Sunday, November 4, 2012

Count your Blessings

Count your blessings... name them one by one. 
Sometimes it is hard to recognize the little blessings
that we have around us every day. The other day
I was feeling blue and was having a pity party for myself.
I felt overwhelmed by the troubles of the day.
I could feel the Holy Spirit prompting me to thank God
for the blessings in my life instead of focusing on what I
wanted but didn't have. So I started.
1. Indoor plumbing so I didn't have to go to the bathroom outside in the cold
2. Clothes on my back so I wasn't sitting in my office naked.
(at first I was still kinda feeling sorry for myself, so my thankfulness
was a little stretched).
3. For ears to hear music,
4. For eyes to see colors.
5. For my family.
As the list grew, I realized that I really DID have a lot to be thankful for. I would
like to say that I immediately was on top of  the world, singing and dancing,
and all my troubles disappeared.  That wasn't what happened.
The troubles were still there but I was in a better place, not feeling sorry for myself,
and I was reminded that God was there to help me through the 
troubles and trials of life.. 

The scripture that my friend Diane picked for us this week is:
Colossians 1:3-5-- We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel.

Are there people in your life, that are a blessing to you? People who when you think of them make you thank God for putting them in your life? My mom is one of those people. She is so giving and helpful to me. She prays for me and encourages me. I was thinking about my mom as I made this card. 

Diane's challenge is: Create a card or project depicting thankfulness or prayer. It can be a Thanksgiving card/project, a thank-you note, or an "I'm Praying for You" type card/project. 

I made another tri-shutter card very similar to the one I made yesterday. (mostly because
I still had the same dp out on my desk.)

Front of tri-shutter card. 

View of tri-shutter card opened.

A close up view of the paper and butterfly.

The prize for this week's challenge is a grab bag. Make sure you check it out on Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog. You will be blessed by Diane's message and inspired by the designer- Sisters.

I hope you have a blessed week.


  1. Thank you MariLynn for sharing so honestly, and for sharing this fabulous card!! It is beautiful, and I do love those scriptures (again). I may just have to look at the website.....
    I was reminded this morning at communion of how the Lord has kept me safe right through my life - I have so much to be grateful for!

  2. Your cards are always yummy but the ones you've been making lately are just over the top! WOW...this one is so pretty, MariLynn. So many details and embellies to dress it up to perfection, without overshadowing the centerpiece of your design. Love your heart sweet friend. May God shower you with blessings this week...far too many to count!

  3. wow stunning Marilynn the flowers and butterflies are so pretty love every detail of your card.

  4. Marilynn - This is beautiful! I have never made a card like this. What a beautiful work of art! I'm sure whoever receives it will want to put it on display.

  5. Wow Marilyn, your card is gorgeous!! Love the colors, design and softness of it. Thanks for sharing your heart so beautifully too!!
    blessings, shelia

  6. Your tri-shutter cards are both gorgeous!!!