Saturday, February 20, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #43


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Liz sketch 1 US sketch 43

Hello everyone, it’s Saturday and time for another Unscripted Sketches Sketch it Saturday. I flipped this weeks sketch and had fun with it. I turned that one stripe into a pierced line :0) and the circle into an oval. That’s what we want you to do with Unscripted Sketches too…take it and run!. This weeks challenge also comes with a piggyback challenge if you want..a color combosketch43 color challenge

I chose to go without the color combo but some of our talented designers took on the challenge! Hope you head on over to the Unscripted site and try this challenge too!

This will be a prayer journal for me and I was elated to find a stamp with the beginning of my absolute favorite Psalm #23. I can tell you I have repeated this one more than any other.  I used some Basic Grey papers, some Nesties dies, CTMH cardstock, ink, and ribbon. The journal is from CTMH and comes with a wonderful clear sleeve to slide your design into and keep it safe.  Hope you like it!

I am used to reading this Psalm in the Old King James Bible…and the words just stir my soul…I do not often talk about these things on my blog…so if you are here for the art then thanks for visiting…. is a story for you…..

I came to know Christ last Summer. Shortly afterwards my husband lost his job….after much prayer and support and a new job was found that was more fulfilling for him than the first.  The words I turned to in the bible in this uncertain time for my family were the words of Psalm 23. My mom gave me a very old bible a few years ago that belonged to a treasured Aunt (complete with all the little treasures she had hidden away in it)….and what page did she have dog eared and marked with a special bookmark…but that very same Psalm. Here they are in the Old King James style…so beautiful…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

I am sorry but those words just sing to my soul…especially in the old English…..which my writer has determined are all misspelled!

Hopefully you are still with me…It is a part of who I now am and I have shared  with you my friends.



Jeanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sarah! Wow! The colors are so soothing, perfect for a prayer book.

While I am not particularly religious, I truly appreciate those who are and I respect their beliefs. I thank you for sharing this very special part of you! I'm so glad you have found such comfort in your treasured bible.

Have a glorious day!

Sharli said...

A beautiful journal - it's fitting!
Thanks for sharing - yes, I'm still with you! This psalm is definitely music, it was good to read it once again.


Laurel said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sarah!

Haley D. said...

Your journal is gorgeous, and your story is beautiful. It is never too late to find our Lord and Saviour.

Penny D. said...

This journal is absolutely STUNNING Sarah!!!

I am completely for Religious Freedom. I'm glad that you found a religion that helps you thru, I found religion when my grandmother died almost ten years ago.

It must be nice to be able to publicly post those things that you believe. I cannot, it scares most people away. There's a huge stigma attached to it, and most people either treat me differently when they find out, or walk away :(

Anyway.... your journal is amazing. Gorgeous!!! Stunning, beautiful... I could go on and on! lol

Kathi Carlson said...

Beautiful journal, Sarah! The colors and papers you chose are perfect for the Psalm, which, by the way, will continue to bring you comfort and strength throughout your lifetime.

I memorized the 23rd and many other Psalms as a child and have found through the years that when I need them, the words are right there for me.

Back to your journal. I received two of these in an order yesterday - ordered in error... Anyway, I removed the plastic sleeve from one and now that I see your beautiful book, am kinda sorry. Guess I'll have to make two versions!

Enjoy the weekend, friend!

Steph_C said...

This is just stunningly beautiful! I love the brief look into who you are too as it goes so well with your journal. Awesome job!

Heather Jensen said...

Very pretty, Sarah! Nice soft colors. My husnabd has been out of a job for over a year now. That is why we are moving close to family.

Cibele Glazer said...

Never apologize for who you are. I celebrate knowing you everyday by visiting your blog and getting inspired. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous artwork and yourself with us.

Love the paper and the way this came together. Fabulous!

stampmonkey said...

Your journal is just beautiful, Sarah! Your paper choice is absolutely gorgeous, the crochet trim, ribbons, scallops, flower, and butterfly are all wonderful details. And if that scripture weren't enough, the colors themselves are so soothing. Beautiful job with the sketch!

The 23rd Psalm is a favorite of so many people, including one of my grandmothers --it's so comforting and an awesome reminder the Lord is with us in any circumstance. I hope you seriously don't ever feel you need to apologize for sharing anything, including your faith...on YOUR blog. No offense intended, but if people get upset by it, you shouldn't miss them if they don't return.

Meredith said...

Just beautiful Sarah! Beautiful journal, beautiful prayer, beautiful story!

Brought a tear to my eyes--thanks for sharing this verse today!

Carolyn Christie said...

How beautiful!! The journal and your faith in the Lord.
I love that psalm as well.
Have a blessed weekend my friend!!

Christina said...

What a great Psalm and I LOVE that prayer journal! GORGEOUS!

I have something for you:

Kim said...

I love your journal! You have inspired me to create my own Prayer Journal.
I also love this Psalm. I have some things in my life I'm praying for right now, and this is reminding me, "He leadeth me".
Sarah, I'm so very Blessed that we're blogging friends and sisters in Christ!
Kim xXx

BananaStamper said...

Beautiful project and post! I agree, you should not worry about what you post, it is your blog after all :) I enjoyed your story very much and truly appreciate the Psalm that you shared, I am still with you my friend.
Shanna :)

MJ said...

beautiful journal :)
and welcome to the family in Christ :)

Happy that you are a christian and put your faith in the only one JesusChrist :)

The psalm 23 is beautiful :)

have a good sunday and thanks for visiting my blog

Dawn said...

Your journal is lovely! Thank you for sharing it and the inspiration that brought you to creating it. That psalm can be very comforting indeed.

Kelley Eubanks said...

This is awesome Sarah! I love it!

Marie said...

You know I love it! Beautiful journal and a fave psalm of mine as well (I say that about hundreds of scriptures, lol) So glad we're not only blogging buddies, but sisters in Christ. Hugs!

Puddle Jumpers Studio said...

This is beautiful. The book and the psalm. One of my favorites of all time. I am old believer but only found a church about 2 yrs ago. I am a much happier person since I have.
The Lord is good and I hope he continues to bless you.

I am gonna have to try a sketch challenge one day soon. Maybe next week I will be brave?-;)

Leslie said...

Sarah, you did beautiful work on your prayer journal.
You know what I love about you - your Christianity shows, not only shows, it shouts loud and clear in everything you say and do. I don't talk about my love for the Lord a lot, but I hope that it is evident as yours is.

Lisa said...

Its just beautiful Sarah, and I love your excitement at talking about the scriptures!

Sparkle said...

This is just lovely!

Liz said...


Pelusa said...

HI Sarah!
Psalm 23 is just inspiring! I'm cuban (Cuba is a socialist and non religious country) and I don't know much about Bible or Christ, but I'm starting to think a lot in this. So, I want to thank you for let me know this beautiful Psalm. I found it already in my Bible and had to read it more than once... It's inspiring!

Your creation, lovely.
I just made an ATC for this sketch too, but didn't get the color combo challenge.

Good luck!

Marcy said...

Oh, this is gorgeous!

itsabrt said...

Sarah I believe your posting this this will bring a few closer to receiving Christ as their own how exciting is that! Your journal is wonderful I love love love all the ribbon! Have a wonderful day! Beth

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