Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs February Release Blog Hop!  We hope you are ready for a fun and inspiring blog hop!  This month although not as large a release as recent months,  I know you will love the stamps!  If you haven't had time to view the release, just scroll down one post!

Now, here are the Hop Details:
  • The Hop will run 8am EST Feb. 1 until 8pm EST Feb 2.
  • The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Feb 3.
  • Four  hoppers will win a free set of choice, and One blessed hopper will win this month's Bread Basket Bundle!!!
Here is what you have to do to be qualified to win one of these prizes:
  • Hop to each designer’s blog and leave a comment
  • Return here to the Our Daily Bread designs blog and leave a comment telling us that you completed the hop, making note if there were any you could not comment on.
  • Answer the question below here on this post, when you leave your comment.
Here is the order for the hop:

Julie
Dawn
Angie
Grace
Becca
Chris
Sabrina
Sandee
Connie
Lisa

ODBD 

The question for this month is:

Has there been a time in your life when you have experienced hardship, but you have felt God's peace in spite of it all?  We'd love to hear your testimony if so!

If you don't wish to share then just tell us ... what is YOUR favorite HYMN?  The hymn we are featuring this month, It is well with my soul,  is one of my faves and I'm so glad Kelley decided to  make it into a stamp!  If you have not heard the story behind this hymn, I shared it on a sneak peek at THIS post.  You will be blessed reading it if you care to! 

Now enjoy the hop and be blessed!


160 comments:

Marlena M. said...

What a wonderful hop...gorgeous inspiration by everyone, thank you! I believe my greatest hardship was moving to Germany with three children under the age of 7; and having my husband deployed within 4 months. The Lord really surrounded me with encouraging peace and strengthened me. I grew so much during that 15 month deployment. I learned to pray, listen and wait. I learned to BE STILL.

Becky said...

So much gorgeousness (?) in all of the blogs....I have been so inspired after completing the hop. I have been so very fortunate throughout my life...I have not experienced hardships other than the loss of loved ones...but through all of that faith has been my constant. Always trusting in God to guide me on the right path.

Linda R said...

This was great! Thanks so much. Without going into too much detail, yes there have been many times I have been totally upheld by God's grace. I've been blessed. And my favorite hymn is "This is My Father's World." Every verse speaks to me. (and I had no trouble posting at each stop)

Colleen said...

Have finished the hop and must say, such beautiful projects done by everyone. One just as gorgeous as the other.
Have had many great hardships throughout my life but through faith and prayer I have been able to overcome them and have become , I believe a stronger person. (not going into details)
My favorite hymn I would have to say is 'Amazing Grace'.
ColleenB.

Tami B. said...

Finished the hop. You all did a fantastic job and the projects were outstanding as usual. I'm having a hard time deciding which question to answer. Since I can't narrow down to less than 5 songs I'll just say the latest hardship I've faced was a long road-almost 2 years of tremendous sadness, but thru it all God was there not only holding my hand but teaching me some very needed lessons along the way.

Becky said...

Just finished the hop..wow..what gorgeous creations with this new set.

My greatest hardship was losing 6 of my 7 son's. Being adopted and wanting children, to lose my first was hard, but the Spirit of the Lord empowered me with faith and joy as I continued trying to have children. I felt I was having them for HIM, He took 6 and left one for me to raise. I always say I HAVE 7 son's, 6 are waiting for my return home.

Scraprageous said...

Oh my has this been an absolutely wonderful blog hop! So many inspiring cards - Thank you for putting it together. A time that I knew God was with me, though times were troubling (many); He has proven over and over again that He is there, holding me tight. My favorite hymn - very hard to choose, so I am listing two. I remember singing in two different churches with my two grandfathers. Rock of Ages with one of my Grandfathers and Amazing Grace with the other.

Jie Craft said...

Have finished the hop and they are so gorgeous! Have had many great hardships throughout my life, specially on our ministry here. It's hard to tell but i know God plans is never fail. Please pray for us.
I love the song Standing on the Promises....Standing on the promises of Christ my King...

Clare said...

I love the hymn, "It is Well With My Soul", and we sing it at church occasionally. Beautiful! I love all your stamps, and I am glad you make stamps with passages from the bible!

I also have several hardships, but then I hear of someone else having one, and mine seem so trivial! I've been fighting with health issues, 19 surgeries, and this last one, (I now have diabetes) has been a blessing, although I don't want to have it. In 7 months, I've lost 38 lbs.! Over halfway there! Couldn't do it without my Lord!

merrymstamper said...

Another hop filled with inspiring creations by the DT!! Thank you all for sharing your creativity, talent and faith!
In the last two weeks, we have felt and seen the Lord's faithfulness and peace that transcends all understanding...My MIL had a four way bypass and valve repair. Dr's report was that we could lose her if she didn't proceed with the surgery but there was also the risk of going into surgery at 80 yrs. old...She is now walking the halls with help, beginning therapy today!!! We are so blessed as a family.

Mary-Anne V said...

Great hop...loved to see all the great projects. My greatest hardship happened when I left my family and moved to another country with no family or friends around me. It was a tough beginning but the Lord gave me strength through it all.

Debbie Dunham said...

Just finished the blog hop and was amazed at the beautiful creations!
I have had many hardships in my life but I always think about the people who are starving or have no home....they make my hardships seem trivial. "Amazing Grace" has always been my favorite hymn.

scrappingnana said...

Wonderful blog hop and gorgeous creations. Thanks for all the inspiration. Love the stamp "It Is Well With My Soul"
My only hardship has been the loss of loved ones, espically my mother. But God has been with me and sustained me. I praise him everyday for his many blessings and for Jesus, my Savior.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Beautiful release, wonderful stamps. I must have all the stamps in this new release.I must tell you I don't open up much to religon or politics, but I will share my faith in God with you, as without him...I believe I'd be gone. 6+ years ago, I lost my youngest son at the age of 35, in a 1 car accident. He did not suffer, but was hurt so badly we could not see him again...without God's strength I could not have survived. My faith is stronger than ever, thank you God.

Carol E said...

I just finished the hop and I truly was meant to be here today reading all the dt blogs and seeing all their creativity. The hymn It is Well with My Soul is just what I needed to read today. It gave me a calming peace that I really needed today. I was just told yesterday that the cancer I had 15 years ago is back. I know that every thing will be alright if I turn it over to someone greater than myself. Thank you, thank you for having this hop.

Primitive Seasons said...

A time? Oh many many times. If it weren't for my faith I doubt I'd be walking around today. God has tested me and my family but he has also showered many blessings on us and for that I am grateful. I completed the hop and would love love love to win something! You're such a great company.

Mary

Rachel Brooks said...

Wonderful hop and wonderful series of stamps. Your have such creative people helping us think outside our shallow little boxes (or at least mine!) To choose just one favorite hymn is very difficult. A Might Fortress speaks loudly to me.

Sandy M said...

Wonderful hop and for once I had no problem leaving a comment like in past hops.
The year 2010 was a difficult one for me. It started with my husband having a heart attach while on vacation and ended with my losing two brothers only 2 months apart. Had God not been in my heart I doubt I would have made it through. Prayer always brings us through the hard times.

Wanda Cullen said...

Just finished visiting all the amazing creations from your talented team and love the new release! One of my fave hymns is "How Great Thou Art"...great as our Saviour...great in His promises...great is every way!

Miriam Prantner said...

This was a wonderful hop! I had a great time. The DT is so talented! I agree with one of the other commenters, while I think I have faced hardship, it pales in comparison to what others, and even Christ experienced. I have two favorite hymns: How Great Thou Art and Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.

Jessica said...

Finished the hop, with no problems to report! My greatest hardship,well, there were 2. Both involved cancer. 1st, loosing my dad to lung cancer. The day before he died, he got a haircut because he was going to church if it killed him. (his words)So on Palm Sunday morning, we woke and he was gone. He had the most beautiful smile on his face.We knew where he had gone! Then my own cancer experience 20 years ago! I knew it could kill me...but I also just knew it wasn't going to. God's strength got me through both. Without Him....I don't know how people do it.

Susi Kelly said...

The hop has definitely showcased this new release in everybody's beautiful creations - an amazing hop and I had no trouble posting comments. I have had many hardships in my life, but by focussing on that light at the end of those dark tunnels - God's light - helped me through them. "Be Strong and Courageous" resonates within me because of these hard times.

Jonia said...

Wow what a wonderful hop and each person on the hop gave me so much inspiration! Love every thing they did! My greatest hardship was having to allow God to use me in a very difficult circumstance in my marriage. And, now I am so glad that I did not quit but allowed God to put our marriage and trust back together. One of the most difficult times in my life, but now one of the most rewarding! I learned that you can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!

Patricia Huber said...

Beautiful stamp set and beautiful projects. When I had breast cancer I was all alone with no family available (my two children were deployed with the military). Somehow people appeared to help and I felt a strength I did not know I had. I am sure the Lord was carrying me.

Valley said...

What a wonderful hop!! Our God is so wonderful and it's great to see His hand at work in preparing us for things before they unfold. Feb 2007,the night before my husband told me he was to deploy to Iraq, the gave me a wonderful promise from His Word. Habakkak 3:17-19. Thur His Word He gave me peace beyond measure. Thoughout his deployment that peace was with no matter how it would end. God returned him home safe. Bless His Holy Name!!

Rosella said...

What an amazing hop! I totally enjoyed it! Would love to be able to play along with these beautiful sets.
Hard times, I have to say that I have been experiencing them for a number of years with different circumstances. At the moment it involves family and the challenge of forgiveness. I am so thankful that God is continually showing me his agape love which is absolutely amazing!!!

Sabrina said...

Gosh - I don't think I could possibly pick just one favourite hymn!!
I'd say the time that I most experienced God's peace during a time of hardship was when my mum died. It was unexpected, after a fall when she broke her hip. We spent about two weeks living half in the hospital and half in the nearby church which has spare guest-rooms upstairs. The love and support of the saints there was also a great comfort during all the family stresses and strains.

Cheryl Winget said...

Wonderful hop - was able to visit and comment on every blog. My favorite hymn is "He touched me." It's a hymn that calms me in times of trouble and inspires me when my life is going smoothly. Thanks for all the inspiration today!

Karen said...

This is my first hop with Our Daily Bread and I have to say I am blown away by each member's artistic talents. Truly inspiring! I have had many hardships in life but my faith in God has helped me to weather many storms.

Donna D said...

Loved this blog hop. I completed the entire hop and left a comment on each page. I have to say, in my opinion, I have never faced a true hardship, only challenges. God has been SO GOOD to me and with his help and guidance the challenges I faced were only challenges and not hardships. Glory be to God! I love the hymn stamps...please continue to create more...love them, love them, love them! Now on to order this bundle and Becca's Bow Maker!!!

Kelly Sas said...

This has been one of my favorite hops! Didn't think these new stamps were "my style". WOW! Each DT member sold me on them. 10 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare genetic medical disorder. Prior to the diagnosis I was in and out of the hospital, bed ridden for weeks at a time at home and in terrific pain. At one point I was in the ICU and told I had a high risk of death. I am a mother, wife and nurse. God gave me the piece that surpasses all human understanding. I experienced such piece and comfort with knowing that if I died I would be ok, I would be in heaven. I live with this medical disorder daily. I have to give myself a shot every morning to keep me alive. It hasn't always been easy, but God is with me. He has blessed me beyond what I deserve. While I want to continue living here on this earth, I now know I am ready to be with Him in heaven. Thanks for letting me share.

Irene said...

What a wonderful, hop, I've just completed it. I think my greatest hardship has been, having to put my mother into a long term care facility. If I didn't have my faith I'm not sure how I would get out of bed each morning with that dreaded thought hanging over me, and while my head says I did the right thing, my heart is not listening. My favorite hymn I would have to say is the Old Rugged Cross. Thank you for a wonderful blog hop, and for all your inspiring designs.

stampencamper said...

Kelley, has brought us such fantastic images and sentiments in this blog hop again, and the talent used on them is so fantastic. Such a fun blog hop. I first recalled my 'awaking experience' when a first relative died, unexpectedly. I really questioned whether there was a God, because I could also loose my life, like everyone else. One day, i knew his presence was there, and that he loved me, and would protect me, much less save me.

Judi said...

I have just finished the blog hop and I am blown away by the talent of the team. They were truly inspired by the fabulous new stamp sets. My choir is currently learning 'Search Me, Lord' and it has become my new favourite. I have been unconsciously humming it as I have been hopping!

Lois Kennedy said...

I just finished the hop and am blown away by so much talent! Each piece is beautiful. I have had many hardships in my life, but God's grace is always there for me. I am truly blessed. My favorite hymn is Amazing Grace. My daughter sang this at my sister's funeral and to this day, it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

Becky E. said...

Great hop! Made all the stops and left comments at most. For some reason I couldn't bring up the comments box at three stops: Chris, Sabrina and Lisa. Liked their projects and wanted to let them know, but couldn't.

laoverton said...

Hop was completed and it was great. I think this was one of the best I have seen.
I have so many hymns that I love but my favorite would have to be Amazing Grace.

Anonymous said...

I have just finished the hop and the talent of all the ladies is just amazing. I have had many hardships during my life but the most difficult was last year when I lost my husband of 48 years. The Lord has been with me through this trial and I know that He will continue on with me. I love the hymn "It is well with my soul" but my favorite is "Amazing Grace". I pray God's blessings on everyone who made this hop possible. It was certainly a blessing for me to be able to sit here and look at the beautiful projects and read the scriptures and thoughts that went into each one of them.

Lynne said...

I have just finished the blog hop and enjoyed every minute of it. You have some wonderful designers that really show case the stamps. My favorite hymn is Amazing Grace. I was able to post a comment at each stop.

Sherry Kushibab said...

This is by far one of my favorite releases. What a talented DT God has brought together. I have had many highs and lows in this thing called life, but know that He has watched over always, even when I was too young to understand. I am really into contemporary Christian music and a new fave is "One Thing Remains" love the words....

Higher than the mountains that i face
Stronger than the power of the grave
constant in the trial and the change

One thing remains

Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me

Because on and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelmes and satisfies my soul
And i'll never, ever, have to be afraid

One thing remains

In death
In life
I'm confident and covered by the Power of Your great love

My dept is paid
Theres nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love

April said...

I had a fabulous time looking at all the wonderful projects! I am loving these stamps! Everyone did a super job! My hardest time recently was the hospitalization and death of my dad. I stayed there with my folks for 2 1/2 months, then had to bring my mom back here with us, pack up her house of 46 yrs. in one week, etc. God was with me each and every moment. It seemed like I had a huge mountain to climb to take care of every detail, but He gave me strength, peace, good health and focus to take care of it all. He is awesome!

Sherry Gardner said...

This has been the best hop ever...it truly speaks to my soul....thank you so much...your question on hardship....As for me, my mom has End Stage Renal Disease and is on her 10th year...her heart is failing now...and the Dr.'s and hospital staff know us by name we are there so often...my husband and I are trying to take care of his mom who is 86 has a pace maker and is legally blind...while Gary was working in her yard a huge tree limb fell on his foot and crushed it about two years ago...through the course of his healing he finally wound up having to get one of his toes amputated from this....His sister took his mom up to Fredericksburg and put her in a nursing home....last year we had to go get her from the nursing home (they kicked her out, I did not know they could do that, but apparently they can) in Fredericksburg which is about 4-5 hours away, well, we had to leave our youngest child who was just getting over phemonia and some sort of virus, she missed 14 days of school, we left her with my oldest daughter...I did not want to leave her she was not well, but none of the other family members would go...then that night after work we drove to go get Marie (Gary's mom) we checked in a hotel that night and were going to bring her home to another nursing home close to us the next morning...well, when we were getting up the next morning, Gary fell down the concrete stairs and spit his head open and broke his arm in several places...the ER stitched up his head and ex-rayed his arm and put it in a sling, we went to the pharmacy and got his RX... picked up his mom and headed home...I wound up driving and during the drive down the freeway at 65mph she decides to unbuckle and try to get out of the car...well, Gary is in the backseat going "Mom, I wish you wouldn't have done that".(He's heavily medicated at this time) and is propped up in the back in a sling and his head all bandaged up...I'm driving in traffic trying to grab her and saying "You stay seated, or, or... I will have to spank you" (I know that sounds harsh, but she stopped and settled down) needless to say it was an interesting drive...Gary wound up needing surgery with a plate and I think 13 screws put in....at Christmas last year (last month) Gary had to have more surgery on the damaged foot...and he will be done with his physical therapy this Friday...he is at therapy as I write this... all in all these past few years have been very challenging and your new stamp "It is well with my soul" is my favorite hymn...I think about it often...and it brings great comfort....but seriously...we are blessed and I know we are not going thru more than anyone else is lately...God Is Good all the time, and all the time God Is Good....:)

Anonymous said...

I have several hardships so it is hard to tell about one. The Navy Hymn and Thine the Amen,Thine the Praise are my favorite hymns. The had the honor of having the writer of the second hymn for a class at Luther Seminary. Herb Brokering is now gone so it even more special. I have completed the blog. However, I could leave a comment on Lisa's blog. I love her box.

Holly Paulson

Noreen M said...

Wonderful blog hop! I was able to enjoy and comment on all the blogs. My favorite hymn is "He Touched Me". It's a hymn that calms me in times of stress and inspires me when life is going good. Thanks for all the amazing inspiration today. You all did a great job!!

Basslady said...

ladies, your blog-hops are such a pleasure and blessing...seems you are never running out of splendid new ideas...fantastic!

to answer your question:

god carried me with so much peace through the loss of my parents...i had so fantastic friends who comforted and supported me and jesus gave me so much balance...time to grief and time to be comforted...all was in his wonderful hands...

hugs and kisses and many blessings from germany,
silvi xoxo

Dottie said...

This was by far the most amazing blog I have seen with all the talented crafters. Gorgeous amazing talents here. Having been a believer for 37 years I have seen God work amazingly in my life; healing the pains of the early formative years, granting wisdom to mentor others, monetary blessings when so needed and even when not crucial. God has been consistantly wonderful in my life. I have learned that He truly is everywhere all the time. I am safe. LIke a bottle thrown in the ocean, filled with the ocean, but not the ocean-which is God. He fills me and is all around me, all the time. There is no place i can go where He is not there.

Marsha said...

A few years ago, our business was struggling and we finally lost it. It was very difficult to go through the financial loss but God does give peace. It is so important to remember our life on earth is short, temporal, not a big deal in light of eternity. I love this hymn. It is one of my favorites. It is well with my soul.
Thank you team for another wonderful blog hop. Amazing artwork.

Lucy said...

Thank you for yet another wonderful set of stamps and images. God Moves in Mysterious Ways and It is Well with my soul, have actually been two sustaining hymns for me during a testing time! Thank you for the fresh reminders that God does move in mysterious ways and as a result, we can trust him and sing: it is well with my sou!

kathi17 said...

Everyone's creations were so beautiful and inspiring.

After the deaths of my father and grandmother, the Lord gave me positive signs that they are there watching over me when things are difficult.

Charlotte said...

OMG! I just finished the blog hop, and the talent of your DT is amazing (to say the least)! It was pure joy to see what each one created with this month's release stamps. They're provided such inspiration!
As far as a favorite hymn goes . . . that's hard. There are so many wonderful hymns that speak to my heart and soul - but, my two (couldn't just stick with one) favorites are "It Is Well With My Soul" (so glad that's a stamp) and "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth". Those two say it all.
Again, thank you for providing stamps that help us spread the Word and provide encouragement for those around us.

VStarRider said...

wow, I'm overwhelmed with the quality of the work I've seen on this bloghop! I couldn't find where to leave a comment on either Sandee or Connie's blogs. I'm still learning to lean on my Heavenly Father for all my support since an estrangement from my earthly father almost 2 years ago. I take hold of His peace day by day and am very grateful that He pours it out to me! Thanks for all the wonderful artwork and inspiration.

Janice said...

I completed the blog hop and loved it. What talented ladies, each so different but so inspiring.
2011 was a very difficult year for me. I had unexpected open heart surgery 12/13/10 and a very uncomfortable recovery, then in May, I discovered a lesion, biosopy showed cancer, surgery, recovery, radiation and chemo, and now therapy. Lots of downtime and I am an active person so this was difficult for me. But through it all I kept repeating "I can do all things thru Christ who strenghens me". No matter how difficult the day, nor how difficult the pain/treatments, I knew I could do it. I knew God had it all under control and that He held me in the palm of His Hand! I realized how He had also surrounded me with amazing friends and church family to pray and carry me thru difficult days. I LOVE HIM!!!!

JoAnn M said...

WoW!!! This is my first blog hop and it has been amazing. The love and talent of each one just pours out in every card and every project. I looked in awe at each one, I am new to card making and these are so incredible, I just kept saying "one day" I hope to do these...It has truly been a blessing and a fun hop. Thank you all so much for sharing your love and talent.

For the question:
Hardships come in many forms and God continuously shows himself, His love and mercy daily but I am here to tell you far beyond what we could ever imagin God has displayed Himself to our entire family in ways the mind and heart cannot wrap aroud.
My 3 yr old granddaughter Kaylah has a brain tumor. Truly by God's grace it was discovered...fast forward from Nov 16-Jan 31 she has had 10 surgeries...the emotional rollercoaster has been more than exhausting to say the least, on days when we were afraid to breathe
God gave us breath, On good days we cried and thanked Him for his greatness on bad days we all hung on to the hem of His garment, knowing His will is perfect and that He is in controll whether we understood or not...After a 2 1/2 month out of state hospital stay, I can give you a wonderful praise report, although right now the tumor is not removable, Kaylah is now home, undergoing chemo treatments and very stable. God in all His love and mercy brought light to us everyday (in many forms...people, a word from scripture, a song, a smile from a stranger, the stories and testamonies are limitless) but God is forever faithful!!!and All is Well with my soul.

My favorite hymn although I have many, many...is "Just as I am...it is the song sang many many years ago when I was 12 and walked down the aisle of my church for the first time to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior....thru the years it has always been a wonderful memory...and a reminder when I mess up, God never throws the baby out with the bath water...
Come...Just as you are...Jesus is waiting to love you.

Gail said...

what an amazing blog hop!
All of the team members are so talented!
I'm not a religious or spiritual soul, but I believe in a higher power!
My hardships are trivial compared to others, "there's always someone worse off', and one of my favorite hymns is Go Rest High on that Mountain.
Is that a hymn? Or just a country song!

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Thank You for putting together a great hop!! the designers did a beautiful job. This diffidently has my creative juices flowing. Now all i need are some ODBD stamps :)

jan farnworth said...

love the hop finished it and was inspired by all the goodness i saw. God makes me stronger every day he likes to test his children. I believe he never give me a task i can not complete it just might take a bit longer sometimes to get it done.

britgirl58 said...

I did complete the blog hop without problem...my first!
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creativity on view. What highly talented people there are, and this is only a drop in an ocean (pun intended!)
My favorite hymn also happens to have been my Granddad's favorite. I had a very special relationship with him, but lost him when I was only eleven years old. I know he is with me every day, and I hope he knows how much I love him even today.
Thank you to everyone for this hop, kindest regards - Julie B

Tine said...

Hi, I have finished the hop & managed to visit all the girls on the DT (I will be called Tine on some comments & Christine on others!)
I really couldn't say which my favourite hymn is - different ones have had great meaning to me at different times of my life, however, I do find the carol, Silent Night just perfect, especially when sung in harmony too.
I have found God's strength at many times in my life & probably like many others that will post here, the loss of my parents so close to one another was a particularly difficult time for me. He is here for everyday 'chat' too though, which helps me get through the intense pain I am prone to suffer from.

mary said...

It was hard losing my parents. They were at piece with the prospect. This helped me reason that they were together in a better place without pain.

Nana 4 said...

I was so inspired by all the gals and completed the hop :)
My greatest challenge was being diagnosed with lung cancer 5.5 yrs ago, because I had lost my daddy and all his brothers and sisters to lung cancer. 10 in all! Still, I really felt God had "stuff" for me to do and that I would live. The overall survivorship for lung cancer is 14% in the first 5 years. I celebrated my 5 yr survival on August 14, 2011. I am a survivor of the #1 cancer killer in the U.S. and thankful beyond words!

Julie said...

My peace is knowing that God knows best. I usually have to get through whatever trial is going on and then I can clearly see where He was directing the events. The stamps are beautiful!

Kay said...

This was my first "blog" experience and I love how easy it was! Plus I am so inspired by all the beautiful designers.
I am currently awaiting the results of a breast biopsy but have experienced total peace because I know I am in God's Hands...no matter the outcome! Kay

Jillisgram said...

What a fabulous blog hop. It is my first on ODBD amd I can't believe how much love and work the girls put into their cards and projects. My hardship was learning I had breast cancer. That was two years ago and I believe that God has been with me this entire time. I am cancer free and feel very blessed! Val from IL.

Marian Watson said...

Visiting each blog was so inspirational. The most sad time in my life was when I lost my brother and grandmother within 12 months of each other. You are given a hidden strength to get through it all. My favourite hymn is Amazing Grace.

Anonymous said...

What a fun, beautiful and inspirational hop! All the Designers did a fabulous job and I thank them for sharing their beautiful works of art.

I have to say my greatest hardship was being burned at age 3 and having to go through all the surgeries as I grew up and into an adult. If I ever felt down and out I always tried to remember that God never gives us more than we can handle, even if we don't realize it at the time.

Debbie McKelvey

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful way to share the love of God and what talents He has given for us to share. So much in this world leaves Him out, this blog and creations keeps us together. My favorite hymn is Victory In Jesus. Because He has and is the only way to Victory in all of life's trials and tribulations. Being a retired military wife, there has been many times for learning to lean on Jesus and see Him be more than conqueror. Family living overseas, He has conquered loneliness, injury He has healed, and supported recovery. All my life Jesus has been the Victory. Remembering always, He never leaves or forsakes you. Just Praise Him every hour. That's sung in many, many hymns for peace. And our testimonies encourage and strengthen each other. God Bless you all.hugs and blessings. Pattie J.

Anonymous said...

I need to all to the last message, I did look at all the hops, and loved them all. before answering the question. Pattie J.

mary said...

You have a great bunch of designers. I visited them all and they were great. My fave hymn is Amazing Grace.

Sherry said...

WOW!! what a hop!! I loved the new stamps so much, I ordered before the hop, lol!! Told my husband they were for my birthday, which is today. One of my favorite hymns is The Old Rugged Cross.

Anonymous said...

I was finally able to comment on Lisa's blog. All the work was excellent.

Holly

Anonymous said...

Completed the blog hop. Had some difficulty with Angie's site and Chris's. Was unable to tell if a couple of my other comments actually posted. Most of my comments were posted annon. due to the type signing.
Kay Patterson

79Luv2scrap said...

Wow, everyone is so inspiring and so blessed by God with such talent. All so beautiful, made me feel blessed to have taken the time to hop to each one. Beautiful cards, beautiful music. I have to say my time of sadness was losing my father to cancer. It was a long illness but it was to give him time to give himself to the Lord. I feel blessed to have had God's love and support thru that time and I know that he will be there with God and Jesus for me when I get to go home too.

Marie-Louise said...

Have completed the blog hop. It was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations. My greatest hardship after years of physical abuse and divorce and raising two boys alone. I then remarried and my second husband had a stroke and three months later my 21 year old son was diagnosed with cancer. Through it all I never felt alone. As a result all of my cards are sold and all proceeds are donated to cancer charities.

Annette Sowden said...

This was a fantastic. Each month I visit and each time I never cease to be amazed by the talent that is on show. This month was no exception.
|Hardships I have experienced pale to insignificance when you hear some peoples stories. But beeing forced to stop and deal with things makes it easier to find strength from your faith.
For some reason my favourite hymn is... Dear Lord and Father of Mankind forgive our foolish ways.

Robyn said...

The talent and original creations shared here are beyond description. Kelly, you have a terrific panel of talents! So glad to have this piece of cyber space in my world.
Hardships are defined differently by each of us. One of the most difficult times of my life, isolated would be when my mother's life was snuffed out by an underage consumer of alcohol. The depth of sorrow was surpassed only by the bright light of knowledge that the Lord was still in control. Last week our family experienced another loss, when my sister joined the heavenly ranks after a courage battle with that earthly curse of cancer. The song 'It is Well With My Soul' has always been special to me. These last weeks have deepened the meaning in a very personal way. So I was very happy to see the stamp released!

Unknown said...

Hi! Thanks for the blog hop and prizes you will be giving away! I went to each lady's site and wow, what beautiful creations!
My favorite hymn is, How Great Thou Art.
Hardest time in my life was when our daughter ran away and we didn't know where she was for a day and a night. Then, many years of turmoil with her. God was right there and as I look back I can see how much closer I grew to Him through that experience. I would just remember how He loves my daughter more than I ever could, He has all the facts and I can trust Him to bring her through. He does give the peace that passes all understanding!
Thanks again!

Sandra said...

I truly enjoyed this hop! One of my favorite hymns is Amazing Grace.

happyDiane said...

Sure am glad that we don't have to pick a favorite project! My favorite hymn is 'It Is Well' my husband is requested to sing it often and I never tire of hearing him sing it. When our son returned from his 3rd deployment to Iraq.

Judy McMullen said...

I am in awe of the magnificent creativity of all the designers for ODBD! All the projects were so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you, ladies! Hardships are a part of life. I had drifted away from my church roots. Then my mother took ill suddenly and died. During that time I turned back to God. He didn't say yes to my prayer for healing for her but He gave me that "peace beyond understanding" that led me on a path to Bible study and worship and serving Him. There is no greater gift than the peace and contentment that come from His gift of grace. Favorite hymn: "Great is Thy Faithfulness". It sums it all up for me!

connie said...

What an inspiring hop! Gorgeous projects..My favorite hymn is "On Eagles Wings"...I have had many hardships one being having a very premature baby (25 1/2weeks). He is my "special blessing". He is visually impaired and has some mild retardation. Being a single mom of 4 children it was/is a challenge. But I still feel blessed to be his mom.

GayleWI said...

What an inspiring afternoon! The team did an awesome job with those beautiful new stamps. The hardest thing I've ever done was putting my father-in-law in a nursing home before he passed away 6 years ago from Alzheimer's. My mother-in-law still says she could take care of him (he got violent) and he'd be alive yet if he were home. God gives me strength to be kind to her and forgive her.

Cheryl L :) said...

Thank you for the fun today! AMAZING GRACE is my favorite hymn!!! Wonderful movie too!

Couldn't comment on Lisa's Somerville's blog. Tried and tried.

Cards By Jan said...

Just beautiful girls, I love all the cards, and tutorials, just excellent!!
I think the hardest time in my life was when my adopted mom died, and so suddenly, the shock and feeling of loss was very hard, but I also felt like God had his arms around, and I was in a sheltered cocoon, which lasted for about 3 months...what a glorious feeling, and help. Ty Jesus!! lover of my soul..

Joy said...

Well what a wonderful hop. This is the first one I,ve ever done and I sure picked up some ideas. My favourite hymn is " How Great Thou Art" I was made redundant January of 2011 and found that my faith kept me from worrying as I knew God had everything under control.

Antonia said...

Thank you all for such a wonderful hop. The cards/craft items were such an inspiration. Being a "Brit" and not used to such open hearted praise I found the sentiments expressed eye opening - perhaps I should say Heart opening - I think that today you have done your work. Hymn.. God be in my head and in my understanding

Sue D said...

I completed the hop and left comments on all.

For the past year or so I have felt God's presence as I moved my parents into a retirement village and then my dad 2 months later into the dementia unit. I also had to ready their old house for selling and felt God's presence throughout all of this. His timing was awesome.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Rhonda Z said...

Great Blog Hop. There were so many beautiful projects in many different styles. My favorite hymn is "In the Garden". I can remember singing it for my Grandparents when I was a child.

Karen Wedding said...

What great projects made with equally great stamp sets. I have been through several hardships, but it's only been recently, that I have had the peace knowing I'm in the fold of God's loving hands.

Meg said...

Thank you to all the creative artists along the way. Beautiful work. There have been several times of trial in my life, but always know that God is in control. Just have to remember He knows what's better for us than we do.
No problem along the hop as to posting comments.
Thanx again.

R Faye said...

This is my first time participating in a blog hop. I commented on each designer’s blog. Really enjoyed viewing all projects. What a great way to get ideas, and visit new sites.

My favorite hymn is Great Is Thy Faithfulness. God is so faithful

Rachel said...

Amazing Hop!

My greatest hardship has been being diagnosed with Takayasu's Arteritis 2 years ago. I thought I was a decently healthy 29 year old Mother of two small children. Suddenly I have heart, kidney and liver complications beyond what I could have ever imagined. Thankfully, my blessings ALWAYS out weigh any hardship I could ever go through.

Jenny W said...

What a wonderfully creative journey that hop was....so many lovely cards and projects to look at! My favorite hymn is 'Come Thou Fount'. I've always loved the melody and the words, plus it was one of the first hymns I learned to play out of the church hymnal!

Queen Mary said...

Well, I finished the hop, commented everywhere -- how am I supposed to answer that question in this tiny little space!? Can't do it justice! But I can say my favorite hymn is "On Eagle's Wings." And then the Prayer of St. Francis.

Irene said...

Wow! Spectacular release showcased with the talented design team!!! Thanks as always for hosting these hops. I look forward to going back and reading through the comments this month! Your question(s) is so poignant this month. Because of God's presence and promises for tomorrow, the death of my father at Christmas was more of a celebration than sadness. When I do start missing him, I think of the hymn Blest Be the Tie That Binds...the hymnal was open to that hymn on his keyboard.

LYNETTE LOWERY said...

All the cards were very well done they all are very talent crafters. I love that hymn my father passed away 3 years ago he was a minister and he song that song alot his voice was so strong i can still hear it. That was a very hard time for me and listening to a tape with him sining that song got me thru it all.

Mathilda M said...

I truly enjoyed viewing all the gorgeous creations ... the new release is soo inspirational.

Have felt God's peace many times ... I truly started believing in His presence when we moved to a new country many timezones from family ... my comfort zone. My daughter was 5 .. my son 2 and having no family here ... left everything in God's hands. He did not give me what I wanted but he definitely gave me what I needed when I needed it ... he sends us angels as a reminder of His presence ... we have made our home here in Canada for the last 14 years ... I believe each one of us have to go through hardships to strengthen our faith ... when I let go and let God take control ... made me look at life through a whole new set of eyes. My favorite hymn is 'How Great Thou Art'.

Blessings ... mathilda

Janett said...

About 3 years age my DH was very sick, he was in the bed for months every time the doctors got one thing fixed something else would come up, at the same time my son was a senior in high school,I was the only income we had and trying to keep up with everything being pulled in so many directions. We would never have got through this horrible time if God had not been with us every day,

Melody said...

Gorgeous cards and project I saw on the hop!! TFS ladies!!

I sometimes feel as though I have had more than my share of hardships!! BUT, God has been with me through them all!! I can't imagine not having Him in my corner!! He is AWESOME!!

My favorite hymn is probably "It is well with my soul," or "Amazing Grace." I love a lot of hymns!!

Cheryl said...

Amazing hop - you ladies continue to out-do yourselves every month! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration :) I think this set has moved to the top of my wish list!

The hardest thing I have experienced in my life was the death of my dear mother almost 2 years ago. She had a terminal illness and after 5 years our Lord called her home. I knew it was coming, but I expected it to be a lot harder on me since we were so close. She and I both prayed a lot on our drives to the doctor and during her hospital stays. I even put her favorite recording of the rosary on my ipod so we could listen & pray together on the go. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family right in the middle of the rosary. I don't think she would have wanted it any other way. In the months after her passing I have missed her terribly, but God has continually given me the strength to keep on and to cherish and share her memory.

One of Mom's favorite hymns was "Here I Am, Lord" and it has become one of mine as well. It reminds me that I am His hands and feet.

Kay said...

What a great hop. You are so blessed to have such great ladies who are willing to share their talents with all of us. Thank you so much for such beautiful stamps.

Teresa said...

So many beautiful creations. I have not experienced any really bad hardships, but God is always there. Amazing Grace would be my favorite song.

marilyn said...

Fabulous hop with so much inspiration. My favorite hymn....difficult to choose. "How Great Thou Art" is always an inspiration.

Nan G said...

A fabulously inspiring hop! So much to see and now to try. One of my favorite hymns is The Old Rugged Cross.

christi said...

absolutely wonderful creations provided by the design team. it's a blessing to be able to view such wonderful creations in todays world. i was able to veiw and comment on all.

my trials and tribulations are minute compared to so many here.

my favorite song is one from my confirmation day, "we are one in the spirit"

Jo4Him said...

Just finished another wonderful hop; your DT really outdid themselves. (I was not able to go to Julie's blog.) The new stamp sets are fabulous; thanks for the blog hop. God saw me through breast cancer four years ago and He gave me peace and comfort during this time. He has also allowed me to use this to minister to other women who are going through this terrible disease. Praise His name!

Rea said...

Wow, great images and stamps, and so much inspiration. Great hop. I am actually going through a trial right now, and am experiencing the peace of the Lord in the midst of it. My God Mom found out in November that she has cancer. This is the woman of God who has invested alot in me, in the natural and spiritually, she has helped me become the woman of God I am today. But I have complete peace that God sees her and is working on her behalf. I knows he loves her more than I do and she is safe in his hands.

Serena said...

Fun hop! Such gorgeous eye candy! One of my very favorite hymns is Amazing Grace.

Sarah said...

Great blog hop. I have loved and devoted my life to the Lord since 1978, but I always wanted to be in control...not good. I was diagnosed with RA and Fibromyalgia 11 years ago and had to give up control with almost everything I thought I could control. I'm a slow learner, but thank the good Lord He is patient with me. I'm leaning on him for His guidance and direction now, I have much more peace from His constant love and grace, that I don't mind giving Him control anymore. PLT!

Lee Ann said...

Great blog hop! Thank you, ladies for wonderful inspiration! When my son was 7 I found myself without a job, health insurance or a car. I knew God would provide the right job for me despite all of the worldly advice going on around me. I am grateful that God blessed me with confidence that He was in control, keeping me from going off and doing things in my own will.

Anonymous said...

This was a lot of fun. So many talented and inspirational card artists out there! Linda Loyd

Nikki said...

The Lord led me to become a nurse at the age of 43. I kept asking "why me?". It was so hard to learn to study again, but I kept the faith and pushed on. When my husband lost his job when he was 59, I got the answer to "why me?" I was in a good paying job and now at 72 yrs., I still work part time at a job that I love and was a gift from God. My favorite hymn is "Where My Father Lives" Thanks for the opportunity to win such wonderful prizes.

Mary K said...

My Dad died in an accident when I was 14, my sister succumbed to a very sudden bout of cancer 8 years later and I spent years being angry at God for taking them from me.
Just over a year ago, my Mom experienced a major Hemorrhagic stroke. Because of where I am in my walk with God, I can honestly say I have never felt closer to the Lord through this time. Even though it was a very difficult thing, I saw so many good things happen to myself, my family and others because of it. Relationships that were created or changed, how I and others matured in Christ. I could go on but I want to leave room for others too! :) It is certainly different than my previous experience. Through this, I feel God's presence beside me, whereas in my younger time, I just felt very alone.
God didn't promise us we wouldn't have hardship, he did promise that we wouldn't have to walk alone.
Thank you Lord for our many, many blessings and for your continued love and grace.

craftymom205 said...

My greatest hardship was getting divorced after almost 15 years of marriage. God brought me through that and gave me a husband that truly love me for me. My favorite song is The old rugged cross.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Donna said...

What a great blog hop. These monthly blog hops are the highlight of my month. It is so great to visit all of the blogs and see the talent out there. The last two years have really been hard for my husband and myself financially. I know that god has a plan for us and he will reveal this to us when he is ready. All we have to do is be patient and trust in him!!!

Darlene J said...

I completed the hop and enjoyed all the cards and projects so very much. God has been my strength so many times through the years, thru both my parents with cancer before we lost them, my husband diagnosed 5 years ago with bone marrow cancer, thankfully is still with us, my daughter has lupus, and my health is not good. But his grace is good and God is in control. My favorite hymn would be a tie between "Jesus Loves Me" and "Amazing Grace." I find myself humming "Jesus Loves Me" when I get really stressed or cannot sleep.

Mary K said...

Oops, I forgot to say that I completed the hop. This is my first for ODBD and I LOVE this company. I found you through Becca's blog and this will definitely be one of my favorite bookmarks. Thanks to all the designers, your creations are gorgeous. Of course, having a great product to work with helps. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!
BTW, no problems anywhere except I kept drooling.lol.

PJ said...

I have completed the hop!! What a beautiful talented group of women! I have experienced many hardships in my life and am sure that there will be others but I know that the Lord is always there with me. When I was at the very bottom and I thought that my life here on earth was over I felt the calming peace of the Lord right in the car with me, sitting right next to me. It is Well with My Soul ~

Donna said...

Well, just finished your wonderfull blog hop, all the creations by all the Designers were awesome. Loved it all, thanks much ladies, you all are the best.
God Bless you All, and thanks for sharing your lovely talents.
Hugs
Donna

CanadianScraps43 said...

I am sad to say that I haven't been your way for a very long time and now I am sad to see that I have missed out on some very creative projects. So happy that I found my way back through looking at someones blog. I am just in total amazement by the talent that was displayed in todays creations. Truly must be God given and I hope that you all remember that it is from Him and Him alone. Wow. I can sit for hours and look at how you colored each piece and how you got your waves to look so realistic. Truly stunning. I am so happy to be back looking at stamps that really can bless those around us and inspire us to remember whom we belong too and that He is always there.

You asked the question about what storms we go through and knowing that God is still present, providing peace. Well I would say that there have been many times this has rang true, but I would say that it is now that I am in the roughest time of my life. Days can be filled with such worry and dread, but holding on to Christ to provide the strength that I know I don't have, is what gets me through each day. I am ever greatful to a loving God who bears me up when I feel I will surly fall. He is an ever present help in my time of trouble and for this I am humbled. Thank you for your inspiration and for encouraging the word of God to be alive and active in our cardmaking and crafting journey. Blessings to you all.

Donna said...

In response to this months question, yes have felt this way in the last few weeks, have been having a heck of a time with my son, whom was disabled a few years back with a back injury and was put on pain medications, and to make a very long tedious story short, those medications ruined his life, I am hoping with a lot of hard work and prayers that he is now on a road of recovery and to re create a new life for himself, being disabled myself it has been rough, I too am on pain meds but do not abuse them like he did, but it has been a very rough road and we still have a ways to go, as he is also now not speaking with his sister, so our family scenario is strained, and in the middle of this, my 61 year old brother whom I am very close with was hospitalized, but is now OK, but it was a big scare. So if it was not for the blessing of having God by my side, I don't know how I would have made it, he is a constant I can always count on!!
Thanks for a wonderful blog and a wonderful set of products, I so love all of your wonderful sentiments, they are the best, I wish I could afford them ALL!!!

Big hugs to you all,
Donna

Pattyb said...

This blog was wonderful. I so enjoyed all of the wonderful projects by the DT. My greatest hardship was when I was diagnosed with cancer. What a scary ordeal, but I turned it all over to God, and He helped me through it. Now, over 15 years later, I'm still cancer free, and loving life!
Blessings,
Pat

Bobbi Miller said...

What a hop! Such inspiration and beauty! I had no issues with posting at any hop stop. :-) I would have to say one of my greatest hardships was about 30 years ago when my husband left me with 2 small children, then tried to take them away from me. I was in such despair I didn't know where to turn and at that time, the Lord wasn't in my life like He should have been. I came very close to jumping in front of a train because I was afraid I was losing my children and I felt no one loved me. As quick as I thought about it, something held me back and scared me so much my heart started pounding in my chest. I truly believe it was God that saved my life that day. I didn't lose my children after all, and from that day on, I vowed to put more trust in Him. He knows what we need, when we don't. I speak to Him daily and know that He will guide me for the rest of my life on earth, and in Heaven when he's ready for me.

puffnstuff39 said...

There is so much talent here that it takes my breath away! My greatest hardship was divorcing after 29 years of marriage. Without going into detail, I know now that God took care of me all the way and He gave me a peace only He can give. I am grateful for a loving Father. My favorite song is Blessed by Laura Story!

Barbara Williams said...

Love this blog. Very inspirational!I'm constanly amazed by the talent and creativity of the artists. God has been by my side throughout my life and has truly blessed me and my family. My husband is currently out of work, but I have the peace that only God can give us as we face daily trials. I'm grateful for the good things in my life and try to remember to be grateful all the time. My favorite hymn is none other that "It is Well With My Soul"! How thrilled I was to see this special hymn as a stamp!!! Gotta have it!

BarbaraW said...

I so enjoyed everyone's gorgeous art. Everything was so awe-inspiring. For the most part I have had a very blessed life. The greatest hardship was losing my husband at a very young age (he was 39) after only 2 1/2 years of marriage. With God's help and grace I was able to continue.

Debbie Erickson said...

This is my first blog hop, and I've enjoyed going to each and every site. I've been blessed with all the ideas, uplifting Scriptures and song backgrounds.

Since 2009, I've had three serious stays at the hospital, and these have been a financial hardship on top of all the health concerns. However, God is my sure resource, and He watches over me.

One of my many favorite hymns is "Why Should I Be Anxious?" by Nils Frykman, translated from the Swedish by our family friend Aaron Markuson.

Pati said...

Great new stamps, beautiful inspiration along the hop, I was able to visit & comment on each.

Great is Thy Faithfulness & It is Well Wth My Soul are two of my favorite hymns that come to mind at the moment!

Caitiumom said...

i have made and posted comments on all the blogs, i love this hymn.
This is not exactly exactly experiencing hardship, but i will tell you of a time i was on a trip to Mexico with my husband & a group of his business peers on a trip he won while working at his company. All non-Christians (as best as they expressed themselves to me) We were at a nice dinner place out on a high balcony. There were about 20 people around the table, all enjoying themselves. :)All of a sudden, i got this huge sense of peace from God, that He would take care of me. then came the earthquake. the fountain by us was shaking as was the balcony, over thin are, since i am from a state of no earthquakes, i was not sure what was happening. i knew i could die, but i was not afraid. My husband starting to look for where he could run to get away. i knew he would run as he is afraid to die. The people at the table were frighten, i had this incredible sense of peace. afterwards they noticed it too, they asked me why i was not afraid. It caused some damage so that our driver had to take us back a different way. When we got back they would not let us in the hotel until they deemed it safe. WE were on the 8th floor. When we got to the room, all the drawers were on the floor in the room. mess everywhere. My husband brought back a piece of the stucco from the wall of the hotel. i have not experienced that magnatuide of peace like that since then.

Linda said...

The creativity of the team was wonderful. I feel blessed that I have not really had any devastating hardships. My favorite hymn is "What A Friend I Have In Jesus". Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do this hop.

LeeAnn said...

I have completed the blog hop and was able to comment on each blog. I have had many times that the peace of God was given to me when the circumstances were bad. Time after time He has carried me through difficulties. The most recent is losing my job and my husband's business doing very poorly, and his mother having a heart attack and coming to live with us. I am so glad that God is in charge instead of me. I might panic otherwise. LOL! May He bless all of you as He blesses me with His Peace!

Miss G said...

Wow what a journey and I enjoyed each of the sites and the creativity of each of the women. Thank you ALL for sharing your gift.

My Song is: I woke up this morning with my mind on Jesus.

Pat said...

I have so enjoyed this blog hop. The work of your DT super stars is amazing. I appreciate all the time and hard work (a labor of love I'm sure) they put into their creations, so they can share them with us. I too, have had hard things in my life to deal with, but my God is always with me. I know he is! He has been so good to me and I am ever grateful!!! And I PRAY! I don't know how anyone can get through life without it. I believe in the power of prayer!! My favorite song, there are so many, but my favorites are Amazing Grace and On Eagles Wings. I also like some of the new contemporary christian music a lot. It's inspiring and heartfelt! Thank you for a chance to win your beautiful stamps and for this hop! Blessings! Patty W.

Faithfule Creations said...

This was a fantabulous hop. I visit your blog often but seldom comment; however your DT outdid themselves this time I'm tellin' ya.

You asked 'Has there been a time in your life when you have experienced hardship, but you have felt God's peace in spite of it all?"

Yes actually...fairly recently. A few months ago I was in the throngs of clinical depression and I thought about suicide a lot. There are moutains to the east of me and they are often visible from several locations when traveling anywhere in my area. This particular day, I was very sad and those suicidal thoughts were taking over...well beyond my power to control them.

As I passed all the usual viewpoints, I couldn't see what I lovingly call "MY" mountain...not in any of its half dozen usual places in the skyline. Nonetheless, I still knew it was there.

As I was driving, it occurred to me how much the same held true of God...though I don't always see Him, He is ALWAYS there. This experience helped me hold onto hope so I could do the work that was necessary to triumph over my depression.

I still have bad days more often than I would like but despite them, I know with absolute certainty that He is ALWAYS there.

Shawna Magrum Pederson said...

This was a very inspirational hop. The talent and creativity of the designers never fails to inspire me. I just need to hop in the morning next time so I can get in my craft space and create after.
Whenever I go thru hardship I pray. And the Holy Spirit comforts with a visual of the Lord wrapping his arms around me and a sense of peace and protection. With this I know I will be shown thru with love.

Jean C said...

What a great hop! There are so many great cards and ideas. I went back to college as an adult. The last semester of school my husband had an accident and I was trying to keep up with my school work, take care of him, help do all the chores (feed cows) and work. Yet I knew that my strength came from somewhere far greater than me.

Bonnie said...

Such a great blog hop, I enjoyed it so much. So much talent, inspiration and creativity and I am very much in awe. One of the hardest times in my life was losing my Dad last year. My daughter was critically ill at the same time and if I had not had God to lean on I feel sure I would not have been able cope. I prayed and talked to God more than I ever have in my life and am so thankful He is my strength.

christa-peter said...

It is well with my soul totally describes the way i have felt in recent months despite losing first my faithful four legged friend which totally devestated me, followed by my best friend 7 months later then two weeks after that I lost my mum. On top of all that my husband was terribly ill with terminal cancer and I feared another bereavment loomed before the year was up, thankfully not so. It was at my mums funeral that I realised even through all the heartache I felt there was a very real peace inside of me and I could almost physically feel the Lords arms lifting me up and carryimg me through these past few months. Praise be to God.

Thankyou for another wonderful stamp set and blog hop.

Caryn S said...

I love the stamp set that was featured in this blog hop! I know there are some who experience terrible hardships in their lives but I really feel mine has been blessed. I did experience a miscarriage a number of years ago, and that was probably the biggest personal tragedy in my life. But I knew immediately where that child is and that God would bless our family through that pregnancy. I am blessed with four living children and I believe that child that was lost to me is our advocate in prayer. My absolute favorite hymn is "Be Not Afraid".

Tanja said...

Lovely Blog Hop. I could not comment on Connie M's blog though (could not find a button or whatever to "leave a comment").
I sensed God's peace when I was pregnant with my first son and my husband lost his job. I was 5 months pregnant and one week before our son was born my husband started a new job. It turned out to be a great place to work and he stayed there many years. I had been worried I would have to go back to work ASAP while my husband looked after our baby, but God had better plans. His employer even gave him three days off when I got home from hospital, even though he had only been at the job for 2 weeks.

Karen W said...

My husband works overseas and I feel his presence keeping him safe a lot when I hear terrible things on the news. I visited all the blogs and left comments, this bundle is fabulous and I can't wait to get mine and play.

Jan B. said...

I visited all the blogs and left comments. What a talented group of crafters and all with different ideas. I love the ODBD stamps. I just ordered the January releases and will be ordering the February releases, too.

Jan B said...

I am thankful for my God, for everything that He does for me everyday. I'm thankful for his Son so that I could be forgiven. I think my favorite song is "I Can Only Imagine" because it is true ... I can only imagine what I will do I come into His presence.

Lois said...

I've just finished (I think!) my first blog hop ever, and I did it in honor of my twin sister whose favorite song was "It Is Well With My Soul". After 20 years in a town where we raised our children, loved my job (church secretary) and had tons of friends, we were transferred to a town where we knew no one EXCEPT my twin sister. Four years later she died and "It Is Well With My Soul" is engraved on her tombstone. I never knew (until now) the background behind this song. I've gone through many hardships since her passing, but remember how God put me beside her for her final years. HE CAN DO ANYTHING...and will! We are now back home where we took care of parents before they passed away. GOD just moves us where HE wants us, no matter the hardship, HE knows where we need to be and will always be there with us! It is well with my soul.

Shelia said...

I so enjoy these blog hops. Your designers' creations are works of art!

My husband and I served as missionaries for 29 years. During the last year or so we felt God was pushing us to leave the mission field. We didn't know where we'd go or what we'd do - being so close to retirement age. Who would hire us and thoughts like that ran through our heads. With the economy being what it is our mission made a very difficult decision to terminate some positions. One was to be where we were working. We felt strongly that God wanted us to volunteer to be the couple terminated. It was difficult to do, but we did it and we felt God's peace throughout the entire process. We miss being overseas sometimes, but God has brought us to a new place with new ministries and has provided all that we need. It can be well with your soul no matter where you are, as long as you are where God wants you to be!

kay said...

the hop was wonderful. You have a lot of very talented people here. in answering your question. I think everyone has hard times they go through. Mine was when my husband left when my kids were 7,4,&3 I was only working part time and I found a factory job, the church rented me a house and friend would bring over groceries etc. To help me make ends meet. friends and prayer got us through these tough times.

Clare said...

I've been reading some of the entries, and they can be very humbling! It's easy when you're going through troubled times to lose your hope, faith and sight of the prize. We've all been through some hard times, and it's amazing to me how some have come through them on the other side, not burned, nor scorched, nor worse for wear, but blessed in some way! I'm taking inspiration and hope from these insightful ladies! That's what we are supposed to do - be there for one another, and love each other!

Brenda said...

Once again you've had a wonderful blog hop - your designers did amazing things with the new stamps for this month. It is very hard to pick a favorite hymn, and different hymns "speak" to me depending on what is happening in my life at the time, but "Amazing Grace" is always at the top of the list.

Jacqueline Smith said...

What amazing bunch of Design team gals you have. Left some love on all the gals blogs. The greatest hardship I had to deal with is when my husband was diagnosed with Cancer which was terminal.And knowing that God would walk me thru and be at my side the whole way thru gave me peace. My favorite hymn is How art Thou!
Thanks ladies for a great hop!

Pat said...

Hi, I am a fan from Becca and I have completed my mission. This was a GREAT idea and very fun. I feel like I have made new friends. My favorite hymn is Amazing Grace. Have a blessed and Thanks :)

Peggy said...

I finished this wonderful inspiring hop and appreciate what a wonderful creative design team you have. Thank you very much for inspiring me when I really need it. I love so many hymns, Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art and now I will add It is Well with My Soul. Thank You.

Magi said...

I have gone through so many difficult times, and have felt the presence of God's amazing love I could not begin to list them all! But I will tell you that my favorite hymn of all time is "Amazing Grace"; those words touched my heart the first time I heard them and they continue to do so! Thank you for all of the inspiration by all the creators. The only site that would not show my comment was Dawn's, even though I tried twice! Sorry!

Peggy said...

Thank you for the great blog hop. The projects were fabulous. My favorite hymns are Amazing Grace and It is well with my soul. I have found through hard times and trials that God's grace is sufficient for me. There are times when we may need an extra measure of grace. God is always there for the asking.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Lois said...

This is the first time I've visited your blog hop, and I certainly loved all creations made with your beautiful stamps. I commented on all the blogs. There are many hymns which I like, one of which is "They Will Know We Are Christians by our Love."

Traci S. said...

This was really one of my favorite ODBD hops! The DT really have outdone themselves this time...every person created something so original! I left a comment for everyone.

The most difficult hardship I had, when I knew that I would walk through it with the Lord was when I was getting divorced. I was Jewish when I signed the divorce papers. My ex (also Jewish) put a paragraph about how Joshua would be raised Jewish, Sunday School, Temple Services, Hebrew School etc... I signed it, because I had no idea that 3 weeks later I would come to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. After a year or so of hiding my sharing the Bible and Jesus with my son, I brought Josh to a church service with me. He was about 4 years old. Why was I teaching Josh about Jesus when I vowed not to? Because there is a Scripture, I don't remember where it is now, that states that we must put Jesus above our parents, our own children everything and everyone. I knew after reading it that I must share about Him to my only son. My ex had me brought to court in "contempt of court" for bring Josh to church and teaching Him about Jesus Christ. I didn't have a lawyer...I was poor. The punishment was losing custody, if I lost the case. I didn't think I could bear it. But, I prayed during the hearing, and He gave me the words to say. It was truly miraculous that I was let go with a warning...I was told if I did it again, I would go to prison. I continued to teach Josh about Jesus to this current day. I never stopped. I was surely protected by the Lord, and from the promise of that Scripture that He gave us. I am still grateful for the experience of knowing He was there for me through such a scary time. Praise His Name!

One of my most favorite hymns is "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." (I believe that is the name of it.) I am reminded not to take my eyes off the prize...Jesus Christ...the Victor over everything!

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Vicky said...

This has been a lot of fun & new ideas. God is faithful. When my husband was layoff for a long time. God came thru. We would not have any thing in the house to eat & in the corner of the freezer I would find something to fix. My milk would stay at 1/4 gallon till I had money to buy another gallon & the same with the gas in our car.
There was so many things God did for us during that time that it would take all day to tell you.
Vicky

Patti said...

I love these blog hops...this was a great one...everyone is so talented....I have experienced several hardships and have learned through them to trust God...I remember one Christmas when my children were young and we didn't have any money to buy presents for the children but God made it a wonderful Christmas. The older two got bicycles and the younger one toys all from God's giving servants...it was a wonderful experience of God providing even in a celebration of His birth.

Barbara AKA gardenlady said...

Your blog hop was wonderful and the designers are the absolute best! I did finish all of the hop and left comments on each blog. There were no broken links! Thanks for the opportunity to share in this hop.

The hymn I really love is Amazing Grace! It was my Mom's favorite as well!

Karen said...

I have finished the bloghop. It is just wonderful.

There have been innumerable times when I have needed a little extra support in the midst of trouble. I think dealing with each day when you have depression requires the ability to let go and trust that God has a plan.

McStamper said...

Thanks for the great hop. So many beautiful ideas and I love the new stamps. Since a divorce several years ago, God has watched over me and taken such good care of me - at times I am amazed. I love so many hymns - How Great Thou Art is one of them.

Gwen said...

I finished the blog hop all except Grace`s blog. So many GORGEOUS cards and projects for inspiration. I love this stamp bundle and anything to do with the ocean. God has been very good to me and our family over the years. One thing that comes to mind is how God gave me such peace when our daughter had a risky surgery. God has been so faithful and this hymn It is well with my soul is one of my favorites as it is my husbands as well.Another favorite song is One Day at a time sweet Jesus !!!