Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WOYWW: Unfathomable Riches!

I have been busy
making these canvas collages.

I cut up an old sweater
and used the flowers and beads
in it to make these flowers. 

Now I am embroidering 
the stems and leaves with
crochet thread. 

"To me, the least of all believers, was given the grace to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ..." Ephesians 3:8

I like pondering that phrase, "unfathomable riches". In the Amplified Bible, we find "unending, boundless, incalculable and exhaustless riches, wealth, treasure of Christ which no human being could have searched out". When men find the pearl of great price, they sell everything they have to buy it and make it their own. No wonder many men and women have given their lives when they find out God's secret plan to make us co-heirs with Christ and sharers of the promises of God. Today is the feast day of 8 Jesuit missionaries who were martyred in North America. Saint John de Bréveuf was tortured by the native tribes he and his companions were trying to evangelize. He was "baptized" in boiling water, mutilated and scalped. The Iroquois also drank his blood as they wanted to 'capture' his courage! The Mohawk beat St. Isaac Jogues with sticks, tore out his fingernails, then gnawed the ends of his fingers until finger bones were visible. He managed to escape but he returned to the Mohawks, only to be captured and cruelly tortured again. Before he died, Saint Isaac proclaimed, "These tortures are great, but God is greater."
Today, we usually do not have to endure torture and suffering to possess the unfathomable riches Saint Paul is talking about. But each of us has our own mission, using the gifts and resources God gives us. Lord, may I be willing to do whatever it takes, big or small, to follow You, to do Your will, and make You visible in this world through my words and deeds. 

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!

I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:



  1. what a wonderful way to use an old sweater, they look gorgeous!! Helen #1

  2. Beautiful page and what a great way to repurpose an old sweater! Have a great week! Vickie #11

  3. Loving your canvas - what a fabulous idea and what a superb result.
    Love your bible journal page - beautiful painting.
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

  4. Hi Patsy. Lovely collage pieces.
    The unsearchable, unfathomable riches of Christ. Beautiful, and, oh boy, how aware of Him have I been this past few weeks! Thank you Jesus.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #6

  5. great background on the canvases and the texture on those flowers is just awesome, a blooming joyful garden, Happy WOYWW Vicky #9

  6. More fantastic artwork. Blessings. Elaine no. 16

  7. Loving your happy flowers and amazing drawing! Enjoy your week! zsuzsa #22

  8. Gorgeous canvas and bible illustration.
    sandra de @28

  9. Ah so nice to catch up again Patsy and read one of your beautiful post and see you're lovely creations, truly how rich we are n our Lord Jesus, Paul suffered much fir the cause of Christ so he could say these words with authority indeed. How I love our Lord, and thank Him for His many mercies.
    Happy WOYWW, Shaz in Oz.x 30

  10. Beautiful collages. Love them. Great way to use odds and ends and favourite old clothes!

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #34

  11. Super flowers, BJ#21

  12. Lovely to see you Patsy, I hope you're well! I'm happy to see your beautiful style extends to making old clothes lovely once again.

  13. Your canvases are gorgeous! I love the variety of visual and actual textures and colors. Have a great week! Heather (waywardgypsy) #50? #51?

  14. I love the idea of your collaged canvas. Using up an old sweater is a great way to recycle/upcycle. And, the addition of the embroidery is something I would have never considered. Fabulous!
    Hope #45

  15. Hi Patsy,
    What a great way to re-purpose clothing. I have an outfit that I long outgrew but have held on to because of the fabric. Someday I'll know exactly what to make with it!

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (44)

  16. I love the collages. Using an old sweater to embroider is a great idea. I read your story about the Saints. I will be doing further reading this weekend on them.
    Chris # 31

  17. Your flowers are absolutely delightful. I love that you used recycled materials. Gorgeous painting too. hugs, Teresa

  18. Wonderful collage. Love that you recycled a sweater. Lovely Bible art journal page.

    1. sorry. forgot to add Happy WOYWW week! LisaDV #35

  19. Such a horrific story!Unfortunately true though...

    No matter how hard life may be, and how cruel people are to us,
    it is the Light and Love that wins in The End. We just have to keep being close to God.


    SusanLotus nr 32, WOYWW.


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