Snippets of Love

| Art | Photography | Illustrated Word | God’s Love | Malachi 1:2 | Psalm 36:5 |

“You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes…”
(Lyrics from “Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture)

We grow, we age, we fall and get up again. The world changes, our relationships change, but one thing will always remain steady and faithful; that is God’s unfailing, ever-abundant love for us.

God loves us so much and reveals His love to us in so many different ways! These are just two reminders I have had recently of His great love!

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A Gift and Response (Malachi 1:2)

I made this piece for an art challenge where the brief was to use a limited palette and to draw inspiration from a random Bible verse. When I flipped the pages of my Bible, I landed on Malachi 1:2. I almost bailed on the challenge as the book of Malachi is full of rebuke! However, as I read the passage again and began to draw, I found myself astounded by the patient persistence of God’s invitation for us to receive His love.

While there is a lot of rebuke in the book of Malachi, it begins with a word from God and Israel’s response to it. God has loved Israel and God has loved us. There are so many testimonies that remind us of this – for example, personal experiences, the accounts written in the Bible, the way nature works and the beauty of it. God loves extravagantly, faithfully and unconditionally. What a gift He has given us in His love!

How do we respond to God’s love? Do we doubt it, ignore it, take it for granted or receive it with thanksgiving? Perhaps instead of challenging, “How have you loved us?”, we could ask, “God, show me the height, depth, and width of your great love!”

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Sheltered by God’s Love (Psalm 36:5)

I took this photo at a nearby park and was reminded of words from Psalm 36:

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” [Psalm 36:5]

The other night, I found myself wide awake in bed, thinking through the years of life I have enjoyed on earth so far. There were joyful times, sad times, challenging times and many other memories. Through it all, God was there. I found myself thanking him for His grace, for His mercy, for His protection, and for growing my understanding of His love!

In my weakness, God is my strength. In my fear, He is my confidence. In my doubt, He is my security. Above all, His love is the reason for my hope. Though I fall, I remember that my life is hidden with Christ. He loves me, He loves you, He loves us all. I want to grow each day in understanding more of God’s love!

Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” declares this chorus:

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it. still You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

 

6 Weeks to Christmas: LOVE

| 6 Weeks to Christmas | Week 1 – LOVE | John 3:16 | Illustrated Word |

6 weeks to Christmas! The festive season is more than decadence and decoration. It is a time to remember the birth of Christ – He who died for our sins and rose again, redeeming all people once and for all into eternal life and relationship with God the Father.

6 weeks, 6 Christmas-related words, 6 illustrated Bible verses to remind us of why we celebrate the birth of Christ 😊

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Week 1: LOVE (John 3:16)

 

1. LOVE - John 3.16

Lostnowfoundk: Celebrating Christ

Black and White Baby Picture Cards

| Black and White Cards – Fruits, Shapes | Baby Stimulation Cards | Baby vision |

From the moment they are born, babies are learning. Their little brains are busy developing millions of neural connections, and they soak in all the sights, sounds and sensations around them.

As a newborn, colours are not easily distinguishable and they see more in contrast (light, dark and shadows). Black and white visual stimulation cards or books are recommended for the first few months of baby’s life, so we thought we would prepare some of our own 🙂

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Black and White Fruits

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Black and White Shapes

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Happy learning baby!

It is Done.

| Digital Art | Easter| PaintTool|

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I have had a song in my head last night and this morning – Cody Carne’s “The Cross Has the Final Word.” The last stanza of the chorus has these lyrics:

“The cross has the final word
He traded death for eternal life
The cross has the final word.”

How incredible is that! There is nothing to pay, there is nothing to fear. It is finished, and it is done because Jesus conquered death on the cross. He paid the price for every sin and He made a way for us to enter back into the Father’s presence. He came to set us free so we could experience the fullness of His love.

The cross has the final word, and we find our rest, our joy, and our purpose in loving Jesus.

The Lord, My Light (Psalm 27:1)

| Digital Art | Psalm 27:1 (Illustrated Word)| Nursery Decor | PaintTool|

2019 Psalm 27-1

One final piece for baby’s nursery 🙂
A reminder that the Lord her God will always be with her and for her ;
her light, her salvation, her strength and her life.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
[Psalm 27:1]

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Baby’s 123 Floral Chart

| Digital Art | 123 Floral Chart  (1-20)| Nursery Decor | PaintTool|

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There are lots of different flowers in the world and we thought baby might like to learn about some of them, along with their numbers.

The Sturt’s Desert Pea was chosen as South Australia’s floral emblem on 23 November 1961.

The Bottlebrush is an Australian native evergreen tree, named after the shape of its distinctive flowers.

Sunflowers have a trait which causes them to face the sun at all times (heliotropism).

Waratahs are able to survive fires due to dominant buds in their lignotuber, a woody swelling at their base.

Poppies were unable to grow on war fields for four seasons after WW1, but subsequently proliferated over the battlefields of France and Belgium, making them a symbol of remembrance for those who died in the war.

The Calla Lily has poisonous roots and is native to South Africa, where it is actually considered a weed.

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