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Great Faithfulness – Our 2 Newest Cards

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Dear friends,
I’d like to tell you about our two newest cards, Great Faithfulness and Great Faithfulness cross-stitch. To see enlarged views of these cards, you can scroll to the bottom of the website page after you click here.

Great FaithfulnessThe text on the back of these two cards is from the book of Lamentations 3:21-26:
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning;
Great is Thy faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I have hope in Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to those who seek Him.
It is good that he waits silently
for the salvation of the Lord.

The book of Lamentations is a lament attributed to Jeremiah the Prophet of the Lord and written from exile after the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. It is a beautiful poem with raw emotions and reflections of the beautiful city that was destroyed due to its gross, repeated transgressions and rebellion against God.

Lamentations 3:19-20 reads, “Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me.” In the midst of the prophet’s grief, he then remembers… he recalls the steadfast love of the Lord that never ceases. The passages on the back of these two cards capture together the reflections of the painful past with hope in God.

2,700 years later, in this difficult, uncertain time, evil goes beyond what our minds can fathom. Our hearts faint with news of more and more atrocities, but God is our Anchor. When we shake, He is the Rock beneath our feet; when we fear, He is our Fortress; when “all around our soul gives way,” He gives us the eternal hope of His presence. Great is His faithfulness!

Revelation 21:1-4, the vision of John on the Isle of Patmos, records our hope:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Our eyes are on You, Lord Jesus! You are our Hope!

God bless you,
Beth Ann

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – On Thanksgiving, We Gather and Remember

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Thanksgiving1The following is Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. on October 3, 1863
written by Secretary of State William Seward

By the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State

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Extreme Thanksgiving Sale

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Dear friends,

Our Extreme Thanksgiving Sale lasts for 10 days (November 20-30) while supplies last. The sale prices will not be on our website, so if you are interested, you must order by phone at (614) 664-9547.

Collections and cards that are offered in the sale might not be in clear plastic covers. Postage prices remain the same – $6.00 for 1-7 Collections and $12.00 for 8-30 Collections. The minimum postage for any order is $6.00 for the USPS flat-rate envelope.

Here are the products that are on sale (please see the image below for reference):

Collections (buy all 4, get 1 surprise Collection free):

  1. Hope ($5.00 each)
  2. Joy ($5.00 each)
  3. Love ($5.00 each)
  4. Florals 3 ($4.00 without the clear packaging).

Individual Cards – $1.00 each (These cards are on sale because they have either been discontinued or we have extra in stock. For details about each card, please continue reading the information below the image):

  1. Abide in Me
  2. Living Water
  3. Lloyal
  4. I will never leave you
  5. I’m so excited!
  6. The sea
  7. Spirit of power
  8. Beloved
  9. Refuge
  10. Sparrow
  11. Under His shadow

Thanksgiving Sale

Details about the Individual Cards on sale

  1. Abide in Me – This card is now in the I Am Collection under the name I Am the Vine. This older version has no devotional on the back.
    Card front: “I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
  1. Living Water – This card is now in the I Am Collection under the name I Am the Living Water. This older version has less devotional writing on the back.
  2. Lloyal – Card front: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
    This card could be encouragement for young people to see how God’s Word continues to minister into our old age. It would also be encouraging for an older person’s birthday or special occasion. It would also be perfect to encourage anyone who needs the hope of God’s Word.
  3. I will never leave you – This card’s vibrant blues and purples would be beautiful framed in any room or given as a gift to encourage a friend that God’s love is permanent and eternal.
  1. I’m so excited! – This card is a photograph taken by my father when I was three years old. This card may be used to send if you are excited about what it happening in someone’s life, in someone’s accomplishments, or in God’s love for them.
  2. The sea – This is a card of praise and celebration.
    Card front: “He gave the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.” Psalm 33:7.
    Card back:
    The Lord recounted to Job His wisdom and might as seen in His creation:

Who enclosed the sea with doors when bursting forth it went out from the womb; when I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors, and I said, “Thus far you shall come, but no farther; and here shall your proud waves stop?” (Job 38:8-11)

O Lord God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them. (Psalm 89:8-9)

The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their pounding waves. More than the sounds of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty. (Psalm 93:3-4)

If I take the wings of the dawn, and dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:9-10)   How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. (Psalm 139:17-18)

O, Lord, majestic and detailed, mighty and gentle, vast and personal, we lift up our voice in praise to You!

  1. Spirit of power – Card front: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  2. Beloved – Card front: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved in mine.” from Song of Songs 6:3.
    The artwork was done with pressed roses and delicate script writing on antique paper. The card can be used as an anniversary or wedding card, a Valentine, or to let someone know that the Lord loves them.
  3. Refuge – This cards is a collage; it has the entire Psalm 46 on the back as follows:

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake at its swelling pride. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

  1. Sparrow – This card is a collage; it has the hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow” on the back, plus Scripture.
  2. Under His shadow – Card front: “Abide under His shadow”
    Card back: from Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust.”

God bless you,
Beth Ann

Our Christmas Collection

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Dear friends,

Our Christmas Collection celebrates the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Christmas1Each card is a special gift, since the cards are large and vibrant. Also, the entire Collection of four cards is a perfect gift if you want to send more than a card. Please call us at (614) 664-9547 if you want us to wrap a white fabric bow around the Collection, include a personal note, and mail the package for you.

Flower Girl Greetings Christmas cards are our only cards that have a greeting on the inside. Please keep reading for the details of each Christmas card:

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Adore HimInside greeting: May you know the depth of His love for you at Christmas and always!

This card is a photograph of my nativity with the words, “O come let us adore Him” on the front. It includes the carol O Come All Ye Faithful on the back, along with the story of my nativity.

Brightness of His gloryInside greeting: God bless you with His love and peace at Christmas and always!
The front of the cards says, “He is the image of the invisible God.”
The back of the card includes Hebrews 1:1-2 and Colossians 1:15-16 as follows:

Hebrews 1:1-2 – “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers by the prophets at many times and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom also He made the worlds. And He is the brightness of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”

Colossians 1:15-16 – “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers – all things were created by Him and for Him.

He cameInside greeting: …and His light changed the world forever! God bless you with His love and light at Christmas and always!

This card includes Micah 5:2, Luke 2:4-7, and Titus 3:4-7 on the back as follows:

Micah 5:2 – But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Luke 2:4-7 – And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, who was great with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Titus 3:4-7 – But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of our righteous deeds, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit whom He poured out upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

RedeemerInside greeting: May you know the depth of His love for you at Christmas and in the new year!
The front of the cards says, “I know that my Redeemer lives”
The back of the card includes Job 19:25 and Luke 1:68 on the back as follows:

Job 19:25 – For I know that my Redeemer lives and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Luke 1:68 – Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.

Paar’s Story

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Paar
In about 60 AD as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 8:26-40), Philip was told by an angel to go to the desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza. There he met an Ethiopian eunuch who was a court official of the queen of his country. For the purpose of this story, I will call this Ethiopian man “Paar.” Paar had been to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home.

The Greek word for “eunuch” (eunouchos) means “guardian of the harem.” We don’t know if Paar was called a eunuch because he had been castrated or because he was set apart for his responsible position of Treasurer to the Queen. Either way, Paar’s manhood was bound to the service of those who were more powerful than he was.

Imagine Philip encountering this dark-skinned Paar, arrayed in splendor as he sat on his high, ornate carriage intently reading a scroll. As Philip approached the carriage on this long, dusty road, he heard Paar reading these words from the book of Isaiah (53:7-8): “He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth. In humiliation His justice was taken away; Who shall speak of His descendants, for His life is removed from the earth.”

These words were written by Isaiah the Prophet over 700 years before; the words are a prophecy of our Lord Jesus’ walk to the cross. Could the words have had a strange familiarity to Paar in his own helplessness and restriction? Was he comforted to know that he was not alone in his humiliation? Just like our Lord was silent before the religious leaders, Paar’s mouth was silent before those stronger than he… but now…

Now, Paar’s mouth was open and hopeful, ready to receive the good news of the One Who endured far greater suffering at the cross on his behalf. The prophet’s words breathed life into Paar’s hunger for validation and truth.

Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Paar said, “How can I unless someone guides me?”

Then, “Philip opened his mouth and, beginning from this Scripture, he preached Jesus to him.” (Acts 8:35) Paar’s receptive response was immediate; he went into the waters of baptism that God provided along the road. Paar confessed His new Living Savior Who sympathized with his confinement and Who set him free into a wide spacious place in his soul!

“Paar” is Hebrew for “to open the mouth wide.” Philip opened his mouth wide to speak truth to Paar. Paar opened his mouth wide to receive the truth that would be his joy and delight! His name was most likely not Paar, but God had given him a new name and a new heart!

Lord, keep us open to your words of life!

“Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts!” (Jeremiah 15:16)

God bless you,
Beth Ann