Sunday, October 30, 2011

O happy day...

Here is the scripture that, my stampin' sister in Christ, Lisa picked for this week:

Isaiah 1:18 "'Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’”

Yesterday, we helped our new youth pastors move into their new home. They came from Texas to Iowa. I am sure that it will be a big change for them. They left family to come to our little town. There was a big group from our Church there to unload the truck. The ladies took the small things, like clothes and small boxes, while the guys took the couches and piano... The ladies had just moved the kitchen chairs in and we were commenting on how new they looked. We laughed and said let them get kids and see how they look. As a mom of 4 kids, I know how easily things can get stained. Something about the color white, seems to just draw stains from ketchup, mustard, grape juice... You can use cleaners to clean the stains, and sometimes it works, but in my experience, there seems to be some stains that just won't completely come clean.

Our lives are like that. We have been stained by our sins. We can try to "clean" our stained lives by going to church,or doing good deeds. But try as we will those things will not make us clean. There is nothing that we can do on our own to become clean. That is why God had to send Jesus to live the perfect life, and die for our sins. He is the only way that our sins can be washed away.

I love this worship song. We sing it a lot with the youth at church. I love the chorus where it says... O happy day when you washed my sin away...

The challenge this week is to use scarlet or fall colors on our card. I used fall colors and a Mark's Finest Papers image of a country church.

Our sponsor this week is Lilyof the Valley. Check out Lisa's devotion here at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog. Also check out what my stampin' sisters have created...

Kris Linda Miesje Pegggysue Traci Grace


  1. Your words are always so encouraging MariLynn - what a blessing you are! Your card is gorgeous, I love that image and the sheet music that is peeking out! Thank you for dharing my friend! {{{hugs}}}

  2. What a wonderful looking card, love the design.

    So true your insight for today's devotional, I did not save myself and I sure can not keep myself.

  3. Beautiful! I love the background and the church is perfect with it. I loved the "new chairs" analogy - can relate to that. Now that it is just the 2 of again after 8 kids we finally got some "new" chairs. Miss kids in the house though!

  4. What a beautiful card Marilynn!! I just love the fall colors and the country church!! I always enjoy reading your take on the scripture and your analogy's. Thanks for sharing your words and gift.
    Have a great week!

  5. Stunning card MariLynn, and yet again you have blessed me with your words.

  6. MariLynn I loved your devo today! We were right on the same thought for sure! Praise God for His forgiveness! Love your card! The church image is beautiful and I love the sheet music in the bg! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  7. Love how you created this wonderful card!