Sunday, July 31, 2016

Abounding in Love


You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

papers (blended): Winter Friends, elements: Beautiful Mess by Createwings Designs (retired)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bold Promises


"I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek Me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right." Isaiah 45:19

paper: Dramatic Backgrounds 2 by Holliewood Studios, page textures by me

Friday, July 29, 2016

Miseries


Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.

Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. James 5:1-6

Note: This is not speaking against Christians living comfortably, but filthy rich unbelievers oppressing the poor and persecuting believers (the righteous).

paper: Dramatic Backgrounds 2 by Holliewood Studios, elements: Life is Like a Rodeo by Captivated Visions

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Consumed


I said, ‘Surely you will fear Me; you will accept correction. Then your dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.’ But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt. “Therefore wait for Me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them My indignation, all My burning anger; for in the fire of My jealousy all the earth shall be consumed.
Zephaniah 3:7-8

They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.  Ezekiel 7:19

kit: I Need a Hero by Marta van Eck; texture by me

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wicked Officials


If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.  Proverbs 29:12

kit:  Love is in the Air by Createwings Designs (retired); template by Hummie's World

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This Very Night


And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."' But God said to him, 'Fool! This very night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."  Luke 12:16-21

paper by Marta van Eck, elements: Country Love by Etc. by Danyale

Monday, July 25, 2016

Perceive the Majesty of the Lord


Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD. Isaiah 26:10

paper by Marta van Eck, elements by Valentina Creations

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Our Desire


Yes, Yahweh, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown. Isaiah 26:8

Just a note: Some people may not be aware that the name for God in the Old Testament, YHWH (in the original Hebrew), was changed to LORD in most modern Bible translations (look in the preface of your Bible for confirmation--it is a tradition of men) even though there is already a different word for Lord: Adonai.  (The original word usually used for "God" is Elhohim.)

There are many interpretations of how to spell and pronounce the name YHWH due to the fact that there are no vowels.  Yahweh is an often-used translation, as is Jehovah.  However, there is NO letter J in Hebrew, so Jehovah does not actually make sense unless pronouncing the J as Y.  The name Jesus is the Greek version of Yeshua (or Yahshuah, Yehoshuah, Yahoshuah and similar variations due to the different interpretation of the vowels).

Jews feel that the name is too sacred to pronounce, but there is no instruction in the Bible not to utter God's name--except not to use it in vain.  Interestingly, there would technically be no such word as Jew, either.  That word stems from Judah and Judea, both of which originally began with Y (Yehud or Yehuda), as did Yeshua (one variation of the original Hebrew name for Joshua in the Old Testament.  Joshua was a symbolic foreshadow of Jesus in that he led the Israelites into the promised land and rest from wandering in the wilderness, as Jesus is the only way for us to enter the Kingdom of God and we do not work for salvation).

God's name, Yahweh, has power.  It tells us that He always has been, He is and He will always be.  His very name excludes the possibility of the existence of any other, ever.  He alone is God.  Hallelujah! (Or more accurately, as it is pronounced: Halleluyah:  Praise God!)

paper and elements by Holliewood Studios

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Living Water


On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink! The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:37-38

kit: Altered Reality 3 by Holliewood Studios

Friday, July 22, 2016

King's Highway


Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well. We will go along the King’s Highway. We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory. Numbers 20:17

(Edom refused to let Israel pass through their land after they left Egypt.)

kit: Vagabond Adventures by Holliewood Studios

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Desire and Seek You


With my soul I desired You in the night; yes, with my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.   Isaiah 26:9

kits: Altered Realtiy 3 and Vagabond Adventures by Holliewood Studios

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Do Not Turn Aside


Be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right
or the left. Deuteronomy 5:32

kit: Vagabond Adventures by Holliewood Studios, page overlay (blended paper) by Saskia Designs

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Whole Counsel of God


Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Acts 20:26-27

kit: Under the Dappled Shadows by Lorie Davison

Monday, July 18, 2016

Watch of the Night


Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.  Mark 13:35-36

*third watch of the night, between midnight and 3 a.m.

frame paper & elements by Lorie Davison, bottom paper & rooster by Marta van Eck

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Crooked Generation


And with many other words he [Peter] bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” Acts 2:40

kit: Vagabond Adventure by Holliewood Studios, page overlay by Marta van Eck

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Time to Dance


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

paper by Valentina Creations, foxes: Where to Now Dreamer and flowers: Love Stories from the Red Flower Shop by Lorie Davison; page texture by me

Furnace of Affliction


See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.  Isaiah 48:10

furnace by Marta van Eck; paper, overlay, smoke and fire by Holliewood Studios

Friday, July 15, 2016

Weighed and Found Wanting


This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”  Daniel 5:26-28

paper and scale by Marta van Eck, page texture by me

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sealed Vision


For the Lord has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep. He has closed the eyes of your prophets and visionaries. All the future events in this vision are like a sealed book to them. When you give it to those who can read, they will say, “We can’t read it because it is sealed.” When you give it to those who cannot read, they will say, “We don’t know how to read.”  Isaiah 29:10-12

paper and elements by Marta van Eck

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Vulnerable


...Stay away from people like that!  They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never arrive at the truth.)  ...They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are... 2 Timothy 3:5-9

kit: Altered Reality by Holliewood Studios

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Your Faithul Love


If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
Your faithful love will support me, Lord.
When I am filled with cares,
Your comfort brings me joy.
Psalm 94:18-19

paper by Marta van Eck, cluster frame by Valentina Designs

Monday, July 11, 2016

Roar Like a Lion


They will follow the Lord;
He will roar like a lion.
When He roars, His children
will come trembling from the west.
They will come from Egypt,
trembling like sparrows,
from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
declares the Lord.
Hosea 11:10-11

kit: Altered Reality 3 by Holliewood Studios, page overlay by Marta van Eck

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Parables


Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” And He answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."  Matthew 13:10-12

kit: Altered Reality 3;  key: Once Upon a Time; page overlay: All That Glitters by Holliewood Studios

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pronounced Judgment


From heaven You pronounced judgment.
The earth feared and grew quiet
when God rose up to judge
and to save all the lowly of the earth.
Psalm 76:8-9

paper by Marta van Eck, cluster by Valentina Creations

Friday, July 8, 2016

By Stealth


Beloved, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all. For certain persons, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.  Jude 1:3-4

paper by Lorie Davison, cluster by Valentina Designs

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Men Loved Darkness


And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

trees by Createwings; paper, measuring tape by Marta van Eck; watch by Aimee Harrison; border by Scrapping with Liz

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Under His Wings


May the Lord reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.  Ruth 2:12

kits: Winter Friends and Feathered Friends by Createwings Designs (retired), paper by Marta van Eck

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beyond Measure


Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.
Psalm 147:5

papers (blended) by Marta van Eck, bird (blended) by Createwings Designs (retired), cloud shape created in PSE12

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sky Rolled Up


The heavens above will melt away and disappear like a rolled-up scroll. The stars will fall from the sky like withered leaves from a grapevine, or shriveled figs from a fig tree.  Isaiah 34:4

paper by Marta van Eck, stars: Watch Out for that Moon (colors adjusted) by Lorie Davison

Sunday, July 3, 2016

By the Spirit


For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  Romans 8:13

papers (blended) and elements by Marta van Eck and Lorie Davison

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Set Times and Laws


He will speak against the Most High and oppress His holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.  Daniel 7:25

papers: Wild Wild West by Rucola Designs, books by Marta van Eck, elements by Lorie Davison

Friday, July 1, 2016

Trusted in Riches


The righteous will look on with awe and will ridicule him: “Here is the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, taking refuge in his destructive behavior.”   Psalm 52:6-7

paper & elements by Lorie Davison