Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ties of Love


Your loved ones may know in their hearts beyond a shadow of a doubt that you love them, but they still need and like to hear it from you...  So does God.

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.  Hosea 11:4

kit: Pansy Garden by Alexis Design Studio; heart by Studio Sherrie; page overlay by Marta van Eck
(image made from blended free stock photos)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Crowned


Daughters of Jerusalem, come out,
and look, you daughters of Zion.
Look on King Solomon wearing a crown,
the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
the day his heart rejoiced.
Song of Solomon 3:11

kit: Viva La Vida by Mystique (retired)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bear Fruit


You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  John 14:16

God doesn't just want a piece of you.  He should not only be the center of your entire life, but He should completely fill and surround it.

background paper by Holliewood Studios, free stock photos of fruit, elements by Mystique Designs (retired),page overlay by Marta van Eck

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Higher Ways


God never fails. We may fail to understand what He's doing (or not doing), but He's still in control. He still has a plan and it's a good, perfect one, just like Him, so wait for it. Wait for Him. 

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 

"Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD." Psalms 27:14 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

kit: A Timeless Romance by Alexis Design Studio; photo: blend of free stock photos; crown shape: PSE12

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Because


We love, because He first loved us.  1 John 4:19

kit: A Timeless Romance by Alexis Design Studio

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Life


But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.  Romans 7:6

digital scrapbook kit: Tender Earth by Stolen Moments Design

Monday, May 25, 2015

Take Up Your Cross


Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38

digital scrapbook kit: Tender Earth by Stolen Moments Design; blended photos: Morgue File

Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Beloved


I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 6:3

kit & alpha: Feathered Friends by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Rose of Sharon


I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.  Song of Solomon 2:1

kit: Lily of the Valley by Merepoule

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remain in the Vine


Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4

kit: Breeze by Valentina Creations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nowhere


And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  Matthew 8:20

template by Scrap Story 21; digital scrapbooking kit: Remember Me by Meagan's Creations; fox:  In the Forest by Kristin Aagard

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Never Prevail


"They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you.”  This is the Lord’s declaration.  Jeremiah 1:19

kit: The Wild Side by Kristmess Designs, template by Hummie's World, photo from web (volcano eruption)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Glory of the Lord


For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.
Habakkuk 2:14

kit: The Wild Side by Kristmess Designs, template by Anne Marie, overlay by Marta van Eck

Monday, May 18, 2015

No Condemnation


The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
Psalm 34:22

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

kits by Marta van Eck: Women, Assemblage

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Walk by the Spirit


But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  
Galatians 5:16

kits by Marta van Eck: Women, Not Just Another Journal Kit, Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Two Nations


And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”  Genesis 25:23

kit: Women by Marta van Eck, overlay freebie by Marta van Eck

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spiritual Gifts


There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.  1 Corinthians 12:4-6

photo by my brother, light ray overlay made in PSE, page border by BekahE

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love


Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7

heart flame image: Morgue File

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Did God Actually Say?


"Did God actually say?"  Genesis 3:1  If I hated God and wanted to attack His Son, I might start by attacking the first sentence of the Bible.  "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1  Then I would probably attack the last book. "Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."  Revelation 20:4  "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood."  Revelation 22:14-15  Then I might go back and focus some more on the first book again.  "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

Why attack the first and last books?  Because Jesus is:  "...the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."  Revelation 22:13  Jesus is the Word.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."  John 1:1-3

God made everything good.  "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good."   Genesis 1:31  ALL of the problems the world has ever had, and will have, stem from entertaining this thought:  "Did God actually say?"  Genesis 3:1  The same entity is behind all of these attacks and it's the same one who asked that question.

kits by Kristin Aagard

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Declare His Glory


Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:23-24

paper by Pink Lotty; elements by Valentina Creations; images (blended): Morgue File; overlay by me

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stretched Out the Heavens


I made the earth
and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.  
Isaiah 45:12

moon & stars: Night Owl by Kristin Aagard; images (blended): Morgue File

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Proverbs 1:8


My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.  Proverbs 1:8

I ran into this file on my computer just the other day. I’m pretty sure that any mom would love to have such a beautiful poem written for her!  I sure am blessed to have a daughter who loves and appreciates me that much.

My mom is the best in the creation,
Since she’s always there if I may need her.
She knows what it means to be a Christian,
And guides me to make my heart God’s altar.
Always strives to be pure, sweet, and mellow;
She’ll ever be my shining example.
She keeps me on the straight and narrow;
To the eternal, God’s holy temple.
She’s down to the earth and understands life,
Never lets an important issue pass.
When the road is tough and everywhere’s strife,
Without fail she’ll evermore hold me fast.
Although no one has exact perfection,
I thank her with much gratification.

kit: 2009 NSD freebie by Nutshell Creations, template by Fiddle Dee Dee; photos of flowers at bottom taken by my daughter
fonts: Complete in Him, Come unto Me, Never Grow Up

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bridge Out


Beacon: a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide.

Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is to disagree with someone when they're wrong rather than telling them whatever they want to hear.  Whether we believe truth or lies about God has eternal consequences.  Yes, God loves everyone but there is NO other way to heaven except through Jesus.  

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"  John 14:6  

Is it loving to take down the "bridge out" warning and let people think that nothing bad will happen if they continue on the road they're on?  

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."  Matthew 5:14  

kits: Making Tracks by Mle Card and Dawn Inskip; Oh Boy by MDesigns (retired)

Friday, May 8, 2015

You Are My God


You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

kit: A Beautiful Mess by Createwings Designs; page overlay: Marta van Eck

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Let His Peace Rule


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Colossians 3:15

Kit by Pink Lotty

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fool's Folly


Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:4-5

kit: The Ark by Marta van Eck

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Overwhelming Victory


35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  

Romans 8:35, 37

Collab by Deviant Scrap Designers

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Kingdom


Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.  “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Luke 12:32-34

papers by Holliewood Studios, light effects by Marta van Eck

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Shadow of Death


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

background tree paper by Mr. Whiskers, page border by BekahE Designs, multiple overlay filters by me

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Hope


You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations. Psalm 65:5-7

Collab kit by Deviant Scrap Designers

Friday, May 1, 2015

Shield and Refuge


As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

papers: Jacque Larsen; shield: Kate Hadfield; page overlays: Marta van Eck and Morgue File; folded paper gradient: Hummie's World