Good morning! It's time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges.
Our hostess this week is sweet Candace who shares this verse:
"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" Psalm 118:6
Do something on your card that you're "afraid" of!
(ie. CAS style, stitching, a vintage look, etc. Just do something you wouldn't normally do!)
Sweet n' Sassy Stamps giving 3 digis of winner's choice
What was my fear? CAS (clean and simple) cards!! I normally am just not happy with all the “white space” ~ I keep wanting to add stuff to it. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone, stripping it down to the bare necessities to let my image shine. Well, ok… I did add a few adhesive brads and a punched border. *Ü*
Speaking of fear… there are lots of things I’m afraid to do. Like preaching. When I was in college, I was so scared of public speaking that I put off taking the speech class until my very last semester… only to find out that it was no longer offered. The only thing that would fulfill that requirement was the speaking class for those being pastors! I was one of only 2 girls in a class full of men. The worst part was that they video taped us as we stood in front of the class giving 20 min. sermons, several times throughout the term. Watching the videos in class was a bit nightmarish too as I had broken out in hives my first time. After praying desperately before each sermon I had to give, God gave me the courage to go on and get through it. Although I ended up with a B in that class, I can’t say that experience helped me overcome my fear of public speaking. I can sing in front of 500 people I don’t know, but to have to speak my own words, forget it!! I do know now that I CAN if I have to, but I’ll go kicking and screaming to NOT have to!! (ok, a li’l exaggerated)
The Scripture for this week (and that this challenge is based on) reminds me of David & Goliath. David had to trust and depend on God to help him fight the giant and ultimately win the battle against the Philistines. David’s faith in God caused him to have a different perspective on the situation. Goliath was merely a mortal man defying all all-powerful God. But David saw the battle from God’s perspective. We can put this to use in our own lives as well. If we look at giant problems or seemingly impossible situations from God’s perspective, we realize that God will fight for us and with us against our enemy (who we know is always knocking at our door and weaseling himself into our lives to try to turn us from God and plant fear and doubt in us.) When we look at things with God’s perspective, we see things more clearly and are more capable to fight effectively. Another thing we can learn from David is that we need to take courageous action in the face of insults or fearful circumstances (ie. giving a sermon or speech in front of a group… told you or a family member has cancer or other disease… talking to an authority figure who clearly did you or your family member wrong, etc). Sometimes just getting through a day can be a “fearful circumstance"… But with God, all things are possible!! Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” Who wouldn’t want Him on their side??
Hop over to our challenge blog to read Candace's devotional for this week and enter to win!! You'll find lots more inspiration at my sistahs blogs as well...
Stamps: Tilda Picking Lilacs; Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Everyday Words cling set from Serendipity Ink: black Memento Ink on Neenah White cardstock 80lb and colored with Copics
Punch: Martha Stewart