Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ Category

Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

20130924-234657.jpg
Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

I decided to wait until Ninja Man came home from work before opening my first gift from my friend Angela. Turned out, we had a city council meeting to attend and I only just now got to open it! I picked this one (Ange won’t be too surprised to know that is one of my favorite wrappings!)
To my delight, a package of Mary Engelbreit note cards! This is so sweet, and I will truly enjoy using them! Of course, a teapot is what makes it even more special, as I love a pot of hot tea, especially when shared with a dear friend!
I think I will write a note to a very special friend right now! This is so much fun! And 49 gifts to go! Can you imagine?


My dear friend Rebecca encouraged me to look into the Fruits of the Spirit, and today I have particularly embraced joy and self control. My eating was more disciplined (always a problem, that!) and I was truly joyful in the Lord! We should embrace them all, every moment, but during my 50 days of gifts and 50 Reasons Bible study, I am going to spend these weeks focusing on the Fruits as well.

Wow! What a build up to the big day, huh? God, loving friends, Ninja Man and the Fruits of the Spirit. Who could ask for anything more?

Read Full Post »

Farm Life

Farm life with a stay at home Momma

Chad's Crooked House

Chronicling my adventures restoring and updating a quirky old Philadelphia row house

Six Little Acres

Renovating a manufactured home so we will be debt free!

phillipsplace

A new beginning, mobile home living, adding our style inside and out.

The Snowmads

Digital nomads in search of adventure

Follow the High Line Home

Living Simple With Big Adventures

brendakyle

Vintage Items, Gardens, Stamping, Recipes and Artist Shares

Clever Someday

create smart

STAMP WITH BRIAN

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Blog

Storyshucker

A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

The RV Life! OH YEAH!

We waited and waited and waited. It's finally our time!

Hunt/Fish/Play

A blog by avid beginners.

youcanmakeittoo

Learn how you can make it too! Have fun!

jkcards

My favorite hobby... card making

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: