Monday, August 31, 2020

Hard Things

"Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain." Exodus 3:10-12

Hi Friends,
Life is hard. And we're asked to do hard things. If I'm completely honest, I don't at all like "hard." My default is to try to find the easy way out. But I don't think God wants our lives to be easy. Because it's in the "hard" that we depend on Him. Let's look at Moses in Exodus 3. God told him to go to Pharaoh and demand that the Israelites be freed. HARD THING! And Moses' response was, "Who am I?" I think what he meant was, "Why do You think I can do this? I'm not qualified to do this!" Moses was doing what many of us do- looking at a hard situation or task and seeing all our short comings.

Look at God's 2-part response:

  • Certainly I will be with you: It didn't matter who Moses was. What mattered is that God was with him. He could do this hard thing because God was with him. The same is true for us. It doesn't matter who we are or what qualifications we have because, frankly, God doesn't need them. He could do it all on His own easily. But He wants us to participate. He wants to grow us. He wants us to draw near to Him and depend, trust, and follow Him wherever that may go.
  • And this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain: God not only confirmed Moses' calling, He confirmed his success. God didn't say "if" you bring the people out, He said "when." Success was a forgone conclusion. When we are following God and within His will, success is a forgone conclusion. Now, that success may not be what we have in mind as success, but it's success nonetheless.
Friend, YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! Not because of who you are, but because of who God is! If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit indwells you. That means God is with you ALL THE TIME and through HIM you can do the hard things of life. Hard times can be some of the most precious times if we allow ourselves to be led and molded by our Creator. Let's not run from hard things. Let's not try to find the easy way out. Let's trust Him and do the hard stuff.

Page details: I used the following Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps sets: Playful Alpha & Gear Up. Playful Alpha is brand new and part of the September release. I just love it! 
Have a blessed week! Andrea

Monday, August 24, 2020

I Know

Hello again friends!


How are you?  Life still feels pretty weird, huh?  I want to share a song that has brought me so much encouragement lately.  It is "I Know" by Big Daddy Weave.

You don't answer all my questions
But You hear me when I speak
You don't keep my heart from breakin'
But when it does, You weep with me
You're so close that I can feel You
When I've lost the words to pray
And though my eyes have never seen You
I've seen enough to say
I know that You are good
I know that You are kind
I know that You are so much more
Than what I leave behind
I know that I am loved
I know that I am safe
'Cause even in the fire, to live is Christ, to die is gain
I know that You are good
I don't understand the sorrow
But You're calm within the storm
Sometimes this weight is overwhelming
But I don't carry it alone
You're still close when I can't feel You
I don't have to be afraid
And though my eyes have never seen You
I've seen enough to say
I know that You are good
I know that You are kind
I know that You are so much more
Than what I leave behind
I know that I am loved
I know that I am safe
'Cause even in the fire, to live is Christ, to die is gain
I know that You are good
You are good
I know
On my darkest day
From my deepest pain
Through it all, my heart, will choose to sing Your praise
On my darkest day
From my deepest pain
Through it all, my heart, will choose to sing Your praise
On my darkest day
In my deepest pain
Through it all, my heart, will choose to sing Your praise
I know that You are good
I know that You are kind
I know that You are so much more
Than what I leave behind
I know that I am loved
I know that I am safe
'Cause even in the fire, to live is Christ, to die is gain
I know that You are good
I know that You are good
I know

The lyric that really struck me as I was driving this past week, is "Sometimes this weight is overwhelming, but I don't carry it alone". The world seems super heavy lately!  2020 has been no picnic. But there is so much truth in this song!  We are not alone.  God is always with us, helping us carry the load.  We must stick to the truths we know about God and His love for us as we navigate this life.  

I sat down to create with absolutely zero idea about what I wanted to do.  I had some Dr. Ph. Martin's India Inks on my desk that I had yet to play with, so I just got messy with them.  I added a layer of gold Distress Paint and stamped some beautiful flowers from the Flower Garden stamp set.  I added some color to the flowers with some Faber-Castell Pitt markers. I stamped out some of the song lyrics with the new Marker Alpha and the Bold & Outline Caps Alpha

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NIV

Until next time, catch up with me on Instagram & Facebook @simplyjillsjourney.


The Heavenly Warrior King

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war. 
Revelation 19:11

Hi Friends!
Today I'm in Revelation 19. I have SO enjoyed studying Revelation again. This book can seem daunting with the prophecy, and judgments, and some pretty weird stuff going on, but at it's core, it is revealing Jesus to us. Throughout the book, Jesus is described in various ways and He is in His rightful place, glorified and praised. It is amazing! I just love it. And every time I read this passage in chapter 19, it just speaks to me. It is so powerful.

Verse 11 begins with a rider on a white horse. That rider is Jesus. But He's not the lovey-dovey Jesus some people make Him into these days. Here's how Revelation 19:11-16 describes Jesus:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.
Wow! Jesus is pretty fierce! This is Jesus at His second coming, and He's ready to fight. His holiness demands justice. And His sovereignty demands victory over the ungodly who tried to usurp His throne.

I want to focus on the names given to Him in this passage:

  • Faithful and True: Jesus Keeps His promises and all truth comes from Him.
  • The Word of God: Jesus is God's Word personified, the Father reveals Himself through Jesus. That sword coming out of Jesus' mouth in verse 15 is Jesus' powerful spoken word- like the Bible is described as a sharp, two-edged sword (Heb 4:12.) Just as the spoken word of Christ has the power to create, it also has the power to judge.
  • King of kings and Lord of lords: This is Jesus' exalted and victorious name.He will reign over all.
We serve a Savior who is very loving. But I think we sometimes forget that He is also fierce, and at His second coming will judge those who chose the beast rather than Him. I've always loved this quote by C.S. Lewis referring to Aslan (who was symbolic of Jesus in the Narnia series) in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe": "'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver...'Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.'"

Page Details: I used the following Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps sets: Marker Alpha and Bitty Minnie Alpha. These are 2 of my favorite alpha sets- of course, I LOVE alpha sets! 
For the background, I wanted a mosaic look of the sky as the Bible tells us Jesus will be seen coming from the heavens. This image was my inspiration.
I used washi tape to make the lines. When using washi tape that I will want to later pull up, I always put the tape on my arm so that it's not as sticky and won't rip the Bible page when I pull it up. To get the circle, I used a punch to punch out a circle from a wider piece of washi tape and then cut around it. I freehanded the lines and just put the tape where I thought it looked good. 
Once all the tape was down, I used sponge daubers to apply distress oxides. I used Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, and Chipped Sapphire. I pounced the daubers up and down rather than side to side so that the tape wouldn't be pulled up. 
Once the color was on the page, I pulled up the tape, and had my mosaic page! This is a simple way to get a really nice effect on a page.
Then I stamped the names of Jesus. I also stamped His name in the margin by the passage. I turned the "i" of the Marker Alpha set upside down to make an exclamation point.
Focus on Him, my friends. Have a blessed week. Andrea

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Growth and Glory...

Hi friends,

Have you ever wondered how we are to grow in faith? Scripture is clear that we only need faith as small as a mustard seed to see extraordinary things happen (Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6). But there are also places in Scripture that hope for growth in faith (2 Corinthians 10:15), celebrate growth in faith (2 Thessalonians 1:3) and command that faith increases (2 Peter 1:5-8). Have you every felt like the man that said to Jesus, "I believe! Help me in my unbelief!"? (Mark 9:24)

Well we are shown in Scripture how we can grow in our faith by looking at some of the examples of people who walked by faith. Hebrews 11 gives many examples of these people, and in Romans 4 Paul points to one of these examples (Abraham) in describing his response to God's promise. Paul says that Abraham grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God (Romans 4:20). Even in the face of impossible circumstances (imagine being in your 90s and being told you were going to have a baby!) he grew in faith by giving glory to God. As he acknowledged the power and goodness of God, his faith grew.

I believe we are given these examples of faith so that we can learn from them. If Abraham, who is called the father of faith, grew in faith by giving glory to God, then so can we. Giving glory to God means praising him for who he is and what he has done. It means thanking him for his promises, even when we haven't seen the fulfilment of them yet. It means taking our eyes off the impossibility of our circumstances and placing them on the God who is so much bigger than anything we are facing. It means magnifying the Lord rather than ourselves. As we do these things, our faith grows - and no matter how small our measure of faith may be at the moment, there is always room for growth.

I created the background of this page using distress oxide inks, sponging them onto the page using oval makeup brushes (I had prepped the page with three layers of gesso first). The sunflower from Like a Sunflower was stamped on the page using Stazon then coloured with distress oxide inks and an aquabrush. The verse was stamped with a combination of sets: Marker Alpha, All in All and Choose Faith (the word 'faith' was stamped on a piece of card that I had painted with gold acrylic paint - I cut out each letter and glued them on the page). Here are the sets I used:

May we all grow more in faith as we give glory to God!

Be blessed...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Desert Lessons of 2020


Deuteronomy 8:1-5
"Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 
He humbles you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not line on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 
Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you."

Shew that was a longer excerpt than I usually share, but its all too good and too poignant to leave out any  of it. Am I right?! This CRAZY season we are in never seems to stop getting crazier! We had an earthquake here in North Carolina a couple weeks ago, and we never get earthquakes here! So, just add it to the crazy list of 2020. ✓

Through all of these crazy and stressful moments, you can't help but ask yourself "What can I be learning from this time?" Though hard times and difficult to go through, God does not walk us through those hard times for no reason. Dark times can be gifts from God if we let him teach us what he's trying to teach us. Our pastor shared 4 things that he thinks we can learn from this "desert" season we're in. And he called is a Desert season because the word desert means uninhabited. And we are definitely in some uninhabited/unprecedented times for sure!

The 4 Desert Lessons God May 
Want Us to Remember From 2020

1. We need to remember how God led us...

Just because we can't see where we are going in the future, doesn't mean God isn't leading us! He led Moses through the desert for forty years, and his people had to continue to trust him. 
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

2. We need to remember how God tested us...

God keeps his promises and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm. At the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, 
and so provide you with a way out.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

3. We need to remember how God provided for us...

"He humbles you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not line on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years." Deuteronomy 8:3-4

4. We need to remember how God disciplined us...

A parent disciplines their child not because they don't love them, but because they DO! A parents job is to shape their children into good people. And sometimes that means discipline. God does the same with each of us. 
"Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you." Deuteronomy 8:5

I hope you found some value in this sermon as I did. I love to record life moments and lessons in the pages of my bibles. It will be something I can look back on tomorrow, next year or years from now and they we be just as important and relevant as they are right now. The bibles I work in are also going to be gifts to my children when they are older. So I am filling them with not only artwork, but with the knowledge and wisdom of our creator. 

Stephanie Gammon

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Lord, Subdue My Stubborn Heart

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Good Morning, Tuesday Worshipers!!

It's been a while (a crazy, chaotic while) since I was able to sit down, meditate on, love the Lord and bless His name with you.  

Thank you for your kindness and grace in all things toward me.  God (true to Self) has been working and pruning the hedges, so to speak.  All good, but certainly difficult.  
I'm praying that as He continues His good work - because all that He does IS good (Psalm 145:17-19) - I am able to see His bounty of grace, feel His heart of compassion, move with His guidance, and share Him accordingly!  This is the hope!  

There's a book that I've been reading on and off for the last year called, "Valley of Vision."  It's a puritan's prayer book, something that has been written to guide our prayer life.  As I read it, there is something that continually stands out to me about it: grief over sin is absolutely necessary for genuine repentance and continual growth.  
Let me explain a couple of things first.
There is nothing in the Bible that states we are to relish in our sin, dwell in our sin, continually think on our sin, or obey the temptation to sin.  NOTHING.  
The Lord tells us to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:2), to engage our minds in the true, lovely, praiseworthy things (Phil. 4:8), flee temptation (2 Tim. 2:22-24), enter God's courts with thanksgiving and praise (Psalm 100:4), and so on.  
In fact, we are reminded as believers in Christ that we are no longer slaves to our sin, but set free in Jesus (John 8:36), a temple of His Spirit (Romans 8:9) and called "saints" (Rom. 1:7, 1 Cor. 1:2).  

So, what of this grief over sin? 
Why continually?
Is it truly necessary?

Well for all of you who have put your sole trust in God alone, and read His Word with a studious faith, you know it is impossible for God to lie, sin, or contradict Himself (Num. 23:19).  For those of you still skeptical over the truthfulness and variable nature of the Bible, let this not be a hindrance or stumbling block.  Rather, look at it as an argument for why it's possible to live in the tension a joyful love and service to God, even in the middle of sorrowing over our broken nature and human state that exists until glory.  After all, "a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."  (Psalm 51:17)
Praise Him.
David held to that.
I will hold to that.

The puritan's prayer is a page long of old English prose, but let me recite the part that stood out to me, which is the purpose I write this blog.

"I thank thee (God) for they riches to me in Jesus,
    for the unclouded revelation of Him in they Word,
    where I behold his Person, character, grace, glory,
    humiliation, sufferings, death, and resurrection;
Give me to feel a need of His continual Saviourhood,
  and cry with Job, 'I am vile',
               with Peter, 'I perish,'
               with the publican, 'Be merciful to me, a sinner'.
Subdue in me the love of sin,
Let me know the need of renovation as well as of forgiveness,
   in order to serve and enjoy thee forever.
I come to thee in the all-prevailing name of Jesus,
   with nothing of my own to plead,
   no works, no worthiness, no promises.
I am often straying...."

It goes on, and there is some before it.  But do you get the general feel?  The title of this prayer is (ironically) "GOD THE SOURCE OF ALL GOOD."  

Now, some may still argue that this prayer is for those who long to administer the penal code against themselves in prayer, laying punishment on them and beating their own hearts for what they have done.  Nope.
Nope, nope NOPE! 
Because God is good and is the source of all good.  Because of His goodness He has laid the punishment of all sin on His beloved Son Jesus Christ, that through Him all would be saved, healed and sealed to Him. 

Joyfully, I look at this prayer and see a couple of things (things that I hope you will also see), which guides me into a praise and worship meditation of the Lord Christ.
1.  I am in CONSTANT need of my Savior.  In realizing my constant need for the Savior, 
2.  I have CONSTANT joy in serving Him, loving Him, and living in His promises!

This is a WIN/WIN.  I hope you can see that.  
Grief over the hardness of our hearts, that "fleshly" nature that we battle in thoughts, words and deeds daily, is a good and godly thing.  
Firstly, God KNOWS that our hearts are broken.  He KNOWS that we rage war on ourselves daily to suppress the sin-nature, and develop the mind of Christ.  He KNOWS the attempts we make at bringing our own strengths and weapons to the battle field.  He knew it way back when, when through the prophet Ezekiel He would add to the beauty of the Gospel through this promise:

"I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules." (Ezek. 36:25-27)

The promise made to Israel is the Promise of the Holy Spirit.  
The promise of being made new, being made clean, being given a new heart, a new spirit, a new trajectory, a new way of life, would come through the work of His very own Spirit that would dwell in each believer.  
Friend, in Christ - in the belief that He is the anointed One of God sent to die for the sins of world, raise again the 3rd day and rise to His place of power - you receive the power of God unto salvation and unto the beautiful work of sanctification which is a big word for "becoming like Jesus."  
What does this mean?

We bring nothing - REALLY, NOTHING - to our salvation and change.
Even when we are broken and contrite before Him who is holy, it remains purely by the will of God to send His Spirit, to make us new, change our hearts to the obedience of our Faithful Father, convict us of our deep, ugly, morbid, twisted, perverse and unholy ways, and bring us to ongoing repentance.  

This is the M.O. of the One who promises His riches in Christ Jesus.  This is how we identify with Him who was crushed for our iniquities, bore our shame, and paid our unfathomable debt of sin.
Christ died for our sins. 
They're all paid for. 
Until glory, however, we will daily need Him.  Until His triumphful entry into our world as The King, His Spirit will do His work as promised, carving away the hindrances to the Light He's put inside us; refine us by fire and purify us for Himself; work through our mess to better serve as Gospel proclaimers and ambassadors to our neighborhood, city, family, friends, church!  
Why continually?
Is it truly necessary?

As He subdues our stubborn heart (the heart that loves sin, rather than Jesus), we will see that grief over our daily sin, will lead us to Him.  Draw us into His presence.  See Him for who HE is, and better see who WE are.  
Do not be afraid to approach God in sorrow over your sin.  He will neither reject you nor punish you.  
In fact, those who entrust their lives to the Life-Giver, find life indeed.  Freedom indeed.  

Lord, keep subduing our stubbornness to your work, and help us understand better that the Holy Spirit is leading us into life, just as you promised that living in the Spirit leads to life!  Joy! Peace!  Love!  Compassion!  

In your sweet and precious name, Jesus...

Much love, sweet sisters.
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How do you fight your battles?

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12

We are in a battle every day, and that battle is won or lost in our mind. While the enemy cannot take you from God's family if you are a child of God, he can defeat and discourage you and make you completely ineffective in your spiritual life. Sometimes the battle is external - a conflict, a disagreement, a physical ailment - but often it is internal, and it stems from our own sinful heart. This is not a battle that can be fought with physical weapons. The only way to fight back is with truth from God's Word

The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that:
"All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

You can't trust your heart ("The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" Jeremiah 17:9), you can only trust what God's Word says is true. And the only way to know what God's Word says is true, is to get His Word in your heart and mind ("be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2). 

So when you find yourself in a battle for your mind, solidify yourself with God's truth. 

God's truth about worry:
  • John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be trouble, neither let them be afraid."
  • Matthew 6:25-26, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"
  • Psalm 59:16, "But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress."
  • Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
  • Psalm 4:8, "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou O Lord only maketh me dwell in safety."
God's truth about discouragement:
  • Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
  • John 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
  • 1 Peter 5:7, "Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
  • Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may about in hope."
God's truth about body image:
  • Psalm 139:14, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
  • Proverbs 31:30, "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
  • Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
  • Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
  • 1 Samuel 16:7, "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

God's truth about forgiveness:
  • Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
  • Mark 11:25, "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
  • 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
  • James 5:16, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

What battles are you fighting today? Are they external or internal? Are you trying to fight them on your own power, or are you relying on truth from God's Word? I encourage you to take a few minutes today to see what the Bible says about your specific battle. The enemy is the Father of Lies (John 8:44) and will do all he can to defeat and discourage you. Don't let him win the battle for your mind today! Fight your battle with TRUTH. 

Page Details

Getting messy with Distress Oxides and stamps really is my happy place. I used Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Wild Honey to create this page. I first prepped the page with gesso so I could get the fun water effect, then taped off my scripture passage with washi tape (careful when you pull it off at the end so you don't rip the page!). I then used daubers to apply the ink to the page and immediately spritzed with water. It's fun to spritz the page, then tip the page up so the water runs down the page - gives it a really great effect. I then stamped the page using the following stamp sets: Fall in Love with Jesus, The Lord's Battle, Marker Alpha, and the Texture Tiles 1 and Typewriter Text Background stamps. 


These two background stamps sets are probably my most used stamp sets ever! They are great for adding dimension and depth to any page. 


I pray you use the Word of God to fight all your battles this week. 💛

Love in Christ, 
Let's connect on IG: @journalingjoy

Monday, August 10, 2020

I Lift My Eyes to the Hills

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

Hello friends!  I hope you are well.  I've been on a bit of a hiatus for a couple of months, to recharge and rejuvenate.  I needed a break from the internet and social media...or the media in general.  We even took a break from real life!  We spent a week on vacation in the NC mountains.  This was our view.  

We stayed at a lake house with mountains rising up all around us.  The water was crystal clear and cool and refreshing.  The weather was perfect, with crispy evenings and warm days.  Mountain laurel and rhododendrons dotted the shore with white flowers.  It was God's creativeness on full display!

There is something so peaceful about spending time in the Lord's creation.  It was just what I needed!  I felt so small next to the towering mountains, yet closer to the Father, all at the same time.

There is so much going on in the world right now and if you are feeling overwhelmed by it all, I encourage you to unplug and spend some time with God in the great outdoors.

I wanted to document my gratitude to God, for allowing us this time of rest and rejuvenation.  I know in my time of need, my help comes from the Lord. 

I used my Psalms & Proverbs Illustrating Bible and painted a scene that reminded me of our trip using mostly distress paint and some other acrylic paints.  I used the All of Me alpha and Loop da Loop Alpha to create my title. 

Until next time, catch up with me on Instagram & Facebook @simplyjillsjourney.