Monday, January 14, 2008

Triumph Tuesdays

As most of you know, I have chosen the word TRIUMPH to be my word for 2008. In honor of this word and the importance it will hold in my life this coming year, I have decided to make Tuesdays at Heartfelt Greetings Triumph Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, I'll address one of the things I'm determined to triumph over this year. I'm hoping to tie it into a piece of art in some form (most likely using my beloved designer paper), whether it's an altered item, a card, a scrapbook page, etc.

Before I could move forward with the word TRIUMPH though, I needed to research exactly what the word means, according to the dictionary. I wasn't all that happy with the dictionary definitions I found; I liked bits and pieces of them, but none really pinpointed for me what I want this word to mean in 2008. So, I did a little revising and rewording to come up with with my own definition of what it means to triumph:

TRIUMPH: To prevail, prosper and flourish over struggles, difficulties and challenges.

Not only can I PREVAIL, but I can PROSPER and FLOURISH over these struggles, difficulties and challenges too? WOW! Isn't that wonderfully motivating?

To start my first Triumph Tuesday off with a bang, I made this 12x12 piece of canvas art, which I will hang on my wall in my office. On the canvas, I spelled out my word with chipboard letters (the M is actually a W, but what the heck, I had all the other letters and I wasn't about to go to the store to buy more!), and also printed out my definition for the word TRIUMPH. Underneath that, I listed all the things I want to TRIUMPH over in 2008....grief, unemployment, self-doubt, negative thoughts, weight/exercise and prayer. At the bottom of the canvas, I printed a bible verse that will inspire me to work on these challenges in my life over the course of the year. However, I realize it is only through the power of Jesus Christ that I will triumph over ANY of these whatsoever. The bible verse is from Psalms 25:2-3...."oh Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others". I envision all of these challenges as my enemies, and trust that God will help me TRIUMPH over them! Woo-hoo!

I am tickled with how my canvas turned out! It's sitting right here in front of me on my little wall shelf. It's at eye level, right behind my laptop. I'll see this every morning when I come down here to work, and there it will be, reminding me, daily, that I will TRIUMPH in 2008!

Hugs,
Amy

37 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Amy,

    Good for you!! Yes, Triumph is an excellent word for you this year. Those negative thoughts...we can kill ourselves with them, can't we???

    Funny you used a "W" for an "M"...your willingness to be flexible demonstrates your "triumphant" attitude. I purchased a "W" stamp at my local stamp store yesterday for just the same reason. They were having a huge close out sale and I needed an "M", but they didn't have one.

    Great minds think alike, they say. LOL!!!!

    I'm still praying for you...now I can add "that she triumph over all things that are stress in her life" to my prayers.

    God Bless,

    Mary L.

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  2. this is beautiful, Amy! what a wonderful reminder, don't forget you are more than a conqueror so you will triumph!

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  3. It appears as though your very first TRIUMPH was to overcome the fact you did not have the letter M, but were able to "prevail" in order to complete your task. In the completion of this task of your 12 x 12 page, you have "flourished" because there it is, right in front of you. Well done, Amy! Already you are moving in the right direction.

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  4. Love your canvas and your reminder to yourself that you will overcome!! This is absolutely gorgeous!

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  5. Beautiful, Amy...just beautiful!

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  6. How inspiring! Your wall hanging is wonderful and your words are motivating. I'll remember to pray for you when I come to your blog.

    Phil 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

    I'm still in clean up mode, but as soon as I'm done, I'm going to create a hanging reminder of my goals. I didn't choose a word for this year, but all my goals require me to be diciplined so I'll choose a word that will remind me to "just do it".
    Have a blessed day!

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  7. Love your canvas. I am so inspired to make one for my word 'Believe'.
    I sure should start working on it..
    Truly wonderful and I'm praying that you do triumph over everything that you wish to..
    God bless you!!
    Tejal

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  8. Karolyn L.9:23 AM

    You go, girl! What a wonderful and constructive way of handling all of these challenges in your life. I agree that, without Jesus Christ, you cannot overcome any of these challenges. I am so impressed with your canvas and feel that you are well on your way of putting your challenges into the Lord's hands and letting Him take care of them . . . in His time and way. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a beautiful piece of artwork to inspire and motivate and remind you every day! Great word you've chosen and love how you crafted your own custom definition. You are such an inspiration!

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  10. Awesome! What a great idea, and it's such a BEAUTIFUL way to help you remember that you are triumphant through Christ.

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  11. This is beautiful in every since of the word and is the artist! You never cease to amaze me with your talents, Amy. I have no doubt that with your Faith you will triumph over your obstacles in life! (I shutter to think what we will do when birds go out-of-style-teeheehee)!

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  12. cool project! good luck with your goal!

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  13. Good for You! That canvas is excellent!

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  14. marciad11:28 AM

    Wonderful art. You have taken that big first step to reach your goal. You are inspiring me to reach mine of Healing.

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  15. Julie Brooks11:34 AM

    Amy that is BEAUTIFUL! You are such an inspiration!!

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  16. What a fabulous piece of art and a wonderful daily reminder of what you want from your life! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Hugs, Laura

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  17. WOW! YOu simply amaze me! Love your beautiful creation. What a great idea! It's so awesome to see amazing christian women in this papercrafting world. :D
    God Bless You!

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  18. Wow, this really is an awesome layout. What a great project! Wonderful things to keep in mind this new year.

    Pleasure to visit you.

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  19. Patty1:45 PM

    The word triumph is a good word for the year. My sister-in-law found out today that she has beat cancer for the 4th time. Her saying was that 2008 is great!
    Patty

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  20. Hi Amy! Your art canvas is beyond amazing! I absolutely love the layout of it, and of course the deeply meaningful personal nature of it. I have no doubt that you will prevail, prosper and flourish this year! You are an overcomer! :)

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  21. This is super cool, Amy! What a great idea!

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  22. I love your canvas! Aren't they fun to make...I am soooooo proud of you for doing this! What a great idea for Tuesdays!!!

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  23. I love your beautiful canvas, and admire your determination to prevail, prosper and flourish. I have great faith that you will!

    My church passed out paper stars at coffee hour the first Sunday of 2008; each star had a different word on it that we are to focus on this year. My randomly chosen star said "Gentleness." I think of myself as a gentle person, but God must want me to give this some more thought. Thanks to you, I am inspired to make a canvas to place over my work table, so I'll keep this in my mind.

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  24. This is gorgeous Amy! I love your word for the year and I am sure you will draw much from it as you see it every morning - good for you girl! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  25. Wow. This is absolutely amazing. Thank you for the great idea. I *need* to do this with my word as well. Thank you, so very much.

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  26. jennibell8:14 PM

    Amy,
    I love this canvas and love your attitude. It's wonderful that you have something BEAUTIFUL to remind you daily of what you can do by the the POWER of Jesus Christ.

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  27. Amy, your canvas turned out incredible. What a wonderful idea!

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  28. Amy, May God bless your journey in 2008!

    Love how your canvas turned out...and enjoy your sense of style and design very much.

    I'm a former MN girl (grew up in Bemidji) transplanted to Idaho in 1984 and flourishing...though needing to 'triumph' in a number of similar areas. Was encouraged by your post and will be a frequent visitor to your blog.

    Paula Bauer

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  29. i can't think of a better way to kick off this year or this feature of your blog! love the colors...you know, you probably could make a little moolah making these for others who want visual reminders of their word this year. just an idea...

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  30. Super Sweet....I really love everything about this. (((Hugs)))

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  31. I love your word! My word is ACHIEVE. I BELIEVE I can achieve anything if i put my mind to it. I've spent the last year working on myself...have lost almost 50 lbs (still have a ton more to go) working on being a better mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, etc. I figured achieve is what I needed. I love what you have made. I'm almost done with my 12x24 canvas and will be posting it on my blog hopefully by the end of the week. Take care!

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  32. this is fantastic! great idea!

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  33. barb hendrickson12:06 AM

    Absolutely fabulous and inspirational. What can my word be???I must pray about this and let Him speak my word to me as well. Thanks for leading the way, Amy.

    blessings,
    barb hendrickson

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  34. Amy...your canvas is so awesome!!! What a wonderful project!!

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  35. Amy, what an inspiration you are. I love your canvas art and your theme speaks to all of us. I msut confess 2007 wasn't a very good year for me and it has sometimes beaten me down but with a New Year comes New Hope so I am going to follow your example and find the word that is going to get me through some major challenges this year. This is just the project I need to get me going. Thank you so much for sharing your art and your heart with us all. I'm sure this is going to be your year!

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  36. First off, what a cool idea...a permanent reminder of your inspiration. Second, I would love to look at something this gorgeous all year long. I am so in love with this. You've captured a style that has me stumped. I sure love looking at your creation though.

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