It is nearly time for another challenge and I have only just created something for this #15.
If you have not already done so please pop over to Patter's blog HERE and read her teaching on the theme for this challenge.
"People are not your audience, God is." This is something that Patter shared on her blog and it is to true and yet I so often live my life the opposite. I live my life as though I am trying to please the world but no, that is not what the Lord is saying to me. I need to take hold of the scripture I have used on my digital artwork. I need to look to the Lord to sustain me - not me sustain myself.
for my artwork I used products by Lori Imel in her kit called "Summer in Bloom" and the paint splatter is by JIC Creations from Summer Fun.
Please visit Patter's blog HERE to read her teaching on her chosen theme of "Maturity".
The verse I have shared is from the Voice version of the Bible and I felt the words fitted the theme well.
We should not be thinking like children but still should be innocent about the evil and sinfulness of the world around us - in other words we are not to have any part of it. We need to be mature in our understanding and to do this we need to get to know God's word more and more so we can recall it to mind when the things of the world tempt us to go the wrong way, make the wrong choices, say the wrong things.
For my art I decided to use childish embellishments which was fun as I do not think I have used this digital kit ever before.
( digital kit used - Kindergarten Kisses by Kathryn Estry Designs; font - KG Primary Penmanship)
This fortnight Patter's theme is "Religion". Please read her thoughts here
It took me sometime to find the Scripture that I wanted to use but eventually the Lord lead me to the one I needed. I feel it works so well with the truth in the quote I have also used on my page.
Our Heavenly Father wants a personal relationship with us... nothing we can do will earn us His love. He already loves us because He allowed His Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ to die in our place.
I saw the black branches reaching up on my page symbolize us trying to reach up to God which is what "religion" tries to do. The reality is that God reached down to us.
Here is a link to a song by The Imperials which was a group I enjoyed and I think I owned two of their records back in the early 80s. When I first heard the song, I reacted negatively but when I really listened to the words it all makes sense.... our Christian denomination ( the Church we worship with) does not get us to Heaven.
Here is my artwork:
The digital kit I used is by Red Dog Designs and is a free one given to members over at Just Art Scrapbooking
If you have not already visited Patter's blog, please do so HERE so you can read her teaching based on her chosen theme for this fortnight.
The scripture I used is from The Voice Bible. Most other versions of the Bible have the word "sanctified" instead of "set yourselves apart and live holy lives". This is truly the meaning of the word sanctified... set apart, holy.
My husband and I many years ago came across a book everyone should read and I should possibly read it again as it is only small. The book is "Found God's Will" by John Macarthur JR. Briefly the book teaches that there are 6 steps to finding God's Will and these are the steps:
We are to be Saved
and if all these are operating in your life...... Do Whatever You Want
If you are living a life of being Saved ( believe in Jesus death on your behalf) , Spirit Filled (allow the Holy Spirit to fill your life ), Sanctified (living a holy life) , Submissive ( to God), Suffering ( even brief persecution for your faith), then you will only want to do the things God wants you to.
I enjoyed creating my digital page for this. I made the frame with the words, following a tutorial I found on a new Digital Scrapbooking forum I have just discovered and become active on - Just Art Scrapbooking.
I have used the digital kit Home Sweet Home by Wisteria Moments
I finally found time to create a page for this challenge of Patters. Please visit her blog HERE to read her teaching centered on the word she chose for us this fortnight - " share".
When deciding what scripture to use on my digital art, I felt led in the direction of us sharing our faith with others and I felt this verse from 1 Peter 5 was a good teaching. We are to share our faith by the example we set for others. When talking about Jesus and what He did for us in dying on the cross for our sins, we are not to "lord it over" those we talk to.... we are not speak in a way that makes the person feel inferior.
( for my digital art I used a kit called Blue Fantasy by Indigo Designs)
For this challenge Patter has given us the word STILL and you can find her teaching on her blog HERE
Once I read the word, I knew I just had to use one of my well quoted verses - Psalm 46:10 . It is a verse a Christian friend gave me some years ago when I was getting over busy with caring for my elderly parents. So the Lord keeps reminding me at times that I let my life get too busy and do not stop and just "Be Still".
The digital items I chose to work with because... the blue paper which you can see glimpse of newspaper represents that we let the world events take our focus of being Still with God. The Butterfly is because even though it is a gentle creature ... it is a very busy one and at times when you watch them they do not rest for long. The heart flowers represents our Triune God.
for my digital art I used two kits by Vera Lim - Lavender Sweetie and Blue Meadow