Sunday, June 6, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #12, Grow

First, I want to let everyone know that I am at a Copic Certification class today so I will announce the RAK winner in a post later tonight or Monday morning! :) Thanks for waiting patiently for me! Now onto this week's challenge!

Challenge #12: Grow

Would you call your faith—growing, stagnant, or disappearing? As you have studied these past 24 weeks, do you feel you are growing in your knowledge of who God is? Are you growing in your love for Him and in your desire to live for Him daily? Or are things the same or maybe you feel like your faith is disappearing. Nothing in our lives should be wasted. We should learn and grow from each experience (good or bad). Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

As parents, we see our children grow not only physically but we train them and watch them grow into mature adults. God as our Heavenly Father also trains us so that we can grow into mature Christians living for Him and serving Him. Think about when you first accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you accepted Christ at a very early age, this may be harder for you to remember. However, I did not accept Christ until I was 33. I clearly see how He has grown me these past 12 years. I can see how He has grown me through this study this year. How about you? Do you see spiritual growth in yourself?

1 Peter 2:1-3 “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

We must read, study, and apply God’s Word to our lives so that we can grow spiritually. And as we do that God increases our understanding thus we continue to grow. If we do not do this, our spiritual growth will be stunted. I know if I had not studied and applied God’s Word to my life after I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, I certainly would not have grown to the place where I am spiritually right now. And growth should never stop. We should always be reading, studying, applying, and growing until He calls us home.

Colossians 1:10-11 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully.”

For my page this week, I used flowers, a picket fence, and a pearl flourish--all to denote growth and "flourishing" in Him. I used the new Basic Grey Cappella papers. You may have seen them on this card I did yesterday for ODBD. I am loving these papers! I didn't do any stamping on this page. I was trying to get it done quickly before leaving for my trip. And because I was in a hurry, I found this sketch to use for my page today. :) Papers: Basic Grey Cappella, Paper Trey Ink cs
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Picket Fence border punch, sewing machine, Spellbinders Lotus die, Prima flowers, Hero Arts flowers and pearls, misc. leaves. Zva Creative pearls, Basic Grey Piper microchip alpha stickers

The scripture I chose is Colossians 1:10 that I posted above. I couldn't fit the 11th verse on my page so I stopped at verse 10. :)

So, where do you need to grow spiritually? Get rid of something this week that causes you to sin and replace it with something that will help you grow spiritually. Ask God where He wants you to grow. He will show you, and be ready to learn from any experience He brings your way.

When sharing your page for this challenge be sure to use Keyword SCRC210 when posting in galleries. Also, please leave a link here using our new link system by Inlinkz! I pray you enjoy your time studying and applying His Word! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. I will be back with another study on June 20th. See you then! Blessings,



Kristine said...

Gorgeous Patter! Love those papers and I'm so excited that my mom is bringing me a pad of it this afternoon! Love your chipboard letters and how you peronalize your pages by handwriting the Scriptures. I bought a li'l 6x6 hanging frame from TE and I love the idea of creating scripture pages for that. Anyway, great Scripture Challenge this week =) Thanks for the inspiration.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

I was just having a wonderful conversation about growing in our faith with a new friend. We were pondering the courage it takes because growth can mean painful pruning, but the blossoming rewards are great!

I love this page you've created, Patter, the colors and patterns make it beautiful!


A-M said...

Thank for your words of wisdom, Patter... made me stop and think about my own growth.
Your page is lovely. I like the greens and the use of the fence and flowers makes me think of a growing garden.
God Bless You

Gwen said...

Here is my 4 x 6, the link isn't there right now:
I had another verse all ready to use and then this passage came to me and I decided to use it instead.

NickelNook said...

Hi Patter! Your page and your sharing are both so beautiful! My page is finished and I'd love to link it but the inlinkz thingy isn't up. Will it be back soon? The Lord took me in a different direction with my study...again!lol It's so great how He always knows just what I need!!...Nancy :o)

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