Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas

This morning I was up at 5 am.   I received a message from the other side of the world that was quite disturbing.  My disappointment in the situation was growing and I decided I would not let it fester.

Instead of turning on the computer and delving into my vast emails I now receive daily, I decided to jump right into a new study about the parables of Jesus.  My mind was distracted about this situation so I did a quick prayer to stay focused.  I had to read the lesson out loud to keep my mind from straying.

The lesson was so good and provided me peace of mind.  It was about dirt.  I found my answers in dirt.  The parable was about soil and the four different types.  Shallow soil, rocky soil, thorny soil, and good soil.

I feel that I worked hard to create the good dirt.  I worked hard to prepare the soil to build my business.  I cultivated my seed (idea) and watched it grow.   While the rocky soil produces a fast result because it skips the step of preparing the soil, the seed is close to the surface and grows fast.  However, because it was not prepared the sun comes along and scorches the plant. The little plant is no more.

That is where I think I have the advantage over the rocky soil.  I did not take any short cuts.  So after reading the lesson, I was jumping for joy in the clouds like these little reindeer.  Thanks for sticking with me.


Supplies used:
Mama Elephant: Reindeer Games and matching dies
Lawn Fawn:  Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Puffy Cloud Borders, and Spring Showers
Simon Says Stamp: Big Scripty Holiday Greeting

21 comments:

  1. Lovely and different card. Merry Christmas

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  2. So cute. I am loving those reindeer. I like how you reinked the reindeer then embossed! Clever!

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  3. Cute card.Thanks for sharing your mistakes and fixes too.

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  4. I like your card, but I love what you learned in your devotion. We will never, ever satisfy everyone, maybe not even most people. One minute we're the darling and the next we're the devil according to public opinion. Praise the Lord, for His plan and direction, for knowing we have committed our ways to Him and as believers,we are the "apple of His eye"
    Thanks for sharing how you went to the Word for encouragement instead of allowing negative hurtful comments to "kill, steal and destroy"
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Oh, it wasn't hurtful comments I was referring to. It was MISTI related but nothing to do with me pleasing someone else.

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  5. super cute card and so glad you found what you needed in the Word of God

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  6. Adorable card! And so sorry that you had a disturbing time, but happy that prayers and your lesson made you jump for joy. Yes, we (friends) stick with you always, through good and bad.

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    1. Thanks, it helps to read the encouraging words.

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  7. Good for you....you took the right path and with a wonderful result - peace of mind!!!! Cute card too!
    Love my MISTI - thank you for the invention!
    Paper Hugs and Happy Holidays!
    Jan

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  8. Your card is adorable! Thanks for the video........makes me want the MISTI even more.......any sales coming up again?

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  9. I'm so glad you didn't take any shortcuts! Just finished up the insides of the cards my husband will send out with the MISTI! I LOVE how professional they look! The MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink... the 'pair'! lol Thank you Iliana for an amazing tool. I think there will be a lot of ppl that won't realize my cards are handstamped! YAY! I hope they don't toss them. Thanks for the lesson too. God bless you and Merry Christmas

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  10. THAT is SWEET! Oh My Goodness I love this card, it is precious!

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  11. Thank you for blessing me with the Spirit of this post!

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  12. The card is cute but I got so much more about your parable. I totally understand what it means and how you are bringing it into real life. Being a relatively new business, I understand how important how important the foundation you build on. I'm happy you realize you took care of how to build. Soon I hope we will be working together (next wholesale batch!). Keep the faith.

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  13. Your card is adorable.
    I salute you. You know where to turn for your strength.
    Keep your focus.

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  14. If the disturbing message had anything to do with MISTI, I'm glad you found reaffirmation in the Written Word. You can't please everyone...Keep up the good work, Aliana, and when in doubt, continue to look up!

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    1. It was about the MISTI but not from a hurtful comment.

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  15. Oh how cute card♥ I´m sososo excited: I heard that MISTI is arriving to Finland in the spring!
    Have a Merry Christmas♥

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