Happy Mother's Day, everyone! What have you got planned today? For me, I just want to worship the Lord with my family and celebrate the remaining hours outside of my Craft Room...LOL I've been stuck making projects for a couple of days so, after this post, I want to spend my time with my family. I'm sure most of you thought of the same thing. Anyway, my project today highlights the simplicity of life and being content with your blessings. I still remember spending several years of my life with my Grandma back in the central part of the Philippines, and at age 3-5, my Grandma had a wonderful house made of mostly different kinds of bamboos, wood and other natural resources---far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Life was so much simpler then. There was no TV or stereo, all we have was a radio. We slept with a mat (no padding) on the floor we call "Banig" with a mosquito net. We cooked using wood and there was no refrigerator. The floor in the kitchen and dining area had gaps that you can see below as the house was elevated from the ground with stilts and under that was where the bathroom and toilets were located. I remember having to wake up my Grandma and carry a flashlight or a candle in the middle of the night. As a kid, that was always a scary thing for me to do. Yet, looking back, spending time with my Grandma in a very simple life is one of my fondest memories of being a kid. There was more time for togetherness---time to listen, to teach one another (she taught me how to crochet and many other crafts, braid my hair etc.) and to show love and affection for one another.
I've tasted the simple life and was happy and content. So, what is contentment? One dictionary defines it as "the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.” In essence, Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have. Here are some verses I want to share with you today:
"Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)
Apostle Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13)
Jesus said, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32-33).
Whether we live a simple or complex life, God told us to be content with what we have. I believe people can only appreciate plenty when they experienced lack. In both conditions, I learned to appreciate the blessings of the Lord in my life. I thank Him for His provisions when things are going well and humbly cling on Him when times are tough. Our Father in Heaven knows what we need and He wants us to completely trust in Him for every little and significant things involving our lives. We must understand that Jesus Christ is the means by which every blessing flows to us from the Father. Through Jesus' death, burial and resurrection, He established the way that was severed by rebellion when Man fell. Because Jesus won the victory, it is by faith in Jesus' finished work that we come to God, our Father, and received from Him the righteousness that is bestowed upon every sons and daughters of the King in God's Kingdom. There's nothing we can do---good works, self-reliance, accomplishments, obeying the laws (Mosaic Law) and anything man can conjure up by himself---in order to receive this righteousness (right standing) with God. It is solely by faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross that gives us that status in the sight of God. Noah and Abraham were just two of the people that lived before the Law of Moses. Yet what did God say about Abraham in Galatians 3:6, "In the same way, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith." This only means that we are to come to God the same way Abraham did before the law. That is by way of faith---in Jesus Christ!
So, for this week's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create, I am featuring an "Old Fashioned Outhouse" from our sponsor, Rick St. Dennis. I colored the image with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers. I used a 5.5-inch white CS card base. To shape it (to go with the optional theme), I used an MS Punch and my Corner Chomper to shape the corners/edges. I embossed with my Cuttlebug using a Paper Studio folder, die cut with Nestabilities using the Lacey Circle, added the border and butterfly accent from Heidi Grace and adhered several glittery gems from I-Rock. The outside sentiment is from Studio G and the inside is from Stampabilities. As always, I run this card in my sewing machine. I love how the colored image pop in a primarily white bacground. This surely reminds me of my time with my Grandma which I cherish a lot---the simpler life!
GREAT OUTDOORS OUTHOUSE CARD:
GREAT OUTDOORS OUTHOUSE CARD LAYERS:
GREAT OUTDOORS OUTHOUSE CARD INSIDE:
GREAT OUTDOORS OUTHOUSE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:
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That's it for me today. Hope you join us at 613 Avenue Create for our Anything Goes/Shaped Card Challenge. There are a load of inspiration from my fellow DT's that you need to check-out there. I will be coming back tomorrow to highlight the card I made for my second week as GDT at The Outlawz Challenges. Have a blessed and wonderful day, all you Moms out there! Hugs!