Friday, September 10, 2010

Two Personal ATC's...

Life...Love...Joy... (Motherhood has been my place of learning, my place of growing, my place for each of these words- along with marriage. It is not often easy, but the rewards are immense. I am especially missing the infant stages now. This is my gentle reminder to myself of days gone by. Oh, how I am missing them, but I am also looking forward to days to come. My kids are growing so quickly. I so want to relax and enjoy them. God is helping me to do that. Ask Him, He can help you, too.)

Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (This cut began very differently. I intended that her face was directed heavenward. I had a title chosen already. I decided just to adjust her chin downward to see how it would turn out, and I had a brainstorm of having her kneeling at Jesus' feet with the crosses in the background. I cannot explain to you how I got the idea of having Jesus reaching down to pull her chin up with His gentle fingers, but I can tell you that this is ME. I had a down time and was condemning myself on some things; and this piece of art overwhelmed me to tears. Like a message just for me, which WOULD imply that God used my own hands to create a message for my heart. Yes. Thanks, Lord, it was a special moment. Thank you for reminding me of Your immense and unconditional love. Thank You for touching my heart."

Two More ATC's For A Trade...

These are some more of the ATC's I made for my trade with Sille Six. Two more, and we are done. Been fun, though it has just taken ME a while to complete them. Sorry!!

Matthew 9:37, "Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."

“Mary’s Song” Based on Luke 1: 46-49 And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth, all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”

Book Review for: The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews...

The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews, reads like a story form of Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It's one story stretched out into individual accounts of four different people whose lives were woven into each other’s. Each speaks of a piece of God’s perfect plan and is interconnected. It's a beautiful and simple expression of how we are born for a reason. I LOVE the story, the creative layout, and the illustrations, done by Philip Hurst. Perfectly done. The art is gently colourful, detailed, and sweet. Each painting brings out the story into a wonderful tapestry, a visual expression of God’s goodness, blessing, and character.

I highly recommend this story to ALL age groups. Simple as it is, it spoke to my heart. As one of the characters , Mrs. McLoyd, said, “…little things can make a big difference. Everything we do matters. Every action you take, even small things, can change the world.” Sometimes we feel lost in the world; like our lives are nothing in the whole scheme of things, but if we look back we can see how simple people were used in amazing ways because God was orchestrating. He sees the bigger plan. Joseph in the Bible is a perfect example of this. He said, “What you have meant for evil, God intended for good.” We must trust and surrender and listen to the voice of Jesus. We must cling to Him in hope, believe that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” We must be good stewards of each moment given to us, each life that passes our way, and each opportunity we have to speak hope, joy, and encouragement into another. We cannot possibly know what can come of it, but God knows.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I wasn't required to write a positive review. These opinions are my own.