Meditation Monday

October is almost gone. But, sadly, breast cancer remains a fact of life.

I waited to do this post until the end of the month because the beginnning of October is flooded with info about breast cancer, but by the end everyone seems to have moved on.

Our friend Teddi, aka foxeysquirrel in the scrapbooking world, is a breast cancer survivor. She writes, “I did my layouts to give someone hope who has breast cancer.”

 

 


God, please help those who are suffering from this disease. Heal them, we ask. And, please comfort those left behind those who succumbed to the ravages of this cancer in death. Show me how and where I can help. Thank you that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more tears. Marana tha. 

 

Layout Credits:
Symphony of Angels: Deviant Scrap Sumerset Splash, Eenas Creations (Symphony Of Angels), Holliewood (Spring Faeries, Lily, Winter Walk), Lorie Davison (Faerily Moonlight). Carol Harden (Precious Angel). The second layout: Teddi created the  background. Elements from January (The Pond), Holliewood (Wish Upon A Star & Ode To A Muse)
 

As He wills

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.

 
I remember when I was leaving for Europe… I said I’d be leaving at such and such a date, Lord willing.

“Lord willing,” someone said, “Why do you say that.” I replied, “Well, we’re supposed to say that..”

You could tell from her expression that she thought I was an idiot, and I certainly felt the fool.

That made me think. And, not just of retorts – LOL. No, but of the whys behind the statement.

If we say “Lord willing” like many say “God bless you” after a sneeze, we’ve missed the point. I believe the message is that we are to remember that our days are in His hands, that we are not our own to dispose of. We are soldiers in His army, if you will, to be dispatched as He wills. Paul used the phrase when writing the Corinthians, “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills…” (1 Cor. 4:19).

I’m willing to say those words — and mean them. It’s a reminder to myself that I am not my own.

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“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Indeed.

Texts: James 4:13-16, NLT and Proverbs 16:9, NASB. Fonts: Charlemagne Std, Marker Felt and MV Boli. All papers and eles from kits by Beth Rimmer (Baliwick, Ode to Spring, Steampunk freebie, Night of the Uber Undead, The Secret Life of Woodlands, Pencils Paint & Pixels, Sand in my Shoes add-on, Vintage Fruitcake and Humbug.
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A Bible study challenge

A New Challenge

Monday October 1st, a new study will begin. We here at OSAi are pleased to be hosting this and hope that you are too!

Inductive Bible study? Simply, it has three parts: see what the text says, then what it means, and lastly what that looks like in your life (you decide that). At the end of the four weeks you will have meaningful scrap and something which will remind you of the truths you have seen for yourself. Be welcome — Be bold! and give it a try.

Instructions will be posted in our forum each Monday. Some participants will be scrapping their studies and others will use the more traditional paper and pens. Both are welcome!

Along the lines of a progressive scrap with new information given weekly, participants will receive 4 weeks of instructions over a small passage from the Bible. The course is free and promises to be a fun mix of scrap and inductive Bible study skills.

Participants will receive a start up set of elements to help them begin and a paper pack gift for running the course (finishing the scrap challenge).

Be sure to sign up in the forum and get ready to discover for yourselves some new truths from the Bible. See you there!


Credits and texts in the background:
'And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free' (John 8:32, NLT).
'I have loved you with an everlasting love' (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).
Fonts: Pea Cassie, Pea Stacy's Doodle Script and Pea Summer Funkiness @ Fonts for Peas, Impactm MgVking and my writing. Papers and eles primarily from the massie charity collab kit "I'm with the Band." Add'l eles and papers from 'Book of Days' and 'the Secret Life of Woodlands' by Beth Rimmer and 'Dragon Lore' by Cryztal Rain.

Here is an example of what we’ll be doing. This is using just one verse — we’ll be using a short passage. Had network difficulties and so couldn’t print the text for my pen and paper version. I’ll have texts for you to print as you prefer.

The John 3:16 layout was made with Park Avenue (Paisley Press), Romana alpha (Cinzio Designs),
Crosses (Merkeley Desings), and I don't know whose the circle is -- sorry!