Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Feb. release Blog Hop for Our Daily Bread designs!

Note: If you are looking for our regular Tuesday Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge, please come back Wed. 7:00 am!  Today we have a great release to focus our attention on... and it should really get your mojo going for that challenge tomorrow!  Hope to see you then!


The bread sticks are all excited to bring you another hop filled with what we believe will be great inspiration for you all!  If you have seen the release, you might be asking if there's something fishy going on around here... but I assure you... it's all good!  LOL!  If you have not seen the new release, scroll down one post and feast your eyes!  I thought some of you might be interested in knowing what the Christian Fish symbol really means, and how it came about.

During the early days of Christianity, Christians were often put to death because of their faith, so they had to worship in secret. The fish became a secret symbol to other Christians.  A fish painted on the outside door of a home for example, let other Christians know that they would be welcomed  inside.

T
he Greek word for fish is "ixthus".   Five Greek letters form the word “ixthus,” and those letters inside the fish form an acrostic which is a message that Christians  identified with in early Christendom and still do today.  The first letter represented the word Jesus. The second letter represented the word Christ, the next two, God Son, and the final letter represented the word Savior. This adds up to “Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior.” 


With the  symbolism of the Christian fish, and the wonderful sentiments and image of the Anchor set, and the background stamp of the names of our Savior... this month's release gives us many opportunities to encourage others and witness of God's greatness!  We hope you will enjoy the hop and be filled with many new ideas and inspiration and be blessed along the way!


The Hop will run from 8am eastern Feb. 1 until 8pm Feb. 2. Winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Feb. 3rd, along with Sandee’s fabulous Time With Project!

Kelley is giving away SIX prizes this month! FIVE people will win one Fish Single Stamp of their choice, and ONE blessed person will win the FEBRUARY BREAD BASKET BUNDLE!

To be eligable to win, here is what you have to do:

* Hop to each blog on the list and leave a comment for each designer
* Return here to the ODBD Blog and tell us you completed the hop, letting us know if there were any blogs you could not comment on
* Answer the question below … you do not need to answer it on the designer’s blogs… just here on the ODBD blog

Here is the order of the hop. If any links are broken along the way, simply refer to this list and go to the next person on the list. You will also notice we have two guest designers with us... Dina and Betty! We are always blessed by Dina's incredible stamp designs, and both Dina's and Betty's gorgeous designs! So enjoy the hop and we look forward to reading your answers to the question!

Here is the order for the hop:

Sandee
Connie
Lorelie
Becca
Grace
Chris
Debi
Angie
Julie
Dawn
Dina
Betty

Now.... here is the question you need to answer:


Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt like the world around you was falling apart but something or someone kept you "anchored" and secure?  We'd love to hear your stories.  If there's never been such a time, perhaps you could share what brings you the most joy in your life?




DT Coordinator

162 comments:

Becky said...

What fabulous creations every one created with this new release.

Miesje said...

Wonderful samples for a fantastic new release!

To answer the question:
Yes, I have experienced several difficult times - the most recent was about 7 months ago. A situation arose with 2 of our sons that was very difficult for them and for us. One of the things that helped me the most was the unconditional support I received from a group of ladies in blogland! Their prayers lifted me up to deal with what had to be dealt with. I know God walked with me (and my DH and our sons) during this time and when we came through the storm we were strengthened and KNEW that He was with us then and always.

Ted said...

As a guy, I LOVE the anchor... very masculine. Great job!

Answer: ALL THE TIME, hehe. :) There are so many times when I feel weak and useless in this world... even as a teacher. Just this morning, however, I felt God telling me that He would not have allowed me to become a teacher if He didn't think I could be a good influence in His children's lives. I just hope I won't fail Him. With His help (ONLY!)...I won't. Thanks for a great thought-provoking question.

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Each sample was beautiful, I loved everyone!
And the question is very good too..
Mine Joy and Cross is one in the same. I am one of MANY out there that are taking care of there Parents. Everyone knows this time will come but when it dose it's such a Joy to be there for them. I'm so lucky to have a husband that understands and helps me with them and keeping our house together too. It's so easy to take on more then there is time for. But being there daily for Mom & Dad is very important for me.

Ujjwal said...

Absolutely wonderful hop!! Enjoyed every stop :D

Answer to the question:

I have had some trying times in 2009 when my relationship of 10 years fell apart and I was devastated but thank God for the wonderful family and friends I have... I managed to pull myself up and start afresh!!

ladybugg61 said...

An inspiring blog hop with a lovely new release!
The time that immediately came to mind when I read the question was the sudden unexpected death of my mom. I think the loss of anybody so beloved would be difficult for anybody. The love and strength of my wonderful husband and family helped me get through it, and I learned a new appreciation for life, time, and family/friends.

Irene said...

Another wonderful release and inspiring blog hop! I visited each one and left a comment for all of the talented team.

My answer: I have gotten in the habit of daily time in the Bible. Even when I am feeling weak, my habit carries me back to the Bible and it is truly inspiring how often just the right words pop up in my scheduled reading. I also listen to the Daily Audio Bible to hear the Word of God and the accompanying prayer and meditation. God is good!

Estelle from Hernando, MS said...

Oh my, yes, only recently my oldest daughter was very ill and there were times when I didn't think she would pull through.
But through the meany prayers from friends via the internet and family, she is well and healthy, back at work and taking care of her grandson...... My anchor first and formost was my Lord and the assure that He and He alone is in control......

slbela59 said...

I love all the creations! They were all so beautiful. And to answer the question, I feel very blessed with my life, but a few months ago there was some difficulty with work and I wasn't even sure I would have a job. But what got me through that was my faith, a wonderful lady I work with, and my two beautiful daughters that God blessed me with. Whenever life gives me pause, all I have to do is look at my girls and thank God.

christi said...

i have had the pleasure and inspiration to visit all of the blogs and commented. i have often had the aha moments when i could no long figure out what to do next and then a great peace comes over me and i know it will be ok. what ever "it" is.

connie said...

Love the new release! great blog hop.

Yes, I have had several difficult times, other than divorce, was when I had my son (22yrs now) very premature (at 25 1/2 wks). I would not have made it through those 4 1/2months without my faith and family. He is blind and has some mental conditions but he is healthly and happy. I am reminded everyday how blessed I am to be his mom and have him as part of our life. It is so easy to ask "why me" but with faith I say "It could always be worst".

Susan said...

It was many years ago but just seems like yesterday. It was a November and I had lost my job of 17 years. Two days later my mother was diagnosed with leukemia. She passed away in January. Although trying to be stoic throughout I went through a depression in April. It was terrible. I did seek professional help but could not have made it through this test without the love and support of my husband and a friend.

Rachel said...

The hop was amazing!!!

To answer the question:
My anchor. 9 Months ago, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with a rare disease at 29 years old. I was a week from death, but God's Grace is abundant. As I lay in my hospital bed, day after day, I cried often. I had never been away from my 2 children for a more than a few hours at a time. As a stay at home Momma, I am always there! Seeing their faces everyday when they would arrive in the morning, such a reminder of God's Love and his many Blessings. When I left the hospital, I knew, this is my Anchor. God's Love. And I will live a Life of Love!

Rita Qualter said...

You've assembled an amazing design team - I loved looking at every single card/project.

The answer to your question is very simple! My anchors are my family and friends (and my dog!!). Without them, I would be nothing!

Marlena M. said...

I didn't want the hop to end...it was wonderful. The ladies really, really put their best work out there. I was amazed at each and every creation.
I was just thinking today about how I may not leave a huge mark on this world...but that if I could even come close to the one my dear Grandmother Ida left, well, I would be honored. She was loving, steadfast, an ANCHOR to all those that touched her life. What makes me happy are my girls...and if I could show them the love Jesus gives me anywhere near what my Grandmother did for me....well, than I would consider my life a success.

Debbie Brackett said...

I enjoyed the hop and all of the beautiful new ideas I saw. I lost my job after 22 years of service this September. The only thing that got me through the rough time was that I know God never closes one door before he opens the next. You just have to be willing to listen and hear what he is telling you.

Mari K. said...

Thanks for another great blog hop. All of the creations were wonderful, I really enjoyed looking at all of them. To answer the question: In July 2009 we found out we were pregnant, in September of that same year I was hit in the stomach with a bookbag full of books while walking to one of my college classes and we lost the baby. We were really hurt and angry, but the thing that got us through was this verse, "Be still and know that I am God". Anytime I would start to feel angry or sad, that verse would come into my mind and calm me. On March 17th, 2010 I found out I was pregnant again. On Nov. 11th, 2010 Madison was born. It still saddens me that we lost one baby, but we are truly blessed to have Madison.

Joan V said...

I loved this blog hop. And to answer the question... Having my faith has secured me throughout life. We all have our peaks and valleys to travel in our lifetime. God has been with me on this journey and I have peace through prayer.

Chris said...

I have left a comment on each blog. Thank you for the wonderful ladies you have on your design team. What a blessing they are. I have had some trying times a few years ago but there was this friend that got me past it. That was my God.I just knew I would fall apart, so I begin to pray. Once again he was there for me.

Your Sister in Christ

Christine

Robin said...

I have visited all of the sites and commented on the blogs.

Any time I go through tough times, I know God is my anchor!

Sherry Kushibab said...

As I ventured into the blogging world after years of stamping it was a blessing to find ODBD blog and great Christian stamps to use and be inspired by. Having been given free will I have often edged God out, yet He has never left me, He has always been the patient Father loving me unconditionally. It is a blessing to have a husband who is a believer also. We have been faced with some very challenging situations in our 30 years, from a child with an addiction to job changes and losing family members, we faced none of these issues alone God walked with us even when we didn't have our hand out to Him, He was holding us.

Beth Norman said...

I left a comment on all the blogs.

Good question. Oh yes, I have "elephants" in my life. Last night we were asked to share our "elephants" in out life at Christian Recovery. It is awesome to share at CR because everyone is so supportive. When each of us share in the group we all relate. I was silently crying when things hit home with me.

Yvonne said...

All wonderful creations. Friends help keep me anchored. They are the best. Finished the hop.

Armenta4some said...

Thank you for the opportunity to view others through this blog hop. It allows us to others work and their beautiful creativity! To answer the question....there have been some in my young life of 47 years, but what all of the events have taught me is there is never a time which one cannot reach out and "talk" with our Lord and Savior to help us through anything. I pray daily, many times throughout the day and ask for his blessings in whatever I may be doing, ask to guide my children to do the right thing always and to give the his grace in being the best person, wife, mother, friend, daughter and his soldier than I can be!
Blessings!

Marg said...

What wonderful creative cards and projects! So many ideas to try.
My supports are my family and friends. We always are there for each other. sometimes just an ear to hear our story or a shoulder to cry on.

maryr917 said...

I completed the blog hop and I msut say the dt samples were all fab-love this release especially the anchor set

question answer:the birth of our 3rd grandson brought some intense moments. He was in ic-and doctors just werent sure. our church, friends and family gathered around us in a powerful prayer support.
God heard our prayers and breathed life back to ethan-he is a bounding 10 year old today!! hallelujah

Phyllis M. said...

I have left comments on all the DT members blog and such wonderful creations and inspiring ideas they do such a wonderful job of sharing.
Whenever I need to feel secure or anchored I turn my faith in Jesus and prayers and also help from my loving family and friends.

Jeanne Szabo said...

Everyone of these talented ladies inspire me, not only in card making, but their stalwart faith in God always help strengthen me!


During the past several years, I have been challenged with health issues which caused a deep depression. My husband, Andre, has always been supportive and stayed, even when I acted my worst! BUT, my 2 best friends, Diane & Paula (sisters of other mothers) gave me shoulders to cry on, arms that hugged me, love that never wavered and a kick in the rear when I needed it! I've also been blessed with parents who are still in my life and are always there to help me up. I pray that I can give back when those I love need my support.

Penny Reed said...

What an inspiring trip through the blogs! Lots of ideas.
At my age, I have gotten through many difficult times, and what seems to anchor me is the prayers of friends that remind me that I am never alone. God is ever-present and faithful. One particular time, a friend seemed to just lift the veil of questions and helped me see the answer that was there all along. God always gives us what we need!

Anonymous said...

This wonderful blog hop was so refreshing for the soul! I'm so glad I was able to visit and comment on all the wonderful creations :o)

I love that image of the anchor, our God, holding us fast through all the storms which come our way in this life. It occurred to me as I looked at the image that He provides us with family, church family and friends, who stretch out their hands to us, to link or bind together to form the chain or rope which tethers us securely to His anchor.

What a perfect plan God has for us, to help us through those difficult times!

Thank you for encouraging that thought :o)

Anne (UK)

Pat Jandacek said...

Enjoyed the blog hop and left a message at each entry. The Lord knows I wouldn't be any good to anybody for anything without the angel He provided me...my husband. DH knows when to act and when to just be there and knowing that he/He loves me is enough to keep me on an even keel. I am so blessed and appreciative of it.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I've traversed the blog with some absolutely wonderful ideas for this new set! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win too!!

di said...

What a great blog hop - and I did leave a comment on each blog.

Now - the question - and one that may at first seem sad but stands out in my mind even after 20 years. My mother was dying of breast cancer that had metastasized a lot over the years and finally to the liver. She had fought hard for since she was 39 - but she knew her time was over - and was willing to give herself over to the lord. She never wavered - those last 6 months she showed me courage that I don't think I have - I was blessed to be with her as we cared for her at home. We talked alot about my childhood - good times and bad - and made peace with decisions that were made along the way. She helped me accept what was happening and be at peace with it.

ScoobyinWY said...

I was able to visit and post on each blog! Such wonderful works of art!!

For my answer:
For the past couple of years I have struggled with severe depression. To point of wanting to end my life. If it was not for a dear friend of mine (a friend I knew in elementary, and lost contact with until recently), I do not think I would still be here. She has been there for me (not matter when I needed here), and I am extremely grateful!!

Barbara Pace said...

Oh how I love this set. The cards, crafts, games, etc. created by the design team are wonderful.

To answer the question:
Ten years ago, I prayed that if it took God knocking my husband off his feet to get his attention and accept Christ as his Savior, then so be it. God answered - literally. My husband fell from scaffolding, crushed both legs and ankles. For four months he was in a hospital bed in our home unable to walk or do any of the things we take for granted - bathing, bathroom, getting hair cut, ETC. He was literally bedridden. For the next 8 months it was grueling physical therapy. We did not know if he would ever be able to walk again. But thru it all, I knew God was answering my prayer, and while the storm was difficult and it hurt seeing my husband struggle - I knew God was with me through it all. Long story short - my husband is now a child of the King. He accepted Christ 2 years after the fall, is able to walk (not pain free, but he can walk), and God gave me the courage to tell him he was an answer to my prayers. He laughs today saying his fall was all my fault. Today, my husband is actually teaching a men's Bible study every week out of our home - Praise God. ISN'T OUR GOD GOOD!!!!

Leslie G. said...

We all have difficult times and I have had many. things happen for a reason and if you have faith that reason will be shown to you in God's time. I am an "instant gratification" person and do not like to wait for HIS time -- but I am trying to learn that His time is the best time. I love the anchor stamp set. It speaks to me telling me that I need to be anchored to today and not try to rush His answers.

Charlotte said...

WOW! Awesome talent! Each creation was fabulous! It would be hard to pick an absolute favorite. Love all the masculine-looking cards created with this month's release.
In answer to your question . . . during difficult times, the LORD has always been my anchor. It's so comforting to know that He never leaves, nor forsakes.

Karen Wedding said...

Everybody had such neat ideas of how to use the stamps.
Answer: Yes, I have experienced troubling times, but trusting in the Lord has been my anchor. He's my constant in my life! I always remember that He will never give me more than I can handle.

Shawna Magrum Pederson said...

I so loved this bloghop! The designers are all so creative and unique.
My mother has always been my anchor. She taught us that love is unconditional. We always have God and family. AND to always respect our elders. Those values seem to be lost in this society.
Thank you for the opportunity to express some thanks to my mother.

Lillian Child said...

What a fun hop that was - and I met several new talented ladies on this hop too!

Re your question: My daughter has always been my anchor in life - she's who I want to be when I grow up! She's the one I call when I'm having a bad day, or a rough time, or just need a reason to smile.

Ginny K. said...

I first want to say that I have finished the blog hop and I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful ways that each designer used the stamps and sentiments. What a creative group you are, so inspirational to me!! To answer your question about going through a difficult time and who helped me to get through it, I have to say that it was God and the friends that he has sent into my life. I lost my mother just a week before Thanksgiving last year. We went through a a few weeks of hospice care that were quite difficult for me to indure. It is always hard to watch your parents suffer and at many times I was alone with her in the room. I was the only one there when she finally passed on, and it was soo tough for me, but my faith helped keep me strong , that and talking with my friends afterward. My good friend Darlene would e-mail me and comfort me, since she lives far away and that helped me out considerably. My long time friend since grade school, Margie, came for the viewing, the funeral, and the luncheon afterward and somehow she always, I mean ALWAYS says just what I need to hear! I know that both of my friends were sent to me from God above and I so treasure them both. What a blessing they have been in my life, not only when times are tough, but they have given me so many days of laughter and joy as well and continue to do so. I don't know what I would do with out them and God in my life! ~Ginny K.~

Kay M said...

What beautiful creations. I left a comment on every site but when I checked I couldn't see that it went through on Grace's and Dina's.

In answer to your question, there are many times when I feel challenges but they are nothing compared to what a lot of people face everyday. I am very lucky and am blessed with good health, a wonderful, loving husband and a terrific family and I owe it all to the Him!!!

Anonymous said...

Bad times and good times-doesn't everyone have them? I commented on each blog, and decided it was too much of a bother to every do it again. Posted most of them as anonymous as I've never used the other options. I always like to look at all the blogs in a hop, but taking the time to leave a response at each one took way too long. So I'll leave the chance to win "prizes" to others from now on. Thanks for the Hop.

Bumblebee said...

Been and seen everyones beautiful cards. What a great release!
In answer to the question, my mum died 4 months ago, and without my faith, and Gods faithfullness to me, I know how different this time would have been. He is my anchor!

josie walrath said...

I have visited all the blogs and have left a comment. What helps me be anchored is my Faith in God and my love for family and friends.

Angella D. Crockett said...

What an amazing hop today, ladies!!! First of all, thanks to Kelley for releasing only the very best sets to us each month, thanks to Dina for designing the Anchor set, and thanks to all of lovely hoppers each month....your love and encouragement are a blessing!!

mom3 said...

Reading through some of the post and seeing how God has anchored so many in times of grief, despair, fear, is a wonderful reminder that He is our one true constant in our lives. I remember oh so many years ago, my mother's life ended abruptly at the hands of a drunk driver. As time went on, he had a hearing and although the courtroom was packed, the driver's mother was not even in the room. I remember thinking how wonderful it was to be anchored in the faith my mother instilled in us. But more, pity for the young man, who had no idea what he had robbed my siblings and I of. I praise God, Mom rest in heaven.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

I enjoyed visiting all the blogs and was able to leave a comment on each one. What fabulous projects they all had to share. When my mother had to spend weeks at a time in the hospital and I had to care for my very frail grandmother. There were so many times I felt I was falling apart. My husband did so much to help me keep going. He really was my rock and my anchor.

Kelly Sas said...

I have a genetic medical condition giving me chronic pain, cause hospitalization and has taken away my job and many hobbies. One particular bad bought my husband brought home the church bulletin (as I was bed ridden) and the saying on the stamp you made about the lord riding the storm with you was on it. This saying through Christ provided me the daily - sometimes hourly - strength I needed to endure and get through. I NEED this stamp! Thank you and God bless you for creating crafting products for us Christian crafters.

eileen t said...

What beautiful creations and a fantastic new release! Although I could not leave a comment on Dina's.

My anchor is my husband. He was Jewish when we married. After 15 years and an answer to prayer, he has now been a believer for the last 10 years of our 25 year marriage. He is an Elder in our Church and the anchor to me and our 2 boys. I am sooo blessed.

Mila Ayers said...

Yes, I have experienced difficult times. One of them was when our daughter, 5 at the time, had some serious stomach problems. She was in the hospital for several weeks and the doctors could not diagnosis the problem. The fear of the unknown at times was huge, but our anchor was/is the Lord and the promise that He is always with us.

Emily, our daughter, is fine. She had a haital hernia and a mild case of appendicitis. She is also
a strong candidate for chrones. She is a lovely 12 year girl. Very active, talented, and loves the Lord.

God is good all the time!

cdjcape521 said...

Completed the hop, thank you all for such great creations! 2003~~bad year! But I found a wonderful church (and also found God!) and the parishners there were so supportive, some still friends although I have moved far away from SC! God is good!

Anonymous said...

I finished the whole blog and PTL I was able to leave a comment on each one of them because there was the anonymous option. Thank you sooo much for having that option on each one of the blogs.
God!! God is my joy, my anchor, my healer, my strength, my Father Who knows me and loves me anyway.
Jean McGee

Janine A said...

We all have things that happen in our lives and being anchored to God's love has held me stedfast. This past year has been a real challenge from finding out that my husband may have cancer 3 weeks before our youngest daughters wedding, then my oldest daughter telling us that she cannot have babies, clear up to the unexpected death of my mom the week before Thanksgiving. Knowing that in any situation I can to go to God in prayer, He gives me comfort. Also the love and support from my church family as well as my own family, I have been able to get through the hurdles. God is amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

On April 10, 2001 my husband, age 44, went in for a stress test. He failed miserably and was told to come back the next day for an angiogram. When he woke up from that, the surgeon was there telling him he would be admitted to the hospital and undergo a 5-bypass surgery early the next morning (April 12). At the same time, the doctor who did the angiogram was telling me the same thing. The blockage causing the most problem was on the heart - the "Widow Maker". Within a minute my friend, Willow, her husband and youngest son walked through the door - my anchors. Willow is a cardio nurse and was there to explain to me what was going on. My cell phone was nearly dead and I didn't have the numbers I needed to let family members know. I called one daughter and she had a list, so I was able to call. Willow even offered her phone if I needed it. She was also there the next morning (her day off) when he went into surgery. I'm thankful today that my husband is doing excellent! I'm thankful to the doctors for catching this so quickly and for Willow and all my friends and family! Thankful, to for email as it was so easy to keep everyone updated. Emails came in to us from around the world. I'm so blessed!!!

Jeannette B.

Liz said...

went to all the blogs and everyone did such a great job showing us how these stamps are a must have and the many uses for them.
I look to god every day as he is my anchor my husband has been out of work now for 3 years and times are very hard , to keep my from falling apart I make it a point of still making cards for the homebound from our church and cards for the kids at our hospital with out my crafting I would not be able to get though this hard time. hoping 2011 will be the one to turn us around.TFS everyone and Thanks to ODB for every ideal and stamp you bring to us , you lift us up.

Nancy said...

Love the new stamp bundle and all of the designers did a awesome job show casing the stamps.
My parents are my rock. I am so thankful to still have both of them and I can count on them to always be there for me. They always have wise advise and it is always based on there faith in the Lord.

Laureen said...

I love the new releases! I visited each one and left a comment.

I have experienced many difficult times through the years as I am sure we all do. But the Lord has always been there to help me through. You never know how that help will come, someone you are close to or someone new you meet or something you read. We may not always recognize the help he sends as help from him. Each storm we weather makes us stronger and more appreciative.

Kelli B said...

I finished the blog and I'm amazed as always. I visited everyone and was able to comment on each project. To answer your question: There was a time when I was really sick and had to have several surgeries and my family and friends helped to anchor me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

We had a time in 1989 when my father-in-law had cancer and again in 2008 when a dear friend died suddenly. While we grieved the losses in our lives, we knew that we would see them both again. The funerals were not "Good-bye"s, but "See you later"s. God did provide the comfort, as always. (Missed comments on Lorelei & Grace)

Jan said...

My ship has drifted from everything and everyone on which I have weighed anchor. And, I am thankful for that as the Lord has been faithful to remind me that only He is unchangeable, entirely dependable and steadfast. Every promise He has made He has, is and will fulfill through the Lord Jesus Christ. He will never leave those who are His and they will NEVER be forsaken!
"In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil."
Blessings and thank you, dear sisters! "Janaria" Jan E.

Jessica said...

There have been many times in my life when I felt the world crashing down around me. But God has always been my rock, my anchor, my lighthouse in the darkness. Sometimes it's taken me a long time to see this truth, and sometimes not. But eventually He is always there to rescue me! Thanks so much for these lovely stamp sets. And for the beautiful creations by your design team! Thanks ladies, one and all!

Anonymous said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new stamps-great job ODBD! The hop was lots of fun; everyone did a fabulous job with their creations. There have been numerous times in my life where it felt like the world was falling apart, but praise God He sent Jesus as my savior and the Holy Spirit to be my guide and comforter. People (family/friends) are very important too! BUT, I know that Jesus is ALWAYS there and will help me through. Three years ago, I had breast cancer surgery and PRAISE GOD am doing fabulous! Thanks for offering the blog candy. Jo4Him

Karen said...

All the projects were fantastic!!!
answer to question: The most trying time was when I got extremely sick with a spinal infection and became paralyzed. I had a 6 month old at the time and my husband stood by me taking care of me in the hospital for 2 months and then at home bathing dressing everything until I learned how to manage on my own. To this day it puts alot of added pressure on him but he never complains. And of course our faith got us through and still does daily. My daughter is 9 now and life is great!
Happy Crafting!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Whee! I made it to the end of the hop. Wasn't able to leave comments on Debbi's or Angie's blogs! =(
Love the Anchor set!!
Jesus, Himself, has been the anchor I've held to, that has kept me grounded through some very trying times, including the death of my first husband 12 years ago. Being a widow with 6 children was not a picnic!

Jan said...

I got all the blog girls, except maybe Dina, had troubles with Becca too, but I think comment went in.

In answer to question, Yes I had many times in my life when Jesus was my answer, and was with me so many times, no short version on this question, but he has been with me every step I take, and I have a song I sing calle "The Anchor Holds" one of my favorite. hugs to all Jan

Mommamea's favorite things said...

Love the talented work of your designers.

When ever the storm hits I look to my loving savior. He has never let me drown in the storms of my life. It is when I tell Him I can do this that I get into trouble. I have learned to always trust in Him. I love the friends He has given me but my trust is in Him alone.

Mary Ann Hauser said...

I visited all the card designers and left comments. I would like to be included in your contest.

Yes, I have had an anchor in my life. My brother came from out-of-state to care for me when I had a mastectomy. God has been good to me, blessing me with a wonderful family who stands with me. The Lord does help me weather the storms; he sends family and friends to help calm my waters.

I signed some of my comments Mary Ann H from PA and other with my name Mary Ann Hauser when my name was asked for. This is my first time.

I am eagerly awaiting the Allentown Stamp Show. I shopped at your stand last year and am making a list of what to buy this April.

Mary Ann Hauser hauserma@ptd.net

Cindy Lou said...

What a fantastic job the bread sticks did using this months releases! This will be another gotta have set.

Have I ever had a point in life when I thought the world was crashing but there was an anchor/rock that sheltered me? Yes, 5 years ago in July I was involved in a car accident, once I survived it, they told me I would never walk again. Three months later at my yearly physical they found I had breast cancer as well. I knew that my God was able to take me to where ever he wanted me to go and do what ever it was he needed me to do. He blessed me in ways I never thought possible and enabled me the opportunity to spread His Love, grace and word during this time. Best of all, He has allowed me to walk again, and the breast cancer was removed, not to be seen again afterwards. During this period of time, I know of over a dozen churches that were praying for me from coast to coast, friends from across the pond also were praying, it was phenomenal to be the recipient of so much love, care and concern. God is great, NO ONE can ever change my mind of that. He is my rock and my anchor, from now until the day He calls me home.

Tricia6653 said...

My God anchors me daily. It seems like the more I want to be the Christian I should be, life seems to get in my way, but God is always there for me with a lifeline.

Tricia6653@valornet.com

Betty said...

I have had a time or two that I have felt heavy burdened, but knowing that my Lord and Savior took my burden for me helped lift me back up. Our God is truely awesome!

The sites that would not let me comment was Connie, Lorelie and Chris.

Janeen said...

I haven't looked at the blogs yet. I couldn't load my blues picture b/c there was no way to turn off the music that was playing in the b/g. It kept timing out with the music playing. :(
I hope to have time to check out the blogs. I love the Anchor stamps.

Karen Rice said...

Yes,I have had a few of those times. I won't go into details...but I can testify that as I look back, I know that God was with me each time. He did take care of me when all else was failing, when I was alone, when I wanted to give up, etc. And now when those "times" seem to come around, I try to look at them as a "divine interventions" from God. Opportunities to work WITH along side Him for HIS cause. God was, is and always will be good and good to those who He calls His own!

Candy Meyers said...

This set is awesome. Can't wait to get it. One time when I felt God's presence was after my Father passed away and we moved Mother in with my sister, and learned that she had Alzheimer's. God closed doors and opened windows for us. He definitely had a plan for us.
Candy Meyers

jean w. said...

Wow great set of new stamps, plates and ideas!!! The Lord is my anchor and has been for 60 years! What time I am afraid, I call on Him!

Cheryl S. said...

I have complete the wonderful blog hop and left a message at every stop!

To answer your question: As everyone else, I have experienced difficult times in my life. The most difficult, so far, is the birth of our first grandchild 2 1/ years ago. He was born with a very rare syndrome that one in 10,000 babies are born with. We
were told at the time of his birth that people with this condition can be everything from in a vegetative state to functioning
individuals. He has many medical problems and has already had some surgeries, with many more facing him,but he just amazes us with his intelligence, his happiness and his love of life. He is such a wonderful blessing to our family and everyone that knows him.Our family all knows that God has a wonderful plan for this child's life.

jean w. said...

I forgot to say I completed the blog hop! Great cards and jewelry and game ideas too! What a great group of designers!

Allymcb1 said...

What a great hop. I thoroughly enjoyed each site. The cards and games were mind blowing.
3 years ago I had a breakdown after a number of events which all happened quite close together. During the whole time my best friend was there. She came up to be with me and helped me just make it through the days until i could get back on my feet as I wasn't capable of doing anything. A year later I was knocked out again. She then flew to Switzerland to help me. I thank God daily for her as she has had her own crosses to bare and at the moment she is in the middle of the most horrendous situation. I will never be able to repay her and often feel inadequate as a friend to her.

Robyn said...

yes, my mother was dieing and a good friend reminded me where my strength
comes from-faith and prayer
thanks for sharing

Kay said...

I've had many times when life was difficult. When my children were small we had a financial devastation and had to sell our home and move to a tiny apartment for 6 years. But God kept me anchored and helped us through those times. I have 3 beautiful sons (now adults), and a wonderful husband...all of whom have been my anchors. This is my first time blog hopping... what fun it has been. We have a "snow" day today and I got to be home. I should probably be cleaning instead of having fun. : )

Robyn said...

I finished the hop- and answered the question when i started! opps!
Yes I've needed friends to help remind me to let everything else go but my faith in God

Tessa said...

I just can't believe this release! Iused the Hebrews scripture on my ABC challenge by Patter! I wish I had the anchor set for my layout! I have been through so many hard times in my life and I find I most often have to find the strength within myself to get through it! I don't think I would have managed if not for my belief in god! I strongly believe if he brings you to it he will bring you through it! And that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger - and I am VERY strong now! I loved all the inspiration!

Peggy said...

Wow! That is a "must have" stamp set. In 1996 my world, as I knew it, crashed; my parents both died within 5 weeks of each other, deaths of a sister-in-law, a daughter's mother-in-law, a beloved aunt, a close neighbor/friend and a very close and dear friend. There were also some upheavals in the lives of 3 of my 5 children. I can remember not being able to function and my husband would just hold me close while I cried. Finally I told God that I could not handle all this alone and that I seaked cradling in his arms too. {Hugs}

Anonymous said...

I made it through the entire blog hop, and yes, I was able to leave a comment on every blog. Only one comment didn't show up, but it eventually will. I plan on visiting many of those blogs again and again! Yay! Beautiful new artistry to inspire me!

And Finally to answer the question:

Yes...
There have been several times in my life when my world fell apart, and during those times I didn't have anyone to turn to or ask for help. God has been my only anchor. Where ever I am, he is always there with me. I know I am never, ever alone! He didn't always give me the answer I wanted, but he knew it was the best answer for me at the time. And yes, I made it through those seemingly impossible periods, and now I spend my days thanking him for watching over me, guiding me, and staying with me.
Dianna N.

Peggy said...

I completed the hop. Left a message at 12 sites. Did not find one where I could not leave a message. Maybe there was a trick that I did not find. :=/ Even if I do not win a prize, I had a great time on the hop. {Hugs}

Marian B. said...

I have finished the blog hop! You have a very talented Design Team and I really enjoyed their cards/projects for the new release.
I have had some difficult times in my life - divorce, injured sons, death of a father - but with faith and my family, I have been able to continue on.

Bonnie said...

Well ,
I have to say, every-one's creations are remarkable. I have enjoyed looking at the all. As for the answer to the question?????
I will make this short and sweet!!
My answer and my miracle no matter how bad things are going or how good things are going, My strength comes from 2 places.... My grandson Micky and of course God who blessed me with him!!!!.
Love & Prayers always
Bonnie

Janice said...

I was able to comment on all the blogs. What wonderful inspiration they give us.

I am thankful that I have not yet been taken through unbearable circumstances, but I do not know where I would be without my faith in Christ. One of my favourite verses came to mind when I read the question.
From Nehemiah 8:10: The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Michelle ~ daydreams505 said...

This was a really nice blog hop. I usually don't have as much time for them as I'd like. A snow day made the time for me today. :)

I've been through several storms over the years, and have found my faith in God and being as positive and optimistic as possible helps me everyday. I've had so many prayers answered that I KNOW God is looking after me and my family.

SavedbyGrace said...

Your new stamps are "must haves"!!I am so thankful that you guys keep giving us new ways to glorify our LORD. When my momma died 2 years ago, I experienced the "peace that passes all understanding" that only comes from God. He healed my momma of Alzheimers and took her home. He allowed me some moments with her that give me such comfort. One of my last memories of her is, even though she had forgotten so many things, she sang "Amazing Grace" How precious that memory is to me. I am truly Saved by Grace!

SHELL said...

I would be lying if I said I had not at one time or another had a second, a moment or an hour or days, weeks or months that I thought I just can not go on. A very special time comes to mind when I had let my apartment go and went to stay with friends while I searched for a small home to buy. It was at the time the market was doing poorly and I didn't have enough to afford what I wanted. I looked and looked and imposed on friends generosity in their homes for a year. I was so disheartened and something pulled at my heart strings. I am jewish but I suddenly wanted to go to church. I gave up looking for a house and found a home at Greenbrier Church where I accepted Jesus as my savior. Only two months later I bought a small condo that I could call home too. I thank the Lord for my house and bringing me into the protection of his home.

SavedbyGrace said...

I forgot to tell you that I had a little trouble on Chris Olsen's blog. I thought my first comment didn't save so I left another one. Now there's two, sorry. :)

Charlotte Odom said...

What beautiful creations for this hop! I was unable to leave a comment on Betty Wright's blog.
To answer the question: 5 years ago we went through the loss of a business which included less than honest actions by a partner that I had always considered a dear friend. But, God is so faithful to walk every mile with us! I praise Him for that steadfast love!

Deb said...

I really enjoyed the hop. ODBD has picked some beautiful stamps with very meaningful sentiments. My Story: After 24 years with my company, practically everyone in our department was laid off. People were really upset, crying and getting physically sick. They asked me why I was so calm. I had to tell them that the job did not hold the keys to the doors I walk through and my faith was anchored in Jesus who has promised me that He would supply all my needs and he has. I took early retirement and had severance for a year. I retired on April 8 and on April 12 I had a new job. He's just that kind of God.

Annette M said...

I think the most trying time in my life was back in 1989-1990. I was expecting my second child, losing my father to cancer and my marriage was in shambles. I don't know how, but I got through it and I KNOW the Lord was watching over me and giving the strength and everything I needed.

Loving the new stamps and all the beautiful creations from your design team.

TFS.

moran99@comcast.net

JKB said...

Difficult times is relative in life. I have been blessed to have a dear friend and neighbor who listens and gives me comfort and advice. I just hope she feels the same with me. It is a great feeling to have such a treasure.

Flo - Sweetideas said...

26 years ago my oldest was very sick in the hospital and the doctors weren't sure if he would make it. I had such peace knowing that he was going to pull through. God promised to not leave me nor forsake me and he didn't.

Jan Castle said...

An inspiring HOP!
At 71 years young, I have many stories I could share...but you don't need a book, or even a chapter here - LOL! Suffice it to say that in EVERY life situation, Jesus has been my strength to see me through. Eph. 2:8-9
Jan Castle

jill said...

Answer yes
I had lost contact with two of my grandchildren almost two years ago and which left me devastated. With the help of the good lord forever beside me continously giving me the strength has helped me to finally locate them again, which was only last week....I am so blessed

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the blog hop,and I left a comment on each blog.
to answer the question:
My mother passed away in 2009 this was a very diffcult time for me but with God,the support of my husband and my children Icame thru the storm.

Dani said...

I just love your blog hops! They are always so inspirational!

I have two people who offer me wonderful support and who is always there for me. They are my anchors - God and my Hubby.I know I can always depend on them and they have helped me through some tough times. I am so thankful for my relationship with them!

Mickie said...

I love all the bread sticks designs and certainly want this set!

Friends, I am going thru one of those times now. My hubby is a very sick man and the prognosis is not good. Starting last summer his mother "jumped crazy" and did some of the stupidest things anyone can imagine. We have been under so much stress dealing with her legal and medical affairs and the stress took a toll on hubby and now he is really bad. I have had to deal with most of her problems plus having him in ICU on life support but through all of it I have had my Lord as my anchor. I know that He would not lead me to it without bringing me through it. The Lord is my ANCHOR.

Barb said...

I was able to view all of the wonderful creations and left comments at every blog.

A time I have experienced some difficult times was the loss of my mom and the resulting stress of dealing with my sister. Yet, I did know I was being watched and comforted and guided.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize.

Tanja said...

I have enjoyed the blog hop and commented on each blog. Around 14 years ago I had been suffering from depression for quite some time yet God reminded me through a Christian song on the radio that His son died for me and he cared for me - it cut straight through the fog in my mind to my heart! It helped me to keep going knowing God was with me and my friends were praying for me. Thanks to God I have been free of that kind of depression for 11 or 12 years now!

Sherry said...

In 2007, the Dr walked into the room and said "I think you have cancer". I was speechless! I told no one, not even my husband. I got prayed for and wore a prayer cloth into surgery. Praise God, everything was negative! Prayer and my chruch support got me thru it.

Sherry said...

O, I forgot, I left a comment on each blog. I aboslutely love your new sets!!!

craftymom205 said...

When my first marriage fell apart, my dad and stepmom were my anchors during this time. They stood by me and helped me through it.

Love all the projects for the hop.

queenofnanas said...

My most difficult situation was losing the husband that I loved. He had always told me that if he went first that there was a friend of ours that loved me like he loved me. I always thought he was crazy with the idea. But he said he had talked to this man and that they agreed that I would never be told his name until he had past. I put it in the back of my mind. After he passed away, I went on with my life. Never giving it another thought. Then a year after his passing a dear friend of mine lost his wife. I did everything I could to see him through the rough days. We shared holidays and many just days with our children together. I always thought of him as a friend. Then one day he told me the same story my husband had told and that he had prayed about telling me he loved me. I was a little taken back. But our long time friendship became real love. We have been together now for almost six years. Although I miss my husband dearly. He sent me by best friend. ONe that has brought me to the Lord and made my life whole again. So I now know God has a plan for us all. And I truely am thankfull for the journey he has planned for me.

Donna D said...

Oh my gosh! This set of stamps is absolutely the best. My husband is a fisherman and I can see so many of his fishing friends getting items from these stamps. What great inspiration. Thanks!

There hasn't been any one item I can describe. When I begin to feel down, I put my faith in the Lord and ask for his love and support. He always comes through and I am soon feeling much better. I have to rely on my faith to get me though any tough day! Thanks Our Daily Bread for such perfect stamps.

Donna D said...

Oh, forgot to tell you I visited each designer page and received so much inspiration!

marilyn said...

What an absolutely fabulous blog hop--very inspiring! Gorgeous creations! Answering the question: 2006 was a very trying year--started out with a wildfire burning my sister's home and almost getting my parent's home--they all escaped with their lives. My dad had surgery that year, my husband was hospitalized, and I had a very stressful job. Scrapbooking got me though it since while I was scrapbooking, my mind would totally focus on that and I would relax. In addition, I have made so many wonderful friends. What a wonderful craft we have with such fabulous people.

Linda Carson said...

Congrats on another beautiful new release! Your dt's artwork was outstanding. I deal with chronic pain. I need an anchor daily!

Sonia said...

I enjoyed seeing everyone's creations and I was actually able to leave a message on everyone's blog this time without a problem. There have been some different times in my life when I have felt overwhelmed, almost unable to go on. God has always been there for me. Sometimes He would give me Bible verses to encourage and sustain me. At others He has brought people into my life to remind me of His love and encourage me. I am so thankful to Him. His mercies are new every morning!

Davi said...

Like everyone else I have experienced several very difficult times. But my most wonderful sister's encouragement and The Word of God kept me in those times!

Anonymous said...

michelle f. said...

i just love all of the creations the ladies have made using this set of stamps. such talent!

oh this last year during my mom's last few month's of her battle with cancer. my Bible study gals kept our family lifted in prayer and listened to me and let me cry on their shoulders.

bkmrich said...

I am not sure if I am posting in the right place but I have visited all the blog participants and left comments on each one. I think I may have answered your question in the wrong place too but I am not sure I hope you receive it so that I can qualify for one of your lovely prizes.

Laura said...

Yes, I have faced trying times and during those times God is always faithful to carry me through. When I was a teen my parents divorced and I held on to God's promise in Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good to those who love God". Even though I don't always understand God's ways, I know who He is and that He is worthy of my trust. God keeps all His promises. He is faithful and promises never to leave. I also try to remember that my emotions are not always trustworthy. God's Word is sure and true.
Thank you all you talented card designers! I loved this blog hop!

Peachy Wessels said...

What a beautiful stamp release. Now to answer the question:

Yes, I have been thru a difficult life change and if it hadn't been for a few special friends and support groups, I don't know that I would have made it thru. The power of faith and support truly does help us get thru some very difficult times.

Anonymous said...

I remember when I found out my sister was terminally ill. I knew there was no cure. I just asked God to help me get to the other side.

I left a comment at all the blogs. I had to use an anonymous identity for all but Becca's and Julie's blogs. Can someone enlighten me about how to use the identity areas when leaving a comment? I do not have a blog.

MARIE SELLERS

pam kelley said...

What a great and beautiful group of talented ladies that are part of the ODBD designs team. Love all your wonderful creations!

Linda said...

I did complete the blog hop and commented on each of the sites. What an amazing variety of approaches to these designs.

The loss of my husband of 51 years was very hard. I just wanted to give up on life because we had been such a team and now he was gnd.
Then I started to get dozens of beautiful handmade cards with loving thoughts and prayers. I felt so sustained on a wave of faith and caring. Those cards and the thoughtfulness of the people who made them were and anchor of faith and love.
Linda in DV

sdelong1228 said...

Thanks for such an inspiring blog hop, the stamps used are just wonderful!!

My son was just admitted to the hospital this afternoon for emergency surgery for a hole in his bowel, so I'm leaning on God and my husband to help me through these next few days!!

Pati said...

I enjoyed the hop and left comments at every stop! God is my anchor. People come & go and we live miles away from family. God has been the anchor thru the ups & downs, the changes, loneliness and triumphs!

Rosie said...

It has been 44 yrs. ago that I needed to get a divorce because of an abusive husband/father to me and my 4 children. I could not see how I would be able to raise them alone with no high school education for a job and no money. I became closer to God during that time even tho my oldest son got into trouble with the law. In time I got my GED while taking in sewing for weddings at nite and went to college and got my diploma very proudly. You see, when I was 12 yr. old my mother passed on, I was the oldest of 5 siblings with a new born baby sister so I had to finish grade school and raise the children on our farm. I feel God was at my side all this time even tho at times I didn't think He was. I am so thankful for all the guidance he gave me to help me in deciding to put my children in a private Catholic school and they are physical therapists and engineers. I am so proud of them. And I have been remarried for 20 years to a man who is the best husband/father I/they could have.

Bonnie said...

I have "hopped" every blog and enjoyed all the beautiful, inspiring works of art with this amazing set!
To answer the question, I have had several times in my life when I thought I would not make it through. The most difficult of all has been this past couple of years. Our daughter was diagnosed with a very serious and incurable condition called pulmanary hypertension. Her heart stopped once so she also has a defibulator. She has a port for medication 24/7 to help her breathe and the meds cause other serious conditions. She is a very strong young woman and has never given up, complained or whined about her condition. I spent many a night with her in the hospital too afraid to leave her and a few because she was afraid to be alone. She also has two young children that she keeps a brave face for. We continue to pray for her health and safety.
This past April my Dad's health rapidly declined and I lost him last September. I have yet to figure out how I will get by without him. With my daughter in Dallas and my Dad 120 miles away, I have been torn between hospitals and have spent many hours on the highway, driving and praying. If not for my wonderful and supportive husband and the love and blessings of Christ our Lord I am sure I would not have survived.

joycegc said...

My world fell apart in Nov. 1987. At
9:30 pm,when an officer came to my door & told me that my husband had an accident & passed away. My friends got
me through this very touch time. I don't know what I would have done with out them. Ten years later, I have remarried to a wonderful man, but, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of my first husband, the father of my 2 sons & my 1st love.

I have completed the hop & left comments at each one. Everyone had such great ideas.

Rosie said...

Forgot to mention I did peruse each designer's creation and enjoyed them all. I just typed out my life tragedy just before this and hope it will be included.

Lori m said...

Gorgeous designs from everyone, I'm still in awe of how pretty each one was.

Answer to question, yes this past December we were told my husband would not pull through from illness and there was no hope this time. I looked at the doctors and medical staff trying to explain they don't know the miracles we've been blessed with and what ever God chooses so be it. I sent off a prayer request to our church and within four days my husband was sitting up, eating and talking to everyone. He had one more close call a week later but once again proved the medical profession wrong, I'm a strong believer in the power of prayers, I've seen miracles happen all around us and even for myself. God keeps us strong and we are so lucky he's blessed our family with his Grace. If you look you will see his shinning beauty all around you, what more could anyone ask for?

Lori m said...

Sorry for the duplicate post, I left off info.

Gorgeous designs from everyone, I'm still in awe of how pretty each one was.I completed the blog hop stopping and commenting on each fabulous blog.

Answer to question, yes this past December we were told my husband would not pull through from illness and there was no hope this time. I looked at the doctors and medical staff trying to explain they don't know the miracles we've been blessed with and what ever God chooses so be it. I sent off a prayer request to our church and within four days my husband was sitting up, eating and talking to everyone. He had one more close call a week later but once again proved the medical profession wrong, I'm a strong believer in the power of prayers, I've seen miracles happen all around us and even for myself. God keeps us strong and we are so lucky he's blessed our family with his Grace. If you look you will see his shinning beauty all around you, what more could anyone ask for?

Blessings to all, :)

February 2, 2011 1:06 AM

pam kelley said...

Yes I visited all the team members sites and left comments and it was such a hard thing to do to leave each hop when there's so much lovely stuff to take in.

As for answering the question-yes I did have a very difficult time in 2006 when my wonderful husband was diagnosed with prostate CA. My world was suddenly stopped and I couldn't even fold the laundry without crying(thinking I might lose him and would no longer be doing his clothes). Silly I know but after about a week of this limbo state I decided that this was something I couldn't handle myself, so I turned it over to the
One who can heal, and take away the fear and boy did he! After laying it down at the alter I felt
such wonderful calm and peace and I just knew that my dear husband was going to be with me for a good while. I just put my faith in the good Lord. And I can say that he has been my Anchor thru many difficult times since. Ever steady and always true to give comfort and ease the worries. Ther is no other to put your trust in.

Anonymous said...

Each & every one of these designs was unique.

For well over 2 months now, my Great Niece has been fighting to maintain her first pregnancy. Through the prayers of Many and the Grace of God her dear little one has had a chance to grow & develop as the Good Lord designed. She is due in early March but her Dr. thinks she will deliver in the next two weeks.
The Prayer Wheels are still spinning.
Yours will help too.
mary l.

Anonymous said...

I visited each designer and left a comment at each site; however, Sandee, Connie, Lorelie, Chris, Dawn, and Grace sites would not accept the comment. One said it was completed but when I went back to check, there was nothing there. Some did not go through but when I went back--they did. Somewhere in cyberspace :) are some pretty wonderful words regarding these designer's creations. Why some accepted comment and others did not, I could not figure out. But I enjoyed each site and was amazed by the variety of creativity.
The power of prayer has sustained me through many trials in life. Sometimes, it almost seemed tangible. God is my Rock and my Salvation.
Clelie
clavellalynneacres@gmail.com

Clare said...

I made a mistake that has changed my life. I took a chance and it didn't pan out, and it could have turned very ugly. I traveled about 700 miles by car, was kept safe, and was filled with questions on the way home, like, "Why am I doing this? Why would I put myself in this position?" I was convicted during the return trip, & knew I needed to take steps to preserve our relationship, so I came forth, and confessed what I had done & why, and our relationship is so much better - more loving, understanding, and communication has increased 98%! Forgiveness is so awesome! Especially when one can forgive oneself!

Judith said...

There were some fabulous samples.

Question: My faith keeps me going as I was having a difficult time several years ago and it was faith that carried me thru. Laughter also helps lighten my load when I feel down.

Wonderful images you have created.

Karen Linarez said...

I finished the blog hop and left comments for each of the designers, and now feel very inspired and have another list of stamps I want, hehe! I think back many years ago when my 15 1/2 year old son chose to leave our home to live somewhere else. It broke my heart, then; but God was there to comfort and bring peace. And now, that son is living with us again (at the age of 29), go figure! lol

SavedbyGrace said...

You know I'm kinda worried about myself:) When I answered your question I forgot to say "I left my comments on all the blogs" Sorry "sticks". I'll do better next time. I'm not a "pro" hopper yet:) Iris, Saved by Grace

Linda said...

This has been a morning full of blessings. I really enjoyed this hop and finding a brand new company with Christian stamp sets. Thank you.
Yes, I sure have had a time in my life when my world seemed like it would collapse around me. It was a few years ago when both my younger sister and I were found to have colon cancer. As frightening as it all was, it was wonderful to know that we were being held in God's very capable hands and that he would see us through it. My sister passed away a little less than a year after they discovered her cancer but that last year that we had together was full of my blessings as we renewed our love for each other as sisters and our faith in our Lord that he was in control. Thank you for the opportunity to share. Thank you for your beautiful stamp sets.

Anonymous said...

I WAS NOT ABLE TO COMMENT ON GRACE'S BLOG. HAVING BEE BLESSED WITH A GOOD LIFE I STILL HAVE FAITH I GOD TO GET ME THROUGH SOME LITTLE ROUGH DAYS.

Peggy said...

Yes, there have been times when I/our family have gone through trials and we really needed to rely (trust in) on the Lord. We are currently going through another one of those times as my husband is unemployed and we are really trusting in the Lord. God is faithful!
Loved the blog hop and all the wonderful projects. You do have very talented ladies on the ODBD design team.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Teri said...

My marriage was falling apart, I had so much hurt, discouragement and grief in my life. I had a 16 mo. old and was pregnant. I wanted to kill myself. As I was attempting to do that, the Lord led someone right to my door to talk to me. I was soon attending a church and I can say that GOD is the one that got me out of this. It took a while to get rid of all the bitterness, but it is gone completely. All thanks and glory go to the Lord! Another time was when my 10 month old granddaughter needed a liver transplant and had 3 days to live. Her aunt (my daughter) came to her rescue. She is 3 years old now and doing well! Again - a miracle from God!

christa-peter said...

What a wonderful morning i've had visiting all these inspiring blogs and seeing all the amazing cards.

The past five years have been very much in turmoil as my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer but is still hanging on to life. The 'person' I found brought me most comfort was my lovely dog Jordan. So to find she too has cancer truly rocked my life and since then God has been carrying me all the way.

marcelle schauer said...

Your design team did an outstanding job this time around Kelley. WOW is all I can say with all of their submissions.
I have had to hold on to the security of knowing who our God is during the deaths of a child, sister, mother and father. Losses of buisness, church family and friends have kept me holding onto the FATHER. Not only during those difficult times but even in the daily routine things of life I find myself finding security in Him alone for the wisdom to guide me and the strength to sometimes get through a "blue" day. I praise God for all that He is and for using your company to keep our creativity focused on the supreme Creator.

Santaread said...

great blog hop. In my darkest moments I have always had my husband there for support and encouragement. I don't know what i would do without him. I can always count on him.

Lynne said...

Loved the creations from your wonderful design team - left a comment for each of them.

My anchor in my life was my mother. She had alot of medical problems through her entire life and had a very hard life as my father had mental problems. Through everything she retained her strong faith in God and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She taught me to love the Lord and trust in him no matter what. She passed away in 2009, but as she trusted and love God until the very end.

Sue D said...

I hopped to all the blogs and left a comment.
Our latest family crisis was having to put my father on the dementia floor of the community where my mom and dad live. This is the first time they have been separated but taking care of him has been very hard on my mom. All through this we knew God was with us and everything went smoothly.

Kris said...

Well, goodness, the Lord is my anchor and my strength in all times, most recently during an unexpected, difficult and painful illness. I cried out to Him many a time when the pain seemed too difficult to bear. He also provided me with a husband who also walked with me during this time. Praise God I am back to almost full steam!

Anonymous said...

Oh my where would I ever start?
Since I have been 15 when my mother took her life I have struggled with depression, I was so angry with the Lord for letting this happen to our family. It took me years of praying and it seemed like my prayers were never answered.
Went thru 2 marriages loss of my son, many times of wanting to end my own life (but every time I thought NO way do I want my children to hate me like I did my mother) but I have still kept my faith!
When grandma passed in April was harder then loosing my mother I held her hand and was with her everyday until she took her last breath!!!
The night before her memorial which was Mothers Day she sat on the edge of my bed and told me that everything was okay since then its like my life has changed I am happier then I have ever been. I know now that was the good Lord answering all my prayers at once. I look up at the sky everyday and am now at peace with my life.
I believe Grandma was the anchor in my life there is not a day goes by that I dont look at her picture and talk to her.
I cant believe I just told the world my life I have held this in for so many years...
Thank you

Janet S said...

I made it through the hop except for Julie's blog wouldn't open. I wonder if she is having internet problems from the blizzard. I commented on all the other blogs and was truly amazed by all the talent! As for my answer to your question, the Lord Himself touched my life at it's lowest point. When I was 9 years old my mother unexpectedly died of a stroke at age 36. I was devastated. At the funeral I remember sitting on the front pew with my Dad. All of a sudden he started crying like a baby and was leaning on his mom that was next to him. He had been my rock until then. I felt SO alone and I started to cry, too. All of a sudden while the pastor was quoting the scripture Rev. 21:4 about there being no more tears and death in heaven, I felt someone touch my face and my tears were gone. I felt a peace and calm come over me. I knew right then that everything would be okay. This may sound hokey to nonbelievers, but the Lord truly revealed himself to me that day and I will never forget it. My Savior lives and He is my anchor and solid rock!

Tameko said...

Such fabulous creations. Love all the new stamps and products in this release!
My Answer: Yes, there are times when feel helpless, and weak etc.... But I know that I can do nothing in and of myself. But with my anchor above, I have the strength to get up and keep going. I struggle to stay focused, But I always come back to JESUS!

Rosella said...

I AM ABSOLUTELY FASCINATED WITH THIS MONTHS RELEASE!!!! I will definitely NEED them!!
And yes, there are times in my life when I just can't go on by myself. I am going through this time right now. I am dealing with depressing and can definitely say that if it weren't for the fact that I KNOW that God loves me I could not go on!!
I guess this is why this months release really caught my attention!
THANK YOU!

loftylass said...

Fabulous release... I've visited all the blogs and left comments. Your design team have done you proud and have left me inspired. Thank you.
Yes I've had a couple of 'lows' in 2010 - two very dear friends died and I miss them so much, but keeping in touch with their families (and faith) has been a great solace to me. As they say: time is a great healer.
HW(UK)

Janeen said...

Wonderful projects from all. What talent lies in this group of people. To answer the question. Yes, I have felt overwhelmed mostly when I realize I haven't been relying on God but doing my own thinking. What I love to do is play hymns on the piano especially on Sunday mornings and have my wonderful husband say to me, I'm glad you play the piano. It's so nice to hear it. (now I am not a skilled piano player, just above beginner, really) I do what I can and it brings joy to us both.

*kbcraftcorner* said...

Everyone did such a great job on their creations! My life constantly feels like it's falling apart. I just cling to God, friends, and family and know that He knows what's best for us. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Mary Gutierrez said...

I enjoyed going through all the blogs, great ideas and beautiful cards.
I've experienced difficult times in my life, I've been able to deal with death in the family, divorce, but the most devastating had to be when it involves incest. But I've always said that if I didn't have my faith in God, I didn't have anything. He helped & guided my children and myself to some healing. This happened many years ago, but it's a situation that is never forgotten.

janiengus said...

What a great way to spend my break & lunch at work. SO much talent, so little time. A couple of trying times in my life, but one where my saviour walked with me was after a horrific divorce my 2 yr old son & I moved from eastern to western Canada, alone, afraid, not knowing anyone but always with my faith. I always hear his footsteps beside me and it makes me smile. THANKS for this wonderful display ladies. It has been a slice.

E. Marie said...

Your designers have out done themselves. All the cards were so amazing. It really showed off your wonderful new releases. They are beautiful and uplifting.

In regards to your question, there have been several times when things in my life became almost unbearable and though I have had amazing friends most of my life, the one person that really was there for me and helped me through was my mother. She is such a wonderful Christian with a faith so strong. When I was just out of college I went through a very difficult time and made some very bad choices. There came a time when my choices pretty much messed up my life. I remember a particular night when I thought life could never be worse. My mother came to me and stood up for me. She wrapped her arms around me and told me that she loved me and that no matter what had happened this would never change and they would always be there for me. They reminded me that God's love was even greater than theirs and there was nothing that would not be forgiven. It really helped me get things straightened out and back on the right path. Later in when I was having some real struggles and some depression, mom reminded me that they were there for me, took care of my children, and always prayed for me. I had time to get back on my feet emotionally and work thing out. I would not be where I am today without her love and prayers.

didlet said...

What beautiful cards everyone created. I loved hopping over to everyone's blog to see them.

Yes, I have experience a difficult situation just before Thanksgiving. My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had the tumor removed and to make a long story short the tumor was not cancerous. Everything that the doctor said could go wrong...did NOT!!!! She only stayed in the hospital for 4 days! We give all the glory and praise to God Almighty. He heard all our prayers and healed my mother.

Traci S. said...

Thank you for what a thought provoking and exciting blog hop. The art seemed especially more meaningful to me this time. Beautiful and incredible.

To answer your questions. I have completed the hop, leaving comments at each stop. I was not sure if Becca's blog saved my comment or lost it...I tried twice.

There were several times where I knew my "Anchor" was surely with me. I had signed my divorce papers 3 weeks before I was Saved.
I was married to a Jewish man, and we put in a provision saying my son, Josh,(1 1/2) was to be raised in the Jewish tradition in all ways, until he was 18 and could decide what to do. It stated that neither of us, nor anyone we asked were to teach him of any other religions. I signed it because I was a Jew, I thought I was being protective of my son, from being introduced to "some other" religion by his father...who didn't practice Judaism. I was the one who practiced Judaism seriously.

Well, Praise God! I was Saved! I started praying with Josh when he was at my home. I talked to him about Jesus. I read to him, Basically, I gave him Sunday School at home on any day. I knew I was breaking the law (of man), but the Bible told me to raise my son in the way he should go.

When Josh was 4, I took him to church. He had prayed and "talked" to Jesus, asking Him to come in his heart, that he did bad things, and was sorry, and that he knew that Jesus had died and would live in him. I took him to church after he did this...all on his own. Just the two of us.

I was served a "contempt of court" summons. I had to appear before the judge because I broke our divorce decree (which he had approved and then stated it was ridiculous, and shouldn't have even been in there!) I had the choice to stop teaching Josh about our Lord, or lose my son to his father full time, and possibly serve a few days in jail. I said that I couldn't stop teaching Josh...that I was Baptised. It wasn't a fly-by-night thing.

I was absolutely mortified. I found myself lying on my floor, face down...praying as hard as I could possibly pray. I don't remember getting in that position...but I was there. All of a sudden a calm, an anchor, kept me from flailing around. I had a peace I did not understand, but I was glad.

I answered the Judge honestly. I don't really remember the details...but I left there with no punishment, the judge said our decree was ridiculous and unconstitutional, and that my ex was being a bully and wasting the courts time. We were dismissed. I had received a comment...to be careful Ms. _____. The judge was Jewish. There was no other reason that things went why they did, than by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ...my Lord and Savior, and Anchor.

This is all true. It was the scariest time of my life...and then the most calm time, and the most wonderful way. I knew He would be with me all of the way. I knew He would honor what I was trying to do. I am so grateful to this day. Even though currently, Josh (21) is still calling himself a Jew...but practices nothing...and looks around at different religions. I am praying for His salvation.

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Debby said...

wow, I hoppped my way to each of the sites and I am amazed as always. The team you have assembled is so talented. So many beautiful creations. They leave me breathless

My faith,family, and prayer keep me strong when times are tough. Especially my mother. She always knows the right thing to say or do when I am at the ends of my rope with my daughter. Children do not always make the right choices and at times, I despair at the choices she makes, which often negatively impact my 11 year old granddaughter.

pdela-torre said...

5:15 here PST, hope I can still finish. Commented on all blogs, absolutely fantastic job by everyone, all so very talented. I hope someday I can be this good. Am working on it.
In a dark time of my life I had gotten involved with a guy who I thought was Mr. Right and became engaged only to find out later he was a brick shy of a full load. I got pregnant, had the baby, and gave him up for adoption. The night after coming home from the hospital, still on pain meds from a C-section, I was slammed major league by the devil. I woke up in the middle of the night and heard him accuse them of "stealing" my baby and just had this forboding, aweful feeling. The only thing I knew to do was get my Bible out and start reading and praying and soon fell back asleep. The next morning I woke up and the Lord told me to go look out the window. Still very much in pain I really didn't want to but again He said go look out the window, so I did. When I opened the curtain I was almost blinded by the bright sun shine and when my eyes focused I was amazed at what I saw. I could see the new buds of the trees, little bugs flying all over the place, my mom's crocuses were in full bloom and new blades of grass coming up. He was showing me all the new life He had created. And then he said this, "You not only brought to full term a new life, you also gave a new life to a couple who couldn't have it otherwise." Not only was God my anchor then, He still is almost 30 yrs later. My church was also an anchor during that time, helped me out alot. Hope this isn't too long, thanks for letting me share.

Peggysuez said...

The Lord was my anchor and rock during a very difficult time in my life when my husband left me with three small children. I would have to say that was the darkest time, but He has been there through all the events in my life, big and small, that was the most major. Thanks for such a beautiful hop, all the DT member's creations were off the wall gorgeous.

Peggy said...

Yes I have had many difficult times and my faith is my anchor! Love the stamp set. I tend to try to handle things on my own but do much better when I remember that God is as close as a prayer and that I need to listen to his answers. I feel overwhelmed because I am trying to take care of my Mom (90) and my handicapped brother(62)be there for my husband who is battling lung cancer (Never smoked) and enjoy our first grandchild. Most of the time everything is better if I remember to let go let God. Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration.