img_3322It is so interesting as your work through a devotional how your perception of the rest of the rest of the devotion begins to change.  I have really been enjoying “Holy, Holy, Holy”, a devotional from By the Well 4 God, yet it wasn’t until I reached Day 11 that I really began to grasp the true purpose behind the words.  Or at least, the purpose that is jumping off the page for me.  This devotional isn’t just about defining what holiness is or what holiness looks like, but really embracing the fact that we ourselves are considered holy, not by our own actions, but as a result of the actions of Jesus.  And that holiness that we now carry with us enables us to be in a closer relationship with God, as He intended before sin entered the picture.  It is an enlightening devotion when you really dive in deep, and I highly recommend you pick up a copy.  I’ll link it in the supplies below!

Day 11 found me in Galatians 2:20-21, with the apostle Paul writing:

“For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.”

As I thought through these verses and considered the writing in the devotion, I was overwhelmed with the realization that accepting Christ in our lives truly changes us.  It’s not just about making better choices or living in a different way.  We are changed from the inside out, and because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are fundamentally different than we were before.  We are holy in God’s eyes, not because of our own actions, but because of the actions of Jesus.

img_3318To begin this page, I needed to deal with shadowing that was coming through from a journaled page on the back of this one.  This was an easy fix thanks to the digital papers that BTW4G has in their shop.  The pink textured paper filled with gorgeously sketched girls was my favorite this time around, and I’ve been waiting for just the perfect page to use it.  I trimmed the page to size and marked out a line with a water brush pen.  I desired to have a torn edge along one side, and tracing the line with water allows the tear to happen more readily along the path that you choose.  I backed the paper with a black lace washi tape from my stash.

After the background was set, I chose to create a pocket for journaling.  I grabbed a scrappy of vellum that came with the kit, mounted on yet another digital print-out and quickly had a lovely blue pocket.  In order to have it function as a pocket, I only added adhesive to the bottom and right side of the ephemera piece.  This allowed me to slip in a pink prayer card later on!

To represent the Holy Spirit, I utilized the small bonus stamp that BTW4G included when purchasing “Holy, Holy, Holy”.  I stamped the image of a Bible on fire and a dove on two different colors of card stock, a green patterned piece and a basic white piece.  This allowed me to fussy cut different portions of the image to create the look I wanted at the bottom of the pocket.  I anchored the stamped images with a white glycine bag and a bit more of the black lace washi that I had used previously.

img_3316The final embellishments I wanted to add were two of the beautiful vintage ladies that came as ephemera pieces in the kit.  These are my favorite die-cuts ever, and I so wish that BTW4G would stock them separately in their shop.  I want to put them on all the things!  I trimmed some of the white border off of the chosen die-cuts and adhered them to the page.

In order to add the title, I used a mixture of two different alpha stamp sets, “Paige” and “Elemental”.  Both were released at the same time as this particular kit.  I also incorporated some of the small tile alpha that is available in coordinating colors for “Holy, Holy, Holy”.  My title, “It is WHO I am, not WHAT I do”, is a reminder of what Paul had talked about.  Dying to yourself and living only in Christ.  Depending on Christ’s sacrifice for salvation, not our own actions.  I added a journaling card, inked up with black soot distress ink, as well as tabs and a date, and my entry was done!

img_3315I love the point when a devotional really clicks for me.  Sometimes it happens on day 1, and sometimes it happens on day 11.  Either way, the Word of God is always there ready and waiting to provide meaning an insight for us!  If you have any questions or comments about my process, be sure to let me know below.  Have a fantastic day!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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