Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hebrews 12:2-3 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." This is the scripture that my sister in Christ Traci chose for this week. This Resurrection Sunday. I am amazed at all that Jesus went through, physically, spiritually and emotionally when he died on the cross for me. Physically, he was beaten, tortured. I don't have a very high threshold of pain. I complain over the littlest of pains like a hangnail. I can't even begin to imagine the physical pain he endured before death claimed his body. Spiritually he had to face being abandoned by God the Father. Emotionally he was ridiculed, laughed at, taunted, and hurt by those he was trying to save. His friends had deserted him and he must have felt so all alone. Yet he did that with me in mind. He could see to the future when MariLynn would be born, be a sinner and need a savior. He loved me so much that he went through this for me. The amazing thing is he did it for you too. Within one week's time, Jesus comes into the city of Jerusalem. People  cheer and praise him. Thursday, his best friends turn away from him. One betrays him, another denies he even knew him. Friday, he endures a mock trial and is executed in the most excruciating way imaginable. He is buried in a tomb. It looks like evil won and good lost. Then Sunday morning comes... Resurrection day. A CHANGE takes place. God raises Jesus from the dead. The most joyful of days. That is what I celebrate today!!

Traci's challenge was to make a joyful card or something celebatory.

I spent quite awhile trying to figure out how I would make a joyful card. Then I decided to make a card that celebrates CHANGE. Because of Jesus's death and resurrection, I have a CHANGED life. Without Jesus, I had no hope of Eternal Life. I was separated from God because of my sin. Now because of Jesus, when the Father looks at me, he sees a reedemed child. My sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. I am CHANGED.

Gorgeous bling!!!!
Inside says "If nothing ever changed, we wouldn't have butterflies."

Do you see the pretty bling on my card? I was blessed to recieve the bling from Nina Brackett. She sent me some of the "SAY IT WITH BLING" from Want 2 Scrap that she designed. Thank you Nina!!!

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make sure you check out what my Stampin' Sisters in Christ have created for your inspiration:


  1. Happy Easter! This is beautiful.

  2. Hi sweet MariLynn!! Your words speak to me today, I know they are true and I am celebrating with you for what Christ has done for you, for me, for all who put their faith in Christ! And I love how you depict "change" in your card...we have been transformed from the cocoon to the butterfly. Love this card and your heart. Blessings and Happy Easter to you!!

  3. What a great idea MariLynn, because that is what happens when Christ enters our life, we change in a wonderful way. And it doesn't just happen one day and stop there, with Christ in our hearts he continues to help us, guide us and make us into a new creation day by day. Wishing you a blessed week!

  4. Wow - this is an amazing card! I love all the layers and the way you opened it slowly to share the beauty with us.Absolutely love it!

  5. Hello MariLynn - what a beautiful message you bring both with your words and this gorgeous card - the symbolism is perfect - change is never instant, but made possible through Christ's death and resurrection! God bless you my friend!! BTW - love the bling from Nina - beautiful! {{{hugs}}}

  6. What a Saviour!!! and He has changed me too.
    Love your card with all the different elements, MariLynn. It is beautiful.

  7. What a beautiful card! Thanks for the testimony, too! I'm so glad He died for me and has made me a new creature!!

  8. MariLynn...this is a stunning card. Love everything about it...the papers, the bling, the layout/fold design. But even more I love your thoughts on how Christ changes us, transforms us to be a holy people...unfathomable grace! I want to try the that. Great detail. A totally gorgeous creation.

  9. Hi MariLynn! Oh goodness, I love coming to your blog and reading your posts! Jesus is front and center in all you do! I loved reading your words this am, and I love how you depicted change in your unique fold! The flower is gorgeous as is the bling! Thanks for always sharing Jesus with us!!! He is risen indeed!!!