Monday, December 19, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge with Patter Cross - #26 - ZEAL

This is the last challenge for this year and of course the last letter in the alphabet so Patter gave us the word "Zeal" for our Scripture Artwork.
I will share the verses that surround the verse I chose to use.

Romans 12:9-13
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practise hospitality.

It is scriptures such as these that make me realise I need to be helping fellow believers more than what I do. I hope to give more financially to organisations like the Barnabas Fund who help the persecuted church.

Next year Patter will again be hosting a Scripture Challenge that I plan on taking part in as I do enjoy them. Her plans sound exciting as we will be looking at Hymns and the people who wrote them.
I may do my artwork in two parts... the scripture in digital and the hymn itself in papercraft.

For those who visit my blog...... My prayer is that this Christmas Season may you have safe travels and blessed times with loved ones.

For my digital art I chose to use a kit called Daybreak by one of my favourite designers - Thao Cosgrove

Friday, December 9, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge with Patter Cross - #25 - YIELD

My choice of verse for our word this fortnight - YIELD, was possibly inspired by the sermon our Pastor gave last Sunday. Our worship service concentrated on the Persecuted Church and in the teaching it was mentioned how those Christians who face horrific persecution often display a deep down joy because of their faith. It is not the joy that the world knows.  This sermon and a Bible Study on Stewardship that my husband and I recently finished has made be more eager to help financially fellow believers who are being persecuted. I feel God's wants me to use my money for helping my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I struggled with creating my page this time... possibly because I am going through a sad time of my life. I have peace but there is still great sorrow. My elderly mother ( 87 ) is dying of inoperable liver cancer. She lives about an hours drive away so at this stage my husband and I drive to visit her every second day. She is still alert at times - sits in a chair during the day. Because of her Dementia she does not understand she is dying even though the doctor did explain to her what is happening. I think it is best emotionally that she does not realise. She is being cared for in the Aged Care Facility she has been living in since October 2010. The staff there are doing a wonderful job of caring for her.