Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bleeding Hearts

This month I finally followed along with Christy's video for her monthly mixed media kit and I have to say I think it is stinkin' cute!  It was just the creative kick in the pants that I needed this week.  These are a cute version of the bleeding heart flower like these
These are much more beautiful in their naturally created state, but I did enjoy a crafty take on them! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Great Exchange

 This is a current journal age I wanted to share.  As with all things I make, it represents an accumulation of several ideas from classes I have taken, other mixed media art I have seen on Pinterest, and my current reflection on scripture.  I started sketching this woman/girl with the thought that inside every woman resides the heart of a girl...for better or worse. I read a really sad blog post this morning about an incest survivor...but what was more sad were the responses that were well meaning but so man centered that there is no real hope in that kind of empathy.  I know very well what it is like to have a battered and bruised heart...and I also know the great sin that emitted from it.  No matter if you heart was well tended or cruelly taken advantage of,  it is still in need of fixing.  By our very nature, we ALL need a heart transplant and cannot rely on the nature we were born with...but  the good news is that we don't have to!   There has been a great exchange made on our behalf...when we respond to the gospel and put our trust in Christ alone.  That makes my heart leap for joy each and every time I consider it...this truth transcends all the sorrows and trials that come each and every day from living in a world so marred by sin.  It enables me to forgive as I have been forgiven and marvel at the amazing love of God the father who has put His righteous anger on Christ on my behalf.  RC Sproul has a short and beautiful narration of this if you'd like to take a listen...here

Friday, August 17, 2012

BEST spaghetti ever!!

I listen to wretched radio regularly as I am crafting.  I usually am informed about Christian worldview issues, encouraged in my efforts to witness boldly for Christ etc.  This week however, Todd Friel (the host) offered to share a recipe for amazing spaghetti.  Lately mine has not been turning out well, so I was intrigued.  I emailed and he responded.  One trip to the grocery store later, and I had the very BEST spaghetti I ever ate.  Not so good for my hips, but oh so very delicious on my lips!!  If you are a pasta lover like me you would want to give this a try!  Here is the link for the recipe....hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fun with PicMonkey App...

This app is so fun and easy to use!  I recently killed my laptop and am trying to re-build a picture gallery in the new one and spent some time playing with these photos from my Droid.
Love and miss this guy so much...he is such a gift from God and my best friend.  I am very thankful for him and that we can still communicate while he is deployed. It has been such a blessing to see how the Lord is growing us both individually and strengthening our relationship in this separation.   We both by God's grace work at it and make every effort to build one another up and pray diligently.  As great as that is...I am very much looking forward to being reunited! Oh, and I have been crafting and making some cool art journal pages...so I promise to share more of that soon too!  Be sure to check out the pic of my needy little poodle friend on the sidebar too ;0). 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Amazing God

As soon as I put some texture and gesso on this page, I knew what I wanted it to be (rare for me)!  It came out pretty close to what I had envisioned except the wonky words...but hopefully their meaning will outweigh their placement!  The mountain ranges and blue water here on the island never cease to cause me to wonder at the marvelous creator and long for the day when I can see him and all things redeemed for His glory.  I am very thankful for not only the free gift of Grace that Christ has given to me....but for the sufficient word that encourages, refreshes and guides me all of my days.  It is a beautiful thing to know God more and more through the scriptures and have them shape and refine my perception of the world and people around me.   He is amazing and so very worthy of all of the life that I have and the devotion that I can give.