Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Cupcake Affair

One of the new August Verve releases is this set called Cupcake Affair. It's absolutely gorgeous! See what I did with it? I paper pieced it cuz I {{{heart}}} paper piecing, and I made it into a round card using my Nesties.

Even cuter is the inside of the card....since there was no space on the front of the card for a sentiment, I put it inside the card instead, making sure it looked as cute as the front of the card did! There is a great deal going on at Verve if you are interested in all 6 releases for August. Check it out the details here.



Well, we picked up Eldest Son from his last week at camp last night! He was up there with the rest of the High Leaguers for High League Retreat. Of course, he had a great time. Even better, He came home to a letter from the director of his church choir inviting him to be a Section Leader this upcoming year. It is a chosen position, so he is thrilled! Section Leaders are chosen because of their dedication to the choir and for their leadership abilities modeled so far. We are SOOO proud of Eldest Son and so happy he was asked to take on this important position in the choir. This will be Youngest Son's first year in Cathedral Choir as well. As a 9th grader, he is able to join and continue on with the tradition!

No word yet on the job front for me. I am *hoping* today is the day I hear that I got the job!!! Unfortunately, the 3 big things Doug had in the works for jobs stalled in a major way last week and we are so bummed. I can hardly believe this is happening. Three more jobs dangled....three more jobs ripped away.

I am doing much spiritual soul searching these days. Questioning my faith, or lack thereof. I read a great chapter last night in the book I've been nursing all summer (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World), which helped put my mind back into the correct perspective. I plan on reading the chapter again and again until it sinks in. It questions us about "what do we do when God doesn't act or move the way we think he should?".....I am SOOO there! And what have I done????? I'm ashamed to say, I've questioned God's love for me/us!!! Yet In Luke 12:6-7, we are reminded we are not forgotten by God. His love is always at work.

The one quote in the book that spoke loudly to me was by a popular conference speaker named Martha Tennison..."If you're struggling to trust God, it may be because you don't really know God". Ouch. She goes on to say that you find out what you really believe in the darkest hours....you find out that the God you know is the God you can hold on to. Even when things aren't turning out the way you want or need them to. It has been a constant struggle for me to believe this, but in my heart of hearts, I believe in the promises God makes to me in the bible. Another wonderful quote in the book is that "God's ways are not our ways, but his character is still dependable".

"We might not be able to see the end of the story, but we can trust the storyteller." I will cling to that.


Have a great day. You know I'll be back if I hear about the job today.





15 comments:

  1. Oh, I do so pray that this is the job! So sorry to hear about your husband's not being the ones for him. I know he's frustrated. But, I'm so glad you're still trusting God - these times of trial & testing are grueling, but the quote you gave is so true - that no matter what, we can still trust God's character to be consistent. What a promise!

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  2. This is sooo adorable!!! I love the bright colors, and paper piercing adds all the difference!

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  3. Amy I LOVE this card and ADORE these colors! Just gorgeous!

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  4. My prayers are with you. I myself got downsized in January. I feel that God has a plan for me, but I'm still waiting for more clues.

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  5. CUTE CARD, GREAT MESSAGE. :)

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  6. I love this cute card! I love the image, the round shape, the cute paper!

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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  7. Such a scrumptious card, Amy! Love the paper piecing. Here's hoping you hear some good news about that job today! :) HUGS!

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  8. What a gorgeous card!

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  9. Tonya P4:14 PM

    Amy, Thanks for your thoughts and quotes from the book your reading. It's an encouragement to others to read the pieces of hope you find through your trials. My husband lost his job in June just as we were ready to put our name on the waiting list for adoption. It's too complicated to explain but we're struggling with what path to take/where are you God when we're hurting/just trusting in Him! So I was encouraged by your sharing today. Thanks! Praying for your job and Doug's as well!

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  10. Love the card. Just checked back before I went to bed to see if any news. Hopefully good news soon. Janine

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  11. Awesome Amy! I love the colors and that great designer cupcake.

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  12. asela5:52 PM

    Hang in there Amy. God is good. And I know He has something wonderful in the plans for you and your family. I just know it. Love your card. It's so orginal and so cute! Big hugs.

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  13. Amy, your card is awesome. I love making circle cards. They are so much fun.

    Cyber hugs go to you my dear. It is true, that trusting God can be difficult sometimes. Especially when we don't understand why certain things are happening or not happening. Keep praising Him for all that he has provided and pray for wisdom and strength. He will provide exactly what you need when you need it. Thank you for sharing today on your blog. Your words are an encouragement to my heart and I am sure it will be to others as well. God Bless!
    Melissa

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  14. Your card is so cute! The colors are fabulous!

    ((HUGS)) on the job situation. Amy, I have been where you are. I felt completely abandoned by God. Like He just left me alone. I struggled to cling to His promises, but so many days they were just words that I kept repeating-words that I wasn't believing in my heart. I cannot remember being in a darker place, so lost. Somehow, He stuck with me and eventually those words rang true. He was with me. He was there. He did not leave me. He loved me, even when I didn't think He did. I still don't understand what my story will be. I don't understand where He is taking me. But, I do know that He has plans for me that are more beautiful than I can imagine. He has plans for you, Amy. He uses you in ways that you will never be able to see or quantify.

    "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. A plan to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    Hang in there. I will continue to pray for you. (((HUGS)))

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  15. Oh, Amy, it's so hard when we go through those dark valleys! It's so hard for us to get our finite minds around what an infinite God can be up to. I, too, find myself questioning God's love for me when I get in those places. But He has given us so many great and precious promises. When I'm where you are, I find myself drawn to the book of Isaiah, especially chapters 40 on. Over and over again He reassures me that He WILL be with me, He WILL sustain me, He WILL rescue me. And in Isaiah 43:1-3 He promises that, no matter what we go through, we won't be destroyed. So hang onto those promises, girl! He who promised will deliver on those promises! You're in my daily prayers, even if you don't have a clue who I am! (Isn't it great to have sisters in Christ!)

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