Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gardens and God's Word

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
 That is the scripture that my Stampin ' Sister in Christ Candace picked for us to think about this week. 

I have an interesting insight into this verse this week. With my oldest spending her first week away from home. I know I had a harder time than she did with the separation. She was ok with a quick text saying "Hi" when I wanted a long conversation to see how she was doing, to encourage her, to be MOM to her. At one point I caught myself wondering if she had read the texts I had sent her. I was thinking, that it would take so little time in her day to just give me a call or text me back. Then I got to thinking about my heavenly Father. What if He had sent me a text and I didn't even bother reading it because I was too busy? What if He had sent me a text with really important information that would protect me? What if He had sent me a text to encourage me? What if He had sent me a text that said, "I LOVE YOU."  The method isn't quite the same, but He did send me all of that in the form of the BIBLE, His word.

Dear God, I am sorry for the times that I haven't read your word because I was just to busy and wrapped up in doing my own thing. Help me to be a better daughter by reading your word and spending more time with you. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

Candace's challenge was to make a card with no images, with the sentiment as the main focus.

Don't you love this sentiment? I do.
 I am so excited to announce that I will be one of the designers
 with the talented designers for MY DAY DREAM DESIGNS.  
This sentiment is from the GARDEN INSPIRATION SENTIMENTS.

To place emphasis on the "colors" part of the sentiment, I choose to keep everything black and white and just add the colored flowers.

 These roses, I'm naming FREE REGISTRATION ROSES. I'm naming them that because, this last week when I went to register my boys for school they handed me so many papers.After getting the information from the papers, I was about to throw them away, but there were several sheets that were printed on pretty purple paper. I took my scallop punch and punched out the blank areas on the purple paper before tossing them in the trash. It was enough to make these quilled roses. I told my husband about my free roses and he reminded me of all the taxes I pay and how they were probably very expensive roses. I still like to think of them as free. 

This last week was very stressful and my creativity was stressed as well. With this card, I let all expectations go and just had fun. I found my SPARKLE. "Getting your sparkle on" as away to express creative inspiration was the idea of my Stampin' Sister in Christ, Helen. Isn't that a great word?   

I hope you all have a blessed, and wonderful week.

Our sponsor for this week is: Our Daily Bread Designs

Check out what my Stampin’ Sisters in Christ have created to share with you.
And Guest Sister Yolanda

Picking a song to share with you was an easy one. Take spending time with God and Gardens you get this timeless song. My first memory of this song is when I was probably about 4 or 5. I remember my mom and dad and aunt and uncle singing it as an accapella quartet.


  1. MariLynn what stunning card -it is so dramatic with just the roses in colour. My Dh woukd have said the same about the roses! Thank you too for sharing about your insight on reading God,s word.

  2. What a gorgeous card all those flowers. And what a wonderful insight on the scripture today.

  3. Awesome! The card with "sparkle" and the sentiment and your words always spark up my heart! You are amazing! Have a great week!

  4. Always an inspiring message Marilynn! I had to chuckle reading your post because when you think about it the Bible is made up of solid "Bible Text" messages. This was indeed a truly interesting!

    It's also given me a great idea for each of my Christian friends! Perhaps we could text at "text" to encourage one another each week!

    You are a wee gem!

  5. Hi MariLynn! Enjoyed your devotional thoughts....SO true!! Your card is lovely! I like that sentiment and your little garden of roses is a perfect match for it!
    Have a blessed week!

  6. Marilynn - You did get your sparkle on this week! What a great card I love how everything is black and white except your free/very expensive roses! ;) Beautiful card!

  7. This is a beautiful card!! I love just the pop of color and those roses are great!!
    I had to laugh because I'm sure my DH would say the same thing yours did!!

  8. Gorgeous card and love the "free" roses. ~ Blessings, Tracey

  9. MariLynn...this is 100% classy! How gorgeous to frame the sentiments with such pretty flowers. And that doily...perfectly anchors the flowers. Very, very creative and artistically beautiful.

  10. Got so wrapped up in the card...I DID read your post too, and as always your words are as beautiful as your creations. God has gifted you in so many wonderful ways...and I get to be blessed by them! Hugs...blessings on your week.

  11. just beautiful, MariLynn!! Love those free flowers...I think God speaks to me more now that my children have flown the I am often feeling like you do...and he gently reminds me He is my Father and I am His daughter. It is a completely different perspective, isn't it?

  12. just beautiful, MariLynn!! Love those free flowers...I think God speaks to me more now that my children have flown the I am often feeling like you do...and he gently reminds me He is my Father and I am His daughter. It is a completely different perspective, isn't it?

  13. Girl, you did get your sparkle on!!! This is way gorgeous! I love your cluster of roses! You're so talented! I would never have thought to use that! Also, your words on this post really got me! It's so true how often we put our heavenly father aside when we are just too busy to listen and chat with Him! I must find more time to do this! Thank you for that encouragement! Have a wonderful, blessed evening! ~H

  14. Girl you are bringing tears to my eyes. You are so right. We get so busy sometimes and don't take time to listen. Thank you for listening and taking the time to share with us and allow God to use you to bless us!!

    I LOVE that it's all black and white except the roses. Have a blessed week chick!

  15. Wow! I love your purple roses!