PEACE. What does that look like for you? On this 4th of July our thoughts go to all those before us who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today – freedoms that are so easy to take for granted… but peace…. my REAL peace, begins with the willingness and active decision to trust God, and giving thanks to those willing to lay down their lives (John 15:13) for others. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 #faithart #creativeheartspaperstudio #Phil4:7
A couple years ago, Stephanie Ackerman of Documented Faith shared a post about Love…. not really anything new, right? But there was something new about it – at least to me! She took ten verses about Love and condensed each into 3 words and they remain on my fridge as a daily reminder about what Love is and isn’t. Click on the image to the right —->
to go to Stephanie’s original post and words of inspiration.
I last wrote about finding my rhythm Journaling in my daughter’s Bible and as I began creating art for this week’s entries, Stephanie’s 10 Ways to Love came to mind. Sure, it would’ve been easier to simply resize & print the art I created back then, but for me, that sort of negates the purpose of the art. For me, writing (or drawing!) helps connect my head and heart…a way of anchoring God’s Word in my soul.
So that’s how I’ve spent my Monday morning… using Stephanie’s 10 Ways to Love as a launchpad for the week ahead!
How do these verses speak to you? As I was printing these to paste into my Bible, something struck me… and it may be obvious, but I realized I can’t really love this way without one common thread…. surrender. Hmmmmm…sounds like another blog post to me!
Of course, I can’t talk about new art without sharing! Enjoy my take on 10 Ways to Love
Oh my goodness! Why I didn’t publish this post TWO years ago, I have no idea… but I stumbled across it this evening and it fits in perfectly with My Love Dare with God
Not so long ago, I posted on Facebook that I received my new Inspire journaling Bible & discovered something new….the line art included with the Bible actually draws me into scripture – pretty cool, right?
So now I’m learning to take it a step further, which is actually bringing faith art full circle….beyond coloring (first)….beyond reading….to writing & a bit more coloring!
This morning as I was working in my Documented Faith binder – I’ve revised mine a bit to focus on words of the month vs months (that way I don’t feel “behind” – yeah, the comparison stick, but let’s leave that subject for another day!) – anyway, my eyes landed on love – so many verses on love, right? So I began flipping through my Bible and landed in Judges – admittedly not a book of the Bible I’ve spent much time studying or even reading…the line art was simple, but it grabbed my attention all the same…Judges 5:31
May those who love You rise like the sun in all its power.
Immediately I thought of sunrises. I love them! Everything is usually still & quiet….life is still a bit blurry-eyed and the brain isn’t driving at supersonic speeds…the promise of a new day….new opportunities and yes, new challenges…. But it’s a time to set our paths straight again – to keep our eyes & focus upward.
The first sunrise that came to mind was at Surfside beach – yes…I had to head out from home pretty early, and even though the ocean usually doesn’t call my name, it did that day…so off I went. The beach was deserted and quite frankly, I didn’t have much of a clue as to where I was going! I’d only been there once before in recent years, and since I’m not exactly the spontaneous type, I’d definitely call it a God thing. Alone with the waves rushing in, sand in my toes and coffee in hand, I sat and watched as the sun sparkled across the water – such power! such promise! Oh…. if only I showed my love for God like a sunrise!
I went in search of pictures I took that morning – not on my phone, not on my old phone, not on my Mac….darn! They must be on that hard drive buried behind boxes…what I discovered though were other sunrises…and you know what? The feelings were practically the same! All the others were woodsy type (that’s my favorite place!)…the difference? Anticipation. On the water, there is nothing to block your view – in a wooded area, you get glimpses at first….it takes a bit more patience, but maybe that’s a good thing….it’s an opportunity to “get still” first….to lean in and hear God whisper to my heart.
What is God whispering to you today? Did you miss it? Did you rush off in a flurry of to-dos today? Take a few moments – walk outside….take your phone with you & snap a picture of the sun…is your view clear? cloudy? dark? Now close your eyes and imagine….only the sun…feel the warmth of it on your face and let it sink in. God’s love for us is infinitely more powerful than the sun and even though there may be obstacles blocking our view, He is still there….loving us and wanting nothing more than for us to rise up and love in return.
May those who love You rise like the sun in all its power.
After I found the verse, I put the spectacles in reverse to see what in the world they were actually talking about! Go figure….it was a song! The Song of Deborah….whoops back up….Deborah who? Yeah….I’ve got a LOT to learn! The less than abbreviated version (i.e. I’ve got much more reading to do!)….Deborah was a prophet (surprise to me) and a judge….anyway, her song was praising God for defeating Canaanite King Jabin. Happy Reading!
ok…. I like freebies!!! and as I started working in my new Love Dare journal, I quickly discovered the need for embellishments – so…. I thought I’d share them with you too!
I made some simple margin strips to add to each day, and when I trimmed them, I left a little extra space on the left side for hole punches…and a little washi 😉 I also put my journal pages in a small 3-ring binder & glued the cover to the front!
Of course all of this is totally optional, but I’ve turned into a faithart kinda gal and creating helps me during my mediation period – hop on over to the study – the additional freebies are waiting for you!
and of course, you are always welcome to print any art shared on the blog (Art Journaling) – just remember, it’s for personal use only 🙂
I really enjoy http://www.hometalk.com – they gather some of the neatest DIY ideas! I ran across this cute tutorial a few days ago…. ways to create faux stained glass – go figure! I haven’t tried it yet, but wanted to share before I forgot about it – if you decide to give it a go, please let me know how it turned out & be sure to share a photo!
Click on the image below to open the tutorial 🙂
I’m so excited! Earlier this year I sold my home and moved into a small cottage style apartment – the challenge is that my view leaves a bit to be desired…an 8′ fence! I was talking to my sister for ideas, and she said, “why don’t you design a banner?” Pretty brilliant, right? So….that’s just what I did! I was a little slow getting started, but once I got going, it was a breeze – AND I got a great deal through VistaPrint (50% off!!!!)