Saturday, December 10, 2011

Joy Banner

Today is a beautiful, sunshiny day so I took pictures of the banner.  You can see a bit better the detail.  It is still a difficult thing to photogragh.   There are a some different angles, one with flash and then each letter separately.  I was trying not to get myself in the mirror.  HA!  You can click on each picture to see even closer if you would like.

Stamp Set:  Bright Hopes
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Letters to Santa, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories:  Mini Jingle Bells, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Buttons, Glimmer Brads, Antique Brads, Perfect Pennants Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlit, Doily Punch, Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Joy.  1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3: a source or cause of delight

Joy is also a Fruit of the Spirit.  We are to be joyful in all things.  We all want joy.  We all desire joy.  True and lasting joy only comes by faith through grace in believing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  We are to 'Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!' (Philippians 4:4)

No matter what we are going through, no matter what the adversity, we should always have the attitude of joy.  Is this impossible in the reality of daily life?  James 1:2,3 - 'My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.'

There is outward joy and there is inward joy.   We can be ecstatic in our joy.  Outward.  It is so exciting when you KNOW the truth.  Jesus Christ died for us so that we may have eternal life.  And the blessings of life He bestows on us.   James 1:17 - Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.    Inward.  2 Corinthians 6:10 'as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing'.   We may be having hardship.  Some very extreme.  But we have an internal sense of joy.  This joy comes from God.  Through Jesus Christ and dispensed by the Holy Spirit.

This all comes down to my JOY banner.  I was just going to post the picture and the recipe.  But all of the thoughts above were going through my head and I decided to post them. 

The weather is dark and dreary today.  I cannot get a good picture.  If you click on it you can get a closer look.  I will try again on a sunny day.

By the way, do you have joy?  True joy?  I want you all to have it my friends.  And it only comes through faith by grace in believing Jesus Christ died and rose again for you.  Because hell is more than a 4-letter word.  And I don't want any of you to go there.