Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jesus Paid It All

Reading through Leviticus is just top on everyone’s favorite list, right? I think probably not. It’s a hard book to read and comprehend ALL the rules and the laws and the sacrifices.

“Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the Lord will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him. Then slaughter the young bull in the Lord’s presence, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the animal’s blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle. Then skin the animal and cut it into pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest will build a wood fire on the altar. They will arrange the pieces of the offering, including the head and fat, on the wood burning on the altar. But the internal organs and the legs must first be washed with water. Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.”‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭1:4-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The sacrifices...oh my! A bull for a sin offering. A lamb for a peace offering. A goat for a sin offering. Wait. I thought it was a bull for a sin offering? Or was that a goat for a purification offering? Or was that a burnt offering?

Keeping it all straight was bad enough.  Then can you just imagine the messiness of it? Their were animals everywhere.  Are you smelling a barn yard about now?  If that doesn't curdle your stomach, then there was the blood...blood that was poured out and splattered as an offering. These sacrifices and offerings were made to renew right standing with the Lord.

It was just so much. So messy. I began to think just how thankful I was that I didn’t have to go through all of those sacrifices. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Exactly what did I think Jesus did for me? Wasn’t His death messy and bloody? Oh my. It was far more than messy. I shudder when I think of His personal sacrifice..for me. And for You.

“With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭9:12-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

May I never take His death on the cross for me lightly. Jesus paid it all...all to Him I owe.

The art behind the story:

This page was very simple artistically to create, but very difficult as I pondered the sacrifice of my Lord.

The background consists of oxide ink applied with a sponge and then spritzed with water.  The words are from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps collection entitled Timeless Hymns.  The blood spatters are from Grunge Elements 2.  

Looking forward to seeing what you all create next.  Have a wonderful Easter!!


Gayle (Patio Ponderings)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hey all!  Deeds here with a small blog devo. 😁  I channeled all my Sweet n' Sassy goodies for the month of March; all the new releases are shown in this entry including the "Texture Tile" stamps, the "Garden of Grace" printables, and "Go With" stamp set.  I have enjoyed how well all of them harmonize so beautifully on a page!  

It must have been a bit ridiculous sounding when Jesus (a carpenter) told Peter (an actual fisherman) to try a select "technique" of fishing.  I like to think that Peter would have acted the same way I would have if someone had told me how to do MY job; raise MY kids; hone MY style; enjoy MY hobbies.
Jesus: "Peter, try throwing your net into the water on THAT side."
Peter:  "Lord, ummm, no offense.  I admire you and your skills as a carpenter.  I enjoy hanging out with you, because let's face it, you're fantastically different! But, I'm pretty sure that fishing - as close of a skill as it could be to carpentry - is not something you know anything about.  Maybe leave it to the ones to whom fishing is second nature?"
Jesus: "You'll get fish, I promise."
Peter:  (Chuckles) "Oh, Lord, I appreciate your contribution to my cause.  I'm tired and distraught enough to actually try it your way.  Because you say so, I will throw my nets to THAT side."

I read a great sermon by C.H. Spurgeon regarding this passage.  He went into great detail about a few things that the simple statement, "At your word, Lord, I will..." carries with it.  
It's not a mere saying; it's not trite, or even stale when Peter says it.  It's huge!  It's actually the attitude of one who even IF he has doubts, he's willing to learn.  Even if he's mildly amused by Jesus' call to trust, he's also curiously drawn into Jesus Himself.  I think that's wonderful.  If we think in any way that we have MORE or even LESS faith than Peter, we don't know Peter very well.  He's prime example of the average person in his or her journey to get to know and love Jesus Christ.

Spurgeon writes that there are 3 implications that come when we say, "At Your word Lord, I will..."  
❶  The Word of Christ is supreme rule of the Christian. When we become Christians, Christ's Word has the overall authoritative position in our hearts.  The way of a Christian is to live according to His word; the position we take in Christ is that of "slave" under a perfect "Master" and "Lord."  We submit to this supreme Authority, and in all we do, live under His Word, which is the Bible. 
❷  The Word of Christ is our sufficient warrant.  Warrant?  For what?  Spurgeon says, "If the Lord Jesus Christ has bidden you do this, you certainly may do it; and if any shall ask you why you believe on Him, this shall be your triumphant answer, 'The King gave me the command to do so.'”
That is fantastic!  The King has given us all liberty to do what He has bid us to do!  I love the thought of being able to proceed with something that I'm called to do, and knowing that with that call comes absolute power and strength from the Lord Himself!  Peter has been told to do something, which then he has the absolute right and expectation of Jesus to go forth AND really catch some fish!  
❸  To keep the Master's Word is to ensure a reward!  The Lord promises reward.  He rewards for those who follow, trust, and act in Him.  If there is any question or doubt as to the legitimacy or certainty of something God is bidding us to do, we have only to remember: doing the Lord's work (whatever ministry we are called to) ensures that one day we will be rewarded for it.  Peter saw reward at that moment following his cast into a lake that he was certain was non-profitable.  We may not see the reward quickly, or in our best estimations, timely.  But know that what the Lord promises, He fulfills.  What does the scripture say?  For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Cor. 1:20)

So, now what?    
As Christians today, we DO have a calling and we CAN DO it in Jesus Christ because He has called us to it.  As tired or as distraught as we may feel, let's not give up, friend!  Don't let the enemy take from you all that Jesus has built up in you to use for His glory!  Believe His Word is supreme authority in your life; remember that we have power because His word is a warrant from a KING; and we WILL be rewarded.  God tells us to continue in faith because our labor (our ministry for the kingdom) is not in vain, and there will be fruit!  

God bless you in YOUR callings!
Deeds (Instagram: @mrcfuldeeds2010, Youtube: mrcfuldeeds)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Grow in Virtue

"So don't loose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus." 
2 Peter 1:5-8 (Message Translation)

The latest printable devotional is so amazing this month! Stop and go pick it up right now HERE. I loved reading and studying all the scriptures Diane used this month! I was so inspired by the oncoming season of spring and the changes and growth that need to take place in my own heart. 

I used the Skinny Minnie alpha to stamp out part of the title and added a personal touch with some hand lettering.  I had a little space at the bottom of the page that perfectly fit the prayer Diane wrote at the end of the devotional. Next and finally I chose to doodle some floral swags and roses around the page to accent the verses and fill the page with color. A splash of watercolor, a few squiggly lines from my black artist pen, and a few accents from my white signo gel pen and the page was complete.
This was a wake up call to me...maybe this is just the reminder you needed today. Take time to grow, spend time in the word, praying, worshiping, and meditating. Your time will always be rewarded. Praying you all have a blessed week!

Hugs and Prayers,

Monday, March 19, 2018

Flourish From The Rain

Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you all had an amazing and restful weekend! I myself have been crazy busy this past week and through the weekend, but I did take time to rest on Sunday yesterday, as we all should! Anyway, lets get to it! 😀

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
- James 1:2-4

The page I am sharing with you today comes from a somewhat personal place at the moment. Not about trials I am personally going through, but someone close to me. Watching someone you know and love struggle with decisions in their life, or even things that happen to them that are simply out of their control, it can really take a toll on you. You can try to be there for them in every way you know how, and yet sometimes all you can do is pray for them! But praying for them is such a powerful way to help them! I had recently heard someone say, "I needed to grow, so God watered me." Wow! What a powerful way to think about that! Just like the plants need the rain to grow, so do we!! 

Sometimes we struggle through times in our life, feeling emotionally exhausted and worn out, and we may even think "God where are you? Why are you allowing this to happen to me?!" But the truth of the matter is, He is STILL THERE! He is always there! He never leaves our side. It is through our trials and struggles in our life that we are able to grow closer to God and deeper in our faith. In James 1:2 it says "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." When you look up the word Steadfastness you find the following definition: 

Steadfastness: sure, dependable, reliable, constant, unwavering. Steadfast, staunch, steady imply a sureness and continuousness that may be depended upon.

Though these times are anything buy easy, you should find comfort in the fact that God is simply "watering" you! He is making you stronger in your faith, as a person, and in your life. With Him by your side, you will come out on top and stronger than ever. You will make it through this difficult time! James 1:2-4 is a verse that has comforted me as my loved one goes through their hard time and all I can really do is continue to pray for them. And after reading and meditating on this verse, I now pray that they will grow and flourish from the rain.

Creative Details: For this page I covered my page with clear matte gesso and added a watercolor background. I then started applying some of the March printables from the set Garden of Grace printed on clear sticker paper. I used acrylic paint to paint the water falling from the watering can and then embellished the rest of the page with the following stamps.

Thanks for checking out my post today! I hope you all have an awesome week!

Stephanie Gammon

Texture Tiles 1
Garden of Grace Printable
Skinny Caps Alpha
Mini Grunge Type Alpha

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shine Jesus

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Dear friends,

We were put on this earth to glorify Him! I forget that sometimes...when I'm in a hurry, when I'm frustrated, when someone annoys me. And yet, my actions and my words are supposed to glorify Him and draw others to Him. Even when I'm frustrated or in a hurry or annoyed. That's hard! So our focus needs to be on Him and not our circumstances. If we're focused on Him, then we'll be able to take advantage of that Holy Spirit power within us to act not according to our circumstances, but instead in a way that shines Jesus and glorifies Him. I pray that for all of us, that we will shine Jesus to this world that very badly needs Him and that they will be drawn to Him. Give Him all the glory!
For the page, I used two Sweet n Sassy Stamps sets released this month: Bring Him Glory and Garden of Grace Bundle. The bundle is a digital set that can be downloaded. For this page, I used the traceables included in the set. Bible pages are thin, so tracing is easy! Tracing is a great way to get images if you can't draw. You can also resize the images for just what you want for your page.

Have a blessed week! Andrea

Friday, March 16, 2018

Facing the Seasons of Your Life

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:25

You have surely read all the virtues of the woman of noble character described in Proverbs 31. Many exegetical studies have tried to explain just how this woman accomplishes soooo much!  The last time I read this though, God gave me a delightful insight.  I noted that verse 25 comes after quite a lengthy list of tasks the "Noble Woman" achieves.  I was already worn out just thinking about emulating her, much less putting my feet to the floor to actually doing what she did.  But then this nugget jumped out at me, and it gave me a new clue to her efficient productivity.  

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

First, she wears the right attire-- "She is clothed with strength and dignity."  It made me think of the rather silly movies of super heroes whose powers appear when they don their costume.  On a serious note, think deeply about this spiritual's spiritual strength that she wears.  The source of this woman's power is the strength that God gives and since nothing is impossible for Him, she can certainly do anything He asks of her. When our focus is on accomplishing what God sets out for our day, we will be more efficient.  Things that aren't important will not distract us. 

Second, LOOK at this woman's amazing attitude.  "She can laugh at the days to come."  This isn't describing a woman experiencing a manic crest.  This is a constant, pervasive attitude of the mind and heart.  She is fearless...she is worry free...she is full of joy.  She has pushed out all the destructive thoughts that clamor to fill her mind, and she instead chooses simple joy as her outlook on life.  

At my age, I've passed through several seasons of life.  I've pursued the education to have a career, I spent 30+ years striving to be the best at my job I could be, I've been a mother and watched my own children move into adulthood. I've been a pastor's wife for 30 years.  I left the workforce and moved into retirement.  I became a grandmother.  I was recently asked to provide my resume...five pages of all that I've done.  Will I receive accolades for all of that?  No, not even most.  What God desires of us is not a long list of accomplishments, not that those are bad, especially if we are serving to glorify God.  But what He really wants is our heart, our dependency upon Him, our trust.  When we give Him those, He will bless us with strength, dignity and joy.  I'm not looking back...I'm looking ahead to the seasons of life that await me...and I pray that I can face each one with more and more joy!


I did a simple watercolor wash to create the background for this page, did my own handlettering, and stamped the branch with flowers using the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set Birds and Blooms.  The girl and the word joy come from the March printable, Garden of Grace, available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps


Thursday, March 15, 2018

What do you see?

Hi friends,

When the people of Israel reached the edge of the Promised Land, God told them to send spies into the land to observe what was there and report back. Although these twelve men saw the same things with their physical eyes, their reports back to their people were very different. Tragically, ten of these spies saw the giants as the most significant part of the land and allowed fear to rule their response. The other two men - Caleb and Joshua - also saw the giants, but they recognised that the God who had called them to this land was more than capable of giving them the victory. They chose to look to God and His bountiful provision in this new land, rather than the obstacles that stood in front of them.

How often are we faced with the same choice? God calls us to step into a new opportunity or situation and we are faced with both amazing possibilities and daunting opposition. The question is: which one will we magnify in our sight? Others saw the giants... Caleb saw the Lord.

I watercoloured this background then added the clouds and sunrays using acrylic paint and stencils. The text was added using some of the fun new releases this month. Here are the sets I used:

I pray in whatever situation you are facing that you see with the eyes of faith the possibilities and promises God has before you, knowing that He is far bigger than any giants you may face.

x Amy x