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Friday, February 1, 2008

Faith Discovery Challenge #4 – {Desires of the Heart}

It’s the first day of February! Winter isn’t completely over but, hopefully we’ll continue to survive the cold (at least where I am) until spring arrives. Ah, springtime is such a beautiful time of the year. I’m always looking forward to seeing the first flower bloom or hearing the first sounds of birds chirping and of course, more sunshine. All of the sudden, everything is so green and lush! I guess having all this rain did do some good after all. What would we do without rain? God is so awesome to have created everything for a reason. Everything on earth is purposely made to do a specific job. I believe nothing is by accident and though some things may seem coincidental, the Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This also means that He created you for a specific purpose! God does have a plan for your life! Praise the Lord!

Last week’s challenge was {Your Family Legacy} and was also a great opportunity to submit your layout to Scrapbook News + Review’s March Call for faith based layouts about/with/for your family. Anne, thank you for giving us this opportunity! Also, thank you for adding that suggestion for those who found it difficult to do the challenge for personal reasons, that they can also create a layout of a personal letter that shares your faith with your family or a specific person. By the way, I really enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful families and reading what God has put in your heart for them. Thank you once again for participating! Anyways, I hope those of you who are still wanting to participate in these challenges know that you are always welcome to do them at any time! But, be sure that you come to the forum designed for that specific challenge to let us know, so we can visit your gallery and offer you praise. Many of you are already doing that which is great! It’s such a blessing to see what God has done and is doing for you!

Now for the month of February, I felt led by the Lord to base the challenges for this month on a certain theme. Can anyone guess? The title above should’ve already given it away but, it is going to be about our HEART. Not only because of the fact that we celebrate Valentine’s Day this month but, because we all know our heart is such a vital part of our lives both physically and spiritually. The heart is the center of our being and it is the core of our feelings and emotions. Most of the time our actions are based upon the motives of our heart so it's evident that God knew we needed a Savior to come into our heart. To make our hearts new so that He can dwell in it and keep our hearts in check. There are so many references to verses in the Bible that speak about the matters of our heart and the importance of how it affects the way we live. Luke 6:45 says, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart." God wants us to have a pure heart and before anyone can change, it begins with our heart. Now, there are so many things that I could challenge you to create concerning the matters of the heart but, because this is God’s work I’m doing, I’m going to trust Him to help me with these challenges and that they be used to open your heart to Him. After all, He wants your heart, not just some of it but, all of it. Are you ready to surrender your whole heart to Him?

Challenge #4 – Create a layout about the desires of your heart. We all have desires both earthly and heavenly but, according to Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” God fulfills these desires which work according to His will and plan so there’s probably reasons why some of our desires weren’t granted. I believe that He knows what’s best for us and gives us our desires if it’s going to glorify Him. Some other ideas for this is you could also create a page about a desire that God already granted or desires of a loved one who has passed away or even what you think are the desires of God’s own heart. You may have a list of things or maybe just a few but, take time to really think about your heart’s true desire.

Here is my layout:

All original designs from the freebie "My Hearts Desire" mini kit created for this

week's challenge only!

I've put this little kit together for you using the designs that I created in my layout. It's only free for a limited time only until next Friday, February 8th! So enjoy and thank you for supporting me and playing with my designs. Be sure to upload your work in my designer gallery if you happen to use this kit. I'd love to see it!

My Heart's Desire Mini Kit

Download freebie here.

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1 comment:

Kate in Costa Rica said...

This is so beautiful so I had to download it even though I've never scrapped digitally. Thank you so much for sharing it - I look forward to playing and seeing what I can come up with.