From SoupArt to RefreshedArt

It’s taken more time than I anticipated, but I’m finally ready to announce the name change from “SoupArt Designs”, to “RefreshedArt Designs”, to more accurately reflect the nature of the scriptural art that I create and share here, and in honor of the ministry my husband and I are privileged to share.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I started a Saturday morning music ministry for area senior living residences. We invited long-time fellow musicians and singers to join us, and we became the (re)freshed band.  The (re)freshed band takes it’s name from Philemon 1:5-7:

“I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ.  I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.”

It’s a continuing joy for me to share imagery created to honor scripture. Though the volume has diminished somewhat the past couple of years, I am still dedicated to this blog and I will continue to add new images as time permits.

Blessings!

RefreshedArt Designs

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Love, Powerful Love

Love, Powerful Love

…but the greatest of these is love.

Paul, to the believers at Corinthians, and to all of mankind:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

I created this for a friend who shared the CEV-UK translation of the “A Time for Everything” chapter of Ecclesiastes:

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

God makes everything happen at the right time.

I really like the way this version reads; much easier to understand than the somewhat confusing [albeit familiar] King James Version:

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

This chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is much we don’t understand about life’s ebb and flow, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is in control, having questions is a normal response to that ebb and flow, and he wants us to enjoy life and take joy in the little everyday things.

What is the CEV-UK version, you ask? I wondered the same thing and learned that it’s the Century English Version (UK/British edition).  Ace!

Meditate on These Things

Philippians 4:8 is one of my very favorite Bible verses:

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report–if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy … meditate on these things.

I was inspired to create this image to complement a song written by Stephanie Sharp Hickman:

Philippians 4:8 :: Meditate on these things...

In these times of economic insecurity – both domestic and international – and the wars and strife all around the globe, together with the day to day irritants of life (not the least of which being all the in-your-face political drama), it’s all too easy to get hung up on worldly stuff and forget to focus of the things that really matter. I often meditate on this scripture when I find myself developing a negative attitude. It really helps me to return my focus to what is of true importance: the pursuit of God and sharing his love with others.

It is my prayer that this image might be a blessing to you; please feel free to download it as a desktop wallpaper image and otherwise share as you wish!