September 15, 2014

People of Blessing

"I will" 

These words were spoken several times by God when he spoke to Abraham about the plans laid out for him.

"Go to the land I will show you."  

Abraham believed God and acted on that belief. He didn't know what would happen in the land where God was sending him, but he left his homeland and family to do as God commanded. Abraham never would have gone off on his own. He needed God to tell him to. Like Abraham, we have limited vision. We can't see the big picture and need God to show us where he is wanting us to go. Ask God to show the path He has for you. 

"I will bless you."
Abraham was childless, but God's promise to grow his descendants was true. We need to remember that God is at work beyond our abilities. Sometimes current events can be deceiving and it takes a longer view to see the blessings to come. God's not concerned with our ability or inability. He can work through it all. His concern is for His mission in the world, the plan He has for all mankind.

"All peoples will be blessed through you."
God's mission is to reconcile the world back to Himself. He wants everyone to love Him and be in relationship with Him and that is accomplished through Jesus Christ, His Son. All people are blessed through Abraham because Christ is a descendant of Abraham. Because of Jesus, people can come to know God in an intimate way and have a relationship with him. And when we are in a relationship with Him, we become more and more like Him, and therefore a blessing to those around us.  

Can you imagine a people that puts others' interests before their own? Can you imagine a people that makes decisions based on the benefit of others and not themselves? The people of God, when truly in tune with Him...when transformed into Christ's image, are a people like that. They are a people of blessing. 

What are you doing to become a person of blessing? 

***Taken from my notes on the sermon by John Ketchersid on 9/14/2014.***

September 10, 2014

My Documented Life: Week 36

I loved the challenge for week 36: Black and White. Actually, I think it may be my favorite challenge yet. The contrast is so striking, especially the white pen on black. I just love the way the whole spread turned out. (Especially since I added a touch of color to the middle pages...I couldn't help myself.)

YES! I know I spelled believe wrong. I'm crazy, what can I say?
Have a great day!

September 08, 2014

My Documented Life: Week 35

I'm behind a week, but here is my spread for Week 35. The challenge was to draw or alter a face. I drew a face a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd find a face in a magazine and alter it.  I found a face that looked rather sad, so I thought I'd "lighten" her up a bit. Sadly, I just made her rather scary. Oh well, some weeks are better than others and I'm okay with that.

Have a great week!

September 03, 2014

Another Artsy Labor Day Post - Part 2

I continued my online course by Roben-Marie Smith, which included making a bound journal with a canvas cover. (Check out her courses HERE.) Here is my finished product.

Have a super day!

September 01, 2014

My Artsy Labor Day Holiday - Part 1

I enjoy being home. And really enjoy being home when I can create something fun. So on this Labor Day holiday, I used a birthday gift to Hobby Lobby and bought some canvas, paint, thread, and zippers to make a zippered bag/clutch. I took an online workshop from Roben-Marie Smith, a fabulous artist whose art I LOVE. I watched the videos, then got busy on the project.

First I painted some canvas.

Then I made the bag. It was so easy...even the zipper! Yes, you heard me right. The zipper was easy-and I didn't even have a zipper-foot! A HUGE thanks to my parents who took my sewing machine and had it fixed for my birthday. I'm thrilled with it!

So here is my finished bag. I am super proud of it, since it has been ages since I've sewn anything other than hemming some curtains.

This is the back of the bag.

Now I'm off to attempt the second part of the workshop....making a journal with the other half of the canvas. Wish me luck!

August 29, 2014

Huge Giveaway at The Writer's Alley!

I'm part of a group blog called The Writer's Alley and we have a new blog design and are celebrating with a huge giveaway and a Facebook Party, Saturday, August 30! That's tomorrow! 

For the big giveaway, we are giving away The Writer's Alley New Design Launch Basket containing the following:

  • $20 Amazon gift card
  • Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg (paperback book)
  • Sandwich, with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips (paperback book)
  • A Side of Faith by Krista Phillips (paperback book)
  • Duchess by Susan May Warren (autographed paperback book)
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Squares
  • A Writer's Conference Jamberry PediPack 

Throughout the day of our Facebook party August 30, we will be giving away the following:
  • A Side of Faith by Krista Phillips (ebook)
  • A Home At Trail's End by Melody Carlson (paperback book)
  • $10 Amazon gift card
  • Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund (paperback book)
  • The Writer's Toolbox
  • Showdown by Ted Dekker (paperback book)
  • Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz (paperback book)
  • Vanished by Irene Hannon (paperback book)
You can enter for a chance to win HERE. Just scroll to the end of the post and enter through our Rafflecopter giveaway widget!

August 28, 2014

My Documented Life: Week 34

The challenge for Week 34 in the Documented Life Project was to add numbers to your page correlating to your week. I added mileage from taking my son to college, plus some other things that happened during the week. It turned out okay, I think. I like the green and gold background that I made with some green and gold stain. It's warm, don't you think?

Have a great day!

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