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Glory {Art} Rewind 2018, Thankful

Today's study is from 2015. I am re-posting the entire study along with the art for you today. I hope that as you enter this week of Thanksgiving that you will focus in Him and be thankful for all He does in your life!

The Study
Have you ever heard the phrase "30 days of Thankful"? It's something paper crafters, Christians, and others participate in each year around Thanksgiving. But my question is what about "365 days of Thankful"? Do you tend to complain more than being thankful? I began thinking about being thankful earlier this week when I posted on Facebook about an incident that happened at our house when the waste management people pulled into our cul-de-sac to collect the trash. While pulling around, they ran over one of the buckets blocking our newly painted and stained concrete.

My sweet friend and blog reader Jennifer posted "Not pleasant for sure. Thankful it wasn't a hospital stay, though." Her comment was spot on and really hit me. I should have been thankful and looked at the blessings in this incident. God really put it on my heart about being thankful. I told Jennifer she was right and listed the things I was thankful for in this mess"The guys working on my house were available to help at 7:45 a.m., the city offices were open early and had management here immediately, AND they got it all up (no stain on the concrete). God is good, and thanks for pointing me to the One that gets the glory in all things!" Jennifer made me think that God wants us to look for the things we are thankful for in even a bad or literally a messy situation.

We are a nation and gender of complaining. The Israelites also grumbled and complained. They were complaining to each other instead of going to the Lord. Sounds a bit like us too, doesn't it? The Israelites did everything but pray and offer thanksgiving to Him. And as much as we try to hide our complaining, God sees and hears it. 

Numbers 11:1 "Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when He heard them His anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp."

Numbers 14:27 "How long will this wicked community grumble against Me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites."

Proverbs 15:29 "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous."

I remember acting just like the Israelites at one point in my life too. I can look back now and say "Wow, I was an Israelite in the desert. All I did was complain." Am I proud of that time in my life? No. Do I still complain? Yes, at times. We need to look at everything everydayeven the hard and difficult timesand pray and be thankful. God provided for the Israelites every single day but they rejected Him. He provides for us every single day, and I know I personally want to thank Him for His blessings and provisions. How about you?

Psalm 138:1 "I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the 'gods' I will sing Your praise."

Colossians 2:6-7 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."

Colossians 3:15 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."

Hebrews 12:28 "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe."

As Christians, we should be thankful not just on one holiday or during a season but everyday. I am challenging myself to use my 2016 planner to write out a weekly scripture to remind me to be thankful. The scriptures in today's lesson are a start. I need 52, and I don't think they will be too hard to find in His Word. And finally, I leave you with Biblegateway's verse of the day today (a confirmation to me that this is what we were to study today):

Ephesians 5:19-20 ". . . speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Journaling
What are you thankful for today?
What are you thankful for most from 2018?
How has someone shared their Thanksgiving table with you, and what did it mean to you?

The Art
Today I chose to do a Journaling Bible page using Colossians 2:6-7 because I absolutely love the phrase "overflowing with thankfulness." I want to remember to overflow daily with thankfulness to Him!

I used a piece of tissue paper that was in a box of shoes to add all of the flowers and words (except the stickers). I love doing that because there isn't any bleed through, and if you make a mistake, it's on the tissue paper not your Bible page.




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 click here. May you each have a blessed Thanksgiving!
      
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A Little Scripture {Writing} Hebrews 10:22

I decided to write out a scripture and some truths from our Glory {Art} Rewind study for this month. If you missed this month's study, please click here

To note the scripture address, I used my favorite stamp for address numbers. Click here to learn more about that stamp. Anyway, I can't wait until this little book is full of His word and truths. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings,
      
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Glory {Art} Rewind 2018, New

First, let me apologize for not posting in quite a while. First we had Hurricane Florence. My daughter and her husband were with us for 8 days as they couldn't get back home. Then we had Hurricane Michael. Nothing crazy, and between the two storms we only lost two trees. So thankful. Then we have had some travel out of town. My creating time has been pretty minimal. So, let's get to our post for this month.

The Study
Today I want to start off by asking you to read the words to today's song. Don't listen to the song yet, just read the words:

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West

Hello, my name is regret
I'm pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I'm the whisper inside
That won't let you forget

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I'll drag you right back down again
‘Til you've lost all belief

These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time

Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I've been saved, I've been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new 
Has proven it's true 
Just take a look at my life 

What love the Father has lavished upon us 
That we should be called His children 
I am a child of the one true King

And click here to listen to this song.

So, do you ever feel defeated? Do you ever regret something that you have done? Do you let that drag you down? If we are honest with ourselves, we all feel that way at some time. As Christians, we cannot let those lies drag us down or cause our faith to falter. In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to give a guilt offering to atone for their guilt and shame.

Leviticus 5:15-16 "When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven."

Death is a consequence of sin. So, prior to Christ's death on the cross for our sin, the Old Testament sacrifices were still in place. However, as Christians, we must remember, that Jesus went to the cross to take away the shame, the defeat, and the guilt. We are alive in Him and not defined by our past. But we must confess our sins daily so that we can receive forgiveness. In Him as we confess, we are forgiven!

Leviticus 5:5 "When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned."

Romans 6:10-11 "The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

Leave sin and guilt at the cross where Christ left it. We are forgiven, and we are not to doubt or hang onto guilt! Jesus broke sins' power over you and over me. Because I have a relationship with Christ, I need to look at sin differently. I need to confess it. I need to change my way and become more like Him, and I need to leave it behind once I am forgiven. I can't live in guilt and shame as I did before knowing Him. I am a new person. For instance, once I got married, I got a new name. I began a different life with my husband. I also have a new name and life in Christ, and I need to live differently than I did before. Do I leave the shame, defeat, and guilt behind? Not always but I should! Does this mean I no longer sin? Absolutely not! I sin daily! If I continue to live a life dominated by sin, that is devastating to a believer and dishonoring to God. I am His ambassador so I need to change and live in obedience to Him. I am a constant work-in-progress! He is molding me. How about you?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand."

The fact that we are saved by grace does not give us the right to sin. It give us the freedom to obey! Jesus not only paid the penalty for sin but He broke it's power. So, leave the guilt, the shame, and defeat behind. You have heavenly characteristics! Which ones have you taken on? Which ones do you need to add?

Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."

Romans 9:33 "As it is written: 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Romans 10:11 "As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"

Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."

Let your life show that you are child of the one true King!!!!

Journaling

  • Which heavenly characteristics has God given you since becoming His child? Which characteristics do you need to work on?
  • How does your life show that you are a child of God?
  • What do you need to confess today and ask for His forgiveness?
The Art
For my 6x6 page, I used Blue Fern Studios papers Blue Fern Garden papers and chipboard. See the supply list below the pictures for specific product names. And the scripture I chose was Hebrews 10:22. I just love that verse, and it goes so well with today's song. Note: this art was from the original study back in 2014 as I did not have time to create anything new. Hope you still enjoy it. :)
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Original Study Link
To see the original study from 2014, click here.

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 click here. Remember, you are a child of the one true King!
      
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A Few {ICADs}

I have been working on my ICADs all week. I have eight to share with you. I will share four of them today, and the other four later in the week. I have had so much fun working on these again. Eventually I want to have one for every day of the year. On the back, I write the blessing for the day. I can then use them over and over until the back is filled up. I hope to get at least 4 years worth of blessings on the back of each card. Now let's look at what I have created.







I hope you enjoy these! Thanks for stopping by!
      
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Glory {Art} Rewind 2018, Plans

As school starts back, I thought we should look at our plans and crazy schedules. Maybe this will be a great reminder for all of us as we enter the school year.

The Study
So how many times a week do you have a crazy, rushed morning where you are late or things are just not going according to your schedule? Thankfully I don't have it happen too often but when I do, it really stresses me. I am a very scheduled person, and I like it that way. LOL! One morning, I was an hour behind getting the dogs on their walk and other things I needed to get done. The phone kept ringing, and I just got very behind. I felt like my whole morning was just a wreck, and I was getting more stressed as time went on. I finally took one of the puppies on a walk. As I got to the end of our street, I was stopped again. But this time it was a blessing. I got to meet our new neighbor that is two doors down from me and was just moving in. God kept saying to me "You were late because I wanted you to have this chance to meet your new neighbor." Wow, did that convict me. Have I ever thought things aren't going my way because I am trying to do things MY way? What have I missed in the past because I have done things my way and not let Him lead me or lead my day? How about you? What have you missed out on because you are doing things YOUR way?

Psalm 31:15 "My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me."

Psalm 94:11 "The Lord knows all human plans; He knows that they are futile."

Psalm 121:7-8 "The Lord will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans."

Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."

Ecclesiastes 3:17 (ASV) "I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."

2 Corinthians 1:17 "Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both 'Yes, yes' and 'No, no'?"

What does God have in store for you today?  Will you allow Him to lead you so you can find out? Will you trust God with each day or will you continue to take on each day by yourself your way? How about trying it God's way? Commit to Him in prayer each day and let Him establish your plans! (Proverbs 16:3)

Journaling

  • Share your thoughts on letting Him lead you each day.
  • How have you seen God's plans prevail in your life?
  • What plans of yours do you need to let go and let God?


The Art
I have not created any ICADs in quite a while. I still have many to create as I want one for every day of the year. Anyway, I decided to create a few this week, and this one was done for this month's study. I used the Proverbs 19:21 verse from above. I have also included a few "in process" photos. I was also working on another ICAD with my extra paint, etc., so that's what you see in the back. I will post it later in the week.






Original Study Link
To see the study from 2016, please click here.

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 click here. I pray you see the blessings that come from following His plans for you each day!
      
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