My church is working through a sermon series on elevating our faith; the most recent sermon was how to elevate our character. And the model of elevated character is Jesus: He is the blueprint for how we are to live our lives.
…we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.
Through effort, training, and practice we are able to live with a hope that our life is part of something bigger. When reading this passage, my pastor mentioned these trials and afflictions are like going through the fire… and I was reminded of this month’s kit theme: Unsinged. Unburned. Going through the fire and coming out unharmed.
When I saw the heart-tree stamp from this month’s kit, I thought of growth. How long it can take to grow and change. How I want to grow and become a better version of myself. How I want to live the life God has called me for. How I want to follow the blueprint of Jesus’ life and actions.
I repeat stamped the heart-tree stamp in the background, and added the title using the alpha stickers. I used the sticker sheet and enamel dots as a finishing touch.
I have plenty of space for journaling, and I know I will add this last nugget of wisdom from the sermon: God grows us in our weakness.