Sunday, April 10, 2016

Glory {Art 2016} Scripture Challenge #4, Legacy

Note: To see the winner of the journal I created, please click here or scroll to the next post below.

The Study
How many of you used to scrapbook? How many of you still do? Why do you do it? Is it just a creative outlet or do want to leave a legacy for the generations to come? What is a legacy? says it is anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor. 

I used to scrapbook a lot. I started in 1997. I have not kept up with it as I did then because God has really touched my heart to leave a faith legacy. Yes, I can do that through scrapbooking but I would rather do that through other ways. I want to share with future generations the scriptures I loved, faith quotes that touched me, but most of all I want them to know that I loved the Lord with all of my heart, that I tried to live for Him each day, and that I sought Him in all things good and bad. Evidence of my belief in Him should be seen in my daily behavior but how do I share that with the generations after me that I may never meet? Well, I can share through my journals and these lessons that I write. I hope that at least some of these lessons will be read by future generations. I also pray that they will see a bit of my faith legacy in my girls. I have tried to share with them daily as Deuteronomy 6:4-9 states: 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 "Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

And just because they are in college doesn't mean I quit sharing. And instead of writing the Lords promises and commands on my doorpost, I use my faith journal. This is one way I will leave my faith legacy. Nichole Nordeman has an amazing song called "Legacy." Click here to listen to it, and below are the words to the chorus.

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed Your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

Such a beautiful song and great words that we should all ponder. And I love this quote from an article Jim Burns wrote on CBN. He talks about leaving a legacy of memories, faith, life, and love. When he talks about leaving a legacy of faith, he says:

"The greatest legacy you can leave your grandchildren is the gift of faith. Model your faith to your grandkids, letting them see what the Christian life looks like in real life. Talk about what faith in Jesus Christ means to you. Engage your grandchildren in discussion about spiritual issues. If you’ve been a believer for a long time, express to your grandchildren the ways your faith has changed, been challenged and has deepened over the years. Throughout the years, as your grandchildren mature in faith, they will develop an increasing gratitude of the heritage of faith that you have contributed!"

To see the entire article, click here. I know the above things are what I share with my girls. They know my past. They know how God has changed me and that I continue to be a "work in progress." They have experienced some of the challenges with us and seen us lean on our faith and give Him all of the glory. They too have had to rely on their own faith to get them through some of our recent family struggles. We talk about spiritual issues daily because living for Christ and following Him daily is why we are here.

Luke 9:23 "Then He said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me."

So, how will my family remember me? Will they remember that I loved the Lord God with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind? Did I point to Him enough each day? Did I share Him with others? Did I bless His name unapologetically? How about you? How will your family answer those questions about you? How will you be remembered?

Psalm 112:1-2 (NLT) "Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed."

Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."

And I know someday when I get to heaven, I pray that I will hear these words from my precious Father and that my family knows I served Him well.

Matthew 25:21 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

The Art
For today's art, I created an art journaling page in my faith journal. I chose a quote by Oswald Chambers that says "We have to pray with our eyes on God not on the difficulties." I love that. My eyes should be on the Lord constantly. I also want future generations to know that too. We must maintain that daily relationship with Him. As Luke 9:23 says above, I need to pick up my cross daily and follow Him. And what is one way we can do that? Through prayer and focusing on Him in all things.

Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Papers: misc. book paper 
Stamps: Hero Arts Painted Circle, Tim Holtz Worn Text, Art to the 5th Art Fusion 
Stamp Ink: Archival jet black 
Paints: Apple Barrel wisteria and key west, Folk Art wicker white, Dylusions vibrant turquoise and fresh lime, Adirondack raspberry, Americana citron green, Golden Fluid Acrylic paynes gray
Tools: Gelli Plate 3x5, American Crafts dots patterned brayer, TCW mini onion skin stencil, Rae Missigman stencils L362, M073, and M072, Uni Posca paint pen purple, Stabilo All pencil, waterbrush, makeup sponge
Embellishments: Roben-Marie Art Pops In the Garden digital elements

So, I leave these little bits of faith in my faith journal for the generations to come. I hope they know that He is my Rock and my Abba Father!

Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. We also have some discussions that will be going on there too about the study. If you don't use Facebook and want to share your creation here, do so below by using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Have a blessed week!

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Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thank you Patter, your words really spoke to my heart this morning. The page you made with the Oswald Chambers quote is lovely. I love the combination of colors. I'm not sure what size you make your art work, but have you thought of scanning them and printing as notecards? You could always print the image and adhere to a notecard. I'm sure they would be well received as gifts or used in your own coorespondence. Thank you for your ministry here in this lovely corner of your world. I hope your daughter is making progress, praying for your family. ~ Abby

Patter Cross said...

Hi sweet Abby! Glad the lesson spoke to you. I always pray they speak to someone each time I post. :) And yes, I always scan my work usually before putting on the quote or verse but not always. I actually have postcards, Project Life cards, stickers, you name it that I create with my artwork. Love being able to "reuse" it. :) And my daughter is doing better each day. She starts cardio rehab this week. Fun times. LOL! Thanks for your prayers. Praying you and your family are well! Blessings,

cris said...

gracias hermana Patter, por su testimonio y amor al Señor, realmente me llego al corazón y me motiva para realizar mi albun de fotos con versiculos que acompañen cada momento vivido y que sea un legado para mis hijos.

Patter Cross said...

Thank you Cris! I had to use Google translate to read but I hope I post your message correctly. Blessings,

thank you sister Patter, for his testimony and love the Lord , I really get to the heart and motivates me to do my albun photos with accompanying verses lived every moment and that is a legacy for my children.

Unknown said...

I agree with Abby your prayer spoke to my heart this morning after an uneasy night with nightmares - so many blessings Patter for your daily inspirations... Plus I love your work you have a great gift from God with your skills and thanks for sharing your talent with us all... Prayers continuing for your family and I'm playing catch up starting your Scripture Challenge #1 first and then I'll be joining you each time you post =)
Hugs and God's blessings Patter from Jemima (Australia)

Anne-Marie said...

Patter, thank you for a great teaching for us all. You artwork looks so fresh and vibrant. Thank you for encouraging me to create scripture art.

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