LINK TO PENGUINS CLIP ART KIT IN STORE
LINK TO STATIONERY KIT IN STORE
These kits were first made available at The Daisie Company, so check your records before purchasing! They’re available now in the store, with more coming soon. The normal blog contest that would be drawn tomorrow will be rolled over to the end of the month and I’ll draw two names then, so make sure you post lots of comments between now and then.
I’m so sorry that I have been MIA lately, I have been very sick for the past two weeks. My newest fabric line which is under development with Studio E Fabrics, couldn’t wait so I worked through the illness, but haven’t had the energy for anything else. Thanks for those who’ve sent sweet emails with their wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. I am feeling human again, and that without having to consume extraordinary amounts of caffeine!
I have two kits up in the store today. Both are based on the “Penguins at Play” winter artwork. All of my winter kits will be on sale for 20% off until December 15th, 2008, so if you’ve been holding back on buying — now’s the time! I want to thank all of you that have become customers at my digital shop since I opened a few months ago, we’re doing wonderfully in spite of the economy and everything else that’s going on in the world. Each of you is a blessing.
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Rom 4:18-25 Against all hope, Abraham in hope, believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness-for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. NIV
DEVOTION: Do you feel like what you are hoping for is out of reach? Does it feel like it’s slipping away? Are you so busy “doing life” that you don’t even bother to hope anymore? Hopelessness can sap your joy, energy, and delight in life. Some of you have had your hopes dashed so often, that you’ve altogether given up hoping. You may not even realize that is what you’ve done! But it is how some of us choose to live so we can just make it through each day. God wants us to live joyfully and full of hope. How can we do that?
Is hope wishful thinking? Is hope magical? What are we to hope in? What is a hope that has a possibility of becoming a reality? What is hope that endures? Of course we all know that we can hope for a lakeside mansion, but if we don’t have the resources to bring that hope to life, it isn’t likely to ever become a reality! A hope without a basis in reality is just a wishful dream.
However, a hope that is based on a promise from God that is established in His word, is a reality that is simply waiting for the right time to happen. It isn’t just a hope it is a guarantee! I may not know exactly when, where or how, but if God makes that promise to my heart it is a hope I can base my life on.
Abraham didn’t hope for a son just because he had a very great desire for one, his hope was based on God’s speaking to him that he would be “the father of many nations.” He was able to hold on to that hope over the many long years it took to become a reality because he had faith in the God who gave him that hope. Sometimes believing was easy and joyful, other times he lapsed into doubt and fear. In the end he remained faithful to God and God was faithful to him. One day he held his hope in his arms and praised God for him. Faith in the God of hope sustained him through the long difficult journey to his promises.
Do you have a promise from God? Has He whispered something to you, that He has said He will do in your future? If not, ask Him for a reason to hope. Ask Him for a promise that will sustain you. Then be still and listen for that still, small voice in your heart. Perhaps He will speak directly to your heart. It will sound like your own voice, but different — it probably won’t come in a Charleton Heston-like booming voice! Perhaps He will lead you to a specific scripture that will be a promise for your future. If so, write it down. Keep it before your eyes and when it seems that your promise is very far from becoming a reality, remind yourself that your hope is in the Lord.
If you are almost too afraid to hope right now. If you are looking at your world and aren’t quite certain where your hope lies for the future, may I respectfully suggest that you start simply by looking to the God of Hope and join me in this prayer:
PRAYER: Lord, you’re the God of all hope. Please make yourself real to me and show me where I can safely hope. If I have been hoping in the wrong things — things that will never be or are not what you have planned for me, please lead me to a brand new place of hope. Where my hope has been so delayed that I have become weary and afraid, please renew my joy and give me a new ability to believe.
Lord, like Abraham, I have unsolvable issues that I am powerless to resolve and make happen. You know what they are. Please speak your promises to my heart. Give me something to hold on to that will not fail me. I want to cling to You and Your promises as the only real and powerful hope that can see me through in the days ahead. AMEN