Sunday, August 30, 2009

His Holy Name {Challenge 18, Rock}

Challenge Word 18: Rock
God’s Attribute: God is my Rock. He is my Yahweh Tsuri. He is the Rock that always keeps His promises, He never changes, He protects us, and He is always with us.

How does this affect my daily life? Have you ever been fearful of something or someone? Sure you have. We all have. Well, this week, my dear sister-in-law lived through that fear, and I know God, my Rock, was with her as a man tried to rob and abduct both her and my niece in broad daylight. Praise God he was caught and arrested, and he will probably be in jail for a long time to come. The day after the incident, I sat down to study God as my Rock. He gave me this amazing scripture which was so appropriate for this week:

2 Samuel 22:2-4 “The LORD is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge, and my savior—From violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

You may have never been that fearful of something, and I pray you never will be but we can all trust that He is the Rock whom we can trust and who will give us a peace no matter how big or small that fear is. Ann Spangler put this so perfectly. She said “What better word than ‘rock’ to represent God’s permanence, protection, and enduring faithfulness? When you pray to the Lord your Rock, you are praying to the God who can always be counted on. His purposes and plans remain firm throughout history.

He does protect us, and we can always count on Him. I encourage you to build your life on Him—the Rock—that firm foundation—and you will not be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2 says “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

For my page this week, I was inspired by the bright colors of the Sassafras Lass paper. I did not want to use grey tones or a picture of a rock. I wanted something that showed warmth and happiness knowing He is my Rock. Knowing that completely comforts me. Papers: Bazzill, Sassafras Lass Vintage Yummy
Stamps: Layers of Color Old World Flourish
Stamp Ink: SU summer sun
Embellishments: Bo Bunny button, hemp from Hobby Lobby, Fancy Pants flowers, misc. brads, Shimmerz candle light, DMC floss, Rose Moka alpha stickers, Pink Paislee aqua alpha stickers, Stickles walnut stain

The scriptures I chose were:
2 Samuel 22:47 "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!"
Isaiah 26:4 "Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD is the Rock eternal."

Enjoy studying about our never-changing God, our Rock! Remember to use Keyword HHN09 when posting in online galleries, and to chat about the challenge, join us in this thread here on Splitcoaststampers! I will see you again on September 13th with a new study and attribute. In Him,


Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Such a pretty page, Patter! It's filled with joyful color and pattern, love it!

Stephanie Harbin said...

I love the way you do a page about what you are learning spiritually. I am so sorry about your sister and neice. I can't imagine how frightening that must have been. Praise God that they are ok and the person was caught. I will pray for your sister and neice to be trusting again. I don't know you personally, but am an admirer of all you do. I don't know how you get it all done.

Anonymous said...

Patter, you know I am so sorry about your sister's incident with your neice. How scary. But so comforting knowing we have a God, a God who is so strong that we can turn to. This was really what I needed to hear tonight... to remember that with whatever troubles that go on around me, I shall not be shaken. For God alone is my rock and my salvation.
I am so grateful for your messages.

Nena said...

Patter Patter Patter!!! Oh my, I can't believe we have lost touch, and I have missed so many of your beautiful pages!! I am following your blog now, so I never have to miss this again!!!

Hey, what size are these pages? I LOVE them, they look so great!!! Also, is there any place with a list of all the week's challenges thus far? You're the best. Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration!


Patter Cross said...

Hey Nena! What a sweet message. Thank you! To answer your questions, I use 6x6 pages for the challenge. I keep them in a We R Memory Keepers 6x6 album, and I really like it thus far. And yes, I have a list of all of the challenges with links. You can find it here:

Let me know if you have more questions, and I give the Lord all the glory as He uses me to write these challenges. Hugs and blessings,

Nena said...

You are the best Patter!!!


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