Philippians 2: 5-8

I think of the Servant's Song (by Richard Gillard)when I think of this verse.  It's about relationship with one another, having the same mindset as Christ. The word servant in our world today means being less than and most people do not want to be less than their peers. But Jesus says that we are to serve Him by serving others. That means putting others before ourselves which is not popular with the world's view. But if you are in Christ, you are not of this world (beliefs), we belong to another and therefore do not follow the world (beliefs, views). 

Serving Christ by serving others,

JOB 19:25
My Redeemer Lives

"I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth".

I love this verse spoken by Job, even in his worst moments he knows that God is his Redeemer and that he will triumph over the earth in the end.  So Job, in faith believes he will triumph over his adversities. Job lost everything, his children, his home, his physical health, and it would have been easy for him to turn his back on God but he didn't, he persevered and in the end God restore everything to him.  Job was a man of faith! 

Jesus is my Redeemer! 

1 John 5: 14-15

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we will ask anything according to His will, he hears us.  And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him."

I was thinking about (asking) praying in God's will which led me to thinking about Jesus's prayer He taught His disciples to pray in Mathew 6:9-13. This is the prayer we pray in church each Sunday, The Lord's Prayer. The praying hands are praying the Lord's Prayer. In the bottom left corner is a hand with a heart, representing that my heart belongs to God, because God has saved me by His Grace and through faith in Christ Jesus.

Heart and hands ablaze for God,

The Hope of Glory
Colossians 1:27-28

"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ." 

When I began working on this verse the word mystery stood out to me and as I started putting color down on the page, a figure shape started to emerge, I realized it was Christ-like in appearance and I thought, how the curtain in the temple had been torn when Jesus died on the cross. The mystery behind the curtain...where only the high priest could go; is no longer. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, dying for our sins, we are given direct access  to Him, a personal relationship! The veil is lifted, the scales fall from our eyes, we marvel at God (Holy Spirit) revealed in us.  

The hope of glory is revealed in Christ Jesus! 

The JOY of the Lord
Romans 12:12
"Be joyful in hope, Patient in affliction, Faithful in prayer". 

When I read this verse, I thought about the JOY of knowing Jesus and how He has changed my life.
The girl (me) hangs on to the JOY (Jesus) only by the strength given her in knowing Him. Along the edges I've written the Fruit of the Spirit, which are gifts to those who know Him: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Blessing and Joy in the Lord,

Surrender Your Burdens 
Philippians 4: 6-7
Regret looks to the past; fear looks to the future; faith looks up. 
I don't know where I heard that, but it rings true to my ears. If you are always looking to the past, then there is regret. If you look too far ahead, there is fear of the unknown; but to look up trusting in the One who can take care of today, that's faith.  Trusting Jesus enough to lay down your burdens at the foot of the cross. Surrendering your burdens means giving them to Jesus (and not taking them back), you can trust Him to take care of all the things that worry and burden you. I know it isn't easy to release these things; but it is necessary in order that we can live joyfully in Christ Jesus. His Word says:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus".  I encourage you to Let Go of the "Should-a, Would-a, Could-a, What Ifs, and If Onlys" and Live Joyfully is Christ! 


Covered in Prayer
James 5:16 
In this piece my thought process was praying for others, not just those we know and love but for "others" (believers and the unsaved) all around the world. The circles around the globe represent the people (all nations) and the power of the cross. 
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."  

To God be the Glory! Thank you for stopping by today to read this verse, I pray it will uplift and inspire you. 

Hosanna In the Highest! 
Well, here we go! The first page I'd like to share with you is one made for Palm Sunday. Our church has been celebrating Palm Sunday in the Park for several years now, it is a wonderful day in which our church families gather, bringing lawn chairs, blankets,  and new friends to hear the Word.  Inspired by the incredible morning I came home to make these pages in my art journal. 
 Around the borders are the words: Hosanna, Hosanna, Glory to God in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 

I cut a palm leaf pattern from the bulletin to use as a stencil for the background. Verses from Psalm 118 are written on the palm leaf:  "Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever: open the gates of righteousness that I may enter God's presence and give Him thanks!" 

Our confession of faith and other praises transformed into flowers. 
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! 

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I love to read them! 


Paula said...

Suzy these are beautiful journal pages. I like your idea for the palm leaf. Can't wait to see the other pages!

Suzy said...

Thank you Paula for your sweet encouraging comments. I hope you will come back each week as I post pages to this journal.

Jenny Frith said...

what a great idea! looks beautiful!

Suzy said...

Thanks for stopping by Jenny to check out the journal. Please come back again!

Anne Payne said...

They are all so beautiful! It does my heart good to read these :)

Suzy said...

Awe, thank you Anne. I'm glad you are enjoying the verses and art. To God Be The Glory!

Anne Payne said...

CONFIDENCE! That is the word that struck me on Sunday during the message we were listening to!!! How cool is that?! God is good, baby!

Suzy said...

Isn't that cool! We have an awesome God!! Thanks for coming to check out my journal pages Anne!

karelina917 said...

Love the Verse Journal, Suzy! :)

Kari from Miss Bloggypants