Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 3: Seeker of all things brave


Colossians 3:12

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;


I especially like this bible verse because it speaks of how God wants us to act; how we should treat each other. With compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Sounds nice and cozy but yet my brain screams out "WAIT...that means I'm going to be tested". Because in actuality we cannot practice these behaviors unless we are put to the test. Meaning I cannot show compassion unless I find myself engaged with a person who (from the outside) appears as they are not respectful and do not deserve compassion. 

For example a person who disrespects you, speaks to you with unkind words because they are holding hurt emotions and find you in close range and unload on you. Your brain again would want to shout out "HURT THEM BACK, yell back, hit, kick...and so on" but if we are to be followers of Jesus we are to look into our Heart of Worship and show compassion for that person. Not stand in the line of fire to keep getting abused but remove ourselves from that moment with a forgiving heart for our offender. We should pray for that person. We should hold patience in our heart for them and visit them in the future with a fellow christian brother or sister and ask the person if they would like to talk. If they are okay, if they need help. If they would like to pray.

Many times the enemy tries to confuse us by sending hurt people our way to see how we react to them. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus we can live out Colossians 3:12. When we are confused by the enemy that is when we might be tempted to disobey God. It is that time that we need to stop and pray and turn to Col. 3:12 for a reminder of how God wants us to tackle these trials and tribulations. This takes a brave heart. But God wants you to be a seeker of all things brave.

Blessings,
Sandra

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 2: Heart of Worship


Psalm 100
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are hisa ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 1: Fix My Eyes On Jesus


Hebrews 12:2


fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

October Inchie Art Challenge (Heart of Worship)

Calling all christian artists!

Do you want to incorporate your desire to create art with your love to praise God daily? 

Well an inchie art challenge might just be what God is calling for you to do. We always tell the kids in our weekly bible studies class to dig deeper into the lesson - into the word of God. God is calling for us to do the same. Not just weekly, or monthly, but daily. 
Three handcrafted collage artworks each is 1x1 inches in size. This is an example of 3 of my inchies I created in the past. 

Yet, just like many of you, I have a full schedule and do not have hours to devote to making art. Well how about a 10 minute inchie artwork? As christian artists we are called to read our bibles daily and live through God's wisdom. I find myself reading the word and then I am slammed by all things earthbound (traffic, work deadlines, family responsibilities, church responsibilities and so on). How about a pause before we go from our spiritual sanctuary to our earthly trials? God wants to lead us to pause after our daily readings and meditate on the word. Using our creative spirits we can create 1 by 1 inchie art that reflects the emotion, the theory, the "word" that God is preparing us to use through our daily trials and tribulations. God wants to see our love for him in action! He wants to see if we glorify him in our daily challenges. A 1x1 inchie artwork to put in our pocket, purse, wallet or digital photo album might be just the reminder we need to carry us through the day when life pushes on our spiritual armor. When life pushes hard we can pull out that day's inchie artwork and reflect back to the scripture that inspired it. As a visual learner I keep God's wisdom with me through my artwork. He transforms my Heart of Worship with each brushstroke, painted page and sewn fiber. God loves us as we are but he also loves us too much to leave us there. He is calling for a relationship with each of us. A daily one to one relationship.

The October challenge will be called - Heart of Worship Inchie Art Challenge. You can work in whatever medium you desire (watercolor, mixed media, doodles, collage)...what ever God puts in your heart to use to share his wisdom in your artwork.

These are the only guidelines:

1.email me at sgranthon88@yahoo.com or comment below to let me know you plan to join the October challenge so I can add you to our group Heart of Worship facebook page. 
2. art format is 1 x 1 inch canvas
3. photograph your final artwork and post on the group Heart of Worship facebook page daily (you pick the time early morning, late evening)
4. share the scripture you read prior to creating the artwork when you post to the Heart of Worship facebook group page - example: 


Hebrews 11:1-2 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past.

optional: you can share on your personal blog your daily inchie challenge artwork and go deeper into the scripture that inspired the artwork. You can share how God is working in your life and link to the fb group page "Heart of Worship" to encourage your readers to view the other artist postings. When we create in a community we grow his kingdom and  we are blessed and become blessings to others.

One thing I have come to discover in my faith walk is that God's love is eternal and when we share his word we grow his kingdom. Making art is my passion but loving God is my purpose for living. Combining the two together is a gift from God. Are you ready to open your Heart of Worship to grow God's kingdom? This is my first attempt at facilitating an online art challenge but I know God will guide me and he will bring his angels to help me in the journey. 

FYI: this art challenge is open to all ages. I have invited some of the children from my Saturday DO SOMETHING Club arts & crafts group to join the challenge as well. This is not about being perfect at creating art this is all about giving God the control to use your artistic creativity to share THE WORD, to share the gospel, to grow his kingdom. So please let's be respectful and be followers of Jesus through the process of creating and sharing our artwork.

Here are two web pages that share what inchie art is and might inspire you to join the inchie art challenge:
L-L-L-600
luv this clean and simple card design with a four square made of three inchies raised on tape and the spot of the fourth inchie stamped with a sentiment...


Enjoy, Sandra

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seeds Planted

Mixed media artwork in progress. Layering tissue paper, painted pages, metallic acrylic paint,  Japanese handmade paper, doodle transfers on wood. Now I start to add details with micron 01 ink pen.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heart of Worship

Artwork by Jerenis, age 11 (DO SOMETHING CLUB leader) collage heart used to create prayer cards for Children's Ministry Sunday School - Imparting Grace Ministry at Restoration in Christ Church, Mount Joy, PA. August 2014 theme is HEART OF WORSHIP. The lesson for August 17th was on the Holy Wedding.


This past Saturday the leaders of the DO SOMETHING CLUB created beautiful collage hearts. We spoke about Psalm 100
and how God wants us each to praise and worship our Savior Jesus Christ. For through his actions of love we were all saved. He gave His life on the cross so we may all be forgiven from our sins and have a personal relationship with our creator, GOD.

To have a personal one-to-one relationship with God is the act of WORSHIP. When we praise we celebrate with our voices, our hands, and feet and make a joyful sound to the Lord. But when we worship we do this on a one-to-one connection. YOU & GOD. This is done when we pray and mediate on the words of scripture, when we pray directly to Him and share all that our heart has to offer.

The more we read scripture and meditate on the truth the more our heart grows with spiritual strength. The more we pray and give thanks, and ask for forgiveness for our sins of the flesh (for we are all a work in progress... we are still in the PROCESS OF BECOMING); the more God reveals our purpose in life.

We want to fill our heart with love, peace, joy, truth, forgiveness, faith, trust, and all things worthy of our Lord. Leave no room for the enemy to take up shelter.

We want to be ready because Christ is coming to receive his bride, the church. The holy wedding is an event meant for all who have their eyes on Jesus and their hearts full of worship for God. For God created Jesus and us. For He loved us most!

Blessings ~ Sandra
(Mentor to the DO SOMETHING CLUB Leaders: Jerenis, Ryan, Justin, Yaneiris, Kayloni, Sasha, and Anthony)
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