Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #3 - My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Hello, my lovely friends!
I'm back today with my next challenge page...and I'm only a few days late! :o)
This is a wonderful hymn that I really enjoy singing! Did you notice I'm trying to word things a bit differently? You must be getting bored with me always saying "this is my favorite hymn". lol  As soon as Patter posted this challenge I had an idea of what I was going to create. However, as I was looking for a Scripture verse before I began, the Lord led me in a totally different different direction with my page. I love it when that happens!
My page comes from the third verse of the song, which says:

"While life's dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread,
be Thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow's tears away,
nor let me ever stray from Thee aside."

Isn't that beautiful? 
So many of us are dealing with pain on a daily basis! Whether it is physical or emotional, or a matter of circumstances of loss...pain hurts! Sometimes it overwhelms us and all we can do is let the tears flow! 
Did you know that God understands and cares? What a blessing that is! We can take all our pain and sorrow and lay it at His feet! He will not ever leave us to suffer alone. Not only that, but one day there will be no more pain of any kind! Revelation 21:4 says:

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. 
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away."

Isn't that beautiful too?
What a day of rejoicing that will be! :o)

Now, on to my page.
I've created a scene page. This sweet little girl, with the tear on her cheek, is a digi from Jellypark. I've had fun with a new stamp & die set from Sizzix/Hero Arts. Even though there are clouds in this sky, the flowers are blooming brightly! :o)

I added a drop of Glossy Accents to the tear on her cheek. Here's a close-up:

Materials Used:
Papers: K & Company - Watercolor Bouquet;
Image: Jellypark
Dies: Memory Box - Puffy Clouds,
Sizzix Framelits - Label, Ornate #3,
MM Slice Design Card - Baby (gift from Friday),
Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set - Flowers and Butterflies;
Punch: Fiskars - Grass;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

(Patter's devotional on this hymn is there too)

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As I was working on this page, I was listening to my Galaxy Praise and Worship channel.
 A song came on and I knew I had to share it in this post. It's by Jars of Clay, and the chorus says this:

"I will sing of Your mercy
That leads me through valleys of sorrow
To rivers of JOY"

Yes, this is my favorite song at this moment, so I had to share it with you here!

Of course, I must add the Challenge Hymn too!  This is a wonderful quartet version:

There...my long post is finished! Thank you for allowing me to share it with you!
I hope you're all heading to those rivers of JOY! :o)


Creations by Shirl said...

Love the scenery on your card, and you almost made a tear drop on the image... Very lovely card!

Jonia said...

Nancy this is just too cute. Love the scene and the direction you went. Beautiful my dear friend. By the way, my grandson was born yesterday. When you get a chance check out the post today. I put up some photos. Blessings dear friend.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is just gorgeous. I love the little tear drop, cuz it reminds me of how we need to look up to Him in good times and in bad. Thanks for sharing this, and have a blessed week, Nancy. I am so appreciative for your participation.
Word Art Wednesday

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie...

This is so gorgeous....

Wonderful Colours too...

Have a great day Huggles Pops x x x

Susan M said...

This is beautiful nancy! The framelits flowers and stamps are so lovely !But that little girl ! I can just imagine Jesus giving her a big hug and wiping away that tear ,a beautiful image!What a wonderful scripture and promise !

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Oh Nancy, what a wonderful szene on your card....it so sweet and your coloring is beautiful, i like your card.

Hugs Andrea

Tracy said...

Well I sure do love the direction God sent you in cause this is one fantastic page. The image is so perfect for giving a visual of the scripture. We are just not going to know what to do with ourselves when there is no more to cry or worry about. Won't it be wonderful!!!
I think those puffy clouds on a bright summer day are just lovely. :-) You picked out one of my fave groups for your first video. Took my daughter and her friend to see JOC in concert. Got some great pics with the boys too. Hugs and thanks for the reminder that tear free days are a comin'!

Susan said...

Thx Nancy for your comment on my blog ...I love your little scene and the sweet girl with a tear...very creative!

Ira Huberts said...

What a fabulous way to ´translate´ the beautiful scripture into your wonderful page Nancy. A lovely scenery card that has so much serenity to it! Hugs, Ira xox

Geri said...

Such a beautiful page, Nancy! And such a reassuring post! Thank you for sharing BOTH!!!;)

Jennifer said...

Nancy, this is great! As believers we truly do look up to the Lord and run to Him with our hurts! Love the little tear and the delicate details on your flowers!