Saturday, May 31, 2014

Take My Life


Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  Mark 12:30

Digital scrapbooking materials used: kit: My Journal by Marta van Eck; cross: Forget Me Not by Kristmess Designs

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Storm


Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Psalm 107:28-30

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"  Matthew 8:23-27

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?"  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"  Mark 4:35-41

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?"  Luke 8:22-25

Inspired by lyrics from Sometimes He Calms the Storm by Scott Krippayne.

Digital scrapbooking kit by Marta van Eck: The Ark

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Book of Life


And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. Revelation 20:12

Come, Lord Jesus Revelation 22:20

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck; bokeh photo used for texture: Morgue File

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wonderful One


Wonderful One by Newsong:

Some say You're a lunatic
Some say You're not the One
Can't help but disagree with it
I believe You're God's own Son
I'm sure as a man can be
Knowing all You saved me from

I know first hand the miracle that You've done inside my heart
I'll gladly stand and testify just who You are
Every breath I take I want my life to bring You praise
I am so amazed by Your never-ending grace
And nothing in this world could separate me from Your love
You're the Wonderful One
You are so wonderful

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6b

Digital scrapbooking supplies: elements: Blessed Beyond Belief by CD Muckosky; grungy papers (two blended) by Joyful Heart Designs; heart stitching, tape: Crisdam Designs; doodle border: Jennifer Labre; butterfly: Christine Smith

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Life Means So Much


Life Means So Much by Chris Rice

Every day is a journal page
Every man holds a quill and ink
There's plenty of room for writing in
All we do and believe and think
So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring blessings
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketchings?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one's rich, nobody's poor
We get twenty-four hours each
So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest, or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who's under?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Has anybody lived who knew the value of a life and don't you think giving His own would prove the worth of yours and mine?

(Online lyric sites usually have quoted the words I have underlined wrong, giving the verse an entirely different and unscriptural meaning wherein our worth is earned not given by God...)

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you've been given
Make the most of the time every minute you're living

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  Mark 10:45

Digital scrapbooking supplies used: kit: Passion Fleurs by MDesigns (retired); template: Purple Blossom freebie 5 by Eudora Designs

Monday, May 26, 2014

Freedom's Never Free


“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:55

I will remember Freedom's never free

Inspired by Freedom's Never Free by Phillips, Craig & Dean

Digital scrapbooking supplies used: He is Risen kit by Kate Hadfield; flag: Scrapbook Flair; cross: Studio Flergs; papers: Grass Stains by Raspberry Road; hills: Free Digital Scrapbooking

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Glorious


And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 2 Corinthians 3:11

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Collab by Deviant Scrap Designers

Saturday, May 24, 2014

By Your Side


 Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

By Your Side  by Tenth Avenue North
 Why are you striving these days? 
 Why are you trying to earn grace? 
 Why are you crying? 
 Let me lift up your face, just 
 don't turn away
 Why are you looking for love? 
 Why are you still searching as if 
 I'm not enough? 
 To where will you go child? 
 Tell me where will you run, to where 
 will you run? 
 'Cos I'll be by your side wherever you fall 
 In the dead of night whenever you call 
 And please don't fight these hands 
 that are holding you 
 My hands are holding you 
 Look at these hands at my side 
 They swallowed the grave on that night 
 When I drank the world's sin 
 So I could carry you in and give you life 
 I wanna give you life
 'Cause I, I love you, 
 I want you to know 
 That I, yeah I love you, 
 I'll never let you go

Digital scrapbooking supplies used: freebies by Bekah E Designs;  stitching and gems: Fairytales by Kristmess Designs (available at Gotta Pixel)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Depths of the Sea


Your sins will be forgotten - cast into the depths of the sea . . .

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19b

"For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

“It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more." Isaiah 43:25

"And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9  He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10  he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:8-12

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Psalm 73


But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant  when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies. When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.  Psalm 73:2

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck: Desperate Green, Compte de Greyscale

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Test the Spirits



Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.  1 John 4:1-3

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Collab by Deviant Scrap Designers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The New Age


The new age began in the Garden of Eden.
 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Genesis 3:4-5

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Desperate Green by Marta van Eck

Monday, May 19, 2014

Matthew 6:2 Bible Study




Bible Study/Art Journal Style double page layout

Matthew 6:25 (ESV) “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

Cast your anxiety on God, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Ephesians 3:20 Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, 
your kingdom come,
your will be done,on earth 
as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Digital scrapbooking kit used: My Journal by Marta van Eck

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Perfect Love


Perfect Love Casts Out Fear 1 John 4:18

Digital scrapbooking kits by Kristmess Designs: Baked with Love, Regal Elegance, available at Gotta Pixel.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Irena Sendlerowa


The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40

This page is about a WWII heroine who saved thousands of children: Irena Sendlerowa 1910-2008

Digital scrapbooking kit:  I Am Not a Princess by Marta van Eck

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Least of These


The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40  (in Bulgarian)
Thank you (on book page)
God is love. (1 John 4:8b; on label at bottom)
A thank you gift for the new director of the orphanage in Pleven, Bulgaria.

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck

Thursday, May 15, 2014

King David's Baby


Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”

David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”  2 Samuel 12:20-23

Digital scrapbooking kit: New Life in Me by Marta van Eck

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Life Matters


John 6:39 "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Consider the Lilies


Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28b-30

Digital scrapbooking kiit used: Cherish Your Dreams by Marta van Eck

Monday, May 12, 2014

Only Jesus


"I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the father except through me."  John 14:6

Digital scrapbooking kits used: Walk with Gratitude Blog Train freebies by Psychozoe Designs, Alevtina Designs, FranB Designs, Word Art World by Jennifer, Plum Dumpling Designs.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pray Continually



Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Shine by Createwings Designs, available at Scrap Orchard.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Open His Eyes



2 Kings 6:16-17 “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them...  Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Digital scrapbooking kits used: Collab by Deviant Scrap Designers

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Lord is Good


Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.  1 Chronicles 16:34

Digital scrapbooking materials used: Gingerbread Kisses by Kristmess Designs, Inner Beauty papers by Silvia Romeo, Feeling Festive Scattered Page Edges by Connie Prince, Smells Like Christmas elements by JenC Designs, Winter Dawn elements by Aimee Harrison; wordart: challenge freebie by TBog

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Way



Jesus You are the Way; Let Your Glory Fill This Land; Great I Am; King of Kings
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Digital scrapbooking kits used by Kristmess Designs and Marta van Eck

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Word of God


As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Forget Me Not by Kristmess Designs, available at Gotta Pixel.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Day or the Hour


But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32

Digital scrapbooking kit used: Deviant Scrap Collab

Monday, May 5, 2014

Heaven


No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Digital scrapbooking kits by Mystique Designs (retired)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Show Me Your Glory


Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may
see me and live.”

Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.  Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

Exodus 33:18-23

Digital scrapbooking kits by Marta van Eck

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Creation


The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Revelation 14:6-7

Digital scrapbooking kits used by Marta van Eck; cross: Merkeley Designs.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Let the Little Children Come to Me


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

Digital scrapbooking kit used: We are All God's Children* by Marta van Eck

*Note: We are all God's creation, but to become children of God, we must be born again.  But to all who believed him and accepted him, Jesus gave the right to become children of  God.  John 1:12

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Do the Things


Revelation 2:2-7 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

Digital scrapbooking kit used: collab by Deviant Scrap Designers