And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness
and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

It's Saturday and that means it's time for another Sweet Stop sketch.  Before we get started, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to all those along the east coast who are experiencing Hurricane Irene.  I hope and pray that you all remain safe and that the damage caused by this storm is minimal.

All across America, kids are heading back to school.  Some have already begun...others around here will be starting on Monday...and some will begin after Labor Day.  Young children have their backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, and glue sticks and are anxious to meet their new teachers and classmates.  Some parents, with mixed emotions, will be sending their kindergartner off for the first time.  Hopefully... parents and students alike are looking forward to all the new things that will be learned this year.  Kids are naturally inquisitive, searching to gain meaning from their world, and this quest for knowledge is a good thing.  However, applying knowledge and using what we learn requires wisdom.

Spiritual Nugget:  Have you ever known someone REALLY intelligent who lacked common sense?  Or someone with lots of knowledge, but made really poor choices in life?  What is the missing ingredient?  Wisdom!  The wisest man who ever lived was Solomon and he had pretty much to say about wisdom.  "Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;"  (Proverbs 3:13)  According to Solomon gaining wisdom is more important than silver, gold, and rubies and must be diligently sought after.  Solomon also tells us that it is the Lord who gives us wisdom.  "The fear (reverence, respect) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."  (Proverbs 1:7)  Wisdom can only come from getting to know the Lord better.  There are 31 Proverbs...that is one for every day of the month.  I like this statement by Max Lucado, "Reading Proverbs turns on the lamps in the dark corners of life."  So send your children off to school to gain knowledge, then sit with them each day and read a Proverb to turn that knowledge into wisdom!

Creative Nugget:  I used the theme of heading back to school for my Sweet Stop sketch sample this week.  I just love this adorable Mo Manning digi image of a little girl heading happily off to school.  She is colored with copic markers.  Stickles were added to the collar and hem of her shirt for some sparkle.  A jelly roll pen was used on the trim of the backpack for more sparkle.  Glossy Accents were used on her hair bows, the little heart on her backpack, and on the heart punched buttons in the corner of the card.  The card base was embossed and the raised areas sponged with tea dye distress ink.  The pencils on the Cosmo Cricket DP fit the theme of the card perfectly.  The polka dots on the red panel were stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed.  The sentiment is from an OLD retired Stampin' Up! set.  A button and gingham ribbon complete the card.  I had so much fun making this card...hope you like it!   Check out what the other Sugar Babies have done with the sketch!

The Sugar Babies 

Come join us in the sketch challenge this week and use the linky tool at The Sweet Stop to upload your card.  We'd love to see how you use the sketch!  Thanks for visiting with me today...have a safe weekend! 


Card Recipe
Stamps: To School digi (Mo Manning), Golden Rule Days (SU!), Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tea Dye and Wild Honey Distress Inks (Ranger), VersaMark
Paper: Select White, Pure Black (PTI), Neenah Solar White, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Cosmo Cricket DP
Accessories: Curved Rectangle Nestie (Spellbinders), Heart Punches, Gingham Ribbon (SU!), Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Jelly Roll Pen (Sakura), Button (PTI), Copic Markers E000, E00, E11, E97, E99, R22, R24, R27, R37, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y18, Y21, Y38C00, C0, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9, BG000


Bridget said...

I love this digi, Cathy, and also the dp you've used, which I have! A fabulous back to school card, and I appreciated your thoughts on wisdom vs. knowledge very much!

Shannon White said...

Miss Cathy, this is sooo Darned CA-UTE!!! What a Little Sweetie so happily marching off to school! Love it! 8-) Your coloring is just Wonderful Lady! & the embossing, dp's and sweet glossy accent hearts are so perfect! Love the Whole thing!

Hope you are having a Happy and Safe Weekend!

Shannon 8-)

Kim O'Connell said...

WOW! I just love this! I love that image, too! Love how you've colored her and paired her with that cool DSP! So adorable!

LeAnne said...

Cathy, this is adorable! Such wonderful coloring and a sweet little image.
My prayers for my family are ALWAYS for more wisdom! Good nugget to share.
Stay dry, hope you escape the bad stuff! I think we're going to GET IT!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a sweet card Cathy. Perfect coloring of that cute image! The papers look really nice... pretty, pretty!

Marlena M. said...

AMEN!!!! I love reading your spiritual nuggets. ;)

ADORABLE and sweet image. Love it! ;)

Shelby Goolsby said...

First of all I loved reading you post. And second..oh my goodness this is so cute!!! I love the way you used the papers and that cute heart. Love it!!

Janice M said...

Cathy this is ADORABLE! Your coloring is awesome and you used the perfect DP.

Carol L said...

I don't know that I've ever seen a cuter back-to-school image, and you've put this card together perfectly! It's just adorable!

Basslady said...

my goodness!

this is an incredibly cute image!

your colouring is so stunning!

i am totally in love with your creation!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo