Sunday, June 18, 2017

Glory {Art} 2017 Scripture Challenge #6, Encourage

The Study
As some of you know, one of our daughters has officially moved out after graduating college. As a mom, I have been trying to think of ways to encourage her. She has had some down moments, and anything I can do to encourage her in the Lord is what I need to do!

She came home last weekend, and I baked her favorite meatloaf. I cut it into eight equal slices, and then I packaged them for her to freeze so she could have eight dinners over the next month or so. God shared with me the neatest way to encourage her (yes, even with meatloaf). He put on my heart to write encouraging scriptures on each freezer bag so that when she removed the meatloaf from the freezer, she will have His word to draw from.

Some of the scriptures I used were:

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Psalm 31:24 "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord."

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."

Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."

Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

2 Timothy 1:7  "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."

God's word also tells us that we should encourage others. Let's look at a few scriptures:

Deuteronomy 3:28 "But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see."

Acts 11:23 "When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts."

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

Who can you encourage in the Lord today? Nothing is too big or small for Him. He doesn't grow weary, and He gives strength. Don't be consumed by the issues but be encouraged by Him!

Journaling Prompt
Here are a few journaling prompts for you to choose from this month:
  • Who can you encourage this week, and how will you do that?
  • How has someone encouraged you in the past?
  • What encouragement can you give your children?
  • Who do you talk to for encouragement?
  • What scripture encourages you today and why?
The Art
Today I decided to make some Pocket Cards. They are cards of encouragement that I send to people. To make them, I use playing cards cut down to 2 5/8" square. Once the cards were cut down, I covered the cards in book paper with extra paint that I had put on the paper. I have a book full of pages with extra paint. Then I use those pages in my art. Here is what the cards looked like to start:

Then I added tape, tickets, etc.

After that, I created them just like my Scripture Art Cards. Here is how they turned out:





I also used an old, small, square envelope to create a temple to make envelopes for these cards.

On the back, I will write a note to the recipient. I hope these cards bring encouragement to a few people.

Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. I pray that you will be encouraged today or that you are able to encourage someone that God puts in your path! Blessings,

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Glory {Art} 2017 Scripture Challenge #5, Attributes

The Study
Today's study may be a bit short as I have been away almost the entire month between my daughter's college graduation out of town, our 10-day vacation, and now getting ready to help our daughter move out for her new job. Though this may be short, we are going to focus on scripture and who God is. We all need that encouragement for sure! Let's look at the study.

Do you ever have those moments where you look around the world and you wonder "Where is God?" "How can this be happening in our world?" "How can my children be doing these things?" "Why is this happening in my life?" I could go on and on with these questions. We all have them at different times in our lives. You may have several of these questions right now. But today I want to encourage you. Don't get down thinking of all of these questions. Look up to the One who is always:
  • Eternal
  • Ever-present
  • Faithful
  • Good
  • Holy
  • Just
  • Loving
  • Never-changing
  • Sovereign
  • Wise
How can I say that when you are in the midst of tragedy or craziness? Well, I can say it because it comes from God's Word. Let's look at the scriptures.

Eternal
Psalm 45:6 "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your kingdom."

Psalm 93:2 "Your throne was established long ago; You are from all eternity."

Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

1 Timothy 1:17 "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."

Ever-present
Psalm 46:7 "The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

Jeremiah 23:24 "'Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?' declares the Lord. 'Do not I fill heaven and earth?' declares the Lord."

Matthew 28:20b "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Faithful
Psalm 33:4 "For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does."

1 John 1:9 " If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

Good
Psalm 145:9 "The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made."

Nahum 1:7 "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him."

Holy
Isaiah 6:3 "And they were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.'"

1 Peter 1:15-16 "But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'"

Just
Deuteronomy 32:4 "He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He."

Isaiah 30:18 "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!"

2 Thessalonians 1:5-7 "All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels."

Loving
Psalm 100:5 "For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."

Lamentations 3:22 "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail."

Never-changing
Malachi 3:6a "I the Lord do not change."

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

Sovereign
Psalm 33:11 "But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations."

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

Wise
Psalm 92:5 "How great are Your works, Lord, how profound Your thoughts!"

Proverbs 2:6 "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

Which scripture(s) speak to you today? Write it on a notecard. Keep it with you in your wallet. Memorize it. When you ask those questions of doubt, frustration, or sadness, focus on His word because He is always eternal, ever-present, faithful, good, holy, just, loving, never-changing, sovereign, wise, and so much more!

Journaling Prompt
Here are a few journaling prompts for you to choose from:
  • Pick a scripture above and journal what it means to you.
  • What attribute of God is your favorite and why?
  • What attribute of God do you need to cling to today and why?
The Art
For my art today I needed to do something quick so I chose a verse from above to journal about. The verse I chose was Romans 8:28 because it has always been a verse I love and remember so clearly when I first heard it.


Thanks for joining me today. Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. I hope that you will remember to turn to Him always in good times and bad. He is there waiting and never changes! Blessings,

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