Monday, November 24, 2014

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge for 2015

I have been sharing God’s word through my art and paper crafting for 6 years now. Can you believe this will be my 7th year leading Bible devotions and studies through art on my blog? God has been so good to allow me to share His word through art for all of these years. For 2015, we will be doing something a little different. I will still be sharing 24 Bible teachings based on word studies, hymns, or whatever God brings to me over the course of 2015. For this new study, however, I will not just being doing 6x6 scrapbook pages. For 2015, I will be creating through various art mediums. I will be sharing different pieces of art depending on where God leads me that particular week. You have seen me do that already this year. For this new study, some weeks I may share an art journaling page, some weeks Scripture Art Cards, other week a scrapbook page, and others a Bible journaling page, etc. God is pleased with any of our art forms, and my greatest desire is to glorify God. I try to do that through everything I create whether it be paper crafting, mixed media art, etc., thus the birth of “Glory ArtBringing Glory to God Through Art.”

Exodus 31:4-5 ". . .to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts."

First let's look at the types of art you might create in 2015. Then below my samples, you can read all of the details on the study.

Scrapbook Album, ATC, Art Journaling Pages, Cards--What Will You Create?
So, what will you create for 2015? What have you done in the past? You may have noticed this year that I have been creating different things each week. Maybe you are new to these challenges and would like some ideas. You can:

*Create Scripture Art cards and put them in page protectors.

*Create ATCs and put them on a holder or in page protectors.

*Create any size scrapbook page and put the pages in an album (here is an 8 1/2 x 11 and 6x6 page).

*Create an art journaling page.

*Create a Journaling Bible page highlighting the verse you have chosen.

*Create a card and mail it to someone that might need to hear the words you have for them.

*Or create anything else you can think of; let God lead you.

Wow, just look at all of the different ways you can worship and glorify the Lord through art! You can create anything you wish, and it can vary from study to study. These are just ideas! It is truly a blessing, and I hope you will join me! Now for more specific details.

If You Participate, Do You Have to Create Something?
Absolutely not! :) You can just study God's Word and keep notes. You do not have to create a thing! I personally love the creating part and someday my kids can have these creations too as part of my faith legacy. For those of you not creating, you may just want to keep a journal with your study notes. Those too will be treasures for the generations to come.

What if You Want to Study with People at Church?
Wonderful! Please have them study along. However, I ask that you not copy my work. I also ask that you have the participants print the study directly from my blog post each time. It takes me many, many hours to prepare these studies, and they are inspired by the Lord. The studies are copyrighted, and I pray that you respect that. Thank you! For more information, please see the section below titled "Will this challenge be hosted on other sites? What about posting on my own blog?"

Now let me share a bit about how this challenge will work.
**I will post two studies a month beginning Sunday, January 11, 2015. Mark your calendars, and see the entire 2015 calendar below! :)
**Challenges will usually be posted by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on challenge Sundays.
**My post will also share some thoughts, scripture or scriptures that I chose (usually from the NIV), and a picture of my art for that week.
**Then you will study your Bible and find scriptures that are meaningful to you based on the study and truth posted for that week.
**I love using Biblegateway to look up single keywords in the Bible. It is a great resource for this study.
**For hymns, Hymnary is a great resource for scripture text based on a hymn.
**Then you can create your art using your selected scripture and thoughts based on the study for that week.

Will you share any art tips?
**Yes, this coming year I will share a tip for each challenge post. I may even post a video or two. :)

Is there a time limit to complete the challenge?
No, there is not a time limit to complete the challenge. This is for you so that you can study and learn to apply God's truths to your daily life! You do what you can when you can. You may join this challenge at ANY time throughout the year! Encourage your friends to join along throughout the year!

Do I need to sign up?
No, you can just subscribe to my blog to get the updates e-mailed directly to you. Also join us on the Facebook page. See details below.

Will this challenge be hosted on other sites? What about posting on my own blog?
No, you will only be able to find the challenge here on my blog. Please do not copy the post to other websites or your own blog. You may certainly link the study but do not copy the study. Feel free to post a quote but not the entire study. Remember, this study is copyrighted. Thank you! And make sure you subscribe to my blog if you haven't already. :) If you have friends that you think may be interested in joining us, feel free to send them the link to this post! For more information, please see the section above titled "What if You Want to Study with People at Church?"

Will you have a Facebook page?
Yes, I have created a Facebook page for our discussion and sharing of art. You can find our page here. It is a closed group so you will need to be invited to the group to join in.

Where can I share my work?
You can share wherever you feel ledyour blog, Pinterest, our Facebook group, Flickr, wherever. I will also use for this challenge so that you can leave a link to your work here on my blog for others to see.

Where Can I See Sample Lessons?
All of the previous six years of study are here on my blog. But I will link a few here from over the years to give you an idea. Just click on the title, and you will be directed to the study.

*He Knows my Name
*Something in the Water
*Come Thou Fount of Every Blessings
*Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Is there a blinkie for this challenge?
Yes, but let's call it a button instead of a blinkie. :) It's a miniature version of the picture at the beginning of this post. I did not make one that blinks. It is a "stand alone" button. You will find this button in the sidebar of my blog and below this paragraph. Right-click and save it to your computer to add to your blog. I also ask that you link it back to this post or my blog. Feel free to add it to your message board signatures too. I hope you like it.

2015 {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge Schedule:
Challenge 1: January 11
Challenge 2: January 25
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

To see all of the current challenges thus far for 2015, please click here.

Remember to bookmark this page. It will be the "main information page" for the {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge. Please e-mail me if you have more questions, and I would love to know your thoughts on this upcoming challenge. Feel free to leave comments here or on the Facebook page! Blessings, and see you January 11th with our first study for 2015!


Tiffani said...

I love that Proverbs 25 card near the bottom! Is that a stamp? If so, where is it from?

Donna said...

Thank you for your kind invitation! Just wondering where you found the card holder. It looks like it spins. Do you know what I would search under? Thank you.

Susan M said...

So glad you are continuing with another challenge Patter, they are a real blessing to me ! I am behind this year but will complete as many as I can before the new challenge begins. Hope your daughter is doing well after her procedure !

Patter Cross said...

Tiffani, yes, that is a stamp. It is from Our Daily Bread Designs but I believe it has been discontinued. They have many, many more scripture stamps though.

And Donna, the card holder is called the 7 Gypsies ATC Card Holder. It too is no longer available but you can find it on eBay sometimes. Also, there is another ATC holder I like. You can find it here:

And Susan, thank you. My daughter is doing okay, not great. She is having a lot of left-leg nerve pain. We are praying God would remove that.

Glad to have you all joining in. I am looking forward to it! Blessings,

Sharon said...

Patter, I have always liked all the different art that you do and especially you heart and wisdom for The Lord.
I use to be a leader in
Community Bible Study. It is very much like BSF. I would love to join you and hope I can keep up.

Patter Cross said...

Thank you for your sweet words Sharon. And I was in CBS for a year. It was actually started by someone that was in BSF then branched off and started CBS. Yes, it is very similar and definitely a great ministry too!

And feel free to join in when you can next year. I only do 24 studies now because it gets to be too much for people. Can you believe when I first started I did 52 studies? Eeek! :) Have a blessed day!

Cat von Hassel-Davies said...

I am so excited about this and can't wait to start with you in Jan.

I followed you over from the Bible Journaling page on FB. I am also going to add your badge to my blog later on.


Unknown said...

Your Glory Art challenge sounds wonderful! I'm afraid I didn't keep up with this year's challenge because I struggled with the format I started. I love the idea of scripture cards and that you will be using different mediums. I will give it another go! Bless you and thanks for this x

Nancy said...

Hello, Patter!
After several years of completing your challenges, I was very sorry to not be able to complete 2014.
With my Mom getting ill, and passing away, everything just stopped for a while.
I'm excited to begin the 2015 Challenge! I'm looking forward to what you have to share, and all that God has to teach me!
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to the Lord! :o)

Teresa Kline said...

hi Patter! I have visited your blog before and did study along several years ago, making ATC's. I was reluctant to chime in for fear of not completing what I set out to do. But, I was quickly prompted by the spirit, "any effort and time I make will be time spent with the Lord and in His just do it! Don't pass up learning and growing in the present, He will take care of the future" So here I am...*grin*.

I am primarily a card maker, I send or donate most of my cards; I am the coordinator for Cards For A Cause on Splitcoaststampers. I like the idea of being able to do anything. I want to start art journaling in my Bible and I have also purchased art journaling notebooks to attempt a little mixed media. I am not a fan of FB, you can find me on my blog, SCS, Pinterest or Etsy.

add a little glimmer in your life....sparkle & shine! *~*

Rosella said...

I just came across your Bible study challenge. I would love to participate. Love the idea of using my love for crafting to glorify God and represent Him in it! :)
God bless you!!

cris said...

buen dia Patter, soy super nueva aquí, me acabo de suscribir y estoy maravillada con esta pagina1, quiero comenzar a trabajar contigo desde hoy en adelante para glorificar a Dios tambien a traves del scrap, doy gracias a MYlli carballo que me sugirio esta pagina

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Unknown said...

Sorry my links didn't work...

WOW! What an inspirational website! Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational cards, scripture verses and your Bible Study Challenge - I'm not a fan of FB either so you can find me @

Plus I'm following you! God Bless

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