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His Kingdom Come/1st Journal page

My first ever journal page!
I've joined a Bible Study group called His Kingdom Come/Take Me Deeper.
 
The first weeks study was on Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
 
How do I make myself a "living sacrifice" for God? It's definitely a daily commitment. Sacrifice is hard to do on an ongoing basis.  Putting God wishes first-all the time. Working on my attitude, how I spend my time, how I use my words, my gifts God's blessed me with....there is so much that goes into being a living sacrifice.
 
To begin, being in a bible study and reading God's word, meditating on it, applying it to my life is the starting point for me. Allowing God to mold and change me from the inside out--takes more time.
Part of the meditating part came in while I was designing my journal pages.  I searched a hymnal I purchased at thrift store until I found a hymn that matched how I was feeling:
"Pure in Heart, O God"
 
 
 I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paints and they worked so well! They have a matte finish and I was able to write with my Faber Castle pen onto with no problem. I used several Unity Stamps. 
 I used DecoArt Vine stencil on each side of the pages. Represents me growing with God. I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang moss green  and then outlined the raised textures with watercolor pencils (Stampin Up), blended them with a water pen.
 I looking forward to growing closer to God this year!  I'm in a new church and I'm already excited for what's going to happen this year!
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