Saturday, April 21, 2018

Keep Each Other Believing!



But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” 
that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 13:3

I listened to a small audio sermon today.  Dr. Vernon McGee sure doesn't mince words.  He comes straight to the point about most doctrinal issues and issues of the heart.
Well, today as he called me "friend" there on the old radio broadcast, my heart was broken.  Oi…I like when my heart is "touched" or "moved," but I rarely like to have it broken.  Who knew that an oldie like McGee could send convicting messages into the future!?
 
This portion of scripture is not just about being a "friend" to another.  It's not mainly about coming together as a church body and worshiping the Lord on a given Sunday.  It's not about visiting a local church every Easter and Christmas service.  It's not about attending a Ladies' Tea event once a year and coming away with a powerful sense of femininity.  These types of things are "touching," but something goes a bit deeper here: rest for the human soul.



Using distress inks to
add to the background
As a part of the team of Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps, I am given this amazing chance to "vocalize" my love for Jesus, and speak of His movement in my life.  I get to use the blog as a platform to help others in their creative journey!  I love this; I feel this is a good part of my ministry!
As a part of the family of Christ, though, I'm given an even more amazing opportunity to help my sisters (and brothers, if they're reading) to encounter rest and joy in Jesus everyday, all day long! 

Prepping a background
with distress inks
and my stamping block
It's my turn to call you "friend."  And friend, as a Christian, if you are not able to find the "rest" as is promised to you once you find Jesus, the Bible says there's a heart issue of unbelief.  Unbelief of the good news that you have heard of Jesus' death and resurrection for you; unbelief of what God is capable of doing with you and for you in your life; unbelief that regardless of what you have done, Christ is your sin covering, your Mediator, your Redeemer.  Unbelief that now, as a follower of the One who died to bring you rest, you cannot live in sin. 

What does this mean for us?  Well, if you know someone who is living in sin (adultery, stealing, cheating, lying, etc.), you have a responsibility to "exhort" her/him to believe what God has done.  There is no way she/he can have a contented life or incur God's blessing while living a life of blatant disobedience.  Help them, friend!  Exhort this person - TODAY - to turn away from this hardness of heart that keeps her/him from entering the "promised land!"  


If you are the someone living in unbelief, and you are hiding in your sin, I want to exhort you, "while it is called 'today,'" to hear God's voice calling you out of your sinful lifestyle.  There is a reason why God provides the "body" of believers; we NEED others to help us, lift us up, pull us away, bring us back to the "belief" of Christ and the gospel!  Surround yourself with people that will help you pray, listen to God's voice, and be accountable! 


Today, I encourage you to face that sister-in-Christ about her sin problem.  Today, I encourage you to bless a sister-in-Christ with the chance to pray for you about your sin problem. We need to keep each other believing!  The bible says, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  Ecclesiastes 4:12
We are meant to help each other, defend each other, stand together!
Much Love,
Deeds

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(stamps with all the ladies you see here!!).  YAY!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

He Leadeth Me



The old Hymn "He Leadeth Me" has been rolling around in my spirit all day today so I thought it only fitting to journal about it.  Listen to the words and let it speak to you. 

♬♩♪♫♬ He Leadeth Me ♬♩♪♫♬
  1. He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
    O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
    Whate’er I do, where’er I be
    Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
    • Refrain:
      He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
      By His own hand He leadeth me;
      His faithful foll’wer I would be,
      For by His hand He leadeth me.
  2. Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
    Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
    By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
    Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.
  3. Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
    Nor ever murmur nor repine;
    Content, whatever lot I see,
    Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
  4. And when my task on earth is done,
    When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
    E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
    Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

God knows what we need to hear and when we wake up with a song on our heart that is the Holy Spirit trying to get our attention.  Lean into that and ask the Lord what it is that He is speaking to you. I needed an extra measure of trust in God and through this song it ministered to my heart that 'what'er I do, where'er I be, still God's hand that leadeth me'. He leads and guides us every day; we only need to trust Him.


The verb 'LEAD' can be defined like this... 
1.
to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort: - God goes before us and shows us the way we should go.
2.
to conduct by holding and guiding: - He holds our hand all along the way
3.    to influence or induce; cause: - He helps us make our decisions

What a comforting thought knowing that He's got us and He will lead us where His will is. Amen!





Artist notes: I used my favorite gelli plate technique for this page. It's messy but easy. You need lots of acrylic paint, a gelli plate, bubble wrap, a brayer and baby wipes. Once I got the background laid down I stamped with Sweet N Sassy Texture Tiles for some depth. 



Using the Timeless Hymns set I cut apart the stamp I needed so that I could stamp individually and effortlessly not having to worry about masking. 
😬**YES, you CAN CUT apart your stamps** 😆
You'll be fine. Make them work for you.





Now that I have that song stuck in your head, have a lovely trust filled day!
💖 Elizabeth


















Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hey friends. Here on the blog with another fun page. I really enjoy this stamp set and how many ways u can use it.


The verse I journaled is:

"Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!" 
Psalms 4:1 ESV





Isnt that what we want? For God to answer us. To give us relief. I spend so much time worrying over things that He is completely taking care of. They are not mine to worry over. Call out to Him. Give it to Him. And let Him be in control as you wait.


ART TALK
For this page I covered the verse with washi tape . Then I used paint to create thick lines and circles. I had to be intentional to use lots of white space. I then used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the words on. Then I used my White Signo Uniball pen to write circle lines on the circles.

Hope you enjoyed this page!!!


Blessings,
Colleen

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How's My Heart?

Moses’ face is still radiant with the glory of the Lord when he shares with the people of Israel what the Lord has commanded regarding offerings for the tabernacle.

Exodus 35:5 states “Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord:”


That stopped me in my tracks and I read it again.  “Let those with generous hearts.” Hmmm.

It didn’t say everyone present gifts. It said all those who had “generous hearts”. I began to ponder. Would I have been in that number of those whose hearts were generous?

As I read further in chapter 35, Moses tells the people all the types of gifts they were to bring. Gold, silver, bronze. He included olive oil and spices. He went on to instruct those who were gifted craftsmen as to what they were to construct.

In verse 20, it says 'the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents." Scripture goes on to tell us that all whose hearts were stirred and those who were of a willing heart brought contributions for the tabernacle.


Again, I began to ponder. Was my heart stirred? Was it willing? Where is my heart when it comes to things of the Lord?


In fact, in the next chapter we learn that the people have given so much for the tabernacle they had to be told to stop giving because they had “more than enough”!

Am I of a generous heart that is stirred when there is a need and generous enough that I would give to the point of excess?




Father may my heart be generous, open to being stirred, and willing to give above and beyond. 



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Art behind the story:


The background on these pages is done with watercolor, and then layers added by using Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Grunge Elements 2 and some stencils that I made on my die cut machine. The words are stamped with Mini Grunge Type Alpha.







Monday, April 16, 2018

Even the Stars

"Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created. And He established them forever and ever; He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away." Psalm 148:3-6


Recently I was on Youtube and a suggested video popped up in my feed... it was 'So Will I' by Hillsong United. The words in the song are so powerful and moving! I highly recommend giving the song a listen and allow the Father to speak through the song. Once the song was over I pulled out my supplies and got to work documenting this special God moment in my Bible.


I began by using the sketchy star in the 'Skinny Minnie alpha' set stamped in sticky VersaFine ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I stamped the fun sticky note from 'Just say Jesus' onto some scrapbook papers and used the 'Teeny alpha' and words from the same set to stamp on the notes. Before attaching the notes to the page I used a few blue watercolors to create a dark night sky. Once dry I added some simple white stars or dots with my white signo gel pen and a few splashes of gold ink. I love the cute little washi strips added to the corners of the notes, it gave the page so much character. I finished the page with some of the lyrics from the song 'So Will I.' 


I will end this post with the first verse from the song, I pray it touches you heart. 

'And as you speak a hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of you breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see you heart in everything you made
every burning star a signal fire of grace
If creation sings your praises so will I!'

Hugs and prayers,


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Learning to Wait



Good Morning everyone!! 
The page I am sharing with you today is based on a verse in the book of Isaiah. 

Isaiah 30:18
"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him."


In this chapter, the people of Israel were seeking help from Egypt instead of turning to God for help. They didn't want to hear the truths that the prophets spoke of, they only wanted to hear what they wanted to hear. So they looked towards sinful things that appeased them. God is a jealous God. He gets very angry at them for turning to someone else for help instead of him. The only help we need as believers is help from the Lord. We should not look to the world for answers as it is the world that will lead us astray. 


Egypt is also a symbol of the "worldly things" we seek. The Pharaoh was nothing more than a man, and God had proven his power over the Pharaoh time and time again, yet they still choose to seek the Pharaoh's wisdom over their own God. We as christians need to be patient and wait on the Lord! His timing is perfect and he knows the plan for our lives, not us! So we need to wait on his timing and his mercy. He will never leave us, we just need to wait to receive his guidance, not rush ahead because we are impatient and want answers now. 



I kept this page simple because I wanted the message to stay strong. I used the napkin technique to apply this sweet bunny onto my page. I went Live on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling Facebook Group earlier this week showing just how to do this napkin technique. 

  1. You trim your image of choice and peel off the back layer of the napkin leaving only the thin layer your image is on. 
  2. Then apply and thin layer of gesso to your page where you want the napkin to go, and gently press and smooth the napkin down to your page. 
  3. I have found if you then dry the napkin and gesso it helps with the next step. 
  4. The last step is to very gently apply a layer of gesso over top of the napkin to help seal it to the page. Try to apply just enough to hold the napkin down and cover it. The more wet your napkin gets, the easier it will be to wrinkle or rip it. 
  5. Then just dry it one more time, trim off the excess napkin from the edges of your page and you're done!! The bunny on this page is just an image cut from a napkin but it looks like I drew it on there. Such a fun technique to add to your bible journaling arsenal of tricks!


I hope you all enjoyed this page and the technique shared. If you have any questions at all about it, please feel free to send me a message and I would be happy to help! I have also listed the stamps I used on this page below. Mixing up the different alphas made for a fun touch to the message on this page.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Stephanie Gammon
xoxo

Holy Spirit

Teeny Alpha

Classy Script Alpha









Friday, April 13, 2018

Seek the Lord and Live

Seek the Lord and live. Amos 5:6

Friends,

Amos 5 repeatedly tells us to "seek God and live" (verses 4, 6, 14). Of course, when Amos wrote this, he was speaking to Israel. What he was telling them was to seek God, not in the false worship they were guilty of, but in humility and righteousness. That message is true for you and me too. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 to seek His kingdom first. How do we do that? We intentionally pursue God. How can we do that?

  • Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (How do we renew our minds?)
  • Colossians 3:2, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." (What are the things above?)
  • Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things."
When we seek Him, and give Him ourselves, we are given eternal life. So, seek Him and live. And, sisters, let's help each other seek Him. Let's build each other up in Him. Because...He. Is. Everything.

For the page, I was SO excited to get to use Sweet n Sassy Stamps' new Girl Power Printable. It has 10 (yes 10!!) adorable girls as well as words/phrases. When you buy the bundle, you get a PDF as well as the individual PNG files! And this printable is a hint of things to come!! I also used Teeny Alpha, one of the sets released this month, and an oldie but goodie- Scribble Flowers. The background was done by scraping acrylic paint across the page. And I used a Micron pen for the thought bubble.

Have a blessed week! Andrea