The verse that's been on my mind for several weeks now is found in John 13:35 : "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” I've been thinking about all the things Jesus DIDN'T say here. He didn't say that people would recognize us as Christians by our morality, our clean living, our family values, our stand for truth, or our religious fervor. He said it would be by our love.
Love for fellow believers that causes us to stop criticizing and judging, and begin reaching across the lines that so easily divide us to pull together towards one common goal --- to lift up Jesus. Love for sinners that makes our heart beat with mercy and compassion, and compels us to truly care about people who don't know the Savior. Love that tempers our speech, induces kindness, and humbles us.
I John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever
loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does
not know God, because God is love."
Several of my Sweet n Sassy teammates have been sharing junk journal
layouts, and it gave me the itch to do some mixed media. So I dug a
little hardback book out of a thrift store box and gave it a whirl. My first attempt ended up in the trash, and this layout has some "woopsies" covered up with hearts; but all in all it was a lot of fun trying something different!
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Supplies and tools:
- From Sweet n Sassy Stamps:
- Blooming Anemones
- Hymn Word Art
- Going Postal
- Background Builders: Stripes
- Mini Grunge Alphabet
- Heart Die Set
- Script Stencil
- Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
- Ephemera from Little Birdie Blessings
- Callista Rectangle Shadowbox Frame (Spellbinders)
- Versamark Watermark Ink
- Wow Embossing Powder
- Watercolor Paint (Zenacolor)
- White Gesso
- These colors of Distress Oxide (Ranger):
- Walnut Stain, Chipped Sapphire