It's already Thursday, can you tell me how that happened?! Hope you are having a wonderful week . I'm enjoying this new faith art adventure, here are my latest pages, just finished (well I think they are done, you never know I may revisit them and add more, time will tell!)
My last art journal post I shared about the verses in 2 Peter chapter one that I want to use for my inspiration in this journal. Those verses were the beginning of the "stepping out of my comfort zone" and the beginning of a woman's Bible study (that was just about 15 years ago!).
I had been teaching the children for years but never had taught in the women's ministry at our church. But you know (or maybe you don't, I don't want to assume) when the Lord begins to speak to your heart about something that He desires you to do, He goes to great lengths to get your attention! For me it was this small voice "suggesting" that I start a morning Bible study for the ladies at our church. Being the great woman of faith I jumped at the chance to be obedient (NOT)!!!! Sadly, I questioned, "Lord is this just me? Is it because my husband is the pastor that I have to do this??" I reasoned that the other pastor's wives never did this... surely this is just my own thoughts, right Lord? I teach the children, I'm not scholarly, I'm not a good speaker, I hated speech class! You've got to be kidding, right?
Well, this went on for a week or so but it just wouldn't go away. So, I prayed, Lord I believe this is You and I want to please You and be obedient, but if this is just me and my own thoughts, I just don't want to do it if that is the case. Well, the Lord did answer that prayer by waking me up in the middle of the night and spoke to my heart and made it clear to me that I was to begin a study for the ladies and it was to begin in 2 Peter. Period. And that He would equip me to do it. Period. And I can honestly say that He has done exactly that and He has been so patient with me! He is faithful and it is so true that when He guides us, He will provide for us, whatever the need may be.
And so that gives you (if you made it this far) a little insight into my faith art journal and why these verses in 2 Peter are so personal to me.
I'm excited to share with you that my friend Abby (Little Birdie Blessings) has shared on her blog part of an outline of one of my Bible studies. I had originally shared this with the group of ladies from the local Vital Network (Stonecroft Ministries) in February of this year. The Lord is still taking me out of my comfort zone, from the four walls of my church and into the community to share His Word. Thank you, Abby and to God be all the glory!
Thanks so much for visiting!
I'm also entering this into Word Art Wednesday # 74
Some of the ingredients used: Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. (She was a Daughter); Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart); Chevron and Leaf Die (Taylored Expressions); Dylusions Spray Ink and stencil (Ranger); assortment of acrylic paints and Prismacolor Pencils; Zig Pen Writer, black; Faber-Castell crayons
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17