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.