April 21, 2014

The Unity of Easter

My church, a Church of Christ, joined with the St. Stephen's Presbyterian church in Irving for Easter. The first half of the service was done by the Presbyterians and the second half by the CofC folks. And it was a beautiful thing. I think John (the C of C preacher...and my husband) said it best...

The best witness for Jesus Christ
 is not what we believe,
 but how we love others. 

And that love was shown in the unified service of two different groups who don't practice their beliefs in the same way, but love Jesus as one church and one body of believers. Isn't it wonderful to think of all the believers across the globe lifting up the name of Jesus and praising Him on Sunday mornings? The global church is a powerful presence in the world.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your Lord and your family. Here a few pictures of my wonderful day.


My 2 girls...my daughter (left) and daughter-in-law. Lovely, aren't they?


The Presbyterian pastor, Ron Salfen


My precious adopted grand-baby!

The beautiful Presbyterian Choir

The stained glass at the front of the church.

Have a blessed Monday, in the afterglow of Easter Sunday.


April 18, 2014

Documented Life Project Week 16 annnnd Happy Mail!

It's been a crazy week and I'm behind in my journal spread, but I thought I would share what I've done so far. The prompt for the week was to use something off of a cardboard food box in your pantry. I grabbed a green tea box and cut the Chinese (I guess it is Chinese!) letter off. I had some stamps that I incorporated as well. It is rather busy, but I suppose I like it okay. I did use one of my gelli prints for a border on the left, which I really liked.

I signed up for the Documented Life Planner Pages workshop and loved it. I tried to make a messy planner page, instead of coloring each day's space separately. I like it, but I think I will like it better once I add some mixed media items like stickers or tags or something to "dress it up".





Here is the  whole spread, which I haven't done anything with yet. I just painted the background. It will look alot better once I finish it with some mixed media items. Just not enough time in my days this week. 

Oh! I did sign up for Happy Mail and I received THREE pieces of happy mail this week!! Basically, it is a huge group of people who share some of their stash of painted papers, ephemera (old book pages, maps, sheet music for backgrounds), scrapbook goodies, etc to use in their Documented Life Journal. It is such a fun way to get new stuff for your journal. You just need to reciprocate once you receive mail. (That's the hard part for me, because I don't have cool stuff like others do!)




Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter Sunday.


April 10, 2014

Documented Life Week 15...and Cover

The prompt for Week 15 of The Documented Life Project is: monochromatic...using the same color with varying shades and hues. So I decided to go pink.









I used molding paste for the first time and it was messy! I laid down a stencil, then scraped the paste over it using a plastic knife. It just adds some cool texture, I think.

I did finally paint my cover and it turned out reallllly colorful.






Anyway, this was a fun week and I'm happy with how it turned out.


April 07, 2014

Rainy Day Worship

Photo by worradmu
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I must confess. I did not want to go to church yesterday. It was cool in my bedroom and I was warm under the covers. Rain beat a gentle rhythm against the roof while thunder rumbled it's own tune. It was the perfect morning for sleeping in.

But the day was the Lord's day, not mine. And I'm so glad I trudged out of bed and got myself to church. I love going to church and experiencing God there. I don't always "feel" Him close like I do at other times, but I always enjoy being with Christ followers who join with me in sitting at the foot of the cross, learning more about the LORD I seek to be like.

Of course, God always impresses truths on my heart through various times in the service. During the communion message I was struck by the thought of Jesus washing his disciples feet...the very ones who would desert him...the very ones who would deny him. Oh, the love of the Jesus runs deep.

During the sermon, John talked about life's pathways being complex and multifaceted. Pilate had a decision to make regarding Jesus. Set him free and incur the wrath of the Jews? Or hand him over and go against his conscience, knowing Jesus to be innocent. The Jews had a decision as well. Release Barabbas or Jesus? Barabbas was a criminal. Jesus was...well Jesus was encroaching on their territory...ultimately, their pride.  So what do they do? They want to crucify Jesus. The claimed that they had no king but Caesar. What??? They would lay claim to a king that they detested? A king that was unclean? Decisions are not always easy. But there is something to be learned through these scenarios.

We need to learn to humble ourselves and set aside our view of how things should be. Sometimes instead of turning right or left at the fork in the road, we need to turn around and repent. We mustn't put our trust in ourselves, our knowledge or experience, or church traditions, or political agendas. We must put our trust in the LORD.

Life is all about Him. Loving Him. Loving people. Living a life in relationship with Him. Living a life in relationship with others. It's about using our gifts and talents to bless others, seeking to please Him in all we do. Sigh....now that is good living.

I'm really glad I didn't sleep in today.


March 31, 2014

Documented Life Project, Week 14

The prompt for Week 14 of The Documented Life Project was to use your name on your page. Hhhmmmm, my name was definitely not going to fit oriented portrait style. I had to use the page Landscape style.  This is my spread for week 14.




For the background, I used one of the prints I made with a gelli plate I made over the weekend. Now THAT was fun! I've been reading about gelli plates all over the blogosphere and decided to make my own. The flowers in my spread were also cut out of a background I did with the gelli plate.

Using the gelli plate was easy but I know there is a lot more to learn using stencils and other types of masking for prints. Here is peek into my printing...I used deli paper so that my Documented Life journal wouldn't be so bulky once I started incorporating the prints into it.







On this next set, I used cards stock and only rolled one color at a time, instead of several colors. I also used a large stamp with writing on it to stamp the color before I printed. It had interest effects...





Now I have some cool papers to use in my art journal. Not sure how I will incorporate them, but at least I have options!

Oh...and I decided to paint the cover of my journal. I put gesso down to prime it, then used some spray inks, acrylics, and unibal pens. I did seal it with a matt gel medium, but I have a feeling my little cover is going to chip alot before the year is over. I'm trying to tell myself that just gives it character. We shall see...





Have a great Monday!


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