Challenge Word #5: Easy
Have you ever been so tired of your circumstances that you just want to tell God you have had enough? Do you feel like things are never easy for you and as you make it through one trial, another comes your way? Yesterday, I lost my precious grandmother. We found out Friday she had 1-3 days to live. Receiving such news is never easy. Living a Christian life is never easy but as a Christian, you have access to the Holy, Loving, Creator God who cares about you and wants to carry your burdens with you.
The Greek word for ‘easy’ is ‘chrestos’ which means “comfortable or manageable.” God never tells us that being a Christian is easy. But when we are partnered with Christ, even the most difficult news and/or situation becomes ‘manageable’. If the situation is still unbearable, maybe you are trying to do things in your own strength. Jesus wants to help you carry that burden, problem, or difficulty. He doesn’t want you to go through it alone. In fact, the circumstances will seem so much worse if you try to handle it on our own. God is still God, and God is still good even when things are not easy. If we go through the hard times with Him, He will not only be glorified but our faith grows also, and then we receive that indescribable peace. Others will also see God at work in your life and may be drawn to come to know Him too!
Sometimes our struggles are discipline from the Father; sometimes it’s just life. Hebrews 12:10b-11 says “. . . but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” It wasn’t easy for Jesus to leave the Heavenly realms to come down to earth to be a man. Have you thought of what He left? Wow, not only what He left but what He took upon Himself so we might live!!! Nothing we go through compares to what He left and what He did for us. It wasn’t easy for Jesus, and it’s not easy for us but He certainly blesses us with friends, pastors, family, the body of Christ, and most importantly Himself to help make the rough road smooth. Isaiah 26:7 says “The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.” Praise God we have Him to help us carry the load to help make it easier; to help make it comfortable; to help make it manageable!
For my page today, I used two verses from Matthew:
Matthew 11:28 and 30 “28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” “30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I also used the wonderful Fish Background from Our Daily Bread Designs. Now this background measures 4 1/4"x5 1/2"; however, I just stamped a portion of it and cut it into strips for layering behind the Tim Holtz film strip ribbon. I then stamped it onto white Hero Arts flowers then spritzed them with Glimmer Mist. Backgrounds can be used in SO many different ways, and ODBD has MANY great ones! Check them out here (scroll to the bottom for a link to all backgrounds). I then used one of the new frame stamps from the ODBD "Eternity" set to be released March 1st along with a special customized Eternity die made for ODBD by Spellbinders to journal my verses and make the tab for the top of my page. Papers: Memory Box Skylights, Mint Ripple, and French Toast; Paper Trey Ink cs
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamp Sets: Fish Background and Eternity
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain
Embellishments: Spellbinders/ODBD Eternity die, A Million Memories lace trim, Kaiser Craft pearls, Glimmer Mist moonlight, Basic Grey Olivia chip alpha, Tim Holtz film strip ribbon and tiny attacher, Hero Arts flowers
As you share your pages, please be sure to use Keyword ABCSCRC11 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here, and I pray this week that you will share your burdens with Jesus so that He can help you make the daily load easier to carry. Blessings,
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Challenge Word #5: Easy