Jan 12, 2017

oH, this is good quote!

"The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tear."

Author Unknown


Most people want to change the world to improve their lives.

What a wasted effort.

If they would improve themselves, they would be better off and so would the world.

Make a resolution this year to improve yourself.

Tutorial - Removing Shadows Around Clusters

Lesson 65 of the Designer Class is a tutorial for removing shadows around a cluster after you create the cluster.  Shadows should be included in between layers, but not around the final product.  It is easier than it looks!

Jan 11, 2017

Digital Bible Journaling | Private vs. Public Prayer

Digital Bible Journaling Matthew 6:5-8

5/17/16  It has been a long time since I have been able to do a Digital Bible Journaling page, or even any scrapbooking, so I am thankful to be able to spend time in God's Word with art tonight.  I studied and wrote the text for a few hours and then worked a few hours on the graphics.  This took me much longer than I expected.  I utilized a lot of supplies from my stash, so the credit list (on Flickr, click image) is rather long.

I have been belittled before for writing prayers on my blog because I should be only praying in private, so when the Digital Bible Journaling Group's theme was prayer for this month, I wanted to take on the challenge of studying these difficult verses to better understand them.  The last thing I want to appear as doing is to share my Christian studies, writings, and prayers to gain attention for myself.  I sure hope when I share it is none other than perceived as glorifying God.

I saw in this scripture a reference to "reward" twice and after a lot of thought, I feel I realized what the word means.  I was delighted to have that better understanding. (Psssst. Be sure to read the text on the graphic for more.)

I also saw a pattern of examples in the Bible of public prayer as that of praising God and thanking Him, moreso than petitions for oneself or intercessions for others.

Finally, I considered my purposes in sharing, and concluded my heart to have a desire for mutual encouragement.  This is only attained when praying together.  Somewhere in the last ten years or so I picked up the phrase, "please pray with me" and will say it before I begin to pray with others.  I gained a better understanding through this quiet time with God of why that is important, that public prayer should be "praying together."  Praying together is what keeps public prayer focused on God rather than one person's public display.  Our faith is mutually encouraged when we hear others pray for us, pray in agreement with each other, and learn how to pray while listening to other's prayers.  When I pray with others, I always find their perspective something I did not think about, which opens my eyes and helps me through a situation.  I get tickled and excited when I see prayer working in this way in my own life.  In addition, just knowing someone is praying for me brings me peace and comfort and a feeling of love and caring.

Finally, I considered "Meet me at the Pole" at schools has a purpose of public display. I thought this was a great idea to get prayer back in school until I considered the purpose.

The Lord's Prayer #keepingfaith

I cannot pray "OUR," if my faith has no room for others and their need.

I cannot pray "FATHER," if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living.

I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN," if all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME," if I am not striving for God's help to be holy.

I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME," if I am unwilling to accept God's rule in my life.

I cannot pray "THY WILL BE DONE," if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

I cannot pray "IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN," unless I am truly ready to give myself to God's service here and now.

I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD," without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.

I cannot pray "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US," if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot pray "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION," if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot pray "DELIVER US FROM EVIL," if I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.

I cannot pray "THINE IS THE KINGDOM," if I am unwilling to obey the King.

I cannot pray "THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY," if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.

I cannot pray 'FOREVER AND EVER," if I am too anxious about each day's affairs.

I cannot pray "AMEN," unless I honestly say "Not MY will, but THY will be done, so let it be.

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8

"If God Talked Out Loud..." by Clyde Lee Herring pg.13-21. 1977 Broadman Press
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 76-27479.

Jan 10, 2017

Today's Bible Reading - Giving to the Needy

As before, I am not putting all my notes on the internet, except temporarily on Facebook.  If you want to see my notes on this reading, I am now posting them to my personal FB page and you can click "follow" (not friend) to see my posts.  I am also sharing them into the FB group.