Monday, February 26, 2018

Whom Will I Serve?



Good Monday morning, fellow bible journal friends!  Praying that you were able to have a restful weekend and are even more prepared than ever to use your week (whether at work, at home, or traveling), as unto the Lord!

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I stopped over in Joshua for a study recently and wanted to share just a few things that I found.  Putting this page together was easy peasy; the stamp-over-acryllic-paint is the quickest way to put a beautiful layout together for journaling in the Word!  A few strands of washi, and voila!  πŸ™Œ


I'm thinking that pinned on a throw pillow, or hoisted to a painting on a wall somewhere, some - if not MOST - Christians have this famous passage proudly displayed: "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."  This comes straight out of Joshua 24.  
Joshua is talking to the people of Israel when he gives this familiar yet very CHALLENGING oration.  He's well advanced in years, he's fought battle after battle, and led so many great quests for the children of Israel.  Somewhat a right-hand man for Moses, and his resume continues...

I'm really glad that Sweet N Sassy Stamps (Love Your Neighbor) put this stamp set together - it brings us to this place where we can, for ourselves, read the challenge posed by Joshua and ask, "whom WILL I serve?"  It's a choice.  A BIG choice.  And it's a choice that we need to make daily, right?

After listening to a sermon by Colin Smith, I was encouraged to think about this often as it pertains to the life-style for Christians and Jews alike!  The heart of God has not changed in these thousands of years since this part of inspired scripture was written, so it's totally applicable!  So here's 4 things that could help all of us to maintaining a steady walk and devotion to God.
1.  Go back to that place where God found you and in His faithfulness and love, picked you up from the mess that was your life, to redeem you and forever make You His own.  Go back in time and remember His goodness and strength in your life; that time when you realized all His promises are "yes and amen" in Jesus Christ!  
2.  If there be any question or doubt as to the leadership and sovereignty of God, try looking at the alternatives - give them a test to see if God is not greater; if He is not faithful; if He is not more generous and caring than anything or anyone else in your life!  
3.  Cast off your idols!  Yes, it sounds outdated and old-fashioned, but it's a very real hindrance to the way we worship the real God.  The Israelites were notorious for fashioning idols, whenever for whatever.  It was a saddening thing to God, and something that He STILL doesn't take lightly.  So, what is it that we're holding on to that makes us unable to worship Him well?
4.  We gotta keep each other in check - hold each other accountable!  It's possible to stray when left to ourselves, and without brothers and sisters in the Lord, our faith could die as our worship is redirected to ourselves, rather than to the Living God.

I hope this helps!  It did for me.  The different things we do in life can either raise a high hand to God, or be completely submitted to Him and His loving power.  I'm plenty practiced in going about my day on my own, fashioning my own little "idols" along the way and find that I'm no closer to Jesus than when I started!  I can relate all too well to this nation of Israel; though they were selected and preserved as a people for His name, they defied His leadership and plummeted to wreckage over and over again.  Ouch... yes, all too familiar.
If God is seemingly still and silent in your life, don't give up!  Keep following Him!  


Remember His goodness.  Remember the futility of the alternatives.  Remember to keep Him as FIRST priority.  Remember that other Christians are just like us, and we're all able to lift each other up, keep each other believing, and encourage one another!  

Much Love,
Deeds

PS - other stamp sets used are "Classy Script Alpha" and "Skinny Caps Alpha." The mixing and matching is fun, and helps those of us that don't have the best of hand-lettering! πŸ˜›

Saturday, February 24, 2018

My house, Your home


24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:24-32 NLT
Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus here but the Lord was speaking to me as if it were fresh rhema directly to me. I'm not sure if when you read that passage it spoke to you like it did me but man, God began to speak to me about holiness right off the bat and continued to speak various things to me throughout. 
I kept reading...
Verse 26 tells of something we practice in our marriage. Like any good marriage we have our disagreements and "heated discussions". The principle here is to not go to bed on unresolved anger as it allows the enemy to accuse your spouse before you. Needless to say there have been many a late night in our house. :)-
I kept reading...
In verse 29 it talks of using foul language and I've never been one to talk trashy or cuss however the rest of that verse is more convicting. See, it was here that I felt the biggest conviction from the Holy Spirit. "Your words should be an encouragement to all those who hear them". Boom! Right there I knew God was trying to prune me in the area of talking to my kids & my husband in my own home. Anyone else have a problem with their mouth getting them into trouble?? We are comfortable at our own house & most comfortable with the people in our house. This leads us to say things that we would never imagine saying to other people. Words are powerful and they need to be an encouragement to EVERYONE - not just those we minister to or see at church, work, or school. Lord have mercy on us! 
As a homeschooling mom the amount of words spoken to my kids far out weigh all the others I speak to on a daily basis. But it's my words that are shaping my kids.
As if I wasn't already convicted enough the crescendo in verse 30 stopped me dead in my tracks. "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit or bring sorry to God by how I live". Sure, I know what you are thinking... I would never do that. Truth be told, we are guilty of this more than we realize. We as Christians walk upright before the Lord as best we can but so many times, without even knowing it, we grieve the Holy Spirit of God. 
What the Lord was speaking so clearly to me through this passage was that my house was often not a very good place for Him to dwell. At times I have dishonored my husband with my words, I have spoke condescendingly to my kids, and allowed my emotions to control me and act in ways I shouldn't. These things grieve the Lord and many a day God has not been comfortable in my house because of these things. He simply can't be "at home" in my house unless I create an atmosphere for Him to dwell and abide there. This brings me to a place of repentance and tears knowing that my actions could be hurting the heart of my Father. 
You may ask yourself what types of things would grieve God's spirit or cause Him to not feel at home in your house? I'm glad you asked. Verse 31-32 sums it up for us. Getting rid of our harsh words, our anger, bitterness and evil behavior. Trade those out for kindness, tenderness & forgiveness and you will make God "at home in your house".  

Art:
1. Stamp and fussy cut all your paper pieces out then assemble with glue pen. I used the Illustrated Faith Seeds of Faith, She Blooms, & Delight in His Day paper collections. 


2. Using Derwent Inktense pencils lay a watercolor wash to the background. Mist the whole page with water then using a water brush pick up the color directly from the pencil and apply to page.
My verse was at the bottom of the page so I needed to modify where I put the 'grass'. I felt a lil scrappy so I just went with it. :) Hope you learn something new!

Grab your Love Your Neighbor set here.
Follow me on IG at icolorinmybible
In Him,
Elizabeth

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lord, HELP! Bring Peace.



This moment, right here is complete chaos. My computer just took almost an hour to open. My daughter has been crying and refusing to clean her room for about 4 hours. NO JOKE. This has been a battle the past week. She just refuses to do it. Says it too hard. But it's not. She has done it a million times. Its a rotten stage she is in... and it makes me FRUSTRATED. And then I yell. And it makes me impatient and annoyed with my son, the dog, and anything else that gets in my way. And here I am writing a post about PEACE IN MY HOUSE. Yall my house is anything but peaceful right now. 

Here is the verse: "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

This is real time, So I re-read the verse that I just posted, it said PRAY. My daughter was about to make herself puke she was so upset. She has never been this upset. She's almost 5. I pick her up, hold her in my lap and try to calm her. And then I prayed. Seriously. I told her i was going to pray. She said, "why will that help anything?" So I prayed, for her, for me, for God's forgiveness and light. For the choice to choose what is right and honor God. And. She. Is. Right. Now. In there cleaning her room. She's not crying. PRAISE God.

As much as this story might seem like it's about her... it's not. It's about me. It's about my heart not being at peace. It's about me setting the tone for my house and it being chaotic. It's about my yelling. It's about me NOT praying first. And so this page is about me following God's word and listening to his steps. 
1. Tell Him what I need
2. Thank Him
3. experience peace

This words need to be in my heart and mind. They need to be reminders to me to Stop and pray. Even when you wonder what will it help. Do it! 

ART BABBLE

So I realize this page doesn't even represent peaceful. But in the midst of it is where we find God and our rest. I wanted to try something new and use paints instead of watercolor.

 I started with paint and just randomly painted on the page trying to included a few shapes, pictured below.





Next I used a pallet knife and added in white and black. I just kept layering paint until it looked okay to me. I then splattered a bit. I decided to stamp the words on white sticker paper so they didn't get lost on the page. I cut them out and stuck them on there. I stamped the house and colored that in, then added a tag.



You can pick up the Love Your Neighbor set here. 

Follow me on IG at Stir the SOUL

PS, by the time I finished this post.... her whole room was clean. God sure taught me a whole lot through this. Thank you God. You are so good. So faithful.

Blessings,
Colleen





Thursday, February 22, 2018

He Steadied Me

Have you ever found yourself in a place you didn’t want to be? Or in a scenario that you thought you’d never be? One of those situations where you thought “this won’t ever happen to us. That won’t be me. That just isn’t what I’d ever choose.”

If you’re like me, you can answer “yes”, if you’re really being honest. Several years ago, I was in a situation that I never thought would happen to me. It was the farthest thing from my mind, but it happened. There I was. In a pit.  


So what’s a person to do when you get in one of “those” places? Get mad? Pull yourself up by your own boot straps? Pout?  I had never been in "this" place before and I needed wisdom to know what to do.

I chose to wait on the Lord. Even though life was spinning around me, I knew God was still God and He was still in control. I didn’t know how it would all work out, or even when. But I knew God would be with me and carry me through.

His Word became my life.  Like never before, I poured myself in to it and it into me. I clung to the truths and promises it contained. I listened for His soft whispers of what to say and what to do. He directed me when to sit and just be still.  I waited on Him.  


One morning, several months later, I remember waking up feeling so refreshed and so full of life. I was leaving for work and was headed out the front door, when they caught my eye.

There right in front of me, I noticed the daffodils were blooming. Bright, cheery, sunshine colored daffodils. They were gently swaying in the breeze as if they were waving good morning to me.

It was then that I knew, He not only lifted me out of the pit of mud and mire, but He set my feet on solid ground. And the best part? He didn’t just leave me and send me on my way. “He steadied me as I walked along!”

You see, at that point I couldn’t even remember if the daffodils had bloomed the year before. It had been a long season of winter. But, oh, on that day...I knew they were blooming!




When He lifted me from that pit, and steadied me as we walked along, He also gave me a new song to sing. Today, when you see me and wonder why the smile on my face...know it’s because I’m singing His song of praise in my heart!!

Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.  He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  He has given me a new song to sing,  a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what He has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord.  


The art behind the story:

As soon as I saw these new daffodils from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Spring Blossom set, I knew I had to do this page to document this time in my life.
I prepped the page with Liquitex matte gel medium, then I stamped the daffodils with Stazon black ink.  I stamped the words with the beautiful Rebecca Script alphas.  I used prismacolor pencils to color and shade the daffodils and to add highlights to the lettering.


Thanks for joining me today.  Praying He puts a new song in your heart!


Hugs,

Gayle (Patio Ponderings)






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In the morning I will praise Him

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing a very fun rainbow page. This page was inspired by a beautiful piece of scripture from 
Lamentations 3:22-23.

 "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." 

Reading this just makes me wanna shout for joy! Our heavenly Father's love for us never ends....no matter what, and His mercy is new every morning you open your eyes! 



I wanted to create a really bright, joyful page that screamed praise Him. I started by cutting apart my 'In the morning' stamp....it gave me a little anxiety not gonna lie but, it made my one small stamp so much more versatile. I cut apart the phrases "In the morning", "when I" and "rise". I stamped them in succession down the side of my page. Next I hand lettered the word Praise and Him. I loosely drew some musical notes and a large treble clef in pencil. Now the fun part I used rainbow colored watercolor and puddled it onto the pencil lines, grabbed my straw and blew the watercolor around to create this super fun loose texture. I used a black fine liner pen and white gel pen to make the notes pop off the page a little more. To finish off the page I used a few stickers and added a little journaling to give it a little personal touch. Now every time I open my Bible and look at this page I am reminded how good my Father is and my deep desire to praise Him.



Thank you so much for taking time to read my post. Below I have linked the stamp set I used to create my title on the side of my page. I pray this post and page reminds you of the goodness of our Father causing joy and praise to bubble up inside of your heart. 





Monday, February 19, 2018

His Grace is sufficient.... and ALL that we need!


Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this page with you today! When I started it I really had no clue where I was going with it, but it's crazy what this page has turned into for me. A good friend of mine has been going through a particularly difficult season in her life and it's had it's ups and downs. She has handled everything so well, but recently has really struggled with the topic of grace! She felt like she wasn't giving herself enough grace and maybe others as well.

So one day I sat down to do something journaling and came across my "Choose Faith" stamp set and the word Grace jumped out at me. So I choose to journal one of my recent favorite bible verses.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. —2 Corinthians 12:9


So how awesome is that?! I mean just think about it! God basically told the apostle Paul,  I am the grace. All the grace you will ever need! So often we exhaust ourselves and try to fix everything on our own. Sometimes it's not until we have reached the end of our rope and we're weak and exhausted, that we seek His help, and His grace. 

The craziest thing about this page is I did all the flowers and the text and I thought it was finished. I thought yep I am loving it, this page is perfect, I'm done! Well, the very next day, I went to a women's conference with a couple friends titled "I am God's Masterpiece" and Nicole Unice was the speaker. And guys..... she talked sooooo much about grace. Like, smack you in the face, you can't possibly miss the points she made! And there was a particular phrase she said that jumped out at me. Nicole said, "Grace is the key to Courage". And I thought, ok God... I got it... my page isn't done yet. When I came home I immediately went upstairs to my craft room and made a sparkly gold key to attach to my page!



Honestly, I have struggled a little bit about what to write to go along with this page because after leaving that conference I felt like I had so much information to share I was a little overwhelmed about where exactly to start. While at the conference I also picked up one of Nicole's new books titled "Brave Enough", which is where she pulled a lot of her material for the conference. So I wanted to share a few excerpts from her book that really spoke to me on the topic of grace, since she can word it so much better than I can, lets me honest! πŸ˜„

"Acknowledging that we need grace is admitting that we have weaknesses that we can't fix. It's admitting that there are broken parts in us that are beyond our repair."

"Brave-enough women acknowledge that they've tried to fix themselves and yet that hasn't led to the change they seek. They understand that they need something outside of themselves to tell them who they really are, to actually set them free...... Grace was the key, and grace still is the key."

"God draws us to our failures and then seems to serve the ball into our court, giving us the opportunity to get brave enough to change. And sometimes when all we feel is broken, small, and powerless, God arrives right on time with the strength we need to believe in his powerful love and kindness. Sometimes we need courage to accept grace."

Ok... last quote.. promise πŸ˜‰

"The difference between people who live free and those who just survive is their understanding of their daily need for God's grace."      - excerpts from "Brave Enough" by Nicole Unice



God said "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." That moment when we feel so overwhelmed and hopeless is the moment you are ready to hear God say, I'm all the grace you need! We need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Trying to be perfect, or trying to create the perfect picture of what we think our life should be. We can't do it all on our own. And it's ok that we aren't perfect! God didn't create us to be perfect or without flaws. His power is made perfect, and complete in our weaknesses!

I used 3 difference stamp sets to complete this page and I have linked them below.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I really hope it has touched your heart and helped remind you that His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. We just have to remember to rest in Him!

xoxo,

Stephanie Gammon


  
Whimsy Bouquet
Choose Faith
Mini Grunge Type Alpha






Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome to the Neighborhood

"Jesus answered, 'The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.''' Mark 12:29-31
Dear Friends,

I'm so happy to be on the blog with you today! My page today is based on a passage in Mark 12. Jesus was replying to a question- and what was that question? "Which commandment is the most important of all?" (Mark 12:28) Jesus' response was simple. Love God. Love your neighbor. But living that out can be not so simple- at least for me! As I journaled this, I was thinking about what loving God with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength looks like. That's an all encompassing love. That's making God my priority and being in constant fellowship with Him. Wow. Then there's the whole "love your neighbor" thing. Loving people can be hard. Sometimes we're not so lovable. But that's not an excuse, is it? I am constantly praying that God will help me love others. That He will help me see them through His eyes. That's how I am going to draw others to Him- through love. That's how others are going to see Him- through love. Wow. And who is my "neighbor"? My family and friends? Yes. People who live close to me? Yes. The cashier at the grocery store? Yes. Someone from a different background or one who doesn't think/believe what I do? Yes. The person reading my Facebook or Instagram post? Yes. Wherever they might be in the world? Yes. Again, wow. Our neighborhood is a little larger than we may initially think. What we post online can reach people we don't even know. Do those posts show His love? When we're rushed at the store, are we showing His love? I pray that I am. And I pray that you are too. I think if we, the church, really loved as He calls us to, so many would be drawn to Him. 
For the page, I used the following Sweet n Sassy Stamps sets: Love Your Neighbor, Send Me, and Worthy King. I used watercolor crayons to color the page. The banners are made with address labels that I cut into banners.


 Have a blessed week! Andrea








Friday, February 16, 2018

Abide in Him

 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, 
and you have no need that anyone should teach you. 
But as his anointing teaches you about everything, 
and is true, and is no lie—
just as it has taught you, abide in him.
And now, little children, abide in him, 
so that when he appears we may have confidence 
and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
1 John 2:27-28

The entire chapter of 1 John 2 is worthy of our study.  There are so many beautiful and vital treasures here.  The concept of abiding with Christ is truly the heart of what it means to have a personal relationship with him.  Many....MANY...people give intellectual assent of varying decrees to the existence and worth of Christ.  Some say he was a great teacher and his life of kindness and gentleness is worthy of emulating.  Some will verbalize belief that he is the son of God and recount the historical accuracy of his virgin birth, ministry, death and even his resurrection.  They know in their heads who he is.  But until Christ settles into the heart, making his home there, a person does not have an abiding relationship.  This is crucial.  The Spirit of Christ must dwell in the heart of a believer for salvation, transformation and relationship to occur.  When the Spirit sets up residency in our spirit, he sanctifies, but he also teaches.  Abiding with Christ is more than relationship...we allow Christ to live in us and through us.  We relinquish our right to control our lives and we turn that over to Christ.  We give him the keys to our heart. In this way, we are empowered to live the Christian life, surrendering our desires and taking up his.  When we abide with him, we know and do his will.  While we will never be perfect this side of heaven, we will be pleasing to him and we will not have to have any shame in our hearts when we see him face to face. 


I went a little shabby chic with this page and had a ton of fun.  I just kept layering.  I worked with the flowers first, then sponged the entire page (even over the flowers) using Vintage Photo Distress ink from Tim Holtz.   I used stencils and more of that same ink to create some texture.  I had this wonderful film ephemera and taped it to the page.  I accented with a postage stamp sticker and a butterfly rub-on. 

Sets Used:

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/what-a-savior-clear-stamp-set/


http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/creative-worship-rebecca-script-alpha-clear-stamp-set/
(so easy to string together for cohesive wording)
   
 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Man of Sorrows...

Hi friends,

Jesus has so many names and titles ascribed to Him in the Bible, and all of them inspire our worship and praise. As we enter the season of Lent, one title that we should take time to meditate on is Man of Sorrows. We find this description of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:2-5...

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.

 
Jesus went through unimaginable sorrow... for us. He experienced physical and emotional anguish, the rejection of his family and friends, and the judgement of God was placed on Him... for us. Whatever we might be facing, whether sickness, pain, loneliness, depression or rejection, we can know that Jesus really does understand. He has been through these same human emotions and experiences. And as the One who sympathises with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15) he is also the One who intercedes for us in times of trial and of triumph (Hebrews 7:25). What a Savior!


On this page I created a cross shape by stamping the hymn text from What a Savior twice vertically, then masked off the horizontal section and stamped it again either side. I drew around this shape with a copper marker then shaded a little using pencil. I masked off the cross again and stamped the flowers in the corners, colouring with Inktense pencils and an aquabrush. To finish, I stamped the hymn text again in black on a piece of scrap card then punched out the 'Man of Sorrows' text to glue to the centre of the cross.

Here is the fabulous new stamp set I used for this page:

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/what-a-savior-clear-stamp-set/


Can I encourage you as we enter preparations for Easter during this time of Lent, to bring all your sorrows to the One who understands, cares and intercedes for you?

May you be blessed beyond measure as you meditate on our wonderful Savior.

x Amy x

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We Will Serve

Hi friends!

My name is Nicki and I’m so incredibly excited to share my very first post as a Creative Worship team member for Sweet N Sassy Stamps!

There are few things I'm more passionate about than Bible Journaling and coming up with creative ways to worship the God of the Universe. That's why I'm so honored that I get to be here in this little corner of the internet sharing that passion with you! 

I work in full time ministry, and I'm incredibly grateful that I get to spend my life doing what I love, but sometimes it's easy for me to get so focused on my ministry at church that I let my personal ministry slip. I let personal relationships, relaxation, spiritual development and my own quiet time with Jesus take the backburner in busy seasons of ministry (which for me is right now). This page really helped me take a look at my life, my home, and evaluate those areas where I'm not serving the Lord 100%. 


I desire to live in a way that demonstrates the transformational work of Jesus Christ in ALL areas of my life, not just in the church that God has called me to at this moment. This means starting at home first! 

Let's take a look at how this page came together! 


First, I stamped out the houses in black archival ink. I knew that I wanted my little neighborbood to stand out, so I chose to leave the houses white so they would pop off the page after I added the watercolor.


In order to keep those houses white easily, I covered them with masking fluid so I could paint right over them without issue!


Next, I painted like crazy. I add a LOT of water to my pages and the masking fluid handled it like a champ.


I like to space out all of the words beforehand so I can make changes if necessary before committing it to the page. I'll take a picture of the stamp spacing and refer to it once I stamp for real! 

Here's the finished product once again:



Masking fluid is one of my all time favorite techniques to use in my Bible. Have you worked with masking fluid before? What's your go-to Bible journaling technique? I'd love to hear in the comments! 


Thanks for sticking with me through to the end of this post! πŸ˜‰ Have an amazing week!

πŸ’›Nicki 
@nickicreates





Monday, February 12, 2018

Holy, Holy, Holy


"And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: 
the whole earth is full of his glory."
Isaiah 6:3


Hey guys! Happy Monday!  
So glad you're here, checking things out on the blog today.  It's encouraging to me to be able to share a bit of what the Lord lays on my heart with others, so here I am!  I'm Deeds, and today I'm utilizing a couple beautiful collections from Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps ("Classy Script Alpha," and one of February's new releases, "Love Your Neighbor") to build an entry in my journaling bible.

I've been recently struck by the passage in Isaiah 6 (the one that most of us know as the "Holy" passage).  A couple of weeks back, my pastor, Kyle Kaurin, expounded on the God we celebrate and worship on Sundays and during our personal devotions.  He took his material from Isaiah 6, and.... WOW!


See, there are so many things we can say about God.  He is loving.  He's kind.  He's merciful.  He's compassionate.  He's patient.  He's unlike anything we have ever known, or will ever know.  And while all these things are true, we need to keep in mind that there is an ultimately terrifying aspect to this great God of ours.  He's kind, loving and generous, but He's holy; and holiness is His first and foremost attribute.  It's kind of mind boggling and hard to understand totally.
The LORD God is set apart from anything and EVERYTHING in existence.  His glory is too much.  It's simply too much for us to handle.  This part of God's nature is seen throughout scripture - especially in the Old Testament - where people have even died, or come close to dying, upon seeing this all-too-glorious God.  

The link to part one of this sermon is right here, but I'll leave you with just a couple things to remember with the hope that you'll give it a listen!!

1.  The emphatic "Holy, Holy, Holy," written here in Isaiah is significant.  This is the only place in the bible where you will see a word repeated 3 times in succession, and in the language in which this passage was written, repetition does not mean redundancy; it's emphasis!  It's like the angels are crying out HOLY, so HOLY, so very, VERY HOLY!  
2.  No one has the power to deal with this type of holiness.  Even the 6-winged creatures flying and shouting praises to God had to cover themselves with their wings - perhaps to escape annihilation of this HOLY God. 




Why should we care about the holiness of God?  Why should we care that He's so holy?  Why does it matter to us now?  Well, I'll submit just one reason: Jesus.
Jesus is the reason Isaiah saw "Adonay."  If no one can see God and live, the only explanation for what Isaiah saw is that He saw a pre-incarnate Christ; the LORD in His redemption form; the Master of the universe already on a throne, with a train that filled His holy dwelling.  

Jesus is Holy, Holy, Holy.  He is God in the flesh, sent to mankind, veiled in humility and humanity so we could see Him, touch Him, learn from Him.  Because of His death and mighty resurrection, we can live amidst the glory of the Lord one day, and do what we were created to do, perfectly: worship.  Because He is God, we can trust Him with our lives today and tomorrow!

God is Holy, Holy, Holy.  Like Isaiah, we are designed to proclaim and expose (the best we can) this holiness to the world!  People need Jesus.  People need the Lord!  His glory is incomprehensible, but we can still behold Him in the Word of His mouth, and the person of Jesus!

Much love,
Deeds

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Give me, give me, give me...

Hi friends, Elizabeth here! I am delighted to be one of the newest members of the creative worship team and to share my 1st blog post with you. I'm pretty much over the moon excited to be here! One of the 1st things you will learn about me is that I don't do mornings!!! Truth be told, I loathe mornings. I enjoy the freshness of the air and the stillness in my heart but man, that crawling out of my snuggly warm bed just isn't fun for this dedicated night owl. My mornings are not as productive as some would suggest however when I take a step back and look at what a normal "morning" around my place looks like, I see a different view. When I look at it I see that's it's not about how much I can get done, but that the time spent with my Daddy God IS indeed fruitful. You see, it's not about what time you wake up but what you do with that first bit of time that matters.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Psalm 143:8 NLT
Yes, I want to hear His voice each & every morning & yes, I want to be reminded of His great love for me- who doesn't? It's that last part of the verse that speaks to me the most. He's gonna show me where to go IF I give myself to Him first. 

The Bible talks of bringing your "first fruits" to the Lord in Exodus 34. Verse 26 shares how as you begin your work harvesting your crops, bring the very best of the first part of it to God. I believe we can apply this to our lives. We give Him our very best and the first parts of our day.  May I suggest our time spent with Him in the morning as our 'first fruits' offering? I think of my morning times with Jesus as me giving Him my offering of worship. Since we are often at our best in the morning we can give God our "first fruits' by making His time a priority before we start with all of our tasks and to do lists.

We live in a society and generation that has a problem of the "give me's". Anyone know what I mean? Everyone wants something. "Give me a ride", "Give me some money honey", "Give me a break"... etc. Well, the Lord has some "give Me's" too. He says "Give Me your time, give Me your talents, Give Me your resources" but above that He says "Give Me your heart". 
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Matthew 22:37
What I got to say about that is "just give me JESUS". I want Him to give me more of Himself everyday and that looks a whole lot like me giving my 'first fruits' to Him each day in worship, prayer, & Bible study. Will you join me and committing to offer your 'first fruits' offering to Him each morning when you rise?


Art: For the background I used a large flat brush & 3 shades of yellow/orange acrylic paint blending and working quickly while the paint was still wet. I used the masking technique to stamp the sun  & clouds from the Love Your Neighbor set then masking/stamping each portion of the phrase for Give me Jesus set. For the chicken I selected a google image, uploaded it to Cricut Design Studio, and cut out a stencil. Using the stencil & the highly sophisticated ;) baby wipe finger technique I "painted" in the chicken. Added washi, a cute tab, and finished off with black splatters - my fave. 

Give me Jesus!
 Elizabeth - @icolorinmybible

If you are like me and have to have these stamp sets then you can snag In the Morning for yourself here or Love Your Neighbor set here. Check out Instagram & Facebook too for lots more inspiration on these new releases. Can't wait to see what you create!