You Are Simply Amazing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'm so sorry for the silence here on my blog.  Not only have I continued to feel physically like I've been hit by a bus, but my heart also aches for those lost in Newtown, Connecticut.  It's all so senseless and yet so close to home.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those directly and indirectly effected and the families of those precious, precious, little ones.  They will never be forgotten.  Life is so short.  We never know when it will be our time.  Thank goodness the Bible promises we can know our ultimate place in life...
You don’t have to wait for the End.  I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.  The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live.  And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. - John 11:25-26

My sheep recognize my voice.  I know them, and they follow me.  I give them real and eternal life.  They are protected from the Destroyer for good.  No one can steal them from out of my hand.  The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief.  No one could ever get them away from him.  I and the Father are one heart and mind. - John 10:27-30

It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider.  This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living. - John 5:24
This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son.  So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. - I John 5:11-12
and He knows our every need.
But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.  I’ve called your name.  You’re mine.  When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.  When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.  When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.  I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!   That’s how much you mean to me!  That’s how much I love you!  I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.  So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.  I’ll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west.  I’ll send orders north and south: ‘Send them back.  Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.  I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.’ - Isaiah 43:1-7
... This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. - Matthew 6:8
I am the Good Shepherd.  I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. - John 10:14
On top of all that, I've been away, in the hospital, with my dad.  He fell off some unstable scaffolding last Friday afternoon and broke his back.  He also split open the backside of his head pretty badly.  Fortunately, CAT scans and MRI's show no internal damage to his head.  They were able to take care of it, in Emporia, where he lives; but they had to transport him, to Wichita, to have his back tended to by specialists.

As it turns out, he had two compression fractures in his spine and needed immediate surgery.  After surgery, his doctor said that it was worse than he thought.  His vertebrae were broke clean through (Something it's evidently difficult to see in x-rays.), but that the surgery went better than expected.  God is good!  He said that most patients, with the kind of injuries my dad received, don't ever walk again; and yet, my dad never lost feeling in any part of his body.  Praise the Lord!
... The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. - James 5:16

Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.  People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. - James 1:6

Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. - Philippians 4:6

Pray diligently.  Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. - Colossians 4:2
He is still in Wichita, working with his doctors and physical therapists, but is now on the road to recovery.  They're expecting to send him home later today.  He's not going to be climbing ladders anytime soon, but he's alive and walking, and we all are counting our many blessings this Christmas.

As you can imagine, I haven't had much time to get creative lately.  I will have the final Sketches in Thyme layout of 2012, for you all, tomorrow; but for now, how about a pretty, little number, from my stash, that I've never got a chance to share here and that seems to fit my feelings, at this very moment, for my living God?  Enjoy!
I started this card by dressing up a piece of coral, chevron, patterned paper with a strip of vintage text, as well as a white, paper doily.  I then trimmed the space between them with a strip of ink distressed, White cardstock, stamped, in stamped-off, Tempting Turquoise ink, stars, which were later glittered.
Everything was then anchored, to the Barely Banana, cardstock, card face with white-threaded, zig-zag, as well as straight, tied off, to the front of the card face, at their ends, machine stitches.
The "YOU ARE SIMPLY amazing." sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, in the bottom center of a printed tag, which was given a little color with ink and a blender pen...
and topped with a white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a dressy bow and embellished with a turquoise, paper blossom, backed with a hemp twine bow.  A die cut, from natural wafer board, star, which was crimped and distressed with a little, Ivory White, acrylic paint, completes the look.
Thanks so much for checking in on me today.  May your many, Christmas preparations be peaceful and jolly.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Quite Like You – sentiment & Kisses & Cuddles – stars (Wplus9) Paper: White & natural wafer board (Wplus9); Barely Banana (SU); vintage text (Jenni Bowlin); coral chevron (My Mind’s Eye) Ink: Coral Calypso, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Barely Banana, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, & Basic Grey (SU); Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); paper doily (Wilton); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds & blender pen (SU); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); turquoise paper blossom (Recollections); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); tag (Cosmo Cricket); Ivory White acrylic paint (Folkart); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); paper crimper (Fiskars)


Annette said...

aww Jinny I am so sorry that you are going through a lot right now. Your poor dad I will keep him in my prayers. I know that it is difficult but just knowing that God will guide you and take care of you is comfort in its self. The loss of all those children is heartbreaking. They are in the arms of the Lord now and for that I am grateful. Sending you hugs and prayers..

Miriam Prantner said...

Jinny so sorry to hear that you are still under the weather...seems to have gotten so many of us this season, but praising God that your Father had such good care, and that he'll fully recover...sounds like such a scary injury in the aftermath!

Jeanne J said...

Jinny you expressed your feelings so beautifully. My heart aches too! Seems like one thing on top of another right now for you - remember that this is temporary and that it is out of your hands. You will be strong and you will get through this and all the lives you touch along the way will remember your kindness and positive attitude! Big hugs to you - I will keep you in my prayers!

Charlene said...

Prayers and hugs Jinny! I hope your Dad is all better soon!!! And my hearts aches along with yours sweetie....

Lynn said...

Jinny, I am so thrilled to hear that your dad is coming home today...Hopefully he is home and resting comfortably with your mom. Lots to praise the Lord for this week for sure! Hugs to you my friend.

Lisa said...

Your father will be in my prayers Jinny. Thank the good Lord it was not worse. Your cad is precious and my herat aches for this tragedy as well.

We watched a movie that I thought your family might like. It's called The Christmas Tree and it stars Julie Harris and Andrew McArthy, directed by Sally Field. We really liked it!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So sorry that you still aren't feeling well... and I am truly truly truly sorry about your Dad ... I will keep him in my prayers .. I loveeeeeeeee your card!! So beautiful!! I am loving the soft colors!!

Tracy said...

Oh good gracious Jinny! Your Dad really took a bad tumble but what a blessing God has bestowed on him. I'll keep him in my prayers for a complete and speedy recovery. Sorry to hear you are still feeling under the weather. I can't seem to shake my yuckies either. :-( Take care of yourself. Your card is lovely sweetie. Hugs!

~Tammy~ said...

Jinny, I am so sorry about your Dad! I can't even imagine what all he has been going through or you as his child watching him suffer. I will keep all of you in prayer!

I have yet to come to grips with what has happened. As I took my little one to school Monday, I didn't want to let go. He s at the same age as most of the victims. I have not been able to feel very jolly or creative. I think I have a wall myself. It's been quiet on my blog for some of the same reasons. I do hope you feel better soon!

Your card is precious and I am so glad you shared it! I love the papers and I love that crinkled star poking out from the beautiful rose! Amazing work as always!

Tracey Sabella said...

Jinny, I'll be praying for your dad's recovery. What an awful accident. Praise the Lord he will be able to come back from the injuries. Your card is so beautiful! ~ Blessings, Tracey

glorygirl said...

That card is sooooo beautiful, Jinny!!! Praying for complete healing for your Dad and peace for all of you at this time.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Hope your days are better now and you have found some peace. Amen to what you wrote. Beautiful card too.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Jinny I am so sorry to hear about your Dad ... Thank the Lord he is alive and recovering ... but what a terrible thing for you all ... My thoughts are with you and all the people affected by the tragedy in Connecticut ... Your card is something so beautiful in the midst of the horror ... keep safe and God bless you and your family

Jennifer said...

Oh my I don't know how I missed this post. The CT tragedy weighs on my mind still and I know I'll never forget. I'm so glad your dad is doing better, what a scary situation. Here's hoping 2013 brings lots of healing and good times for us all!

Julie Marshall said...

Love the soft colors on this card Jinny! So pretty.

So sorry to hear about your dad. Hopefully he is working toward a full recovery.

Stamp said...

I just received your picture in the mail today and was so glad to get it. It made me come to your blog and catch up on your life. I am sorry to hear about your father, but am glad to see him smiling at your Christmas gatherings. I love you all and miss you dearly. BIG HUGS!
Love you, Tammy