Sunday, January 25, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #2, Representative

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The Study
One of my daughter's called the other night from college. She is enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC), and she wanted to tell me about her day. After going to class in her uniform, she needed to run to Wal-Mart before going back to campus. She had to get permission from the commander to go out in public in her uniform. Why you might ask? Because she may only be in ROTC; however, she represents all men and women in uniform. Her commander gave her permission to go so off she went. She said it was quite funny when she walked into the crowded store in her uniform. She said "It was like the parting of the Red Sea, Mom. Everyone moved aside so I could get through." She then said that a precious older man in his 80's came up to her and thanked her for her service. She tried to explain to him that she was not officially in the military but he insisted on thanking her. She said it brought tears to her eyes. It did me too as she was telling me the story. She then says "Mom, we are all wearing a uniform because we represent God even though you don't see our uniform."

That evening as I went to bed, I could not sleep because I kept thinking about my daughter's profound words. Can you imagine if we had to ask the Father if we could go out in public in His uniform? Would He grant that request? Do you represent Him well? Do you wear the same uniform on Sunday's to church as you do during the week in public or even at home where you are comfortable with family? And how about on social media? How are you representing Him there? So what is a representative or ambassador? Dictionary.com says:

Representativea person or thing that represents another or others.
Ambassadoran authorized messenger or representative.

What kind of representative are you for the Lord? Have you ever been grieved by something you did that others have seen because you knew it made the Lord look bad? What did you do about it? Did you use that opportunity to ask for forgiveness, change your ways, and grow in Him? That is called "sanctification." Sanctification refers to the Holy Spirit progressively changing a believer to be more like Him. It is accomplished as we study His word, pray, worship, serve, and trust the Holy Spirit to progressively change our character into His image. We cannot continue to live a life dominated by sin because we then are not an effective representative for Christ. We dishonor Him. We of course still sin daily but through that sanctification process, we can progressively change. I have been a Christian since I was 33. I will be 50 in June. Am I the same Christian I was when I first came to know Him at age 33? No! He has changed me over the past 17 years, and He will continue to change me and mold me. Praise God for that!

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."

Here is a song that I just heard as I was writing this challenge. I had never heard of this group or this song before but I ended really enjoying it"God Most High" by Worship Central. I hope you do too. Click here for the lyrics and music. Here are just a part of the lyrics:

"Let this sound of our praise,
Bring all honour to your Name
We lift our hearts,
We lift our hands to You now

God Most High
Here be glorified
In our lives, You are the light,
Hope of the world God Most High"

And I love this quote by Billy Graham "We glorify Christ when we live for Godtrusting, loving, and obeying Him. We glorify God by living lives that honor Him."

Does your life honor Him? Do your represent Him well? Where are the areas that need a little polishing, and where is the Holy Spirit is asking you to change?

Proverbs 20:11 "Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?"

Luke 11:28 "He replied, 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'"

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

2 Corinthians 8:23 "As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ."

2 Corinthians 10:11 "Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present."

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

1 Peter 1:15 (HCSB) "But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct."

1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."

So, as you get up each day, ask yourself "How will I represent the Lord today? Will He be proud to have me out in His uniform representing Him?" Go out and be all about God today as you represent Him!

The Art
For my art today, I chose to create four Scripture Art Cards again. I just love creating these, and I also love seeing my little book fill up with scriptures. The scriptures I chose to use were 1 John 3:18 and 1 Peter 1:15 along with the quote from Billy Graham.



I used security envelopes in three different ways on these cards. Be sure to check out today's Glory Art {Tips} in the post below to see what I did and how you can create more texture. The big flower stamp comes from Rae Missigman's Natural Elements Stamp Set, and the leaf stamp is from Alisa Burke's Doodle Flowers Rubber Stamp Set.

Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. We also have some discussions that will be going on there too about the study. If you don't use Facebook and want to share your creation here, do so below by using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies and art tips, please see this post here. Be blessed as you go out wearing His uniform representing Him!

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Glory Art {Tips} Using Envelopes for Texture

Need more texture? Why not save all of those security envelopes you get in the mail? They are free, and a great way to recycle. I have piles of them saved up, and I love to use them. 

On today's creation, the security envelope was not the color I wanted. It had a black and white background but I wanted a blue background. So, why not paint it? I chose to use my favorite watercolors (Kurtake Watercolors) because they are transparent, and it would not cover up the great texture of the envelope.

See how the texture still shows through, and I get the blue color I wanted? Love it! I then tore the envelope into strips and put them onto the base of my four Scripture Art Cards. I added a bit of distress paint and began layering to create today's cards. Notice how I also used underpaper that we discussed in the last Glory Art {Tips} post. So, this is how today's cards started out!

I also stamped some leaves onto the envelope using distress paint. I cut the leaves out and also used them on today's cards.

Now for the final product. You can see how I used the envelope in three different ways for these cards:
  • for the title on the card
  • the stamped leaves
  • the layers underneath that I started with
See how it all just adds more texture?

You can use envelopes on any creation. Look how I even used it on my Journaling Bible page from a couple of weeks ago. I painted the envelope yellow, stamped the word 'trust', then used my sewing machine to sew around the edges before putting it into my Bible. You can see that Journaling Bible post here.

So, save those envelopes. They are free, and you can change them into any color for your creations to add great texture. Thanks for stopping by, and click here to see all of the tips posted thus far. Have fun!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tool for Your {Journaling Bible} and Other Creations!

Today I wanted to share with you a new tool I purchased. It has been around but I never thought that I would be interested in using it. I have a Copic Airbrush so why would I need this and would it work with my Copics? I am here to say "Yes, I need this, and yes, it works with my Copics." I am in love. So what is this tool? It is the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer.
I experimented a bit with it to see how it would work with my Copics. You need to remove the adjustable marker insert so that a Copic Sketch marker will work. I misted a piece of printer paper with the broad tip of the Sketch marker and the brush tip. You can see the different effects below. I also used a stencil on the tag to see how it would work, and it was great. 

I tried it in my Journaling Bible too as the mist is soft, and it worked beautifully. There was a tiny bit of bleed through from the "splotch" on the bottom right corner but not even enough to photograph for you. I will definitely be using this in my Journaling Bible.
Now a darker color would probably bleed through more. The color I used here was Copic RV55. I hope you have found this helpful. It is on sale at Joann's this week. The link is below. Have a blessed Thursday!


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Journaling {Bible} Psalm 112:7

Our first {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge shares about the word 'trust'. If you missed that post, please see it by clicking here. My word for this year is also 'trust'. So today I wanted to share a Journaling {Bible} page I created using a quote from Dr. Henrietta Mears about those who trust in Christ and Psalm 112:7.

"Christ will not fail those who trust in Him, and those who trust in Him will not fail Christ.
Dr. Henrietta Mears

Psalm 112:7 "He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord."
 
I hope you have enjoyed today's page, and may your heart be confident by trusting in the Lord. Blessings,

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard {Winner}

Thank you for all of the comments and excitement about the new Blue Fern Studios products coming out. If you missed that post, you will want to click here to see all of the beautiful stamps and papers!

But now onto the important part of this post the winner of the "Ornate Crosses" chipboard set. The random winner is:

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Blogger Angela Hoynes said...
Love the new stamps, particularly Love Story set 1. The crosses are lovely. I can't seem to find who sells Blue Fern in the UK
January 10, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Angela, please e-mail me your address so that I can get these in the mail to you! Thanks everyone for stopping by! Be sure to check back as I will have a Journaling Bible page to share later this week. Blessings,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #1, Trust

Note: Please scroll down after reading this post to see the second post for today. The post below is one you will want to bookmark since it will contain all of our challenge links for this year.

Welcome to the first {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge for 2015. I am so excited to have each of you studying and creating with me! If you have not seen the introduction to this study, please see that post by clicking here. Also please note that all scripture references are taken from the NIV unless otherwise noted. Now let's see what God has for us today. 

The Study
Have you ever participated in one of those trust building exercises called a 'trust fall'? It is where you deliberately fall backwards trusting that your teammates will catch you before you hit the ground. I personally have never done it but I have seen it done countless times. Why haven't I done it? First, I have never been part of a group that has done that kind of exercise. Second, if I did, would I do it? I don't know. I am scared to fall. Would I trust the group of people with me enough to catch me? Depends on the group! I know some people I truly would trust and others I would not. I imagine some of you can agree with me on that. Even though there are people I may not trust, there is One in whom I can always trustJesus!

Psalm 118:8 "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans."

One hymn that I love is called "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." To listen to this hymn, click here. It is a gorgeous version of this hymn. The first verse and refrain say this:

"'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take Him at His word;
just to rest upon His promise,
and to know, "Thus saith the Lord."

Refrain: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!"

Hymnary.org says this about this hymn, "In 1880, the husband of Louisa Stead, author of "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" drowned. Two years later, this hymn was published. It is widely believed that she wrote this hymn in response to the peace she found in trusting Jesus despite her sorrow. Mrs. Stead went on to serve for many years as a missionary in Africa."

So what is trust? The Layman's Bible Encyclopedia says "The assured resting of the mind of one person on the integrity, honor, justice, love, truth, or any other sound principle in another. The trust which the Christian has in God is an exemplification of his faith; the greater the trust the greater the degree of faith. The Bible urges complete trust in God and shows us the blessings of it."

The greatest glory we can give to God is to love, obey, and trust Him at all times even when it’s difficult. It wasn’t easy for Jesus to go the cross yet He completely trusted His Father and did it out of obedience and love. We glorify God by faithfully doing what He calls us to do and putting our trust completely in Him.

What do you do when you are troubled? Do you sit and pout? Do you become that grouchy Christian to all of those around you? There is no need to be troubled or to turn into that grouchy Christian. God is in control. He says right here to “Trust in Him.”

Psalm 112:7 "They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord."

John 14:1 (NLT) "Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."

As we go through this year, there are going to be times that we fall. But we can always trust that God will be there to catch us. So, will you trust in Jesus this year even when you feel like you are falling? Will you study His word so that it will be in your heart for those times that you feel lost, alone, troubled, etc.?

Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him."

Matthew 28:20 "and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Christian living and trusting in Him depends on our Christian learning. If we are lacking in knowledge, we are lacking in power. Will you make a commitment to daily study His word this year? Use these challenges to help you. Dive into the scriptures listed. Contemplate it. Grow in it, and be transformed by His word. You won't be disappointed that you have learned to trust in Jesus!

Isaiah 12:2 "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

The Art
For my creation today, I decided to create four Scripture Art Cards. For the base of the cards, I used the four cards I started the other day with book paper. I posted about these cards in our first "Glory Arts {Tips}" post. If you missed that post, click here

I used several chipboard pieces from Blue Fern Studios. The sets I used are called "Ornate Crosses," "Blue Fern Bits," "Broken Rings," and "Heart Set." I am giving away an Ornate Crosses set. To see how to enter to win, see this post here. I also used several verses from above along with the hymn title. So, the above pre-made cards turned into these:



Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. We also have some discussions that will be going on there too about the study. If you don't use Facebook and want to share your creation here, do so below by using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge, please see this post here. And finally, I leave you with this verse today. Blessings to you as you study!

Romans 15:13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

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{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge 2015 Study and Art Links


This year as we study, I will update this page with a link to each challenge for easy reference! There will also be links to the Glory Art {Tips} so you can find them quickly also (see these at the bottom of this post). You may want to bookmark this post. Studies will be posted usually by 5 p.m. Eastern time twice a month. This will be your one resource page for the entire year's study! I hope this is helpful to you! Blessings,

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenges 2015

Study Information (Click here for complete information on this study. I would love for you to join us at any time!)

2015 Scripture Lessons and Lyrics Challenge Links:
Challenge 1: Trust
Challenge 2: Representative
Challenge 3: February 8
Challenge 4: February 22
Challenge 5: March 8
Challenge 6: March 22
Challenge 7: April 12
Challenge 8: April 26
Challenge 9: May 10
Challenge 10: May 24
Challenge 11: June 14
Challenge 12: June 28
Challenge 13: July 12
Challenge 14: July 26
Challenge 15: August 9
Challenge 16: August 23
Challenge 17: September 13
Challenge 18: September 27
Challenge 19: October 11
Challenge 20: October 25
Challenge 21: November 8
Challenge 22: November 22
Challenge 23: December 13
Challenge 24: December 27

Glory Art {Tips}
Tip 1: Crayola Twistables and Newsprint Paper
Tip 2: Using Envelopes for Texture

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