This is another page I created using a free coloring book image off the Internet. I printed the image onto sticker paper, colored it in, and cut it out. Then I inked a background by sponging with yellow/gold ink. I hand wrote the Bible verse 1 Sam 10:24 then I wrote some reflections of the chapter.
God never wanted Israel to have a king, He wanted His people to always look to Him for guidance, not a man. But Israel was relentless in wanting a king, because they saw that all the other kingdoms had kings and they wanted to be like those kingdoms: Israel wanted to be like the world. Do you see that same thinking in Christian churches today? I certainly do. Churches are becoming more and more worldly every day. Instead of the church influencing the world, the world is influencing the church!
God ultimately gave in to the Israelites worldly desires and gave them a king. Saul started out as a very good king, but ended up being very bad. God gave Israel a king to them to teach them through it. Sometimes, we can ask God for things that we think would be good for us, but really are not good for us at all. And sometimes God allows us to have what we asked for, to then teach us through it.
The next three pages all use ephemera from Illustrated Faith. I'm still using stuff from the same "Unyielding Hope" kit, and I won't open my next kit till this one is all gone...which might be a LONG time as there was a lot of stuff in this kit.
This page is a continuation of the page above, and continues to focus on how God uses our mistakes and sins in His plan for good. The story of the people desiring a king, and how God used this desire of theirs to deliver the Israelites from their enemies reminded me of the verse Romans 8:28 "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who Love him'. I built a page around that verse.
I thought the Bible story of Jonathan fighting the Philistines was a great place to use some of "Hope" ephemera. The author of the kit defines " unyielding hope" as "shifting our focus from inward to upward" and "hope" as "a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment". Jonathan was alone with just his armor bearer, but he believed in God. He had hope! He looked past his present circumstances and focused on God. He said "Nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has may warriors, or only a few." And he did! Jonathan and his armor bearer killed twenty men that day and panic broke out in the Philistine army and everyone was terrified.
By the Way...the "hope" ephemera at the top of the page that appears to be covering the words of the Bible, actually is not. I only glued down the left side of the ephemera, so it can be lifted to see the words in the Bible.
My last page, which is on the opposite side of the page above, continues to illustrate this same story of Jonathan and the Philistines. I wrote how God makes the impossible possible by jotting down some key points from this Bible story. Then I remembered the chorus "God can make a way, where there seems to be no way" and wrote that down, highlighting it with a film frame.