Monday, January 28, 2013

The Year of Faith

My husband and I went on a retreat
for the weekend,
and one of the things the priest said
during the homily was:
"Stir into flame the gift of God,"
quoting from 2 Timothy 1:6.

For Catholics,
we are in the midst of the
Year of Faith.
Father Alex Balatbat said that
the Year of Faith is not only about
our faith in God, but also about
God's faith in us.
He said that when God sees us
He sees Himself because we are 
created in His image.
He sees our potential,
He sees our possibilities,
He sees our gifts and talents.

One of the things we must learn to do
is to REJOICE!
It says in Nehemiah 8:10 that we
MUST rejoice,
and it will be our strength.
No matter how many gifts and talents we have,
there will always be challenges and
we must rejoice in the midst of this!
Talents, opportunities, plus
Unbeatable combination!!!!

This morning I was reading the 
9th Chapter of the Hebrews.
"Christ did not enter into a sanctuary
made by hands,
a copy of the true one,
but heaven itself,
that He might appear before God 
on our behalf."
Heb. 9:24

The really unbeatable combination is
we have Jesus Christ as
our high priest interceding on our behalf!!!

Every week I choose one wonderful visitor
who leaves a comment
to receive an ATC from me.
I know it takes so much time and effort
to leave a comment
and I appreciate it soooo much!

What are the odds that this week, 
for the second time in a row, chose,
#13, the ever popular and witty 
Julia Dunnit of 



  1. God's inspired word for the day. Thanks!

  2. Beautiful paintings and verses.

  3. Doing a belated skip around the WOYWW posts!

    Your pages are pages are just beautiful - and wow, so are those ATCs!

    Ali #77

  4. Learning to rejoice in the midst of trials is so key living a fulfilling life! Have a blessed week!

  5. loved all of this message; thank you! We've been studying nehemiah, too.

  6. Always a wonderful message, patsy. You are like a breath of fresh air for my soul. Thank you for sharing with us, and may God continue to bless your efforts and make His face to shine on you!
    Word Art Wednesday

  7. I hopped over from Barbie's hop, love, love your creative artwork. I jump up and down rejoice to see how God blesses the body with such a variety of creativity!

  8. Patsy,
    Youreally are a servant of God. Your work is always so beautiful and your mesaages so uplifting.
    Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

  9. Stir into deeply that resonates! Thinking deep and gained much from your message here.

  10. Love to see others artwork. I cannot draw if my life depended on it, but my children got the drawing gene from their daddy. Thank you for sharing your gift.
    Keep up the God work.

  11. Patsy, I love Nehemiah! It doesn't matter "how many gifts and talents we have, there will always be challenges." And through it all, He is our reason to REJOICE! I so appreciate your encouragement and your beautiful artwork!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy