T.I.P. #5 ~ "They didn't have it in Red..." {Psalm 10:17}

 Hi there!  Back again with another post for this evening ~ I've moved my Tuesday's Inspirational Passages post to Thursdays!   My card for you today is simple, but it was one that most fit the TIP of the week :)  I haven't put a sentiment inside yet, so I'll be sure to repost pictures of that, too!

The Psalms have long captured my love since I was very little and I was especially drawn to 10:17 for this post.   One day last week, I was leaving the toy store and I saw a little girl about 5 throwing a huge temper tantrum in the parking lot outside as her exasperated father tried his best to console her.  Before I could look away, he caught my eye and said "It doesn't come in red."  Torn between sprinting off like I didn't hear a thing or asking if he needed some help, my maternal instinct won and I stayed. 

Now, she continued to kick and scream and point to the store, he repeated himself.  "The balloon.   It doesn't come in red."  My heart ached for her, and for him.  I noticed right away that she was a child of special needs - I have a most beautiful niece with Asbergers Syndrome and I have been that aunt in the store as she cried for the one that wasn't there.  Even as a parent, I immediately connected to the powerful understanding that it has to be "the one."  Not the pink one with white flowers or the green one with stripes, but the red one.  The one they didn't have.  

God works like that so much in our lives!  He lives for you, for me :)  He wants your day to be filled with happiness and learning experiences, all bringing us closer to Him.   Psalms 10:17-18 tells us "God can be trusted to hear us in our distress and defend us with his might."
Even in our times of weariness and discouragement - look up!  We can know and trust and be confident that Our Savior will renew our strength and hope and dispair.  Trust in Him.   We may not always get our red balloons, but we will always have Him.   For me, that's more than enough :)

And before I go, I wanted to remind you that we are having a Beach Party!!  It is time for Fresh Brewed Designs next rubber stamp release!!!  To celebrate we are having a PARTYBlessings to you today!
over at The Latte Lounge FBD group!!!

 But LUCKY for YOU, you will also get to see MORE at the blog hop May 4-7!
Would you like a sneak peek?  Here's one! 

Hope to see you there!

Entered into these challenges for consideration: 
 Craft your Passion - layers!
Simon says Stamp! - Anything Goes


  1. Kelly, this image is super cute. I like the bright colors and your layout. HUGS

  2. Kelly... you are a gem!!! Your story behind this card made me go weak in the knees.... how special is this card!!?!! At first, the card made me smile... the pretty colors and that puppy *thud* heart breaker!!! and then, I went on reading your story... and now I'm all teared up... That little girl, even though she doesn't realize this, is special and so lucky to have this card dedicated to her. Hugs to you and your niece. BTW, Happy Royal Wedding Day!!! :o)

  3. I am glad that you could were able to help the father feel like he was not alone.

    Your card is too cute! I love Bugaboo.

    I just wish the balloon had been red for her!

  4. What a wonderful card and so cute, what a face on that puppy. Love your story about that little girl and how you stayed to help, the father so he felt some comfort. You are a true blessing. Have a great weekend.

  5. what a wonderful story......so many times where I work we will have a problem like this out in the community and so many just stand and stare, they are children of God also, God will bless you for lending a helping hand thank you for this. Your card is awesome too!

  6. Your such a gracious lady... I'm sure the man appreciated your attempt to help! Love your card it is just darling!

  7. Powerful words of encouragement, Kel! And a wonderful act of Christ's love on your part. I've been that 'father' before, only it was in the checkout isle, with LOTS of people in many lines! My eldest is special needs, a boy, and it was a tractor toy. God sent an old acquaintance to diffuse the tension.

  8. very sweet card and I love the story kelly--you are such a sweetheart!

  9. aw I love this little dog and the colours you've used on your card! And yes, I'm away from home til the weekend but will be (or have been!) glued to the Royal Wedding!
    ps glad you liked the freebie

  10. What a touching story Kelly. Thanks for sharing it with us. Such a cute card, love choice of paper and the image is just too dang cute!

  11. What a powerful story, Kelly. I love how you were able to connect the event, Psalm and card. Just beautiful. I really like this bright puppy dog card!!!

  12. Kelly, you card is charming. Love the image, the card design and all the super bright colors. Most of all, I cherish your story. Being a teacher, mom, and grandma...I can relate. I am so glad that you stood by for the man even though you must have felt helpless. I too wish that there had been a red balloon. Bless you.
    Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion for our current challenge:"Show us your layers." We hope that you will stop by again on Monday for our next challenge. Barbara GDT

  13. Your card is adorable - and your story is sweet. You have a ton more patience than I do. (Honestly, I'm a cranky ol' broad and I would have probably muttered "brat" under my breath and moved in. Lord grant me patience and understanding!)

  14. wow!!!awesome..Its so colorful and beautiful card. This layout is looking great. That dog keeps the balloon is so cute. Thanks for this nice art work.

  15. Well, Kelly, it's a good thing I've already washed up for bed and have no mascara on!! Your words are JUST what I needed to read and have moved me to tears (in a good way). I was talking to my husband earlier today about something I've been praying about for years - and not getting. I'm quite certain there are time that God must just shake his head and see me as a five year old having a tantrum. Thank you so much for this reassurance. His words through you for me.
    I love your card! It's downright adorable and that red balloon is just perfect!

  16. Awww, what a sweet gesture that you stayed to assist the father. I'm sure he was at his wits end and I'm sure your patience helped him realize you understood his dilemma. I wish more people had patience and understanding like you.

    Of course, the card is beautiful. Love the sweet doggy and his balloon!

  17. very nice. thank you for joining us on craftyourpassion's challenge blog. Good luck !

  18. Anonymous5/01/2011

    Such a cute image and great layout.Love your choice of papers too.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion :D
    Lisa x

  19. Kelly, I loved this card as soon as I saw it but after reading your post...wow, what can I say?! Thank you so much for sharing the story and your inspirational words. I always enjoy your T.I.P.' s. Sending you a hug! :)