Happy Monday, my friends!
I am finally back into the swing of things after taking a much needed break. I want to thank you all for your sweet words and wishes regarding my daughter's wedding! It was a really beautiful day and all went just as planned! I opted to leave my camera at home and just treasure every moment. The official photos aren't in yet but others are sharing, and I will add one of my favorites at the end of this post!
Today I have a new Hymn and Scripture Challenge page for you. The hymn is called Faith of Our Fathers. It's a very familiar hymn to me and I have sung it many times. As I was going through the videos to find one to share, my husband remarked how sad the song sounded. He pointed out that it sounded like a song one would play at a funeral. You know what? He was right! Most of the copies did indeed sound very somber! If you look at the words to the hymn you see that although it does include some somber thoughts, it has a message of encouragement and hope. As it says in Hebrews 11 verse 1:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Here are the words to the song. Only one version I found had all four verses. The second verse is the one that was usually missing:
- Faith of our fathers, living still,In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;Oh, how our hearts beat high with joyWhene’er we hear that glorious Word!
- Refrain:Faith of our fathers, holy faith!We will be true to thee till death.Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,were still in heart and conscience free;And blest would be their children's fate,If they, like them should die for Thee.
- Faith of our fathers, we will striveTo win all nations unto thee;And through the truth that comes from God,We all shall then be truly free.
- Faith of our fathers, we will loveBoth friend and foe in all our strife;And preach thee, too, as love knows howBy kindly words and virtuous life.
For my page I used the Scripture found in Romans 4:20-21. These verses talk about Abraham...one of our great "fathers" of faith. It says:
A wonderful note in my bible says: "Whereas works are man's attempt to establish a claim on God, faith brings glory to Him." Isn't that beautiful, and isn't that what we want...to bring glory to God? So let's live a life of faith, KNOWING that God will do ALL that He has promised us, and giving ALL the glory to Him! :o)
"Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,
but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised."
My page is very simple as the paper does most of the work. I used one of my favorite Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page sets. I fussy cut a few butterflies from a coordinating paper and added them. For the Scripture spot I did some playing with my Cricut E2. The title was also cut on the Cricut. Then I added the pearls and my page was finished!
Papers: Susan Winget Nature by K and Company,
Punches: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Wildflowers;
Cricut Cartridges: Alphabet, Essentials;
Stamp: Studio G - Faith;
Ink: Martha Stewart - Stem Green, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo;
Pearls, Gold Metallic Gel Pen: My Stash.
I used a gold pen to add some detail to all of the butterflies. You can see it a little bit in this photo:
Linking Up To:
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Here is a lovely version of the hymn:
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Okay, onto some details of the big day! After the ceremony we all went to a nearby park for formal portraits. It was such a beautiful day! When these were finished the bridal party went on to have more photos taken at a pool hall and a fifties diner. I think I've mentioned that Andrea is totally into retro! I've seen a couple of the photos and they are so fun! I hope to share some of those with you too. In the meantime, here is one of me with my girls!
That's it for today! So sorry for the super long post! It looks like I've missed you all! lol Thanks for hanging in to the end! I hope to be back soon with more of something! Have a wonderful week! :o)