Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why I Sing for Joy!

"...my mouth will praise you with joyful lips
when I remember you upon my bed, 
and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.  
My soul clings to you; 
your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:5-8

Think back to something God has done...something that would not have happened had it not been for his intervention, guidance, presence or power.  We can name many instances, can we not?  Psalm 63 is one of my favorite, and there are actually several portions of it that could be highlighted.  It is so rich! But I've chosen these verses for the joy they bring as I meditate upon them remembering God's goodness and many, many mercies toward me.  


What a wonderful place to abide...in the shadow of God's wings...under his protective and watchful eye, close to his heart.  That alone is great reason to be joyful.  As believers we are blessed with this close position to God through his grace alone.  He has invited us to be in relationship and the benefits of that relationship are like no other.  No doubt we can recount story after story of when he was our help.  Once we trust in God's son, Jesus, we desire a close, abiding relationship...we literally CLING to Jesus.  


During many nights I could feel his right hand holding me close, holding me tightly, reassuring...steady...strong.  Who wouldn't cling to that, right?  God often wakes me in the "watches of the night" to pray for someone, to commune with him, to search his Word for wisdom and help.  I feel especially close to him at night.  I know he watches over me, protects me, and prepares the day in front of me so I will see him working on my behalf. 


One of the many reasons I sing for joy, is that I know my God defends me, fights for me.  I know there have been numerous times the enemy would creep into my night seeking to frighten, discourage, and bring despair.  But God fought for me.  There have been times in my life when people...people whose hearts were bent toward evil and destruction came against me.  I LOVE the passage in Psalm 64 on the facing page.  Here David describes enemies coming against him, setting traps of ambush, shooting arrows with bitter lies and destructive words.  I've known people like this.  Being in full-time ministry places you in enemy territory many times.  People will gnash their teeth against those proclaiming the gospel and reaching the lost for Christ.  My husband, a pastor, and I have experienced warfare many times.  But God has come to our defense in every single instance.  We see him dealing with those who come against us.  We don't have to do a thing but trust in him.  What a cause for joy!  

I pray that you find shelter under the wing of the Most High God, that you find many reasons to remember and celebrate with joy the times he has come to your aid, upheld you with his right hand.  Knowing he has been there for us, faithfully providing and protecting, gives us full assurance he will ALWAYS be there for us.  And that indeed is a reason to sing for joy!

Sets Used: 


       
                                          His Name                                     Note This



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You are Salt & Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
 
Matthew 5:13-16
 
Isn't Jesus good to us. He is so many things... almighty, forgiving, strong, courageous, creator, salt & light. As I was reading this the MAIN thing that stuck out is "Let your light shine before others..." Don't only show them the darkness of your life but show them the light of how much the Lord loves us... so they may come to love him.
<3 Brittany
 
For this bright page I used ALL Sweet N' Sassy Stamps.
I've made it easy for you too. Just click those names ^ and you can go right to them!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Amazing Grace

Hi! I had fun playing with the stamp set Hymn Blocks! I made a cute little shaker and it's so easy!!! I used Project Life -white cards. They are 3x4. I stamped a few different hymn block stamps because I couldn't decide which one I wanted for the shaker. I finally chose Amazing Grace and grabbed a self-sealing clear packaging envelope , that I found at my local craft store in the jewelry section. I then added some of the sequin and bead mix that I use for our groups and workshops. Voila! Done! Super fun little project! You can share these with friends or use some Washi tape and add it into your travelers note books or journaling bible. Hope you enjoyed my post today, short and sweet;) Have an amazing day!! ❤️ Bridgett

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blessed Be His Name

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,
Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. Job 1:20-22
Hello Friends!
Suffering happens. We live in a fallen world. We all endure some sort of suffering. Job gives us a good example of how to handle the suffering. He doesn't endure it perfectly, but he certainly does it well. And by the verses above, the Bible tells us the first thing he did after losing so much was to fall on the ground and worship. WOW!
He acknowledged the fact that everything he had came from God. Because what we have comes from God, He has the right to take it away. He doesn't do it to just be mean of course. There is purpose in the suffering. We may not be able to see the purpose in the midst of it, but we can trust God for who He is. That's what Job did. Blessed be the name of the Lord NO. MATTER. WHAT. Easy to say, not so easy to do. But if we continue to go to Him and be in His Word through the suffering, that will help us to trust and praise Him.
I love the praise song "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman. Some of the lyrics were perfect for this page.



I also used watercolor crayons and a Micron pen.
Blessed be His name! Andrea

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sweet Wall Words

Hiya!

For today's post I wanted to make something a little different using the Sweet as Honey stamp set, as I loved the three verses included in the set, but had already journaled those pages in my Bible. I decided to make some wall art to use as a gift or as a reminder to myself...


There is so much in God's Word about words - both His words and ours. It is so important that we meditate on the truths and richness of His Word daily so that what comes out of our mouths will be sweet and edifying to those who are hearing.



I rummaged through my craft stash and found a Kaisercraft kit with these wooden plaques and thought they would be perfect for this project. I covered each with some patterned paper using matte gel medium, trimmed and sanded around the edges.


I stamped the bee from Sweet as Honey on white card and vellum, then coloured the body of the white stamped image, cut out just the body and layered over the top of the vellum bees then added some Wink of Stella glimmer on the wings.


The scriptures were stamped with black ink either onto the patterned paper (like above) or onto white card and die-cut. I also stamped the honeycomb stamp from this fabulous stamp set with Versafine ink. Some paper and resin flowers were the perfect finishing touches!


I want to encourage you today to see God's Word as sweet, true and life-giving. Allow His words to become your words as you edify those around you and leave a sweet taste everywhere you go!

Here is the stamp set that I used to create this project:
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/sweet-as-honey-clear-stamp-set/


x Amy x

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Take Heart: Jesus Has Overcome!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 
In this world you will have trouble. 
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(Jesus) John 16:33

The chapters leading up to this verse and Chapter 17 which follows it are some of the most tender and poignant passages of Jesus's words and actions.  In this verse, John 16:33, Jesus is speaking to his disciples--those he walked with on the earth and all who will follow him later.  The whole verse is powerful enough, but the last portion is like dynamite.  "Take heart! I have overcome the world." There is so much comfort and hope here but it's also power-packed with doctrine.  


I will be publishing a video devotional about this verse/page on our Creative Worship Facebook page later today or tomorrow.  So I will go through more of a study of the meaning of the verse in that presentation.  Here I just want to glory in the beauty of the verse and the amazing hope we can take from it.  Just as Christ walked with his disciples then and tried to calm their fears of the future, Christ walks beside us to give us his courage, his peace, his strength.  Christ's work on the cross makes believers certain victors.  We can cast all our cares on him, because he has overcome...he is the captain who has won the battle.  In the video I'll discuss more about what it means to "take heart" and some of the greater implications of Christ as overcomer in our lives.  I hope you'll join me for that. 

Because Christ overcame sin and death, we can be overcomers too.  Our victory now is as certain as his was then, because his victory lies within us.  


I took the idea for this whimsical heart from several inspirations in one of my favorite Bible Journaling guides.  Some of the Sweet 'n Sassy / Creative Worship design team members and stamp designers are featured in the book.  It has some amazing resources for you.  I gave a walk-through tour of the book in Bible Journaling for Beginners--Video #4: Supplies (Part 1).  It offers so much practical help, I consider it a necessary supply!  I highly recommend it.


Finally, here are the sets used for my page.  I can't tell you how much I use the alpha sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Because I'm hand-lettering challenged, these provide the perfect work-around for me.  There are so many.  Just browse the store for the ones that will work for you.  You'll probably want them all like I did!  

 

 Thanks for peeking in today!  Remember to visit our Creative Worship Facebook page.
 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Share the Good News!

 
 
And then he told them "Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone."
NLT Mark 16:15
 
 
What's our purpose here folks? Creating more disciples of Jesus by sharing what Jesus has done for us to everyone! I really feel like there's not a lot to say about that. He tells us POINT BLANK... and if you're a rule follower you've been doing that right? (speed limits don't count!!! haha) In the grocery store...share the good news. In the hair salon...share the good news. In the Starbucks drive thru...share the good news. & Finally.. ON SOCIAL MEDIA... share the good news.
There are opportunities EVERYWHERE...it's up to you to take them!
It's not easy... but no one ever said being a follower of Jesus was easy.
<3 Brittany
 
For this page I did a fun watercolor background...I think it's one of my favorites to do!
Then I used the new Send Me stamp set to stamp all the words on! Yes... this ONE stamp set created this ENTIRE page. I didn't have to dig through my stamps to find letters or things that match... it was all on this one set. HOW CONVEINENT!!
 
 
This was a fun and easy one to do! Bible Journaling doesn't have to be so intricate that you take days or weeks to finish a page. Grab this stamp set and there's a whole "world" of ideas...see what I did there. ;)
<3 <3 Brittany