Monday, November 2

Faith Art Friday :: Week 1: Names of God

It's time for some faith art journaling!

Melissa, from Pink Paper Peppermints, has prepared some awesome 
faith art journaling prompts for us to respond to each Friday.

Each Friday Melissa and I will meet on our blogs to post our journaling responses, 
along with a few tips, tricks, and ideas. 

Then *and this is the best part* we'll meet (that means you too) with our journals and responses 
in our private Facebook group. This group is such an encouragement. 

This weeks' prompt:
Create a journal page about one of your 
favorite names or descriptions of Jesus. 
(the poster below should give you some good ideas) 
Why is that particular name and/or 
description important or special to you?

I chose Immanuel: God is with us. 
All the time. Every day.
I forget that. A lot.

A couple weeks ago I heard such a great sermon (HERE) that I keep thinking about.
I love this sermon, because it's true. It's real. It's hard.
God doesn't always do what we want Him to do or what makes sense to us.
Thank you Lord that you don't. 

The sermon was about religion and relationship.
He read a depressing passage from 1 Samuel 4, about how the ark of the covenant was taken away by the enemy, and thousands of Israelites died, and just when you think God's gonna pull out a happy ending and fix everything... He doesn't.

It's a good sermon. because it's real life.

And Samuel’s word came to all Israel.

The Philistines Capture the Ark

Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek. The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield. When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.”
So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
When the ark of the Lord’s covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook. Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?”
When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid. “A god has[a] come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before. We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!”
10 So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

I know, right?
It's one of those passages that I would have read by myself and gone, huh? 
I don't get it. What do I do with this? 

But the thing that I cannot get out of my head, the part of the sermon I loved:
What were they doing in the battle without God?
Are they stupid? No, really. What is wrong with these people?
Are they so arrogant that they actually left God behind and ran ahead without Him?
Who do they think they are?

It wasn't until they had lost 4,000 soldiers and were desperate that they said,
"Oh, maybe we should go get the Lord and let Him work his magic and save us."


I get it. It's me.


What are you doing on the battlefield without God?
What are you doing trying to raise kids, without God?
What are you doing trying to be married without God?

It doesn't matter where I am in life, whether I am in crisis, or not.
 Here is what I know: Life is a battle. It just is. 
Every day: the words I chose, my patience, my thoughts, my choices, everything.
So often I run into it without my God.
And things go not exactly the way I planned and run back to get my God.

Let me be clear, it's not the running to God part that is that doesn't work.
We can always run to Him, no matter how far we've run away from Him.

It's the "Come and fix everything for me and then go back in your box"
part that doesn't ever really fly with Him.

I can't tell you how many times in the past 2 weeks I have thought,
"Wait, what am I doing on this battlefield (wherever I may be, usually Target) without you, God?"
"Lord, I can't fight this battle without you. I need you!!!
No matter what the outcome is, I need you.
Thank you for going before me and standing beside me
and fighting this battle for me. Amen."

I've been so aware and so thankful that He is with me in the battle. All the time.
So, that's the long story of how I chose my Name of God from the prompt.

Now onto my page...

Here is my finished page:

I started with an old book that I turned into a journal.
Specific directions for prepping the pages & supplies
can be found here.

I squirted some paint onto the page:

And  spread it around with a paper towel.

I made a bunch of polka dots by twisting my brush around.

And stenciled in some stars.

I added some blue and red brush strokes.

And let it dry before I added paper.
I picked out a few pieces of paper that I wanted to use.

I cut the paper out into rectangles and glued it to the page with Mod Podge.
Then I painted part of the rectangle white, to prep a space for the word "Immanuel".

I added a little brown paint & blended it with a q-tip.

I painted the word Immanuel with a thin brush and brown paint.

It was a little too brown, so I added a layer of white.

I painted "God is with us" below.

But I messed up and I didn't like it.

So I painted over it.

And added new words with navy paint.
And I added flowers. of course.

I added more details with white and brown.

And that's it! I would love to see what you create with Melissa's prompt:
The Names of God.

Go make & post on the Facebook page so we can see!


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