Deliverance: Be Still and See

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In Exodus 14, the Israelites had just been released from bondage from the Egyptians, but they were now being pursued by the Egyptian army. The problem was they had come to the Red Sea and were now trapped.

Their only hope was in the Lord.

The Egyptians were powerful. They had chariots and weapons that could easily wipe out the unarmed Israelites. And yet, their only hope turned out to be the Lord as well…just like the Israelites.

God was in control here. Not the Egyptians. Not Moses. Just God. The Israelites were terrified and cried out to Moses, asking him why he had brought them out of Egypt, only to be slaughtered by the Egyptians. They needed to see that it was the Lord calling them out of Egypt…not Moses.

Stand and see the hand of the Lord. 

Sometimes what we need is to stop and truly see what is really going on around us. We need to open our eyes and see the Lord at work on our behalf. God is calling us out of slavery and we need ears to hear and eyes to see the call.

Israel struggled with unbelief. They couldn’t seem to understand God’s great love for them and His desire to give them freedom. And yet God calls them still, wooing them, showing Himself to be the God that can deliver them into freedom.

God is drawing people to Himself. He has a great love for humanity and is calling them out of bondage, out of captivity.

We need to believe…truly believe that God loves us and  is calling us. He wants us to be free in Him and His love. Like the Israelites, we need to see the Lord fighting the battle on our behalf. The battle does not belong to us, but to the Lord.

Once we believe and see the Lord at work, we must be ready to walk the path He opens up for us. Standing still requires steps of faith. We must walk boldly wherever the Lord leads us, for the path He lays out for us will be one of great peace and even greater adventure.

Be still and see the Lord at work on your behalf.

**From my notes from John Ketchersid’s sermon 9-28-14.

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My Documented Life: Week 37

The challenge for Week 37 of The Documented Life Project was to use a white pen all over your page. I decided to go soft and make a background for some lettering and I loved how it turned out. The paint is watered down acrylics (Dina Wakley brand) and the colors are so happy. I also used a lot of “happy mail” pieces that I have received. It made for a lively spread.

Happy Wednesday!

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People of Blessing

“I will” 

These words were spoken several times by God when he spoke to Abraham about the plans laid out for him.

“Go to the land I will show you.”  

Abraham believed God and acted on that belief. He didn’t know what would happen in the land where God was sending him, but he left his homeland and family to do as God commanded. Abraham never would have gone off on his own. He needed God to tell him to. Like Abraham, we have limited vision. We can’t see the big picture and need God to show us where he is wanting us to go. Ask God to show the path He has for you. 
“I will bless you.”
Abraham was childless, but God’s promise to grow his descendants was true. We need to remember that God is at work beyond our abilities. Sometimes current events can be deceiving and it takes a longer view to see the blessings to come. God’s not concerned with our ability or inability. He can work through it all. His concern is for His mission in the world, the plan He has for all mankind.
“All peoples will be blessed through you.”

God’s mission is to reconcile the world back to Himself. He wants everyone to love Him and be in relationship with Him and that is accomplished through Jesus Christ, His Son. All people are blessed through Abraham because Christ is a descendant of Abraham. Because of Jesus, people can come to know God in an intimate way and have a relationship with him. And when we are in a relationship with Him, we become more and more like Him, and therefore a blessing to those around us.  

Can you imagine a people that puts others’ interests before their own? Can you imagine a people that makes decisions based on the benefit of others and not themselves? The people of God, when truly in tune with Him…when transformed into Christ’s image, are a people like that. They are a people of blessing. 
What are you doing to become a person of blessing? 

***Taken from my notes on the sermon by John Ketchersid on 9/14/2014.***

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My Documented Life: Week 36

I loved the challenge for week 36: Black and White. Actually, I think it may be my favorite challenge yet. The contrast is so striking, especially the white pen on black. I just love the way the whole spread turned out. (Especially since I added a touch of color to the middle pages…I couldn’t help myself.)

YES! I know I spelled believe wrong. I’m crazy, what can I say?

Have a great day!

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My Documented Life: Week 35

I’m behind a week, but here is my spread for Week 35. The challenge was to draw or alter a face. I drew a face a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I’d find a face in a magazine and alter it.  I found a face that looked rather sad, so I thought I’d “lighten” her up a bit. Sadly, I just made her rather scary. Oh well, some weeks are better than others and I’m okay with that.

Have a great week!


My Artsy Labor Day Holiday – Part 1

I enjoy being home. And really enjoy being home when I can create something fun. So on this Labor Day holiday, I used a birthday gift to Hobby Lobby and bought some canvas, paint, thread, and zippers to make a zippered bag/clutch. I took an online workshop from Roben-Marie Smith, a fabulous artist whose art I LOVE. I watched the videos, then got busy on the project.

First I painted some canvas.

Then I made the bag. It was so easy…even the zipper! Yes, you heard me right. The zipper was easy-and I didn’t even have a zipper-foot! A HUGE thanks to my parents who took my sewing machine and had it fixed for my birthday. I’m thrilled with it!

So here is my finished bag. I am super proud of it, since it has been ages since I’ve sewn anything other than hemming some curtains.

This is the back of the bag.

Now I’m off to attempt the second part of the workshop….making a journal with the other half of the canvas. Wish me luck!