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Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery – Why Does it Matter? pt 2

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why Does it Matter? Pt. 2

 

In last weeks blog article, I shared with you ” The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery. ” Today in my two part series I will share with you my biggest reasons why I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stationery and paper crafting.  If you haven’t read part 1 of this series, please take a moment to visit it here

In today’s part two blog article, I will share with you 14 examples of the most needed and desired people to share the Gospel with through your handmade stationery and greeting cards. At the end of today’s post is a wonderful reminder from the King of Glory about giving to the needy and about earthly possessions.

If you are a card maker and have found yourself asking what else can I make? Who can benefit from the greeting cards I make?

 May I encourage you to create stationery to Glorify God and spread His message? I plan on using the tools and talent He’s given  to reach the lost and broken hearted in my sphere of influence. Would you like to join me in sowing the seeds of faith to reap a harvest of blessings for the Kingdom of God?

If this topic interests you, please have the liberty to get started.  In the weeks to come I have planned out a series of blog articles for Cricut Design Space Files that can help you get started with making cards.

14 examples of expanding the Gospel in the lives around you


  •  First, make cards for your family.  It’s so important to focus on the spiritual needs of your household before you branch out to share the Gospel.

  • Make greeting cards for the homeless
  • Make greeting cards for the lonely
  • Make greeting cards for the elder
  • Make greeting cards for the single parents and orphans
  • Make greeting cards for your enemies
  • Make greeting cards for the people who clean the toilets at your job
  • Make greeting cards for the sick and lame and tell them the Good News that Jesus heals all sickness!
  • Make greeting cards for the military, the veterans, and their families
  • Make greeting cards for the poor and meet their needs
  • Make greeting cards for the missionaries who will visit other countries ( the workers are few but they need your help)
  • Make greeting cards for your neighbors
  • Make greeting cards for the fellowship you attend so as a community of believers you can further expand your reach of the lost
  • Make greeting cards for the people that everyone else forgets about.

Jesus didn’t forget about You or them and we shouldn’t either!

Jesus’ Teaching about Giving to the Needy Matthew 6 NLT

 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

Isn’t this message about giving powerful? In our culture the average person spends most of their time “sharing” all their good deeds on social media. Let us all live the example that The Lord Jesus Christ has set before us and give to those in need privately.

Jesus’ Teaching about Money and Possessions Matthew 6 NLT

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

I am thankful for the reminders from The Lord Jesus Christ about the things of this earth.  I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about my life because Jesus already has the provision I need daily. I really like making cards but I don’t want to make it more important than my relationship with God or people.  My focus for 2019 and beyond is that I will love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul. Then I want to love myself more and extend more love to my neighbors.

It is my hope that my 2 part blog article series “Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why Does it Matter?” was a enormous blessings to you in your paper crafting journey and with people.

“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Many Blessing in the Messiah,
Kristal

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery-Why it Matters PT 1

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why it Matters PT 1

In last weeks blog article, I shared with you ” The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery. ”

In today’s two part blog article series I will share with you my biggest reasons why I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stationery and paper crafting.

 

Creating stationery is more than just making things, its about creatively expressing a meaningful message to make a lasting impact on a person’s life.

 My mentor and sister in the Lord says it quite beautifully

Words are powerful.
On  a card or out of your mouth.
The Gospel Shared is always a good thing.
It burns in my heart to share the Gospel Creatively.
Jesus is BIG into sharing by the written word.

Viewing Life & God's Creation from a Different Lens.

Viewing Life & God's Creation from a Different Lens

Sharing the Gospel Creatively

When I received the Holy Spirit, it was a life changing event that journeyed me into viewing life from a different lens. I started to think about what The Lord wanted to do with these tiny art messages that I enjoyed creating. I began to think about people differently. I  ask the Lord frequently to help me see and hear people from His perspective so that I may minister His love to them.

 


♥I think about the broken people others have forgotten about. There are so many angry, hurting, and lonely people in the world who just need an ear to listen to them.
Many children in the world are abandoned by their parents, raised by single parents, or have lost a parent through tragedy. Some children were never taught about the Love of God through Christ Jesus. Some of these hurting people will be the next generation who will have to run things when we get older.

Let’s be BOLD from this point on to pour the love of God to our communities and in the lives of these children who desperately need to know they are loved.  TRUST ME- they NEED to KNOW.

A father’s love in a child’s life is so vital. The enemy knows this and uses this as a tool to destroy children. Almighty God ( Daddy) is the best father because He is the Creator of Heaven & Earth.  He loves us with an everlasting love.

More people need to know they are loved with an everlasting love that is unshakeable and unbreakable.


♥I think about the times when I was an unbeliever and needed to know that God really loved me.  I think about all the people who will spend their eternity separated from God. This is a truth most people don’t want to acknowledge or accept. It would be unloving for me to keep this important detail of truth to myself. Whether a person wants to accept it or not, eternal separation from God is a serious matter that needs to be addressed.

Looking to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of your faith for your answers is the most courageous step to take in understanding how to live a Godly life and share His messages. He will provide you with all your needs and refresh you in each season. Quite frankly, I lived a rough life and now at the tail end of my 30’s I am learning how to live my life biblical. I have not fully arrived, I make a lot of mistakes, and I am not where I would like to be in my walk –BUT God is so good, so patient, so kind, so merciful, and slow to anger. ( I am so grateful that He really knows me and gets me).

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.

 

I am expecting to see more of the Glory of the Lord as I continue to press into my God- given destiny.

May I encourage you to start boldly declaring the works of the Lord in your sphere of influence? The people God has positioned in your life need to hear your testimonies, they need to hear about how loving, merciful, and good God really is.


In part two of this blog article ( which will follow shortly after this one), I will share with you 14 examples of the most needed and desired people to share the Gospel with through your handmade stationery and greeting cards.

I am hopeful in prayer that this two part blog article inspires you to create stationery for the forgotten. May the Lord bless your hands to create for Him.

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery Part 2

Many Blessings in the Messiah!

Kristal

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking Your Wallet

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet

Disclaimer: This is advice on how to navigate paper crafting with wisdom. In future posts I will have a little more detail on the products I have chosen to use, but I think this is a more important topic than the paper crafting products themselves.


How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet


Be content with who you are & exercise self control

One of the first things I had to do with myself is become content with what I have and use self control. I don’t have the latest and greatest, but I have what I need to create stationery I like. I am happy with where I am in my journey and who God made me to be.

Before I became a believer in Christ, I over-indulged and didn’t use half of what I had.  Sometimes marketing makes you feel like you are missing out on the next big thing. Trust me: you’re not missing out on anything if you decide not to get that next die cut or stamp set on the market. It’s ok to say no and say no often.


Do your research

Do your research! Before I upgraded to the Cricut Expression 2, I waited until I returned to the United States and then I waited some more. Once I finally bought the Expression 2, I realized it wasn’t the right machine for me. By then I had advanced my computer skills and needed a machine to accommodate those skill sets.  I sold the Expression 2, then Cricut did something awesome and came out with the Cricut Explore Machine. Before I even decided to purchase the item I waited… and waited some more…. a few months later they released the Cricut Air machine.

Before I decided to buy the Cricut Explore I researched other companies that did the exact same thing. I realized since I invested so much of my time and money into the Provo Craft company, I didn’t want to invest in a different machine.

There are smaller consumable items like water color markers and inks that unfortunately did not work well for me.Some of those item I researched and some of the items I just wanted to try.  Although an item works well for someone else’s crafting needs they might not be the best for your specific artistic goals. So outside of doing research consider your skill level at the time and personal preferences.

I am not a glitter person so I don’t buy glitter, instead I found a product that gives a little shimmer without the mess.


Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame or Vain Pursuits

God’s word says over and over that He is our provider and we should not worry about our life or what we will do and have. So I stopped worrying about what others were doing and focused on what God wants me to do with my time. I just stopped caring about all the products that will come out, all the new styles and techniques, and stayed content with the tools I really wanted to use. By doing so, I really was able to articulate and enjoy crafting as well as develop new skill sets.

There was a time when all of this went to my head before I gave my life to Christ. ( Truth be told: I wanted to be the next Hallmark- I talked about it all the time. I obsessed over social media status, creating better cards to outshine others, and obtaining more sales.) Now I am a completely different person. It took me some time and prayer to start a blog and open up shop again; however, I am confident that The Lord was able to fix the mess I caused without casualties. ( I have a right relationship with The Lord, I am secure and loved, my marriage is fantastic, and I am a great mom.)  All of the work you see on this blog and the skills took YEARS to develop.  Please don’t misunderstand,I don’t think I am better than anyone else- I have chosen not to let someone else’s success cloud my assessment of the abilities I have been given. For all the time I spent obsessing over being on the front listing pages of major search engines- I probably would have been a better artists. So in short, all this hoopla of fame and fortune is a waste of time and energy.

Please make sure not to put people on the pedestal of your heart. Not one person on this plane of existence can handle that much pressure. That place belongs to God.


Pray About it before you buy it !

The Lord cares for His creation. He wants to have an open dialog and personal relationship with His people. So talk with Him about your crafting goals and what season you are in. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and buy a bunch of stuff you may not even need or use. Sometimes I look for certain items and it turns out the store doesn’t carry it. If I really need it, I will ask the Lord for the provision at a reasonable price. I rarely ever go to the store and buy in bulk unless there is a serious sale.

I pray every time I am in the parking lot. If this helps you this is what I pray about:

Heavenly Father- Help me to have self control while I am at the store. Please help my children listen and follow directions while we are there . Thank You Lord, Amen.


Pick Quality  Over Quantity

Ever since I was little my mother emphasized on the quality of something rather the quantity. I’d much rather pay a little more for quality than buy a quantity of something and end up with cheap looking results. I had to learn the hard way with certain stamp materials- not all stamps are created equally. However, there are exceptions to this concept. Currently I can afford puffy paint  for embellishments on the flowers I create.  The results are the same as the brand name liquid embellishment drops. I am comfortable with purchasing a large quantity of puffy paint to embellish my cards knowing the quality of my cards won’t be compromised. Personal preference.

Over the course of my artistic life, I had only purchased items that I wanted to try once or use continually. I still have ink pads from 7 years ago and will continue to have them until I can’t use them anymore. This is my mentality. Before I began paper crafting I did a lot of writing and sketching. Growing up in a single parent home I did not have everything I wanted and it truly made a positive impact on me as an adult, especially while navigating this hobby.

There was a time when I penny pinch so much I tried to re-invent the wheel of crafting. For example:  I have seen several videos on Youtube where the Cricut Explore Machine could use various thin markers to replace the Cricut specialty pens. I tried using the water based markers I own and a few of my fine liners and it was a bust. I spent more time researching for an adapter than enjoying my machine. Needless to say, the search for me was just a waste of time. I turned to husband in the parking lot at Michael’s and said-  Why am I going to reinvent what was already done by the company? I will just wait until we can afford to buy them.  I am glad I waited because I am not sure if I will need them.


Save Save Save

If you have an item on your list that you want to purchase but don’t have the funds right away. Please do your future self a favor and just save up for it.  As believer’s in Christ we are called to  “Owe no man except to love him in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t get yourself into credit card debt over craft supplies. It’s not worth it!

The Lord reminds me frequently that this is all just paper and I can tend to my life.

So to sum up all the preaching to myself as well as you….

Here are some break down tips

Be Content with who you are and what you have 
Exercise self control
Do your research
Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame
Pray about it before you buy it
Pick Quality over Quantity
Save Save Save

But the most important thing to navigating this hobby is attending to the life God has blessed you with.  Your children will grow up, your relationship with your spouse is more important, your community needs you, and lets not waste time idolizing someone else gift.. Let us use the gifts we have in Christ to Glorify Him!

Many Blessings in the Messiah,

Kristal