Thursday, March 19, 2015

Glory Art Scripture Challenge #5 Not Alone

Hello Everyone,
This is my card for the Glory Art Scripture Challenge located HERE.  The challenge was to pick a verse and make a card with that thought which is so wonderfully portrayed in the song.
I found several verses that say "I will never leave you or forsake you" and wanted something different,
There are many promises saying God will never leave us, God is always with us, God is a shelter in the time of storm – which reminds me – why is it that we know this, but we usually wait until the storm is huge before we call on Him.  We think that if the “storm” is a small one, we can handle it ourselves, and that’s where the trouble starts.  We try to fix things the logical way, the comfortable way, or the most convenient way and God just stands watching us and waiting, until we are so uncomfortable or so helpless that we cry to Him.  Then He is immediately at our side to help us out of the muck we have gotten ourselves into.
I believe He wants us to call even when the storm is small, or, better yet, when we see the storm coming.  My verse is from the Psalms and they constantly point us to the heart of God.  Psalm 139:7 says "I can never be lost to your Spirit.  I can never get away from my God."  He is always there and always holding our hand and leading us when we let Him.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Glory Art Scripture Challenge #4 Wisdom

I just plain ran out of time this week and am behind on everything important.  So forgive my way too fast description  of my Glory Art Challenge for Wisdom as Wisdom is NOT something you come by in a hurry.  You can find the challenge HERE.
I am attempting to show an example of God's Wisdom with my card.
My verse is Ephesians 4:26, 27
Do not let the sun go down while  you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Recently I was a little "miffed" at a friend - not really angry, but just a little miffed.  I kept telling myself that I was being silly but as I did this, I also started telling the person (in my mind) what I thought.  This continued for some time, and I realized instead of forgiving and forgetting, things were getting worse.  I finally asked God to help me as I realized I was not getting anywhere myself.
IMMEDIATELY a verse came to mind - the verse about not giving the devil a foothold.  This was God's Wisdom to help me and He gave it freely and as soon as I asked.
I realized I HAD given the devil a foothold and needed to ask forgiveness and start in the right direction.  I won't say it was the easiest thing, but with God holding my hand and helping me to make a fresh start, I believe I am over the hump.  The rest of my card is self explanatory, and when you ask for God's help to obey, He always gives it.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #3 - Truth

Hi Everyone.

 This is my card for the Scripture Challenge #3 - TRUTH from Patter Cross.  It can be found HEREI found this to be lots of fun.  The very first day I decided to look for a TRUTH in the Bible.  Out popped a "truth" I could not deny.  I decided to use it, but the very next day I found a different one.  This continued until I found the current Psalm 73: 24 & 25 which is one of my favorites.
     Short and sweet, I KNOW that when life feels like I am walking through a fog, it shouldn't matter that I'm not sure of the path because I know God's truth is that He is holding my hand and leading me with His wisdom.  IF I stumble, He will not let go of my hand, but picks me up and continues in the way He wants me to go.
     I didn't include the entire two verses, but the end of verse 24 says He will guide me all my life and then take me to glory.  How can I NOT trust Him with a truth  like this one?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #2 Representives

  This time Patter's study is about being a good representative for God.  Sometimes I feel it's an awfully big responsibility and  this verse (and the surrounding ones) was a big encouragement to me.  You can find the challenge HERE

  The morning it came out, one of the verses in my personal reading was II Corinthians 3:18.  In my Living Bible the verses read, 16. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord from his sins, the veil is taken away.  17. The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where He is there is freedom.      18. We Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.   So Verse 18b is the verse I picked.  Psalm 96:1 that I stamped on the card represents the song and the fact that He is Worthy to be represented.
The best kind of representative is a reflection of the One we are representing.  A mirror doesn't reflect well if it's cracked, dirty,  fogged up, or facing the wall.  It reflects what is in front of it.  In the same way, our focus should be on Jesus, listening to Him, following Him and obeying Him. This being the case, people who look at us or hang around with us are going to very likely see Jesus.

The mirror on my card is actually a bright shiny silver piece of cardstock and no matter how hard I tried to stay out of it, I was always in the picture.  And maybe that cardstock was a good representative of a mirror?

Monday, January 12, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #1, Trust

I am going to try to be part of the {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge located HERE for 2015.  This first one is TRUST and for those of us who like to be in control - at least of our own little world - Trust - of even another person - is a hard thing. A good example of trust when I was young was sitting on my grampa's lap and snuggling up to his argyle sweater.  Complete trust because I knew how much he loved me.
The song is an old hymn that I sang growing up, and to tell you the truth, I didn't have a clue.  It has taken me years to know who Jesus really is, what He thinks about me, what He does for me, and how to communicate with Him.  Trusting Him with my LIFE never entered into the picture back when I got to sing the song all the time.
As life stretches you - sometimes until you squeak - you learn, and I have learned that there is way more than just ME making the decisions that make up my life and the life of my family.
I have picked Psalm 46:1 as my "trust" verse.  What I love best about this verse is that it says God is a VERY PRESENT help in times of trouble.  I know that I don't have to wait until He comes to my side of the world to call His Name.  He knows I am going to need His help and is instantly there for me.  The more I call Him, the more He helps me and that lets me know that He can be trusted.