Brightly Shining Star Ornament - Alpha and Omega

Brightly Shining Ornament

At the highest point of sculptural relief, the thorns of His crown sharply accent this beautiful ornament which artfully juxtaposes Bethlehem's Star, Easter's Cross, a Daisy Flower, and His Crown of Thorns in one presentation expressing "Brightly Shining".  

Our hope as we began this design was to create an ornament that in one glance would clearly celebrate the Birth of Christ in a way that put His life in perspective.  

We wanted to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem while being reminded of the purpose of his birth.  We wanted to be reminded of His atoning sacrificial death on the cross bearing the sins of the world in mockery and shame.  

And then we wanted to celebrate His resurrection on the 3rd Day so that in New Life, as a Fresh Flower, when  we are promoted some day to Heaven we will see Him "Brightly Shining".   And what a day of rejoicing that will be!  

This design tells the story of Jesus in one integrated presentation using these four elements: Bethlehem's Star, Crown of Thorns, Daisy Flower of the Field, and Jerusalem's Cross.  We hope you're able to share Jesus with those you love, perhaps using this ornament as an 'object lesson'.

In summary, the Star of Bethlehem reflects the hope of the Messiah's birth as a backdrop to the promise of our eternal future obtained at the cross with a crown of thorns.

On the package reverse, we have included this poetry:

Jesus Christ, the Messiah

  Who is,

     Who was,

         and is to come!
 

Brightly Shining Star Ornament


On the reverse of this design, and on the package side, you'll find this Scripture:

I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Revelation 22:13.    

 

Our "Brightly Shining" ornament has been given design code S4B and is approximately 4" by 3".  We anticipate this design would be used to commemorate and celebrate Christmas, Easter, Confirmation, Baptism, and Dedication.

Posted on March 2, 2015 .
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Found

CAG1 Found porcelain figurine

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,

         That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now I'm found 

          Was blind but now I see

 

Hymns like "Amazing Grace" are treasures of our Christian heritage preserved in voice, anthem, and hymnal pages around the world.

We wanted to preserve this treasure in a new way - sculpturally - in the lasting medium of porcelain - in an artistic interpretation capturing the central truth of the words found in Luke 15:24

"For this my son was dead, and  is alive again;  he was lost, and is found."   

Whether wandering or steadfast in your faith, whether now lost or now found, at one point we Christians came to this moment of surrender where we were willingly wrapped in the crucified arms of Jesus in eternal embrace.  

This design reflects the first verse of that most famous hymn, Amazing Grace, interpreted into a porcelain figurine.  We believe this Cross and Figurine design would be used in expressions of Baptism, Confirmation, Re-Dedication, Bereavement, and Easter.

It measures 6.5" tall by 3.75" wide and includes an acrylic display stand.  The scripture reference Luke 15:24 is found on the side of the package.  We've assigned it our design number "CAG1". 

You may find more images of this design on our store's pages at this link for "Found".  As we move week-by-week closer to Easter we invite you to spend a few moments on our designs which we've created in celebration of our Risen Savior; starting with this one!

 

Blessings,

Jay & Janice

Posted on February 23, 2015 .
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An Easter Cross Ornament - or 6 of them!

Jesus on the cross.  Jesus in the grave.  Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day.  Jesus alive.  Jesus ascended.  Jesus our returning King.  

Easter starts at the cross.  And for us, the cross is one of the most important iconic images inspiring many of our designs.  We've created six different Easter Cross Ornament designs and amplified their design inspiration, story, and purpose over the course of the six weeks leading up to Easter last year as noted below.  And we encourage you to refresh your joy in the Lord as you read about the inspiration for each of these Cross Ornament designs:

6 Weeks Before Easter (February 22nd):  Restores My Soul Cross Ornament (Psalm 23:3)

5 Weeks Before Easter (March 1st):           Renewed Cross Ornament

4 Weeks Before Easter (March 8th):          Beneath His Wings Cross Ornament (Psalm 91)

3 Weeks Before Easter (March 15th):        His Love Cross Ornament (Romans 8:39)

2 Weeks Before Easter (March 22nd):      Rejoice! Cross Ornament

1 Week Before Easter (March 29th):          Your Gift Cross Ornament

 

This year, we want to count down to Easter amplifying some of our other designs which also celebrate Jesus in creative ways.  So starting on February 22nd, we will feature one of our designs each week until Easter, as we count down again this year in celebration of our Savior.

Blessings,

Jay & Janice 


jay@pure-grace.com

Posted on February 16, 2015 .
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Mother's Embracing Love Cross Ornament

Embracing Love porcelain cross ornament for celebrating Mother

As we designed this porcelain cross ornament we imagined a Mother’s love as a garden gate.   Somehow, we wanted to portray the strength and beauty of Mother in one elegant design to commemorate and celebrate Mother's Day, or perhaps Mother's Birthday.  

So this garden gate started to take shape with our pencil, then our sculpting, and then our clay.  Strength and beauty.  A gate where Mother stands to nurture, watch, and protect her precious children who play inside the safety of the fenced garden.  A beautiful garden full of joy and flowers and laughter and changing seasons;  all surrounded by a picket fence, or perhaps a decorative iron fence with fleur-de-lis adorning each fence post.  

The garden gate’s iron fence posts with its fleur-de-lis tips guard access to the garden, as a mother guards the hearts and minds of her children.  

This cross design's purpose is to show appreciation to Mom or Grandmother on her birthday, on Mother’s Day, as an encouragement to Mom after a difficult day, to say I’m sorry, and as Congratulations to expectant Mothers-to-be.  It is a design of strength and beauty!

Every Mother claims this Scripture: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." – III John 1:4  The Bible verse reference is back stamped on each design and it is printed on the package's side panel.

We've assigned this 4.25" porcelain cross ornament the item number of C4EL.

An additional design element that we enjoy creating in our artwork is Poetry which is printed on the back panel of the package.

 

EMBRACING LOVE

Blessed is the mother

who teaches her children God’s word,

and nourishes them

with an Embracing Love.

 

May God bless you today as you plan for Mother's Day and remember her Strength and Beauty and how she surrounded you with an Embracing Love!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,

Posted on April 28, 2014 .
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Your Gift

As we entered Holy Week and considered Jesus' journey of the cross, in this design we sought to capture and juxtapose the raw wood grains and splinters of the crucifix against his garment wrapped in a bow and draped down the front.  This distinct imagery expresses the essence of His atoning sacrifice - a free gift.  Not a cheap gift, rather but a free gift.  This design's striking imagery expresses God’s free gift of salvation to all and thus the title of this design "Your Gift" Cross Ornament.

With this 2.75" tall design to which we've assigned item number C3G, we intended to commemorate and celebrate specific points in the journey of faith including Easter, Baptism, Salvation, and a renewed commitment to be a follower of Christ.

The package includes this Scripture printed on the reverse side: "The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. – Number 6:24-26"

May God bless you today as you celebrate Holy Week and consider "Your Gift", and as you look forward to celebrating our Risen Savior!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,


Posted on April 14, 2014 .
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Rejoice!

Innumerable as grains of sand upon countless beaches are His thoughts of us, His care for us, the expanse of His love for us.  And His gifts to us likewise are without number.  The vastness and richness of His blessings began before Creation and continue today.   His grace to us expressed in one moment of time on the cross, for all time, and all humanity for those who believe, confess, and accept Him as Savior.  

This simple geometric porcelain cross ornament with a sea shell halo behind it has grains of sand washing up on it’s four corners and a Starfish embracing and clinging to the center of the cross.  The sea shells of the open halo remind us of the blessings that God has bestowed on us through His Son Jesus. The sand washing up on the cross reminds us of the innumerable blessings we receive when we accept Christ’s gift at the cross.  

We designed this porcelain cross ornament for the purpose of commemorating Faith, celebration of victories in Christ, and as an expression of the great gift we received at Easter.

Our inspiration from Scripture for this porcelain cross ornament design is; "Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar…." – Psalm 96:11.   This Scripture verse is printed on side panel of the package.

This porcelain cross ornament is approximately 4.25″ tall and has been assigned item number "C4RJ".

One additional creative element we enjoy adding to our Gift ornament designs is an expression of the design in Poetry which is printed on the back panel of the package, as follows:

REJOICE

Rejoice for the bountiful blessings in your life,

Rejoice to the Lord for his thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand on endless beaches,

Rejoice for the gift of our loving Savior.

 

May God bless you today as you Rejoice in His great gift and as you look forward to celebrating our Risen Savior!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,

Posted on April 7, 2014 .
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"His Love" (Romans 8:39 Cross Ornament)

On Jesus' three year journey to the cross he spoke truth and demonstrated love in every step from Galilee to Jerusalem, where the ultimate expression of truth and love were expressed on the cross.  To say it simply, God's free gift of eternal life was paid in his Son's atoning blood sacrifice for our souls redeemed in resurrection on Easter morning.  This is truth.  This is love.  This is the story of the Gospels. 

Our handcrafted porcelain cross ornament titled "His Love" interprets this love story told in the Gospels.   The design inspiration arose out of an open Maltese cross which is surrounded by a loose flowing but symmetrical halo outline form that frames four large hearts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) which taken together express the truth of the cross with the heart of His Love. 

This porcelain cross ornament design commemorates those moments in life where God demonstrated his love and purpose to you or your loved one; moments of Faith, Encouragement, and Protection.

The Scripture reference that we were inspired to share with this 4.25" cross design is one that expresses this truth and love in summary: "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord". – Romans 8:39.  The Scripture reference is back stamped on each design and printed on package side panel as well.

We enjoy sharing Poetry as an additional creative element of our designs which is printed on back panel of this design's package.

 

HIS LOVE

How joyful it is,

to know the truth of the cross

and the heart of His love.

May God bless you today as you acknowledge and share the truth of the cross and the heart of His Love in every circumstance!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,

Posted on March 31, 2014 .
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Beneath His Wings (Psalm 91)

This beautiful and powerful Scripture begins: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."   As we meditated on this passage and considered how to translate it into a porcelain cross ornament, we saw the word "dwell", and in another translation "shelter", and were inspired to implement architectural elements such as columns, roundels, and soaring cathedral-like vaults and flying buttresses into our design.

And as the chapter continues in the 4th verse, there is this beautiful imagery of assurance of God's protection and covering, like a fowl with their young nestled against them, under them, beneath them.   So in addition to the architectural elements noted above, we wanted to translate this imagery of "beneath His wings".

Our design combines these elements with a set of wings centered on a contemporary fluted architectural cross.  This cross design expresses the faith and assurance that in all circumstances our hearts and lives are in His hands.  We know comfort in drawing close to Him, staying beside Him, nestled against Him beneath His wings.

Psalm 91:4

Our designs are inspired by Scripture, intended to be a blessing, and created to Share God's Love and Celebrate His Blessings in every step of our journey of faith in Jesus Christ.  Sometimes His purposes draw us closer to Him, and when that season of Comfort, Encouragement, Protection, and Faith arrive our prayer is that this design would be a marker in the journey that reminds you of His faithfulness which is so beautifully expressed in the verse found on this back stamp on reverse of the package:  "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler." – Psalm 91:4

This porcelain cross ornament design is approximately 4.25" tall and we've assigned it the item number of C4W.   While our principal focus is interpreting this scripture into a porcelain commemorative keepsake, the Poetry that is printed on the back panel of the package is yet another expression and interpretation of this Scripture that we enjoy providing as a part of our overall design:

 

BENEATH HIS WINGS

See the Lord,

Draw near to Him,

Find refuge beneath His wings,

And know the comfort of His protection

 

May God bless you today as you find your way Beneath His Wings in every circumstance!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,


Posted on March 24, 2014 .
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Renewed

Made new.  Brand new.  Without blemish or spot, wrinkle or blot.  Fresh and clean.  Perfect white.  The title of this Cross Adornment (Ornament) is Renewed.  

Jesus' perfect and pure heart upon the cross as atonement for our imperfect and impure heart.  A renewed life begins at the cross!

A heart abloom in the center of an elegant open cross reflects a soul renewed in His perfect love.

This hand-crafted bisque porcelain cross design expresses encouragment and celebration of a new day and a new life.

There are many reasons to give and receive this cross ornament, but principle among them include celebration and commemoration of Faith, Easter, Salvation, and a Renewal of Commitment to Christ.

On the back of the Adornment package, you'll find this Scripture: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace - Numbers 6:24-26.

We've given this 2.75" cross design the item number C3N.

May God bless you today as you are Renewed when you meditate on His word.

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,

Jay & Janice

 

Posted on March 17, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.
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Restores My Soul

 Restores My Soul Gift Ornament by Pure Grace displayed on optional porcelain stand.

Restores My Soul Gift Ornament by Pure Grace displayed on optional porcelain stand.

This Cross Gift Ornament is our interpretation of Psalm 23:3.

The refreshing spring and early summer blooms of the majestic and showy iris, together with the heart at the center of the cross, symbolize restoration of the soul where God’s love was poured out in the life of his Son.

His grace restores my soul to it's proper fullness and beauty; to it's original freshness and vibrancy; to it's innocence and promise of eternity in the presence of our loving Father. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

We designed this cross ornament for the purpose of Encouragement and expression of Faith.  

Every single year in mid-May after the dreary winter rains here in the mid-Willamette Valley,  fields of Iris burst in blooms creating bright checkerboards of color.  The purple and yellow (our brand colors :-)) petals are so rich and vibrant and fresh!   These images inspired this design. We are so prayerfully thankful for that same transformation of our souls, and so in praise and adoration to our Heavenly Father we invite you to join us as he Restores My Soul.

The Scripture reference for this design is: "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake" – Psalm 23:3.   The Scripture reference is back stamped on each design and is also printed on the package side panel.

This bisque porcelain cross ornament is approximately 4″ tall and we've assigned it the item code of "C4S".

For each of our Gift Ornaments, we've written poetry to further express the design sentiment and complement both the physical sculptural relief expression and the Scriptural truth.  The poetry is printed on the back panel of the package.

 

PSALM 23 RESTORES MY SOUL

His heart poured out in love at the cross,

He is always our Shepherd

 

May God bless you today as you meditate on His word and find that He does indeed restore our souls!

We invite you to review our shop for this and other of our Cross designs, or Heart designs, or Angel designs, or Snowflake designs.

Blessings,

Jay & Janice

 

By - Jay Callaway  jay@pure-grace.com  jberd62@gmail.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 .
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Beside Still Waters . . .

 Beside Still Waters Heart Gift Ornament - Porcelain - Displayed on optional porcelain stand.

Beside Still Waters Heart Gift Ornament - Porcelain - Displayed on optional porcelain stand.

We designed this very intricate and beautiful heart ornament for the purpose of expressing Comfort and Encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ when they are in those moments when words can not seem to adequately say what your heart wishes it could.

This gorgeous heart is edged in crochet-like loops and with Lilly pad blooms.  Beautifully displayed in the center of the heart is a Lilly pad with blooms peacefully floating on still waters. 

The Scripture that inspired this design is: "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters." - Psalm 23:2.   The Scripture reference is back stamped in sculptural porcelain detail on each design to be a permanent reminder of the source of this design.  The Scripture is also printed on the package side panel.

This heart is about 4.25" across its largest dimension.

In addition to the Scripture, we enjoy writing Poetry to complement the expression which is  printed on the back panel of this package.

PSALM 23 BESIDE STILL WATERS
Though storm and trials surround,
In Him we find rest, peace, and care;
He is always our Shepherd

May God bless you today as you meditate on His word and find that He does indeed lead us, even beside still waters.

Blessings,

Jay & Janice

 

By - Jay Callaway  jay@pure-grace.com  jberd62@gmail.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 .
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Promise to Love

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An open heart, transparent to one another, surrounded by delicate roses and crowned with wedding rings. This heart expresses the promise that a new life together holds with the commitment to one another in a sacred promise to love.

We designed this sophisticated heart ornament for the purpose of commemorating and celebrating Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, and that sense of renewal when one says they "promise to love".

The Scripture reference and foundational design inspiration is from Hebrews 13:4a where it says "Let marriage be held in honor among all".   This Scripture reference is back stamped on each design and printed on package side panel.

This heart ornament is approximately 4.25" in size.   On the reverse side of the package panel, the following poetry is expressed:
 

 

PROMISE TO LOVE

Your love in full bloom, hearts woven together

Sealed with a ring, love promised forever

 

Perhaps this is the right time to re-new, re-commit, re-double, and re-express your Promise to Love?  

If you'd like to see additional images of this design, be sure to click through this link to the Promise to Love heart on our website.  

 

Blessings,

Jay & Janice

 

Posted on February 11, 2014 .
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Snowflake Angels

Over the last few years we've enjoyed taking our Snowflake Angels into a new direction with more vibrancy, more expression, and more purpose.    These extra dimensions have been brought about by the addition of an attached wing to the body of our Snowflake Angel.  The attached wing is an embellished version of our Snowflake for that particular year, and together, they create a Family of a Gift Ornament, Adornment, and a Snowflake Angel centered on a common theme.  

We hope you enjoy collecting and expressing that indeed our time together sharing warm hearts with loved ones during the Holidays passes as quickly as a snowflake melts in our warm hands!

 

Posted on November 29, 2013 .
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True Freedom

Open revolt in the name of freedom is reverberating throughout the Middle East in these historic days. Two-thousand years ago one act of Supreme sacrifice followed not by insurrection, but rather by Christ's Resurrection, was a call to eternal freedom that continues to reverberate all around the world.

Today we are so thankful that we can celebrate our freedom in Christ!   Our Pure Grace designs are inspired by Scripture and are hand-crafted in our studio from high-fired bisque porcelain to help express an authentic sentiment in every season and circumstance of life's journey.

Posted on February 24, 2011 and filed under Cross.
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The Ultimate Gift

As we enter into a season of Thanksgiving and "Gift-giving" it seems an appropriate time to be reminded of the ultimate gift that our Savior freely gives to those who ask. It is called grace.  G-R-A-C-E  "God's Riches At Christ's Expense" as you may have heard it defined.

Each of our Gift Ornaments express this gift as a "surprise" scripture verse, Ephesians 2:8, hidden under the lid and revealed only when the lid is lifted open as the ornament is being removed from its package.

It sends a subtle message in a hidden place that is only revealed when the gift is opened.  Perhaps in a small way, its a reminder of His gift to us as we experience the unwrapping of His life in ours.  He's given us the gift, we only need to begin to open it and receive it as such, to find grace.

Blessings Jay & Janice

 

The Lord bless you and keep you:  The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace - Numbers 6:24-26

Posted on November 16, 2010 and filed under Uncategorized.
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His Love Transforms

Our very first design we called "His Love".

The architectural background formed by a Maltese cross surrounded by hearts and superimposed with 4 large hearts served to visually express "the truth of the cross and the heart of His Love".

Basing the design on historical interpretations, we saw the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the four large hearts and with them, were reminded of Christ's care and concern and love poured out......to them, and to us!

The scripture Romans 8:39 inspired the title of this design, stating "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

This 2004 design was "transformed" in 2008 to the more "open" scroll work found below, but its message and purpose are unchanged.  Sharing God's Love, Celebrating His Blessings!

May your life by transformed by His Love!

Blessings,

Janice & Jay

Posted on September 29, 2010 and filed under Cross.
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Alive!

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

The blessed, glorious truth of Easter: our Savior lives!

On the third day sunrise revealed an empty cross and our risen Savior. This cross reflects the new days sun as it was rising on that glorious day with Christ's crown of thorns and robe draped over itself.

Blessings,

Janice & Jay

Posted on April 4, 2010 and filed under Cross.
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Your Peace

This design features a rose in full bloom with attendant buds resting on a traditional cross reminding us of the peace we enjoy in the Lord. A most powerful and persuasive Scripture is the inspirational verse for this design and the reference is on the side panel of the package:  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. - Isaiah 26:3

As with all our Gift Ornaments, there is poetry on the back panel of each package unique to each design.  This design's poetry is :

Your Peace

In your thoughts and prayers,

Remember His promises and His love

As we continue to celebrate this Easter season, we pray that His Peace would be come Yours.

Blessings,

Janice & Jay

Posted on March 6, 2010 and filed under Cross.
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Rejoice!

This simple cross with a shell halo behind it has the sand washing up on it's four corners and a Starfish embracing the center of the cross.
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The shells of the halo remind us of the blessings that God has bestowed on us through our faith. The sand washing up on the cross reminds us of the innumerable blessings we receive when we accept Christ's gift at the cross.

Purpose: Faith, Celebration, Easter

Scripture: Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar.... - Psalm 96:11 (scripture printed on side panel of package)

Size: 4.25"

Poetry: (Printed on back panel of package)

REJOICE

Rejoice for the bountiful blessings in your life,

Rejoice to the Lord for his thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand on endless beaches,

Rejoice for the gift of our loving Savior.

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Blessings,

Janice & Jay

Posted on February 27, 2010 and filed under Beach, Cross.
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Your Hope

As we enter Spring and the Easter season, we're grateful and full of joy for the reminder this design expresses with its simple Lily draped over the cross:   Your Hope is in the eternal life that Jesus Christ promises us through his saving grace and everlasting love. Rejoice, for your hope is found in God's gift of eternal life. Purpose: Sympathy, Encouragement, Faith, Salvation

Scripture: And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. - 1 John 2:25 (Scripture reference backstamped on each design. Scripture printed on package side panel.)

Size: 4.25"

Poetry: (printed on back panel of package)

YOUR HOPE

Rejoice, for your hope is found

in God's gift of eternal life.

Posted on February 20, 2010 and filed under Cross.
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