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He will Sustain You

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In my Journaling Bible, before creating this ‘Geode’ page, I prepared the page first using one coat of Dina Wakely Clear Gesso, dried with a craft heat gun. It just helps to make the page a bit stronger and helps to avoid bleedthrough of colour and pens to the other side.
To create this page I used Inktense pencils, which are so rich in colour and are watersoluble, they are a delight to work with – so much fun! After drawing the outline of the geode lightly with a pencil, I used the pencils to add colour, and used a waterbrush to make the colours come to life and to blend them a bit. I then dried with a heat gun.  

Next I used a clear embossing pen to mark where I wanted the glittery bits, and sprinkled some sparkly embossing powder over the top, shook off the excess and used the heat gun to melt and fix the embossing powder in place. Finally I added some extra glittery highlights with a Gellyroll ‘Moonlight’ pen. This photo probably doesn’t show just how sparkly this page is in real life! 

Cast your cares on the Lord & He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 55 v 22

What’s bothering you?

What’s on your mind, what might you be struggling with?

I wonder what you may be carrying around, finding it hard to let go of? Does it feel like a great big rock on your back? Or more like a pocketful of pebbles?

Geodes look like ugly bits of rock from the outside, yet inside are beautiful, colourful crystals, formed as a result of pressure, heat and time (millions of years!). They can come in many different colours, shapes and sizes – I think they are really beautiful.

geode-purple

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3 v 11

God is making something beautiful out of our troubles. It might not look like it, or feel like it. We may not understand it. And we may not even see it in our lifetime.

How wonderful that we can ‘cast’ our cares and burdens onto Him, this can mean to literally throw them and fling them up to Him!

It’s about surrendering.

His power is made perfect in our weakness. When we relinquish control (often of things we can’t control anyway!) and surrender all to Him, we find strength in Him. I have found this to be true, time and again.

Let’s keep on trusting Him, handing over our cares to Him. And God will sustain us & give us the strength we need to keep going, to keep serving, to keep loving. He won’t let us fall.

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can throw all our cares and burdens onto You, for you care for us and will never let us fall. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You, and to live our lives in surrender to Your mighty power that gives us all the strength we need. 

We look to you amid the desperation of some situations that may weigh heavy on our hearts, and we believe and trust that you are making something beautiful. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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You are worth more than sparrows

You are worth more than many sparrows
You are worth more than many sparrows

Today I’m sharing something that I painted this afternoon (though not in my art journal for a change!). Just a simple little watercolour painting of a sparrow and the wonderful words of Jesus:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10 v 29-31

The thought that God knows what every sparrow in the world is up to, is incredible. I remember hearing the Bible teacher David Pawson explain that when Jesus talks about sparrows falling to the ground, He isn’t talking about sparrows dying dramatically, but the Greek word for ‘falls’ actually means more like ‘hops’. Not one sparrow ‘will hop to the ground outside your Father’s care’. I like this explanation a lot more! It also makes sense, in the context of being in the Father’s care.

Jesus tells us this to remind us how intimately God is involved with his creation. He has not just created the universe, set everything up, and left us to our own devices. He knows when a sparrow hops to the ground. He knows how many hairs are on my head!

We really don’t need to be afraid, or to worry, when Almighty God – our creator – knows us and cares for us so tenderly.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your tender care for me. Thank you that you are aware of all that is going on in this world, and in my life, and that you care. Help me not to be afraid, and not to worry, but to trust you more and more each day.

In Jesus name, Amen.