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Be my Rock of Refuge

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Art Journal Note:

For this page I was inspired by this lovely picture ripped out from a clothes catalogue, which was a perfect match for this verse. I stuck the picture in, and as the sky in the picture was a bit grey I painted it blue with some acrylic paint to liven up the page a bit. I also added some die-cut flower shapes I had, and wrote the verse on with a black pen.

Tip: you don’t have to just use brushes when painting! When adding the blue acrylic paint to this picture, I used an old plastic store points card, applied the paint along one edge and swiped it across the paper. It gives a lovely different, smooth effect.

Be my rock of refuge,

to which I can always go.

Psalm 71 v 3

I love this verse, which is a heart cry to God, that we want to be able to always run to Him. I love this image I found of the woman resting in the dip in the rock, it just speaks of how we can always hide ourselves in God, tuck ourselves away in His love and rest in his strength.

I’ve been reminded of this wonderful hymn, the words are rich with truth and relevance to our daily lives:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Heavenly Father, thank you that I can always go to You, at any time, any place, in any situation – and You are always there for me. You are my constant, never changing, never failing place of security, protection and safety that I can run to. I love to rest in You, and hide myself in You.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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Resting in the shadow

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Art Journal note:

This journal page was created on an A5 sheet of watercolour paper. With a large brush I painted stripes using watercolour paints in some lovely colours, adding in a few little details with a small brush, and then when dry the verse was written out in a black pen.  I then ripped the edges of the paper around the text and glued it into my journal.

 TIP: when ripping paper, experiment with ripping towards you, and away from you, as you can achieve different effects around the paper’s edge, depending if you want a white edge to show (as in this picture) or not. 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord,

“He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91 v 1-2

These are truly powerful verses, words to soak in, think on, speak aloud, learn deep and cling on to.

For many of us, shadows represent something sinister, and can mean hardship, pain, suffering, struggles, sorrow, dark difficulties and fear. Even Psalm 23 speaks of the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ – that most painful journey for us. The comfort we find in Psalm 23 is that He walks through this particular shadow with us. “I will fear no evil for you are with me”.

Yet here in Psalm 91, we have a different shadow that is safe enough to dwell in, to rest in – the shadow of the Almighty. We can take refuge in the Lord and put our trust in Him. No matter what may lurk in the shadows in our lives, we can rest in His shadow, knowing that He is strong above us and we are safe in Him. He is our fortress, we can run to Him for safety and deliverance from enemies and difficult situations, and we can also lean on His strong walls for comfort, support and find rest in Him. Let’s run to Him and dwell there.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you are with me in whatever I am walking through, no matter how dark and difficult it may be. Thank you that your light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1v5). Your shadow, Almighty God, is the only place I want to run to and rest in. I will say of you, ‘You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ 

In the name of Jesus, the light of the world, Amen.