Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shout to the Lord!

The wonder and majesty of creation through the eyes of a child.   When I look at this scene I can envision our little grandson at an older age.   Arms lifted high in complete abandonment.  Happy and joy-filled to be outside - free to run and play.     We've been praying that even now the Lord will draw his little heart unto Himself.   That Buddy will grow to love, serve and fulfill God's purpose.   I see our son in this scene as well.   I remember when he was little how much he loved to walk the highlands and glens with his father.   They started calling it their "adventures."  With his little red cardigan, wellingtons and cowboy hat on; off he would go with his dad -  our dog, Britta, following close behind.   I'm so glad he still remembers some of those "adventures" and hope he will do the same with his "Buddy."

But this verse has more meaning for me as well.   In 2003 I was diagnosed with colon cancer.   A diagnosis that proved to be incorrect during surgery thankfully.   However, the weeks leading up to surgery were ones of uncertainty.  So many times God had reassured me through the prayers of church family and friends of His faithfulness - this time would be no different.   "I will be the Aron to your Moses" when you cannot lift your head or pray one more time I will be there to lift it up for you.  The tears well as I write these words today.   How I love my dear friend!    Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times..." a verse I've shared with another navy wife for many years.  One that has encouraged me in the darkest of times.  You don't realize how powerful these verses are and the impact they have until adversity strikes.  But when it does, "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

One month after 9/11, my husband and I took a road trip west.  We stopped in Sedona for our anniversary and spent a few days to rest.   Early one morning we took a hike around Bell Rock and climbed up as far as our bodies would allow.   As we sat there looking at the beauty of the Red Rocks before us, turquoise blue skies above, that same peace washed over us.   There we found solace for our hearts.   I lift my eyes to the hills ~ Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord  Psalms 121: 1-2

As we approach Easter may we deeply appreciate what God has done for us through his son, Jesus - Redemption!  

Shout to the Lord
All the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
                         Lyrics by Hillsong

He has Risen, He has Risen Indeed!

7 comments:

  1. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Full of great words that project you into a scene. Love it and you also! Thank you for posting, as always your, DAF

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  2. What a great post, and what great things to pray for in regards to Bud! I don't think I've seen many cards with this technique, although I'm sure there are more out there. I like the layering of the stamps. Again, great work, as always! XOXO

    Rachel

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  3. Beautifully worded, Susie! You reminded me of something our oldest son (7) said this past December. We were in TN as a family. He and DH went for a hike up one of the mountains and DH later told me that DS1 had to stop several times to rest. DH was beginning to doubt DS1 was even going to make it to the top! He started to gently express this to DS1 and was given the reply, "Oh, I'm gonna make it, Daddy! I just need to rest a bit!" And you know what?! They DID make it! :) Sometimes life can be tiresome...difficult...even overwhelming, but if we keep our sights on the goal ahead and our trust in the Lord, we'll make it! :) Love the hope you have for your grandchildren!

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  4. P.S. Your card is wonderful! I just love how you spotlighted a portion of the little boy and the sentiment...perfect! The mountains in the background look so peaceful too! :)

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  5. Oh this is wonderful - love the spotlighting on this card. What a wonderful verse.I love how you related it to your prayer for your grandson and also the challenge you went through. I'm glad to hear that the diagnosis was incorrect. Thank you for sharing your faith story. God is so good.
    I know what you mean about looking out over the beauty around Sedona - I loved our visit there too.
    Have a blessed Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.

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  6. So glad I stumbled across this beauty in the SCS gallery. Lovely! Wishing you a happy Easter as well.

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  7. Beautiful card, and so uplifting and joyful. As a fairly new person to creating cards, I would very much like to know how you did it. For example, the mountains and clouds don't look like a stamp. And did you double stamp the little boy and then cut out and mount the upper body part on a separate layer? Did the boy and scripture come on the same stamp? What is the stamp? Sorry for the simplistic questions! If you can point me to a site, perhaps yours, with the answers I'd appreciate it.
    Thanks, Jeri

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