Thy Will Be Done.

Boy howdy that is one packed sentence! Your will, God, be done …

Is it easier to think about the object of that prayer as something distant, i.e., your will be done … in that election? in the war over there? Or perhaps even closer to home? Your will be done… in that family I know, in the lives of my family members, in the decisions of our church.

God works through and lives in individuals. Seems to me this is more personal still. Your will be done… in me. For me it’s like a pledge of alliegance, a reiteration of my confession of Jesus as Lord (boss), the One who calls the shots.

It seems easy to say it at times like Palm Sunday when Jesus was being Hosanned by the people. But what about Maunday Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane. What about Friday before Pilate? while being scourged? while be crowned with thorns? while being forced to carry the instrument of your death when physically battered and drained? while dying an unjustified death?

 

Jesus is our example, our ‘hupogrammos’ — the image one places beneath paper to trace a pattern. So we’re to follow those lines and do as He did. Thy will be done.

“But,” someone will say, “He was God…” So ‘thy will be done’ was something He could do. We’re just people.

If we are His, Jesus lives to live His life through and in and us. His Spirit lives in us so we can also say ‘thy will be done’ in every situation. May it be so, amen.

 

 

The first digital scrapbook layout is by MamaB. Papers: Slainte Collab: The DigiChick (Quirky Twerp, Sherwood Studio & Wishing Well Creations); Overlays: Worn Photo Overlays (Something Blue Studios); Brushes: Plastic Wrap Brushes & Watercolor Brushes (Creative Victorian Designs); Some of her own Creations (MamaB); Tomb: Passion (4OSAi); Trees: Nocturn Delight(Ztampf!); and the Font: Nyala.

The second layout is by Vicky Day. She used our most recent kit, Passion by 4OSAi. The cross is from clker.com, the song scanned from old hymnal. Fonts: Fiona for journaling, and Forget Me Not for Title and Scripture Verse.

Views shared on this blog are those of the author & do not necessarily reflect those of OSAi.
 

He is Risen Blog Train & a new kit

Welcome! I love Easter and all that leads up to it. I grew up in a Christian tradition which paid little or no attention to Lent. This year I decided to observe Lent not by taking something away, but by adding something. Bible Gateway offers many different devotional emails. I chose 40 Days with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It’s been such a blessing!! To make sure I really interacted with the material, I decided to scrap my journal response to the reading of the day. Here’s one:

Journaling: How strange it is, this ‘gift’ of mercy. I can readily confess that it has often not felt like much of a gift. The pain can be so intense. But you are faithful, and I am grateful. And, I need your mercy. Thanks that it is mine through your gift. I am yours to do with as you will.

On the walk, Isaiah 55 Isaiah 55 New Living Translation (NLT) Other text: Do Justly. Show Mercy. Walk Humbly with your God.

Kit: Play Days by Holliewood Studios and CreateWings Design. Font: New Times Roman

If you want to see more, go here. I got interuppted by life (sick cats, a trip, houseguests …), but I have the LO in mind for the next piece and plan to finish the series — even though I’ll be done after Easter is come and gone. 🙂

 

Here is my small contribution to the blog train. The whole thing idea for the blog inspired a kit on passion week which coordinates with the pieces from the train on an expanded color palette.

Download here @ MediaFire.

Today our new kit, Passion, will be released at Outside the Box Design Studio. Sylvie Sancé and Vicky Day are contributors to this kit as part of the design team of 4OSAi. Thank you ladies! I’m so grateful for you.

Thanks for the visit (and your comments!). Happy Easter Season.

Blog train info:

Sairi Designs

4OSAi **You are here**

Cajun Diva Scraps

GraceBlossoms4U

A-M Digital Designs

Triple J Designs

Touched By A Butterfly

Scrappin’ Sisters

Gray Dragonfly

Karen Diamond Designs

Callaluna Creations

Digital Designs By Elisa

BONUS STOP
Triune Blog Train on Facebook

If you lose your way, head back to the Train Station at Sairi’s blog!

 

Thy Kingdom Come continued

Behold

 

Thy Kingdom come

The church should be waiting expectantly for His return. His kingdom is here, among us, now. But it’s also coming, to be revealed in all of its fulness. That’s the aspect of His kingdom’s coming that I want to look at today.

Jesus’ words are full of admonitions to be ready for His coming. Many of us this idea are reminded of this weekly as we take Communion. Yes, Communion is an act of remembrance on what God has done on our behalf through Jesus. But it’s something else too. As Paul writes, “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). Did you catch that? “Until he comes.” He’s coming back.

As I looked at verses dealing with the coming kingdom, I was struck by the emphasis on our behavior as we wait. Consider this example from 1 Thessalonians as Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, “As you know, we comforted and consoled each of you as a father soothes his own children, encouraging you to live lives worthy of God—of the One calling you into His own kingdom and into His glory.” Over and over again, we’re adjured to live according to God’s precepts because of the kingdom. If you want to read more, you might conisder: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, 2 Timonthy 4:1-5, Hebrews 12:25-29 and/or 1 Peter 1:2-11.

Then there’s that verse in Luke 18 in which Jesus asks, “when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Oh! I want to be found faithful. (I keep hearing Keith Green’s “I wanna be ready” in my head.)

Fulfilling my calling, living worthy of the kingdom… these ideas and the others in those verses are so weighty. So impossible. But I’m not called to do it in my own strength. Good thing since it isn’t possible!! Father, help me to yield and let you live your life in and through me. You’ve created us for good works you planned for us to do from before the beginning of time. Help me cooperate with you. Help us be ready.

With all the saints who have gone before, we say “Marana tha!” Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

The Hour

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” Mark 13:32. Tricia made this piece with the Once Upon a Time Deviant Scrap Collab, including pieces by Miss Behaving Workshop and Holliewood Studios.

Tricia also made the layout, Behold, at the top of the page. All the items in her layout are by Marta van Eck @ Deviant Scrap: blended papers from Expedition, Write Me a Letter, Alice in Wonderland, Robinson Cruzoe, clouds from At the End of the Beanstalk, The Ark, Expedition, Le Compte de Greyscale, sun glow and sparkles from Under the Baobab Tree, banner from Le Compte de Greyscale, frame from At the End of the Beanstalk. (horse modified from me from photo of real horse) fonts: PegsannaHMK, Perpetua Titling. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war,” Revelation 19:11.

Views shared on this blog are those of the author & do not necessarily reflect those of OSAi.