Yes! Hope is my Anchor!
Sometimes God works in themes in my life and it seems this is one of those times. The focus of the theme He seems to be giving me is “Hope”. Let me back up a bit to tell you how this all began to develop. A while back I received a beautiful stand up plaque and devotional book from a new friend, Dawn. In her card she stated that since the cabin was my “happy place”, she thought of me when she saw these and purchased them and mailed them to me. They both had the same theme of Hope is my Anchor. In the same week, I received the invitation to my church’s annual women’s conference . . . on the cover is an anchor and on the second page is the Scripture verse, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 Also in the same week, I received a necklace from a friend I’ve never met. Hanging on it were a turquoise anchor and a pendant that says “Hope”. I’m not always the quickest to figure things out, but I did see a pattern. I really don’t think any of this was coincidental. I was prompted to look up the Scripture verse and asked the Lord what it was that I was to learn from this common thread of “Hope”.
First, I know that my Hope is in Jesus. I know that I have the promise of Heaven because I've put my trust in Him as my Savior. I also know that hope is vital for life and that without hope, we give up. It would be easy to give up hope if I were to focus on my circumstances . . . how long treatment has taken (I only have 3 left, by the way) and after that I still face the unknowns of surgery, which will take me into fall. I have a choice to make every day I awake. While I don’t get to choose the circumstances of my life, I do get to choose how I respond to them. I’m able to respond with hope because the object of my hope is my anchor, firm and secure. My anchor being what I know to true . . . that God has already provided for my healing because of what Jesus has already done on the cross . . . and the assurance of that healing is in heaven. He can heal and has the power to bring that healing into my now if He so chooses . . . and that my friends, would be a miracle. However, He may choose to use the treatment and surgery to bring about my healing and that would be no less of a miracle than if He chose for the cancer to be gone and no surgery would be needed. I trust that He knows what is best and what will bring about the desired results in my life and of the lives of the people my story touches. It’s about bringing glory to Him by helping others find their hope in Him.
And yes, there's even more. This was in my daily Jesus Calling reading . . . it says it so well!
And there’s more . . . as I sat in the waiting room for treatment one day, this poster caught my eye. “Hope is a powerful thing!” I’m so grateful that God has put His hope in me. If you’re needing some hope today, I’m only an email away.
So now for that Thoughtful Branches card idea! I'm having a blast with this stamp set! You'll notice that this card is so very different from the first one I shared here. I'm loving the versatility!
Dimensions & Directions:
- Tip Top Taupe cardstock . . . 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", folded
- Very Vanilla cardstock . . . 4" x 5-1/4"
- Start at one edge and stamp grass across the bottom with Tip Top Taupe Ink
- Stamp the trees above the grass with Tip Top Taupe Ink (I started on one side and worked my way across)
- Use the Big Shot with the tree from Beautiful Branches thinlits to cut out the tree from Early Espresso cardstock
- Adhere tree in front of the stamped trees (I used the liquid glue to adhere . . . you don't need much)
- Use the Big Shot to cut the leaves from Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks
- Arrange them as desired and adhere to card front
- Stamp sentiment in upper right corner with Early Espresso Ink
- Adhere stamped piece to Tip Top Taupe card base
I love fall and am loving that I can use this awesome bundle to make cards for all seasons!
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