Thursday, January 19, 2017

God Is Not Finished Yet!

God is constantly working on our behalf.  Whether we are in the midst of a personal storm, struggling with spiritual or physical health, hold on.  God is still for you and He is doing something in your circumstances.  His activity is never in vain and His Word to us will never be rendered useless.  He will accomplish the purposes His has for your life.

My Bible journaling for this post took me to James 5:7-11.  We are encouraged to HOLD ON because God is not finished with His work in our lives until He carries us home.

My daughter-in-law is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and she has certainly exemplified this passage.  She is a testimony to God's faithful work in her life.  She has been patient, has remained steadfast in joy and faithfulness.  Her heart is fully established in the Lord.  She is blessing others as she goes through this trial.

I used the newly released stamp, God Is For You for the margin and added hand-lettering.  I've also used Seek Him (other stamped words in margin) and Scribble Flowers for the page design.

You can find all these stamps on the Sweet 'n Sassy store:

Visit my blog at Diane's Daydream Designs

Monday, January 16, 2017

Draw near to God

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

When I heard this message I immediately thought of this image from Krista Hamrick. It shows so much love and the message in the bible shows that too (James 4). There are many things we (can) do wrong. But when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us up. God is so gracious, He still wants to heal us if we only draw near to Him.

So I want to draw near to God, to be in His presence, so that He can do His works through me.


For this page I used:
  • My Comforter 
  • Outline Alpha
  • Black ink
  • Clear gesso to prepare the page
  • Soft pastels for the background
  • Spray fixative
  • Colored pencils for the images
- Lucinde

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Root....

{jane bosi}

I'm sharing my first journaling project of 2017!  I'm not much for resolutions and stuff like that.  I try to take life day to day and am always trying to be my best self!

I did, however, spend the first weekend of the new year, like I spend many, creating and reflecting on the Word.  This is also my first free hand was scary-ish, but I had some awesome alphabet sets from Sweet 'N Sassy to pull it all together.  All of Me Alpha, Shake It Off Caps, Shake It Off  Lowercase.

My study started with Romans 12 and the advice to not conform to this world but to be transformed.....sage and wonderful advice!  You can see from my under lines, I find this message noteworthy and to be remembered.  As it happens often, my study turned to a wandering through the word backwards from where I was (kind of like how my life works) and I found a true gem without meaning to look for it.  I love how His Word so richly meets us where we are and provides insight and inspiration we aren't even aware we need!

Romans 11:18-20:  "...remember it is not you who supports the root, but the root that supports you.  Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."  This is true.  They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith.  So do not become proud, but fear."

All those times I try to fix or figure things for myself--I need to be reminded that it is not me, but the Root that supports me.....such a hard lesson at times, but a good place to dwell, especially at the start of a new year.


I got crafty with:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Keep Moving

On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times. The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!
Joshua 6:15-16

Joshua 6. This has to be one of my favorite Bible stories for a couple reasons. God's promises and faithfulness are shown in two very different, but very big ways. 

1. The walls of Jericho come down
2. God's promise to Rahab is met 

Both roads leading to these promises had questionable (by my standards) directions. In all honesty, walking around a wall would have seemed like a silly request, and taking in men sent to take the town would have been terrifying. Did the people think it was silly? Probably. Was Rahab scared out of her wits? Possibly. Or maybe all of these people had childlike faith and believed without question. Either way, they acted, and they received God's promise to them. 

What promise has God made you? Does the road seem odd and scary? Are you stuck in fear, or are you moving? Move, friends. This morning when I read this devotional (First 5 app) I knew it was a reminder I needed. Sometimes the journey to God's promises seem long, and maybe they truly are. Maybe His promise will take a few days to even a few years. I will be honest and say that I have stopped my march a few times. I have grown weary or fearful and stopped moving. Friends, God will never stop waiting for you. He never gives up because He knows what awaits you at the finish. 

Be encouraged and keep going. His promises will always be worth the journey. 

Happy New Year, 


Stamps Used:
Give Praise

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Behold, The New Has Come!

Happy New Year Sweet N Sassy friends! 
My Bible journal page for today required a lot of layers so I was a leery of going directly into my Bible with it; therefore, I created a vellum insert. It is fairly simple. The year (in a fun way) and the verse I wanted to concentrate on...

2 Corinthians 5:17

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
This seemed a fitting verse for a New Year...this is a new beginning with all the potential in the world. I didn't make any resolutions, but I do want to be a better listener this year. I have many things I have been praying for and this year, I need to "listen" for the answer. I am excited and anxious, but I know that God has a plan for me and, if I listen to Him and not try to go my own way, it will be revealed.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful NEW Year, and I hope that you "hear" the answers to your prayers this year too!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 

Happy New Year, Sweet 'n Sassy Friends!

Have you ever received an invitation that excited you? A birthday party? A Christmas celebration? A graduation? A marriage? Our Savior has extended an invitation to us that far exceeds any other invitation we will ever receive. Many invitations are beautifully done with poems or pictures and all the pertinent information. Jesus' invitation is just three simple words, but so beautiful are those words: Come to Me. Come to Me when you are weary. Come to Me when you are burdened. Matthew 11:28 speaks specifically about coming to Jesus when we are weary and burdened. But His invitation extends to more: Come to Me when you are happy. Come to Me when you are sad. Come to Me when you are excited. Come to Me when you are disappointed. Come. To. Me. ALWAYS. Dear friends, isn't that a wonderful invitation? And He'll never turn us away. He's always there, waiting to give us rest. Life can be so many things, but Jesus is our resting place.

Sweet Jesus, You are amazing! Human words cannot explain how wonderful You truly are. Help me to remember that You are my resting place; that I can come to You anytime, anywhere. Thank You, Lord, for inviting me to You. There's no place I'd rather be. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.

For the page, I used a few Sweet 'n Sassy sets: Shake It Off Caps AlphaRebecca Script AlphaScribble FlowersFill Me Up, and Note This.

I pray that you will accept His invitation! May you have a year full of His joy, His peace, His presence, and yes, His rest. Take care, dear friends. Andrea

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Love . Love . Love

 This is how God showed his love among us: 
He sent his one and only Son into the world 
that we might live through him.
 1 John 4:9

If you'd ask people to offer a definition of love, you'd get as many different answers as the number of people you asked.  Most would connect love with a feeling or a commitment one makes to another person.  Any definition of love that does not emanate from the person of God is not a real, lasting love. God IS love (1 John 4:8).  Without the presence of His love, there would be no love among us at all. Man has distorted all that is good about love, and those of us who know God grieve over the deception about love in our culture today.  I believe that's why it's so important to gain an accurate perception of what true love-- God's love for us and the believer's love for others--really is. We have to read the whole counsel of God's Word to glimpse His enormous love for His own.  Even taking snippets from scripture gives us an incomplete picture of His love.  I would challenge each of you to find a reading plan that works for you and commit to reading the Bible through this year.  It will be one of the most meaningful and most productive uses of your time!

For my design projects this week, I decided to focus on God's love and how that love is to be reflected by His children.  I also wanted to have some fun with the digital stamps offered at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I wanted to remind you of how versatile digital stamps can be when doing Bible journaling.  So I have a few different pages to show you today.

One of the best features of a digital stamp is its versatility.  You can easily resize, rotate and flip a digital image.  For Bible journaling this is invaluable.  Had I needed to, I could have flipped the puppy image here to have it facing inward on the opposite page in my Bible.  And I can always insure that digital images will fit my margin perfectly because they are so easy to resize.

It's sobering to consider the command Jesus gives us that we are to love one another as He loved us.  His love is incomprehensibly big!  My husband and I often laugh about our dog's love, how she loves so unconditionally, so completely and how she never tires of welcoming us when we come home, even if we are only gone for 15 minutes!  People know so much about us by the way we love others. When we see others through the eyes of God, we too can love without reservation.

For my puppy love page, I simply printed the digital stamp image, laid the paper behind my Bible page and traced it in pencil first, then outlined it and colored in with Copic markers.  I could have printed it, colored it, cut it out and affixed it to the margin as well.  I also did my hand-lettering in pencil first, then wrote over it with marker, and erased the pencil afterwards. 

I fell in love with this little birdie the minute I saw him.  One of my favorite verses of Scripture comes from 1 John 4:19, "We love because He first loved us." Without God's love in our hearts it's impossible to love others in the purest sense.  We are only capable of that kind of love it we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.

I also printed out this digi stamp and traced it onto the margin in my Bible.  I sponged the hearts using a heart stencil, and did hand lettering (still practicing...ugh...that's the hardest part of journaling for me).  The leaves are from Words of Life: Collection 2 (stamped on) and everything in the margin is colored with Copic markers. The LOVE comes from the clear stamp set, Give Praise.

For my final December entry, I used the digital stamp, Cocoa Sends Love, and here, I reversed the image and traced.  I used PrismaColor pencil for color and sponged the clouds with ink/stencil.  The hearts are stamped (How Tweet, SNSS). 

Really, isn't little Cocoa one of the sweetest images ever?  I hope you'll try out some of the digital stamps at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps because they are so perfect for Bible journaling.  Rebecca Rios has created several for that specific purpose and I'll be showcasing one of those in January, but you can check those out HERE.

Here are the digital stamps used for today's projects, but if you go to the SNSS digital page with all the digi Valentine's sets, you will definitely drool...and probably start filling your cart!! May I add here too, that another helpful feature of digital images is their affordable price.  They are very inexpensive!