Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Put to Shame


Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: “Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for My name’s sake have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy’; but it is they who shall be put to shame." Isaiah 66:5

They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. John 16:2-3

([The parents of the man who had been healed of blindness from birth] said these things [he's an adult--ask him] because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) John 9:22

I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:9-10

The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.  Isaiah 60:14

"Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you." Revelation 3:9

kit: Autumn Tones by Kristmess Designs

*Please also see the article I wrote for the 500th anniversary of the reformation here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Believe


Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” John 6:29

kit by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Lasting City


For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14

kit: Knightmares by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Everlasting Life or Contempt


Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt. Daniel 12:2

kit: Night Owl by Kristin Aagard, template by Zinnias & Swallowtails

Friday, October 27, 2017

Do Not Repay


Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:19-25

When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.” Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.” So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself. 2 Samuel 16:5-14

kit: Rock On by Kristmess Designs, template: Little Green Frog Designs (retired)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Delivers Him


Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

layout credits
pumpkins: Oscraps Great Pumpkin challenge
kit: Harvest of Memories by Creations by Tina
yellow polka dot alpha: When Summer Ends by Maya de Groot Designs
yellow alpha: Tweet by Vicki Stegall
black polka dot alpha: Awakening by TaylorMade Designs

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Noonday Sun


The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18

papers and elements by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Incline Your Ear


My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

kit: My Lovely Baby by MDesigns (retired)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Do Not Swerve


Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27

kit: Vagabond Adventures by Holliewood Studios

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Keep Your Heart


Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.  Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Proverbs 4:23-24

kit: February Daze by Kristmess Designs, template by Eudora Designs

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Become Like Dross


See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Isaiah 1:21-22

Even though this does look VERY grim, there is eventually a happy ending. Keep reading...

I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually! You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies. My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments. Psalm 119:113-120

And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD; I have poured out my wrath upon you.” Ezekiel 22:17-22

O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth, and roll in ashes; make mourning as for an only son, most bitter lamentation, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us. “I have made you a tester of metals among my people, that you may know and test their ways. They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron; all of them act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed. Rejected silver they are called, for the LORD has rejected them.” Jeremiah 6:26-30

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23:37-39

I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me. Hosea 5:15

Also see Jeremiah 51 and Revelation 18.

“And on that day,” declares the Lord GOD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst. Amos 8:9-13

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves. Zechariah 12:10-14

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The LORD answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield. “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before. “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:12-32

paper by Marta van Eck, elements: Write to Me by Eudora Designs

Friday, October 20, 2017

Shout for Joy and Sing Praises


My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23

kit: My Montage by KimB, template by JumpStart

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wait for God Always


But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6

papers: Apple Jack, clusters: Home by Lindsay Riches

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Thief


Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. John 10:10

kit: Chalk Garden by Kristin Aagard

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Certainly Not


All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. John 6:37

kit: March 2009 Digiscrap Obsession color challenge, template by JadyDay

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wisdom Cannot Be Bought


Wisdom cannot be bought with gold.
It cannot be purchased with silver.
Job 28:15

kit: Autumn Sunset by Bella Gypsy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Avoid Evil


The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. Proverbs 16:17

paper by Holliewood Studios, elements by Wild Dandelions

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Foundation of Your Throne


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before You. Psalm 89:14

kit: Grow freebie add-on by Anna BV

Friday, October 13, 2017

Abundance of the Heart


The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

kit: Day of New Beginnings, heart, foliage brush: He Loves Me by AnnaBV; alpha: Birds of a Feather by Cluster Queen Creations

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Safety is in the Lord


The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord is safe.  Proverbs 29:25

kit: Feelin' Funkay collab by Inspiration Lane

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Not a Man


God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

kit: Believe by Ruth Melody (retired)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Render What Is Due


Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Romans 13:7

paper and elements by Natasha Nast (retired)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Temptation and Trap


But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9

paper and elements by Natasha Nash (retired)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Be Courageous


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

papers and elements by Natasha Nast (retired)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Make Disciples


"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

paper and scatter clusters by Natasha Nash (retired)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bribes and Gifts


Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts. Isaiah 1:23

papers and cluster frame by Natasha Nast

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Search for Him


I will depart and return to My place until they recognize their guilt and seek My face; they will search for Me in their distress. Hosea 5:15

paper & scatter clusters by Natasha Nast (retired)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Lord Will Do It


Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it. Ezekiel 36:36

paper and elements by Natasha Nast (retired)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Forfeit Their Soul


What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26

paper, cluster frame by Natasha Nast (retired)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Eyes Light Up


The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. Psalm 19:8

kit: Road to Wonderland by Natasha Nast (retired), frame: Photoshop Elements shape

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Heaven and Earth


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed. Revelation 21:1

quickpage, clouds & paper: Road to Wonderland by Natasha Nast (retired)