My project for Faith Art Friday at Layers of Color is a Gatefold card - something new to me, it fitted so well with the scripture that I have been meditating on this week
'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him; bless His name'
Thanksgiving - is this a verbal action or an attitude of the heart - or perhaps both?! More often than not in Scripture things that seem to require an action begin with the heart.
I have worshipped the Lord and sung songs to Him, lifting my eyes and my hands towards Heaven, sometimes caught up in the atmosphere of the worship around me, yet my heart was downcast and did not align with my outward appearance.
Then there have been those times where inspite of my heavy heart and how I was feeling I have gone into his Courts and brought a Sacrifice of Praise - inspite of circumstances and those things that have clouded my heart, I have made a choice and declared I WILL enter His courts with thanksgiving in my heart...and act of the will - a choice!
It seems to be far easier to do the actions in those times that we are drier spiritually then it is to make a choice, maybe it is because there is a truth that often gets over looked when the heart is heavy...
Regardless of how we feel - God is worthy to be praised!! Our circumstances should not even come into the equation - I encourage you to Lift up your head!!
'And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies, my encirclers, and I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises to Jehovah.'
Our choices may not ultimately change our circumstances, but they definitely effect the way we come through them...remembering....that God inhabits the praises of His people.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel
This card is for the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. - Wedding/Love
Charisma Cardz - Something that Flies (butterfly)
Craft Us Crazy - Remembrance and/or Love
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of Beauty
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Wedding
Little Miss Muffett Challenges - Metal EmbellishmentsPaper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes and/or use your favourite whatever (colour, technique etc)
The Rubber Cafe - Weddings/Anniversaries
Sassy Studip Designs - No Patterned DP
4 Crafty Chicks - Anniversary
Artistic Stampers - Must Use Rubber - Monochromatic + one colour
By the Cute and Girly - In the Garden
Crafter's Companion - Here Comes the Summer
Paper Creations Ink - Ribbon or Lace
Diva's by Design - Florals
My Mum's Craft Shop - Wings
Stampavie and More - More than One Fold
Truly Scrumptious - Summer Sparkle
You can see more of my projects in my Layers of Color Gallery, while you are there make sure you check out the other Design Team galleries there is so much inspiration waiting to be discovered, we are thrilled that Layers of Color is a Spellbinders Preferred Product Partner.