Lens Looks: Sunset

Choosing Peacesunset-WM

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because He trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)

To trust consistently, to confidently rely upon, to choose to brace our lives upon the only One who is completely trustworthy–if only that were our choice always …

How often we miss out on peace simply due to our selection of who or what to trust or to fix our mind upon! This peace is not beyond our grasp. Our Father never tells us to do something for which He does not offer the strength and means to accomplish it. Being kept “in perfect peace” boils down to our choice, in any given moment, to firmly, confidently choose “I trust You, Lord.”

He’s just waiting to pour out His peace upon our hearts and minds. What will we choose … even in THIS moment?

Greeting Card Design:  WELBK-Sunset – click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog (also ENC-Sunset).  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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The photo used on the cover was provided by Kim Childers.

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Lens Looks: Buoy

An Ever-sustaining Lifebuoybuoy-WM

“To keep afloat; support, sustain; to raise the spirits of” – that’s how Webster’s defines the verbal form of “buoy.” One kind of buoy is a “life buoy” or “a ring-shaped life preserver.” Other buoys are used to warn of shallow water or something under the surface that could be dangerous for boats. Buoys support, sustain, guide, warn, and even save or rescue.

We have a Buoy that faithfully carries out all those roles for each of us. Our Heavenly Father assures us, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4 NIV). He supports us and sustains us through the storms and the calm of life’s sea. He guides and warns us as we journey through life. He is more than able to save or rescue us from any peril.

Of course, buoys can be ignored or refused. We are each left with a choice in the matter. May our hearts become so well acquainted with the Ever-sustaining Lifebuoy that we find He is all that we need for this journey.

Greeting Card Design:  WELBK-Buoy – click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

PHOTO SOURCE:

The photo used on the cover was provided by Kim Childers.

Lens Looks: Pond

Peace in the FamiliarTreeCorner-WM

As a teen, my place of personal retreat was a woods one quarter mile from our house on land owned by my dad’s employer. Here is just one of the scenes encountered each spring.

I am reminded of the psalmist’s words, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul” (from Psalm 23). What refreshment in the face of our Creator’s beauty!

Greeting Card Design:  THINK-TreeCorner – click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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This photo was taken when Kat was in high school in the woods north of her teenage home where she often played, sledded, fished, and more.

Lens Looks: Humbird

Cleansed for His Honorhumbird-WM

The Lord has said, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing … I will heal My people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security … I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against Me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against Me.” (Jeremiah 33:6, 8 NIV).

When our Heavenly Father conducts the cleansing procedure of our lives, we could never be in better hands. He knows every detail, sees every speck, and all the while that He’s at work to cleanse us, He showers us with His deep, unending love for us.

He flushes and purges from us the impurities that keep us from reflecting Him to those He puts in our path. Along each step of His procedures with us, He has a goal in mind: that each of us who belongs to Him “will bring Me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things that I do … and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide …” (Jeremiah 33:9 NIV).

As we allow Him to cleanse us, to purify us, our lives make Him smile, make Him known, and have the potential to point nations toward Him, so that they can know Him too!

Greeting Card Design:  THINK-Humbird –  click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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When a friend was nearing time for her colonoscopy, I jokingly created this greeting card for her.  The photo used on the cover was provided by Susie Kutch.  Here’s the cover and inside message of her extra special card.  🙂

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Lens Looks: Jones

At Home in Our HeartsJones-WM

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Colossians 3:17)
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Ephesians 3:17)

The Creator of all things desires to make His home in our hearts. His intent is to dwell in our lives through and through. As we open ourselves to the Lord through faith, we extend hospitality to Him.

We can create an atmosphere in our hearts that welcomes His presence, or we can set up walls that keep Him out of the very place He longs to call home. The choice is ours. Will we open the door fully, invite Him in, and genuinely say, “My house is Your house, Lord”? Or, will we keep Him near the front door, without letting Him enter and feel at home?

May our welcome extended to Christ be everpresent, so that we might enjoy His fellowship in this life as well as all the days we can spend eternally with Him!

Greeting Card Design:  THANK-Jones – click here to view other Thank You designs the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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This photo was taken by Kat of the home of some friends in Southern Illinois who often extend hospitality to others through their home.

Lens Looks: Rainbow

Rainbow of PromiseRainbow-WM

“I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth … Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:13, 16 NIV)

A rainbow is the way that God chose to communicate with us His assurance that He keeps His promises. With His original covenant, He set the rainbow as a sign of His promise to keep His word that He will never flood the entire world again. Since God never changes, knowing that He assures us so vividly of one of His covenants or promises, can give us confidence in His fulfilling ALL of His promises.

He says that when a rainbow appears, He sees it. How delightful to think that when I see a rainbow, God and I are looking at the same thing! Sometimes I remember that it’s in the sky to remind me of His promises to us, and yet, even when I forget to acknowledge that, HE never forgets. He remains faithful.

Greeting Card Design:  SYMP-Rainbow – click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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Photo provided by Jeff Ronald, who was part of Kat’s church youth group and Bible Bowl team during high school.  He took the photo while on a ship near Belgium.

Lens Looks: MercyDawn

Mercy with the DawnMercyDawn-WM

Each morning as He awakens us, the Lord renews His mercy and compassion toward us. He reminds us of His love for us. He affirms His faithfulness to us. He restores our hope.

In this photo, it’s unclear whether the boy and puppy are facing the rising sun or not. When we miss seeing the dawn of the Lord, we pass up the blessing of a renewed hope or assurance of our strength and security in Christ. However, when the majesty of the Son rising in our hearts captures our attention, what a wondrous sight that only our spiritual eyes can behold!

Greeting Card Design:  SYMP-MercyDawn – click here to view in the Kat Kreations online katalog.  NOTE: The watermark only appears in the online version of the image in order to aid in protecting copyright.  Greeting cards and art prints do not have the watermark.

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This photo was taken by Kat as a teen while visiting Gulf Shores, AL.  Dad’s former boss’ son was playing with their puppy near sunset.