This was my first attempt at “she art”. I have to say, this page didn’t end up how I thought it would be, but I guess that goes with the theme of it, so I decided to leave it be. I also realize that as I am starting to post art journal pages, they are hugely personal to me, so this is kind of unsettling for me (writing this post is actually kind of terrifying for me right now). But I figured that once in awhile, you have to do something that scares you. How else will you grow?
One of the biggest lessons I have been learning the past decade is that I am OK as is, imperfections and flaws and all. I am a child of God, saved by grace. Even the Bible is filled with the most imperfect people, and God has a greater purpose than what we can imagine (1 Cor. 1:18-31).
Which is quite the encouragement, because when I am faced with a something that makes me feel nervous and inadequate… whether it be a relationship, a teaching moment, a sharing opportunity, a difficult situation, a particular ministry… I am reminded that God uses all of me. Nothing is put to waste. Not even my shortcomings.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Cor. 12:7-10)
I am definitely not without my own life-thorns, but they have given me the opportunities to grow and transform into who I am today. And they regularly remind me of God’s glory, in my life.
Dylusions spray inks, various stencils, various stamps, Liquidex light molding paste, Liquidex acrylic inks, old book paper, Recollections paper pad, white gel pen, Faber Castell Pitt pens, Faber Castell Pitt big brush pens, Stazon ink, Archival ink, Claudine Hellmuth studio paints, Jenni Bowlin paint dabbers, Ranger Glue ‘n Seal