Tuesday, February 22, 2011

His Eye is on the Sparrow



These little birdies are for you, for your personal use.  The top Victorian card has the original wording "always do your best".  I thought it was just as sweet as it could be, and have had it perched on my bureau forever.  I cleaned up the second image so you could add your own words if you'd like.  You can click on either image for a larger view. 

I recently listened to a devotional by Joni Earekson Tada, which she titled His Eye is on the Sparrow.  You've probably figured out by now, I have a thing for birds.  Hearing this devotional, I was inspired to share one of my favorite Victorian bird papers with you.

Joni referred to Matthew 10:29-31, which reads:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

How awesome is that!!  Our Heavenly Father cares about the little sparrows and sees when they fall.  This scripture is about trust.  We're told here that we are more important to God than a little sparrow.  If He knows what's going on in a sparrow's life, he sure knows what's going on in ours.  He knows he number of hairs on our head.  He's always thinking of us and looking after us.  I want to share with you one of my favorite hymns which sums this scripture passage up in a mighty way.  .

His Eye is on the Sparrow 
by Civilla Martin, 1905

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for Heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled, His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.


Thanks for stopping by my little corner today.  Have a blessed day dear ones and remember, HE cares about the sparrows, but HE cares about you MORE. 

  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Victorian Lady Freebie



This fine Victorian lady in a large hat, comes to you from a page of a magazine from the 1800's.  I am offering this image to you for your personal use.  You can click on either image to enlarge it, and copy it to your computer.  She looks to me like she would be very kind.  A teacher perhaps dressed in her finest attire.  Enjoy, and have a blessed day.  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Spreadin' the Love Around

I thank my God every time I remember you.  Philippians 1:3

Top of card is a poem by Helen Steiner Rice


I had fun making valentines this year and have found of course, if you're making more than one, it's a good idea to do the same thing.  The hard part, or rather the most time consuming part was coming up with the layout.  I thought about it for days, put my materials out in front me and tried different things until I came up with this design.  I'm quite pleased with them.

I made these Valentines from a box of printable invitations, and I totally reinvented them from their original use.  On the front of the card, I used small silver doilies which I found in the cake decorating section at Walmart.  The little pink felt birds came from one of the $1 bins at Michaels (how could I resist).  I put a punched heart in the center of the doily with the scripture from Philippians 1:3.  The scripture was printed on tiny address labels and cut with scissors to have a fancy edge.

On the inside of the card, I printed part of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice, and a sentiment on the bottom half of the card.  These were printed on large labels, cut with deckled scissors and the edges inked.  The lower half of the inside of the card was made using a response card from the invitatition set.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the bottom, and inked the edges.

I hope you enjoy this Valentine card and it inspires you to get out your paper crafts and start playing.  Who knows what you might come up with.

Here's the poem that I had on the inside of the card, by Helen Steiner Rice.

People need people and friends need friends,
and we all need love, for a full life depends..
not on vast riches, or great acclaim,
not on success or on worldly fame,
but just in knowing that someone cares
and holds us close in their
thoughts and prayers..


Happy Valentine's Day my friends.  Don't forget to let the people you are close to know that you love them.  Here's my Valentine gift to you, a Valentine digi, free to you for your personal use.  The scripture is Wordart by Karen.  If you haven't seen Karen's Wordart, stop and take a look sometime, and tell her I sent you.  Papercraft Memories ~ Wordart by Karen.

You can click on the image for a larger size.  Thanks for stopping by, God bless you on this special day of Love.  


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Friend Loveth at all Times

I'm offering this scripture in the pretty floral frame free to you for your personal use.  With Valentine's day approaching , it's a day not only for romance, but to acknowledge those we love and care about.   As some of you know from my last post, I'm recovering from surgery.  This scripture has never been more real to me than at this time.   A friend asked me to make a graphic using this scripture, as it was personal to her.  Little did I know at the time, how important it would be to me. 

I am totally amazed at the outpouring of love on my behalf from friends and family before my surgery and after.  There were so many people praying for me that I could actually feel it as I approached surgery.  I am so touched and humbled by the phone calls, emails, visits, cards, gifts, meals, and most of all prayers.  

I've always been one to send a card, or reach out in ways that I could, but I can tell you that being on the receiving end is SO rewarding and appreciated.   Are you wondering how to help someone who is sick or going through a difficult time?  Pray for them, send a card, cook something for them.  What are your talents?  Use them to help someone in need.  In 1 Peter 4:10 we're told:   Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  

I would appreciate your prayers of healing for my sister Debbie who had surgery three months ago and had major complications.  Thank you to all who have had a part in my recovery.  I am doing well and even went on an outing yesterday to the town library (thanks Judy).  

Here's a few pictures of some of the cheery flowers I received.