Thursday, December 31, 2015

Take Me Deeper-DNA Starts today!!!



Happy New Year!!! It is time for a fresh start!! I have just the thing for you "Take Me Deeper-DNA." Do you want to know what your identity is in Christ? We are going to explore this topic throughout the entire 2016 year.  

Starting today we are offering Bi-weekly devotions written by some amazing Christian women and artists. We will read the devotion, see a worship video and then have the whole week to interpret what we have learned through art. Any type of art you like: Art Journaling, Bible Journaling, Crafts, Watercolor, Abstract, Digital etc. Just worship Him through whatever medium you would like. Don't do the whole art thing? That is fine too, just read the devotions and do a Bible Study in a lined notebook; there is something here for everyone!! And everyone is welcomed!!
But that isn't all!!! I said the devotions are "bi-weekly" so what happens in the "off" weeks? Well, we have plans for those weeks as well. To continue with the "DNA" theme we are going to explore "I am" statements (I am forgiven, I am chosen, I am blessed to be a blessing etc.). These weeks we will have a "Featured" artist share an art technique based on these I am statements. We have some fabulous artists lined up for that!!
The devotions and art techniques can be found in a private group here. The first devotion has already been posted! I hope you are able to join us!! 


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting Here for you Bible Journaling video





Just a quick Process video to share. This page is from Mark 13 where Jesus talks about not knowing the day or the hour of His second Coming. I wrote an Advent devotion about this topic:



Mark 13:33-37
“Take heed; keep
on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed
 time will come.  It
is
 like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting
his slaves in charge, assigning
 to
each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.
   Therefore, be
on the alert—for you do not know when the
 master
of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or
 when
the rooster crows, or
 in the morning—  in case he should come suddenly and find
you
 asleep.  What I say to you I say to
all, ‘Be on the alert!’”
It amazes me how fast the time goes by during the Christmas
season. Even though retail stores set up holiday displays months in advance, it
still seems to go by in a blink. This year I was brought into the realm of this
reality while browsing Facebook. I see a photo of “Buddy” from the movie “Elf”
and below it says the words: “Only 6 more Fridays until Christmas!” I
immediately snap out of my internet haze and say out loud: “What? That soon? I
better get busy.” And so the preparations will begin: Christmas decorating,
baking, shopping, school events, church events and the list goes on. I am
actively preparing to make Christmas memorable for my family. And so the time
passes very quickly. For my son, Jordan on the other hand, the time between now
and Christmas seems like an eternity.  He
is involved with some of the Christmas time activities, but for the most part,
he is passively waiting.  When you are
passively waiting, the time can drag on.
As Christians, Advent is the time of year we give thanks for the
birth of our savior Jesus and anticipate His second coming. Unlike Christmas,
we have no “Buddy the Elf” to remind us how many “Fridays” there are before
Jesus returns. In our passage today, Jesus says: “Therefore be on alert, for
you do not know which day the Master is coming.” (NASB) We wait for our Lord to
come, but are we actively waiting or passively waiting?
Even through the Christmas hustle and bustle, we should make it a
priority to “actively” wait for Jesus or like my Pastor likes to say: “Get
ready, to BE ready.” If you haven’t been “getting ready to BE ready”, Advent
season is a perfect time to start. But what does it look like to “actively”
wait for Him?
1.      Spend time with God by reading His Word.
2.      Pray and listen to Him.
3.      Worship and Praise Him.
4.      Love and serve Him.
5.      Share His love with others.
The sense of urgency I feel when “Buddy the Elf” reminds me that
Christmas is just around the corner is the same feeling I desire to have waiting
for Jesus to return. When He does come back, He will want to know what kind of
Christian I have been. He will not only want to know if I had faith and trust
in Him, but what was the evidence of that faith?
So, as we begin this Christmas season, let us be reminded that the
great reward of eternal life with Jesus will far surpass the most grandiose and
well-prepared Christmas morning.
Come quickly Jesus; we are actively waiting.




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Join Us for 2016 Take Me Deeper-DNA!!

Last year was our first year of Take Me Deeper and we had such a fun time going "deeper" in God's word each week, we decided to do it again this year!!

I would love to invite any of my friends and family to come and join us at His Kingdom Come for our 2016 Year long project -- Take Me Deeper DNA.... a look at "Who I am in Christ." Does the enemy ever lie to you? Of course he does, he always does! Does he try to convince you that you don't count? That Jesus can't possibly love you, that He forgives everyone else, but just forget about THAT sin .... and on and on and on? You've heard that tape play in your head, right? Okay, so it's time to learn the truth....learn who you REALLY are in Christ according to what the Truth of God's Word says!

There will be devotional studies provided bi-weekly and then on the "off week" you'll receive information for a creative prompt to remind you and really bring to heart what you studied.


The cost for all this? FREE! The results? You will go deeper in your walk with the Lord! Click here to join this wonderful year-long study starting Friday, January 1, 2016


Note: You must become a member of the His Kingdom Come community in order to join the Take Me Deeper-DNA Group; don't worry though, it is quick, free and easy!!

Here is some of the artwork I created from last year's Take Me Deeper project.


 



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HKC Advent Day 1-4

I have been participating in His Kingdom Come's Advent and today I was blessed to be able to write the devotion. You can read it here. We are also responding creatively to the devotions so I thought I would share the first 4 days of my artwork.

Cover of my Advent art journal:


Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:


Day 4 (I did two pages for this day)


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent Season is Here!



At His Kingdom Come, we have started our daily Advent devotions. Every day through December 25, we have guest writers write a devotion and provide artwork to go along with it. We are basing the devotions on songs this year and I am loving it so far. It isn't too late to join in. Click here to view the devotions.

Here is my handmade journal I made with an old Hymn book.


Each week is a different theme; This week's theme is "Hope" so I created a mini page with the theme. My art is based on the devotion for the day and then the back page has the printed out song lyrics.




I have also completed day 2:



I hope you can participate in this Advent journey and draw closer to the one who came to change the world.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HKC Birthday Blog Hop!

Welcome to a very exciting blog hop.  This week His Kingdom Come is celebrating its first birthday.  Can you believe that we only launched our community on November 1st 2014 and we have grown to over 2000 members.   This week we have a special blog hop and event to celebrate.  Keep reading!


Thank you, everyone of you, for making this journey with us.  We had no idea what we were taking on when God called us to build a new Christian creative online community.  And it is totally thanks to him that we are where we are today.


If you have been with us the whole time then thank you for your support.  It has been most appreciated by the Foundation Team.  If you have joined us during the last few months then you are very welcome.  To find out about our history visit the His Kingdom Come website where you can read our story.


The Foundation Team are already planning new classes and new products for 2016 and we hope you will continue to belong to the His Kingdom Come community.


To celebrate our first birthday each day this week the Foundation Team is blogging about their experience of HKC and showing some of their faithart.   


Each blog has the complete list of participants so if you miss a day you can go back and read our blogs.


Monday 26th Diane Marra
Tuesday 27th Shonna Bucaroff
Wednesday 28th Merri Dennis
Thursday 29th Mary Brack
Friday 30th Bernice Hopper
Saturday 31st His Kingdom Come


As you visit each blog please leave a comment.   Each of us will choose one person at random to win a prize.   Please leave your comments by noon PST (8pm GMT) on Tuesday 3rd November.

Shonna's experience this past year:


Over the years, I have found it very difficult to find people that share my love for God and art, so last year when Diane Marra approached me about collaborating with others to start HKC, I knew God was directing our paths to cross. Everything Diane was saying to me was already something I had been praying about for awhile. HKC is a Christian art site, yes, but God has made it into something much more. It is a community of people that have blessed me personally beyond what I ever imagined. Not only do we share our art projects, but we share so much more than that. Through these beautiful people I have had the pleasure of getting to know, I have found encouragement, support, prayer, knowledge, sisterhood and love. I am so excited to see where God takes HKC this upcoming year and my prayer is that we can expand and reach more people for His Glory!

Here are some of the art I have produced at HKC this past year:

















And there’s more!
To celebrate our birthday on Sunday November 1st we are offering you a discount of 25% off these classes: Faithart 101 5 class bundle, Faithart 102 God’s Aviary class, The Zigzag Postcard Book and the Altered Books: The Promised Land 3 class bundle.
The classes will be on sale from late evening 10/31/2015 to early morning 11/2/2015.  

You will be given a full refund if you buy one of these classes on Sunday 1st November and then win the class from your comment on a blog.


You can also receive 10% off any HKC Faithart products you buy from the HKC shop by using this code: bday2015

You will be given a full refund if you buy one of the products on Sunday 1st November which you then win from your comment on a blog.
These discounts apply between 12.01am PST and midnight PST on Sunday 1st November.  (Sunday 8.01am GMT to 8am Monday)


Prize winners will be announced on the His Kingdom Come Blog on Wednesday 4th November.


Prizes to be won by leaving comments on the Foundation Team members’ blogs


Diane Marra A God’s Aviary Dove stencil & a set of Doves stamps
Shonna Bucaroff Faithart 102 God’s Aviary class
Merri Dennis Faithart 101 5 class bundle
Mary Brack A God’s Aviary Eagle stencil & a set of Wings stamps
Bernice Hopper Altered Books: The Promised Land 3 class bundle
His Kingdom Come A set of Promised Land stamps & a set of Sparrows stamps


Monday, October 26, 2015

Gratitude Journal Online Class!!! "Eucharisteo"


Eucharisteo—comes right out of the Gospel of Luke: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them … ” (Luke 22:19 NIV). In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks.Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.
Join me in my brand new online video class "Eucharisteo"-A gratitude Journal. I will teach you to make your very own 26 page journal and then how to complete a page in it. I will also give you tons of examples of completed pages for inspiration. The videos are available with forever access, so you can watch them at your convenience. 

Only $15
Some Page Examples:





This class is hosted on His Kingdom Come, an online Christian Art Community. This community of people has been such a blessing to me personally. I have met such wonderful people who love God, People and Art!! There are many things on the site that may be a blessing to you like: Free weekly devotions, a prayer forum, Let's Chat forum, free art techniques, other online classes and much more. I would love for you to join this community so we can bless and learn from one another (it is free to join).
Peace, Joy, Thanksgiving-Eucharisteo!
Shonna
  

Friday, October 9, 2015

TMD-Rewind!

We are so blessed at His Kingdom Come to have talented and blessed writers who have created wonderful weekly devotions. Beginning January 1, 2015, we launched Take Me Deeper™  as a free  weekly devotional, bible verses and videos that prompts us to spend time in His word. It is about each of us encouraging, sharing and studying the word.
Each week this year we have had the opportunity to translate bible study into art- mixed media, a journal, a photograph, or a digital page, poem, music. We have a gallery of examples of how our members interpreted bible study into faithart. 
Rewind with datesOctober and November you get the opportunity to join us on the going deeper journey with Rewind! If you are new to HKC and TMD, this is a great opportunity to jump in and spend time in God’s word with us. Each week in October and November, we have condensed the monthly topics from January to September into a weekly devotion, list of all the videos, and questions if you are new or if you have been on the journey with us! For those who have been on the journey with us there are  rewind questions for you to spend a little more time on the topic or on a different aspect of the study.
Our prayer continues to be that TMD changes how you approach, engage and apply God’s word in your life and art. At the end of 2015 regardless of how many weeks you participated, you will have created a legacy of your faith walk. This legacy will show you how God has moved in your life! Joining HKC is free and the first step in accessing all the creativity!
Here was my take each week in January for the theme transformation:






February was "Love" and here was my take on that month: