Near the end of May I started reading and journaling the book of Psalms. I am currently about half way through. I am so glad that I am in the book of Psalms during these difficult times in our nations history. Reading the psalmists words and his description of human nature has been like reading the headline of a non-biased newspaper article (if there were such a newspaper) of current times. It is reassuring to read of David's struggles and fears, because I know I am not alone in my fears.
David expresses his fear and sorrows throughout the book of Psalms, but he also expresses his trust in his God to rescue him. He also consistently points out the differences between the wicked and those who put their trust in God. Below is an open book spread of two verses that reflect those beliefs.
One thing I've been learning to do in the past few months is to praise God no matter what. No matter I hear on the news, I'm going to exalt His name. I'm going to praise Him. "Rejoice Always" the Bible says. Not "rejoice when things are good". We can rejoice in our hearts because we "Trust" in his holy name.
I created this page by coloring the entire page with gelatos and highlighting some of the verses. Then I used stickers and stamps for the words, hearts, and flowers.
Here I wanted to show the contrast of the wicked compared to those who put their trust in God. I colored the background with paint and hand wrote the Bible verse. I used tear drop stickers to represent the "sorrows of the wicked" and then I emphasized the word "But" with Italics and a long arrow pointing down to those who "trust the Lord". Lots of heart stamps, and a girl with wide open arms show the happiness of the Christian. The girl is an old retired Stampin' Up! stamp.
I love this page. It's such a pretty image and it was a joy to color. I kept it in soft, neutral shades. I colored it with Prismacolored pencils.
This is always such a comforting verse. Many Christians have this verse memorized and recite it when they go through troubling times. Even though so much was taken away from us the past few months, Christians still know that God is their loving shepherd, providing all that they need. We may not have everything we want, but we always have all that we need.
For this page I used gel pens to color it in. I chose bright, happy colors to reflect the joy of the verse. When we take refuge in God, we can have joy through even the most difficult of circumstances.
I know it's hard not to fear, but if we trust in the Lord, why should we be afraid? He is our light, guiding us through every storm.
I colored this page with pencils and used gel pens for the words.
And finally, I will end on a single word "Trust". I know, it's so hard. The world seems like such a scary place right now, the future seems so uncertain. But we must Trust the Lord that nothing is happening that He is not allowing and there is a reason!
I used gel pens in similar shades to color this intricate image.
I believe we have many difficult days ahead. Stay in the word of God! Don't believe everything you see on the news. Don't blindly follow preachers, even if it's your own. Always compare everything you hear from a preacher to God's word. There is an old saying that if you want to recognize a counterfeit dollar bill you don't study the counterfeits, you study the real bills. The same is true with preachers! Study God's word, read it daily, then when you hear something that doesn't line up with what the Bible says, you will know it.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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