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Favorite Store Bought Greeting Cards of 2018

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that I enjoy everything stationery. I realize that  not everyone is interested in the value or art of making and selling greeting cards. Let alone taking the time to buy a greeting cards to snail mail it out.   In today’s post I am sharing my all time favorite store bought greeting cards I received in 2018.  I truly appreciate the time and effort a person makes when choosing a greeting card ( handmade or not).

My family says I am the best at card making thus making it difficult to buy for me.

Here is my pictorial list of my favorites enjoy!

Each greeting card has its own design, truly it is the messages that matters the most. I hope you have enjoyed today’s blog article “Favorite Store Bought Greeting Cards.”  Do you have a favorite store bought brand of greeting cards? Comment below, I’d enjoy hearing from you.

Many Blessings,

Kristal

How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism?

How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism?


We live in a cultural time where most people are lovers of material things more than people. My family and I live as Biblical as we possibly can in an ever over-consuming world.  When we really like something we express how much we enjoy what the Good Lord provides. In the end, all of this stuff is just stuff – People are more important than stuff.  We make mistakes, we give each other grace, and we keep moving forward without condemnation. We are just doing our best not to be over consumed by loving things more than we love people.

I was inspired to write this because I believe through Christ I have overcome the obsession with perfectionism. I used to love things particularly creating art and having things look perfect more than loving God.  I am thankful that The Lord has mercy and saved my life from the emptiness that comes from loving things more than people. I am most certainly not where I would like to be, but Thank God I am not where I used to be in this area.

Remember materialism and perfectionism are the devils little foxes that spoil the vine. Please take note that the world’s definition of perfection and God’s definition of perfection are very different. Please do not make the same mistake I made and believe they both work together because they don’t. If you are interested in the subject, please take some time to look at the biblical definition of perfection and do a personal study on the matter.

 After learning about this particular topic, my family and I have found out that loving material things more than God is considered idolatry and is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God. So we’ve settled with ourselves and each other to emphasize loving The Lord with all our hearts, mind, and souls- then love people as we love ourselves. Just because we’ve settled with this truth doesn’t mean we are good at putting this into action. This isn’t an over night thing, please really let that one sink in. Love doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not found in religion. Love is found in relationship. This kind of love takes time and it isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I do believe that the heart of God;  just like every loving parent is more invested in the relationship than the outward results of behavior.

 

 

What Does Love Really Mean?


It truly takes the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit to really love..

Let’s take a moment to look at what Scripture says about love in 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 New Living Translation (NLT)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

 


 

So how can you love yourself and others in a biblical context while living in a culture that is obsessed with vanity, material wealth, and perfectionism?

The answer is still found in 1 Corinthians 13, it takes time and effort to love this way, but through the power of the Holy Spirit – this kind of love is perfected in Christ and obtainable. Hallelujah! I have not arrived but I am on the way.

 

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 

 


 

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to really love God, love myself, and others. I really don’t want hit and miss results here.  I really want to love the way Jesus loves me.  So I began to pray about it. I have asked the Lord to help me articulate 1 Corinthians 13 into my every day life. Please take note this is a little reminder for me on how to love others on a moment to moment basis.  We all have our own interpretation of the word love based on experiences-So let’s all just keep growing towards the real definition of love from a biblical context. I  know that I am learning and growing in this area daily and as I grow- I am making many mistakes but God is so good He even makes my mistakes to prosper.

Please enjoy this free Scripture printable of 1 Corinthians 13


The Simplicity of loving yourself and others means

  • Renew your mind and keep it set on the finished work of Jesus Christ ( living from a place of the resurrection)
  • Guarding your heart above all else
  • Set healthy and realistic goals for yourself
  • Have healthy boundaries in place for everyone including yourself
  • Saying no more often ( let people experience disappointment, it will help them understand you are not a doormat)
  • Only committing yourself to what you can accomplish in each season of life.
  • Eat frequently, hydrate, and get plenty of rest ( No staying up late to craft)
  • Speak kindly to yourself and others even when things go unexpectedly
  • Have plenty of Do- overs ( in case you haven’t practiced this before a do over simply means- I messed up and I need to do that thing I should have done right over again)
  • Do not over work yourself ( do what you can with the time you have and save the rest for the next day)
  • Start doing one thing at a time, multi-tasking triggers frustration, anger, and isn’t bringing productivity.
  • Do not rush yourself on the account of someone else’s impatience.
  • Stay committed to the calling God has for you. Remain loyal, faithful, and trustworthy.

I hope this blog article about How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism has been insightful and a blessing to you. Please make sure to download your free copy of the Scripture art I have included with this post.

Many Blessings,

Kristal

The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery

The Beginnings of  having faith to walk on water


Have Faith Stationery was whispered to my heart when my family and I transitioned out of the military lifestyle. The years of dedication to our country has been the heart of our lives for almost a decade. During that time of service, my passion for creating meaningful messages amplified. If you take a moment to view my portfolio, this is just a small selection of greeting cards I have made over the years.

My family and I became born- again believers in Jesus Christ shortly after returning home from our duty station in Okinawa. Out of the many events in military life including several deployments; my family and I saw first hand the devastation from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. This event changed me personally. It was utterly terrifying to see this happen to a nation of people. I can’t articulate into words what I was thinking or feeling in the moment when my husband told me he was scheduled to go assist in the matter. At the time of this event, I believe that was the moment for me when I realized that my family and I needed eternal salvation. As I reflect on the events that happened on the island of Okinawa: I can not count how many times we were saved from spiritual matters, physical injury, and death.  I am so incredibly grateful that The Lord had angels on assignment for my household before we became His disciples.

Despite the tsunami event, I enjoyed the experiences and the life time opportunity for my family and I to have been there; for me, this duty station was a serious wake up call to repent of my sins and receive salvation in Christ.

Living on the island had it’s up’s and down’s, it took me a solid year to get settled back into the United States. While living in Okinawa, I experienced fear daily and felt plagued by it until The Lord Jehovah rescued me from it.  Although it took some time, I am reaping the benefits of being free in Christ because of true repentance. I wasn’t always this bold or courageous.

If you’ll let HIM, Jesus will teach you how to walk on water. Matthew 14:22-36

Having a platform to share the Gospel through stationery is just one of many ways Jesus is teaching me how to be a fisher of men and walk on water. I am excited to get my feet wet!


So the question you are probably asking yourself is:

What does this have anything to do with stationery?

A few seasons prior to receiving moving orders to  Japan I was personally assigned by a Family Readiness Officer to create a large quantity of greeting cards for the deployed.  Looking back at it where I am now in my art journey- this was just the beginning anointing from the Lord to do something with the artistic and creative talent He’s given me.  It’s beautiful to look back and see where I was and how far He’s taken me.

At the time of my first stationery assignment; I had very little interest in the matter, but after I got a hang of things I enjoyed making greeting cards. I realized quickly how financially expensive the materials could get and I wanted to start a card making club with other military wives on base called ” The Card Angels” . Unfortunately at the time there were other pressing matters in my life that prevented me from starting that club.

During my husband’s first deployment we were able to save enough money to purchase my first Cricut machine: The Cricut Expression!  In the beginning, I used my Cricut Expression to scrapbook my first son’s life. After I finished a few small albums, I was burnt out and really wanted to use the machine for other projects- which I will share later in other posts.

While stationed in Japan I started KLDesigns Boutique and I was asked to create custom invitations for The United States Marine Corps Mess Night Event, then several orders came in  from different Marine Corps units stationed in Okinawa. Please take a moment to visit my portfolio page to view all Military Stationery. My husband, a Former US Marine helped me design the Marine Corps stationery and from that point I used the skills I learned from basic art classes and began to create my own signature style. I learned how to do almost everything I needed to do to operate a business online, overseas, and manage my household all while my husband was on active duty. I am so thankful to have had that experience. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes, however; those foundational mistakes have been carefully examined. Now I am able to focus on sharing what is important to God.

 

After I came to the Lord, He began to work on my heart about the direction I was going with KLDesigns Boutique and after much time it was clear that I needed a fresh start with a more meaningful purpose than just to make stationery for vanity. The Beginning of Have Faith Stationery birthed from letting KLDesigns Boutique die. It was a rough and dry season where I allowed myself to grieve over all the hard work I put into KLDesigns Boutique. Many miracles happened to my family and I during that time. I was able to tend to the more important matters in my life both physically and spiritually.

In order for a seed to grow, the seed must be put into the ground and for it to die then it becomes the crop it needed to be. For me, KLDesigns Boutique was the seed of a selfish en-devour to distract me from the real issues of life and it needed to be planted for it to die. Have Faith Stationery was given to me several seasons after I let the Lord deal with the issues of life.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with the continued desire to create stationery and use it for His Kingdom.


Having faith is more than a nice sentiment, it is the life blood of our lives. My family and I have faith because God doesn’t abandon, nor does He fail to provide for His people. I have seen God rescue and restore my family in miraculous ways. It is my hope that you will allow God to rescue and restore you. I started Have Faith Stationery to reach the lost and broken hearted because I too was once lost and broken hearted. Truth is everyone knows someone who is lost, who has a broken heart, or simply just needs a bit of encouragement.  I am hopeful that Have Faith Stationery blog brings a sense of encouragement to you as you journey through paper crafting and  in life.

This is just many of the Testimonies of how faithful God has been in my life and in the lives around me. Did you have a serious wake up call moment?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

For those who are not paper crafters but enjoy handcrafted stationery and gifts: When you purchase stationery from my shop, not only do you support a Veteran family, but you also help me to continue my passion for creating unique stationery to honor God.

May The Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless these hands to create unique stationery for an abundance of blessings into your lives and in the lives of whom you send those special messages to.

Please make sure to stay tuned for the new blog articles where I discuss the importance of Sharing the Gospel through stationery Part 1.

Sharing the Gospel through Stationery Part 2.

Many Blessings in the Messiah,
Kristal