Luke 9:57 on Canvas!

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Well, I got inspired and again, took my advice and put my journal page on canvas.  A hard back 16 x 20 canvas!  It was so cool to paint on something so BIG!  I love it!  I love praising my Saviour through art!  The Cross is made out of paper that has Psalm 23 printed on it in gold, and although you can’t see it real well in this picture, it is beautiful to look at 🙂  You can find more details on this piece of art at Daily Art Journal.

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Here’s a close up of the tag with Luke 9:57 –

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Happy Simply Living with Jesus!

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Constance

Luke 9:57 Vintage Journal Page

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threehearts2A while back I found a tutorial on Pinterest showing how to make a cover for my journal out of plaster.  The tutorial was made by Ivy Newport and it’s worth your time if you are wanting to learn how to make a plaster journal cover as I have.  Ivy is quite delightful and I really like the music she chose for cheerful listening while she worked through her project.

Although I have finished my plaster cover, I am still not sure what I want to paint on it, so it remains blank.  But here’s a picture of how it turned out:

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The cover turned out so cool!  It’s very smooth after sanding it down and I cannot wait to paint on it.

I have finished three of the journal pages within, and I wanted to show one of them to you.  I really like how it turned out, kind of vintage style and I think I’m going to put a version of it on canvas. I have two special family members that have requested a picture and I think this may be it.  We’ll see what happens.  Here’s a close up of the page and you can see the rest of it on my Daily Art Journal page.  I call it “Luke 9:57”.

I noticed that Ivy said she had taken some classes with Jeanne Oliver, so I looked her up and found out that she is a beautiful Christian artist.  I decided to go through her “Becoming/The Unfolding of You” free video course and it is beautiful and I love it.  Again, if you are looking for something to do this summer with some fellow Christian women, I highly recommend this course. It’s worth it.

Here’s a part of that journal page I wanted to share with you.  I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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See the whole the whole thing on my Daily Art Journal page.

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Constance

 

Seek Him With All Your Heart!

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threehearts2Psalm 119 is my favorite of all the Psalms.  I try to take time to read it all the way through every night before I go to sleep and while I read it, I keep in mind all that Jesus has done on my behalf.  He is my righteousness!  The reason for my desire to read it nightly is because I have sensed in the Psalmist a hunger and thirst for God’s Word that I want to be a part of.  He has set for me an example that I want to duplicate.

I want to nurture a desire within me that will cause me to crazily seek God with all my heart.  Not just seek Him once in a while, or when it’s convenient for me, or when I have a small window of quiet time – I want to have a desire to seek Him constantly.

Listen to the Psalmist as he cries out from his whole heart, seeking God for everything he desires to have:

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“How blessed are those whose way is blameless
Who walk in the law of the LORD.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways.
You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.

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Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments.
I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I shall keep Your statues; Do not forsake me utterly!”

Psalm 119:1-8

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Do you have a Psalm that you love to read, one that moves you to seek God with all your heart? I would love for you to share it with me and tell why you love it so much. Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to reading a comment from you!

Blessings,

Constance

I Will Lift Up My Eyes!

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Psalm 119 is my all-time favorite, but when I get to the end of that Psalm I’m glad that there’s still more to read – especially Psalm 121:

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“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

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Behold,
He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Blinkin SquiggleWhat an awesome God and Father!  What do you need from Him today?

Do you need your foot to be steadied?
Do you need someone to keep watch while you get some good sleep tonight?
Are you concerned for Israel?
Are you concerned about the evil that rages all around?
What about your soul?
Have you given it to Jesus?

He loves you and will care for you and He is FAITHFUL FOREVER!

Today let’s lift up our eyes to the mountains because we know where our help comes from.

I pray that your Christmas Time is filled with the joy of the Lord and that you are looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ.

Remember, the way He went back to heaven is the same way He will come again (Acts 1:11), so don’t stop watching for Him in the clouds!

Merry Christmas!

Constance

Raindrops & Words

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It’s a beautiful rainy day today.  Steady, big, drenching raindrops have been falling all through the night.  Pounding out a rhythmic sound on the roof and in my head while I slept very well – surprisingly.  After a long, hot summer, it feels as if each drop is watering my very soul… like each one is preparing me for something.

This morning as I sat down to write out Scripture and my prayers to my Lord, the rain reminded me of my two most favorite verses in the Bible:

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“For the ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;”  -Hebrews 6:7

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;…” – Isaiah 55:10

Every time I read Hebrews 6:7, I pray that God will make me like the ground.  I want to drink the rain which often falls on me.  I want it to bring forth fruit in my life that is useful to those who spend time with me.  Those who want to dig deep and really know me.  As a wife and mom, I think of my Hon- and my kids.  When they are with me, I want them to benefit from me – like a harvest for them from God.

In these two verses I see that the rain often falls on the ground and in the form of both rain and snow it comes down from heaven.  It is coming from God, from His place in heaven – He is sending it down to us here on earth.  And He has sent it with a purpose:

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Isaiah says that it does not return to heaven without first watering the earth and making it bear and sprout and furnish seed for us! This is so beautiful!  Thank You Father for the rain – You are so good to us!

🙂 There is so much in Isaiah 55 – I always read the whole thing for good measure 🙂

I’m so thankful this morning as I read a little further in Isaiah 55:11 – God is not really talking about the rain.  He is talking about His Word.

“So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  -Isaiah 55:11

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WOW!  I wonder…  What will I worry about today?  There are so many things going on all over the world.  How will it affect me?  Will it take my eyes off the One who orchestrates it all? The One who ordains each raindrop and sends His Word forth which cannot be stopped and will be accomplished on this earth?  O Lord, keep my eyes on You today.

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Here’s a picture of my homestead in the winter of 2013 – when God sent down the rain and the snow together 🙂  O Happy Rainy Day!

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Constance