Here's what I've been up to lately. I painted the cover with wall putty to add some texture, then painted it with acrylics- first yellow, then pink, then peach. When the paint was dry, I looked through my paper cut outs, and arranged various pictures on the cover.
It's funny about art- you never know what's going to come out. Sometimes you're inspired, and sometimes you're lazy. One thing I've learned is you don't stop when you're tired or lazy. Sometimes you don't particularly like what's forming but we need to get rid of the inner critic that says, "That's ugly! Throw it away!" I look at some of the animals God has created- even if they looked strange, God didn't destroy them! Here's fangtooth and below is the angora rabbit. If I made them, I'd be tempted to hide the !mistake. But God didn't destroy these and other strange looking creatures. In Genesis, after creating anything, He said, "It is very good!" meaning He appreciated them all! We should follow our Father and learn to appreciate our own creations and not be too hard on ourselves!
Remember that the goodness of the Lord never ceases! I like to think of God as an Artist who paints our lives in many colors! His outstretched hand is always eager to bless us, love us, brighten our lives! If we expect God to fill our cup to overflowing, He will do so! If we believe Him, and claim the promises in the Bible, we will not be like the Israelites who did not believe and as a result did not reach the Promised Land! I have a little book of Affirmations which I keep reading and repeating because faith comes from HEARING the word of God!
Here's my faith journal entry for February 18- the reading for the day was about Noah and how when he got off the boat and got on dry ground, he immediately offered a holocaust to the Lord. Can you imagine how grateful he must have been? What amazed me about his story of Noah was that out of all the people of the earth, God saved him because he was righteous. And I thought, oh no, if something like this happened today, would I be saved? In 2Corinthians 5:21, it says "For our sake, He made Him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ." God made a way! He also made Noah a promise that He wouldn't destroy the earth like that again! Here's my crayon etching of Noah and the rainbow. To download a powerpoint about Noah for kids, you can go to www.4shared.com and search for noah.
Here are the ladies who attended my last workshop about creative faith journaling. What an enthusiastic group of sisters! After we gave our presentation, some of them shared how reluctant they were because they didn't have a creative bone in their body! But as one sister said, we just have to take one step at a time, just as in any learning experience! If we take one step towards God, He makes giant strides towards us- and our pilgrim's journey becomes a partnership of discovery. Blog Candy Update: Look at all these goodies Susie from the UK is giving away!
I've been quite busy today. I finished 2 journals. First, I made several signatures. I then chose from my stash of vintage leather jackets which ones I would make into the covers. I cut the leather to size. One black jacket had a snap accent which I used for a closure. I embellished the red journal with a resin medallion. Sewing the signatures to the leather, wasn't as easy as I thought! You need to think about the process and I didn't, so I got into a lot of dead ends!
Blog candy update: Melissa is giving away some nice stuff on her blog. Taylor is offering some yummy colored chalk. Be sure to visit. Kim of Vancouver is putting some clear stamps up for grabs in celebration of her 100,000 hits.
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Welcome to my blog HeARTworks! Greetings from the Philippines! My name is Patsy and I've been married for 19 years to a man with a good heart. We have one son who is as funny as his dad. I have been working in our family business, papemelroti, since I was 11. When I get home from work, I stay in my craft room and make collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and think of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. I would be happy for you to use anything on my blog, but please link to me and leave me a comment. I want to be passionate about God's passions so I also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about our service in the QC Jail.