You can see the process video for this page over on the Creative Retreat YouTube channel or by using the link at the bottom of this post.
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
23 years ago today I married my wonderful husband, Brad. I’m so grateful that God brought us together, and indeed He did. I would be lying to say that all 23 years have been wedded bliss. In fact, as most marriages go, we’ve struggled through many difficulties. Ours have been unique to us: finances, jobs, depression, a string of miscarriages, a special needs child, health issues, etc. These difficulties, however, have made our marriage stronger.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 discusses God’s strength and our weaknesses. When we surrender our weakness to Him, He can make us strong. Trials and troubles help us to realize our weaknesses, and to depend on Him more fully. It is only because Brad and I continually surrendered ourselves and our marriage to God that we have been able to withstand the storms of life. It is only in and through Him. In Him, our relationship is strong. In Him, our marriage has perfect strength. In Him, we are made strong, both individually and as a couple.
The theme of this month’s Faith Art Box was perfect for documenting my anniversary in my Bible. I used the Creative Retreat heart stencil with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide to make a subtle background, and then stamped the floral spray in Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass. I added the wordfetti, alphabet, and title stickers, as well as the heart and leaf stickers. I made a little tip-in with a picture of Brad and me, which allowed me to do some private journaling behind the photo. The bow clip finished the page, and its colors matched the colors of my dress in the photo (which is why I chose that particular picture).
Don’t be afraid to use pictures in your journaling. Your Bible is a perfect place to document special memories and events. When you and loved ones look back through your journaling Bible, these photos will make your entries–and truly the legacy you are leaving–all the more personal and special.
Thanks for hanging out with me today. God bless!