Friday, July 20, 2018

THE FORGIVENESS CIRCLE | Faith Art Journaling with Julie




Colossians 3:13 "Remember, the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others."

I'm journaling in my 100 Days of Bible Promises Devotional, and the promise for day 69 is about God's forgiveness.  God promises that He has forgiven us already.  Notice that it is in the past tense.  He forgave us when Jesus took all of our past, present and future sins upon Himself and nailed them to the Cross.  It's been done!  Already! Complete!  However, He doesn't leave it there, does He?  There's more to the verse.

The rest of the verse says, "...so you must forgive others." Just as God has forgiven us, we are to forgive others when they wrong us.  Bitterness and anger are toxic to our souls, and when we harbor them in our hearts, they fester into relationship-barriers.  Unforgiveness can prevent us from having a right relationship not only with other people, but with God also.  Said the opposite way, forgiveness can foster a right relationship with others and with God.  That's because when we forgive others, freely and fully, we can more easily accept God's forgiveness.  But when we hold bitterness in our hearts and refuse to choose to forgive someone who has wronged us, then it translates into us not being able to experience the full grace of God's love towards us.

What about if they don't admit to being wrong?  What if they don't say they're sorry? What if they don't even know they've hurt me?  Guess what?! Forgive!  God forgave us before we even asked for forgiveness.  "Remember...to forgive others," He says, because it is something we need to be reminded of.  And more often than not, it's a matter of choosing to forgive.  Our emotions will probably not FEEL like forgiving.  Did Jesus feel like He wanted to die on the Cross?  NO!  We can see that in the Garden of Gethsemane; but He chose to do it anyway.  Choose to forgive, and the feelings will eventually follow. 

I created this page with the "Send Me" and "Let's Do This" stamp sets.  I wanted to emphasize the cyclical process of forgiveness--we experience God's forgiveness, which helps us to forgive others, which then helps us to appreciate and experience God's forgiveness, etc.  I began by coloring concentric circles on my page with my watercolor crayons, starting at the center, and alternating the colors.  Then I blended those colors with an aquabrush, adding my color where I felt I needed it.  I chose my palette to match the colors on the devotional page, a golden ochre and burnt sienna.



Then I stamped my words using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  These words are a mix and match of the two sets.  I handlettered the "s" to the first "forgive" to make the subject and verb agree (I'm an English teacher).  Don't be afraid to make your stamps fit your needs!  Then, to highlight the circular pattern I added the arrows, and colored them, again, with the watercolor crayons.   I finished with a texture stamp from Texture Tiles 3, washi tape, a tab and bow. 

There was still too much blank space between the arrows and the words, so I added the stamped heart.  I dipped the burnt sienna crayon into water, dabbed it off slightly onto a paper towel, and then stamped directly onto the page.  I outlined it with the same journaling pen that I used to write down my prayer-thoughts. 

Thanks for stopping by. You can visit me anytime at  Jules' Jewels YouTube Channel and my blog Jules' Jewels, and see other projects on Instagram at @julesk.jewels.



Let's Do This


SEND ME


TEXTURE TILES 3

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Refresh

When’s the last time you needed refreshing? Last year? Last month? Yesterday? If you’re like most people, it was perhaps even today.

We are such a go go go society, that we are often just worn out and exhausted, running on empty most of the time. We don’t know how to say the word “no”, or at the very least know how to pace ourselves.

Last week I had the sweet privilege of hosting a friend from out of town for a few days. We also had a couple of my local girlfriends join us for much of the week. We even face timed for a couple hours with another out of town friend.

My goal was to spend time with them, craft together, learn from each other, fellowship around the Word, talk about the Lord, and just overall encourage them.

We had the best time. We made #allthethings. We taught one another how to create felt flowers, work with watercolors, put napkins in our Bibles, make lots of clips and much more. We shared Bible verses. We prayed together. We poured our hearts out to one another. We did lots of listening...lots of talking...lots of giggling.

The end result? We all agreed we need another Patio Ponderings retreat soon! Time...quality time...with girlfriends is contagious. And filling. And rewarding.

Most of all, it’s refreshing. My cup is overflowing and my heart is full. My hope was to encourage and refresh my friends, instead, I was the one reaping all the benefits. Thank you, Lord!!

Take time out from the busyness of life and invest some quality time in others. You will certainly be glad you did.










“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:25 ‭NLT‬‬




Art behind the story:

One of our projects last week was to start our own boxes of repurposed rolodex cards. They are a quick way to be creative, use up bits of paper pieces, and fun to make as gifts for happy mail.  Look up the hashtags #rolodexbiblecards, #memorydex, and #rolodexart on Instagram to see some great ideas.  

The Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set Fill Me Up was a popular set last week among all my coffee drinking girlfriends! I stamped the large cup several times onto patterned journaling cards, fussy cut all the pieces apart, and paper pieced them all back together to get the various patterns. I stamped the words on the bottom right directly on to the card. This card was cut the normal rolodex size of 4” x 2.5”. On the back, I wrote the Proverbs 11:25 verse, a little note to each friend, and then signed and dated it. These cards will be sweet to remember our time together. 

Until next time,

Gayle
Patio Ponderings








Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Go-Share-Here

"18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus told--rather--commanded His disciples to go make disciples of all nations.  Go.  This is an active directive.  Not one that we can sit back and accomplish.  It doesn't just happen without action on our part.  The gospel of Mark tells the same story in chapter 16. Jesus was very specific that we are to go into all the world and share the good news of the gospel.  Go.  
Does that mean youI have to go to Bolivia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, or some other far away land?  Maybe.  If that what God leads you to do.  But He also means for us to go right in our own neighborhoods, in our own workplaces, even perhaps in our own families. "Go" means to move from one position to another, to progress or advance.  Maybe God is calling you to go meet or your neighbor and share a cup of coffee or tea, and just get to know them.  Being a good friend, showing God's love and kindness, is the BEST way to make lasting disciples.  Maybe He wants you to talk to the person on the next treadmill, instead of watching the latest episode of "This is Us."  
Sometimes we think Jesus was just talking about the Mission Field, so we pray for the missionaries, send offering money, and maybe even sponsor a child in Guatemala (or wherever).  But that really is the easy way out.  How much "going" are you doing?  Jesus said to "go," out of our comfort zones and reach people, wherever they need to be reached.  

I used the "Send Me" stamp set for this page.  I stamped the world image, and then stamped the word "Go" right over the top of it.  I was pleased with how it fit perfectly inside the globe.  I bent the "share" stamp on my acrylic block so it would curve underneath the world.  I finished the stamping so it would say, "Go share the good news here."  I originally stamped "here" in green, and I didn't like how that looked; so I fixed it by restamping it on white cardstock and cutting out the letters into block tiles.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to stamp and color.  Notice how I blended the colors on the word "good"?  Of course, I finished with some splatter on the page, a tab and bow, highlighting my verse, and journaling.

I challenge you to GO and share the good news! Thanks for stopping by.  You can visit me anytime at  Jules' Jewels YouTube Channel and my blog Jules' Jewels, and see other projects on Instagram at @julesk.jewels.




"Send Me"

Monday, July 16, 2018

By Faith Alone...

Thanks for joining me on the blog today! 

Today I am sharing a page I recently did after a good friend of mine delivered a devotion for our women's ministry. Sometimes a message can hit you so strongly that it continues to resonate with you the rest of your day, and sometimes longer. Lately the topic of Faith has been strongly on my heart, so I created this page I am sharing with all of you today.


Genesis 15:4-6
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir. He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, 
“So shall your offspring be.”



"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. There are so many examples of true faith throughout the bible. People who couldn't physically see the promises of God, but they had confidence in their God to deliver what he promised them.


By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. 

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.


In all these instances: Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the parting of the Red Sea, Rahab, Gideon, Sampson, David, and there are just too many to name, each of them had faith in God and what they could not physically see! We need to remember to put out faith in God and God alone, and he will deliver the things he has promised us. 

"Faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance in what we do not see!"

xoxo,
Stephanie Gammon

Life in Jesus

Seek Him

Bitty Minnie Alpha

Mini Grunge Type Alpha




Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fill Me Up, Lord!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Friends,

Hope, joy, peace....we can find these things in our awesome God! This is one of my favorite verses, and a prayer I have said over my children, family, and friends. It's simple. We have hope in Christ. And when we trust in Him, we can have joy and peace no matter what circumstances we may be facing. Our joy and peace, and even our hope, shouldn't be determined by our circumstances. It should already be founded on our faith and trust in God. Founded in Him so that no matter what life throws at us, we are not swayed from Him. Life is hard. But we still have hope in Him. And joy. And peace. Hold fast to that, my friends!

Now for page details: I used the following sets from Sweet n Sassy Stamps: Life in Jesus, Texture Tiles 1, Sunshine Girl Alpha, Skinny Minnie Alpha, and the Go God's Way Printable Bundle.
This bundle has PDF pages you can print, but it also has individual color and outline images you can use. I used an outline image of the car to trace the car into my Bible. The great thing about the individual images is that you can make them whatever size you want! So I sized the car image and printed it out on copy paper. Our Bible pages are thin enough that you can see the image right through the page. So, I just put the image behind the page and traced it on with a Micron pen- super simple! I found and image of an old fuel pump online and traced that as well. I stamped the words and accents. I used watercolor crayons to color most everything. I used Prismacolor pencils to color in "joy" and "peace".
May you be filled up with joy and peace this week by the power of the Holy Spirit! 
Take care, Andrea

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Righteousness, Peace & Joy...

Hi friends,

One of the things I love about creativity is color. I love seeing different color combinations work together and the amazing range and blends you can create when mixing and combining colors. The thing that is amazing about color is that there are only three primary colors that can be combined to make the entire spectrum of color (think about how a color printer can print an endless variety of images using just three colored cartridges!). This fact about color popped into my head when I was planning and creating a page in my Bible for the truth about the Kingdom of God found in Romans 14:17. While I was meditating on righteousness, peace and joy, I began to think about these qualities like primary colors. I believe God wants to paint the canvas of our lives with the primary kingdom characteristics of righteousness, peace and joy. With these qualities in combination, any number of beautiful pictures are possible, when we allow God to develop these qualities in us through the work of His Holy Spirit.


When illustrating this page I wanted to use the primary colors of paint to represent these three characteristics. In my mind, red represents righteousness because it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can be made righteous in God's sight. Blue represents peace because it is a calm and cool color. Yellow represents joy because it is a bright and happy color (think grinning emojis!). As I painted these colors onto this page I began to see them blend into greens and purples, as different quantities of each color mixed together. Taking the analogy a bit further, I thought about the black and white I used as being like the Word of God, giving definition and clarity to the overall piece of art. Finally, I used water to apply and blend the colors together, and this spoke to me of the work of the Holy Spirit, who is continually wanting to apply righteousness, peace and joy to the canvas of our lives.


I got a bit carried away applying the paint and realized that some of the words had too much paint and ink on them to read. Normally I do try to leave the text as readable as possible, but if I don't manage that, then I don't worry as this is not my reading and studying Bible (I have plenty of others that I use for those purposes!). This is my creative Bible, where I meditate on and play in God's Word as His child. I believe that it is more important that the Word is hidden in my heart than preserved uncovered on the page, but I realize that is not everyone's conviction and that is absolutely fine. Maybe it's time for me to move more into my Interleaved Bible!

I used some new Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps sets for this page, including Sunshine Girl Alpha and Life of Jesus, as well as one of my favorites: Bitty Minnie Alpha.



Next time you are playing with paint, pencils or ink, can I encourage you to meditate on these kingdom qualities of righteousness, peace and joy, and ask the Lord to reveal to you how He is developing these on the canvas of your life?

Every blessing...
x Amy x

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get Ready!



"preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2


Printables like ones used here are so versatile.  I find that using the "Go With God" printable and stamp sets are a great way to record the meaning of God's plan and our purpose.
After reading the devotion written by Diane Noble, my mind got to thinking about other ways that God is calling me after Himself.  I mean, REALLY calling.  He's practically yelling at me, and my soul knows it!
Before I did anything on this page, I prepped - twice.
See, lately I've been intrigued by the simplicity of Crayola Markers.  I bought some for my kids so they could play ALL day this summer if they wanted to.  They love creating.  One night I sat down with my 5yr old and we toyed around with stencils, markers and stickers.  I'm not sure who of you has found the fun in using these markers in your bibles, but if you haven't tried it yet, you should!  Just page prep.  :)  Their ink is rather heavy AND permanent.  They deliver quite the color; bold, daring and bright! Additionally - SO MUCH LOVES the Sunshine Girl Alpha!

I simply swiped across certain areas of the page with 3 different colors.  When that dried, I took the lovely "Texture Tile 3" stamp set and  stamped within the applied color.  I loved it! It gave such great dimension!  This is the easiest type of page to make.  Not too much hassle!  Markers, stamps, printables - DONE!

As 2 Timothy 4 spoke to me, I realized that I have a sin problem I haven't yet dealt with.  See, I have this idea that one day I will impact many with the Word of Christ!  I will go abroad and make more and better disciples for God!  I will even be a part in planting churches, establishing Christian-giving organizations and attempt to couple with Tim Tebow in ministering to 3rd world countries.  Yeah, high ambitions.  High goals.  And even if it's a high honor to win 100's of souls to Christ, God has placed me in a slightly different battle ground.  My home.  My home of 7.  The children He's blessed me with - all 5 of them, ranging from 14 years to 4 months.  
It's difficult to understand the "impact" I seek if I'm here in the humble abode, trying my best to be Christ-like 24/7.  But isn't that what it is?  To be like Christ all the day?  From sun-up to sun-down, aren't we called to be a witness to "reprove, rebuke and exhort with complete patience and teaching?"

The answer is "yes."  Yes, we are called to "be ready in and out of season."  I'm not saying that I will not still aspire to one day help plant churches, or serve as a missionary to other regions of the globe… but for right now, the Lord has me in a home-maker's ministry, serving in a mission field of small hearts and big dreams.  Each dinner.  Each laundry load.  Each eye infection, sore throat, and allergy.  Every lost tooth, bath-time, and holiday.  All present themselves as opportunities to preach the word and to preach it with fervency.
I consider myself in training for other missionary work in the future, but more so, I'm in the thick of ministry on behalf of the gospel of grace RIGHT NOW. 
My kids. 
My husband… and so I go. 
I go with God into this ministry - holding tightly to the hands of compassion of Him that so generously bled for my sins and rose for my victory!


I'm constantly having to re-commit myself to the Word of God as it is preached.  My sin problem is that I'm attempting to fill another's shoes, when the ones that the Lord has given me are a perfect fit.  I need to get ready and "be ready" for whatever comes!
My kids.
My husband… and so I go!

Go with God, friends.  To some, He calls out into the boonies of Africa and Guatemala!  To others, He calls into the battle grounds of intercity ministry, or even the inmates ministry!  To me - and others - He calls to serve my family and preach the gospel of grace - salvation in Christ alone - into my humble abode.  I praise the Lord for His kindness in teaching and lovingly guiding me in MY journey!

Much Love,
Deeds
IG: @mrcfuldeeds2010
Youtube: mrcfuldeeds

 
See the full July Release here.