Tuesday, December 7, 2010

shutterfly joy

oh joy! not only is has our Savior come, but shutterfly has beautiful cards to adorn the good news! i'm just overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. there are gobs and gobs. if you know me well you can imagine me doing the indecisive dance as i looked at every. last. design. and then went through again to narrow down my favorites. they are all so beautiful! and i love the splashes of color they threw into this year's designs. go see for yourself!

recently i used shutterfly for sam's (shhh) photo book of our engagement.. yes I know i'm way behind on documenting photos of our six years together. i was just amazed at the ease with which i was able to choose colorful backgrounds, upload photos and use shutterfly's quick-slap-the-photos-on-the-pages-for-you option. and they did a beautiful outline that i simply rearranged a bit to my taste. time-saver for sure without compromising creativity.

when a sweet friend of mine posted about shutterfly's FREE giveaway of 50 holiday cards, i was thrilled. all i have to do is review their designs on my blog!? surely i can manage that during this 10 day stay in frigid north iowa:)
next, i plan to use shutterfly to make a personalized calendar. does anyone else need a fun way to escape the guilt that comes with forgetting birthdays and anniversaries? i might make one of these and call it sam's:) wink wink.

okay, on with some favorites. it was SO hard to choose but i loved the word "joy" to describe Christmas. The perfect christ child came to earth to become sin for me so i don't have to endure the wrath of the father? oh, joy! how can i not worship him out of the joy that flows from my heart?

little splash of color and joy:) modern.
a folded card so you can add an update letter inside! oh, joy!

lots of color on this one. i just love the vibrancy!

so, that's all my thoughts for now. the one we chose isn't here on purpose. wouldn't want to ruin the surprise! but christmas is around the corner so the wait won't be long.

now, go get your own free 50 here :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

nothing can keep us from your love...

Since I've been posting songs that speak right to my heart, here is another one:) Based on Romans 8:35-39 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?..NO, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present not things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I meditate on the truths of this song as I cry out to God for healing in every area of my life.

No mountain, no valley
No gain or loss we know
Could keep us from Your love

No sickness, no secret
No chain is strong enough
To keep us from Your love
To keep us from Your love

How high, how wide
No matter where I am
Healing is in Your hands
How deep, how strong
Now by Your grace I stand
Healing is in Your hands

Our present, our future
Our past is in Your hands
We're covered by Your blood
We're covered by Your blood

In all things, we know that
We are more than conquerors
You keep us by Your love