Your Grace Abounds....

sooooo........ it has been a while since I have posted a layout or a little bit of my personal creative process here. ........

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i used loads of products - this is a layout for me personally.  not for a kit or anything and yes- i know there are no photos - but i know exactly which photos i want to put there....

Finnabair Platinum Crackle Texture Paste with added glitter, our new Circle Stencil (had to test it), a home made teal mist, Zig Woodcraft Markers, Stickles, All Purpose Inks, Enamel Dots (i love those things!!!) and the Scrapbook Studio Bubble Stamp to fill in the background.....  it took a long time to complete the elements - but it was so worth it! 

please feel free to copy the layout - it is at the bottom of the post.

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there is a company in South Africa that manufactures Chipboard items.  they recently partnered with a doyenne of South African Scrapbooking - Glenda Viljoen.  they released their third collection this month.  it arrived at the shop on Tuesday - as i was getting ready to go on "leave"(more about that below)...  i grabbed a pack - the previous 2 collections were really great to work with and i was quite excited to see what this one looked like.  of course it was gorgous - just in time for the December Holidays in South Africa - a beachy/summery themed collection - how can you go wrong?  but i did not see any of that.  what i saw was a journaling card on the cut out sheet of paper - "Your Grace abounds in deepest waters..."

and i knew that this was going to be the title of my page.  because - it is in the DEEPEST, DARKEST moments of my life, that i have felt the closest to God - the safest, the most loved and the most cherished by Him.  His Grace truly abounds - the definition of "abound" is as follows:

a·bound

əˈbound/

verb

                                                                          exist in large numbers or amounts.

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the past few months have been really, really busy - a literal whirwind of classes, traveling and then the normal daily grind

despite it all, i am still constantly amazed at how GOOD the Lord is to me...  i am healthy, i have a job, i work with people that are amazing, i have really good friends, my husband is extremely supportive, i have a roof over my head, food to eat and i am doing what i love. on top of that i am worth Someone dying for me - so hey, there is really, really nothing i can complain about!

sometimes, though, the above seems to NOT be enough.  and i get a little side tracked and something starts chasing me and there are deadlines and people to please and things to do and everyone wants a piece of me and the phone does not stop ringing and then i have to say STOP...  just STOP and step back.

i had to do that this week.  i literally put myself on "forced" leave (well, if you can call just working from home "leave"....) and spent the last 5 days at home. 

tonight i am getting ready to go back to the shop tomorrow.  i feel like a new person.  you might think i slept in, went to the beach and just did nothing.... well, on the contrary.  i still got up every morning at 5am (except one morning - i forced myself to only get out of bed at 6:30).  i still spent most of the day ordering stock and answering emails.  i completed the projects for the Cape Town classes I am teaching in January.  but mostly, while i was doing this, i was alone....  and i could allow myself to listen to a Voice that was starting to be drowned out by all the noise my life was making....  i have the Bible on CD and i have never listened to it - i read the Bible! but then a friend gave me a teaching on how we need to HEAR the Word....  so i decided to be obedient and i started listening........

i won't bore you with the details - you can listen for yourself.  but the one thing that REALLY hit home and something i really HEARD for the first time - you cannot use up God's Grace...  you can use it ALL today - tomorrow it is just all new again.........

i can't stop looking at the title of this page....  His Grace truly abounds in deepest waters. And as it took quite a while to complete all the detailed elements on this page, I also know that it will take a looooooongggggg while (as in until the day that I die) for the Lord to work His work in me. But until that day, I will rest assured - knowing that His Grace abounds in the Deepest waters…

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