Welcome to another Word Art Wednesday challenge! I've started my Christmas cards! I be sharing a few of my favorite prototypes soon. I probably have close to 200 handcrafted cards to make, so it's not at all too early to dig in to the task. With Christmas on my mind, I instinctively looked for Christmas images from our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish, when we were told we could have one of her images for our samples this week.
I picked out this pretty image before I looked at our beautiful scripture graphic by Karen Murray.
As I looked at the two together, I panicked. Initially I couldn't see the relationship between a Christmas bell and trusting God. But I went with a card design, still not knowing how I would connect the two.
Once my card was finished, inspiration finally hit. This is the perfect Christmas combination for a lady who recently lost her husband. She is in her late 80's and I can't even begin to imagine the feeling of lostness, loneliness and even fear after living together for over 60 years. Christmas will be so difficult for Mary, but I know her faith is strong and I think she will appreciate the encouragement of this card.
I printed two of the bell images, colored one completely (Copics) then cut just the front greenery from the second image and popped it up on the first one. I tucked in a few die cut greenery springs.
I recolored the scripture graphic to match the greens I was using.
While I made this card, I prayed for Mary. She was a member of the church my husband pastored a little over a year ago. She and her husband were such a strong source of support for us while we served there. Mary's husband was a deacon and accompanied David many times when he made home or hospital visits. He had a true servant's heart and we treasured their trustworthy friendship.
Now, as Mary faces life alone, I know she will live by this scripture and all of God's Word. She offered so many testimonies through the years of other life challenges and God's providential watch care over her and her husband. She herself received a diagnosis of cancer a couple of years ago while he was in and out of the hospital with his own ailments. Both were rock solid in their faith. He witnessed to the doctors and nurses and anyone who would listen to the story of his precious Savior.
Mary has been faithful to her Lord, and He will be faithful to her. He will hold her hand and will whisper to her soul in the dark of her night, "Fear not; I will help thee." And she will rest in that. She will trust her God until she takes her last breath.
Fear not, I will help thee.
You can trust in your Father, and the Savior of your soul. If you are a believer, a regenerated Christian, you will never be alone, never forsaken, never forgotten by your heavenly Father. He will hold you up and hold you steady through all of life's circumstances. When the earth around you shatters and falls away, your feet will remain on the Solid Rock.
Fear not. Fear not.
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