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Right after my operation OCA got in touch with me about my drawing submission asking if I wished to postpone as they had a lot of them for this assessment event. I thought about it and how great the timing was as I wasnt happy with the work I was going to send off and the fact that my operation meant I would’ve had to rush to get it all ready. So I explained about my surgery and that I was happy to do this. I felt it was right and that the Lord wished me to rework my work for it (something the uni encourages but I didn’t want to do as I had such a hard time doing it first time round). As I have worked on it though I feel this even more, I will discuss this later as I do more as I feel there will be more to share.

This has meant though that other creative work has gone a little which I am not too happy about. I still write in a prayer journal and write for my bible studies plus I have just started keepng a little daily journal to write and draw what I do each day to remind me of all my blessings and what the Lord does for me each day. (a page of that I shared on instagram is below)

I am hoping to be able to do more in my scripture/art journal but I do have a couple of pages I did just before my surgery I would like to share.

Just before my surgery I found I wanted to read the Bible a lot, and I was lead to read a few times about the 3 Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were sent into the fire by King Nebuchadnezzar and they where protected by Jesus in there, (Daniel 3) as I read this I knew I was being prepared for my operation but I didn’t realise that it was going to be so soon!

These are the pages I did during that time.

And this is the song that inspired this page as I heard it everywhere.

It amazes me how he prepares us for what is coming, how He does things that at the time we may not understand but it is all part of his purpose and plan. I have only been following the Lord a little over a year but I can look back and see how my life has been changed and how he was used things for my greater good, even when they dont feel that nice, that isn’t what He promises. Being comfortable doesnt change you or make you a better person and yes the Lord could change us without us doing anything but then that would mean it isnt in our own will and that our love is forced, not willing. My pastor likes to say that the Lord didnt make robots, He made people and well, would we really like it if we were robots?

I really do hope that I can do more pages than I have been again as I really enjoy them but I also know that the Lord will be using what I learn with uni for his glory as well and I know that all the hard work will be worth it as he puts nothing in our lives that He won’t use for His glory. Everything we do is for the Lord when we are His children.

God Bless!

N.b – I wrote this last week and then ended up doing another page 🙂 I will share it very soon!

 

Journaling

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March has ended up being a fairly quiet month online, I will share what I have been doing soon. I have had this week off as hubby has been off work and I wanted to spend time with him. Things have been slowly getting busier this year and we both needed a break.

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Today however I would like to share my journaling practice with you. You may have noticed that I have been sharing my pages on my wordless Wednesday series. I have been creating this way for a few years now but when I came to Christ He started to use it as a way to help me in my bible studies and getting to know Him more, help me to remember the lessons He has for me as well as a way to pray and worship.

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I have never been interested in creating finished pieces of art in this way I have always used it as a way of exploration and now it has an added meaning to me. I dedicate it to the Lord and I am so grateful to Him for the enjoyment I get from creating.

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When you come to the Lord Jesus He takes you just as you are and He uses whatever situation you are in for His glory. We change  as we learn more about Him and allow the Holy spirit to change us (some changes happen instantly, such as the joy and peace only found in knowing Him). He will always use whatever gifts He has given us to use for His glory and to bring us closer to Him. For me, the enjoyment I get from being creative is one of those gifts. I don’t claim to be any good but that isn’t the goal.

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I enjoy this form of creativity more now than I ever have, it has more meaning to me now and I get so much more out of it.

I have shared this before I think but before I came to Christ I felt useless, everywhere I looked the media and society seemed to think that those of us who couldn’t work were lazy scroungers. I felt like I wasn’t contributing to anything and useless to the world.

The Lord has changed that, He has given me a purpose and that purpose is to live for Him, the best purpose there is. I used to care what others thought. Even though it was something that made me feel uncomfortable I allowed myself to be taken in by lies that we need to be earning lots of money and qualifications to be happy and for others to respect us. I tied myself up in knots trying to fit in and now I feel free 🙂  Its wonderful. I don’t have to impress anyone, I don’t have to do anything. Everything I do for the Lord is because I want to and I love it. He doesn’t ask anyone to come to Him or to do anything for Him out of duty. That is not what being a Christian is about at all. Everything we do is a response to His love. My heart sings with joy knowing that everything I love doing that is pleasing to Him He will use. Art and creativity is one of those things.

God Bless

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 

1Ch 28:9

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

Colossians 2:8

 

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Embellishing Edges and Text In my Journal

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As I have been spending sometime with my journal this past week (check out my Instagram to see what I have been up to), I decided to treat myself to a mini online workshop called Embelishing Edges and Text as it was such good value. I am pleased I did, it was super quick and I got to add a few more tricks to my journal pages.

I have found that over the years since I started journaling I have come on quite a journey, at one point I was concerned that I hadn’t found my ‘voice’ or ‘style’ but to be honest my journals have represented me and and life and life does not stand still. I now realise that each thing I learn I can add or take away to my pages and its always there for the future. I like this, I like learning lots of different ways to explore, lots of ways to experiment and play, keeps things moving and me motivated to keep at it.

This workshop is  about lettering and having fun with the edges of the page, I learned a few new tricks on how to play with lettering, which I am very happy about as thats the one area I hadn’t explored much before and I find my writing can get a little boring. I also found I had to really slow down with this and keep going over my lettering, something I have not done before, I usually work pretty quick to get out the raw emotion but this helped me in a different way. I found by going over the lettering and thinking more about it, where it goes how it flows with the page etc the words sink in more, I can put in things to encourage, help and inspire me and by going over them slowly gives me time to really think about what I am writing.

(I havent shown the inside of this spread as it isn’t finished)

It really is a great little course and I am happy to have spent 10 pounds on it, a worthy investment I think.

 

 

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