Psalm 1 is a very short Bible chapter comprising of just six verses but it will help us understand where true blessedness (condition or state of being in God's grace or favor) comes from. Psalm 1:2 tells us, "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night." Our obedience to the will and purpose of God which He revealed to us in the Scripture is what brings true happiness not only in this world but in the eternal life ahead. Let us remember that our earthly life is just a temporary/training ground for the true life God prepared for us in His presence. If we lived selfishly like Godless people here on earth, we would go into eternity without the presence and goodness of God. Where God is not present, there's torment and evil continuously. I would like to impart what my Life Application Bible shared regarding Psalm 1:1-2 that truly blessed me. It says, "The writer begins his psalm with extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule Him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God's will. This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you draw closer to God, not hinder your relationship with Him. God doesn't judge people on the basis of race, sex or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in Him and their response to His revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God's will are blessed. Their happy condition is like healthy, fruit bearing trees with strong roots (Jeremiah 17:5-8), and God promises to watch over them. God's wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don't trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust. Only two paths of life lay before us---God's way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God's path because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity. You can learn how to follow God by meditating on His Word. Meditating means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you will live as God wants. Knowing and meditating on God's Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what He says. The "law of the Lord" means all Scripture: the first five books of Moses, the Prophets and the other writings. The more we know of the whole scope of God's Word, the more resources we will have to guide us in our daily decisions.
I hope you are aware of the daily dose of poison being administered to us by way of media and entertainment. I may not spend a whole lot of time browsing the web than an average person nowadays but every time I'm on it, I am shocked/saddened by the dominance of fake news and negativity that aims to pervert and twist our minds farther away from the Truth of God. Though the world is full of God's wonderful goodness manifested by those who fear and trust Him, they don't make it to the mainstream news for many to watch nor hear. Instead, popular headlines are geared towards dividing people, destruction of lives and endless mockery of God made possible and paid for by the ungodly. These days, movies, TV shows and even commercials make it cool to be an irresponsible individual by destroying the Godly father image and replacing it with perverted images of fatherhood/manhood. They make homosexuality and gender dysphoria a normal part of our society, making them more and more exposed in movies and entertainment programs. They have mocked God and called evil good and good evil. Honestly, as a follower of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), I cannot put my (spiritual) guard down when it comes to issues I come across with daily. I have to purposely shut the world down and make a decision to learn God's Word in order to flush all the spiritual poison forced upon us every minute of everyday. As believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot find happiness/blessedness in the things this world offers. Whether we are rich in material blessings or lacking thereof, true blessedness can only be experienced when we are obedient to God's will and purpose. In our obedience, we are at peace with God and are living a life led by the Holy Spirit. True happiness is only possible when we have Almighty God living inside of us. Though storms may come in different directions, our blessedness is not defined by our condition (ups and downs of life) but is rooted in the position of righteousness His very presence in us secured. Oh the goodness of God through Jesus Christ and the Cross! In Him, I am eternally grateful and blessed!
For this Card, I used images called "Country Walk" and "Adventure Dad" from Make It Crafty Digital Stamps. I colored both with my Prismacolor/Touch Five markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. I added a bit of Glossy accents (from Inkssentials) on the binoculars and three brads from Recollections. The sentiment inside is by Momenta Clear Stamps. Lastly, I stitched all over this project. The simple lay-out highlighted the beauty of the digi stamps along with our Scripture Word Art today. I love it!
BLESSED IS THE MAN ADVENTURE CARD
BLESSED IS THE MAN ADVENTURE CARD LAYERS
BLESSED IS THE MAN ADVENTURE CARD INSIDE
BLESSED IS THE MAN ADVENTURE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Crafty Gals---Summer Colors
House that Stamps Built---Summer Vacation
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Use Real Stamp
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Country View---The Written Word
Daisy Chain---For Boys/Men
Digistamps4Joy---For the Man in your Life
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Punch It
Love to Craft---ATG
Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge. You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement. As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can submit up to 5 entries per week. Our wonderful sponsor for this week is Lawn Fawn, giving away a $25 GC. So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today. If you are trusting in Jesus, you are blessed beyond measure.