Week 6

February’s theme is Abide. 

The week 6 verse is :

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:13-16‬ ‬‬

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

The word ‘live’ is also translated ‘abide’ and ‘dwell’ depending on which version you read.

We dwell in God, and He dwells in us. Find out more and share your lovely creative moments here this week!

Week 2

Week 2
Week 2
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
I decided to dig in to the original language and found these verbs, ask, seek and knock were continuous action verbs. In other words, we were meant to continually, even habitually ask, seek and knock. Not only that, but these were commands. God expects us to keep on asking, seeking and knocking. And every time we ask, seek, knock, God promises, with certainty, that there will be a response. ‘It will be given’ and ‘it shall be opened’ are God’s doing in response to our actions.
But while ‘you shall find’ has a certainty associated with it, there is an understanding that you go after it. Like when you lose your keys. You can’t keep looking for your keys, suddenly find them, but expect to drive your car unless you pick them up and use them. The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. So while seeking Him in the past few weeks, I’ve realized that in finding Him, I’m often lead to knock on another door, so that I can seek further.
I’m finding Him in beautiful doors right now. I’m desperate to find Him and grab hold of His heart, so I’ll keep on asking, seeking and knocking until I’m changed from glory to glory.
About the artwork:
Three years ago we stayed in New Orleans for a week. The house we stayed in was next to a bar called the Crown and Anchor. I was intrigued by the front door and took a picture. The bar actually has two front entrance doors. The outside door of the Crown and Anchor is actually a Tardis (from Doctor Who if you’re a geek.) The door behind it is the real entrance into the establishment.

While I was studying Matthew 7, I remembered the picture and felt that it reminded me to keep seeking. If you know anything about the Tardis, you know that the interior is way bigger than the exterior. I think that’s just like God, you knock and get something much bigger than you could ever have expected when you started knocking, and the next door brings you closer to the finding. So keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking, because He surely will show up.

***To make the tip-in, I drew out the Tardis on scrapbook paper, shaded it with pencil and computer printed the police box sign and notice for the door. When I cut the door out I left a flap on the left side to anchor it into the Bible page with double stick tape, leaving the right side free to tip out when I want to read the whole passage. I cut open the door to reveal the interior red door to the Crown and Anchor. The red door was made with Prismacolor pencils.

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T)

January Theme 2016

January’s Theme:  Seek Him, Find Him.20140613-103527-38127660.jpg

I misplaced my glasses the other day. I knew they were somewhere in the house and wasted some time looking. While other readers exist, they are either the wrong strength or have cheap lenses.

At one point I almost quit looking and was willing to settle for those cheap glasses. But I was obsessed. No matter how many times I told myself to give up, to move on and settle for almost being able to read, I couldn’t quit. I just knew they were somewhere in the house.

Finally, I found them under some mail that was carelessly tossed onto the dresser. Oh the relief when I put them on and could do my Bible study without the distraction of trying to focus.

I have actually been through this process many times for items of even less importance or urgency. Yet I obsess in finding the misplaced item.

So if I am willing to spend time, time I could do something else with, looking for stuff, why can’t I seek God with that kind of effort. Why can’t I my focus on Him so much that I won’t quit until I find Him?

I want to seek Him out with such heart that He has to answer.

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.