Sunday, July 27, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #13, King of My Heart

Some of you may remember my "Faith" art journaling page from the other day. If you missed it, click here. Anyway, I have really had to hold strong to God and my faith while my daughter was on her 8 week ministry trip. So many difficult things happened along the way with the last difficulty being this past week when she got a very bad staph infection on her arm. We still do not know if it is MRSA but we are hoping to find out by tomorrow. She ran into many difficulties trying to get to a doctor and trying to get her prescribed medications. As a mom, I was beside myself for two days. I did a lot of praying. I had to keep reminding myself that God was with her; I was 9 hours away. He knew what was going on and would take care of her. This song truly was a comfort this week reminding me that He is bigger than any battle I am facing. He is bigger than any battle you are facing. He is strong when we are weak. He is there to help us, and His love is deeper than any ocean!

The words to our song "King of My Heart" by Love and the Outcome are below. I think they are very strong and comforting words. To watch the official music video, click here.

"I'm in a war every minute
I know for sure I'll never win it
I am David up against Goliath
And it's a fight for my attention
I'm being pulled every direction
This world tells me trust what I can see
Lord, won't You help me
Believe what I believe

CHORUS
‘Cause You are 
Bigger than any battle I'm facing 
You are 
Better than anything I've been chasing 
Savior and Royalty 
The only hope for me Jesus, You are, You are 
The King of my heart, heart 
The King of my heart, heart 

All by myself I fall to pieces 
But You are strong when I am weakest 
I feel Your Kingdom come alive in me 
My feet are bruised but they'll follow 
Where You lead 

CHORUS 

Your love is deeper than the ocean 
You wash away my brokenness 
Your arms are always open 
Come and rule in me 
Come and be my King 

CHORUS 

You're the King of my heart, heart 
The King of my heart, heart 
You're the King of my heart, heart"

Psalm 5:1-2 "Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."

Psalm 18:32 "It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure."

Psalm 59:17 "You are my strength, I sing praise to You; You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely."

Psalm 95:6-7 "Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care."

Jeremiah 10:10a "But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King."

2 Corinthians 12:10 "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

1 Timothy 1:17 "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."

For my 6x6 page today, I used the Psalm 95:6-7 verse from above. I love the thought of being under His constant care! And during this difficult week, it was a great reminder that my daughter was also under His constant care! I also used Blue Fern Studios papers and a chipboard piece called Jeweled Trinkets.

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Papers: Blue Fern Garden Picnic and In Bloom, Memory Box cs 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink old paper 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Jeweled Trinkets (painted with Shimmerz Texturez crushed coral)
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy flower, Petaloo botanica minis, Flying Unicorn love trinkets, Zva Creative bling, May Arts twine, Hobby Lobby doily, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Will you allow Him to be the King of your heart today and everyday ahead? Blessings,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Organizational {Friday} Favorite Pens

Do you ever have trouble finding that favorite pen? I know I do. I have specific pens that I use for specific things. I also have tons of pens, markers, colored pencils, etc. It is easy for the everyday favorites to get lost. So, today I wanted to show you my solution.

First, I bought this great little stool from amazon.com. Click here for this stool. I use it mostly at my art journaling table but occasionally I will move it to my sewing table. Anyway, I then purchased this cute apron from etsy.com. I tied it around my stool and placed my favorite, most used pens in the pockets. I love this because I can now find the pen I need very quickly!
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Pens and Pencils: Pentel Energel, Copic Multiliners 0.5 and 0.7, IdentiPen, Pilot Permaball, Signo Uniball, Pilot Dr. Grip gel pen and pencil, Stabilo All pencil (not pictured)

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope this gives you a fun idea for your crafting space! Blessings,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Art Journaling} Faith

This past weekend I went crazy with the painting. I created three pages so today I wanted to share another one with you. If you missed the first page, click here to see it. Art journaling is so relaxing and fun that I really must try to work on it each day! It also gets the story and journaling down that means so much!

So for this page, I was inspired by Sandi Keene in a class I am taking. She also makes awesome deli paper flowers but mine did not turn out so great. You can see Sandi's great tutorial here. Since my flowers were not what I wanted to use on my page, I decided to use some old Prima flowers and colored them to match my page. I really must use these flowers up, and this is a great way to use them without adding bulk to my art journal.
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The story behind this page is written on the back. If you remember, one of my daughters is away on an 8 week ministry trip. Well, this weekend she was having a very difficult time, so I really had to rely on my faith and not fear as she went through this difficult time.

Well, thank you for stopping by! I will share the third page on July 29th with my Blue Fern Studios creations. Blessings,

Sunday, July 20, 2014

{Art Journaling} Your Story

This weekend I was going back through some old text messages from one of my daughter's. I came across a quote she texted me when she was in her Spring semester of college earlier this year. I remembered then how much that quote touched me so I decided to create an art journal page using this quote. I was also inspired by Roben-Marie's mail art tutorial here in making my page. 

"Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others."
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I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by, and watch for those time where God may be prompting you to share your story! Blessings,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizational {Friday} Use Those Cup Holders

So, if you remember in one of my Tuesday's {Tip} posts, I shared how I save different lids to use for painting. Click here for that post. I also save cardboard tubes from rolls of foil. Those cardboard tubes are very stiff and wonderful for painting circles! Anyway, I have so many thrown around, and I didn't like them tossed on my table. So, I decided to use my CM Side-Kick Cup Holder to hold the lids I am currently using.
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What's wonderful about this is that it's attached to my art journaling table, I can find what I want easily, and they are off of the table. I do keep them on my table until the paint on them dries, however. And when the yogurt cups get a lot of paint on them like the one below, I just toss them and use a new one. You can see in the photo above that I now have a new yogurt lid in my Side-Kick. :)

You also may remember another post where I store my heat tool in another cup holder on my other table in my studio. To see that post, click here.

Cup holders are truly great for organizing in your craft room! Thanks for stopping by. And remember to pull out and use those old cup holders! Blessings,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Cover Those Mistakes!

In my layout I shared this past Sunday, there was a typo on my journaling. It's not the first time I have done it, and I always try to come up with ways to hide it. I really don't like to waste paper or retype my journaling. So, let me show you a couple of ways I have fixed my typos.

In Sunday's post, I wasn't watching as I was typing, and I typed right off the edge of my journaling card. So, I used a thin piece of washi to cover it. Then the washi was not the exact color of my page, so I painted the washi with acrylic paint. I then put washi and paint on the opposite lower left corner to make it look like the design was supposed to be that way. :) See next to the word "faith"? That's the mistake. LOL! If I would have just painted it, the text would have still shown through so the washi underneath really helped.

Now on this mistake, I used a wood veneer (arrow) to cover the mistake. You can still see it slightly but if you didn't know it was there,  you probably wouldn't even notice it.

So, learn to embrace those mistakes and find fun and creative ways to cover them up! But I must say, now you will be watching my creations for all of those mistakes. LOL! Have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #12, Hello, My Name Is

Today I want to start off by asking you to read the words to today's song. Don't listen to the song yet, just read the words:

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West

Hello, my name is regret
I'm pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I'm the whisper inside
That won't let you forget

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I'll drag you right back down again
‘Til you've lost all belief

These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I've been saved, I've been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new 
Has proven it's true 
Just take a look at my life 

What love the Father has lavished upon us 
That we should be called His children 
I am a child of the one true King

And click here to listen to this song.

So, do you ever feel defeated? Do you ever regret something that you have done? Do you let that drag you down? If we are honest with ourselves, we all feel that way at some time. As Christians, we cannot let those lies drag us down or cause our faith to falter. In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to give a guilt offering to atone for their guilt and shame.

Leviticus 5:15-16 "When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven."

Death is a consequence of sin. So, prior to Christ's death on the cross for our sin, the Old Testament sacrifices were still in place. However, as Christians, we must remember, that Jesus went to the cross to take away the shame, the defeat, and the guilt. We are alive in Him and not defined by our past. But we must confess our sins daily so that we can receive forgiveness. In Him as we confess, we are forgiven!

Leviticus 5:5 "When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned."

Romans 6:10-11 "The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

Leave sin and guilt at the cross where Christ left it. We are forgiven, and we are not to doubt or hang onto guilt! Jesus broke sins' power over you and over me. Because I have a relationship with Christ, I need to look at sin differently. I need to confess it. I need to change my way and become more like Him, and I need to leave it behind once I am forgiven. I can't live in guilt and shame as I did before knowing Him. I am a new person. For instance, once I got married, I got a new name. I began a different life with my husband. I also have a new name and life in Christ, and I need to live differently than I did before. Do I leave the shame, defeat, and guilt behind? Not always but I should! Does this mean I no longer sin? Absolutely not! I sin daily! If I continue to live a life dominated by sin, that is devastating to a believer and dishonoring to God. I am His ambassador so I need to change and live in obedience to Him. I am a constant work-in-progress! He is molding me. How about you?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand."

The fact that we are saved by grace does not give us the right to sin. It give us the freedom to obey! Jesus not only paid the penalty for sin but He broke it's power. So, leave the guilt, the shame, and defeat behind. You have heavenly characteristics! Which ones have you taken on? Which ones do you need to add?

Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."

Romans 9:33 "As it is written: 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Romans 10:11 "As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."

Let your life show that you are child of the one true King!!!!

For my 6x6 page today, I used Blue Fern Studios papers Blue Fern Garden papers and chipboard. See the supply list below the pictures for specific product names. And the scripture I chose was Hebrews 10:22. I just love that verse, and it goes so well with today's song.

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Papers: Blue Fern Garden Picnic and In Bloom, Memory Box cs 
Stamps: Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Layering Stems (painted with gesso and 13arts Ayeeda matte raspberry paint), Blue Fern Bits (painted with gesso) 
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy flower and crochet icon, Petaloo pistachio botanica minis, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Tim Holtz mini paper clip, misc. ticket, misc. washi, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings,

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