Hi! I couldn’t take it with all the cards any longer; and, had to share a picture I made a while back, for Thanksgiving. It is entitled, “Give Thanks to the Lord.” I may have made it for Thanksgiving; but, we kept it up all year to remind us to thank God for the many things He has given us; and, done for us. This is especially important when you are going through a challenge! God has blessed me; and, my family in so many ways. I do appreciate it. Thank you Heavenly Father.
I researched giving thanks in the Bible. I found many ways to give thanks. Than I put them into one word; and, used as many as I could in my picture.
To show our appreciation for God, we can tell Him; or, we can tell others about Him.
Look around and you will see any number of things that God has given you; or, done for you. Look around and you can find a number of things that you can do for others, to show them God’s love; and, to help them. In doing so, you are telling God thanks for what He has done for you. Look around at the beautiful creation that God made; and, you will have ample things for which to praise Him. When I see the mighty, majestic mountains; or, the tiny, incredible hummingbird, I can’t help but praise God.
Sometimes we need to pause; and, remember all that God has done for us. He IS doing for us, in fact. Especially in times of trial or challenge, we need to do this, to remind us of how faithful God is to us. In taking that time to stop and remember, think about what God has been asking you to do. Then go do it. That is showing God how you appreciate Him. Maybe you need to remember to thank God for putting someone in your path for a specific reason?
Thanking God can be done in many different ways, and singing is one of them. Remember how David entered Jerusalem, singing and dancing to praise God and thank Him? We can do the same. Don’t you think God likes to hear us smile or laugh? While there are some serious songs, many fill your heart with joy and thanksgiving. I can’t sing “Amazing Grace” or “How Great Thou Art”, without a swelling of thankfulness in my attitude and countenance. My thankfulness comes from my whole body. So, take time to sing to God with thanksgiving.
Call upon God. To call, suggests also taking time to listen. Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t always have to tell our children to listen? When they do, isn’t that showing respect and thankfulness? Don’t you want to hear everything from your children when they come home from something? Why should God be any different? Do you like two way conversations with your children? Shouldn’t God like the same from us? I think another way it shows thankfulness, is if you call upon God for something, you are showing faith that God will answer your call; and, that is a form of showing thanks. When a child calls and asks you to remove the monster under the bed; and, gives you a hug for being there; isn’t that kind of a way for them to say thank you for being there and taking care of this for me?
The Bible says the heavens declare the Glory of God. Isn’t that another way of saying the heavens thank God for what He has done? Then we need to declare the Glory of God, to God; and, to others.
Wow! God wants us to give with a glad heart. When you take a hostess gift to someone that has invited you to dinner, you are saying Thank you. When you give a gift to someone who has done something for you, you are saying thanks. How do you give to someone/thing that you can’t see or feel? We can give to others, such as those less fortunate than us. You can give freely and wholly of yourself to God. When we do, we are giving thanks. God says that whenever you do for the least, you are doing for Him.
Don’t we all love to have someone praise us? What better way to feel appreciated than to have someone praise us? God is no different! We can praise Him by talking to Him, by singing to Him, by dancing for him. You can even praise Him by writing to Him! Another way to praise God is by telling others what He has done for you. Praise, we all need it!
Well, that is the story behind my little picture. I hope that you have been blessed by it; and, inspired to make something similar for yourself. With that in mind, here are the supplies I used for this picture. Don’t forget my store is open 24/7, if you need anything!
- I fell in love with this designer paper (retired) and knew I wanted to use it like this. What you use will dictate what colors of ink and cardstock you will use.
- The stamp set I used was Day of Gratitude from Stampin’ Up! With the exception of “remember”, I used the Sweet Shoppe Stamp Set, also from Stampin’ Up!, for the lettering. While they are retired, I would imagine you could find them on ebay.
- I used our uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen (item #105021) to write out “remember” so it would fit on the tag.
- To make something like this, you will need a pair of paper snips (item # 103579).
- The decorative label punch is item #120907. The 1/2″ circle punch (item # 119869) was used to punch out some of the letters. The scallop border punch is retired.
- For the accessories, here are some current products you can substitute for the retired products. Bright designer buttons (item #130028). White perfect accents (item # 138416) and color with a sharpie. Candy Dots (item # 130931 for brights and #130932 for regals) can be used alone or with the candy dot brad bases (item #132293). There are several different ribbons you might use.
- For adhesives you will want snail (item #104332), dimensionals (item #104430), and mini glue dots (item #103683).
I am entering this picture in the SU-Only challenge #134 – Thank You Very Much. For more information; or, to see more entries, click here.
That is it for this visit. I hope you have a great weekend. Until our next visit, Happy Stampin’ and Scrappin’, Paula
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