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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Week 43: Bible Art Journaling Challenge

Hello Friends,

Last week Rebekah Jones showed a wonderful technique for drawing and painting autumn leaves. The scripture focus of Week 43 was Ecclesiastes 3. "For everything there is a season..."

Rebekah so inspired me I went for a walk, praying and gathering leaves, as well as some other autumnal findings. At home, I put on some instrumental music as I worked on my page, using water colour pencils and Prisma colour pencils.
Then I got out my Sharpie pens and started by writing "To everything there is a season" and "There is a purpose" at the top of my page.
I started writing around the leaves as thoughts occurred to me. When I get thoughts like this I assume they are coming from the Lord. Since I have invited Jesus into my creative worship time, I let them flow unhindered. Jesus said, "My sheep know my voice." (John 10:27) so I am confident that I would know if something didn't sound right.
I sensed Holy Spirit was telling me to discern the time (of life) that I am in now and that it is a time of harvest. As with the beginning of any harvest season, the pickings are small at the start and can be easily overlooked by an inexperienced gardener. I used to have a couple of rhubarb plants in my backyard in Ontario, but I rarely got out early enough to catch the first gleaning. I wonder how many other blessings in my life I may have missed out on simply because I have not been alert.
The funny oblong seeds from our maple tree are called keys. I don't want to miss any of the good things God has for me and I think the key is to be thankful and alert. When the Israelites were freed from their slavery in Egypt (Exodus) they went into a time of divine provision in the wilderness. Instead of being thankful for supernatural provision, they grumbled about their lack. We have been without a vehicle since May, but the Lord has provided rides or borrowed vehicles, mostly through our neighbours, for us to get wherever we need to go. Lately I have been feeling rather angst that I can't just go out for a drive or take a trip to the craft store (45 minutes away) just for fun. But the truth is, the Lord is providing for all of our transportation needs; just maybe not all of our wants. So I keep thanking him and believing that we are only at the beginning of our harvest of the very good things he has in store for us.
What season are you in at this time in your life? There are seasons of mourning, but there are also seasons of joy. Sometimes it takes the Lord's discernment to realize when one season is over and another has begun. It is not always obvious.

If you grew up in the 60s you might remember this song by The Byrds. Did you know it is right out of Ecclesiastes 3? Enjoy!
Blessing hugs,
Teresa

Challenges:
Art Journal Journey - autumn colours
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - mixed media
Scrappy Hands - Autumn
That Craft Place - mixed media
Love to Create - mixed media
Dragonfly Dreams - Autumn

24 comments:

Jill Holmes said...

I really like this page and I totally understand your inspiration and your worship through art. Thank you for sharing this. I touched my heart! <3 <3 <3

Valerie-Jael said...

Very beautiful, love the leaves and the colours, and of course, the song from the Byrds. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful leaves and colors Theresa - great song as well!
Thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Journey!
hugs
Susi

Becky said...

Beautiful page gorgeous colours

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! This is stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous work!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

Jeannette said...

wonderful leaves and colors,love this.


hugs jenny

Pia S said...

Love the technique you've used to color the leaves, it makes them look so realistic! Beautiful!

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

Such beautiful drawings and colouring, I just adore the autumn colours they are so deep in richness. Each season has its own beauty all of which are God given we are so blessed...
Love ~ Lady Anne xxx

Susan Carol said...

Wow, tremendous leaves, love them.

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

I have returned as DT from Dragonfly Dreams Teresa. You have created some fabulous autumnal leaves such rich vibrancy of colour. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams, hope we see you again soon...
Love and Hugs ~ Lady Anne
Dragonfly Dreams
Anne's Paper Dream's Blog

Lady Anne Milnes-Howard of Glencairn, Caithness Scotland.

Carrie Sheridan said...

This journal page is lovely! The leaves turned out beautifully, and I love the way you added scripture word art around the leaves and made it so personalized. I'm sorry about your transportation situation. I've often found that my faith grows in times when I see God's amazing provision and recognize that He is taking care of me moment by moment. Sometimes I can miss seeing that when things are going smoothly even though it is just as true. Thank you for sharing your inspirational project with us at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday.

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Gorgeous card! Great techniques and love the trip down memory lane.

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Sorry, Teresa. I meant to say Gorgeous journal page. I am so use to saying card. It would make a gorgeous card, too!

Karla B said...

Adorable!

Patricia St Martin said...

Great job and love how you put together your journal page. You share so much from the start and beyond and thank you for that. Thanks for joining us at Twisted Thursday.
Hugs, Pat

Nan Bourdeu said...

such lovely art and I loved reading your words that went along with the process! Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

Amanda said...

Hi there, wow your Journal Page is Beautiful!! I love all the Autumn colours you have used and the written Journaling is wonderful.
Thankyou for joining us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you again in our new challenge what has started today.
Hugs Amanda

Angela Hoynes said...

Wonderful art Teresa x

Erin Stewart said...

That's incredibly deep! Every bit of it is gorgeous and inspired. Thanks for sharing it over at That Craft Place. Crafty hugs, Erin xx

Claire said...

Absoloutely beautiful! Gorgeous project. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
Claire xx

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

I lover autumnal colours - beautiful - thank you for sharing over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.

Nancy Bridges said...

This was fun to look at because I had the same feeling with leaves this year and put the same scripture on my leaf drawing. Yours is lovely! And yes I remember that song very well.

ציקוש said...

Beautiful page gorgeous colours!!!
Thanks for playing with us at the hands Scrappy Challenge

Linda said...

Beautiful and creative. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)