Verse of the Day

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Waking Up and Turning North

Over the last few weeks, I have been in a funk! I could sit here and give you 20 reasons as to why but they would all be excuses. Because the real reason is simply that I had started snoozing on God and had become complacent.  What frustrates me so much is that this is not the first time this has happened - thankfully, God doesn't keep a record so I am not going to either.  Wednesday was a very stressful and overwhelming day  - to the point all I wanted to do was go home, curl up in a ball and cry! Thursday was a bit better (at least I didn't feel like I was going to break down) and then Thursday night I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, and came across a post by Lysa TerKeurst.  It simply read, "Lord, unrush me!" When I read that I felt God calling my name and saying "Tonya, slow down and remember who I am and all that I have done for you! Don't forget where I have brought you from!"

You see, when I get like that it really comes down to one thing.  I get too busy for God as well feeling like I can do this - I am in control.  Yes I was still reading my morning devotion and spending some time in prayer, but I was also thinking about other things and rushing through my time with Him.  I was rushing through everything just to get through the day for the next day to start all over.  I was in overdrive but going nowhere.

So Friday morning, I slowed down and really spent time with God.  Not necessarily a longer amount of time but it was definitely a  more intimate time with Him and I prayed out loud (it helps me stay focused so that mind doesn't get so easily distracted.) What a sweet time with Jesus I had and let me tell you it was the best day I had had in several weeks!

 I wanted to document this experience in my Art Bible. My mind immediately went to Deuteronomy 2:3 where God tells the Israelites that it is time to stop circling the same old mountain and turn north! They were going to have to turn north to move to the land God had promised them.  You see, the Israelites and I had something in common -- we kept forgetting all the amazing things God had done for us and had gotten comfortable where we were at - so comfortable that we kept dozing off! God had to get their attention - they needed their souls to be woken up and they needed to be told to stop going round and round in the same place because they were not getting anywhere! God knew that was exactly what I needed too!

Before we can move forward with God, we must be awake.  I love Ezekiel 37 where God breaths life into the dry bones and they stand up and come alive! 

Oh Lord, breath your breathe of life on me, awake my soul, & resurrect these dry bones!

 I am ready to stop spinning my wheels, turn north and move forward with YOU LORD wherever that takes me!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

God is Sovereign

This afternoon as I was studying my SS lesson I was once again reminded of His sovereignty.  We have been studying 1 Samuel over the last 3 months and I have learned so much about God throughout this book.  To set the scene, we are now in 1 Samuel 26 and we have seen the Israelites want to be like everyone else so they requested a king.  God reminded them they they were HIS chosen people and were called to be different. He told them that they didn't need a king; however, they kept insisting and finally God told Samuel to tell them ok I will give you a king, but just remember this was your idea and not mine.  Well they got a king alright -- Saul.  Of course Saul ended up doing his own thing (if you want details, read 1 Samuel) and God had to choose a new king for Israel. He sent Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king.  The youngest of Jesse's sons (12-13 years old) was out in the field minding his own business (he was actually taking care of the sheep) when he was called to come in. God spoke to Samuel and told him that David was the one to be anointed as the next king of Israel.

There are many things that happen between then and where we are at in the study but let's just say that things have not gone smoothly for David.  After being anointed as king (keep in mind Saul was still king and would be for several years), David defended God's honor by killing Goliath, he served Saul faithfully, and he became very popular with the people.  He had God's hand on Him!

But all this made Saul crazy jealous and as a result Saul begins an irrational pursuit after David - Saul wanted David dead!  David is literally running for his life.  In 1 Samuel 24, we see David gets a perfect opportunity to kill Saul, but David spares his life instead.

Now in 1 Samuel 26, David once again has a chance to kill Saul (and by human thought, he should have every right to.) However, David says in 1 Samuel 26: 9-11 "But David said to Abishai, “Don’t kill Saul! No one can harm the Lord’s appointed king and still be innocent! 10 As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord himself will punish Saul. Maybe Saul will die naturally, or maybe he will go into battle and be killed. 11 But may the Lord keep me from harming his appointed king! Take the spear and water jug that are near Saul’s head. Then let’s go.”

Do you see this? David is on the run -- truly fearing for his life from a crazy insane king (others have seen this so its not a secret) and here is a chance to kill Saul.  But David realizes that it is not his place to do this.  He cannot take matters into his own hands - he decides instead to trust the sovereignty of God! David realizes that God's ways are better than His ways.

David extends grace to Saul just as Jesus extends grace to us.

How quick are we to take matters into our own lives instead of allowing God to handle it? How quick are we to want revenge when we feel betrayed? Yet, what we really need to do is extend grace to those who have hurt us and let God handle the rest!!!!

God is sovereign - His ways are always better!

In His Love,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Latest Bible Journaling Entries

Over the last couple of weeks I have been able to do a little bit of Bible journaling. I so enjoy this form of worship - it's a perfect way to combine God's Word with some creativity.

Most of the time I choose a verse based on what I am needing to hear from God.  This first one here is a great reminder that on the day I was saved I was changed - redeemed - chosen - exalted - righteous - I am no longer defeated, guilty, shamed, hopeless -- I have been and continue to be changed! My name is based on who I am in Jesus!

 This entry is based on one I saw at We Three Kings and is a line from a song by Rend Collective.  I love the visual of God's mercy pouring down on me like confetti!!! Oh how thankful i am for His mercy!!!!

This was a simple entry as a reminder of what faith is. One of my favorite chapters in the bible is Hebrews 11 - the hall of FAITH!!!

Last Sunday, our new pastor brought a message on genesis 3:9 and it spoke straight to my heart! We cannot hide from God  -- He always knows where we are at and He is constantly pursuing us.

Oh how I need to be reminded on a daily basis that my Lord is my rock, my stronghold, my shield, my refuge, my fortress!!!! He is always going to be there for me and will always be there to protect me and fight for me!

I love how God can speak so loudly to us with His Word - we just have to stop and listen!

In His Love,

Monday, August 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Passionate About Pockets

I am excited that you have decided to join us on our CTMH Technique Blog Hop this month where we are focusing on "Pockets". These pockets could be our flip-flaps, pocket cards (Picture my Life cards) or any version of a pocket you could think of.

If you are here from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.

I decided to use a variety of our Picture My Life cards and overlays.  I am still working on getting our Easter photos preserved and using these cards helped me get 4 pages completed on Saturday in about 2 hours.  I love how easy these are to use as well as how versatile!!!

For this first layout, I used the pocket cards and photos on a 12 x 12 cardstock to place in a standard page protector for the left side and used the pocket cards and photos on the right side in one of the pocket page protectors.  I am using the Calypso cards as well as the watercolor PML cards.

In the layout above, I used one of the black overlay cards that has the word 'Happy' on it to go over the picture n the middle of Big Daddy playing with Jase & Ten on the floating dock.  

Here is a short video tutorial showing the watercolor cards:

For my second layout, I continued using the Calypso papers and again one side is in the pocket page protector and the other side is on a regular 12 x 12 layout.

In the above layout on the top left picture & bottom right one,  I again used one of the black overlays.  I love how these overlays adds an extra pop to some of the pictures.

I put together another short video to show you how these pages fit in my album and why I chose to combine a pocket layout with a traditional layout.

Now hop on over to Kirsten's Blog to see how passionate she is about pockets!!!

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about pocket cards and the many different ways they can be used.  You can browse our pocket scrapbooking supplies by clicking here.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thin Cuts ... No Stamping Needed

I love how CTMH is always coming up with ways to help us be creative in a way that is beautiful and easy.  They released these last year but I have just now ordered my first set and after seeing this video I can't wait to get mine in!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Easter Memories with Flip-Flaps

Today was a much needed day of rest along with some time for a little scrapping'.  I started working on our Easter layouts again and today I was able to complete a two page layout with 24 pictures on it! YES 24!!!!

This layout features CTMH Penelope paper (just retired last month), the Whimsy Fundamentals paper and the Penelope complements. I was able to put 24 pictures on here using our 3" x 4" flip-flaps. 

I love this banner using the compliments and silver puffies!

Check out this video here to see how I was able to get 24 pictures on these two pages!!!

Contact me to get your own set of flip-flaps so you can begin preserving your memories.  You can also visit my website to start shopping - make sure you click on the Amazing August online party to receive a free goodie from me when you place your order.

If you would like to set a time for me to show you how to do this, send me a message!