Friday, August 16, 2019

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps + My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop

It's a fabulous day today because Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is joining forces with My Sweet Petunia for an awesome blog hop and giveaway! There's a chance to win a $50 gift code to each shop, so we hope you'll join the fun and hop along with us! To be eligible for the drawing, leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop along the hop.

Blogs to hop are listed at the end of this post!

Teach Me

When I began working on the page, it was going to be a page to document my prayers for my grandsons as they started a new school year.  As I  studied the passage more and pondered over it, the Lord really began to speak to my heart that this should be a prayer for me as well.

Psalm 119 is one of the best passages dealing with being teachable and loving instruction, specifically the instruction of the Lord in and through His Word.

verse 11 "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

My prayer was that the boys would recall the words of the Lord as they make choices throughout their day.

verse 15 "I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways."

I pray that they will know and remember God's commandments and directions for their lives and that they will think of God's ways as they make choices.

verse 23 "Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your decrees."

When the times come that others don't treat them fairly with kindness, I pray they will think about the Lord would mediate on His Word and ask Him how He would have them handle those situations.

verse 28 "I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word."

On the days that sadness creeps in, I pray that the love found in His word would brighten their heart.

verse 37 "Turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life through your word."

Whew, on the days when they are tempted to look at things they shouldn't, I pray Father, that your word will fill them instead.

verse 55 "I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord; therefore I obey your instructions."

In the afternoons and evenings as they talk to their parents about their day and they have their family devotion time, I pray that the truths they are taught and learn will lead them to obedience.

verse 114 "You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope."

My heart's cry for my grandsons, Lord, is that they will always know you are a place of refuge, protection, and that you always offer hope to them.

Through these few passages found in Psalm 119, the more I prayed for my boys to be teachable so they could learn these truths and live by them, the more the Lord spoke that this all applies to my life as well.  

I encourage you to read through this Psalm and study it verse by verse.  It is a beautiful reminder of all that we are blessed with by reading, studying, learning, and trusting His word.

The Art behind the Story:

I had the sweet privilege of trying a new tool while creating this page.  The MISTI by My Sweet Petunia was so helpful in correct placement of my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps as well as assuring that I got a good, even impression.

Here are a few photos of the process:

placing stamps

after misti "picked up" the stamps 

love the ability to stamp all at once

alpha placement is a breeze

Here's the blog list to hop along and comment on each for your chance to win:


  1. It turned out great!! Love the splatters too - you are a great inspiration my friend!

  2. Love the way you used the school supplies for this psalm - great choice - love your prayers for your grandsons also

  3. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create--thank you.

  4. I love my Misti. You will use it often.

  5. Hadn't thought about putting
    pages of my bible in the Misti.
    Will make getting sharp images
    much easier and cleaner.
    thanks for sharing

  6. I love the idea of doing journaling in your Bible. Where do you get the Bible’s?

  7. I am always interested in seeing ways people use the MISTI; it is so versatile! Thank you for sharing your art.

  8. How fun is this?! Love it!! Great job.

  9. What a fun way to illustrate the Scripture! Love all your school themed images!

  10. Such a gorgeous page! I love the little school items!

  11. What a wonderful way to pray for your grandsons. Great use of the MISTI. You have inspired me!!

  12. Thanks for sharing the heart behind the art. I love your prayers for your grandsons. Pretty page too.

  13. This entry is so sweet and so very special is the prayer you prayed over your grandsons! That is such a neat stamping tool!

  14. Love Psalm 119. Praying that our 6yo grows to love God's Word and God's people as well.

  15. Such a fun way to cover your grandsons in prayer. Lovely page, Gayle!

  16. Thank you for your thoughts on Psalm 119. You are truly in the Word! (I have never seen a Bible like that; or is that a journal of your own making?)

  17. Love the images and colors! Very pretty!

  18. I love the colors! They are perfect for the school theme. Your prayers remind me of when my own kids used to have weekly Bible verses to memorize and prayer journals.

  19. What a perfect prayer for anyone Gayle... but especially kids going back to school. It is needed every day! Back to School is perfect with it's images! Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Thank you for sharing your project and your prayer. I am a just-back-to-school teacher and am blessed by your insights and prayers.

  21. Very encouraging and I like how you used the Misti.

  22. A great project! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  23. Beautiful work focusing on this powerful Psalm.

  24. What a beautiful and meaningful bible page - fabulous!