Before I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I grew up knowing that there is a God. Though it was more of a religion than a relationship with Him, I knew that He watches over me and knows my every thought. I was familiar with the Ten Commandments and tried my very best to obey them. But I also struggled with fear. I was terrified of what God's punishment would be every time I violate a commandment or two. After all, I was taught that God rewards the faithful and punishes the disobedient.
So needless to say, I feared the Lord greatly. But hey, even in my limited understanding of God those days, that fear kept me out of many troubles. The fear of the Lord is defined as "the continual awareness that our loving heavenly Father is watching everything we think, say and do." When we ignore Gd in our lives, we deprive ourselves of understanding His ways, His love and His power. Those who fear the Lord have a continual awareness of Him, a deep reverence for Him and a sincere commitment to obey Him. Their fear causes them to focus on the Lord, and walk in wisdom while avoiding foolishness.
Today, nearly thirty years since I came to know God in a deeper and personal way through the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross, my fear of Him has transformed into respect (out of love for God) and awe (of His greatness). I am fearful of doing anything contrary to His plan and purpose in my life. Because I value him greatly, I desire to know His ways and deliver only what is pleasing to Him. Therefore, I seek His Word and meditate on His promises daily that in my knowledge and understanding of Him, I would gain wisdom to choose and walk the path He has prepared for me. I would like to share these passages from Proverbs 2 that tells us of the importance of seeking God's Word, gaining wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."
For this Card, I used an image from Bugaboo Stamps called "Guy Walking Dog" which I colored using my Prismacolor markers. The base is a Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The DP is from American Crafts and Recollections and the white brads are from Recollections too. Lastly, I stitched all over this project. It's simple and masculine. I love it!
FEAR OF THE LORD CARD
FEAR OF THE LORD CARD LAYERS
FEAR OF THE LORD CARD INSIDE
FEAR OF THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Cute N Crafty---ATG
Path of Positivity---ATG (Positive)
Createful Heart---Add a Sentiment
Not Just Cards---ATG
Pause Dream Enjoy---ATG
Sunny Day Crafting---ATG with Animals
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
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