Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Share the Good News ♥

Hello Friends! As we prepare for Thanksgiving I wanted to share a page with you that I created from my sermon notes from this past weekend. Our passage was 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

And our pastor asked us, are we living a life that we are identified as sharing our faith, sharing our joy, sharing our hope we have in Christ? That's what sets us apart from others, and God will send people your way specifically for the reason of you being able to share the good news with them. So friends what are we focused on today? Are we focused on the one negative thing that happened today, because the devil is trying to throw us off? Or are we rejoicing with thanksgiving in our hearts the hope we have in our Lord Jesus Christ?

For this page I journaled Psalm 96:1-4
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods. 
I decided to keep this page super simple I used 3 colors of pigmented inks I had from past Illustrated faith kits. and I used coordinating Faber-Castell big brush pens to highlight the verses. I used the Choose Faith stamp set for the entire page. I stamped everything in black archival ink first. Then went back and stamped with colored ink to fill in "Faith" "Hope" and "Joy" 
I then added some Illustrated Faith Washi with some cute little acorns on it, wordfetti, and a super cute page marker and I was done! My goal has been lately to keep my pages under 30 minutes, which sometimes can be a huge challenge to me, but this was proof that you can throw a simple page together in under 30 minutes! 
Hope y'all enjoyed my page and have an amazing holiday! Let us remember as we go out this season to live with Thanksgiving in our hearts!
For more inspiration, you can follow me on Instagram @my.creative.worship and Sweet N Sassy @sweetnsassystamps 
Make sure to hashtag us #sweetnsassystamps on FB and IG so we can see how you 've been inspired & inspire us! 

Until next time! God Bless!♥Maria







Friday, November 17, 2017

So Happy!

I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord
and they shall be my people and I will be their God, 
for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
Jeremiah 24:7

There is absolutely nothing in life that gives me more joy than my relationship with Jesus.  No one is closer to my heart, even those here on earth whom I dearly love.  I came to know Jesus at a young age so I have spent most of my life getting to more intimately know Him.  He has lavished His love upon me and has forgiven me more times than I can count.  To know Him is to love and trust Him above all.


The more I surrender to God, the more I sense His Spirit within me.  As I relinquish, I gain.  One of my most treasured ways to get to know God more deeply is to soak up His Word.  That's why I love Bible Journaling so much.  It takes me into His Word in a unique way.  Sometimes I study deeply, sometimes I read for refreshment, pleasure and encouragement.  And sometimes I search for inspirations for my art expressions.  In January I plan to begin a Bible reading schedule that will take me through the Bible in a year.  I've done this many times and I never fail to find new treasures, new perspectives on how to apply His constant truths.  I love His Word...and I love every new facet of my God  I come to know through the pages of my Bible.  But one of the most treasured promises He offers is that I am His...I belong to Him.


This passage in the New Testament book of Galatians echos the theme of belonging to God through the redemptive work of Christ.  Once we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives we become a child of the King.


Through our inheritance in Christ, we have everything we need for fulfillment, happiness and joy.  We can live confidently because we know our Father and we know He will take care of us.  We are free to enjoy His blessings...one of the greatest being that His Spirit, His person, resides within our hearts.  That is a lifeline connection to our Father. 

I used the following Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp Sets:






So Happy 
(FREE with $50 purchase during November)


 Above stamps: Words of Life: Collection 2, Child of the King, and Exclamations.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Go, spread the good news

Then He told them: Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.
Mark 16:15
Jesus told the disciples to go and share the good news. To everyone in the world. When you’re just with eleven man that must have sounded like a mission that could not be completed. And well, we’re still busy spreading the gospel. With the internet it seems much easier these days but you still need good teachers to explain everything that’s in the bible. So… it’s good to realize yourself every now and then that we’re still part of a living gospel that needs to be shared around the world. I don’t mean that you have to travel around the world (if you feel like you’re called to do that, that would be great too) but you can show a little bit of Gods love through your own life to the people around you. In these days before Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s good to share some love :).
I made the background for this page with acrylics. I added them with a piece of paper towel. I used light layers so you can still read the text on the page. I stamped the words and images (from the set 'Send Me') with a black ink. I decided that I wouldn’t add a lot of color because of the bright background colors. They’re already adding enough color to the page. I did add a couple of white accents with a white gel pen. The clouds and the bike are rub-ons that I rubbed onto the page.
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-send-me-clear-stamp-set/

Blessings, Lucinde

Monday, November 13, 2017

God Showed Up!


Daniel 3: 17-25
17"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18"But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."…19Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, "Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?" They replied to the king, "Certainly, O king."25He said, "Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!"…

Oh to have faith like Shadrach, Meshack, and Abegnego ... to literally walk into a burning furnace and know that God will deliver me and even if He doesn't, my faith will not waiver as I know that He has bigger, better plans for me and He will be with me as I walk through the fire.

My Bible journal today is to remind me of this...I went simple and created a bookmark using the Sweet N Sassy Exclamations Set and the image proclaiming "God Showed Up!"

What a great feeling and a huge blessing!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

Lyn

Saturday, November 11, 2017

He will shelter you...

Hi friends,

There is such shelter, safety and security when we find our refuge and dwelling place in God. No matter what storms may be swirling around us, no matter what the enemy tries to throw at us, no matter where our choices may have led us, the shelter of the Most High is always ready to envelop us under His wings in loving care and protection.


Psalm 91:1-4
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
Surely he will save you
from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 
 
I love this image of God covering us, sheltering us with His wings, like a bird covers and shelters her little chicks. Our Heavenly Father longs to nurture and protect us with His lovingkindness and faithfulness. All we need to do it to dwell in that place of refuge and to declare our trust in Him. We don't have to defend ourselves, to desperately try and figure out how everything is going to work out... No, we just need to dwell and declare.
 
 
 
I used the beautiful His Wings stamp set to create this page, with a little help from Words of Life: Collection 2 and All Your Heart. Did you know that today (11th of November) you can get His Wings at 25% discount when you buy two or more sets from the gorgeous silhouette range of stamps? Just quote 2SIL25 at the checkout!
 
 
I pray you would be encouraged today to find shelter under the wings of our Most High, Almighty God, and that in that secret place of refuge you would find comfort and rest.
 
x Amy x



Friday, November 10, 2017

Me and My House...

{janebosi}

Choose Whom You Will Serve
Joshua 24:15  

"...choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

WORD.

Be blessed, Jane

I created with:  





 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 'N SASSY STAMPS! 

You guys. Korin has created SUCH an awesome brand with Sweet N' Sassy Stamps. She started with creating card making stamps, wanting to create something for her sons birthday...and now today she has over 500 different products to choose from including this AMAZING stamp line Creative Worship. She has a business that she surrounds on the focus of Jesus and his love for us which means the absolute world to me. I love her heart for the Lord and her customers and her company. To have a business last 10 years is amazing, especially an online stamp company...that she runs...FROM HER HOME. Korin knows that the success of this business is all glory to God...he makes all things possible and this is what inspired my page today.  Dedicated to my friend Korin...who knows with GOD all things are possible. & through the highs and the lows he always Good and always in your corner. He knows your destiny friend, and this company is part of that plan! 
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"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” "Matthew 19:26 
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I used ALL Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps for this page. 



Don't forget all the amazing sales and promotions we have! Go grab the free printables or spend $50 or more to grab the FREE stamp set! PLUS you get in a drawing for EVERY order $1 or more to win FREE STAMPS FOR A YEAR! 



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thankful Heart ♥

Hello Friends!  
It is officially the season of gratitude, So to keep on with the theme I wanted to document it in my hymnal. I took some step by step pictures, but pretty much this was done with the super easy card swiping paint technique!
I'm here sharing how I created this pretty page in my hymnal using the Sweet n Sassy "So Grateful" stamp set!
At the end I'll show the picture with all the paint and supplies I used. The first step was just swiping the paint. I statred with my darkest color orange, then used pink, gold and white. Since you put a really thin layer it dries pretty much before you even get to the next color. 
I then made some gold and white crosses using the paint card by just applying a little bit of paint at the end of the card and pressing to the page vertically, reapplying paint, then making the cross horizontally.
This gold color is gorgeous and I'll admit... I am a little bit obsessed currently!! LOL
I then placed my gold hearts, empherma I found from a craft store, and used my ranger archival ink to stamp "grateful heart" and "thankful heart".
I just love all the gold on this page! the pictures just do not do justice to the pretty shimmer!
I added a gold bow clip that I made and splattered a little bit of black paint, and I was finished!
Below is my finished page and all my supplies except for the black watercolor I used at the end to splatter. 
Hope y'all enjoyed my page, for more inspiration you can follow me on Instagram @my.creative.worship and Sweet N Sassy @sweetnsassystamps 
Make sure to hashtag us #sweetnsassystamps on FB and IG so we can see how you 've been inspired & inspire us! 

Until next time! God Bless!♥Maria








Monday, November 6, 2017

A Little Birdie


Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say. Ecclesiastes 10:20


Dear Friends,

We live in a time where atrocities seem to happen almost daily. Our world and our country seem out of control. We know this is not how God wants us to live. We know this is not His way. We know many things that are playing out in the world are in direct opposition to His Word. So it's easy to criticize our government and those in authority. It's easy to criticize and even gossip about others. This last verse in Ecclesiastes 10 warns us not to criticize, not to gossip because "a little birdie told me." As believers, we need to be careful what we say and what we post because you never know who may be listening or reading. We are to share Christ with the world. Sharing Him starts with love, not criticism. 

Personally, I struggle with complaining, with criticizing. Instead I should be trusting God and praying. And I should be loving others. And through that love, others may be drawn to Christ. That's how we can change this out of control world. Love. I'm praying for all affected by the shooting in Texas yesterday. And I'm praying for our country and the world. But I'm also trusting in Him. He is in control. And that is where our hope lies!

For the page, I used the following Sweet n Sassy Stamps: For the Birds, Mini Grunge Type Alpha, Skinny Lowercase Alpha

Sweet n Sassy is celebrating 10 years this month! There are some great promotions happening to celebrate the 10th birthday! See the details here.

Have a blessed week! Andrea







Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy Birthday and Happy Rebirth Day!

So much excitement is coming from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Creative Worship in November as the company celebrates its 10th year of operation.  That is quite an accomplishment and for 10 years owner Korin Sutherland has been blessing us with Christ centered stamp designs.  I truly love the designs, but even more appreciate Korin's heart for giving God all the glory through her business.  You will want to keep up with each week's giveaways, and daily announcement for a full month of fun inspiration, prizes and more.  All the details are posted on the Creative Worship Facebook page and Sweet 'n Sassy's Facebook page and blog.  So tune into those sites regularly all month long!

 

For my post today, I'm using the featured set for our birthday celebration called So Happy...and everything about this stamp set is indeed happy.  The moment I saw it I could see all kinds of possibilites for Bible journaling as well as for cardmaking.


 I did a really simple page using the set to celebrate another landmark in my own life.  The day I created this I was commemorating 55 years as a believer.  I accepted Christ in a fall revival service when I was 12 years old.  I remember it soooo clearly.  And as I look back over those years I still stand amazed by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the protection and provision of my heavenly Father and the ultimate sacrifice my Savior made to give me rebirth.  It was indeed a happy, happy day when Jesus washed my sins away!


 My Bible translation is the ESV, but I love the rendering of this passage from the New Life Version (NLV), which says, "Our sins are washed away and we are made clean because Christ gave His own body as a gift to God. He did this once for all time."  As we are made clean and new, it truly is a washing, and through the process of sanctification (continuous transformation to become more rooted, more like Christ), we are continually cleansed by the Spirit and God's Word--"
Christ did this so He could set the church [believers] apart for Himself. He made it clean by the washing of water with the Word." (Ephesians 5:26)  How many times to I have to come back to the fountain of His grace and mercy, repent and be washed again by His love?  




 I'm so very happy that my celebration coincides with the time of year that Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are celebrating too.  I know you will want to participate throughout the month in all that is going on in the SNSS world...so check in to the links above often...in fact, click on the FB link at the end of this post for more information on how you can get this stamp set.