Monday, September 13, 2010

Traci--a Wrestler? Help Wanted: Apply Within!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Today, I would like to share a situation that I have been struggling with for the last 2 weeks or so. I would love to hear from you, either in the comment box, or via email...if you have the time.

Today please find:  1 Peter 5:5, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 5:6

"...All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:5

You may know that I often make cards and other items for "challenges" on other blogs. Sometimes, they offer prizes, some offer "Blinkies" (awards that you can show on your blog), and others offer recognition only by listing your name.

Before I go on...please know that I am seeking your help with this question for me.  I am not thinking about your blogs.  I have never even given this thought before!  So, please share freely.

I started making cards (with stamps and items) either the last week of December, or the first week in January, (I can't remember), when I first found SplitCoastStampers. (SCS) I started entering challenges soon after.  I have been chosen in some "Random Drawings" to receive stamps, paper, and bling. I am and have been very grateful for that.

I am especially grateful that all but one of those random drawings has occurred in the last 2 months, when I have not felt comfortable spending money on stamps and things. (Dave is still looking for work. And, I want to do my part to keep our spending down.) It seems that the Lord is providing for me, and I thank Him,...though I'm not sure He provides non-essential things or not. I don't know.

I won my first non-random "honorable mention Blinkie" award 2 weeks ago. I am not writing this to brag.  You will see how I have been wrestling with this situation.  But, who am I wrestling?  Myself?  God?  Satan?

When it happened, I was so excited. This award was based on merit. (I even asked to double check!) I was getting better at this...FINALLY! (Is what I felt.) I feel excited, and proud of myself. PRIDE...there IT is! I didn't say or even think to say, "Thank you Lord for giving me the skills to make this card." Or, "Thank you Lord, may You alone receive all of the Glory!"  I feel horrible now, and I've been down on myself for about a week for this part. It was me, me, me! Oh, I have asked Our Dear Lord to please forgive me. I am sure He has...He promised us. I asked with the most open heart, and honest intentions. And, I still feel badly. That is my fault I figure...because He has already put it as far as the east is from the west!

This is not a new pattern for happens in other areas. If someone compliments me on something...I simply say, "Thank you" or "Thank you so much." It has taken me 30 years to be able to "accept a compliment!"  I honestly don't remember to give Him the Glory...until later.
I then had to decide if I should put the "Blinkie" on THIS blog. This is the only blog that I have. I want this blog to be about Glorifying God, and having YOU, the Community use this to share with each other! Encourage each other through sharing!

"He IS Able: Sharing His Love, His Word, His Gift of Salvation through Card Give-Aways!"

THAT is what I wanted to do, and what I feel He led me to do, for this blog.  And...I like sharing my cards.

"Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another." Ephesians 4:2

So, if I put the "Blinkie" on the bottom of this blog...and I glorifying me? Is this then the dreaded,"Traci Show?" Or, is it acceptable in His eyes to do that? I am at a loss.

Last Friday, I shared some of my cards.  I was asked by some people who come to this blog to share some.  I was appreciative and apprehensive about it.  I make cards with Scriptures on them.  I also make cards with carousels and daisies on them.  I decided I would share a bit of what I did last week...without deciding to show just cards that clearly show God's Wonder.  Personally, I feel that a field of daisies, does show His Wonder.  I hope you understand.  I didn't want to pretend to be someone I am not.  But, I felt that by posting the cards, I was not using this space to Glorify Him.  Which, to me, is the purpose of this blog.  I did that poll.  THIS IS YOUR BLOG, so I want to do what you want.  I am just wondering if people answered out of kindness to me.  I don't know what to do, if anything about this.  I think I feel out of integrity with it. The comments were so lovely, and I really appreciated each one.  And, Janaria (She is such a wise woman.) had some words to the wise:  (I put the wisdom that impacted me in bold.)

Janaria said...
Traci! You are such a blessing to so many. . .and that includes me! I just received the lovely card and am so thankful! I also was reading through the blog posts trying to get caught up. . .your message on forgiveness was wonderful. . thank you. You cards are beautiful and you are an artist. . .stop comparing yourself with others. . God made you YOU, not someone else and He has given you gifts and abilities He has not given to any one else! I pray the Lord blesses you richly and that you grow in grace through all of the circumstances He ordains!  September 12, 2010 12:00 AM

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:6

This is what my Bible, (The Life Application Bible), says in the notes for this particular verse:" "We often worry about our position and status, hoping to get proper recognition for what we do. But Peter advises us to remember that God's recognition counts more than human praise."

So, how can I feel good about myself...without being prideful?  How do
I remain humble when, I really want to put that "Blinkie" on the sidebar?  I feel that if I don't...It is as if I was wearing a big sign..."I sinned, and I am a terrible, terrible, person."  We ALL sin! (I'm not bragging. Just stating the fact.) But, this is about being humble, which He commands us.  How can you be excited about the things you do in life, and still be humble?  This blog is teaching me a lot more than it is showing you...Believe me!

So, if you have time, if you want to, if you are led, please let me know your thoughts on this situation.  Do I share cards on Friday?  Do I put up "Blinkies?"  How do I stay humble, and still feel good about myself?  I have had enough years in my life, when I thought I had no value.  I don't want to go back to that again.

I hope to hear from you.  If you email, please put "He IS Able" in the subject line.  Or, you could leave a comment, and you would be helping me out, and you would be entered in the He IS Able Card of the Week drawing--as well!

I pray that you all have a blessed week.  And, that if you are struggling with a battle, you have someone you feel you can go to for guidance!  Thanks so much for being here, and for listening!

He IS Able,
Traci S. 

p.s.  I hope that what I shared here will not keep you from stopping by the
He IS Able blog. 


  1. I never consider any paper-crafting blog as 'bragging', I share my artwork on a blog for two reasons: 1) I work for on-line digital companies and they give me images for FREE under the condition that I post pictures of what I create with their images on my blog. and 2) to inspire others and give them ideas. I read hundreds of paper crafting blogs a day, I love to see what other people create and hopefully learn from them. As far as posting awards or blinkies, I don't think I've ever done that. Every now and then I might mention that I won something, but thats it. But I don't see anything wrong with it. The bible does say we should 'rejoice' with each other's good news!

  2. Oh Traci! Thank you so much for openly sharing your struggles! I do understand them but I have a few thoughts for you to consider. Our talents and abilities are wonderful gifts from we not honor Him best by using them and sharing them with others? In practicing our talents they will improve and be that recognition not another wonderful gift from our generous Father? He loves to shower us with JOYFUL BLESSINGS when we use our talents for His purposes! How can we not feel excited and want to shout about that? Rejoice Traci!! Rejoice and give thanks! That's my thought on that!...Nancy :o)

  3. Traci; this is a good question.. I have received many awards for card designs, I get excited to receive them. I pray all the while that I am making cards, spending money for products and when I win an award it is as God is saying "see, this is my will for you" it encourages me to continue, it encourages me that while I was making certain cards the Lord was really leading me in a certain direction with them. I already know in my heart that all I have and create is by the Lord, for He blesses us each with different gifts and talents and without Him all I do is in vain. Every award I have won I put them up as a reminder that God has called me to do this.
    Have a Blessed day

  4. Dear Traci, You have such a tender and sensitive heart! God bless you for that. I believe we should be on guard concerning pride and even false humility, it's all walking in the flesh. And we must be able to discern condemnation vs. conviction. From what I've read, you desire to glorify the Lord in these cards and blog. So, I personally think you may be under attack from the enemy with feelings of condemnation. Continue to thank the Lord for the gift HE has given you and give HIM all the glory. Don't keep it to yourself, shout the goodness of the Lord from the housetops!!
    PS I received the He Is Able card today in the mail and it is GORGEOUS, thank you and I thank the Lord for you and your talents!! Hugs!

  5. I think NickleNook hit the nail on the head with her last comment... "Rejoice and Give Thanks!".
    Rejoice in the talent He has graced you with, and give thanks for that as well as for the joy you have brought in to the lives of others.
    I don't have a blog, so I don't struggle with the public praise as you do. But I do mail lots and lots of cards that I have crafted. My motivation is to encourage and bring joy to the recipients. AND I sure do appreciate the recognition I receive via a simple thank you. In my heart I am clear regarding my purpose.
    Remember "Rejoice and Give Thanks".

  6. Hello, Traci, Congratulations on your award! Don't continue to feel badly, I believe it's just not the way God wants us to feel. He wants us to rejoice always! How about giving the award back to God, and just putting a heading above your blinkie that says something like "Glory to God, the source of every good and perfect gift!" (James 1:17)

  7. Traci,
    Praise God that you struggle with this. . .your heart is tender and you are seeking to do what is right before God and men. Scripture tells us that God created us (His children) for good works, which He prepared beforehand, that we might walk in them. The talents, natural abilities and gifts that He has given you are to be used in His service (a good read is the parable of the talents) We have a responsibility to minister the gift(s) He has given to build up the body of Christ. . .in the role in which He has placed us. . .and we must be humble servants who know that everything we have is from our Great God and King, and that our value and worth is because of Him, not because of anything in us. May He give you grace as you seek to honor Him and die to self.

  8. Traci,
    What a wonderful talent our Lord has given you and it's a blessing to others that you want to share it. I cherish your sharing, your words of wisdom AND you cards. When you asked if we wanted to see your card designs, I was one that truly said that I want to see what you and others are doing. You never know how it blesses others, sharing your creativity and it often stirs the creativity in me when it seems like mine is gone.

    You and I share the same struggles in many ways and I was taught that you never admit you can do something well - even talents the Lord had given, that is bragging. I personally would never have thought it as wrong to share the blinkie and like one of the other gals said, give God the glory above it. I personally believe your special prizes are gifts from God and that He is providing for you when the funds aren't available. I want the best for my children and I love to be able to bless my children with things they'd love to have and I firmly believe that God's heart is the same way. He wants to bless us, provide for us, and give us the desires of our hearts. Hearing and you sharing how God is blessing you, blesses us and we want to rejoice with you as He provides for you. Sometimes He just wants to love on us!!



  9. Hi Traci!
    I'm so thankful that you struggle with this question because it does show your tender heart for the Lord and your desire not to take any credit for yourself but to give it all to Him. As long as that is your struggle... sharing your cards, sharing honors that those cards have won, etc. is just showing God's goodness to you in gifting you with that ability! He WANTS us to use the talents He has given us! As mentioned earlier, giving Him the credit in the title is a great idea if it makes you more certain in your own heart that you are giving Him all the glory. I think you will know if there comes a time that it becomes about you and not about Him! Stay in touch with Him, ask Him to reveal it to you if this becomes a pride issue for you... but with a heart like yours, right now I think the comments above should give you confirmation on this question!!!Congratulations on the award! Take it and give Him the glory, and have joy abundant!

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