We are given power…

“… we are given power to meet the demands and the needs that are waiting for us in the ministry yet to come.

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm by “Caveman Chuck” Coker

Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, a photo by “Caveman Chuck” Coker on Flickr.

I always think the power must come from me.  I’m doing this, aren’t I?  But no.  Things go much better if I look to Him for the wisdom and the power.

Blue Luna – Message Layout

When asked if she had a favorite verse or catch phase she’d like included on the piece, her answer was “Always Victory!”  What a great attitude!

I move from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe Illustrator for the rest of the design work, including the placement of her message, using my favorite font, Zapfino.

Blue-Luna-layout by Carmen CS
Blue-Luna-layout, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, we know that You grant us victory in all things through faith in You!

When God comes through…

“Pray with thanks when God comes through beyond all you could have imagined.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

Reducing the risk of crop failure has created a more sustainable community by Gates Foundation
Reducing the risk of crop failure has created a more sustainable community, a photo by Gates Foundation on Flickr.

And pray with hope while you’re waiting for Him!

Reaching for Faith – Stitched!

Here is the fully stitched piece.

You can see that the canvas has gotten somewhat distorted during stitching.  Blocking the piece will correct this.

Reaching - Unblocked 2 by Carmen CS
Reaching – Unblocked 2, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, the process of going through life can stretch us.  Thank You that Your grace and love can always bring us back to our full beauty, as You intended us to be.

Blue Luna – Layout

The next step is to lay out the elements.  I do this in Adobe Photoshop.  I’m not trying for a polished work of art at this stage, just for placement of the various elements as they will appear in the final piece.

Blue Luna by Carmen CS
Blue Luna, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

It may look like I’ve left a lot of space on the right – that’s intentional.  That’s where her catch phrase will go.

Prayer: Father, grant her medical team wisdom as they arrange her treatment.  Help them to arrange all the necessary elements for her care and still see her as an individual and meet her special needs.

God is an artist …

God is an artist and he is beautiful. He has woven his image into the fabric of our lives, which explains our drive to create things which are beyond us and which we don’t always understand. Perhaps more important, he has issued a call to us that carries with it the possibility of obedience or disobedience: the call to respond to his beauty with creative worship. … God calls us to create a space in time for ourselves and others to meet with God, to gaze upon his beauty and to worship him.

– From my morning readings in “Scribbling in the Sand – Christ and Creativity” by Michael Card.

Stained Glass Window Full of Light and Color

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stockphotosforfree/7190209497/in/photostream Photo by Stock Photos for Free with Some rights reserved under Creative Commons Attribution License

We can answer that call with art, with craft, with music.  We can answer it with hospitality, with service, with fellowship.  It doesn’t matter how we answer it.  What’s important is that we answer it.

Blue Luna – Cocoon

To emphasize the idea of rebirth, I want to show the cocoon the moth has emerged from.  It’s amazing that such a large, colorful insect should emerge from such a small plain wrapper!

American moon moth (Actias luna) cocoon by Deanster1983 on and off for now
American moon moth (Actias luna) cocoon, a photo by Deanster1983 on and off for now on Flickr.

Prayer: Sometimes life throws so much at us that we feel all we can do is roll up into our shells.  Father, give her the strength and courage to break out of her troubles and win free to health, beauty, and faith!