Friday, July 29, 2011

God's Promises Faith Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the God's Promises Faith Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Candy's blog you are in the right place. If you just arrived at my blog, you should go to Paper Tree House Studio (www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com) in order to start at the beginning. Every month a group of brave women get together to showcase the Glory of God. This month we want to showcase His faithfulness during trying times, so kick back, relax and let the Lord touch your heart with His Truth!

Did you know that there are 1260 promises in the Bible? I did not count them myself, but am blown away by the fact that each and every promise the Lord gives, He is faithful to fulfill. It is pretty easy to believe this when times are easy and abundance surrounds our lives, but is that the same when trouble hits?

The Bible says that our hearts are deceitful above all things and then it adds WHO CAN TRUST IT? Have you ever considered that maybe the reason why we don't trust God is because we spend more time looking at how big the waves in our lives have become and forget that God created the entire UNIVERSE with just His breath... Think about it, the Lord spoke the ENTIRE World into existence... the only thing created that was made with His hands was man and woman. That is why He says that if He provides for the birds and the plants, how much more to His children? You are precious to the Lord and He will not fail you, even when it feels He might.

In this hop you will read the stories of women like you that have faced trouble and probably even lacked the faith to believe in the miracle the Lord performed at the very end! Our prayer is that you would open your heart to the Truth found in these promises and that you would even share with us what God has done in your life. Your victory may become our hope... :)

During the hop you will find many chances to win prizes! All you have to do to be considered for one of those prizes is leave a comment and become a follower of the blogs you will hop through. For the Grand Prizes , make sure to leave a comment, become a follower, and "LIKE" Paper Tree House on Facebook. This will allow you to find out about future hops we will be having.

Here are the brave women that dared to share their stories:

Paper Tree House - http://mypapertreehouse.blogsp​ot.com

Nana - www.youniquereflections.blogsp​ot.com

Tammy - http://www.fromme2upapercrafti​ng.blogspot.com/

Susan - http://susanascorner.blogs​pot.com/

Jennifer E. - www.createoften.blogspot.com

Candy - http://www.sweetstamper.co​m/

Amanda - http://asjmade.blogspot.com/

Wendy - http://wendyscrappings.blogspo​t.com/

Nicole - http://scrapmethis.blogspot.co​m

Jessie - www.scrapbookingmiami.blogspot​.com

Diane - http://dianemarra.typepad.com/

Vicki - http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspo​t.com/

Lynne Kirsch --- http://slasewcraftiness.blogsp​ot.com/

Carolyn Phillips - http://messmuddleandfun.blogsp​ot.com/

ScrappyZeni Pradel --- www.scrappyzeni.blogspot.com

Grand Prizes:

Stamping Things: The Topper Ink Pad Holder (http://www.stampinthings.com/​stamp-pad-holder.html)

Paper Tree House Studio: Exclusive PDF file tutorial for Mini-Book Taught at CHA.

K Andrew Stamps: Stamp Set

Tombow: Grand Adhesive Set

God's Fulfilled Promise in my life:
  
I really struggled with what story to share here. I feel that God has fulfilled so many promises in my life, many that I am sure I am not ever aware have been fulfilled. Finally I decided to focus on the promise of Forgiveness and the promise of New Life. For me, the go hand in hand.
  
 I spent my whole life not really feeling like I had a purpose, not really having any type of relationship with God, I went to church on the holidays, I went to religion class when my mom made me, and I only prayed when I wanted something....the saddest thing about all of that is that I had no idea that I was living my life wrong, simply because I was just living it for me.
  
 I got mixed up in some behavior that was sending me on the path of destruction...yet still I didn't turn to God. Thankfully he knew what I needed, and I met my husband. I no longer felt the need to look for love, I had it right there in front of me! Yet still, I didn't thank God, and I still had no closer relationship with him.
  
A few years later, we found out that we were going to experience our own little miracle. We were going to have a baby!! :) Things started to feel different, I wanted to go to church, I wanted to learn more about the Bible and about my Lord and Savior, I wanted to grow in my faith. We started going to church, a church where we were not welcomed, so it very quickly soured our little family on our walk of faith and learning, so we stopped going.
  
 Then one day we were talking with some friends, and they asked us to go to their church with them. We did, walked in the doors that first day, and we knew we were right where we were supposed to be! The next month they started membership classes, so we signed up! On the day of our first class, we found out we were expecting another little miracle! :) I instantly took that as confirmation for God that this was our spot, where we were supposed to be.

I am blessed daily by God, and he has given so much more than I deserve. When I wasn't yet ready to take the steps to give it to Him, when I was scared to give that trust and faith a chance, He began working in my life to make me see it and find it in people around me. He knew that all the sadness and bad choices didn't help bring me to Him, so he gave me love and happiness. He gave me a wonderful, wonderful husband who I love so much more than I can even express, two beautiful little girls, who teach me daily about the wonder and glory of His love and forgiveness. I sought Him during the happiest times in my life, and Praise the Lord I found Him!

As I struggled with what to share for this, which as I read back now, I see that it is more of my faith journey that I shared, but what better promise do we have? Than that of new life, of seeking and finding....But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.Deuteronomy 4:29
Here are some other scriptures that helped inspire me through this post.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all. 1 John 1:7

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Here is a layout I created for this blog hop...I look at this picture and I feel everything I talked about forgiveness, new life, new chances, love...and so much more. God is so good!



Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and allowing me to share part of my story with you. I pray that God is working in your life! I would like to offer a little RAK for you! To be entered, please just become a follower and leave a comment (if you are already a follower, please just leave me a comment telling me you are) and I will randomly select someone to win a a fun prize pack I have put together :)

Thanks for hopping through this faith hop. Know that we are praying for you and really hope your eyes are opened to the Truth about the Lord's Faithfulness! :)

Now you are off to Wendy's blog, to hear about God's promises of fulfillment in her life.

Love in Christ,

Amanda

17 comments:

yyam said...

Glad you found your faith...it certainly empowers you in times of despair.

Your layout is beautiful! I really love the hearts and the beautiful picture. :)

Shawnee said...

I'm so glad you found Jesus. He is a friend who will stick closer than a brother. I've only gotten through some of the hardest times in my life because of Jesus. His promises are true and He is faithful!!
Thank you for this beautiful layout and picture.

Blessings,
Shawnee
http://www.blessedonthebrightside.com

Wendy Swenne said...

THanks so much for your testimony. So glad you've found God and your faith. God is good and know exaclty what and when we need. And if we make a choice, and step further of the right path, He will bring other things on our path. Eventually we cannot run for the great Love God has for us.

I love your layout! Thanks so much for sharing.

God bless,

Wendy

Jen said...

Precious! Thank you for sharing!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

What a wonderful story of God's blessing on your family's life!

McVic said...

Wonderful testimonial! TY for sharing! Im a new follower
you can find me at
youhadmeatscrap.blogspot.com
kacee

SueNJ said...

I just love this layout and am glad that we are all part of the same family. Your children are beautiful and they are lucky to have a Mom like you :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B
http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/

MiamiKel said...

What a sweet blog page!! So wonderfully created- thanks for sharing your inspiring, God filled story with us! What blessings indeed! x0x0

EstherT said...

I LOVE that you came to Christ when things were going well!!!
I'm a new follower.

~Thanks, Esther
esthert119(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Scraping Miami said...

What a great LO and story of everything you have been through blessings
Jessie

Adele said...

What a wonderful story, Amanda! And a darling LO too. So glad you've been touched by God's hand :)

GLOANN said...

Amanda, so enjoyed reading the story of your experience of finding God in your happy times. What a blessing! I have become a follower of your blog.

Ashley Horton said...

Thanks for sharing your story Amanda!! It is always amazing to see how God works!

clmk523 said...

Beautiful layout! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing your story.

fabitolana said...

Hermosa historia ... y como dices Dios es tan bueno ...!!! hermosas palabras ..Bnediciones desde Chile ..

Cathy said...

Gorgeous layout, Your story is inspiring.
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Debora said...

Hola!!! gracias por compartir!! bendiciones