As for me and my blog, we will serve the Lord!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fruits of the Spirit {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Gal 5-22

I love the listing of the fruits of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5. It’s a great short-list of life goals, a description of the person I would like to be.

This art journaling in my Bible was inspired by my Mother’s Day gift from son’s family. What a fun package that was to open!

Mothers Day Gift

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Challenge Prompt: Movies {Art Journal}

Challenge Movies - Do You Believe

One of my Art Journal Challenges this year has two prompts per week, for 15 weeks. Keeps me hopping, along with all my other 2015 projects!

This particular challenge prompt is “Movies.”

Love this song by Newsboys. It really is a sort of “creed.”

Yes, I believe!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us {Art Journal}

Today was a dreaded day for me—a wisdom tooth extraction. I’m back home and hoping the pain doesn’t get much worse, as the feeling is coming back. I am counting on the ibuprofen/acetaminophen regimen to do its thing. While it works, I am photographing and uploading an art journal project that I finished last evening.

DLP May 16 Let it Rise

This week’s Documented Life Project presents the technique challenge of using molding (or modeling) paste, and the prompt is “Rising to the Occasion.”

I used Golden Molding Paste, with acrylic ink mixed in, applied through stencils, for the flowers. I’m not crazy about using this medium. It gives wonderful dimensional texture, but the dimension is not visible in photographs. So, while it looks more interesting in person, I like “extra effort” (and using molding paste IS extra effort for me) to show up in the pictures of the finished project!

I have enjoyed challenging myself to think of faith art ideas for every prompt I am given, and I find it’s actually very easy, because the first thing that comes to my mind, anyway, is a Scripture passage or praise song lyrics. As I’ve said before, that’s a natural result of being in church for my entire LONG life!

In this case, the reference to “rising” called to mind one of the first verses I memorized as a little girl. At my church, the organization for girls was called “Girls Auxiliary” (later Girls in Action), or GA’s. The watchword for GA’s was the first part of Isaiah 60:1. Reading that verse again reminded me that the Big Daddy Weave song “Let it Rise” must have been inspired by that verse.

DLP May 16 Let it Rise

DLP May 16 Let it Rise

Friday, May 15, 2015

He Reigns {Art Journal}

He Reigns Art Journal

Responding to an art journal challenge again, this one specifies using a crown. The words that came to mind immediately included “Jesus, King of Kings,” “Crown of Thorns,” “He is My King,” “Here Comes the King,” and other older songs on that theme.

But the image that came to mind, along with a crown, was the earth. That reminded me of  a Newsboys song that I always have loved, because it’s the only praise song I know well that refers to the people in Africa and Asia and all over the world singing, “Hallelujah, HE REIGNS!”

And, if I may stick my neck out a bit (and I may because it is, after all, my blog), I love that it does not imply that everyone, everywhere is “all God’s children.” Note that the song references “redeemed,” “believers” and “the forgiven.” I do believe that, while we are all God’s creations, we only become God’s children when we accept His offer of forgiveness through His Son, Jesus. THEN we truly sing “Hallelujah, He Reigns!”

So, using my brand new Dyan Reaveley paints, I put down a black coat of paint and simply painted the images and used some of the lyrics.

He Reigns Art Journal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No Other Name {Art Journal}

Name of Jesus Art Journal

I just completed an art journal challenge with this prompt:

Feature a name in your art journal spread.

Immediately some Scripture verses and a praise song came to mind. I used two of the verses in the art journal spread. Only one phrase from the song kept playing over and over in my mind. I couldn’t come up with the name of the song. So, I “phoned a friend.” Actually, I texted my grandson, worship leader par excellence. He immediately responded, “Forever Reign!”

Here is the chorus to "Forever Reign" (Kristian Stanfill).

Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign
You are more You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God You are God
Of all else I’m letting go


My heart will sing
No other Name
Jesus
Jesus

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sharing from “To Show Them Jesus”

A couple of days ago, I read a post by Christina Fox, whose blog I follow. Christina is trained and licensed as a mental health counselor. A Christian, her blog, “To Show Them Jesus: Making Much of Jesus, Magnifying Gospel Grace” is inspirational and practical. Her post on May 11 was of interest to me, maybe (selfishly) because she is making the same points that I have been “preaching” for some time. But, hey, she has the credentials!

Her post can be found here, and I am reprinting it in its entirety here.

Begin Quote:

LIES OF TECHNOLOGY

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It’s like a distant memory, shrouded in mist and legend. When people speak of it, we almost don’t understand what they are saying. But believe it or not, there was a time when our lives did not revolve around technology. We used to write notes with pen and paper. We had wall calendars and daily planners. We kept our contact information in a physical address book. And we went to the store to leave our film to be developed, waiting a week before we could pick it up, never knowing how the images would turn out until we opened the envelope.

Do you remember those days?

Technology is our everyday reality now. It governs our time and controls our information. We trust it to keep our phone numbers and addresses. Our most precious memories are stored somewhere in a place called “The Cloud.” Newspapers are almost relegated to a place in history, along with cassette tapes and stationary. Most of us prefer to read our books and news on a device rather than flip an actual page. Highlighters have been replaced with the swipe of a finger. Relationships are made and ended with the click of key.

I enjoy the benefits of technology as much as everyone else. I’ve come to rely on the calendar on my phone and the digital scrapbooks I make each year for my children are a treasure we all enjoy. But like all good things, it’s easy for us to twist and distort technology into something that is not good. It’s important that we are aware of what is happening in our mind and heart when we use technology. In fact, we need to be aware that sometimes we believe things that just are not true about technology.

Are you familiar with any of these lies?

1. It will satisfy your what’s missing in your life: Anything good can quickly become of utmost importance to us. As John Calvin noted, our hearts are idol making factories. Even something as innate as technology can be shaped into an idol that we worship and place as more important in our affections above God. When we are struggling in our lives we can think that technology can fill the void and ease the pain of living in this sin-stained world. We can try to dull the ache in our heart by pinning things we think will make our lives better. We can take meaningless surveys, read one status update after another, play countless games or watch one season after another of our favorite show and never have to see one commercial–all in the hopes that it will satisfy what’s missing in our lives.

But it’s all a lie. Technology cannot satisfy nor fill any void in our life. Nothing can meet our deepest longings but the One who made us. Only God can fill that hole in our heart. As Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

2. You are missing something when you are not there: Another fallacy we can believe about technology is that when we are not online, we are missing something. We’ve become accustomed to receiving and responding to messages right away. If we don’t regularly check our phones for an email or a text message or a social media notification, we think we are missing out on something important. That’s because we get a rush when we hear the ping of an incoming message. Just like a gambling addict, we keep coming back for more. The truth is, being away from our computer or phone for a few minutes or even longer will not hurt us. Our world will not come crashing down if we don’t read and respond to a message the moment it arrives.

3. What happens in social media is the same as reality: Here’s a big lie that’s easy to fall prey to. We think that the interactions we have with people online is the same as relationships we have in real life. The truth is, most of the people we talk with online we will never meet in person. They are not the ones who will come over to our house with a pot of soup when we are sick. They are not the ones who will watch our kids when we have to go to the doctor. They are not the ones who will invest their lives in ours. Instead, online relationships are more likely to interfere with real life relationships. Such relationships keep our eyes fixed on the phone in our hand rather than the people seated across from us at the dinner table. Flesh and blood is real; an avatar on a screen is not. While there are connections made in the virtual world with people across the world that is good and beneficial, such relationships should never be a replacement for those IRL (in real life).

4. Every minute must be filled: Because we have access to immediate entertainment, we don’t know how to be bored. We don’t know how to just stare off into space and think. For every minute of our day, we can fill it by looking at social media updates, playing a game, or scrolling through pins. Here’s the truth: not every minute has to be filled. It’s okay to sit at a traffic light and just wait for it to change colors without glancing to see if you’ve received a text. It’s okay to wait for an appointment without responding to emails. It’s okay to have time to just simply be.

5. You can learn all you need to know from a screen: There is a big difference between studying about something and experiencing something. Technology often makes it easier to access information quickly. That’s helpful. But it also means that we think we can learn all we need to know from technology. But experience is important too. Entering the real world and breathing fresh air and smelling a real flower and engaging a real person and experiencing life up close and personal teaches lessons we could never learn from Google.

Technology is here to stay and will most likely continue to change the way we live. Even as we embrace and utilize technology, may we also be on guard to not believe any of it’s [sic] lies.

End Quote

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cheerful Heart {Art Journaling}

DLP May 9 Cheerful Heart Good Medicine

This week’s challenge in The Documented Life Project Art Journal 2015 is:

May Theme - Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 9 Art Challenge:  Stitching
Journal Prompt:  "All that I'm after is life full of laughter."

While I honestly believe that the quote that is presented for this week's prompt is a false philosophy, I realize it may be true for the original quote-er, so I'll take it only as a "prompt" (as it is intended to be) about laughter or happiness in general, and go with a favorite Bible passage about laughter and happiness, cheerfulness and joy. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (KJV) or "A cheerful heart is good medicine" (NIV). Proverbs 17:22a.

For the stitching challenge, I used my sewing machine to apply stitching on each of four tags, onto which I stamped Graphic 45 “olde curiosity shoppe” stamps to illustrate medicine bottles.

Not only do I disagree with the quote in this week’s prompt, but I see it is a statement of a very empty and meaningless life philosophy. Seriously, that’s “all” you are “after?”

The source of my joy and happiness (and laughter) is the One who created me.

DLP May 9 Cheerful Heart Good Medicine

Monday, May 11, 2015

Those Who Bring Good News {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Journaling Is 52-7

I opted to do some art in my journaling Bible on this same passage used in the previous post of an art journal piece.

Friday, May 8, 2015

How Beautiful are the Feet {Art Journaling}

How beautiful are the feet

I am participating in an art journal challenge that has this prompt for this week: FEET. For me, most any “prompt” will bring to mind a Scripture passage or a relevant quote (happens when you have lived a lot of years). When I saw today’s prompt, right away I thought of the lovely passage in Isaiah 52:7 that says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…”

This verse is a favorite of our granddaughter Tory, who just finished her junior year in college, preparing for service on the international mission field. As I thought of her, I remembered that I had seen a couple of her Instagram pictures of her feet/shoes, during the last year or so. So, I snagged those pictures and printed them to go along with the verse from Isaiah.

If I were a real artist, I would paint a picture of beautiful feet on a mountain. But, since I’m not, and I play in mixed media, I’ll illustrate the sweet concept of these beautiful feet in my own way, in my messy art journal!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Most Encouraging Verse {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art She Can Do All Things Phil 4-13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13)

If there were a label for “most encouraging verse in the Bible,” it might be applied to this one. A favorite of many people, for good reason, this verse in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, tells us that Paul believed he could do anything through the strength given to him by Christ Jesus. We have available to us the power of the Son of God. And yet we do not avail ourselves of that power. At least I know I do not.

In another verse, Paul speaks of praying for God to remove his “thorn in the flesh.” Paul says, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, NIV).

Bible Art She Can Do All Things Phil 4-13

God’s power not only strengthens me, it can make the impossible possible, and—even better--His strength is perfect in my weakness. That’s a win-win for me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Faith Defined {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Heb 11-1

“Faith” is clearly defined in Hebrews 11:1. We would all love to have more faith, and it seems to me that the way to increase faith is to exercise the faith we already have. My journaling Bible is KJV; as a child, I memorized that translation of the verse.

Bible Art Journaling Heb 11-1

I also like the NIV translation.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One of My Life Verses {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Prov 3-5&6

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

This passage is very special in its message. As I interpret it, for me, it contains a command and a promise. The command has three parts, all related and each flowing from the other.

The Command:

  1. Trust in the Lord. Specifically, trust Him with all your heart. With all of you.
  2. Do not rely on your own understanding. (If you’re obeying #1, this one is a result.) For me, if I am trusting God for everything, this #2 is a “Whew!” What a relief NOT to have to rely on my own understanding!
  3. Acknowledge God in everything. Everything. If you’re following commands #1 and #2, this one will follow naturally.

The Promise:

If you follow commands #1, 2 and 3, HE will guide your steps, make your path straight, give you direction. Wow, what a promise! Isn’t that something we all want/need?—direction from our Creator…guidance for each step…assurance of His Providence?

I love to read different translations, and here are some for these verses, although the meaning is clear, no matter the translation. I use Bible Gateway almost daily, for passage look-up.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
6 think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

My Creator: the Fabric of My Life {Art Journaling}

DLP May 2 - Fabric of Life

Documented Life Project: May 2
May Theme - Touchy Feely (Texture)
Art Challenge:  Fabric
Journal Prompt:  The Fabric of Your Life

For the prompt, I was inspired by the concept of my Creator as the fabric of my life, using the verse about how He KNIT me together in my mother's womb (Ps 139:13). I used four fabrics: lace and fiber twine (on the tag), canvas (the strip of fabric across the bottom), and Sticky-Back Canvas (gelli printed on it and then cut circles). I decided to incorporate one of my baby pictures and a current photo, to illustrate the idea of how God has been the fabric of my entire (long!) life. I finished with some background stencils and stamps, specifically some stamps related to sewing.

There are many wonderful directions I could have gone with the prompt (the fabric of my life)—love, family, friends, God’s Word. But I was overwhelmed with the realization of how my Creator formed me in my mother’s womb and had/has a plan for me from the beginning to the end.

DLP May 2 - Fabric of Life

DLP May 2 - Fabric of Life

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
– Psalm 139:14a

Friday, May 1, 2015

Prospering Like a Tree Planted By the Rivers of Water {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Ps 1-3

I love the spring in Missouri. We have a creek on our property, and I love the bright green grass and fully-leaved trees down by our creek right now. So, I love the imagery of this verse in Psalms. Even more, I love the promise of blessing that is given here, to those who delight in, and meditate on, the law of the Lord.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 
– Psalm 1: 1-3 (KJV)

Bible Art Journaling Ps 1-3

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

God’s Provision {Bible Art Journaling}

Ps 103-5 Bible Art Journaling

I like the translation of this verse that says, “He fills my life with good things…,” and I have journaled that passage previously. But, my KJV says specifically, “He satisfies my mouth with good things.” Well, sorry, but that just makes me think of cupcakes. Yep, my obsession. He knows I love cupcakes. It’s okay if I illustrate this verse with something my mouth loves (LOL, but really)!

Ps 103-5 Bible Art Journaling

And, today, especially, this verse reminds me of God’s provision. I finished this Bible art this morning just before taking my husband for his second cataract surgery. His first was a year ago. While that surgery is routine for many, it is not so much for him, as he has a condition involving an abnormally low number of corneal cells that makes it more risky. The first eye did regain normal vision after about a month, which is pretty amazing given the low number of cells in that cornea. The few remaining cells re-positioned themselves to the place on the cornea where they are needed for vision. How can anyone doubt Divine Creation! This eye seems to already be doing better than the other shortly after surgery, so we are hopeful.

On the way home from the surgery center, my car made a stop at The Cup, where I had no choice but to go inside and get cupcakes for us. After my hubby wakes up from his post-surgery rest, we will enjoy a cupcake (mine with ice cream, please), while thanking God for His provision in the big things (like vision) and the small (like cupcakes, that satisfy my mouth)!

04-29-2015 Cupcakes from The Cup

God is SO good!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Using Inks {Art Journal}

DLP 2015 April 25 Inks

This week’s challenge in Documented Life Project is to use inks. I decided to see what it would be like to use ALL inks, nothing else, for this art journal spread. After applying Tim Holtz tissue paper to the page, I colored everything with inks: acrylic inks, Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Archival Inks (with stamps and through stencils). This week’s Documented Faith word is HOPE.

Not real thrilled with the outcome—almost too much of a good thing (intense color), but it does cheer me, so that’s a good thing!

My favorite Scripture verse about HOPE is Jeremiah 29:11. I have already done a Documented Life spread and a Bible art page on that verse, so I just used the single word in this week’s project.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.”

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hope as an Anchor {Bible Art Journaling}

Hope an Anchor Bible Art Journaling Heb 6-19

What an assurance we are given in Hebrews 6:17-19a (ESV):

So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…

Hope an Anchor Bible Art Journaling Heb 6-19

(My Art Journaling Bible is KJV.)

The spiritual connotation of the word “hope” makes me think of the old hymn:

“My hope is built on nothing less,
than Jesus blood and righteousness…
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand!”

(On this page, I used sketching and watercolor.)

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Tears Become His {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJ Tears in a Bottle Ps 56-8

A few days ago I posted an art journal spread on this same passage, and I have been thinking about this verse so much that I wanted to do a Bible Art Journaling piece on the same passage. I shared my heart about this Scripture in that blog post; you can read it here.

For this illustration, I sketched with pencil and filled in the bottle with Inktense watercolor. Again, I don’t mind spilling over onto the text, as long as the color is transparent, as it is here.

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Psalm 56:8 (ESV)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Love Never Fails {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJ 1 Cor 13-8 Love Never Fails

One of the first passages of Scripture that I truly embraced as “mine” was 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter. I was married at 18, and this is the passage we used for our "wedding ring photo," with our hands on top of this passage in Daddy's Bible (he was our pastor and performed our ceremony). We read that chapter for our devotions on our wedding night, and then every anniversary for many years. For two of those anniversaries, we were apart when reading the chapter (1967, USMC Officer Candidate Training; 1968, Viet Nam).

That passage is full of sermon material, but, for now, I am focusing on the first part of verse 8, “Love never fails.”

Even though faith and hope are lauded in the last verse of the chapter, the last part of that same verse says, “But the greatest of these is love.”

The Rings

September 8, 1965

Bride and Groom

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

God SO loved us {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling John 3-16

For this illustration, I sketched and then colored with Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I like to use these pencils because they are permanent when dry (unlike other watercolors). I apply the wet paintbrush directly to the lead and then paint with it. I prep all my Bible art journaling pages with Art Basics Clear Gesso, applied with a foam brush, two thin coats per side of the page (dry between coats).

I struggle with the lettering on my Bible art pages. I am not skilled at special lettering. I have tried working on this skill with some classes and some books. I just can’t seem to “get there.” I always revert to my own style in the end.

Still, I think there is an advantage to using my own handwriting, as I did on this page. I know the few things I have with my grandmother’s handwriting are special to me. Seeing my dad’s handwriting in some of his books that I have also makes them more special.  I try to use some of my own handwriting in the journaling in each of my scrapbooks.

The same reasoning seems to apply here—I think maybe this will make the Bible more special for others in the years to come. So, I may not worry over how professional the lettering appears. After all, the art is just my own expression. Why shouldn’t the handwriting be as well? (Just thinking “out loud” here…)

This verse is an example of why I’m fine with using a King James Version Bible for my Bible Art Journaling (the only one I could find with journaling margins AND large enough print to read)…most of the Scripture memory I have done through the years has been from this version, so it’s comfortably familiar for me. I use other versions (primarily NIV and NASB) for study, but for selecting verses for art illustration, I enjoy using the KJV for the familiarity of previously-learned verses.

Bible Art Journaling John 3-16

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By Grace Through Faith {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC Week 16 By Grace through Faith

I have so many ideas rolling around in my head about verses I want to illustrate, it’s difficult for me to keep up with me!

Foundational to the Gospel is this verse from Ephesians. I just wanted to illustrate it with bright colors and pretty flowers, since it’s such a joyous and cheerful truth: the way to salvation is so simple that even a child can follow it—through FAITH, and only by the GRACE of God, does salvation come, and it comes as a free gift, not because of anything I could possibly do to earn it. Hallelujah for that! I know I am certainly not deserving.

But, then, that’s GRACE.

God’s grace.

Unmerited favor.

Undeserved wonderfulness.

For eternity.

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!

BAJC Week 16 By Grace through Faith

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birds Do Not Worry {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling birds do not worry

I am a worrier. I have been working on that problem, but it’s a tough one for me. I am drawn to Scripture passages that remind me that it is not my job to worry. I love these verses in Matthew that point out that the birds do not worry. God takes care of them. Will He not so much more take care of me?

Matthew 6:25-34

Bible Art Journaling birds do not worry

Documented Life Project “Full Plate” {Art Journal}

DLP April 18 My Plate is Full

For this week, the Documented Life Project art challenge is to use the Gelli Plate (to make background monoprints). The prompt, “A lot on my plate,” made me think of this verse in Psalms, so I created a simple journal spread to illustrate this verse, another of my favorites.

DLP April 18 My Plate is Full

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Be Brave {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC Week 1 Josh 1-9 Be Brave

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on this page, fun to use because, although bright in color, they are translucent so that the text of this passage is not obscured at all.

BAJC Week 1 Josh 1-9 Be Brave

Love all that this verse has to say, about how TO BE and
how NOT TO BE:

  • Be strong
  • Be brave
  • Be not afraid
  • Be not dismayed

Why? Because God is with you WHEREVER you go!!

What a promise!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mixed Media Tag {Scrapbooking}

Singing Bird TagToday I created a mixed media tag that I will use in my scrapbook. I used a Graphic 45 tag and paint, stamps and stencil from Dina Wakley.

I am currently experimenting with a new “style” of scrapbooking. Having been a die-hard Creative Memories scrapper for 11 years, I was disappointed a year or so ago when CM went out of business. They are now back, and I am working with their new 12x12 pocket pages, combining them with the 4x6 multi-pocket 12x12 pages. For now, I am inserting some of my “artwork” into some of the 4x6 pockets, like this, for example:

Scrapbook Page

I was happy to learn that the Graphic 45 tags fit perfectly into the 4x6 pocket of the multi-pocket Creative Memories pages.

God’s Perfect Love {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC Week 7 Perfect Love

I am enjoying art journaling in my Note Taker’s Bible. Every now and then I like to venture away from so much filling the page with color and artwork. In fact, I am finding that perhaps I PREFER the clean and simple. But I will continue to use variety, because I know my tendency is to have everything sort of look the same, after awhile.

So, this is my clean and simple illustration of "Perfect Love Casts Out Fear." The only "perfect love" is that of God the Father, whose son's death on the cross is the ultimate picture of just that--His Perfect Love. As if that weren't enough to think about, there is the promise here that perfect love brings this blessing: it casts out fear. Yay!! So, what should I do when I am afraid? Rely on the fact that God loves me, and His love can defeat all fear!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bold as a Lion {Bible Art Journaling}

BAJC Week 3 Prov 28-1 Bold as a Lion (2)

Sometimes I feel like such a wimp. I want to be like this lion, righteous and bold. I do not want to be like the wicked fraidy-cat who runs away when there is not even any danger!

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but, the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1 (KJV)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

God’s Got This {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Week 14 Jer 29-11

Working in my Note Taker’s Bible, today’s verse is a favorite of many, including me!

I often amaze myself at how I can worry so about the future, when, truth be told (and it IS told, in God’s Word), God’s got this. He has my future. He has a plan for me, and the plan He has is so much better than any I could devise (and I DO a lot of planning, as evidenced by a planner and several journals ongoing at all times). How dare I doubt that HE has it ALL covered. His part is to plan, my part is to FOLLOW HIM.

Now, note that I DO have a part…He has things he wants ME to do…that’s my part—to do what He says—to follow His direction, to seek His will, to have faith in Him, NOT to worry…those are the things that should be on my TO DO list!

Bible Art Journaling Week 14 Jer 29-11