I got stuck on forgiveness. This page sat open on my desk for a full week, half done. And everything that came up in that week in my reading, in my life, all led me to scriptures, passages, encouragement all on the topic of forgiveness. How do you forgive those that hurt you and are not only not remorseful, but happy that you are in pain, rejoicing in your suffering and telling others that you deserve what you get? People that rejoice in the injustice and are happy to see my children suffer? I have come to the conclusion that I can’t do this. At least, not in my own strength. This is where the often quoted scripture “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” comes in. It is because of His forgiveness of me that I can forgive others. In the light of my own shortcomings, missing the mark, ignoring the promptings of God… I come to my own need for His forgiveness and nothing else matters. I just want to be in right standing with Jesus, and from that point I know that He is more then capable of taking care of the rest. He will make all things right, I don’t have to concern myself with that. Just preach the gospel first to myself, that Jesus died on the cross for me, for my sins… Everything else just fades away. Perspective does that.
For this entry, I used an old gift card to scrape some black paint across the top section of my page. I then used a pigment white ink pad (the one that was included with this months Purpose Driven Essentials kit) and stamped the “hello my name is” border and then the word “forgiven” and “100%”. I took a white gel pen to help define the outline and wrote over the words as well to help them stand out. Next I drank a big cup of courage and waited. Literally, for a week to come back to this point and finish it.
I journaled the following. “I am also free to forgive others . Freely forgiven to spread the forgiveness to others. Let it bloom! Forgiveness is the key to opening the doors to my heart. Let me start to plant the seeds of forgiveness in the Kingdom of God.” I used both a white gel pen and my black ink pen to write the message. I added a few stickers from the Simple Stories Romance collection that we featured in this months kit and finished it off with a tab. Using some paper from the Illustrated Faith “You are Loved” collection, I used my tab punch and a heart punch to create a grouping and finished it off with a sticker from the Romance collection.