Sunday, May 8, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge {Word #10}, Journey

Challenge Word #10: Journey

Have you ever been on a journey by yourself? Not a short journey but a long, drawn out journey? If so, what was it like? Most of us have probably been on a short journey by ourselves but not a long, drawn out journey. I think over time it would be hard, lonely, and maybe even frustrating. As Christians we are called to “journey with Jesus.” Our journey begins by accepting the blood of Christ that wipes away our sins. Romans 3:22-24 says “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior is that bottom rung of the ladder. We are not called to stay on that rung but to continue to journey with Jesus growing more like Him as we do (a process called sanctification). 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

Journeying with Jesus means:
(**Please note, I highly encourage you to look up each of these scriptures, and may you be blessed as you read and meditate on each one.)

• We have eternal life. (John 3:14-16)
• We are saved from His eternal wrath. (Romans 5:8-10)
• We will have a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16)
• We will have an ever-present Counselor who guides us in all truth. (John 16:13-14)
• We are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)
• We experience joy, thankfulness, and a desire to pray for others. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
• We will have a protector. (Psalm 32:7, Nahum 1:7)
• He helps us persevere in times of trial. (James 1:2-3)
• We gain genuine wisdom. (James 3:17-18)
• We have the fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)
• We accept His Word as truth, and it is at work in us transforming us. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
• We have an everlasting Father. (Isaiah 9:6)

These are just a few of the things we receive when we journey with Jesus. No gift, no amount of money or knowledge can ever give us what Christ gives us. Why would you choose to journey without Him? And if you are journeying with Jesus, are you moving up the ladder or are you still sitting on that bottom rung?

For my page this week, I chose two verses from the ODBD Scripture Collection 1:

Romans 8:28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 12:2Surely 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."

I also used the ODBD set called As You Graduate to put behind the Romans scripture. I thought the path through the trees was a great image to use for 'journey'. Then I used the set Bird Border and Corners to decorate the tab on the upper left corner just a bit. I also broke out my acrylic paint and painted the edges of the Prima Sparkling Spring papers. I haven't done that in a long time, and I love the effect!

Papers: Prima Sparkling Spring, Paper Trey Ink cs
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps: Scripture Collection 1 (scriptures), As You Graduate (wooded path background), Bird Border and Corners (decorated tab)
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain, shabby shutters, embossing ink; Ranger clear ep
Embellishments: Folk Art wicker white acrylic paint, Stickles platinum, Zva Creative flowers, Recollections leaves, Tim Holtz tickets and tiny attacher, Scenic Route chipboard "j", sewing machine

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. The journey we have with Jesus is up to us. Will you choose to journey with Him or will you try to journey on your own? If you are journeying on your own but would rather journey with Christ, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you have. May God bless each of you for seeking Him and journeying with Him until He calls you home. Blessings,



Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 May 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

NickelNook said...

Your page is so beautiful Patter! I really love the Scripture stamps you used!
Thank you again for your sharing! It's always such a good thing to look up Scripture and study the word, isn't it?! Thank you!...Nancy :o)

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