I shared how I had found it really really difficult to forgive someone who had hurt my husband, Dominic, really badly. I think its sometimes harder to forgive a person who has hurt a loved one rather than hurt us. I knew I had to forgive because forgiveness is a thing we are instructed by God to do -
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;
At the end of the day, we know that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins so who are we to deny forgiveness to anyone? So I made a choice - I chose to forgive this person. The trouble was that feelings of resentment to this person would surface again. So I forgave them again.... and again.... and again. It actually took years before those feelings of resentment finally went and you know what, I felt a whole lot better. If we hang on to unforgiveness, the biggest loser is ourself. Those feelings of unforgiveness and resentment just act as a big pollution in our hearts and fester and cloud everything. But only just let them go and we feel a whole lot lighter - we feel free!
This inspired my next page for Creative Every Day January challenge - Past, Present, Future
I used distress ink pads for this page, I sponged a very light Tumbled Glass backround then stencilled the flowers - a gorgeous Prima stencil - and the raindrops followed by stamping - IndigoBlu script and Banana Frog circles from the build a flower set:
I stenciled the cage:
and this lovely bird flying free:
Then the journaling which came out lopsided - grrr - when will I learn to write in pencil first:
I added the swirls around the journaling and liked them so much I stamped them round the edges as well:
Have you found it hard to forgive someone?
This week its on the letter A. A has just got to be for art and my art journal.