One entire year ago this week we moved into our house in central Texas. Full of excitement and dreams for the future. Full of hope and in awe of what God was doing in our lives. We were here to plant a church…not a task for the faint of heart!
This blog post however is not about the ins and outs, ups and downs of church planting. That would take a whole book! This post is about friends. Leaving old friends and making new ones. Bittersweet, to say the least…
This past Saturday I opened up my FaceBook account and saw A LOT of pictures of friends at our previous church enjoying the annual Ladies Christmas Tea. I’m sure it was a day of praise and joy, as Redeemer events always are. I miss those times and people so much!
I walked around that day feeling a little sorry for myself, but also thinking about all the new friends I have made here in central Texas. We are near a large military base so people are moving in and out on a regular basis. That is just part of life here. I’ve already experienced friends moving away….
Fast forward to Saturday evening after the worship gathering that meets in our home. I came across my friend Sophia, (you may remember her for the beautiful encouraging sign she made me) http://wp.me/p5TnxY-5u sitting in another room, in the dark, by herself. I asked what was wrong and she told me she was sad. I asked why, and she reported that their family will be moving…I asked when and was told, “in the summer.”
Oh my heart…I said, “Sweetie, that is a long time to be sad!” Then proceeded to tell her about when I was a girl…”We didn’t have social media and cell phones to keep in touch with all our friends and we had to write old fashioned letters if we wanted to keep in touch!” I told her how lucky she was to be making new friends all the time…just think about all the people she would know in her lifetime!
Sophia recovered and happily joined her sisters and I was struck between the eyes at how that related to my sadness! I am grateful for all of my “old” friends and thrilled with all of the new ones I am making daily. I am amazed (there I go again) at how God works things like this for my good. He showed me through the eyes of a young friend that He is with me (and her) as we journey through this life, making the best of every situation and depending on Him to show us the way!
1 Timothy 1:2-says: I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
How to Start Your Page
- Treat your page with a thin layer of gesso. If you are using colored pencils this step is not necessary.
- Add some color to your background if you like. On this page, I used “distress ink spun silk”. I did a combination of stamping and brushing the color on the page to achieve a mottled look.
- Let you background color dry thoroughly.
- Plan out your design, being careful of where your target verse is. I am personally trying to learn NOT to cover it up with the design!
- For this entry, I merged my “faces” idea with another drawing to convey the idea of missing my former church friends. This is YOUR page…be creative with a design that means something to YOU!
- Draw out your design to fit the page.
- Use graphite paper underneath your design to transfer onto the page. You can free hand if you like.
- I then “redrew” my design with black micron pens, adding detail.
- Next, I colored in some of the details with micron brush pens.
- For the lettering I wanted it to look like I had just “taken notes” by writing out the verse. I tried to mimic a font, which is tedious….note to self…try your own handwriting!
As with all Bible Art Journaling, the purpose is to add meaning to a verse or passage, helping you to internalize and remember the scripture. I will look on this page for years to come and remember all my friends at Redeemer.
“As I remember your tears (and mine), I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.”
1 Timothy 1:2