Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Faith as Simple as a Child ~ Illuminated text Psalm 33:21

Hullo there everyone ~ it is a while since I have done an illuminated work so thought would combine one with a beautiful devotion I read in  Our Daily Bread .
  "Dreams of Childhood" by Randy Kilgore. 
{ Daily reading was from Psalm 8* ( see here for verses)}.
As I am teaching at our local church school calligraphy the reading and this verse tie in with my current thinking too.
"Years ago, I asked fifth grade students to prepare a list of questions to ask Jesus, if He were show up in person in the following week. I also asked a group of adults the same question. The results were startling different. The children's ranged from adorable to poignant:
"Will we have to sit around in robes and sing all day? Will my puppy be in heaven? 
Were the whales in or out of the ark? How's my grandpa doing with You up there?" Almost with without fail their questions were free from doubt that heaven existed or that God acts supernaturally.
For the most part, children live unfettered by the cares and sorrows that burden adults. Their faith lets them trust God more readily. 
While we adults often get lost in trials and sorrows, children retain the psalmist's view of life - and eternal perspective that sees the greatness of God (Ps. 8: 1-2)

God can be trusted, and He longs for us to trust in the way that children do (Matthew 18:3) Passage here
An intimate walk with God, lifts our eyes
from today's trials and into eternity's triumphs.

This Illuminated Bible verse shown is from Psalm 33:21
"For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name."
It shows this type of faith that rejoices in the knowledge and child-like faith in our daily walk with our Saviour. A young wife in our church ordered this for her new husband - which thrilled me.
For those who like a little more detail here are two earlier stages, all that were taken of this work. 
It was done in January 2006, so few years ago now. First small picture above left shows the work inked in, painted with gouache (to see how previous steps are done see these posts here and here). Gold leaf preparation is already built up with glue size. The second small image on right shows the gold leaf applied. The frame was an older one my father used for one of his oils. It was originally a brown neutral toned coloured frame but I changed with navy blue boot polish into the soft grey tones to tie it in with the tabernacle colours I wanted to use.That way did not need to charge for frame and it was a very good one. :D so saving all around.
Many thanks every one for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x PS. DO join the candy up above top of this post too, please, or see here. Ta!!
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12 comments:

MaggieC said...

I am totally in awe of your beautiful calligraphy work, so precise and very special. Ralph McTell also did a great song for Oz, called "In the Dreamtime", which was used as the theme song for Billy Connolly' s World Tour Of Australia. I loved that one because at that time my son was over there for about 9 months, and it seemed to bring us closer. Music is so important and very evocative. Hope you are well. xxx Maggie

Di said...

Ho Shaz, this is really beautiful. I'm in total awe of your calligraphy work, it must take hours and hours to do.

Hugs, Di xx

Craftychris said...

Your work is awesome! What a lovely gift it is. The different questions are really interesting to hear. The children's questions are so lovely. xx

Mrs.D said...

Shaz,
These are awesome, both in the quality of the work and the sentiment.
Bless you.
Chris

Anne said...

I loved reading that days devotional too! It made me think about what question I would ask Jesus..... Your calligraphy so excites me, it just takes my breath away! I love to look at a thing of beauty and your work certainly falls into that category. What a treat for us. TFS!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

I LOVE your Calligraphy Shaz - it is beautiful!

{{hugs}} and blessings
Jocelyn x

glitterandglue said...

Shaz, your work is beautiful - well done. How true that our questions differ as we get older. I have some questions too for Jesus; but I have the sneaky suspicion, that when I reach His side - they simply won't matter any more!
Have a really precious week - maybe I will get time to actually put up a post this week - I have finally finished the advent calendar I have been working on, so need to photograph all the bits to it.

Margaret W

Hettie said...

Oh Shaz. This is beautiful. I do love to see your calligraphy.
Hugs
xx

Sarah C. said...

Beautiful work, Shaz! The devotional was very poignant, too. God wants us to come to Him with love, faith, and trust of a little child. That's where we'll find peace.
Much love,
Sarah xxxx

Jo Ann said...

Wonderful framed artwork. Love it! Thanks so much for blessing us with your artwork this week at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs, always!

JO ANN
http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your calligraphic and illumination work is breathtaking, especially with that beautiful Bible verse. Happy WOYWW and Blessings! #26

SusanLotus said...

This is very beautiful! :)

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