Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

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And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ~ Romans 5:5

It’s time for another CHF Challenge Chicks offering. I’m still working with the new Aimee Nugent images that will be released on Friday of this week. This is another silhouette, a manger scene. I used Beate’s Faux Shaving Cream technique, and I love the results on these large, solid images. The CHF Challenge today was to use Krylon Leafing Pens. I used the Pale Gold, and I see this morning that it must be out of stock, probably because they are all on special this week. You can achieve the same results with any of the colors, and there are lots of samples to look at, as much of the team is participating today.  You can see samples from Julia Stainton, Julie Campbell, Lisa SilverKim Hughes, Kristine Reynolds, Dawn Lusk, Michele Boyer and Sherrie Seimens by clicking their individual names.

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Joy! Peace! Hope! A sentiment from the Christmas Expressions set available on Thursday! Let me speak to those few words for a minute. Two times in my life, I have had a preacher stand up and say, ‘the Holy Spirit has given me a different message today that I originally planned’. One of those times was yesterday, and both times the new message was tailored to meet me where I was at, at that season. God is good. Our pastor actually preached from Romans 8 yesterday, my very favorite chapter of the Bible. And, he actually preached on JOY – the joy of our salvation! The joy of having a short (very short) list of things that we need to be happy and how that sets us up to be joyful. The encouragement yesterday gave me HOPE.

I’ve had a lot on my mind the last few weeks, a few rough situations that are really hard to wrap your mind around and even more difficult to evoke change.  While I won’t stop praying about them, I’ll be moving those rough situations off of my list of things that steal my happiness and rob my JOY. That brings me PEACE. It gives me a new HOPE, and His Word tells me that HOPE does not disappoint us. 

Tomorrow is Divine Design, and seeing how God touches so many of you through His Word, well that is one of those things that brings me JOY. Have a wonderful, wonderful day!

19 responses to “Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

  1. thanks for a wonderful post today Lori and for reminding me to not let the worries of the day steal my happiness or rob me of joy.

    Hugs,
    Amy

  2. Gorgeous design, Lori… and even more beautiful message.

    Hugs,
    lise

  3. Beautiful card, Lori!! The gold outlining looks fabulous!

  4. Beautiful design Lori and lovely message! So easy to get bogged down and forget that joy!

  5. Wow Lori – All these Christmas Sneak Peeks are amazing! This looks like it will be a great set! Thanks for sharing!

    Love & friendship, Jules

  6. oooweee! do I love this! love the faux shaving cream, the star with the manger…perfecto!

  7. Lori, I always enjoy visiting your blog. You have such pretty and creative cards and I find your blog very up lifting. Sometimes it is easy to forget that you have other things going on in your life as we all have. I agree with you God is Good and find it very comforting. Wishing you much Joy Hope and Peace.

  8. Lori, what a beautiful card! But, it was your words that were a blessing to me as I read your blog today. Thanks letting your faith shine through your blog.

  9. Hi Lori,

    Gorgeous card! Love all these Christmas designs. Thanks for the good message of hope and joy!

    Take care of yourself.

    Shawn K.

  10. These Christmas stamps are awesome! Thank goodness God is in control and always has the answer and will provide his peace in the mean time. You have a wonderful blog and thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for sharing this one! Great message too! I have had so much going on the last month and it is so hard to keep going and not be robbed of happiness and joy for each day. This was a little pick me up that I definately needed! thanks again.

  12. Thanks for sharing your art and your heart! 🙂

  13. Lori, you sharing that scripture today just brought more confirmation to my soul!!! God works in amazing ways! TFS (and I mean that!)

  14. Beautiful card Lori! I can’t tell you how many times over these past months that joy has seemed a million miles away…until I get my eyes off the problem and onto Jesus. I’ll be praying for hope, peace and joy to flood your heart and mind…washing those cares away : ) !! hugs, nancy

  15. I LOVE this card and the gold leafing. The manger scene looks so neat with the shaving cream technique. Also, thank you for the gentle reminder of where true joy comes from. 🙂

  16. Well you are in my prayers. Your art is stunning and I’m loving the peaceful Christmas spirit you are putting into my summer. Bless you sweet lady.

  17. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I hope you are doing well. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I will keep you in my prayers! 🙂

  18. This is so beautiful and almost rustic-looking! 🙂

  19. Beautiful card, and beautiful message! I will keep you in my prayers…whatever your situation may be. Hugs, sweetie!!

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