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Celebrate the Resurrection, March 27, 2016!

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resurrection easter greeting cardsDear friends,

The celebrations of Passover and our Lord’s Resurrection are fast approaching!  How do you celebrate it?

Of course we celebrate His risen life all year long, but it is a joy to focus on it in a special way with the entire body of Christ worldwide!  All over the globe we lift our hands high and worship the One Who redeemed us from the grave and gave us new life in Him!  Praise to Jesus, the Christ, our Messiah!

I’ll never forget my first Resurrection Celebration as a believer. I was born again on Maundy Thursday. Celebrating the Resurrection just a few days later was thrilling!

Every year now we sing the hymns – Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Christ Arose, Crown Him with Many Crowns, He Lives, Thine is the Glory, The Day of Resurrection, Rejoice the Lord is King.  We sing with joy, even and especially if we are going through difficult times.

To the left are the images of our Resurrection Collection of 4 cards (to the left). You may purchase them as a Collection or individually. You may also find them on our website – click here.

Enjoy your celebration and wave your banners high!

Beth Ann

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Happy March! Update from Flower Girl Greetings!

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CalendarDear friends,

A Blessed March to all of you!

Thank you to those of you who gave reviews for us on Google. We so appreciate it! If you would still like to give Flower Girl Greetings a review, simply click here and “Write a review”

We have two big updates!

  1. We now have an Etsy Store, which offers another way to purchase our cards and helps us reach a wider audience. Feel free to visit our Etsy store by clicking here.  You may also give us a review there, or “follow” us as you shop for other beautiful handmade items.
  1. The WHO I AM Personal Monthly Reminder that I’ve been working on since last fall is steadily progressing. After several proofing sessions, we determined it necessary to include devotional writing on the back of each month with the thoughts I had while I was working on each design. Also suggested was that there be a space to write personal reflections.
    All artwork is complete and the Hebrew letters were examined for correctness by Rabbi Schneider and also a former Hebrew professor. I appreciated there joyful, willing contributions! This week, the Lord willing, I am finalizing the project by writing the devotionals for the last four months.

Since it is March, I am showing you (to the right) a sample of the design and devotional for March, so you can get an idea of what it will look like.

God bless you!

Beth Ann

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A Very Special Offer, Plus A New Product!

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Dear friends,

Greetings in 2016! Thank you for all your kind emails, prayers and encouragement!
Calendar

The WHO I AM Perpetual Desk Calendar (see pictures below) will be printed in the next few weeks, the Lord willing. This calendar will be expensive to print, because the pages are high-quality, vibrant art prints (8.5 by 5.5 inches) and it also needs to be bound. (I also want to keep the cost affordable for our customers.)

So, in an effort to raise the funds so that we can print an adequate quantity of this calendar, we would like to extend a very special offer to our customers. If you place an order of $30 or more (plus shipping) by January 31st with Flower Girl Greetings, I will also send you a free Hebrew Names of God Collection. As many of you know, the Hebrew Names of God Collection is one of our customer favorites. This is an awesome deal extended for a very short time!

We will keep you informed with the date that the WHO I AM Perpetual Desk Calendar is ready for purchase! This calendar will make a beautiful gift for anyone at any time of the year. We are very excited about it and how God is already using it in our lives. For more information and photos about the calendar, please keep reading.

God bless you!
Beth Ann

The Cover Page of the Calendar reads,
Who I am
Reminders for Each Month of Every Year
A Perpetual Desk Calendar

The 2nd Page of the Calendar gives the information about the Calendar and how to use it.
Calendar

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New Learning Products Available

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Dear friends,
We’ve added three Learning Tools to our website Shop as listed below:
New Products and Learning Tools

  1. The Bible At-A-Glance Chart – I compiled this chart over a period of many years from my personal study, because I wanted to see at-a-glance how each book of the Bible related to the whole. Click here to see more details about this chart
  2. The Genres of the Bible – Understanding the genre and context of Bible passages leads to a sound understanding of how to apply the text to our own lives. Genre is the literary type of each book. Click here to see more details about this document
  3. The Script Writing Handout – I created this handout to help my students learn this beautiful art form. Click here to see more details about this document
    The artwork in our three Florals Collections (Florals 1, Florals 2, and Florals 3) was created using script writing and pressed floral designs. Click here and scroll down to see these three Florals Collections

New Products and Learning Tools

God bless you,
Beth Ann

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The Christmas Chronology for Family Fireside Reading

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Dear friends,

Two years ago, I combined all the passages from the Bible about our Lord’s Advent and merged them so that I could see the chronology of events and read them with friends. Please feel free to print the document and read it with your family and friends to remember that astounding event when the Word of God became flesh, when shepherds and wise men gazed in wonder, and angels sang of peace on earth.

 

Merry Christmas,

Beth Ann
Christmas Chronology

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Christmas Jeopardy for Family Fun

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Great FaithfulnessDear friends, Last Christmas, Dusty and I had a fun time with our friends organizing a fun night at church – Christmas Jeopardy. Dusty was the game-show host, Mark, Karen and Shana kept the score and monitored answers, Glenn was in charge of the jeopardy sounds (he found online), and I came up with the questions. Feel free to use the questions for your own game by downloading them for free here.

Psalm 145 Print

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Dear friends,

The Psalm 145 print is the only large print available in our store, click here to see details. Our customers have framed it in so many beautiful ways with colorful mats and ribbons, so I thought I’d share some photos with you.
Psalm 145
The Psalm 145 print is called an illumination. An illuminated manuscript is calligraphed words that include illustration in the form of decorated capital letters, borders or small illustrations. In former times, these manuscripts were defined by their use of actual gold or silver.

The Psalm 145 print is a signed and numbered, 15½ by 24-inch print available for $25. The original art for this print is 25 by 39 inches. I executed the letters with a pointed-pen and painted the border with gouache (an opaque watercolor).

This intricately delicate artwork draws you to come close to examine each word of the Lord in this Psalm.

Script writing with a pointed pen flourished in the late 1800s and early 1900s during the Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship when master, itinerant penmen competitively promoted and propagated their particular styles among school students and in business. Today, script writing and good penmanship are almost lost skills, but anyone can learn this relaxing art! Click here to see the free instructions if you want to learn. Click here if you want to purchase the instructions.

God bless you,

Beth Ann

Psalm 145

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

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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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