As For Me and My House…

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 This is a page in one of my journals. It could easily also be hung on the wall. It would just need a ribbon, wire, or cord hanger. I used watercolor pencils to “paint” it, and pretty much, it is just like coloring in a coloring book. Anyone can make art with watercolor pencils, and it is fun. Relaxing. A great prayer time.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

In this chapter in Joshua, we see a Joshua who is close to the end of his service to the Israelites, and he has called them together to discuss their future. He reminds them of what God has done for them. He also reminds them that serving the Lord is a choice, and tells them right then if they want to serve another god, to choose him and get to it. But, Joshua and his house will serve the Lord. To make that statement, all in the house must have followed his lead; his family and his servants. I am surmising that did not happen without teaching and discussing, and making God a topic of conversation regularly. We have learned from the Israelites that it does not work to pledge service to God and never think about it again. That is how idols become interesting and God gets forgotten. Serving the Lord is an ongoing, continual decision. Make your piece of art to remind yourself and your family. Discuss it. Put it where everyone can see it and be reminded that serving God is a choice. It is a conscious choice that we might have to make everyday.   To make this, you need:

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  • watercolor paper, lightweight: 90 lb. (you can buy this in a pad or by the sheet at your craft store.
  • watercolor pencils (These come in a set. Take your weekly coupon to your local craft store and you can get a set of 24 for just a couple dollars. The inexpensive set works just as well as the expensive. Isn’t that great?)
  • permanent black marker (use a fine Sharpie or a Micron pen. You can also use an expensive brand if you are dying to spend a bunch of money.)
  • Sharpie markers in colors you like or want, to add a little detail to your art
  • a water brush or a round paintbrush with some clean water (A water brush is a hollow plastic brush that you fill with water. You will find it either in the art supplies area or in scrapbooking.)

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  • #2 pencil
  • eraser
  • a print out of the pattern (you will find it by clicking on the free patterns tab at the top of the page)
  • Optional: a copy making store. You need a commercial printer. The ink jet printer on your desk will not make a waterproof copy. The big machine at the copy store that uses toner will make a waterproof copy) You will not be able to use the copy machine transfer if this is on a page in your journal.
Here is what you do:
1. Transfer the pattern on to your watercolor paper, following the pattern transfer tutorial. Or you can print out the pattern, put the watercolor paper in the copier, and copy the pattern to the watercolor paper with the push of a button.

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 2. Loosely color in all sections with watercolor pencils. See tutorial for coloring techniques. 

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 3. Using the water brush or the paintbrush with clean water, brush over the watercolor pencil color, one section at a time (see the bottom left section of the design). This gives your work a watercolor-y look. 

4. When the paint is dry, outline and add details with Sharpie markers (bottom left section).

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5. With black marker, add any scripture verse you want. Scan 2 Frame it, hang it, tack it to the bulletin board…..

Practice hospitality (Romans 12:13),

Kim

Inspiration on Pinterest

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Please take a look at my Pinterest board titled Helping Stones. Use it to find inspiration. I will be pinning art pieces/projects including painting, papercrafting, doodling, and whatever else I find. I will add to it frequently, so click the “follow” button!

And if you have a similar board, comment below so I can follow yours too!

Look to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4),

Kim

Ebenezer: Not a Guy

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Ebenezer. In the original Hebrew, eben haezer means stone of help or commemorative stone. For us, Ebenezer is not necessarily a literal stone, but an object that helps us remember and acknowledge God’s help in our lives.

Samuel’s rock and other rocks used for the same purpose by Old Testament characters, were a reminder that could be seen.

When Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan into the promised land, God stopped the water flow so they could walk across the river bed.  From that river bed, they collected 12 stones. They carried them out and placed them where they stopped for the day.

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Later, when God’s people walked by the stones, they remembered. When their children asked what the big deal was about some rocks, they could use it as a teaching opportunity, a remembrance, maybe a time of praise and worship.  Sometimes my own small handmade Ebenezers make me say ‘Hallelujah!”, I can just imagine the emotions that the 12 stones at Gilgal might have brought out in the people that lived the experience.

Maybe you have sung this song. Growing up in a small Baptist church, it was a staple. I always thought Ebenezer (mentioned in the second verse) was a guy. It never made much sense to me.

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Here by Thy great help, I’ve come.
Now it does.
Love holds it all together (Colossians 3: 14),
Kim

Don’t Get Distracted!

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There is my tassel. It is tied to my computer bag and whenever I see it, it has sort of a calming influence on me. It reminds me that He is my God and I am His child. That means I do not have to be distracted by my feelings or the things of this world that get me off track.

I made this tassel myself and you can make one too. Follow my suggestions for construction, but choose your own colors and make it any size you like.

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Cut several lengths of yarn, fibers, or ribbons. For my tassel, I cut about 60 pieces in the lime/chartreuse family, each about 26″ long.

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Using a 4 yard piece of blue (per God’s instruction) ombre yarn, I wrapped about 5″ right in the center of my green lengths. Wrap as tightly as you can. Start this by knotting one end of the blue yarn at the starting place. Finish by knotting the blue yarn to a piece of green yarn.

A yarn/ribbon tassel is a loose translation of this passage. By tassel, the translation really means fringe. And the word blue in this passage is translated from the Hebrew word tekeleth, which means violet. The Old Testament Jews were commanded to add fringe to the hems of their garments. It was not for the cool factor, it was to remind them when they looked down at their fringe or felt it as they walked, of God’s commandments. In Old Testament times, fringe was actually uncool, and it set the Jews apart from everyone else.

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Pull the two blue strands together, forming a loop. Pull tight and knot them together.

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Wrap the longest blue yarn end tightly under the bottom of the loop. Wrap 8 or 10 times tightly, and knot the blue yarn ends together. If your tassel ends are raggedy and that bothers you, give your tassel a trim.

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Tie it to your bag, your chair, pin it to your bulletin board, put it wherever you will see it so you will remember and not get distracted.

Be kind and tenderhearted to one another (Ephesians 4: 32),

Kim