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About Me Link Up for Declare Conference

I decided about a month ago to register for the Declare Conference in Dallas.  I’m ready to move to the next level with blogging (whatever that might mean) and I thought a local conference might provide some more motivation and encouragement.  Based upon the podcasts I’ve already heard, I know I will be blessed.

As a getting to know you exercise, the leadership has asked us to share:

  • 4 THINGS ABOUT ME
  • 4 OF MY ENDEARING QUIRKS
  • 4 THINGS ABOUT MY BLOG & WRITING
  • 4 OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

About Me

  • I’ve been married for 27 years to a very kind and patient man.
  • I’m a mom to two boys who are 13 and 16 and the exact opposites of each other.
  • I work from home managing a church bulletin subscription business.
  • I homechool my boys using Cornerstone Curriculum’s World Views of the Western World.

Endearing Quirks

  • I’m an introvert who waits to speak until I believe I’ll be heard.
  • I’m a caregiver who loves to encourage and care for my extended family.
  • I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago which explains why my brother describes me as a frog jumping from lily pad to lily pad.
  • I love to read and believe the answer to almost anything can be found in the right book.

About My Blog & Writing

  • I just decided to combine my two blogs into one before attending the conference.
  • I’m a curator and a resource collector more than a writer.  I’ve been collecting and categorizing internet bookmarks for years and started my Bible Crafts blog as a way to share some of those resources.
  • I love creating projects and want to improve sharing and teaching online.
  • My theme is Connecting Faith and Creativity.  I want encourage folks who don’t think they are creative to do something hands-on as a means to express and remember their faith.

Favorite Things

  • I love to listen to hymns.  When struggling through several years of grief, hymns were my main connection to my faith.
  • I love collecting books on my Kindle and reading them as well.
  • I love paper crafting, card making, digital art journaling, and digital scrapbooking.
  • I love a good cup of coffee and quiet times at home.

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Sermon Sketchnotes – Jude

While our pastor is away on a mission trip, one of our elders preached on the book of Jude.  One of the points of new information I learned from this message is how many times false teachers are mentioned in the New Testament.  We must filter all teaching through the truth of God’s word and act with mercy toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sermon-Sketchnotes-Jude

 

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Creative Bible Study – Psalm 50

Creative

This week’s digital page features paper and embellishments from several different Stampin’ Up! digital download sets. My new favorite digital resource is Panstoria Artisan. I have converted all my digital kits to png and jpg formats and imported them into the program. I love playing with opacity and shadows to create different effects with the digital stamps and papers.

Psalm 50 Digital Art Journal Page

You can download the printable cards for this week here.

Commentary

The first six verses describe God:

The mighty one, God the Lord
God shines forth out of Zion
Not silent
Before him a devouring fire
Around him a mighty tempest
Ready to judge his people
His righteousness declared by the heavens

We need to understand that sacrifices are not wrong, but God looks at our hearts. We owe him gratitude, respect, and honor.

Verses 16-12 speak words of judgment and disdain for those who forget God and go their own way. Such people:

Hate discipline and ignore God’s words
Befriend thieves and adulterers
Speak words of evil and deceit and slander

Acknowledging God’s power with thanksgiving for who he is and what he has done reminds us that he is faithful to deliver us from trouble and save us.

What words can you speak to God today? He is with you in your day of trouble and will guide your steps.

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God shines forth; before him is a devouring fire; a mighty tempest all around him; For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the air,   and all that moves in the field is mine;

Hymns and Songs

When Morning Gilds the Sky
The Mighty God, Jehovah, Speaks

 

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