Thursday, March 27, 2008

Good to be Back

I didn't realize just how long it's been since my last post. It's been more than busy in our home as of late, as well as a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and somewhere along the way, I lost my stamping mojo. I tried to ignite my desire to stamp by visiting some of my favorite blogs and checking out the gallery at SCS. I went shopping at craft stores and poured over magazines, but nothing seemed to do it.

Then last week, as I was looking up some verses in my bible, the Scripture Chick Challenge came to mind. I hadn't touched my project in over a month. Recalling some of my favorite verses helped bring me back to complete another page for my desk flip book.

Do you ever feel like life is overwhelming and it takes all you have just to get out of bed in the morning? I'll admit it, I do. It's on those days, before I fling off the covers, I whisper to God "Today, I need your strength Lord". I am one of the thousands of people that live with depression. It came on after the death of my daughter and after 15 years, it remains. It's more seasonal now, showing up in late fall and lingering through winter, my daughter's birthday and the anniversary of her death. I don't know if it was the tragedy at NIU bringing so many memories to the surface or the long winter we are experiencing, but this year, it seemed to take hold of me more intensely.

Keeping God's word in mind has always been a help to me in coping with depression. Coupled with prayer, nothing else is so powerful to offer comfort and peace. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13 is just one of the many verses that God offers us as a reminder that we can overcome anything with God's strength. And we CAN!

I pray that your day is filled with God's presence, His strength and His love. Hugs~ Patti

Project Details
Stamps- SU! Stipple Butterfly, PTI Every Day Blessings
Paper- Basic Grey, SU! So Saffron
Ink- Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Embellishments- May Arts ribbon, Sakura Glitter Pen

3 comments:

Paula said...

Glad you are back, Patti! This has been a long winter. Your card is very uplifting and beautiful! The butterfly is lovely; did you use pastels to color him?
Hope you are feeling better soon! Maybe after the snow today, we will get some Spring?!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Woohoo! anotehr lovely flip book page and anotehr fabulous Scripture verse! There are many to choose from - hopefully we all have years to work on memorizing them all!

You find out things you never knew about your friends everyday - THANKS for sharing Patti! Special prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.

Love & friendship, Jules

beate said...

Patti,

I am so glad you are back! Your card looks wonderful. The butterfly is gorgeous! I am sorry to hear about your daughter and your depression. I hope spring and sunshine will help brighten your spirit!
Big cyber hugs

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