Well Hello, this is Rochelle, and thank you for joining me today as we look at this beautiful devotional for the February #FaithArtBox from Creative Retreat.
You can catch the process video for this project over on the CR YouTube channel, or by using the link at the bottom of this post.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NKJV)
4 “Hear, O Israel: [a]The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
As I dove into this devotion, following the amazing work that God did in my heart with the January devotional, my high expectation was definitely met as I started reading (and singing “All you need is love.”
My friends here on the team have beyond beautiful insights into this verse and I encourage you to go read their blog posts throughout the month.
You know, when I started reading this verse, I was so blown away by how ALL-ENCOMPASSING the love of God for us is, that the idea that He asked that kind of love from me scared me a little. He gave it all, held nothing back, not even His only Son. I felt a little out of my depth, I wasn’t too sure that I would be able to give that much. The more I read the verse over and over, I was so thankful that again God gives me the breakdown, the “how-to” all in the verse if I’m just willing to take a minute to listen.
Let’s break it down then:
- Love with our whole lives. Do I love God enough to allow Him into every room of my heart, every area of my life, allowing Him to clean up because He loves me too much to leave the cobwebs in those deep dark places? That means that loving Him with my whole life means allowing Him to love my whole life.
- Thinking of and praising Him constantly. Do I love God enough to trust Him through even the situations that seems impossible to me, to still know that He hasn’t failed me and never will? That means that loving Him means trusting Him.
- Love Him with everything without divided loyalties. Do I run to a friend, run to my spouse first and then when all else fails go to God, is prayer and talking and listening to my Father the last place I run to when there is need? That means that loving Him with everything without divided loyalties means that He is my Hero, my first love, my go-to, my safe place, my home.
Now knowing that God loves me no matter what, unconditionally, no matter what He finds in my life, at all costs, makes this a command that is really just a reciprocation of His complete love for us. How wonderful that He first loved me!
This month’s Faith Art Box is just pretty – and easy to make beautiful pages with.
I used Faber-Castell Gelatos to great a smooshed background and then stamped out the words and used some of the wordfetti to complete the title sentiment on this page. The “heart” word stamp is from the December Faith Art Box – don’t be afraid to dig through your stash and mix and match.
I love adding my own handwriting to my pages, I never used to because I didn’t like my handwriting, but hearing my young ones say mommy wrote that, made me realize that it is a part of me that they will recognize.
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See you again soon.