Saturday, January 20, 2018

I am Loved

‘so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’ (Eph. 3:17-19)

I’m loved beyond measure. It’s still something that I struggle with. I know it’s true but for some reason this knowledge takes a long time to settle down in my heart. There are a lot of days that I don’t feel worthy of Gods love, but I may know that not my actions determine the love of God but that He loves me no matter what. That He will always welcome me into His loving arms, just like the prodigal son. This stamp set helped me to get back on the journey to find Gods love in the bible.


I prepared my bible page with clear gesso (the pages in my Dutch bible are very thin). The other side of the page left some bleeding on this page so I had to find a way to cover that up. I used my acrylic paints to make a background. I would be able to cover most of the bleeding with the paint (or incorporate it into this page) but I decided to add a piece of paper on the left side of my margin. Just to be sure that nothing would show through. I stamped the tag and some words onto white paper and cut them out. The name tag and everything on it is from the set ‘Hello My Name Is’, the words Amen and the heart are from ‘Note This'. I missed something in the background of my page so I decided to stamp a couple of leaves from the ‘Whimsy Bouquet’ stamp set with black ink. When my background was finished I adhered the stamped pieces into my bible and that’s it.

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-note-this-clear-stamp-set/ http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-whimsy-bouquet-clear-stamp-set/ http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-hello-my-name-is-clear-stamp-set/

Have a blessed day!

- Lucinde

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Source of Hope!

Romans 15:13  “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”.

I read this verse today and it just made me so happy. The idea of letting go is scary and hard, but the picture of myself filled with JOY and PEACE and overflowing with HOPE is just so awesome!

I have lots of decisions I need to make this year and am praying for answers and this verse reminds me that everything is going to be exactly how it is supposed to be and I will be OK with whatever happens...(How can I not be at PEACE :))


I think my page today reflects this verse in a happy colorful way. I used colored pencils to color it and Sweet N Sassy Stamps sets Through the Trees and Choose Faith and Scenes Silhouette Wetlands (Note: To create Peace, I used the last part of both Hope and Grace and it looks perfect!)

I hope your day is a blessed one! Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

January 2018 Stamp of the Month

Monday, January 15, 2018

Teaching me to pray...

Hi friends,

Can I be honest? I find prayer difficult at times - too many times. I know I need to pray, and goodness knows there are so many needs to bring before the Lord, but when it comes down to it, sometimes I go blank... I struggle for the right words... my concentration can wane. Can anyone else identify? This is why I am SO grateful for the teaching of God's Word on prayer. Not only is there so much rich teaching on prayer, there are also amazing examples of prayers that we can pray. When I received the sweet Stop, Drop & Pray single stamp, I looked up the word prayer in my bible and made a list of references that give examples or teaching on prayer - such an amazing study to do!

I'm sharing three pages with you that I created recently as part of my study on prayer, each using the Stop, Drop & Pray stamp. This first one is on one of my favourite verses...


James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.

What an awesome prayer to pray and promise to claim. Whenever I am lacking in wisdom (which is rather frequently) I can ask God and he promises to give me generous amounts!

This next page is a verse I came across that I hadn't paid much attention to before, but contains an amazing example of prayer...


Colossians 4:12 - Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

I looked this verse up in a few translations and liked the way the Message translated it. What a great prayer to pray for ourselves and others!


This last page focuses on Matthew 9:38 when Jesus tells his disciples to "pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborors into his harvest." The thing to remember when praying this one is that the Lord of the harvest may send us - and we need to be ready to say 'yes'...

I hope you've been encouraged to dig into the Bible and allow God's Word to teach you when it comes to how and what to pray. I know I have already grown through this study and look forward to creating and sharing further pages from my study on prayer.

Here are some of the sets I used for these pages:

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-whimsy-bouquet-clear-stamp-set/    http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-whimsy-bouquet-clear-stamp-set/   http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/scene-silhouettes-wetland-grass-clear-stamp-set/


Be blessed,
x Amy x

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Crown of Beauty

"You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,  and a royal diadem in the hand of your God." Isaiah 62:3

Dear Friends,

Isn't Isaiah 62:3 a beautiful verse? This is a promise to Jerusalem that it will be delivered and redeemed. At the time that Isaiah wrote this, the Jews were in exile as a consequence of their sin and turning from God. This chapter speaks to their future when God will redeem them. Isaiah refers to Jerusalem as a crown of beauty in the Lord's hand, and as His bride. This complements Christ's relationship to His church. He is the Bridegroom and the church His bride. Ultimately, all believers are redeemed in Him. He brings beauty to us all!

For this page, I used the following Sweet n Sassy Stamps: Whimsy BouquetClassy Script, and Mini Grunge Type Alpha. I also used Micron pens and watercolor crayons.
 

Be blessed! Andrea

Friday, January 12, 2018

Endure!

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  
But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed 
throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, 
and then the end will come.
 Matthew 24:12-14 (Jesus)

This passage contains some of the final instructions and answers Christ gives to his disciples before being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Here, he sits on the Mount of Olives engaging in a very private, personal conversation with the disciples.  They have finally understood that Jesus is preparing to die, but that he will come back to them.  But they also know that there will be an end to "all things." So they ask him what signs there will be so they can anticipate those events. Jesus then explains the turmoil that must come, the persecution, wars and conflicts, natural disasters...in short, he describes how the whole earth will groan as the end approaches. Jesus never avoids the full truth about the life of one who follows him.  He has already explained that believers will still have troubles, that the world would fight against our beliefs and that ultimately for those who live in the end times, hardships will increase.  So how are we to live in the face of increasing hardship for Christians?


The Christian walk requires endurance.  Whether or not we are living in the last days, we all experience mountain top highs and deep valley lows in our journey. God calls us to keep going, to not give up, to not lose faith. Galatians 6:9 says, And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  And James tells us in the first chapter of his book that we are even to "count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds."  I love that Jesus has given us his holy Spirit to fill us with joy, strength, wisdom, and the faith to endure.  Without the presence of Christ in our lives, these trials would be impossible to endure.  We never have to keep going under our own strength.  God always....ALWAYS provides for us.
  

Unfortunately, there are many nominal believers, those who say "Lord, Lord" but don't have a personal, heart-transforming, abiding relationship with the sovereign Savior, and Jesus says they will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).  These are the ones who will fall away; their enthusiasm for Christ will fade and they will choose the way of the world rather than the life of a disciple.  Jesus knows we will have times of weakness, and he knows we will not be perfect.  But if the Spirit of the living God is in our hearts, he will help us endure.  We are sealed; we are HIS, and nothing can snatch us from his hand. Our security rests not in what we say we believe or how we act (there are many moral unbelievers); rather, our security rests in what Christ has done in our hearts.  I'm thanking God today that I am HIS!

 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.   
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; 
no one will snatch them out of my hand.  
 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; 
no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.
John 10:27-30


To create my page, I stamped the images first and colored them with PrismaColor pencils, layering and shading.  Then I did the background with watercolor paints, and finally did the hand lettering.  I used the new set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Whimsy Bouquet, by stamp designer Rebecca Rios.  

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-whimsy-bouquet-clear-stamp-set/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Choices

In the first couple pages of the bible, in the very very beginning the Lord gave us the decision to make CHOICES. There's a right decision and a wrong decision...always. Eve chose to easily be swayed and made a wrong decision that changed everything. Who knows how life would have been if Eve would have made the RIGHT choice... and not the wrong choice. 


This page was fun! I used the Through the Trees set for the cute tree and grass underneath and then used neocolors to color it in. Then I used watercolors for the sky. For the lettering I used Classy Script and Chunky Alpha and then finished it with my dymo label maker! I added some washi, tab and some extra embellishments to bring the page all together plus I LOVE layers. 





Monday, January 8, 2018

A Place for Jesus

Hello friends and fellow Bible Journalers...
As we begin a new year, I want to be sure that I make even more room for Jesus in my life.  It is so easy to allow the demands of every day life rob us of spending sweet time with our Lord!  

This page was inspired by a sermon our pastor preached at our church at the beginning of the new year.  I was convicted and challenged to "Make a Place for Jesus!"

Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side.  And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."  And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has no where to lay his head."
Matthew 8:18-20 (ESV)

I wanted to include my sermon notes, but didn't want to cover up any of the details on the page, so I created a Tip-In tag which was attached to the opposite page by a washi tape hinge.

The page was prepped with two layers of clear gesso and the scene lightly sketched with a pencil.  Intense Color Blocks were used to watercolor the background.   Archival Inks, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and a White Paint Pen were used to add the details.  The new scene silhouettes stamp sets and several alphabet sets made it fun and easy to complete the scene.  The bushes were created using the top of the tree from the Scene Silhouettes: Trees stamp set and masking was used to get just the tops of the tall grass from the Scene Silhouettes: Tall Grass stamp set.  I was able to use the fox and the bird from the Scene Silhouettes: Woodland stamp set to perfectly illustrate the scripture verse!  I couldn't resist adding a few more animals to the scene.

Here are the stamp sets from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used to create my page:


I hope you will be inspired and challenged to "Make a Place for Jesus" this year!  He wants to take up residence in our hearts.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Cathy