? Either I'm going to have to step up my hours at Michaels, or I won't be buying any stamping supplies for a while. What's going to happen to the economy if I stop buying stamps??

I won't go on with the list, because I'm choosing JOY. I know God's already got it figured out, we just need to trust him and get with His program. Philippians 4:19 says "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus". So if the Bible is true, and of course I believe it is, God's already got it covered, right?

Since the kids are back in school, I've been taking my hubby to work every day. That's approximately three hours total on the road every day there and back twice. I don't have an extra three hours a day so I've asked God to help me use that time effectively. The good news is when he's in the car with me, my husband and I get to talk. I can't remember when we've had 45 uninterrupted minute blocks of times to talk to each other-- that's a positive thing that has come from this situation. Choosing JOY. When he isn't in the car, I can spend the time meditating on the Biblical truths I hear in the songs on the Christian radio, or I can pray. again, I'm choosing JOY.

Choosing to be joyful, doesn't mean pretend the problems aren't there. It's a choice to look at the problems from God's perspective and learn what I can from the situation. My expectations are from God, not my circumstances.

About the card: This card started out as a swap for someone who loves animals. In line with my thought to use what I have, I chose these seldom-used stamps. I bought a sheet of puppy stamps by Ron Wheeler years ago from Biblical Impressions. They don't carry this artist's stamps anymore. Anyway there were many--at least 20 puppies with different expressions on this one sheet of stamps. I used some of them on two occasions. Once to make a card for a teacher at the kids school when her dog got sick back in 2000. The only other time was in 2005 when I was making samples for BI I did a scrapbook page. The puppies wanted to come out to play!

After I stamped the front of this card I realized that I didn't have an appropriate stamps to go with it so I computer generated the words. I also used several punches to put the finishing touches. The puppy paws in the background are by The Angel Company.

I need to get on with my long "to do" list. Thanks for checking in on me--be blessed and choose joy!


marciad said...

Thank you for your post. Tough day here and your message helped. My special word for 2008 in HEAL. My art and friends and daughter are helping me do this. Blessings, Marcia

Wendy said...

If it is any consolation, our Scanner-Copier-Printer Fax-that-I can't-live-without-printer died right before Christmas, and we went out and bought a new one because we honestly COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT!! Worst possible time of year to do it financially, but we found a super-duper sale. It is an HP Officejet Pro L7580 and although the copier is noisier than I am used to, I really like the job it does. Good luck!!

Have a great day!

Trish D said...

Bummer. I'll definitely be praying for your family. In the meantime, enjoy that time with your hubby!! :)

Flossie's Follies said...

Your card is too cute, I know what you mean September was an extremely bad month for me, sick pets, car problems, house problems, but you are right. I can't help but think of the Monty Python song "Look on the Bright side of Life" and that is my resolution for 2008, find the positive. It will work out

ScrappinMyRoots said...

Sorry to hear about your printer and car.

"This, too, shall pass!"... That's my favorite saying in times like these. Income taxs refunds are right around the corner...LOL!

Love the card! Great job! Hope next week is better for you.

Sarosa said...

My husband says that cars are a necessary evil! We desperately need a second vehicle, but it has not happened. And with some unexpected medical bills, well, it will be a miracle!

I love those dogs, but knew I wouldn't use them enough to justify a whole sheet of them, but they are adorable! My last order of 2007 included a retro tags set punch, is that what you used? I was excited to see that as I often use narrow text stamps, but hate trimming narrow strips!

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your printer and car. At least you and your husband get to spend time together talking, that's a great thing!

I love this card too. When I saw it, I just thought it was adorable. By the way, I can't remember if I commented or not, but I love the new header here. It looks great.

Rein said...

Wonderful card.

Staci M. said...

Man, what a time you're having! GLAD that you have your faith to help you "look on the bright side". Enjoy all of that togetherness with your DH! Look into Toyota or a Honda - maybe they will last longer for you??
I TOTALLY love these cards that you are showing. The dog stamps are so adorable! The teddy bear one above is great, too.