Sunday, August 24, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #15, Thrive

Today's song is called "Thrive" by Casting Crowns. You can listen and read the lyrics here. I have also put the lyrics below if you just want to read them.

"Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry
So living water flowing through
God, we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Into Your word, we're digging deep
To know our Father's heart
Into the world, we're reaching out
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable
Love unstoppable, anything is possible"

Jesus makes this invitation in John 7:38, and it is universal. It is open to anyone who is thirsty.

John 7:38 "Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

Are you thirsty? Or do feel you have everything you need? Are you looking for something but you don't know what it is? Do you feel like there is a void in your life? Jesus is the one who satisfies and provides. We won't wonder why we are never satisfied if we truly believe in Him. Do you know Jesus as the well-spring of life? Are you satisfied in Him? His word tells us how to live and how to know Him better; it's not just a story. As it says in the song "Into Your Word, we're digging deep to know our Father's heart." It is a manual for abundant lifea satisfied and purposeful life! As a believer, do you thirst more for Him?

My favorite part of this song is where it says "Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire,  Just to know You and to make You known. We lift Your name on high." That is our purposeto know Him, to glorify Him, and to make Him known. What is your one true heart's desire?

Psalm 63:4 "I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands."

And we were not just make to survive here on earth but thrive! With God, we can thrive! Are you thriving or just getting through each day? Will you ask God His desire for you and to help you thrive in Him?

For my 6x6 page, I used the new Heidi Swapp Favorite Things papers along with two different pieces of Blue Fern Studios chipboardCircle Group Panel and Chunky Words (for the title). I used gelatos and paints to color the Circle Group Panel and black gesso to paint the title. I thought the title "lifetime" was perfect as I want to know Him, to glorify Him, and to make Him known my entire lifetime. I also chose to use Psalm 63:4 from above. And notice the little heart embellishment. I made that using my washi scraps tutorial I shared back in May. If you missed that tutorial, click here.

Papers: Heidi Swapp Favorite Things 
Stamp ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Circle Group Panel (painted with gesso, Faber-Castell gelatos, and Dina Wakley acrylic paints), Chunky Words (painted with black gesso) 
Embellishments: Prima Solitare Meadow flower, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Making Memories tiny alpha stickers, handmade washi embellished heart, 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, and I pray this week that you will thrive on Him!


Anonymous said...

Lifetime is such a suitable title and goal. "I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me." Does the stitching happen after all else is dry, or before things get messy? --Jennifer in OH

Patter Cross said...

Love that Jennifer. :) And the stitching usually happens first. I like it to get messy too with the paint, etc. :)

A-M said...

Thank you Patter for introducing me to another song I had not heard before.
Your page is so lovely and bright. You put them together so artistically.
Blessings of good health to you and your loved ones.

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