Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Birthday Card

I have been working on some cards, and have finally gotten around to editing and uploading them.  To give you something to look forward to, I'm going to share them one at a time.  Isn't that considerate?

This card is one I made for my son-in-law's mom.  Unfortunately, I didn't write down my "recipe", but I have managed to figure out most of it.

 Spellbinders:  Labels Four, Labels 11, Fancy Tags Two
Stamps:  Stenciled Spring by Gina K. Designs

Because of the large size of the card, which I didn't write down either, I made my own envelope using my Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to create a strip to go under the flap, which you can see above.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012

It's been a long and emotional week, and I was tempted to let Easter slip by unacknowledged here.  But I cannot. 

All week, I have been thinking about what most people associate with Easter:  bunnies, colored eggs, jelly beans, baskets with gifts for the little ones.  The more I thought, the sadder I became.

You see, Easter, or Resurrection Day, has nothing to do with those things.  Instead, it is the remembrance of the most incredible and seemingly impossible event:  the resurrection from the dead of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  It is a matter of faith.  No one saw Him rise and walk out of the tomb where He had lain for three days and three nights.

Now after the Sabbath, 
toward the dawn of the first day of the week, 
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake, 
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven 
and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
 His appearance was like lightning, 
and his clothing white as snow.
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 
But the angel said to the women, 
"Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here, 
for he has risen, as he said. 
Come, see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, 
and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; 
there you will see him. See, I have told you."
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear 
and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

(Matthew 28: 1 - 8, ESV)

The apostle Paul made this critical observation in his first letter to the church at Corinth:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead,
then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, 
then our preaching is in vain 
 and your faith is in vain.
And if Christ has not been raised, 
your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, 
we are of all people most to be pitied.

(I Corinthians 15: 13, 14, 17, 19, ESV)

This I believe, and this I celebrate on this marvelous Resurrection Sunday. 

Your Name Alone Can Save

When we were dead in our transgressions
Jesus, You came to bring us back to God
You canceled the debt that stood against us
Set it aside, nailing it to the cross
Now with joy we can proclaim 

You’ve overcome the grave
You took our curse away
There is no other name by which we’re saved
For in Your death we died
In You we have new life
Jesus, Your Name alone can save

Now death has lost its sting forever
Because You arose we do not hope in vain
You defeated every evil power
Disarming them all bearing our guilt and shame
And forever we’ll proclaim

In Your Name there is freedom, life and peace
In the Name above all names
In Your Name there is power, darkness flees
At the Name above all names

© 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP).
Words & Music by Zach Jones & Pat Sczebel