art journal, My Documented Life

My Documented Life – Week 17

Shoes! The prompt for Week 17 of The Documented Life Project was to incorporate your favorite shoes onto your page. My current favorite is a pair of canvas shoes. So comfortable and a bit fun. I didn’t do a full journal page, but did some journal cards to do a little journaling. It was a good week.

This last picture is blurry, but it lets you see the layout of all the pages. I’m sure loving this project. It is so relaxing to work on it in the evenings after a long day of work and I love the feeling of creating something to look back on to remember my days….my documented life.

Have a happy Monday!

personal, spiritual

The Unity of Easter

My church, a Church of Christ, joined with the St. Stephen’s Presbyterian church in Irving for Easter. The first half of the service was done by the Presbyterians and the second half by the CofC folks. And it was a beautiful thing. I think John (the C of C preacher…and my husband) said it best…

The best witness for Jesus Christ
 is not what we believe,
 but how we love others. 

And that love was shown in the unified service of two different groups who don’t practice their beliefs in the same way, but love Jesus as one church and one body of believers. Isn’t it wonderful to think of all the believers across the globe lifting up the name of Jesus and praising Him on Sunday mornings? The global church is a powerful presence in the world.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your Lord and your family. Here a few pictures of my wonderful day.

My 2 girls…my daughter (left) and daughter-in-law. Lovely, aren’t they?

The Presbyterian pastor, Ron Salfen

My precious adopted grand-baby!

The beautiful Presbyterian Choir

The stained glass at the front of the church.

Have a blessed Monday, in the afterglow of Easter Sunday.

art journal, My Documented Life

Documented Life Project Week 16 annnnd Happy Mail!

It’s been a crazy week and I’m behind in my journal spread, but I thought I would share what I’ve done so far. The prompt for the week was to use something off of a cardboard food box in your pantry. I grabbed a green tea box and cut the Chinese (I guess it is Chinese!) letter off. I had some stamps that I incorporated as well. It is rather busy, but I suppose I like it okay. I did use one of my gelli prints for a border on the left, which I really liked.

I signed up for the Documented Life Planner Pages workshop and loved it. I tried to make a messy planner page, instead of coloring each day’s space separately. I like it, but I think I will like it better once I add some mixed media items like stickers or tags or something to “dress it up”.

Here is the  whole spread, which I haven’t done anything with yet. I just painted the background. It will look alot better once I finish it with some mixed media items. Just not enough time in my days this week. 

Oh! I did sign up for Happy Mail and I received THREE pieces of happy mail this week!! Basically, it is a huge group of people who share some of their stash of painted papers, ephemera (old book pages, maps, sheet music for backgrounds), scrapbook goodies, etc to use in their Documented Life Journal. It is such a fun way to get new stuff for your journal. You just need to reciprocate once you receive mail. (That’s the hard part for me, because I don’t have cool stuff like others do!)

Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter Sunday.

art journal, My Documented Life

Documented Life Week 15…and Cover

The prompt for Week 15 of The Documented Life Project is: monochromatic…using the same color with varying shades and hues. So I decided to go pink.

I used molding paste for the first time and it was messy! I laid down a stencil, then scraped the paste over it using a plastic knife. It just adds some cool texture, I think.

I did finally paint my cover and it turned out reallllly colorful.

Anyway, this was a fun week and I’m happy with how it turned out.

church, spiritual

Rainy Day Worship

Photo by worradmu

I must confess. I did not want to go to church yesterday. It was cool in my bedroom and I was warm under the covers. Rain beat a gentle rhythm against the roof while thunder rumbled it’s own tune. It was the perfect morning for sleeping in.

But the day was the Lord’s day, not mine. And I’m so glad I trudged out of bed and got myself to church. I love going to church and experiencing God there. I don’t always “feel” Him close like I do at other times, but I always enjoy being with Christ followers who join with me in sitting at the foot of the cross, learning more about the LORD I seek to be like.

Of course, God always impresses truths on my heart through various times in the service. During the communion message I was struck by the thought of Jesus washing his disciples feet…the very ones who would desert him…the very ones who would deny him. Oh, the love of the Jesus runs deep.

During the sermon, John talked about life’s pathways being complex and multifaceted. Pilate had a decision to make regarding Jesus. Set him free and incur the wrath of the Jews? Or hand him over and go against his conscience, knowing Jesus to be innocent. The Jews had a decision as well. Release Barabbas or Jesus? Barabbas was a criminal. Jesus was…well Jesus was encroaching on their territory…ultimately, their pride.  So what do they do? They want to crucify Jesus. The claimed that they had no king but Caesar. What??? They would lay claim to a king that they detested? A king that was unclean? Decisions are not always easy. But there is something to be learned through these scenarios.

We need to learn to humble ourselves and set aside our view of how things should be. Sometimes instead of turning right or left at the fork in the road, we need to turn around and repent. We mustn’t put our trust in ourselves, our knowledge or experience, or church traditions, or political agendas. We must put our trust in the LORD.

Life is all about Him. Loving Him. Loving people. Living a life in relationship with Him. Living a life in relationship with others. It’s about using our gifts and talents to bless others, seeking to please Him in all we do. Sigh….now that is good living.

I’m really glad I didn’t sleep in today.