I am working on the sketchbook project for 2018. It is a small little sketchbook that will be in The Brooklyn Art Library.
The theme I picked is “no worries”. I believe no matter where you live in the world we all have worries but if we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are saved by grace. We can give our worries to him and have joy and peace inside no matter what troubles are in the world.
I am painting global women from all around the world who are determined to live a life filled with joy and peace in their hearts or you could call it no worries.
These are not perfect women, they are just ordinary women living with their faith in God who has granted them the grace of salvation.
Hope you will enjoy seeing these women. Meet Bethany.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
And God blessed man. Genesis 1:1,27
Blessed is the man who is like a tree planted by streams of water
That yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither. Psalms 1:3
Behold, the virgin Mary shall conceive and bear a son,
And they shall call his name Immanuel
(which means, God with us.) Matthew 1:23
My word for 2018 is TRUTH.
My wish for this year is a new beginning, a blessed year.
A year we attain wisdom, understanding, and truth.
May this year bear much fruit.
May I stay in the word and through the word know and live these principles.
This is my goal for 2018.
Grace, n underserved, unmerited, unearned, favor.
I am a Christian, I’m not perfect, I mess up, but God’s Grace is bigger than my sins.
A thousand times I have failed and still your mercy remains, and if I stumble again I’m caught in your Grace.
Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show his strength in your life.
My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Went to my second bible journaling class tonight. This is what we worked on tonight. Will show it again when I am finished. It is a WIP- work in progress.
I am taking a colored pencil class and we are drawing a fig leaf. This project took a few days, as I spent a few hours each time, working on the project. i started off with a new velvety leaf and by the time I got to the end my fig leaf was dry and crumbled up. Therefore my colored pencil fig leaf evolved through the days just like the real leaf.
This fig leaf reminds me of our lives with Christ. We can either be velvety fresh and green and always ready to learn new things through his word or we can become dried up and crumble if we let the enemy in our life and walk away from his word.
Spend time each day in his word and refresh yourself with his life flowing water (word).
Even though I don’t like eating figs I did enjoy drawing this leaf!
God so loved the world that he released and literally chose to give His only begotten son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish!
You were like sheep going astray. 1Peter 2:25
That’s what God says we are like-lost lambs. Human beings are incapable of finding salvation on their own. God had to provide that salvation on His own, and this is what he has done.
What I am reading this morning from the book below:
Our Pastor spoke about this verse Sunday at church and it really made me think about what kind of path we leave as we go through life and others see. I want my children and grand children to know and see that I follow the straight path. I am not perfect and I stumble upon many rocks along the way but I do have Jesus Christ who gives me peace and joy as I travel this path. I know that Jesus died for me on the cross so that mine and your sins may be forgiven. He freely gives us grace and salvation all we have to do is open that door and let Jesus in our heart.You will never be the same again. Some people think it means you become boring and no fun, a slave, chained, but it is the exact opposite. You are in chains and darkness until you find Jesus Christ.The freedom, the light, the love Jesus gives is radical. As you go through life, yes there will be sorrow and tough times, but deep inside you can find the peace and joy to survive that only Jesus can give. We have hope knowing one day we will be with Jesus Christ. So choose to walk the straight path that others can see which leads to Jesus and his love, peace, and joy.
As I drive to work each morning I cross over this 3 mile bridge that has the most spectacular views of the water. It is my time to take a deep breath, draw in the beauty around me and thank God for all the things he has provided in my life! As I was admiring his beauty these word came to me and I wanted to share them with you. The picture of the clouds is a photo I took while walking along the beach. I hope it brings you encouragement. Jesus is always there for you just breathe in his word each morning before you start your day, breathe in his spirit to help guide you as you go through your day, breathe in his life to help you be more like him as you walk in your journey, breathe in his beauty that is all around you if you just look for it, and breathe in his LOVE that is always there to comfort you and give you peace and joy even in times of trouble and hardship.
Bible Journaling, who ever heard of such? I am not sure if it is because I was raised Catholic or what but I have always considered the bible something scared that you did not write in it, I might place notes, cards, etc… In it but never write in my bible. I guess as a Catholic I felt God was this almighty, powerful God that I feared, and therefore could not get close to him. I have learned though the years that I can have a close personal relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. The bible is God’s love relationship with us, and he and I can talk to each other through the word. I can write, journal, in my bible my thoughts, fears, important verses I want to remember, etc… And it is ok.
I have been looking a lot at bible journaling lately. Today I decided to do my first bible journaling, nothing beautiful , but it is a start.