Do you remember that old song from Ray Stevens? I still like that song even though, until recently, I hadn't heard it in years! But the sentiment behind it is a message, that as a people, we have all but forgotten! In a world where "a cause," or "people's rights" are at the forefront, we've lost that EVERYTHING IS beautiful in it's own way! God created and said "It is good!" We have evolved into something far from what God intended when He created us, but as I try to remind my children, we are ALL special and beautiful in God's eyes! I also try to remind them that beauty on the outside is skin deep. The real beauty of a person comes from the inside! We were created in the image of God! God sent His Son to cover the sins of our evolution, but when Jesus died, he left the One in the Holy Spirit to live on the inside of us to guide and direct us and to teach us how to reflect the very character of that Spirit living on the inside of us, the character of Christ!
I made this journal page out of my desire to reflect Him in all I say and do. I do try to find beauty in ALL things, but most importantly I want to be found reflecting "true beauty," the hidden beauty and person in the pocket of my heart, Jesus Christ! I did this page with mostly acrylic paints directly onto a gesso'd page with a brayer as well as through some stencils along with some wonderful Tim Holtz and Unity stamps, some of my fabulous emphemera stash and finished it off with Washi tape and one of my favorite products Inca Gold! I loved my result and felt like it reflected what I wanted to say!
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, "Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." It's clear that God is concerned with the heart and that what is at the very heart of a believer, Jesus, is very precious to Him! Because He gave us the beautiful gift of Jesus Christ to live on the inside of us, that makes us very precious in His site as well!