Monday, 26 August 2013

Hymn and Scripture Challenge #13 - O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Hello, my dear friends!
I've been having a bit of trouble getting back into the swing of things since I got home. I still haven't made it around to visit some of you...but I hope to very soon.
I finally got to work finishing this Hymn and Scripture page that I started some time ago. The hymn this time is "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." I think it will be a familiar one to most of you! To create this page I pulled out some of my dies and punches, and just put them all together to make a scene of sorts. I was inspired by Verse one, where it says:
"O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
and our eternal home!"
We always think of our homes as being our shelter, don't we? They provide safety and security to us. When a storm hits, we head inside to rest in our fortress, right? Trees also provide us with shelter; from sun, wind and rain. However, as we have learned from many of the natural disaster around the world...the security of our homes or trees is only temporary and fleeting. They will crumble and fall when facing hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.
For my Scripture verse I chose Psalm 91:1-2. It says:
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust.'"
How incredible it is to be able to trust the everlasting shelter of the Almighty Himself!! He will NEVER crumble or fall! We can dwell and rest in His shadow FOREVER, and all we have to do is trust in Him! So, now I tell you that HE is MY refuge and my fortress, MY God in whom I trust! :o)

Materials Used:
Paper: Recollections - Cardstock;
Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations - Artful Dwellings,
On the Edge - On the Fence, Townscape;
Embossing Folders: Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades - Tall Pines, Bricked;
Punches: Fiskars - Grass, EK Success - Alpine Trail,
Paper Shaper - Venetian Corner;
Inks: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Black Soot;

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Here's a fun version of the song. It was originally titled "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past" and was later changed to "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."


Kelly Neis said...

Hi N,
You are so knowledgable on the history of the hymns you do. I like your remarks about what the hymn means to you. Your page totally brings your story to life. Love the village and trees surrounding the hymn. Beautifully done.
Hugs K

Pop's Cards said...

Stunning sweetie as always, gorgeous colours too hugs Pops x x x

Susan M said...

I love how you have created this page Nancy ! What a wonderful way to use the die cuts, love the lights on in the red house - lovely and cosy ! And using the hymn as a background is so effective against your blue sky! A wonderfully creative page for your beautiful scripture !

Karen Letchworth said...

This is just wonderful, Nancy. I always enjoy your sweet creations and appreciate how you implement scripture and hymns into your beautiful art. Thanks for joining us and please know how very grateful I am for your participation.
Blessings to you,
Word Art Wednesday

Jonia said...

Nancy this is just beautiful. I love how you used the music as the focus, but added the houses and the fence. Beautiful my dear.

Geri said...

Such a pretty page, Nancy...and so inviting with that sweet scene!!!

Ira Huberts said...

You have created a wonderful scene here Nancy, really lovely! Hugs, Ira xIra’s Crea Corner

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so love the page Nancy, I love to come to your blog and get my weekly dose of Godly devotion! {hugs}

Tracey Sabella said...

What a wonderful and inspiring page!! Isn't it wonderful that our Lord gives us refuge in our times of need? ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Robyn said...

Inspiring!! Love love love. I really must stop awhile at Patter's place and participate!!

Tracy said...

Wonderful! You even added a bit of critter shelter in there too. LOL You always put so much thought into your pages Nancy. Hugs!

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

I love that God is our shelter. Your write-up is fabulous. Amen! Amen! He is my refuge and my fortress and my God in whom I trust too! Beautiful, Nancy. Your card is sweet. Great job! xx Kathryne

Sandy Hentzel said...

What a nice scene. I just love your Faithbooking challenges! they are my favorites.
Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day,
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