Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rebekkah chose these verses this week.

Mt. 7:7-8 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

The thought that came to me for these verses is a childlike persistance. When my kids were little and were were at the store and they wanted something, they didn't just ASK once. NO... they ASKED and they ASKED until they got what they wanted. When they were looking for their presents around Christmas time, they didn't just look casually, they searched the house top to bottom to find where I had hidden the packages. When they KNOCKED on the locked bathroom door(my only quiet time when they were little), they didn't just KNOCK once and let it go at that, they would stand there KNOCKING until I opened the door. I believe God wants us to have that same persistance when it comes to seeking Him.

The challenge this week was to make a card with a door. My "Door" is more like a gate, but it is what I had. I used the sheet music for "In the Garden" my kids when they were little called it the Minier song. We lived in a very small village in Illinois called Minier. There is a line in the song where it says "and the voice I hear falling on mine ear." It sounded like they were saying the name of our town. So this song has special meaning to me. I just found out recently that a dear sister in Christ from that area, named Bonnie, has breast cancer that has spread. She may be going to see the Lord sooner, rather than later. I wanted to make a special card for her, letting her know I was thinking about her.
When my kids were little and my husband was driving trucks over the road, there were lots of times that I felt lonely and sometimes overwhelmed as the task of raising the kids fell to me. My sister Bonnie helped plan a ladies night out where several of the ladies from our Church showered me with love. One lady, Kathy baby sat my kids, Bonnie, who was a hairstylist, did my hair. Rhonda was my kidnapper and took me to Olive Garden where the rest of the ladies met me for dinner(a total suprise party) and they showered me with gifts. I can't ever begin to express what wonderful friends these ladies are to me. Even though it has been over 6 years since I have seen them in person, I know that the love is still just as strong. God has since blessed me with another group of Christian sisters, who also shower me with love. It is my Stampin' Sisters in Christ. I thank God every day for their friendship.

Check out what my Stampin' Sisters in Christ have created:


  1. Wow - this is beautiful MariLynn - I love that image and the added butterfly and flowers - gorgeous! I am sure that Bonnie will be touched by your kindness and expression of love - what a belssing you are Sistah - we can hear your heart beating from here! {{{hugs}}}

  2. I love that door! Great card - the soft colors are really beautiful. I love what shared - Have a great week!

  3. Oh Marilynn, what a perfect comparison of how God wants us to knock at His door. What a comfort to know we have Him to turn to. What a great group of friends to shower you with kindness!! I love you sister. Praying for you!! Isn't it wonderful to know that you are thought and prayed for my a special group of ladies. I know it brings me comfort.

    Your card is beautiful with all the flowers and butterflies and that gorgeous door image!! Great colors and design!! Have a great Sunday and week.

  4. This is over the top stunning MariLynn!!! Wowza!!! Loved reading your thoughts as always! If only we all pursued the Father the way kids pursue us.... we'd all be different I'm sure! Great analogy! I know your friend will love this card!
    Hoping your week is filled with blessings and joy!

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous, Marilynn!

  6. Oh, MariLynn, this is so beautiful!! Your heart went into it and I love all the elements you shared that had meaning for you!! What great friends you had, and yes, I am blessed to have you ladies as friends in Christ as well!! Have a blessed week!!

  7. MariLynn your card is exquisite, and your testimony to "God's love with flesh on" is a real encouragement.
    Bless you my sister

  8. This is beautiful and I never even thought of using a garden gate as the door, but what a great idea. I am sure your friend will treasure receiving this from you.

  9. I'm especially loving your card this week Marilynn... love the colors and lace etc. Your words are so encouraging too. I pray you have a week full of blessings ((hugs))