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


Monday, July 31, 2017

Worthy...

{jane bosi}

Happy Monday, Sweet Friends!!  I am always so creatively inspired by music!!  While wanting to play with the newly released Send Me set, I found myself in Revelation.  My process usually starts with a song and then leads....where ever He leads.  For this creative time, it was Revelation 5:11-13 to be exact!

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" 
 
How awesome is He? I can hardly wait to be there....
Enjoy!!  Jane

PS. Stamp sets used on this layout:  Send Me, Just Be, Sing Loud, and Worthy King.
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Gracious Words are Sweet!

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb. Sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24
When I read this, it makes me think about how someone reacts when I smile and/or give them an encouraging or kind word. They visibly brighten and stand taller. It really takes so little to offer this kindness and the outcome is so much more.
As I go through the day to day motions, I often look down at my computer, or a report, or any number of things, and while I trudge on without looking up and smiling or speaking to those around me, I realize that it is just as much a loss for me as it is for them because, while they may smile and stand taller from my kind words, I believe I have the same reaction simply by knowing I caused it in another.
This was such a fun page to do and I definitely felt God’s reminder in the message...
Supplies:
  • Ink: I brushed Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress ink onto the page then added the same colors to my craft mat where I spritzed them with water so I could pick up with my brush and flick some droplets onto the page. I inked the honeycomb and verse in Versafine toffee ink and the bee in Versafine Onyx black (on watercolor paper then I embossed with clear). I used metallic white watercolor on the wings and fossilized amber on the body. After it dried, I fussy cut the bee out and glued it in place with Yes! glue – this really works well without pucker the page to much on the back side…
Thanks for stopping by – Remember to offer a kind word to someone today!
Lyn

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Set Free



So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 
John 8:31-32



Our God is unchangeable. His word and truth are set. 

It's important to hold on to that truth especially when everything around us seems to be changing. I'm in a weird season right now. A season full of unknown and unclear steps. Heres the thing, I like to know what's happening next. I like to solve a problem then and there and move on. These seasons of waiting and unknown territory are scary. I'll explain further how impatient I am and how quickly I like to get to the end of things. 

I love to read. I have loved reading even before I could read. Literally, I would sit and stare at the pages and the letters trying so hard to put it all together. In fact, I am now a reading teacher. Meeting someone who doesn't like to read boggles my mind. But even though my love of reading is strong, mid-book I'm ready to jump to the end. I love the beginning of books, I love meeting the characters and all that happy stuff at the beginning. Then the plot starts to mold and my hate for any confrontation (yes I realize it's fiction but still) and hurt the characters may feel start to bug me and I'm ready to jump to the end when everything is okay again. 

Life doesn't play out like a book or a movie. We cant skim over those grey areas in our lives and jump to the end. Not knowing is scary but we don't walk this life alone. Sometimes I feel bound in my fear of the unknown, fear of losing, and fear of trusting. Do I trust God with my life? Absolutely. So why is it so hard to let go of the known and trust for the unknown? Constantly, I have to remind myself of God's truth. I have to repeat His word over my situation and in my life. 

Abide: live, dwell, remain, stay

No matter your season God is calling us to abide in him because if we do that, and if we remain his disciples, and we continue to dig our roots down deep in His truth, we will be set free. Set free of fear, anger, sadness, worry, defeat...the list goes on of the things that bind us. I don't want those things not of God to bind me. Instead, I want to be bound in His truth because in that binding, I am free. 

With love, 
Lynzee


Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-love-ya-like-a-sister-alpha-clear-stamp-set/

Pretty Potted Flowers 
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/pretty-potted-florals-clear-stamp-set/

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Where was I?

I’ve always been interested in the story of Job. How his life gets turned upside down and he still keeps his faith. He got lectures from all of his friends, they thought that they knew what he had to do or what he did wrong. And then God starts speaking… We think we know everything, we think we can earn a lot in our lives but in comparison to God we are so, so small. He created the earth, the heavens, every tree, all the creatures and even you. I can think that I know a lot  but… where was I when the world was made? God has the last word. He created the entire world. When I don’t see the plan, that doesn’t mean there is no plan. God definitely knows what He’s doing.
I prepared my page with clear gesso and stamped my images with black ink. After that I wrote down the sentence 'where was I when the world was made' and added a dashed border around the world. I masked the earth and blended out some blue ink around the world. I didn't wait long enough so the words smudged a little bit... I colored the images with colored pencils and added some rub ons to finish the page.

I used two stamp sets for this page, Awesome Thoughts and Send Me:
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-awesome-thoughts-clear-stamp-set/

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-send-me-clear-stamp-set/ 


Monday, July 24, 2017

Stand in awe of Him

Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! How many of you just love the Book of Psalms? I can easily journal pages in it everyday! Not that I have time everyday but I would if I could! I have this little book of Psalms that I really like because I can fit in a quick page and be filled with The Word even when I don't have a ton of time to commit to being super creative. I also love having stamps sets that are super versatile and I can use them on lots of pages. Like this stamp set 'Send Me' and just use an alpha like the 'Mini Grunge Type Alpha'! I have used 'Send Me' several times already this month and I can think of a ton more pages I could use it on! I love to be able to basically make my own coloring page and just use my pitt pens to color the stamped images in. Super easy! I really love a good font and the 'Mini Grunge Type Alpha' is small but not too tiny! It's the perfect size for bible journaling!
Take a look at all the amazing stamps sets in the shop and pick up a few today! I love being able to stamp and color , so that I can really focus on the verses and scripture I am reading. I pray that I always stand in awe of our glorious Father! Reminds me of that song....may you never lose your sense of wonder...it really does amaze me how our heavenly Father created the beautiful world we live in. Have an awesome week and take a moment to just enjoy this world that he created for us!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Feet


Hi friends,

I've been having fun creating with the new Send Me set recently and the theme of going and sharing the gospel has me thinking about my willingness and eagerness to share the good news of Jesus with others. It is so easy to come up with excuses, to think about the response we might receive, and to get so busy doing life that we neglect this vital responsibility (and privilege!). But in any other setting, would we hold back from giving good news to someone? Would we be shy, nervous or not get around to it because of busyness? Good news is something to celebrate, to shout from the rooftops, to get excited about! Maybe that's why the feet of those who bring good news are described as beautiful in Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15...


Now I have to be honest, I'm not a big fan of my feet! I don't think they are beautiful at all, which is why I found it quite amusing when I chose this verse to illustrate and I had the idea of putting my footprint in my Bible! It ended up being rather fun and I felt like I was back at school putting paint on my foot (if you're planning on doing this, I recommend having a wet towel ready to take the paint off... walking to the sink with painted feet was interesting...!!). This page is a good reminder to me that even though my feet don't look very beautiful, they are made beautiful by the simple act of bringing the good news of the gospel to others.


 Here are the stamp sets I used on this page:

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-send-me-clear-stamp-set/http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/grunge-elements-2-clear-stamp-set/http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-skinny-caps-alpha-clear-stamp-set/

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-mini-grunge-type-alpha-clear-stamp-set/

May we find ways of beautifying our feet through the sharing of the good news of Jesus this week!

x Amy x






Thursday, July 20, 2017

Got Good News?

Throughout the course of any given day we are likely to share a lot of good news with others.  A great deal at a store, a new way of doing something, happy news in the family might be a few bits of good news we encounter every day.  Yet there is no better news for the human race that the great news of Jesus Christ.  That a high and holy God of heaven would stoop to earth desiring to draw us into relationship with Him is amazing enough.  That His love is so big and so broad that He would sacrifice His Son for us is breath-taking news.  We who are believers have been given a precious gift, and it's certainly a gift with no end.  We can extend to others the same good news we received when we trusted Christ.


Whoever believes can have eternal life with the Father.  What better news could there be? So why don't we share THAT news more often?  If you frequent our Creative Worship Facebook page, I invite you to take a peek at another page I did with the fabulous Rebecca Rios set, Send Me.  On my post there I did a video devotional and offered some practical ways to make sharing the Gospel a little easier, a little less intimidating.  I hope you'll check it out.  The video is in two parts.  Part 1 explains the passage and the design plan.  Part 2 is the devotional part of the video.



I absolutely love this new set, Send Me.  It has amazing and abundant possibilities.  Just scroll through our posts here to see what some of the other designers have done with this.  Such a fun set.

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-send-me-clear-stamp-set/


I also used the sweet phrase, "don't be afraid" from the set Fly High.  In my video I discuss ways to overcome your fear of sharing the Good News with others. 

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/fly-high-clear-stamp-set/

Thanks so much for peeking in!