Can You Really Be Angry?

Can You Really Be Angry Bible Journaling Page using Heidi Swapp Floral Art Screen and Freckled Fawn Script Alpha Stickers - Lydia Cost

The other day I found myself in Jonah reading near the end of the book, a couple of chapters, I’d never really gave much thought to.  I suppose God knew I needed to hear it!

Rarely do we every see a servant of the Lord behaving in such a way, and I am absolutely guilty of feeling an array of these feelings on some occasions in my life.

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Jonah was furious and jealous that the Lord had shown mercy and forgiveness to Nineveh instead of Israel; he was jealous for the honor of his country.  Israel had refused to repent and be reformed.  The Lord gave mercy to Nineveh, taking a path to eventually show them their errors, so that they might be brought into grace.  The Lord graciously offered Jonah a justification, even though our Lord need make no clarification in whom He chooses to either spare or persecute for persisting in their rebellion.  He convinces Jonah that Nineveh should be spared, because unlike Israel, Nineveh had not known yet the error of their ways.  God says, “I do well to be merciful,” and He finds triumph in those whom find His favor.

At the end of the chapter, we find the Lord using even a firm example with Jonah, just as Jesus did with the crowds and the parables. The Lord prepared a plant to cover Jonah’s head in shade.  The sun beat down upon Jonah, but he was so grateful for that plant as shelter.  But the Lord increased the heat so that the plant withered and died.  Jonah was angry, but the Lord responded that Jonah was so angry over the plant withering away, but he had never lifted a hand to tend to the plant, the way the Lord had done with Nineveh.  The Lord was invested in Israel, but they refused to turn away from their sinful ways, so He chose to invest His time in Nineveh.

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Occasionally I find myself feeling irrational/embarrassing emotions when it comes to the blessings that the Lord has given to my peers.  I feel envy and hurt because those same opportunities have not been provided to me.  Just as with the plant, the Lord reminds me that I can’t possibly be angry with him for blessing one of my brothers or sisters, and I cannot feel envy if I have not lifted my hand to achieve these things or lifted my heart in prayer.

We must understand that all of the Lord’s ways are just and right, even if we don’t understand them!

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Heidi Swapp Floral Art Screen, Tim Holtz Distress Stain, Freckled Fawn Script Alpha Stickers, My Mind’s Eye Bliss Enamel Dots, IF Pen, Felicity Jane Paper Clip

8 1/2 x 11: Love This

Love This Scrapbook Layout

I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long some of these pieces have been in my scrap stash.  I’ve made it my goal to pull out at least one old item from my stash every time I create!  For this particular layout I started with these Crate Paper Oh Darling Acetate Letters.  I have had these in my stash for as long as I can remember.  I think they are the cutest thing ever; however, I’ve found that they are really hard to read any words I might create with them.  For that reason I never seemed to leave them on any project, so today I decided I would create a pretty background with them all! What better photos to add to it then these gems with my little and his grandma!  I just love these photos!

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After arranging them I added a little stitching to each letter to add some interest.  I just love how it turned out!  The magenta, oranges, and yellows really give this colorful layout an even bigger punch; moreover, after a drab winter, I could certainly use a punch of color!  I think I managed to stash bust with every designer haha; There’s a little Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper, Simples Stories, Maggie Holmes, and Amy Tangerine.

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Crate Paper Oh Darling Acetate Letters & Numbers, Maggie Holmes Paper Pads (Shine, Open Book, Confetti), Amy Tangerine On A Whim Phrase Thickers, Heidi Swapp Favorite Things PL Cards, Simple Stories Enamel Dots, Heidi Swapp Color Shine