Sunday, October 7, 2012

A big, big love

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ hostess this week is the talented Michelle.
She picked this scripture to mediate on:

Eph 3:17-19 "that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.

I read an explanation of this verse by David Wilkerson. He was saying that these verses  about being rooted and grounded was about building the foundation of our lives on the knowledge that Christ and God love us. To build that foundation we need to know how wide and how long and deep and how high that love is. When we know that we realize that God's love is enough. It made me think of a line from the song I shared last week. Grace greater than our sin. God's love is greater than our sin. It is greater than our hopes and dreams. It is greater than our short comings. It is greater than our wants or our needs. It is so hard to understand how great this love is. A love of a Father who gave his only Son to die for us, especially since it was while we were still sinners.
(Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.) 

A love of Christ who while they were taking his life said.
(Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34)

I hope you know this love because
 a love this big, deep, tall, wide, high, long... is a love that will change your life.

Michelle's challenge is to make a box or have an image of a box on your card. I decided to make a little box.

My box is a little box to hold hot cocoa. I always struggle with backgrounds for snowmen.
I didn't want just white behind him, but how to make it look like it was snowing. I could either have white on blue, or blue on white. I choose the latter. I did ink spray smashand used 3 different colors of blue. I purposely let the colors puddle so it would be blotchy, not just one solid color.
I think it worked to look like it was snowing. I printed the little snowman. I cut the top of the
ear muffs off. I replaced that with a piece of wire. 
I colored the snowman with prisma colored pencils. I added glue and glitter to the pile of
snow that he is standing in. I am going to make a total of 4 of these boxes. My daughters are both away at college. I thought it would be neat to make  a box for each of them and one for their roommates as well. 

The little snowman on my box is from The Digi Garden. which happens to be our sponsor this week. Make sure you check them out, as well as what my wonderfully creative  Stampin’ Sisters in Christ have created to share with you.
October guest designer: Tina.


  1. Sweet...cute...perfectly adorable. What a cool little guy! Love your touches of wire. Great container for this gift. May your week be blessed by the 4-D love of our Father!

  2. Marilynn - This is so cute! Love how you made the background paper! It looks perfect! I'm sure your daughters and their roommates will love these! Loe the bling too!

  3. Wonderful! Your daughters and roommate will love this! Great snowman!

  4. Hi Marilynn! What a cute cocoa container! The image is adorable and you've used it so nicely but your splotchy background is absolutely superb!! I wish I could see it better! You've almost got me convinced to try it! (I'm not so brave sometimes...LOL) Hope your week is truly

  5. These are so sweet MariLynn - the background looks fabulous and oh so cold!!

  6. Oh, MariLynn! Your daughters & roomies are going to love these!!! I love how you made the blue & white paper! Awesome gift box! Have a blessed week! ~H

  7. This is so cute, MariLynn! Great gift idea!!