It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name,
O Most High,
proclaiming Your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night...
God's Word is replete with the praises of His people even when going through tribulations. All of us can recount times when we were broken with bleeding hearts and yet found we could still feel the loving arms of our God wrapped around us. One of the reasons we can praise God in the middle of any storm is His faithfulness to us. Our praises don't emanate from the purity of our hearts, but by the Spirit in us who lifts our eyes away from circumstances to focus on the God who will see us through it all.
I recently heard a song that totally resonated with me and I want to include a link at the end of the post to the song if I can. The lyrics speak of God's faithfulness and how he is with us through it all when we get it right and when we don't. I hope you'll take a minute to listen if you need to feel God a little closer to your heart today.
I've started designing pages in a small three-ring binder that is my praise book. I've had it for more than a year and decided I wanted a place where I could journal more and have more design work than I can do in my Bible. And I thought a praise binder was a perfect place to create using the printables from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Our printables are a relatively new line and while certainly not limited to Bible journaling they are perfect for that, sized with a Bible page in mind.
We are beginning to branch out and think of lots of ways to support Bible journaling, but my line of printables are unique for several reasons. You get a ton of ready to print-cut-use images that coordinate with a theme. But you also get an interactive devotional that takes you to the Word of God and enables you to spend real study time there, meditating on how God is speaking to you to apply the truths of His Word to your life. The interactive portion takes you into a worshipful, quiet time with God. In addition to the designs and devotion you also get Bible passage prompts...samples of scriptures where the printables can be used...all following the theme of the printable. This month's printable, Rain or Shine, includes verses of scripture that encourage our praises through all events in our lives. But one of the most unique and helpful components of our printables is that the download gives you not only the printable, but the digital files in color AND outline. You receive all the colored images as JPEGs and PNGs which allows you to resize, flip, layer...create to your hearts content and in a sense create your own printable. With the outline images you can expand your creativity and personalize the images by coloring or using paper-piecing techniques. Our design team members are showing tons of ways to use our printables and all have done amazing worship-filled projects that will totally inspire you.
All of the elements on these pages are from the printable. If you have a cutting machine, you can make fast work of creating these die-cut like designs or you can run the printable through with sticker paper. So the versatility of these is a hugh selling point. Here I've combined the printables with some of my favorite stamps, all released this month--Just Say Jesus, Teeny Alpha and from last month, Skinny Minnie Alpha, which is quickly becoming a go-to alpha set.
One of the things I like about using my binder (purchased through Illustrated Faith), is the SPACE I have for creating. I've included personal thoughts, scripture, and song lyrics...all things that take me to the heart of worship. So whether you are creating in a binder like this, traveler's notebook, junk journals, or your Bible these printable will offer you tons of possibilities. But scrapbookers and cardmakers are certainly not forgotten. These are perfect for you too, AND with the digital images provided you can size them for your specific needs.
by Diane Noble
3 sheets of print and cut designs, interactive devotional, scripture prompts AND
PNG/JPEG files for personal creations.
Just Say Jesus by Rebecca Rios
Teeny Alpha Clear Stamp by Korin Sutherland
Skinny Minnie Alpha by Rebecca Rios
Don't forget to listen to this encouraging song by Colton Dixon, Through It All