Thursday, 1 September 2011

A Card and A Devotional Thought

Hello my lovelys. I hope everyone that wants to is signing up for my giveaway. Make sure you follow the instructions in the contest post at the top of the blog. I wouldn't want you to miss out.

I completed a card late last night for the Greeting challenge at The Outlawz. Thanks Angela for a wonderful recipe challenge.

I haven't done many recipe challenges. In fact, this one could be my first, but I don't trust much to my memory these days. I really enjoyed it and hope to take part in another recipe challenge this week at The Outlawz by talented artist and designer, Anne Fenton.

Angela's recipe called for two patterned papers, 3 embellishments and an image. The DPs are by SU and K&C. The embellishments are from my stash.

The image I chose is Roger with Flowers by Helen Lawrence of Ellephantastic. Her digis are so sweet. She is one of my favorite digital artists. In fact, I just picked up 3 of her new designs this morning.

That's it for the card. Now for my devotional thought.

JESUS - The Ultimate Undercover Boss

"If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot." - Job 9:33-35
Have you seen the new show, "Undercover Boss"? There is a UK and an American version. The premise is that the head of a company or municipality wants to know what their employees really think of their jobs and working conditions. But they know the employees would be fearful of speaking their minds to their boss.

So . . .
the boss goes in disguise, pretending to be a trainee. He/she works at entry level jobs and gets to experience the pros and cons of each job. He also gets to hear the praises and complaints from employees, nothing held back. By the end of the show, the boss re-introduces himself to the employees, rewarding the faithful and making good on legitimate complaints. The employees get to see their boss in a new light, as someone who truly cares about their well-being. There are usually lots of hugs and often tears on both sides. It is very heart-warming.

When I read the above passage in Job this morning, I thought of how Jesus came to Earth as the ultimate undercover boss. Here he was, God - in human disguise, come to labour beside us and become intimately acquainted with our struggles. He listened to our complaints, as he always was willing to do, but we (like Job) were afraid to speak honestly with him. He suffered, not only with us, but for us - suffering too great for us to  endure.

But when Jesus was restored to his heavenly position, he offered to promote us all to that same heavenly position.  (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6) And now, through Jesus Christ, we can know God intimately and know that he truly cares for every detail of our life. One day he will re-introduce himself to us and reward the faithful who have put their trust in him through Jesus Christ - the arbitrator Job longed to see.



NanaConnie said...

What a fabulous card! Love the way you did a two-sided die cut and then turned the corner back. That lacey trim is wonderful.
What a great take on the "Undercover Boss" idea. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Judy said...

Hi Teresa! Thanks for visiting my blog and following me. I am now following you as well. I have been out of the blogging loop for quite awhile, but excited to be back crafting again. I love this card - very cute digi image. Your devotional is wonderful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing. God Bless - Judy

Anonymous said...

Hi Teresa, beautiful words, I just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy weekend, I'm running late, on that so sorry. I had to enjoy your pets page again, just love reading all the stories on your babies and how they became part of your family. Also love your fabulous word art.

Hope you're feeling better. Hugs, Lori m