Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs Forum Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #83 - Beauty Revealed

A voice says, Cry out!  I answer, what shall I cry out?  All mankind is grass and all their glory like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. (So then the people are the grass.)  Though the grass withers and the flower fades, the word of our God stands forever.                               ~Isaiah 40:6-8

There are six of them, each fashioned with an exquisiteness that would challenge the most artistic hand and imaginative mind.  The color they share with admiring eyes is a restful and delightful pink.  Their form resembles a heart with white extensions like well-designed spears extended from an opening in the underside.  Thread-like hangers of green support each from a delicate green branch.  Holding them to my desk lamp I discover how perfectly each has been fashioned, each done so excellently well that the Creator deemed it worth repeating.  

Mom's bleeding hearts are blooming in my front flower bed.  The plants, dug up from her home when she passed away and redistributed among us - her children - just as she wished.  Mom went to her Eternal reward 3 years ago, and each spring when her bleeding hearts burst into bloom in my garden I am reminded of a God who does both big and small things and does them so beautifully.  From God's wonderful hand comes a majestic mountain, a roaring sea, a thundering waterfall, a valley of green, a charming butterfly, a hopping bunny, a mighty lion or a quiet lamb.  The bible of nature has so much to share and reveal of a God we call Father, a Creator who reveals His beauty in so many millions of ways.

We need to stop and smell the flowers!  To take them in hand individually and to open our eyes and hearts to the message they all share so powerfully, of the One who fashioned them so beautifully and lovingly. 

The great master artists - Michelangelo, Raphael, daVinci and others had a talent that makes one gaze in utter amazement.  We need not travel to Rome and Florence to see great artistry, for we are surrounded by the magnificent originals of the master artist of them all - the Creator.  Each of His works is original and unique in its own special way.

Do yourself a favor.  Pick a flower!  Just one - and allow it to speak to you of God.

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that reveals the beauty of the Creator.  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT83 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share it with us!

Supplies for this project
Cardstock:  Truly Yours – White Card Base; Bazzill – Coconut Swirl, Intense Pink
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Bleeding Hearts, ScriptureSeries 1
Inks, Stains, Paints & Colored Pencils:  Versafine – Onyx Black; Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Watermelon, Shell Pink; Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:  Spellbinders – Classic Ovals, Lacy Ovals

Accessories & Other Stuff:   American Crafts Ribbon, Hero Arts Pearls



  1. Lady Slippers are such beautiful flowers, and you did such an amazing job with this card. It's just lovely, and I thank you SO MUCH for sharing it in our challenge this week, Cheryl. I am grateful for your participation and hope that you're having a blessed week.
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  2. Wow, powerful words so beautifully written! Thanks for sharing about your mom, Cheryl! The bleeding hearts are so gorgeous and your card is amazing!! HUGS!!


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