Monday, July 2, 2018

The Restorer Of My Joy

"But you, LORD, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high."
                                                             Psalm 3:3
These 17 words are packed with meaning.  Isn't it interesting that the short verses often have so much 'meat' to much meaning, filled with nuggets of wisdom?! 

I thought of a sunflower when I studied this verse.  The sunflower follows the sun.  It keeps its corolla upright.  It's radiant beauty shines it's brilliance outward.

That's how I want to be.  Keeping my eyes upright, firmly planted on the Lord.  I do not want to stray.  I want to glow with my love for Him, through His love for me.  

When there are storms in my life, I will remember that nothing comes through God's shield around me that He does not allow.  God has a purpose for the trials He allows in my life.  I purpose to trust Him, and sleep content in His glory!


I am adding my page to the World Watercolor Month challenge.

I used Lyra Aquacolors to watercolor my sunflower.  After painting, I outlined with a micron pen.

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Rainbow Promise

"Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life."   Genesis 9:14-15

I wonder why God chose a rainbow as a sign of His covenant with us.  Could it be because 

...of it's brilliance and beauty?  Who doesn't love to look for the rainbow after a rainfall?

...A rainbow reaches across the sky, encompassing everything, and can be seen by all those around.  

...A rainbow appears after a storm, or rainfall.  This speaks to us of hope.  The rain is over, the sun is out! 

...Perhaps because, like us, each color is different, yet they are all necessary to create the rainbow.  The colors each blend together.  Their hues compliment each other, and create infinite possibilities when they are mixed.  What wonders we, God's people, can create when we all work together, using our unique gifts, to share His love with those around us. 

God's grace is evident in this covenant.  Through his rich provisions, we look to the rainbow and to the empty cross and remember that God has not forgotten us.  What a glorious sign of peace and comfort! 

For my Bible journaling of these verses, I used Polychromos colored pencils.  I drew 'God's' hand with a string around His finger.  In the verse following these, God says that whenever He sees the rainbow, He will remember His covenant.  I find it interesting that even God needs reminders!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Bible Journalng - John 14:2

"My Father's house has many rooms; 
if that were not so,  would I have 
told you that I am going there 
to prepare a place for you?"
                                               John 14:2

What joy fills my heart when I read this verse in John 14.  I rejoice in Jesus's promise of an eternal heavenly home for those who believe!

What comfort to know that He will come for me to be with Him.  That He is preparing a place for me!  And for you!

I cannot fathom what Heaven must be like.  I only know that Jesus will be there.  And all those loved ones who have gone before me, and will come after me.  We will all be together again on that glorious day when He comes to take us there.  

I like to think of Heaven as a garden.  It is where I feel so close to God.  My garden is my happy place!  
In my garden I...
- find rest for my weary soul.  
- rejoice in the beauty of God's creations.
- tend to the flowers and vines.
- watch the birds flit and butterflies dance.
- enjoy the creatures who visit there often.    
- talk to God, and feel His presence.

I do hope the Heavenly place He prepares for me is in a garden!  To be with Him, and all the people I love, in that place of peace and beauty.  I can only imagine! 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Bible Journal - Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father.
Matthew 5:16

I really enjoyed my study of this verse.  In my study, I saw many references to the moon and sun.  The moon, especially, because the moon lights up the night sky.

We know that the moon itself, however, does not shine.  The moon gets it's light from the sun, hence it actually reflects the sun's light. As I reflected (no pun intended) on this, I had an aha! moment.  I cannot shine and show God's love to others on my own.  God gives me His light, and I must let it shine through my attitudes, words, and deeds.  Hence, when I do that, I am reflecting Jesus's love, compassion, and forgiveness.  

When I share His love with others, and let His spirit shine through me, God is glorified.  

I am a glorifier!

Lord, You are my light.  Help me to be a beacon of love, truth, hope for you by letting my light shine in a sometimes dark world.

For my Bible Journal page, I used Gansai Tambi watercolors for the picture.  For the actual journaling, I used a Micron .01 pen.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Psalm 51:10 Bible Journal

"Create in me a pure heart,
O God, and renew a steadfast
spirit within me."
 Psalm 51:10
I'm finally getting back to my 'Seeing The Scriptures' class.  Here is my page for Lesson four.....
I used Polychromos colored pencils on my page, with a Micron .01 pen for my lettering.

This is another of those Psalms which has been put to music, and which we sing in church!  I love when I come across one of those in my Bible.

In this Psalm of David, he describes forgiveness as a cleansing and purifying.  He seeks God's purging and purifying grace.  He realizes that the weight of his sins has kept him from living in the joy of the Lord.  

I drew the old, beaten-down, torn, bandaged, sin-laden heart in my page, with the sparkling clean and shiny new heart to remind me that God is always ready to renew my spirit and cleanse my heart.  I only need to ask, and to acknowledge that I have sinned, repent, and ask for forgiveness.  I cannot cleanse my own heart by doing good deeds, or by sacrifices or almsgiving.  It is God Himself, and only God, who creates a pure heart. 

By His grace, I can walk in the joy of the Lord, and let His light shine from within my being.  

When my heart is right, everything else will fall into place. 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bible Journal Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is a familiar and favorite scripture passage for many.   We sing verses from it in our hymns and songs at church.  We have heard sermons and homilies on it.  There are posters and mugs and plaques with the familiar poetic words everywhere.

Each time I read the words, I find a new insight.  Isn't that the exquisite beauty of reading the Bible?  Having it be new over and over again!  No wonder it's still the world's best selling book!
This time, the reading really spoke to me about how well God knows me.  He loves me in spite of myself!  He cares about me.  

....He calls me by my name!  The Lord is my shepherd. 

....He is aware of, and provides for, my needs.  I shall not want. 
....He provides rest when I am tired and stressed.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.

....He soothes me when I am wearyHe restores my soul.
....He gently calls me back when I wander.  How patient He is with me!  He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake.

....When I am afraid, He calms me.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

....He gives me hope and abundance.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

....He promises to be with me always.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

I was contemplating how I wanted to journal this section in my Bible.  As I was leaving a meeting at church this week, I stopped by our secretary's office to say hello.  As we talked, I saw my answer.  There on a couch in her office were several little stuffed animal lambs and sheep.  Around each was a little tag with their names on the tag.  She had given each one of them a name based on the the 23rd Psalm!  I knew immediately that was what I would do for my page.  

I love that God is in the details! 



Monday, March 26, 2018

Many Seeds

"Very truly I tell you, 
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground 
and dies, it remains a single seed. 
But if it dies, it produces many seeds." 
                                                      John 12:24
In my Bible journaling page today, I drew the wheat with the cross behind it, and the little sprouting wheat seed at the foot of the cross.  My intention was to create a visual reminder of the supreme sacrifice Jesus made for me; for us.  Jesus is the seed, the cross represents His death (the seed dies).  The sprouting seed at the foot of the cross represents the fruit resulting from the fallen seed's death, reaching deep into the ground, and opening to new life (resurrection) to produce many new seeds.  The stalk of wheat contains the many seeds (us).

In my study, I learned some interesting facts about wheat.  Two bushels of wheat seeds produce 40 to 50 bushels of yield!  One grain of wheat yields eight or more heads, with over 40 seeds per head.  That's 320 new seeds from just one seed!  Impressive. 

Jesus wants us, you and me, to die daily to our sinful nature, which will cause new life to spring up in us.  But, often, we want to cling to our old life, don't we?  That old life needs to be threshed and buried.  We cannot get life, and we cannot give life, without a little bit of dying.  Jesus gave up His very life in obedience to the Father.  But the last word, the Easter message, is not the suffering, but the resurrection!

When arrogance and pride dies, humility arises.
When selfishness dies, generosity of spirit arises.
When a judgemental and critical spirit dies, love and acceptance arise.

I want to bring honor and glory to God.  With God's grace, and the Holy Spirit's help, I can do that by my obedience to Him.  By dying to my way, daily, and going the way He leads. 

God bless!