Sunday, March 26, 2017

FAITH'S OUTLOOK


Faith looks back and says,
"Christ died for me."
Above and cries,
"He lives for me".
Ahead and whispers,
"He is coming for me."


 Looking for that blessed hope, and the 
glorious appearing of the great God and 
our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:13  


Here are a few recycled cards I made. 
The pictures are not very good.





This is a card I made with scraps cut into squares for a quilt block look.



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Comments would be appreciated.


Have a blessed week.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7


Trust - Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind
on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other
sound principle of another person.

Own understanding – As you see it

In all thy ways - This expression covers the whole area
of life’s action—all its acts and undertakings,
 its spiritual and secular sides, includng public and private

Acknowledge - To own, avow or admit to be true, by a declaration of assent;
as to acknowledge the being of a God. 
(Avow - To declare openly, with a view to justify, maintain or
defend; or simply to own, acknowledge or confess frankly)

  
I often used the story of the tight rope walker
in teaching children about trust.  This is it.

There was a tight rope walker who was putting on a show
where he would walk across a deep canyon. 
There was a big crowd that gathered to watch him.
Before he made his first walk across,
he asked the people if they believed
that he could make it across and back. 

Of course the crowd roared
that they believed that he could.

He stepped out on the rope and slowly
made his way across and back. 
When he stepped on the ground
the crowd roared in approval.

Then he showed them a bicycle without tires
and asked them if they believed
that he could ride the bicycle across and back. 

Again the crowd roared, "Yes, we believe you can."
As he made it safely across and back,
the crowd went wild with approval. 
They were convinced that he was able
to do anything they asked on the tight rope.

Then he asked the crowd,
"Do you believe that I can cross the canyon
carrying someone on my back and shoulders?"  

Again the crowd roared that they believed he could. 
When he asked for a volunteer the crowd went silent. 
No one trusted him enough
 that they were willing to take the risk.

He then responded to them,
"You don't really believe me or you would trust me."

If we really believe the Bible, God’s Word to us,
we would trust Him in all the circumstances of life.


I have been busy working on cards and here are a few samples:

  



Thanks to all my followers.  You are an encouragement to me.




Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Scrap Heap


James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 



Those warriors of the faith who have gone on before us
remind us how very necessary faith is  to our Christian life.

There are times when we must walk by faith alone,
trusting Jesus,
knowing that He will fulfill His promises.
We must never take ourselves out of His hand,
but trust that each lesson and test we experience,
comes to us to make us strong and useful.

  

“There is only one thing,” said a village blacksmith, “that I fear,
and that is to be thrown on the scrap heap.”

“When I am tempering a piece of steel, I first heat it, hammer it, and then
suddenly plunge it into this bucket of cold water.
I very soon find whether it will take temper or go to pieces in the process.
When I discover after one or two tests that it is
 not going to allow itself to be tempered,
I throw it on the scrap heap and sell it for a cent a pound
when the junk man comes around.”

“So I find the Lord tests me, too, by fire and water
and heavy blows of His heavy hammer,
and if I am not willing to stand the test,
or am not going to prove a fit subject
for His tempering process,
I am afraid He may throw me on the scrap heap.”

 

When the fire is hottest, hold still,
for there will be a blessing “afterward”;
and with Job we may be able to say,
“When he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10b).”
Selected


Things that hurt and things that mar
Shape the man for perfect praise;
Shock and strain and ruin are
Friendlier than the smiling days.”
Author Unknown

 
I am sorry that it has been so long since I posted on my blog.
I have been setting up two tasks that I have undertaken and
hopefully now I will be able to be more consistent.
Sometimes it seems like I keep giving excuses
for neglecting my blog, but I truly am too busy at times.

Here is one of my recent cards:



I appreciate all of my friends who follow
and read my little thoughts.
I would certainly be grateful if you
would leave a comment when you visit.






Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Comparison of Law and Grace


Our Sunday School lessons have been on Romans.
I would like to pass on an illustration that may help 
with the understanding of the 
difference between law and grace.

When a person visits a museum there are usually 
many warning signs around that say, 
"DO NOT TOUCH" or "HANDS OFF".

This like the law.  
The things you cannot do to 
 are named and you must follow the rules 
or suffer the consequences.

The sign/law tells us what we should not do,
 but does not change our desire to do 
the things that are wrong.
In fact it may increase our desire to try it.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster 
to bring us unto Christ, 
Galatians 3:24

But if the museum is owned by a very close friend, 
that you love,
there doesn't have to be signs.  
You respect the property and want to preserve it, 
so you do nothing that will cause it to be harmed.
Even without a signs, 
because you know and love the owner,
you show respect and follow the rules. 

So it is that the law taught us what was wrong,
 but did not have the capability to make us obey
or change our wanting to do wrong 
other than to escape punishment.

But, as Christians, under grace,
we do what the Lord wants,
 because we love Him and 
want to please Him.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster 
to bring us unto Christ, 
that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, 
we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Galatians 3:24-25

We obey Him, because we love Him, 
not just to avoid the consequences.

Jesus condensed all the law into two commandments:

 Jesus said unto him, 
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 
This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like unto it, 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 
 On these two commandments 
hang all the law and the prophets. 
Matthew 22:37-40 

and then

 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:15


Another card:


Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY


During devotions I was reading in Ezra about when he was
taking some of the Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city.

They stopped and stayed by the river for three days probably to 
number who was in the group and to tell them 
about what they were to do on the trip.

I noticed an interesting several interesting things in these verses.

And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; 
and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, 
and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi. 
 Ezra 8:15 

When he checked who was in the group, he did not find any of the 
Levites that were the helpers in the temple.

So he sent some of the chief men so 
"that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God."

When they arrived back with the men, before they started their journey,
he proclaimed a fast to seek guidance from God 
and for His protection for the journey.

  Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, 
that we might afflict ourselves before our God, 
to seek of him a right way for us, 
and for our little ones, and for all our substance. 
Ezra 8:21

What then jumped out at me was that possibly the people asked him 
to request military protection for the journey, but this is what he said:

  For I was ashamed to require of the king 
a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us 
against the enemy in the way: 
because we had spoken unto the king, saying, 
The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; 
but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. 
 So we fasted and besought our God for this: 
and he was intreated of us. 
Ezra 8:22-23

Ezra had told the king that God would protect them.
Now he was ashamed to go back to the king 
and ask for his men to protect him.

And I thought, how often do we pray 
for God's protection or guidance and 
then not trust Him?

Do we really believe that prayer works?
If so, do we act like it?


The verse for Word Art Wednesday fits in with this thought.
Here is my card for that verse.



Have a great week and as you pray, 
remember God is listening and He answers prayer!