Sunday, January 18, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #1 - TRUST

Well hello my friends.  I know it has been a year since I did one of Patter's scripture challenges.  I missed all of last year.  It was a bitter sweet year.  But it kind of goes along with Patter's 1st challenge of 2015.  We had to put our TRUST in God and know that He had control of everything.  The verse I chose for this challenge is Psalm 91:2, "I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”  You see God is what gets me through it all.  Without Him I am nothing, but with Him I can handle all things.  I trust Him with it all.  Here is a little of my story from 2014 and because of trusting God with it all, I am a different person.
My mom and brother both started out the year of 2014 in the hospital.  Mom finally recovered from her major surgery and has been in the hospital a couple of time since with pneumonia, but all in all is doing well.  Still having breathing problems, but we know God is in control.  My brother on the other hand spent the year going between bad and good.  So I spent a lot of time in my home town helping to take care of him.  As most of my followers know he was down syndrome.  So he lived with my mom his whole life and between his workers and my 3 sisters we tried to make sure someone was with him and mom all the time.  It took a lot out of us, but we would not change the time we spent with him for nothing. On October 20th my husband and I had our 5th grandchild, a little girl Ansley Grace.  What a blessing from God she was and still is.  Every time I see her she reminds me of what and Awesome God we serve. 
  We spent two days in Virginia with my daughter and family and on October 22, late in the day, the day our little Ansley came home from the hospital, we got a call that my husband's brother had a tragic accident and was dead.  WOW is about all I can say.  It took our breath away and took us back to our home town to be with his wife and daughter.  We also knew that Danny was now in Heaven and yes we would morn, but he was better than he had ever been.  So glad for the hope we have in Jesus.  We still miss him very much, but because of God we can take it one day at a time.
I was still spending 2 weekends a month in Lumberton helping out with my brother and the end of November my brother went back into the hospital.  He was aspirating when he ate.  We were given an option for a feeding tube, but were told he probably would not do well with it as his body was shutting down, so he was placed in hospice and on December 7th my brother went home to be with Jesus.  No longer was he hurting and no longer was he different.  He was made whole and was running the streets of gold praising God.  Yes, I still miss him and am crying as I write this, but because of the hope I have in Jesus, I know I will see him again.  How wonderful will that be.
Along with all of this, my dad has Alzheimer's and is in a Alzheimer's unit.  Found out now that he has stage 4 cancer.  So we are dealing with that also.  But again, I know in whom I trust and I know He is with me always.  There is no way I could have made it through this year without trusting in God!  And the reason behind using the song that Patter had posted on her blog, "Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus."  Here is a beautiful version of this song.
I have always loved mixed media and decided that I wanted to use this song as the focus on this canvas.  I am still not good at this as this is only my 4th piece, but I am happy with it.
And here is a close up of the music sheet.
I am not sure if I will be doing the mixed media canvases each time, but I do love these and to me this is glory art.  Hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping in today and letting me share some of my story from this past year.  And remember "God is Good!"
Blessing my dear friends!  And please check out Patter's post for Trust!  You will love it.


Nancy said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS, Jonia...just like YOU! Thank you for sharing your story!
He deserves all our trust...God is so good! :o)

Natalie said...

Jonia, I've been so out of touch with most social media this past year. Didn't realize all you've been through. God is so trustworthy and He never lets us down but helps us through every circumstance of life. Praying that 2015 will be a blessing of drawing even closer to Jesus. Big hugs to you dear sister. I feel awful that I've missed out on so many opportunities of praying for and with you but not only is God trustworthy but He is FAITHFUL. Praise to Him always. Much love, Natalie

Carole said...

Nancy, What a story! And what a year you have had. Knowing that God is Good and totally in control is the only way to get through, isn't it. Your hymn canvas is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


Robyn said...

Love your canvas! It is a tribute to who you are in Christ. With Natalie, I too have lost contact, but glad to share with you in trust in our Savior. Blessings and strength in this year of great things

Patter Cross said...

This is truly gorgeous, and what a beautiful way to remember to trust Him in all circumstances. Praying for His strength and peace this year!

Gemiel said...

Hi Jonia, it has been a long time. Looks like 2014 brought a lot of challenges to you but I pray God's abundant blessings for you in 2015. I love your canvas. It definitely is Glory Art!!! Thanks for the verse, I'm adding it to my Trust list. Blessings!

Susan Carol said...

Its a beautiful canvas and a lovely way to illustrate trust with the hymn. My goodness you have had a year but your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus just shine through. Much continuing grace and peace to you.