Amanda Jolley

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Father Abraham

The latest Salt challenge is God’s promises. As I pondered which of God’s promises to touch on, God gave me a theme. We are studying Abraham’s life this week with our Tapestry of Grace curriculum. As we reviewed the Bible reading for the week, God’s promise to Abraham stood out to me.

Genesis 22:16-18 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: (17) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; (18) And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Also this past Wednesday, Jondy Britton, an awesome worshiper of God at my church, taught a lesson on worship by addressing the vastness of the stars and universe. One of the comments he made that impacted me was about a scientist stating the calculation of the number of stars would equal about the same as the number of grains of sand on this earth. What a coincidence.

And I also got this strange hankerin’ to buy some glitter. I’ll have to take a photo of the page after my husband and son get back from their camping trip this weekend. They have the camera, and the scanner just did not do the glitter justice. This page is quite sparkly.

Taking what I felt God leading me to do and viewing the end product, I felt disappointment. The page did not turn out stunning. It lacks focus. It isn’t near as stunning as…

Hmmm. Have I forgotten my own lesson already learned? The following quote is my own from a behind the scenes peek at last Salt challenge project.

“A lesson I have learned from this altered book is that the Holy Spirit will speak through my art, and He often has different plans than me. Go with the flow and go low (remain humble) is my motto.”

What did I learn from this project? I prefer my own handwriting to a neat font. I now have a basic understanding of working with glitter. God’s vastness can never be contained on a page. I am ever prideful and God has to continually remind me about the peace found in humility.

What did the Holy Spirit teach me through this page? I am one of Abraham’s children. I am counted and named just as each star. This page is beautiful. Each time I flip here, it’s lesson will speak louder than the glitter.

Psalms 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

amanda ∞

0 Comments on “Father Abraham”

  1. Thank you for sharing in the Salt challenge ‘God’s promises’ = a lovely piece of arwork and comments too.

  2. This really is lovely. I like glitter, too. I am seriously contemplating starting some altered art, but I have a terrible follow-through habit. I can dream, plan , think, imagine, and then it falls flat when I go to do.

    May be a while in the making.

    I really love your kids, too. Just as they are.

    Your grateful friend.

  3. Amanda – not only a wonderful piece but truly encouraging write up and description of what you’ve learned from this project. Thank you!

  4. I look forward to the other photo, but this one is wonderful as it is.

    Sometimes I think you are being hard on yourself, but then I also think that it’s probably because God has given you the spirit of excellence.

    I’ll check back when we are back from vacation. Have a blessed week:-)

    Sometimes I am hard on myself. I like it much better today than I did that night. Have a wonderful vacation! I’ll miss your presence in blogland.

  5. I do like this one and can’t wait to see the sparkly one. Thinking back to the beach, I remember staring at the sand that was around my chair and trying to mentally wrap my arms around the thought that God knows how many grains there are, truly mind blowing.

    I love your work and keep the inspiration as well as reminders coming.

  6. Lovely. I think it’s perfect. The camel situated at the bottom, so little, beautifully emphasizes God’s vastness.

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  8. i really like the lessons you’ve learned… 🙂 I like the page though! its awsome! I read somwhere thats its just as good to have have a book full of mistakes then nothing at all.. somthing like that.. we learn from our mistakes especially in art… just remember not to compare yourself to somone else … its just makes it harder…

    I am learning that lesson as well. What I compare to most often are my own expectations.

  9. Hi Amanda, I feel blessed in visiting your blog this evening and reading your post, Wonderful!
    and Beautiful to see your creation, I always leave here wanting to get paint on my hands, and express my faith more! Thankyou for that!

    I’m so glad, Gillian. Your collaberative blog has been such a blessing to me. And now I’m enjoying your art between the challenges at your personal blog. More inspiration is always good.

  10. This is lovely! I’ve just discovered the Salt challenges, and am working on a little project of my own right now. Thanks so much for sharing – not only your art, but your insights as well. What a wonderful God we serve!

    Can’t wait to see your work! ‘Tis a great challenge. My favorite thing is that God is at the core.

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