Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Snippets + The Riches of the Magi

Christmas greetings, everyone, from Downunder – where it is summery, bright and glorious, I love it! I love Christmas too, because I love the Christ of Christmas.
We are mostly, if we have ever sung carols, we are familiar with the story of the Wisemen {μαγοι, (magi in Greek)}. They of course came on a journey of many miles once they saw the star sparkling so brightly in the eastern sky. (Micah 5:2) 

They were obviously familiar with the promises of a King Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.” (Matt 2:1–2)
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:11
These three gifts Gold, Frankincense and myrrh would have made Joseph and Mary instantly rich. This was some time after the birth of Jesus, shown by highlighted words above, they were in a house and Jesus no longer a babe. 
The riches were needful to support them for flight into Egypt, Joseph being warned by the LORD in a dream to flee ~ before King Herod’s command to kill all male baby children under two.
However the real treasures of Christmas were not the gifts of the Wisemen. Rather the Treasure was found in the One Who chose a Manger for His bed.
The LORD Jesus, He is the True Gift ~ and also the True Light, as opposed to the Star.

These last two Snippet cards tell of God's greatest gift:
 "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" 1 John 4:14 
 May the dear LORD bless you and your dear ones with this Hope, this Peace in Jesus this Christmas time, and keep you in His care for the coming year, till He comes.
Shaz in Oz.x 
Cards are all snippets pieces taken from rejects and turned into cards. The white based one is debossed because I managed to get red ink on embossed side :D as you do!  Yay! so  I am off to the Snippety playground to play... 
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au. 
3. Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything urgent for Christmas  http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
4. Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra blog  

19 comments:

Di said...

A lovely post Shaz - and gorgeous cards as always!

Love, Di xx

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this beautiful post, Shaz! May you have a very merry Christmas!

Hugs and blessings to you!

Mrs A. said...

Gorgeous cards and I love the richness of them. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Crafting New Year. hugs Mrs A.

Betsy said...

I always thinks that you can't possibly make a prettier card than the last one and then I see your next post and there is another one! These are beautiful Shaz.
Merry Christmas!
Blessings,
Betsy

Ginny maxam said...

Your cards are so beautiful, as is the expression of your Heart! What the heart is full of, the pen speaks...
I can't image a hot christmas! Hoping your Holiday is Blessed!! Hugs
Ginny

Anne said...

Beautiful cards and a lovely post. Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. X

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous cards, great colours and a lovely embossing folder.

I had the absolute pleasure of going to see both my Grandson's Nativity plays this year. The eldest one was a more modern version but was very good and still made you think

The youngest's was the traditional version and he played Angel Gabrielle, when told he was going to be an Angel he said, I don't want to be an Angel, that's for girls, but when his teacher told him that Angel Gabrielle was the Boss Angel, he said "oh, that's alright then"
My eldest Daughter who lives in Oz is over here for Christmas and the weather has been, wild, wet and windy, she says she can't wait to get back to the sun, but it would have been nice if she had seen a bit of snow.


Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2015

Kath x

MaryH said...

Sharon, A very lovely post, and a joy to read & be reminded. A Miracle indeed, if we just accept the Gift. Loved all of your beautiful cards. Really liked that glowing star on the blue background with the Wisemen silhouettes. That particular shade of blue looked stunning with the embossed lavender mat. Merry Christmas, God Bless and enjoy your sunshine holiday. Hugs & tFS

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Shaz,
The post is wonderful and the card is heartwarming. That star is really glorious. We really appreciate that you are posting art with us in this two week challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Advent and Christmas Blessings to you and yours, Carole

RitaR said...

I also love the Christ of Christmas!! Your BEAUTIFUL card creations and your lovely devotional post really warmed my heart!! Thank you for being a continual light for our Lord Jesus!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful cards Shaz - the blue backgrounds look amazing.

Merry Christmas to you - and wishing you much joy in 2015.

Love
Jocelyn x

Dottie Seubert said...

What a beautiful card, Shaz. I found it through the Word Art Wednesday blog. I am also a Christian crafter.

My name is Dottie, and I'm a newer blogger who is trying really hard to grow my blog. I have some BLOG CANDY and would really appreciate having you stop by to follow me and enter to win my blog candy. Thanks so much. I hope to see you soon! Here is the link:

http://somethingcraftybydottie.blogspot.com/2014/12/blog-candy.html

Dottie

Rose said...

So glad you joined us for our CHNC extra challenge this month with this wonderful creation!!
Hope to see you back for our next challenge :)

Mehrll said...

Gorgeous card. I love that you stressed that the wise men came to a young child in a house, not the manger. Many over look this. Your posts are always the best and Christ-centered. Thank you. Love ya,hugs.

Mrs.D said...

Shaz, such beautiful cards and post, but I shouldn't expect anything else from you. Warmed my spirit.
Bless you.
Happy New Year.
Chris

Brenda in IN said...

What beautiful cards and wonderful post. I love that embossing folder you used too. It is gorgeous.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your snippets cards are so pretty, Shaz, and your post was beautifully written! I wish you all the best in the new year!! Hugs, Darnell

Hazel said...

Thank you for entering my CHNC challenge extra for December with your lovely crafting – hope to see you again soon. x

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

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