Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ -Make MUSIC from your heart to the LORD

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make
MUSIC from your heart to the Lord. Always giving thanks to God the Father for
everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 5:19-20
 Music has a huge influence on my family’s life. My children and I all play instruments and we all sing, and I am part of the worship team at my church. I am almost tempted to say that the WORSHIP portion of our church service is my favorite part. I can look out and see how the Holy Spirit is touching people through the songs. Over a month ago, I lost one of my dear friends at church. Her old body had finally given out. She was one who loved to sing and worship. The Sunday after she went to be with the Lord, we were singing songs about victory and heaven and I was so overcome with emotions that it was almost impossible to keep on singing, so I sang with my spirit. I could feel the Holy Spirit within me, encouraging and comforting me.
And while WORSHIP at church is definitely important, it is equally if not more important in our daily lives. I have observed that there are days when I am feeling sad or discouraged, that singing or listening to praise music will lift my spirits. I have also noticed that singing when I am happy will just increase that happiness.
The other day, I took my guitar outside and sang love songs to God. It was just God and me. I was sitting on the ground by the edge of the road. People driving by in their cars might have thought I was a little crazy, but it was a wonderful time of fellowship and praise.
We have all had the experience of that song that gets stuck in our head. That is why I have tried to encourage my children to be careful what music they listen to. The music of the world will not have the message that we want being played over and over. How much better it would be to have a song of praise “Get stuck” in our heads, reminding us again and again of God’s goodness and love.

About 10 years ago, I had a dear elderly friend who was in the hospital on her death bed. A group from our church had gone to sing songs and hymns to her. We started singing the old song "VICTORY IN JESUS". As we sang, she sang along with us and her husband leaned over and raised her hands so she could praise God. I hope that when it comes my time to leave this Earth, that I go with a song in my heart praising my God!
My challenge this week is to use some element of music on your cards or projects.

For my card I started with a paper doily, a very small piece of green cardstock (leaves for flowers) and  a 1/2 sheet of blue cardstock. The rest was white cardstock and typing paper. I colored and quilled the roses and after I printed the sheet music, I ink spray and smashed it! I took a piece of wire and strung some loose pearls on it. The bling for the butterfly's trail is from my hoarded stash of Want 2 Scrap bling. The butterfly  is  from a Mark's Finest Papers stamp called Daffodil Greetings.

I love using some of the old hymns on my projects.I like to use hymns that are public domain because there isn't any copyright issues. I get my sheet music from Timeless Truths.  The other day I made a tutorial showing how I use Timeless Truths to print the sheet music: HERE. 

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

This is what I have been listening to this week. It was what I was singing by the side of the road, and it was the inspiration for my card this week.


  1. Marilynn - LOVE THE ROSES!! When I was looking at your card on the SSiC blog I thought they were such sweet little ribbon roses and they were so gorgeous! And you quilled them! Amazing!! Ok....before I knew that I was admiring the sheet music and the stitching. Lovely card! And wonderful devotional!
    Many blessings to you this week,

  2. Beautiful card - beautiful devotion - all from such a beautiful heart! I always love reading your posts. So much love and joy to share. You are an inspiration!

  3. Lovely. I love the title of the hymn you used.

  4. Oh MariLynn this is beautiful. I love the subdued background and the pop of colour the flowers bring. What an inspired idea to colour the music the way you did.

  5. Such a gorgeous card!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  6. Praises, aqua/turqoise, doesn't get better! Lovely card and excellent challenge and post this week. Thank you for your inspiration.

  7. What a beautiful card, MariLynn!! Both Victory in Jesus and Grace Greater Than Our Sin are favorite songs of mine!!!

  8. Hi MariLynn! Such a lovely card! Love that "smashed ink" technique you used! And the quilled roses! AND your inspiring devotional!
    Blessings to you!

  9. This is an amazing devo MariLynn, how true that when we cannot worship with our voices, when emotions overflow, we worship with our hearts. Lovely card and lovely reminders of the importance music makes in our worship time and in our spirit.