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Thursday, July 19, 2012

This Little Light of Mine...

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine;
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."
Marcia at The Shop Around The Corner is hosting a celebration of Light Blog Party called Snow In July. When She announced her white - light theme for the celebration I had no idea what I wanted to post to participate. However, this song would not leave me and I knew I had to use it for my part in the celebration.
The song is a Negro spiritual. It's a favorite of mine I remember singing often in Sunday school and Bible school classes. The YouTube video is the African Children's Choir singing and dancing celebrating and sharing their little lights. 
Speaking of sharing - I've seen the following quote by Joy J. Golliver posted several times recently and feel it too needed to be included in my tribute to Marcia's Celebration Of Light.  
"The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away. "
I'm certain the scripture verses below were inspiration for both the song lyrics and the quote above. 
"Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5: 15-16
I have been gifted with a love for creating things. I also love giving things away. 
Have you heard of Art Abandonment? If you have not click on the name and the link will take you to the Face Book page where you can learn more about the group. I know many of you are among the almost 5000 current members. A month ago I abandoned two tags that I made. It was so much fun. I don't know if they were found, enjoyed and kept and it doesn't matter. I only hope they brought a little sunshine to the finders. 
Another new project that I recently learned about is making Prayer Flags. I received an email newsletter from Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio - Creative Workshops announcing she was thanking her students/customers with a free on-line class. A class on making the prayer flags. Click here to find out more about Creative Workshops and find the link to Gail. She has lots of free tutorials on her Shabby Cottage Studio blog as well.  The basic idea of a prayer flag is hang it outside and let the winds carry your prayers, messages, or sentiments through the universe. Click here to read more about prayer flags and the Prayer Flag Project.  I'm not a member of this group currently. I may join in with their group in the future.
I'm in the process of making several prayer flags to give away and I'd like to keep at least one for my own garden. I only have two completed so far. I'm giving these flags to two friends and I'm going to abandon the tag. 
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...
 

There are two photos of the tag, because it's a double sided tag. I decided to use a color background for the scripture side of the tag. You'll notice a splash of pink surrounding the edges. I do enjoy participating in Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. Click here to visit her blog. The image of the child carrying a lantern is from Dezinaworld. The sheet music is from www.makingmusicfun.com 

Grab your favorite beverage and put on your sunglasses you're about to be treated to an awesome Celebration of Light as you visit the links I'm sharing.

25 comments:

  1. Such a lovely and purposeful post Linda, and a wonderful reason for it!
    The quote is a definite keeper and oh so true. Love it.
    Your work on the flags and tag are looking so lovely as usual! Esp like the free sewing, come as you are, scrappy look of them. Right up my alley. lol. I'm actually doing some free sewing at the moment in some bunting I'm making. I find it rather therapeutic!
    The little glasses are rather cute. I have some very similar, but I'm still not sure what to use them in yet. :)
    Big hugs. ♥

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  2. Linda, I am speechless. I have not even heard the song yet and I am already crying. Really, I am. I absolutely LOVE your post, my friend. This is exactly what I was hoping and praying for throughout the entire preparation for this year's party...the very presence of His light and His love, echoing from post to post, page to page, home to home, heart to heart. Oh, my dear friend, I am so blessed by you. You are an inspiration to me...more than you know.

    Needless to say, the prayer flags are AMAZING, and YOU KNOW that I will be joining you. What a beautiful idea. Talk about transforming the atmosphere.

    Now to listen to your music. I'll have the party post up soon.
    Hugs and kisses,
    Marcia

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  3. I grew up singing it in Sunday school too, Linda. You took me back to so many precious memories. LOVE this video, so much joy and happiness. Even their outfits are so sunshiny. I've thoroughly enjoyed this, my friend.

    Thank you for sharing.
    KEEP SHINING!!
    Marcia

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  4. Oh WOW, Linda--this post is SOOOO beautiful! I am speechless!!! I LOVE those spectacular garden flags!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  5. Hi Linda
    Your flags are astonishingly beautiful.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  6. I enjoying visiting some 'new to me' blogs! You make the most beautiful flags and tags! I love that beautiful song, too...I'll have that in my head today, singing along! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

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  7. Hi Linda-It's so nice to meet you also! Your flags and tags are just beautiful! Thanks so much for your visit and I am following back!

    Chrislyn

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  8. So lovely - having a wonderful first look around this pink Saturday.

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  9. Think this was one of the first songs we learned in Sunday School ... love the prayer flags. Your entire post is a delight.

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  10. i love it

    Come and join my party Color Connection, it is also my PINK entry. I hope you join the fun.

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  11. Oh yes, ideed! Let it shine...Let HIM Shine! I too remember singing that son at church and Sunday school growing up! That video made me want to dance!!! So nice to meet you...I am now following,,,
    Heidi

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  12. Great post and interesting PINK!

    Visiting for PS- hope you can stop by..

    http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/07/pink-plastic-leaves.html

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  13. Hi Linda,
    Very pretty flags. I remember that song very well growing up. It's great to meet you. I had a fun time visiting you. Hope you can come over and take a peek at my winter theme too. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
    Hugs,
    Janet Bernasconi
    Janet's Creative Pillows

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  14. How beautiful!! Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.

    My PINK

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  15. I like your flags.
    Nice to meet you
    be safe
    Laura

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  16. Just beautiful! Visiting from Pink Saturday.

    Pink Slushy Magic, come and see.

    I am your newest follower.

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  17. Hello Linda, I love your very cheerful post : )
    The African Children's Choir was absolutely a joy to watch! Wow, they really do spread the light! And they have incredible energy, wish I had some of that! lol!
    Your prayer flags are wonderful! wow! Each one is special. They are so joyful to create arn't they?
    I look forward to seeing more of your flags.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  18. I love your blog and the project you have created is amazing.

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  19. Let it Shine, indeed!

    God bless you for sharing His Light!

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  20. What a beautiful post Linda!! Thanks...and thank you again for your kind words...

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  21. Hello,

    I really think making prayer flags is a great idea and they would make a nice gift!


    Gabriela

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  22. Thank you for linking up from last week's Color connection. come and join again this week, the linky is up now.

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  23. Your prayer flags are darling. I love the phrase "seek joy." Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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