Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Celebrating Life and the Goodness of God

One year ago today (Nov. 20, 2012)  I had an unplanned open heart surgery.  As each month passes from that date, I become more and more thankful for the grace of my wonderful God.  Not only did He get me into the hospital for the surgery when I didn't know I needed it, but He also had the financing of it all taken care of too.  We thought we were in between insurance plans, thinking the new plan would start in 10 days.  Seriously, Lord?  Couldn't You have kept me healthy for 10 more days?  How will we come up with over 100 grand?  But then we found out that we were covered after all. Why do I ever doubt Him?  He is always in control and always ready to show me His power, His grace, His love, His care.

I love this verse from the Psalms.  Sometimes my gratitude to the Lord is so great, I have to go to the Psalms to help me express it.  So many of these verses I learned when I was a small child and they well up within me when I think of how blessed I am.   I think this is one reason I work in Awanas - to help the children learn the verses when they are small so they will know them forever.

Sorry to be so gabby.  This has been such a week of reflection and gratitude for me. Just had to let some of it out!
Most of my Thanksgiving Cards have been sent out or ready to be mailed.  This is the last one. Good feeling to know they will be received on time, even early.

I won't be near a computer on Thanksgiving Day so let me take this post to wish each of you, my dear followers, a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

The sketch I used is at My Craft Spot
Card base is Kraft.  Brown c/s is SU Chocolate Chip.
Image, scripture, and BG paper is Doodle Pantry. The image is pre-colored.  I just added some more color in spots for dimension.
Buttons are die cut from Kraft with Memory Box dies.
Veggies are popped up with dimensional tape.
Ribbon and bow are seem binding.

Just a reminder - there are still a few days to purchase the Doodle Pantry digital sets created as a fundraiser for OWH .  Here is some more information on that.

Thanks for looking and for taking the time to comment.

Sentimental Sundays - giving thanks
Pile it On - with thanks
Kraft Journal - colors
Craft Your Passion - buttons
Twist of Faith - with thanks
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Ribbon Carousel - any holiday
House that Stamps Built - thanks
Get Inky - thanks, thanksgiving
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything


  1. Great design and I love the fall colors. That DP and bow look stunning on here! Loving those buttons and twine too! :o)

    Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passions this week for our "Button" Challenge.


  2. Very nice card! Love your sentiment! God is so good and is always looking out for us! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Twist of Faith this week!
    Tracey F., DT Twist of Faith

  3. God is so good!! What a wonderful testimony, Marsha! That's a sweet card to express the gratitude and a wonderful Scripture verse too. God bless!

  4. This is a beautiful card and a beautiful, reflective story you have shared. We truly should be thankful for everyday. I'm so glad everything worked out for you and I hope you are still well. Hugs.
    Thank you for joining us over at Craft Your Passion Challenges x

      Craft your Passion Challenges

    Little Pear Tree

  5. This is a really nice Thanksgiving card, I like how you used a tag to focus your image and the warm colors you used.

    Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

  6. God is so good!!
    Beautiful card!!

  7. Marsha....I don't even know what to say. Your card is beautiful - of course. But your post - it touched my heart! Praise the Lord that 1 year later you are doing well!! And Praise the Lord that when you thought finances weren't there - He made a way! He's a GREAT GOD! And I have something to be thankful for today too - that I was able to read your beautiful testimony!!! Thank you for not only sharing your art with us this week...but your heart as well.
    Twist of Faith DT

  8. What a wonderful harvest card, Marsha. You followed that sketch perfectly, too. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week.
    The Kraft Journal

  9. What a beautiful card! The image is awesome and your coloring is perfect!
    thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K

  10. What a wonderful card - and such a lovely verse to use as your sentiment!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  11. Lovely card!
    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty and I hope we see you again soon!



  12. What a beautiful card! I love the papers you used and that rich brown ribbon and bow are the perfect accents. Your post made me think of Psalm 126:3, "The Lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad." Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.