Welcome to my new website and blog!
It’s a big week here at Visual Blessings with the launching of this new website. I hope you enjoy perusing the new pages full of new videos, journals, tips, new class information!
The Light of the World!
Also this week, I am honored to be a guest artist for His Kingdom Come. This year they have been focusing on something that is dear to my heart: who God says we are through the “I AM” statements in the Bible. The “I AM” statement I have featured here is also a part of my upcoming new online course A Word Well Lived™
I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
There is great comfort in Jesus being the Light of the world and am encouraged through reading what God says about Light, Jesus as the Light of the world, and calling us to be light in the world. The very presence of light gets rid of darkness. Light doesn’t fight darkness. It dispels it by entering into darkness with its presence. Light warms and welcomes color, expression, hope, and the flourishing of life itself. Light is the opposite of darkness, and darkness is always subject to the presence of light.
I have had the same verse come across my path many times over the past month. When a message keeps appearing, I know to pay attention. Each time the verse came, it was stated that it is not just for the individual, but us as people, a collective. It comes as an invitation full of hope:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.
Isaiah 60:1-2 NIV
The video directly below is a visual devotional reading the Scripture of Light accompanied by illuminated artwork I’ve made and photos I’ve taken. I hope you will be blessed with more light, comfort, and courage, as you are called deeper into God’s marvelous light!
The next video below is a tutorial showing how to paint light on a journal page, from one of the journal pages in the new A Word Well Lived™ e-course. This video shows the sped-up process from start to finish. I start with a coloring page from my Colorful Blessings coloring book, and piece of Fabriano hot press 140 lb watercolor paper, which is the base of pages for one of the journals.
The Scripture read in the Light of the World Video is from The Passion Translation except for the last Scripture from The Message. Scripture references: Matthew 4:16, John 1:4-5, John 1:10a, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 5:16 (The Message)
Then Jesus said, “I AM Light to the world
and those who embrace Me
will experience life-giving Light,
and they will never walk in darkness.
John 8:12 TPT
“Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance,
for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?
And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place?
Instead, It’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light.
So don’t hide your light? Let it shine brightly before others,
so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them,
and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 TPT
Supply list and links:
Colorful Blessings Coloring Book
Fabriano 140 lb watercolor paper
Matte medium – either Deco Art or Golden
Fluid Acrylic Paints: Golden or DecoArt Green Gold, Golden Phthalo Turquoise, Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Golden Quinacridone Magenta, Golden Diarylide Yellow, Carbon Black, Golden Paynes Gray, Titanium White
Travel size spray bottle
HIS KINGDOM COME INFORMATION:
Come and join the faithart journey at His Kingdom Come! FREE weekly devotions, faithart inspirations, technique videos, faithart classes- combining techniques and bible study! Lots of faithart products– stencils, stamps, thermofax screens, canvas, and coloring books! If you were part of Take me deeper in 2015, please sign up for the 2016 Take me Deeper, so that you have access to the devotions, techniques and discussions! Free planner/journal pages are found here. Take Me Deeper will be continuing in 2016 with the “I am statements” of Jesus and our Spiritual DNA. Looking for your “word” for 2016? His Kingdom Come has prepared an EBook for free containing the idea of living one word, worksheets and all the prompts for 2016! Get it for free here Logos365 www.his-kingdom-come.com