With all these, I implore everyone to recognize every blessing that God has showered you with. From the smallest to the biggest of gifts (material or spiritual)---be grateful! Recognize that whatever God gives us is not only to provide for our needs but to to also bless and share with people He's going to place in our path. We do that with our talents, abilities, time and resources. Yet those would be incomplete if we don't deliver them with a cheerful heart. Remember that God always looks at the intent of our heart. Many of us may struggle with cheerful giving or even giving in itself but if we constantly yield to the Holy Spirit and continue in faithfulness/obedience to His Word, we will find ourselves happily doing it for God's glory. For to give is to truly trust God---knowing that He will continuously provide to accomplish His work. I know what I'm talking about as I'm a work in progress in this area. It's easy to share when you have so much but when you have just enough, it can be a challenge. But our featured verse said something worthy of understanding. God supplies us with everything we need and more so that we are able to give something. There was not a time we only had enough unless I consider all the other things I want (luxury). I always hold this quote true in all areas of my life----"I cannot give what I don't have." God supplies me with more than my needs so I can share and do good works for Him. Note that "good works" does not benefit a believer prior to us knowing the Source of all our blessings. All the good works that would count towards our rewards in heaven (when we stand in the presence of the Lord at the Bema Seat) is a direct result of our acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior---the Source of everything we have in this life and beyond. Each and every believer of the Body of Christ are living the abundant life God has promised and are capable of every good work God prepared and equipped us to do. And yes, it's not for our own glory but for God and God alone. The following are some of the verses we should meditate upon that would help us understand the blessings in giving and gratefulness.
"As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)
"One person gives freely, yet gains even more;another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." (Proverbs 11:24-25)
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (I Timothy 6:17-19)
For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl Stamps called "A Special Girly Gift" that I paper-pieced with DP from Paper Studio and colored using my Touch Five markers. The base is a pre-cut A7 card from Paper Studio. I added some some metal gems from Imaginisce, glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and stitching to complete this design. It may not have many layers like I normally do but it surely is one of my fave cards. The wonderful image and colors truly compliment our awesome Scripture in this creation.
TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD
TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD LAYERS
TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD SIDE VIEW
TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD INSIDE
TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Simon Says---Make it Sparkle
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Let It Snow
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
World Wide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge. There's wonderful prize awaiting our winner from our sponsor this week, Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC). You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory. You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to share unto others the hope you have in you. Hugs!