These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full.
As Jesus nears the time of his crucifixionhe pulls his disciples close to him for some final instructions and words of comfort and encouragement. He speaks about their relationship to him and the need for them to abide in him. He warns them of the difficulties that lie ahead in identifying with him, because the world has shown its hatred of him already. He already knows what will conquer evil and hate. His love will bring victory. And as we abide in him and allow his love to spill out we too will be more than conquerors.
I used the stamp, Joy to the Word, to create the acrostic Jesus overflowing in you...to show the truth of this verse in John. There is a direct link between Jesus's vine discourse and the antidote for evil and hate he discusses later.
Design Detail:I used gelatos more like watercolor paints to create this background. I stamped the joy from the set, colored it with copic markers and cut it out to place it vertically on the margin. Then I used the Teeny Alpha set for all the lettering. The "t" from this set formed the small crosses on the page. I also used the Texture Tiles set for the distressing on the page.
Sets Used from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:
Joy to the World
Texture Tiles 1