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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.

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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

Our Thanksgiving Collection

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Thanksgiving1Dear friends,

Each card in Thanksgiving Collection can be used as a greeting for Thanksgiving Day or to express thanks to someone who has blessed us with their kindness throughout the year.

The entire Thanksgiving Collection of four cards is also a beautiful gift if you want to send more than a card. You may call us at (614) 664-9547 if you want us to wrap a white fabric bow around the Collection, include a personal note, and send the Collection for you.

Thanksgiving2Here are the details of the four cards included in this Collection:

Grateful praise – The design on this card is an oil painting that I painted in the outdoors. The mustard yellow words on the front are, “Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!” The card also includes two stanzas from the hymn For the Beauty of the Earth on the back.

Shout joyfully – The front of this cards says, “Shout joyfully to God all the earth; Sing the glory of His Name, make His praise glorious!

Thank you – The artwork for this card was created with pressed pansies and pointed-pen calligraphy

Thy lovingkindness – The front of this card says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Thy Name O Most High, To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night. (Psalm 92:1-2)

God bless you,

Beth Ann

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Beautiful Word

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Dear friends,

This greeting card is called Beautiful Word and is found in the Quietness Collection.  The original artwork for this greeting card was created in an oil painting workshop taught by nationally-known, award-winning impressionist painter, Mark Gingerich.

Beautiful WordOn the first day of the workshop, Mark asked us to arrange our own still life setting. Since I had not worked with oil paints for a long time, I knew I needed subject matter that inspired me. I arranged a still life that included items representing my passions – my Bible of 35 years, flowers, and then study books – items that symbolized the beauty and depth of God’s Word.

I drew the composition onto the canvas, painted major blocks of color with a few details, and then Mark applied the master’s finishing touches. This painting is a collaboration that expresses Mark’s unique giftedness. This is the only Flower Girl Greeting card that is not solely my artwork or photography, but permission was given to share it with you.

Psalm 119:103 – How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:140 – Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it.

Psalm 138:1-3
I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

God bless you!
Beth Ann

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gifts Made Easy – Let Us Mail Your Packages!

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Christmas Gifts Made Easy

Dear friends,

Our team at Flower Girl Greetings will mail your Thanksgiving and Christmas packages for you! We will also wrap the Collection(s) in a white fabric bow and include a personal note from you!

For the low postage price of $6 for each recipient, we can mail Collections to your family and friends. Each package can contain 1 to 7 Collections (if you would like to send a friend more than 1 Collection).

All you have to do is:

  • Select the Collection(s) you want to send
  • Call us at (614)664-9547 to give us the words for your personal note and the address of each recipient.
  • To review Collections and see enlarged views of each card, Click here.

God bless you,

Beth Ann

 

 

 

 

 

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Visual Reminders In Your Home

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In Your Home“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

Dear friends,

Flower Girl Greeting cards are printed on superior presses using high-quality paper making them suitable for framing. Their timeless message promotes the power of God’s Word in your home.

Flower Girl Greetings has card designs suitable for a pastor’s study, girl’s room, boy’s room, living room or any room in your home. The cards fit nicely into standard-size frames. Double or triple mats can be used to add prominence and size to the framed art.

The mat surrounding the art could be cut at your nearby framing store using the framing measurements on the About Page of our website.

For suggestions or help, please call 614-664-9547 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

God bless you,
Beth Ann

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Writing and Sending Cards

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“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

Ministry of Card WritingDear friends,

Our mission is to make it easy for you to share the power of God’s Word to those who are struggling, celebrating, or just need to know someone cares. Life is full, and time is precious. We often want to share His encouragement in a tangible way, but life has a way of…happening. So, how do we make it easy?

God’s Word is already powerful. His Word coupled with vibrant colors and sent with your thoughtfulness is an abundant expression of love. So, your words on the inside of the card can be few. A simple “I’m thinking of you” is often enough.

The ministry of card-writing can be a weekly get-away – a rejuvenating quiet time to pray for the people in our lives. For me, it is helpful to carve out a dedicated space with cards, stamps, addresses, and pens. Only one regular stamp is required for each card.

When writing notes, I try to share my heart. Simple is often most impactful, but the cards are large enough if an entire letter is appropriate. I include the date to make each card a lasting remembrance.

If you find yourself at a loss for words, feel free to use the suggestions found on the second page of this document. or for more detail, see Using Flower Girl Greeting Cards for Special Occasions.

God bless you!
Beth Ann

 

 

 

 

On Grief and Joy – Part 2 of 2

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11)

On Grief and JoyWhat is our response when someone grieves? Dear friends,

The question from my last blog on grief was, “How can we have joy and grief at the same time?” How do we “consider it all joy” when we are in great pain? How is our joy to be full when we experience personal tragedy?

Joy is not laughter, bubbly smiles, or surges of happiness. These things can accompany joy, but they don’t define it.

Biblical joy is deeper and higher than any circumstance. Joy is a deep “knowing” that nothing can touch our union with God in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the only source of true joy. We live in joy when we abide in Jesus. (John 15:5)

The purest and most powerful joy is often experienced in the deepest of tragedies. Joy’s power is displayed in the darkness, just like diamonds on black velvet.

Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) and “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword… But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

Entering into another’s grief can spur on the process toward healing joy that comes in God’s timing.

God bless you,
Beth Ann

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On Grief and Joy – Part 1 of 2

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Dear friends,

Recently I’ve talked with many people who are grieving – grieving about wayward children, a spouse with Alzheimer’s, betrayal, young people with cancer, and current world events to name a few. I’ve also been grieving as evil is increasing and hearts are growing cold.

On Grief and JoyWhat is our response when someone grieves? From what I’ve seen, usually we try to fix it with apt verses or suggestions. Sometimes we try to avoid the grief, perhaps because we have enough of our own or because we just don’t have time to listen. So, we say, “It’ll get better” or “Trust the Lord” or “But there’s nothing you can do about it.”

It is always a great temptation for me to try to fix a situation. But, I have found that when I listen and acknowledge the grief, giving voice to the pain, I see a measure of release. In other words, grief is assuaged when it is shared, recognized and validated.

Sharing grief doesn’t mean you agree with the person grieving; it means that you try to understand with the eyes of your heart. It is the picture of walking alongside them and listening. Also, grieving does not mean a person is not trusting the Lord for our Lord was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” (Isaiah 53:3b) and the Apostle Paul said, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)

Embracing grief allows us to eventually get through it in wholeness. Avoiding or denying grief leaves us disconnected and broken.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one member (of Christ’s body) suffers, all the members suffer with it…”

So what does James mean when he says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)? How can we have joy and grief at the same time? That’s for next time.

God bless you,
Beth Ann

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