Divine Design

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      The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of  the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.   John 1:14

 Have you ever had a feeling that you were supposed to do something? You aren’t sure just what the something is, but something… If I pray about it, He usually helps me figure out what that something is. When I started my blog, I wanted it to be a place where I could help to ‘make a difference’ by sharing things the Lord tries to accomplish through me, projects to inspire people I care about a Fresh Word every now and again. In the new year, I’m going to ‘make it happen’.

At first, I was going to bring about 31 days of Proverbs, but honestly, I’m not well studied in the book of Proverbs. So that didn’t feel genuine as I went about writing the initial posts.  Then it came to me to share what you love…scripture that’s touched my heart. I’ll be reflecting and working on memorizing scriptures that I put in this altered journal throughout 2008.

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I don’t know about you, but I do better at resolutions if I am committed with someone else. So, I began to think about who would help hold me accountable to this committment to share scripture, regularly. Stamping has afforded me some wonderful, wonderful friendships, and I have been blessed to meet many godly women across the US in the last 7 years. 

In 2008, on the 8th of each month, following today 4 of my friends (and I have hugged each one of these girls in real life LOL!) and I will bring you a scripture that has touched us that month. We will each be working on our own project through out the year, that by December will be filled with the Word.  I encourage you to join us, don’t set your sights on something unattainable…think one or two cards per month. I’ll be setting up a thread at SCS for folks to load, and I’ll edit this post with a link when I get that done later this morning. Let’s work it together to put a little more Jesus on the web this year. Are you in?

The scripture chicks are:

Angel WildeAngelosity – Angel and I met through Stampin’ Discuss 5 years ago when we both lived in Wichita, KS. We share a love for Beth Moore Bible studies and a passion for paper crafts. Angel lives in the deep south – Middle Georgia.

Jami Sibley More is More – Jami and I have been moderators together at SCS for 2 years. We both love adult Sunday School and trying to figure out how we apply what we learn to our everyday life.  We’ve gotten together at SCS functions twice, and I am looking forward to seeing her in her beautiful, native sunny California in just 4 short weeks.

Nancy Morgan –  Paper Smiles – Nancy and I met in Portland last October. She is just the sweetest spirit you could meet. She’s a fabulous paper-crafter, and she was a strong encourager to me to keep sharing the Word.  

Taylor Van BruggenTaylored Expressions – I met Taylor last May when I was at SoCal Stamp Mania. Along with loving the Lord, we share an appreciation for growing up in the midwest and being over 6 foot tall. I’ll look forward to seeing Taylor again in just a few weeks, too!

You’ll find much shorter updates each month on the 8th, maybe other times through the month. But, you can always see the work in progress by clicking Divine Design at the right. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Stamps: Fall Silhouettes by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms

  • Cardstock: Prism and Cosmo Cricket Hey, Sugar!

  • Ink: Adirondack and Distress by Ranger

  • Accs: Dew Drops by Robin’s Nest, May Arts Ribbon, Hardware

82 responses to “Divine Design

  1. Lori, thanks again for including me in the wonderful challenge for 2008! I’m truly honored to be serving the Lord alongside you and the other mega talented Scripture Chicks = )!! I love your project and your choice of scripture…blessings to you my friend, nancy

  2. Right there you captured it! What a great scripture. I am SO looking forward to seeing how this develops. You’re so sweet and SO smart! (SO must be my word today…LOL)

  3. OH…. and I LOVE your project!

  4. What a wonderful idea! Funny you should post this now as I’ve been thinking that I should make a journal for me to use as I work through the Proverbs 31 daily devotional…http://proverbs31.gospelcom.net/. You have certainly encouraged me that it is indeed what I should do. Thank you for following God’s call in your heart! I look forward to your posts on the 8th of the month!

  5. I LOVE this! Such a great thing Lori and a wonderful way to “Make a Difference”! I will definitely try to participate – thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Lori, you are definitely ‘making a difference’! I appreciate you asking me to join and holding me accountable for something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Your verse says it all and I pray that as the months go by, His word will indeed be dwelling among us.

  7. I would love to participate along with the Divine Divas! I too need the support of others to take on the task of memorizing scripture. This is a great way to combine our love for Christ with our love for crafting! Since he blessed us with our gift for craft, we need to use it then for his glory! Thanks for the challenge. I’m going to go put it on my calendar.

    Hugs,
    Amy

  8. wonderful project Lori!

  9. Lori my sweet friend! Thank you so much for following His leading and starting this challenge. The accountability is exactly what I need. I’m excited to see where this goes throughout the year. The verse you chose really speaks to the *awesome* nature of our Savior! Beautiful project!

  10. Lori, please count me in, if you would. I’ve been wondering how I could mesh my real passion with my stamping. This will be a perfect avenue to start with!!

    Thank you for being a blessing!

  11. marisa (whiterockmama)

    Well done :) Great way to mix two things that you love! May you be richly blessed :)

  12. “As iron sharpens iron, so one friend sharpens another.” ….my favorite proverb! You go girl – thanks for your talent, inspiration, and grace. Most of all, thanks for the light you shine for Christ. Shine on!!!

  13. That is a great idea. I will try to do this too. Did you print that scripture or did you have a stamp? I have only a few scripture stamps.

    Great idea and love your blog!

  14. Lori, I read about this through Angel and Taylor’s blogs and it just warms my heart to hear the story behind it. God bless you for listening to His leading. I know you will find great joy in sharing His word and your projects and I look forward to following along. Hugs~ Patti

  15. I have been looking at your blog for awhile, but have never left a coment. This is a great project, something I have wanted to do for years. I hope to keep up, as soon as I have my work space back. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Lori, this is a beautiful thing that you ladies are doing. I think it is exactly what I needed. Tears are welling up in my eyes. Can’t wait to hug you soon!

  17. I love this idea!! I am so happy to have found the four of you and look forward to joining and creating with you!!
    hugs,
    Holly

  18. Sherri aka sherristampsalot

    This is just downright awesome! I love it when the Lord crosses my spiritual world with my stamping world. He can do such amazing things! I will definitely be checking back in on the 8’s! What a fabulous idea! :) ps…My favorite verse is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.” So many times things happen that I don’t understand and I want to jump in and “fix” them…that verse tells me that I don’t need to understand…I just need to trust Him and everything will be OK…

  19. Oh my gosh! I just found your blog through Taylor. What an amazing idea! I definitely want to join in! This is something I’ve been looking to do forever… but needed some motivation! So… I start looking through your site and just froze! Your work is amazing!… and then I saw your face!— you’re the person I’ve been chatting with all day on CHF’s forum! This team rocks! And we all get to hang out in a few weeks?!? I’m adding you to my Google Reader right now! I don’t want to miss a thing!

  20. Incredible idea! Way to mix the One we love with what we love to do! I’m gonna give it a whirl! Thanks Lori!

  21. Hello. I just found your blog through the Paper Smiles blog and I have to tell you that I love your work. And I am definitely going to be playing along in the challenge for the scripture cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. What an awesome idea, count me in!

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  24. LORI!!!! You are a friend straight from God to me!!! I just love you and apparently so do so many others, you are so talented and to use this talent for the Lord is you listening and following His lead…I just love you!! Talk to you soon…Erin

    his work for you in action

  25. you’re quite an inspiration~looks like the Lord is using you to make a difference. I am going to make an effort to join y’all

  26. Wonderful Lori! What size have you got here? Yes, I know I could do any size, but I want to know what you’ve done?! 😉 So are you decorating one page a month then? Did you spiral bind this yourself or are you using a notebook and attaching the Scripture art to the notebook page? I may try it the small notebook way – then I could write my thoughts and experiences regarding that particular Scripture on the back of the page too. It is always amazing to go back and read old journals to see how God is moving through my life. I am praying for everyone who wants to do this, inlcuding myself, for our commitment to stay strong! Just imagine doing one of these for every year! What awesome journaling for us to reflect on, and for our kids to see and get to know us better.

  27. I am so in….what a great idea!!! What great way of spreading Gods word!!! (((Hugs)))

  28. Thank you for this. This is not only a wonderful way to study and enjoy our Lord’s word but an awesome way to find other God loving stampers. After all we are not only sisters in stamping but sisters in Christ too! I am going to put this on my calendar and remember to post to SCS and my blog each month! Thank you again.

  29. Lori- thanks for challenging me, I have joined you ladies and hope I can keep up with you all monthly! This is a great display of faith and I just love giving these cards!
    Heidi
    http://heidishappystamping.blogspot.com/

  30. These are Beautiful!

  31. Lori, it makes my heart *so happy* to see you sharing your faith, and so BEAUTIFULLY! I look forward to checking in on the 8th (and hopefully playing, too). I’m so grateful that you’re a part of my life . . . look what wonderful things you bring to it!

  32. Lori, what a wonderful thing to do! I hear you on the accountability part. . . That’s something I’m trying to start more of this year too. {{{hugs}}}

  33. Jennifer Niemann

    You are awesome, Lori! I so miss you being just up the road and admire the way you always just find a way to connect Christ with those around you. Thanks for including me – one of your non-stamping friends! – on this awesome thing you started. And my hat’s off to all you stampers who are taking on her challenge! Jen

  34. Lori,
    One of the gals on my online group shared your Scripture Chick idea with me and I am challenging my small group to sign up to participate in a similar activity! We love it! What a great idea to help us focus even more on the Word! Thank you so much!!! God works in wonderful ways to spread the gospel!
    Helen

  35. This is so awesome what you all are doing! I hope I am able to work it out so I can play along as well….and I know I’ll enjoy all that you all share!

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  37. …several days later… =) My entry for your challenge, thanks for the inspiration.
    http://jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com/

  38. I’ve finally caught up! Woohoo! I uploaded to SCS you can see it here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=16250

    And will hopefully have it up on my blog Feb. 1st.

    I’ve got the passage half memorized, and will keep working at it while I begin thinking about the new bookmark design for the next verse.

  39. Lori, I just found this and it sounds like such a wonderful idea. I have some questions.
    1. Is it just one verse a month and at the end of the year you have 12?
    2. you say ‘cards’, but yours looks like a flip calendar type of thing, not sure I quite understand what we are creating
    3. a WONDERFUL study on Proverbs 31 is the book Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God by Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock-gives you a whole new understanding of the Prov 31 woman. I was in a Bible Study using this book at my church and we called our group of ladies Wise Women (Wise being an acronym for Women Instructing, Serving, Encouraging).
    Anyway, I would love to join you all in doing this. Please e-mail me the answers to my questions if you can.
    Thanks,
    debbie

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  41. Lori, I am so exicted about The Divine Design Challenge. I’m a month behind here, but I’m looking forward to using my “stamps & stuff” to share the gospel of Christ with whom ever comes to this site and to God be the Glory. Judy

  42. I decided to make a frame that will house my scripture for the month and then put them in something else after I’m done (haven’t gotten thar far yet) here it is

    http://stampamaniac.blogspot.com/2008/02/altered-scripture-frame-divine-design.html

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  49. Ur product very Spicily, and I like them so much. Pretty and cute. ^^. Happy U!

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  52. How did I not know about this until now?? I’ve missed so much! I LOVE this idea! I’m so excited I could cry!!
    Big hugs for starting and inspiring and just being used by our Father!!!

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  58. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
    Kim Marie 😉

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  65. “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you” I really like your cards.
    The one that I really loved was the “Spinning”. I could really relate to that idea. Thank you for putting a smile on my face.
    Marv

  66. Just want you to know, I love your site and you give me both creative inspiration and mental inspirations.

    Thanks,
    Barb

    “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you

  67. “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you” . Lori, I have been playing along here at home and love the creations that have been posted. Thanks so much for encouraging us to do this!

    Miss you,
    Debi

  68. Virginia Anderson

    After reading about your Bible Verse Challenge from Becca, I decided to subscribe to your blog updates. What a wonderful way to enjoy stamping and the scriptures all in one! I learned of your blog from “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you” VA in AZ

  69. The world is a small world after all. It’s wonderful to be able to share our faith with people all over the world. Thanks for your inspiration every month again. Nellie.

  70. I forgot to let you know that I chose you through Becca’s comment wealth. Thanks.

  71. Wonderful cards….Sisters thru Christ..Beeka @ Amazing Paper Grace,,share the comments

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  79. I love the simplicity of your work! Nothing too flashy, but still looks pleasing to the eye. I’ve seen some similar work at Christina’s Crafts. It is where I get my Tim Holtz and paper crafting supplies. You might want to have a look at what I use for my work.

  80. Candice, I absolutely love your show! God gave you a wonderful gift, so don’t forget to honor it. Much to my chagrin, I don’t see enough faces of color (particularly, African Americans) on your show. Is consideration given to designing their homes for viewership? They like beauty, style, and elegance, too. Again, I am disappointed that I am never introduced to makeovers done with us in mind. Thanks for your consideration toward broadening your client base.

  81. Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you –
    Love you website – and the inspiration. It’s so much more fun to share the love of paper crafting with friends.

  82. Sandi Ackerrman

    “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you. Oh My Goodness, as I can see I am not the first one today. but What a blessing. I started reading what the Lord put on your heart to do and it gave me goosebumps. You Go girl.

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