Friday, February 26, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ

This week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ, the challenge was to create a card somehow showing the passage of time. The Scripture used is from Esther, who boldly took a stand for her God and her people when she confronted her husband, the king, more than once. The king could have had her killed for coming into his presence, but he loved her. She was frightened, but her cousin Mordecai believed that God had put her there for a purpose.

The verse for this challenge is:
Esther 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

How many times do we go through situations wondering WHY? Why is God allowing this? Why am I in this place? Then there are the whats & the whens: What is going to happen to me? What if I die? When will this end? When will I know the reason? Sometimes we never know, but thanks to Scripture, we know that Esther was appointed by God to be Queen "for such a time as this."

When my girls were little, Bethany loved for me to read the story of Esther to her from the Beginner's Bible. I nearly had that version memorized at that time in my life. It seemed I would be reading that to her forever! Now she is 13 and it's been a long time since we read those little stories at bedtime. This card made me think of my girls, and anyone who is seeing the passage of time with their kids. Maybe your are in the preschool stage and you wonder WHEN will these kids be potty trained? One of mine I thought would NEVER be done. You might have kids in soccer, piano, and church activities plus homework and wonder WHEN will they be old enough to drive themselves to these things? Perhaps you are like some of my friends with kids in college and this card makes so much sense to you. The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil. It's called, "They grow so fast," so I borrowed that title to use as a sentiment on my card.

This was supposed to also be for the Mo's digital pencil challenge, but as usual, I was too late getting it done. You can find Mo's free images HERE and her store with lots more is HERE. The challenge was to make a CAS (clean and simple) card on plain cardstock and add a ribbon. A ribbon just wouldn't do for Jack and that beanstalk. It needed a piece of hemp to look like the rope holding up his britches. I wonder if Jack's mom pondered why she was a single mom with so little to eat. I wonder if she asked, "WHEN will Jack take his chores responsibly?" I also wondered how many different punishments went through her head when she learned he sold the cow for Magic Beans. Then, when the stalk grew and Jack returned with riches, I wonder if she thought, "Ah, we were here for such a time as this."

Okay, probably not since he's not real! LOL! But if I had been Jack's mom, I'm thinking he would NOT have had free time outside to climb a beanstalk to the sky! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. Remember to love on your kids today, or someone else's kids if you don't have your own (I often say to my friends without kids, when my kids are acting up, "Dogs are nice. Very nice."). They grow so fast.


Pamela said...

This is great! Thanks for playing along with us at SSCC! :)

Anonymous said...

You're so funny! Let them CLIMB I say.. lol

Hugs and great cards.

Helen said...

Awesome card! I love that image! Thank you for playing along with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!