Share a smile :)

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor ” ~ Judges 6:12

Such a incredible tough couple of weeks it's been here ~ from poor Brandy's terminal cancer to my stolen purse and subsequent havoc they are wreaking on our banks with stolen checks, etc  and about 50 other things that all felt so insurmountable... you know, those days upon days when nothing goes right.  The frustration, the sadness ....  one day last week I just sat down and said "that's it!  I just can't take one more thing!  I'm beat! I'm tired! My heart aches!"  And not even an hour after that, my Jeep - new, perfectly working - breaks down and left me stranded with my little son.  This Jeep has NEVER, EVER broken down + was just back from it's check-up.   As much as I wanted to toss up my hands and scream, I thought of the scripture that Pastor read to us not too long back ........  Judges 6:12.   I put my head into my hands and  just asked Him to shelter me, guide me.   Sometimes life challenges us whether we are ready or not ~ we won't always know how to handle it but if we trust in our Lord, He will see us through.

Now ... I'm no Gideon delivering the Israelites from the Midiantes ;)  But just as he saw himself as meak and not qualified, the Savior reminds us that we are strong and confident.  He reminds us that no matter what the circumstances look like ~  dig your heels in and know that by His spirit we will overcome!

Which brings me to my card for today :)  Our challenge this week at the Happy Monday Challenge is to create a card of fellowship and "share a smile!"  I recently read on a good friend's blog that she, too, was suffering greatly last week and my heart ached reading the news of  her loss.  I knew instantly who I wanted to make a card for ...  no matter what is happening in our lives, what an awesome reminder that someone else's troubles may be greater than our own.  For that, I am humbled and grateful for His awesome love and grace!

I created a card using this super sweet bunny image from the "First Peek of Spring" set - you can find it here in the shop!  It's perfect for Easter cards, Spring, and the beauty of flowers is so versatile.  I colored this image before having any idea what paper I'd pair it to, so it's a bright bouquet of flowers! 

And did you know that you can try  a Deedee's Digis for free before you buy?!  You sure can! There is so much inspiration, come on by - we'd love to see what you create this week! 

 And as Pastor told us, let today be a miracle for you.  Sometimes doubts will happen - you'll have those "toss your hands in the air and scream" days ~ that's just all part of the journey.  You might doubt, have hestitancy, stall, struggle ... but those are the times you need to draw closest to Him.  Let Him take the reigns of control and show you the way!  Because, after all is said and done, there is only one direction to turn - towards Him!

Blessings to you!


  1. WoW! You have had one crazy week! I think we have all been there, have all thrown our hands up and said "Really???" But we are reminded to stay strong and move forward.

    Sending extra prayers your way!
    beautiful card! Very cheerful and bright!

  2. And this too shall pass...I am so thankful that you're such a strong Christian woman whose faith is going to strengthen and guide you through these trials. Know that you are in my prayers daily, dear friend. Hugs!

    Your friend is going to be so blessed in receiving this beautiful card!

  3. So bright and cheerful. I love how you decorated the inside too! Will definitely bring a smile to your friend's face! Here's hoping things start looking up for both you and your friend! ((HUGS))

  4. Oh, Kelly, you have had one heck of a week! I am so sorry to hear about sweet Brandy. :(...and your purse was stolen?? Good grief, who DOES something like that? Despite all that craziness, you created something fantastic. I love your happy card, but more then that...I want to send you a big hug tonight! Your message today was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs to you, my friend! :)

  5. oh Kells...
    truly a heartbreaking week indeed...but your strong belief in HIM will see you through EVERYTHING!! I wish I had some of your Faith...mine tends to waver at times...need to be stronger!
    Your card is cheerful and FUn...love all the wonderful colors and details!Your friend would love it 4 sure!:o)

  6. I am sorry you are having such a dreadful time at the moment... I hope things improve, hold onto that faith, it is priceless! I love your card, it's very cheery, great colours.

  7. Hang in there, bless your heart, your card is priceless!!

  8. I am so sorry for all you have been through these past days. You are on the right track and everything will work out.

    Your card is adorable. Such talent! Love the layout inside and out.

    Smile, today is a new day!

  9. You are dealing with so much, but I am always so amazed at how well you do get through things and that is your faith :) Great message, I always say we are being tested and may not understand why right away, but some how with faith it ends up behind us. So sorry you are dealing with all of this at one time. Your card is adorable and you made one happy card for someone and they will just love it. Cyber {{hugs}} to you.

  10. Hang in there GF! Just know the Lord is the blessed controller of ALL things.... I so lean on that! You are such an inspiration, not only creatively but also spiritually! Beautiful ray of sunshine this card is, so bright and cheerful!

  11. Kelly, your card is a real beauty! I love looking for your Kelly-colors. You definitely have a gorgeous eye for colors/papers! I love your style!!!

    I was also touched with the words you wrote. I know it's been really really rough lately. I pray for you and think of you often! I admire you and your strong faith. He will see you through!


  12. This is lovely. I just love the colors and the DP. TFS.

  13. What a sweet, adorable card! You're absolutely right, too....someone always has it worse than you do. I have to remember to count my blessings on a daily basis.

  14. Thank you so much for having the courage to share your trials AND your faith. I SO needed to read your (His) words today and have been moved to tears, having received the much needed reassurance that the Lord is with me too. I'm so sorry that you've been going through so much turmoil and will pray for you, Kelly. There is a reason for all of this. Just keep trusting.
    Now for your card - It just screams spring!! It's so bright and cheerful and that image is adorable!!

  15. Kelly, I am so sorry to hear about all these tests your going through.
    I believe what comes around goes around and for those people who are wreaking havoc with your purse contents.... bad luck to them!

    As for your car... agh, bad day all culminated into one. Hope it was able to be fixed (cheaply) :)

    Well, I'm sure a bright and good day is coming your way to reward you for being so strong and receiving the challenges with a good attitude.

    Beautiful card to show your positive attitude. (Your insides on your cards are equally as good)


  16. Anonymous3/01/2011

    Kelly, thank you so very much this post. You are such an inspiration to me every day with your amazing faith, and the love and zeal you have and show every day for your family, friends, and life in general. I am so very sorry to hear that things have been so tough, and yet you find a way to turn it into a positive lesson for all of us. You are one incredible lady! Please know that you are in my prayers every day. Much love!

  17. Anonymous3/01/2011

    P.S. I forgot to tell you how incredibly sweet your card is! Over the top cuteness!!!

  18. Oh Kelly! What a trying time you've had, my friend!! I'm so sorry about all of that, but so blessed to read your post and find such faith and inspiration! YOU are amazing, and I love ya bunches!!

    I haven't made it to Deedee's new store yet, but after seeing this adorable image, I've just GOT to go! You manage to put together the BEST and most cheerful color combos that I've seen anywhere!! Your card is so special and amazing... JUST LIKE YOU!!

    Love ya,

  19. ooh, so pretty both inside and out :-)

  20. This card makes me long for spring even more than I already dooooooooooo! :)