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Polymer Clay Day 99: Shine Circle Pendant

Wow. It has been several days since I posted. I was starting to wig out a bit. Camping was awesome. I am rejuvenated and back in gear with my clay. Oh my goodness, the 100 days is almost up, but fear not, I am a clayer for the long haul. I was hooked by day 3.

To continue on my altered art jewelry obsession, here is a scrapped up, embellished polymer clay bead, bearing one of my very favorite words. It is only fitting that i share with you this a relevant Bible verse and song to go along with my SHINE pendant… I heart NEWSBOYS 🙂

Matthew 5:16 (New International Version)

16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Polymer Clay Day 98: Pinktastic Serenity Clay Pendant

I find serenity when I trust in God to provide my EVERY need. Here are some verses that restore my peace of mind when I am fearful and anxious, allowing serenity and I to meet again.

Be content with what you have, for God has said, “Never
will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So say with
confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”

– Hebrews 13:5,6

Those who look to Him are radiant.
– Psalm 34:5a
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will
counsel you and watch over you.
– Psalm 32:8

Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead!”

– I Peter 1:6

Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares about you.
– I Peter 5:7

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never
come to an end; they are new every morning. . .
– Lamentations 3:22-23

Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I
will give you rest.
– Matthew 11:28

With men it is impossible; but to God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

Glorious, majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures
Psalms 111:3

I could go on and on and on, but it’s not necessary. When I sit still with the words “never will I forsake you”, that is all I need. In this world where nothing is permanent except change, God’s promise to NEVER abandon me makes everything bearable. For so long I looked at the words “heavenly father”, and compared my Creator to my earthly, imperfectly human father. I trusted Him none, and couldn’t see His love for me as existing at all, much less being perfect and permanent. My understanding of “father” has expanded beyond words, and He is the rock on which I stand. Blessed are we!

Polymer Clay Day 97: Graceful Clay Pendant

Whenever I am wanting and grasping for anything; material, emotional, relational, career – pausing to remember that His grace is enough calms the storm in me. It is ok to desire, but when I am trying to force my will, or manipulate a desired outcome based on selfish wants, I am forgetting how far His grace has carried me, and that it is all I need. The unrest is just a lie.
Some wonderful grace quotes:

Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

A.W. Tozer

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.

John Piper

It is a greater work of God to bring men to grace, than being in the state of grace, to bring them to glory; because sin is far more distant from grace than grace is from glory.

John Trapp

Advance in the Christian life comes not by the work of the Holy Spirit alone, nor by our work alone, but by our responding to and cooperating with the grace the Holy Spirit initiates and sustains.

Donald Whitney

A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day, as we need it.

D.L. Moody

It is not only by grace alone that we become God’s people but by grace alone we remain His people.

Dale Ralph Davis

His grace is enough!! Scatter joy…

Tuesday Tag-Along

Polymer Clay Day 96: Joyous Clay Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:

make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Psalm 98:4

Be joyful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.  James 1:2

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Romans 14:17

I am pretty sure God wants us to be joyous. Just a feeling I have. James 1:2 is quite the challenge. To me it means that from facing trials comes great growth, so take joy in the knowledge that God sees fit to grow us, and knows we can handle it.

Leaving you with a wonderful David Crowder song on this topic:

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Polymer Clay Day 95: Blissful Butterfly Beaded Beauty

Butterflies are the most wonderful symbol of transformation, grace, beauty and freedom. I have been in such a phase of rearranging, hurting, messing up to the point of feeling like a gelatinous mess of disgust trapped in a cocoon. It has sucked, to be totally honest. I don’t do emotional pain well, but I can say that through it all, I have kept my eyes on the One who saves. Little by little, changes beyond my greatest of dreams are materializing, and I am truly free.

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”
Romans 6:14 (NLT)

Scatter joy!!!!

Polymer Clay Day 94: Courage Grunge Paper Clay Pendant

Pain pushes me to chase God with a veracity not present when comfort abounds. I hope to grow along His narrow road into a woman that stands back, letting Him live through me. At least then the pain I experience would be that inherent in being human, instead of manufactured by my very hand. He gives me COURAGE to get back up, to stand in the rain and know I won’t drown. He welcomes me with open arms and unfailing love deeper than the oceans, never changing, no matter where I drag His name. Thank God for… God.

“Courage is fear that’s said its prayers.”

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.”

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.””

Scatter joy…

Polymer Clay Day 93: Faith Paper Clay Pendant

I despise flash on my camera, which is what I get for waiting til dark to photograph today’s clay creation; a washed out version of the real deal. That said, FAITH is one of my favorite words.

Jesus had a thing or 2 to say about it.
Whenever Jesus begins with the phrase “I tell you the truth”, some good stuff is about to be revealed;
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move.
Matthew 17:20

Now a word from Hebrews, my favorite place to go when I need reminded of how God prepared our minds in the old testament to be able to comprehend our salvation through the cross…

Heb 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

And, a C.S. Lewis take on faith, since he totally rocks. An atheist turned warrior for Christ through diligent searching and questioning everything, with a mind as brilliant as they come…

C.S. Lewis: “We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith”, with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer…. The state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.”

Regardless of the details of my life, and their seeming importance to little me, faith in an unfailing love from an unchanging God is all that matters. Blessings lovely readers…

Polymer Clay Day 91: Courage Swirl Pendant

This attribute is so indispensable in reaching one’s full potential. There are changes that I feel in the deepest parts of myself would free me from being less than I was created to be if I had the courage to make them. Fear keeps me from acting. I pray for courage and to hear God’s voice so loudly I have no choice but to obey. I also pray for the wisdom to differentiate my will from His, since I can so easily convince myself that what I want must be coming from God.

Bible verses on courage;

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Hebrews 13:5-6
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

WOW. These verses remind me that absolutely nothing that could happen to my earthly body can change who I FOREVER am in Christ. Whenever I find comfort in the midst of fear, it is because I have remembered this truth. It is horrifying to be in a world of uncertainties and the only constant is change. That is except for God, never changing, everlasting, perfect love. Therein lies peace.

Bottle Cap Bonanza

Here are some of the bottle cap pendants I made during my bout with insomnia. I will be taking several with me to a good ol’ Indiana limestone quarry festival next weekend, it appears. My printer cartridge was low, and I was far to lazy to leave opted to make the font light/faded for a vintage effect. I think I will find them even cuter when the words are black and pop more.
On a completely unrelated note, my friend Lisa (aka Long Run Lisa) Completed a full marathon today for her first time. She is an inspiration! You rock Lisa!!!!

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