Gratitude, The Source of Happiness


I wrote some context commentary that follows this page with yesterday’s post; Feel free to read about it here if you haven’t already!

I worked through Lamentations and Zephaniah all weekend, and I created some of my favorite pages this year with Tarama Arcilla’s new Print and Pray Shop set, Friends 4Ever.


I have also been reading through a book called Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Exercises by Anthony De Mello, and it has been wonderful!  It’s filled with beautiful prose and thought provoking questions!  It was fitting that today’s reading was about finding happiness in any situation just as Zephaniah and Jeremiah did in their suffering for Jerusalem.


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Gratitude, The Source of Happiness Bible Journaling Page - Lydia Cost


Friends 4Ever Print & Pray Set, Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Rhinestones, Maggie Holmes Carousel Collection “Happy” Thickers, Paige Taylor Evans Pick Me Up “Lemonade” Thickers, IF Homespun Alphas: One in a Melon, IF Pink Stamp Pad, Blender, IF Watercolors

Day 15: Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Altered Book Page

Isaiah 11:2 (ESV)

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

It’s hard to imagine myself explaining what the Holy Spirit has done in my life, so I’ll just leave it to the verse above.  The Holy Spirit grants peace, wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and a fear of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit is responsible for turning me from my sinful ways and bringing me into the light!  It is the part of the Holy Trinity that resides within me and gives me breath.

I wanted to create this page in my Gratitude Documented Altered Book because it was feeling a little neglected the past couple of days!  I’m so glad I did because I just loved the way that it turned out!

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I knew that I wanted some bold letters for my page so I set up using a paper pad, clear embossing powder/ink, and an Illustrated Faith stamp set.  I have always loved having some clear embossing powder on hand for this particular thing!  I don’t personally own a die-cut machine (a shame, I know), so I have to resort to creative ways to cut from designs.  After the embossing was finished, I could easily see the outline of the stamped letters I wanted to cut.

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