Monday, April 06, 2009

A Woman of Strength

I like to put lovely things on the blog, layouts, funny anecdotes, encouraging words, stuff to feel good. We do have challenges and frustrations and mundane daily routines, too of course, our lives are not just overseas trips, lol! Anyways this week I had some challenging situations as a mom, and was feeling low cos being a mom is what I probably regard to be my highest calling, yet there are days I don't seem to be cut out for it at all!! At times like this, I get drawn to this poem stuck onto my bedroom notice board, so this is what I will share with you today.

A STRONG WOMAN VERSUS A WOMAN OF STRENGTH
A strong woman works out everyday to keep her body in shape, but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape
A strong woman isn't afraid of anything, but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.
A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her, but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future, a woman of strength realises life's mistakes can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them
A strong woman walks sure footedly, but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face, but a woman of strength wears grace
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong
May we all become women of strength :)

I completed 3 more Japan layouts, from grand temples to traditional weddings to awesome shopping all in one day you can see why we really enjoyed our trip.
Credits: Background image has been blended with WW's Natural Neutral papers, swirl brush by Andrea Victoria downloaded from Designers' digitals, stitches by Gunhill, and chipboard flowers by Jessica Sprague in Echoes of Asia

Credits: Blue paper from Laura18k's new home 2, heart by Mira Designs, white paper by Kim Crothers in her Citrus Sea papers, pin by Tracy King in her woodpin freebie 9


The above templates are in the store here and the template for this layout is for your to play!
I'm so happy to finally use some of my Japan themed kits on the layouts!! Credits: Black paper by Laurenreid, fan paper from Cori Gammon's Asian Fusion, little doll peg is in a folder named Maiko on my harddrive, I'm so sorry I seemed to have lost the designer's information, anyone who knows pls let me know! Journal tab from Shabby Princess' Promise, scalloped edge by Nina Scraps Designs


This template is now available as a set in the store HERE

32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the poem..after a week of four kids sick with the flu and sinus infections (then sharing with me) my 'strong woman' side left long ago..and the prayer for strength was all I could pray.

    I just posted my first six 365 layouts using your templates. http://thencbrownings.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-365-project.html
    I LOVE your templates...can't wait to print my book at the end of the year!

    Thanks for the freebie..have a wonderful Easter week!

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  2. Thanks for sharing that poem, Yin. I'm going to print it off and keep it somewhere I can see it all the time. I used to be a strong woman, but have been working for years to become a woman of strength.

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  3. What a beautiful poem! I've enjoyed your Japan layouts. They take me back to the two years I spent in Tokyo with my family. Thanks for sharing another wonderful template too.

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  4. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on Apr. 06, 2009. Thanks again.

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  5. thanks forthe freebie. Sorry you are having a rough week. I know the feeling :OP big hugs!

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  6. This looks really fun! Thank you!

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  7. thank you for sharing. I love your multi-photo templates.

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  8. Thank you for the template!

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  9. Oh Yin, I have SO missed you and your templates!!! I am SO hoping to get MORE scrapping accomplished this year than I have in the past and your templates are the MOST incredible for MULTIPLE photos, which shall be PERFECT for scrapping 30+ years of six children!

    I hope to be able to catch your next sale and stock up! CONGRATS on your HUNDRETH - that is SO totally AWESOME darlin'!

    FABULOUS poem and it is ALWAYS a comfort to have something like this to fall back on in our "weak" moments!

    Have a GORGEOUS week sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Linda :)

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  10. Your templates are awesome!! I can't wait to play with them, I have always taken waaaaay too many photos and your templates are perfect!!!

    I love your poem too!!

    Katy

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  11. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 06 Apr [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 07 Apr [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing the template! Your layouts are really lovely, and I love the little japanese elements you have used.

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  13. Your layouts are BEAUTIFUL as usual :) I'd like to ask you if you could roughly explain how you create your templates (I don't mean the technical aspects of it but the creative process itself). Do you first choose the pictures you want to use and go from there? Do you make a sketch of how you'd arrange them on papaer first? It would be lovely to get an insight into how these beauties come into being :) Many thanks and greetings from Germany!

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  14. Thank you for the template, and I think your layouts are beautiful. I love that poem. I read it to my Mum on her 95th birthday. It really epitomised her life. (She is now nearly 102). I wish I could remember to live my life that way. I do have the poem up on my wall - must read it more often.

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  15. thank you for another awesome template!

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  16. Thank you for the poem, as you can tell from the rest of the comments it came at the perfect time (as do all things that are brought by the Lord). If possible, can you tell me who wrote it so I can give them credit in the layout I HAVE to do with it?

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  17. That poem is so wonderful, insightful and full of truth! Thank you for sharing it. Thank you for the wonderful template, also!

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  18. Thanks, I love your templates.

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  19. Funny how just when I'm feeling a little down, I visit your blog and read that poem and I am touched and reminded that God is there for me to draw strength from. Thank you, not just for your wonderful templates, but for sharing this, too.

    ((HUGS))

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  20. Thanks so much! Great template!

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  21. Thanks for the template. Off to the store for the other two.

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  22. Thanks for the awesome template!

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  23. Hi. I'm new to digital scrapbooking and stumbled across your blog. I've spent the last two days downloading every freebie template you have designed because they are all so FABULOUS! The layouts you create are absolutely beautiful and they have been inspirational to me in trying to do my own first pages. I also enjoy reading your blog entries as you have a beautiful outlook on life and love of God. Thanks for your hard work and sacrificing your time to share with others like me who aren't so talented.

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  24. Just curious - are you the author of the poem? Or, do you know the author's name? Thanks & blessings~

    Amber
    thescrappywife at aol dot com

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  25. thank you for sharing

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  26. thank you for sharing

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  27. I found your site through, Christie's blog, your newest CT. Very exciting. Well chosen! I really love your designs. Thanks for sharing

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  28. Love your designs. Thank you so very much!

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  29. You inspire me so!!!! thank you for being so kind and generous and sharing your gift!

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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