Thursday, 21 March 2013

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #5 - Cleanse Me

Happy Spring day to all of you!
I'm back with a new Scripture Challenge page! The hymn Cleanse Me is another familiar favorite, although I know it as Search Me, O God. It's a beautiful, prayerful song that is very meaningful to sing. I've included the words to all four verses at the end of this post, but I want to share the first verse here:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart today, 
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;

See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free."

Isn't that beautiful? For my Scripture verse I used 1 John 1:9 which says:
"If we confess our sins,
 He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Yes, God is faithful! Every single time we ask for forgiveness...He will give it! He doesn't hold a grudge at our disobedience, or set a limit on how many times we will be forgiven. He understands our human frailty and weakness! He knows our heart when we fail Him! He cleans away all the sin and sets us free! That wonderful freedom is only available to us  because of Jesus, and His sacrifice on the cross. What a blessing that is...what a gift! :o)
My page is clean and simple! ;o) I had this image in my head as soon as I heard which hymn we were doing this time. With the aid of my Slice cards it came together nicely. After cutting out the pitcher I realized there was no basin or bowl on the card. So this is actually a tab cut in half. I thought it worked very well. Yellow is a color I don't gravitate towards. Every once in a while I challenge myself to use yellow. Since I wanted a background paper that looked like old wallpaper, this one with the yellow flowers was perfect. I think this page symbolically displays the message of the song! :o)

Materials Used:
Papers: Papermania - Summer Bloom (gift from Susan),
Cardstock - Recollections and Momenta;
Dies: Spellbinders Borderabilities - Fleur De Lis Border;
MM Slice Design Cards: Think Pink - Alpha,
Home Sweet Home - Frame and Insert,
Bon Apetite - Pitcher and Basin ( gift from Friday);
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain.

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Linking Up To:

Triple the Scraps - Hymn and Scripture Challenge #5

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #72

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These two gentlemen are wonderful and sing this song beautifully! 
In this first video they sing the first verse of the song, and it's very short.
I'm also adding a second video.
It's longer, as it contains some talking before they sing.
I've added it for those of you who have time and would enjoy a chuckle or two!

CLEANSE ME (also known as SEARCH ME O GOD)

Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin; 
Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within; 

Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;

Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;

Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;

I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.

O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me;
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.


Marilyn said...

Gorgeous work Nancy! Love the flowered 'wallpaper'... looks very cool.

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Perfect words for this time in the church year Nancy! Seeing so much of the yellow and gray together lately, especially on etsy! It turned out wonderful! ~*~Lisa

Rea said...

Very clever layout with the scripture and pitcher. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.

Creations by Shirl said...

Awesome Nancy - love the pitcher and the scripture here....

Dunja Dücker said...

Good Morning my sweet friend.
I hope you enjoyed YOUR day yesterday ♥
The first verse is soooo true. I like that verse. Thank you for sharing that one.
Your creation is adorable dear Nancy. I like the fresh colorcombo and the cloth on the coaster of the jug is magnificent. Great Idea my dear.

Wish you a great start into the weekend,
Biggest of Hugs & Blessings

Dunja xxx

Jonia said...

My goodness Nancy, you are so creative. I love this and never once thought of the water pitcher and the cloth. You are the bomb my friend!

Karen Letchworth said...

This is so beautiful and super creative. Great post as well, and thank you so much for sharing!
God bless you,
Word Art Wednesday

Friday said...

I love it, Nancy. That pitcher is perfect for your hymn and scripture this week. Love it. TFS... Hugs!

Embellishments said...

Hi Nancy, such a true scripture and your page says it well. You are so clever with the pitcher and wash cloth!!! Who'd think :-) The color combo is so fresh and clean indeed.
Hugs, Steff

Jennifer said...

I thank the Lord that he knows us so completely and yet washes away all of our sin! Beautiful page! Love the pitcher and cloth!

Tracy said...

Well you clever girl, you found the perfect way to make a basin for your pitcher. The "wall paper" look just right and the hymn is beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Hugs!

Geri said...

What a nice design, Nancy! This looks beautiful! I love the colors, and that background paper is perfect! And the song...another old favorite!

Ira Huberts said...

Your pitcher and basin look wonderful Nancy, love the yellow, for after all it's an important colour for Easter. What a fine way to honour this psalm. Hugs, Ira x

Susan M said...

Nancy,your page is so lovely. I really like the colours and the pitcher and basin is a terrific idea. It's a really "fresh" looking page, portrays beautifully how we can feel when we ask Jesus to cleanse us.Thanks for a lovely post and the videos ,I enjoyed listening to them.

Gemiel said...

What a beautiful illustration for this hymn. Love the bit of fabric tucked under the pitcher. You choose a perfect scripture for the page. Blessings!

Sandy Hentzel said...

Such a great post! Sometimes we just have to go back to the basics and forget about all the daily drama.