January 26, 2015

Blessed

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The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 are well known in Christian circles.

  • Blessed are the spiritually poor - the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
  • Blessed are those who mourn - they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek and gentle - they will inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness - they will be filled.
  • Blessed are the merciful - they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are those who are pure in heart - they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers - they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness - the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

In today's world, these do not make a whole lot of sense. We strive for success, wealth, strength, and power. Being poor in anything makes us look weak, right?

When is it better to poor than wealthy?
When is it better to mourn than celebrate?
When is it better to be meek and gentle rather that assertive and powerful?
When is it better to hunger than be sated?
When is it better to show mercy than asserting my rights?
When is it better to stand for purity than follow the crowd?
When is it better to be a peacemaker than to take a side?
When is it better to be persecuted than to seek safety?

It is inside the COMMUNITY of the church...other believers...where the beatitudes make sense. 

Jesus is building a new community...a new church. Not a church for the righteous, but for sinners...for the broken. If we, as Christ followers, do not understand our own brokenness, we have a big problem. We tend to want to hide our brokenness, but as a community of believers, we are to share our burdens and find rest in grace that Christ provides. The church is a group of the broken offering grace and hope to the broken in the world.

When left to our own devices, we struggle with anxiety, trying to live a life that doesn't meet up with the vision we have created for the life we want to live. But in community, life is better than the life of the individual. It would be hard for a hand to work on it's own, without the eye seeing the need and telling it how and where to work. They need each other to do what's needed. So it is with the body of Christ. It's in the body of Christ that we find our true purpose and meaning.

Community is better than the individual. It is blessed. 

How are you living in community today?

***Taken from the notes from John Ketchersid's sermon 1/25/2015.


January 21, 2015

Documenting My Faith

So I have joined the Documented Faith group. It is kind of a spin off of the Documented Life Project. Basically, I'm joining the 2 projects. I'm doing one journal...the big one... for the art challenge. Then the smaller journal..the Moleskin journal...is what I'm using to document my life and my faith. I'm adding scripture to go along with the monthly theme in DF, and I'm adding scripture that relates to my One Word that I've chosen for the year. I think this is going to work for me and I am loving it.

I thought I'd share my pages, because I am loving my life and I cherish my faith. Scripture is such an important part of my life and I love how God speaks to me through the words I read in the Bible. There is truth there...truth that sets me free.







January 19, 2015

My Art Journal: Week 3 - Documented Life Project 2015

The challenge for week 3 of The Documented Life  Project 2015 is to use the color wheel. The prompt is a quote by Georgia O'Keefe: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way...".

I knew I wanted to use more white space, so after gluing some book pages on the pages, I covered them with gesso, then sprayed Dylusions ink onto the middle of the spread, leaving the edges white. I pulled out my molding paste and spread some through a round stencil, and the color from the ink soaked through, leaving a beautiful "color wheel". I add some under paper, stamps, journaling, and black paint, then wrote the Prompt on the right side.

This was a fun challenge and I finally felt like I did something different. It was fun...kinda scary, but fun.







Have a great day!!!

January 14, 2015

My Art Journal - Week 2 : Documented Life Project 2015



The challenge this week in the Documented Life Project 2015 was to add gesso to your page. The prompt was: "The beginning is always today" -Mary Shelley


I didn't cover my pages with gesso first like most did. I painted it with orange, pink, and white, then added black gesso on the edges and here and there on the page. After stamping, adding collage papers, and journaling, I called it finished. I love the color and the black together.











Have a fabulous Wednesday! 


January 10, 2015

My Art Journal - Week 1: Documented Life Project 2015

So Week 1's prompt of the Documented Life Project was to us book pages in your spread. The month's theme is to face your fear of the blank page and so Week 1's challenge was to cover your page with book pages. So I covered my spread with pages from a songbook, a dictionary, a crossword puzzle and also pieces of the inside of safety envelopes. I painted with watered down acrylics, painted circles and used some stamps. I did a little journaling on the page and added a cool magazine piece in the middle. I wrote my goals for the year underneath the flap that I made out of a large recipe card that I painted with black gesso and glued a piece of my underpaper on. Adding some washi tape finished off the piece. It's not my favorite, but it turned out okay. (And I kept adding stuff to the page so you can't even see the book pages....too bad....I love book pages.)











January 05, 2015

My 30 Year Anniversary with John

Today is a very special day. It is my 30th wedding anniversary. It is crazy to think I've been married that long, and yet it seems like only yesterday that I was getting ready to walk down the aisle to the love of my life. Time certainly does fly when you are having fun.

Being married to John is an adventure. He is the most wonderful person you will ever meet. He is kind, gentle, godly, and has THE best sense of humor. Even when life throws a curve ball, he has a way of bringing a smile to my face each and every day.

He is my greatest blessing and I thank God each and every day that He gifted me with John as my husband.

Here's to 30 more years!!!









January 03, 2015

Documented Life Project 2015: Making the Cover


So I thought I would document the making of my cover for the Documented Life Project 2015. I always get asked how I do layers so here you go. This is how I do it.


First I used a matt gel medium to glue pieces of torn pages onto my journal cover. The pieces are from song books, dictionary pages, and the inside of safety envelopes (mostly from bills).





After it dried, I spread watered down acrylics around on the page. I pooled the pink around the edges, then let it drip and run over the cover. 


Now the fun part. I started stamping. I used black ink to stamp the feathers and the arrows. Then I used red acrylic paint to stamp the paisleys. Then I used a 2-1/4" circle punch to punch out circles from some of my "under paper" (under paper is the paper I put under the project I'm working on. It is where I clean off my brushes, stamps, brayers, etc.) After I glued the circles down, I went around them in red paint. I also used 2 circles as flowers and painted the outline in black and colors the petals with the red paint. Then I used the end of a toilet paper roll to dip in white paint and put marks on the page. I added black dots inside the white circles. (I did add some green distress paint before I stamped...I forgot about that.) I also used a black Signo uniball pen to write some words and scripture on the cover.


Next I took a black Neocolour II crayon and drew around the edges and around the flowers and circles. I took a water brush (or a wet paintbrush) and smudged the black around. I used my finger to smudge it more. It wasn't as dark as I wanted so I used my Pentel india ink brush pen to loosely spread ink around, then quickly wiped it around with an old rag to smudge the ink. That worked exactly like I wanted. 


Then I added my word for the year. I cut some squares out of card stock, then painted them with black gesso. After it was dried, I used a white Signo Uniball pen to write my letters. Then I adhered the letters with the matt gel medium. After it dried, I put a thin layer of gel medium over the whole thing to seal it. I may use a better sealer later...not sure. 


To finish it off, I gathered several pieces of thread and ribbon and tied a bow on the elastic. I think it added a nice touch. 




Have a great day!


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