When You Pray

I long for more and more of God and his presence in my life. Studying His word is one way for us to have knowledge of who God is and to listen to what He wants to teach us day by day.

In the last couple of weeks the Lord has been putting in my heart to dig deeper about prayer. And last night I found a new Bible study in a Facebook Group I joined few months ago called The FOCUSed15 Study Group.

Today I join their Bible Study, And When You Pray. It is a 10-days Study on the Lord’s Prayer. It is FREE Bible Study where you can grab it HERE. Today is Day 1, so it is not too late to join and start studying God’s word.

On Day 1, we read from Matthew 6:5-8.

Prayer Time is not a public speech, it is a private time with our Savior.

The Law teachers missed the true meaning of prayer time. Jesus reminded us not to pray like hyppocrites. He said, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Our prayers do not need to be heard by others. When we pray in private, we go to the Father and have a special private moment with Him – listen to His voice and talk with Him. Isn’t that a beautiful time we want to have with our Heavenly Father?

Jesus wants us to pray. He wants us to talk to Him. He wants us to have time for Him. Not because we have to, but out of our love for Him.

How do we seek & find The Lord?

  • We seek Him with all our heart and soul from where we are. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
  • We humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked ways when we call upon His name (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)
  • Seek Him and call upon Him when He may be found and is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

My husband got me this ESV Journaling Bible for Christmas 2 years ago and I have been writing some notes on it. This time might look so different because I found a way I can show my love and worship to my Lord in artistic way. This where we can express our faith through our creativity. There are many people inspired me to do this and from them I learn many things. One of them is an online class at Big Picture Classes called Illustrated Faith – Getting Started and  Illustrated Faith 02 – Peace & Strength. Shanna Noel is the teacher. She also hosts a Facebook group – Journaling Bible Community, where you can find LOTS of inspirations from the members.

On the left margin of the passage I add a watercolored-tag and washi tape to create a flap. Watercolor I used for the tag: SimplyArt, Yasutomo Pearl watercolor & Pentel Aqua brushes. The Pearl watercolor is very unique, it givea pearly, glittery effect on the paper.

And on the other side of the flap, I just randomly stamped one of the Washi Wonder stamps, insteas of leaving it blank. I used one of the Prima Marketing Chalk Fluid Edger Pad & some pearl watercolor on the edges. Then I wrote the related verses to read.

On the journaling space (right side), I wrote a reminder for me to pray in secret when I come talking to my Heavenly Father.

And for writing I used ekTools Calligraphy pen, Pigma Micron pens, Steadtler Triplus Fineliner and Faber-Castell Art Grip colorpencils

How do you seek the Lord today?

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HelloMornings Week 6 & Sneek Peak New Summer Challenge

 

Friday was the last week of HelloMornings Challenge – Run To Him. For the whole 6 weeks we studied from the book of Psalms.

This week 6, God taught me about prayer, trusting in Him and our salvation and helps only come from Him. At the end, He is glorified! 

  

 

 

   

 

I have been blessed so much through HelloMornings challenges in the last 3,5 years! They provide so many groups for spesific needs. If you are looking for a community to study God’s word, encouraging each other, pray for each other and to grow in faith, check out HelloMornings groups. You can pick a group that the most fit for you.

 

The new challenge will start on May 4th! Sign Up for HelloMornings newsletter so you won’t miss any update news and registration date!

I hope you’ll join us on the next challenge!

Spring Handmade Birthday Cards

Spring always always goes together with flowers, blooms and bloosoms.

One of the new products from Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Seasonal Expressions 2 is WOTG Blossom Cardmaking Kit. This beautiful kit makes 15 beautiful cards:   

In this kit includes:

  • 1 My Acrylix Blossom WOTG Stamp set (D-size)
  • 2 Blossom BT Duo papers
  • 4 Coordinating Cardstocks (1 Pear, 1 White Daisy, 2 Kraft)
  • Embellishments: Glacier Thick Twine, Coral Sequins
  • 15 cards & envelopes
  • 1 instructional brochure

And the other tools required to finish this project:

  • Black Archival Ink Pad
  • Pear Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Smoothie Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Honey Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Liquid Glass
  • Adhesive runner
  • My Acrylix block: 1×1, 1×3 1/2, 2×2, 2×2 1/2

Here are the 15 cards I made today, they are gorgeous Birthday cards!

  

  

 

You can get the cardmaking kit and supplies to makw these beautiful cards at my CTMH Online Store.

Thank You for visiting and shopping with me!

Easy DIY Coffee Mug

“Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning”

Today I would love to share with you my new coffee mug that I made to sip a cup of coffee in the morning when I read the Bible.

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug 

It is very simple to make. Supplies you’ll need for this project:

  • Porcelain coffee mug
  • Painter Marker or any oil-based markers

How to:

  • First wash the mug and dry completely
  • Write the quote and verse using Painter Marker
  • Let it dry over night before you re-wash it and use.

For this mug, I would suggest to Handwash only.

Here are more picture of the mug: 

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug  

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug  

Rise & Shine for His mercy and love are new every morning. My new coffee mug, simple to make: wash the mug, dry completely, write the quote and verse using Painter Marker. Done. I would suggest to Handwash only. #hellomornings #runtohim #psalm #psalms #diy #coffeemug

If you personalized coffee cup with your own quote or Bible verses, I hope you will give it a try :)

So, do you like coffee or tea, or both?

Have a wonderful day and Thank You for visiting today! 

Can’t Thank You Enough

I am so grateful for a lot of people who have been partnering with us to do the ministry God has called us to do.

One of the ways people partnering with us to bring the Good News to the people in SEA* is they buy things I made for giving back to the ministry. As a thank you for all of them, I made a card that I put on the paper bag. 

I stamped the sentiment from Neat and Tangled – All My Heart with VersaMark ink pad and heatembossed it with White Embossing powder.

And I created that watercolor-batik background. First, on the craft sheet, I smudge some Thistle and Gypsy exclusing ink pads, then spray some water, not too much just enough to wet them to mix. Than then add the embossed paper on it, twist a little bit to mix the color and to cover all paper.

And using Craft heater, dry the wet paper and done.

  

Using a lot of glue runner, I added the watercolored paper on a black mat cardstock and then add them on the white square card.

I finished the card with bunch of sequins I got from Neat and Tangled using Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.

 

And this is how I add the card on the paper back. With a paper doily and clothes pin.

Simple and made out of a thankful heart.

This project I link up at:

Thank You for visiting today! 

Friendship Week and Inspiring Bloggers

This is an honor to know that my dear friend, Ramona, featured me as the Friend of the Week (week 167) and Inspire Blogger at her weekly blog post here. Over there you can link up your social media links (different every week) and your favorite blog post of the week that you want to share with her readers. This is an amazing link up party!

And more to that, she awarded me as the 4th recipient of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

I am so new with this award but here some details that I read from her blog:

Recipients of this award are encouraged to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Display the award logo.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers (more or less) who inspire you and share their links with your readers.
  • Leave a comment on their blogs so they know that they’ve been nominated.
  • Mention three things that have inspired you during the past week.

Feel free to customize these rules to make them work for you!

Here are the current recipients of the Inspiring Blogger Award:

These 4 bloggers are the most inspiring bloggers in my life lately… They are just awesome!

My dear friend, Joanne – Days and Thoughts, encourages me with her blog posts every day I receive on my email. I love her heart and love for the Lord and how she show it to the world through her thoughts and posts. I guarantee that you will be blessed when you visit her blog and read her posts!

Another friend who has been inspiring me a lot with her amazing scrapbooking layouts is Ashley Horton! She is a scrapbooker, paper crafter and also cutting file designer. Her cutting file shop is The Cut Shoppe, over there you can find LOTS of cute cutting files you can use with your die cutting machine. You will find inspirations for Bible Journaling on her blog, too!

Amy Tsuruta is one of my source inspirations when it comes to Clean and Simple card designs. She is just awesome! Check her blog and you’ll see what I mean :D

Last but not least, Lauren – Thinking Closet is an AMAZING crafter!!! She has been inspiring me with a lot of stuff on her blog: DIY projects, Cameo projects and her way of worshiping the Lord with her Bible Journaling!

I hope you can visit their blogs and find lots of inspirations! And I would like to THANK YOU for visiting me today! I hope you find more inspirations today!

HelloMornings Week 5

This week I learned a lot from Psalm 1 & Psalm 119 about God & His word. The truth is when we know who He is and His word is what we need to live every day.

His word will guide you. In His word you’ll find counsel when you need. His word will teach you the truth. And in His word you’ll find strength and comfort in your hard times.

God will give you His word to show you where to go every day when you stop and listen to His voice. 

Today I would like to share with you the truth I learned during the week 5 HelloMornings Challenge. My prayer for you that may His word light your path and guide your steps toward Him and to do His will.

Blessings to you all!