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Devotional – Fall 2021

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Fall 2021 – Quarterly Devotional

“Remove the Vest”

Four score and 7 years ago…

OK…it was more like 20+ years ago, when I was in Bible college, I was forced to take a public speaking class. After all, we were all going into ministry and at some point, we would have to talk in front of people.

On this day it was my turn to give my speech in front of the whole class, which looking back was probably less than 10 people (all the sophomore class music majors took the class together.)

Our teacher was Sister Bonnie, the leader of THE musical ensemble on campus “Heartsong” and even though I wasn’t a member, I DESPERATELY wanted to be. And Sister Bonnie Jenkins was known for her “look”: long black skirts, cute tops and vests, kohl black eyeliner and frosted lipstick.

I saw this as my “chance” to get noticed, so I dressed carefully that day: a long black skirt, a fluorescent pink cute vest (which I still would wear to this day if I had it!) and gave my hair a little extra “bigger the hair the closer to Jesus” hairspray.

When my time came, I gathered my notes and went to the podium at the front of the class. While I was waiting, I had already practiced my “opener.” I was going to open with something funny… drawing attention to my cute vest just so Sister Bonnie would know how alike we were.

My intention was to say as part of introduction “And I wore this vest just for you David.” (a friend in the class who always commented that he loved this bright vest.)

What came out of my mouth…still has me cringing to this day.

Instead of saying “And I wore this VEST just for you David.” I said…

“And I wore this BREAST just for you David.”

…….

……

……

{insert image of my red face and trying desperately to hide under the podium.}

It’s been 20 years…

It’s been 20 years since that fateful day and I have no idea what my speech was about after that, but I can still picture that opening moment crystal clear in my mind and FEEL it in my heart.

I was in a class FULL of people who had grown up in church and knew they were called to ministry from the first time they stepped foot in Sunday School and I. JUST. SAID. BREAST. IN. FRONT. OF. THEM.

20 YEARS and I am still embarrassed.

Maybe not as mortified as I was back then, but it’s still a memory that I can’t seem to let go of.

And it reminds me of story in the Bible about another prominent piece of clothing… Joseph’s ornate coat or robe (depending on the translation.)

{and as I am sitting here typing this, I realized this is the same story I used for the Summer 2021 quarterly devotion, and I LOVE that! God can use the same story to speak to us in different ways depending on the season!}

In Chapter 37 of Genesis, Joseph is given his robe from is Father, Jacob (later called Israel) and while Jacob saw it as just a gift to his favorite son, he didn’t realize what chain of events his gift would start.

Why is the robe important?

In this time period, Jacob wasn’t at the mall window shopping and saw a robe and thought “oh yeah… Joseph would look good in that.”

Robes were typically very simplistic, usually only one color and one button, so for the “technicolor dream coat” (as Andrew Lloyd Webber put it) to even exist, it would have had to have been specially made at Jacob’s request.

Joseph’s brothers knew this. They knew it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. They knew that their father had lovingly thought over it, personally chosen it and then paid an exorbitant amount of money for it.

It was the ultimate slap in the face that Joseph (who was not even the oldest) was the favorite among the many brothers.

But what they didn’t realize is by allowing jealousy to foster in their hearts… they were allowing history to repeat itself.

Second Verse…Same as the First

If we go back in Genesis 20-24, we see the account of Jacob’s parents’ story.

Isaac, Jacob’s father, was the long-awaited son to Abraham and Sarah, born to them in their old age after years of barrenness.

Isaac also had a ½ brother named Ishmael, who was born to Abraham by way of Sarah’s servant girl, Hagar, during a time when Sarah had given up hope of every conceiving.

But once Sarah had a child of her own, she grew jealous and angry towards Hagar and her son and told Abraham to send them away (Genesis 21.)

God saved Hagar and Ishmael from death in the dessert, but the seed of jealousy had already driven a wedge between the brothers Isaac and Ishmael.

Genesis 21:20-21 says “God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got him a wife.”

Ishmael didn’t grow up with his brother because of the jealousy of Sarah.

Taking it even further, Genesis 25:5-6 says (speaking of Abraham’s death) “Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac (bold added.) but while he was still alive, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.”

Ishmael didn’t even receive the inheritance due him as the oldest son because of the division of jealousy in the family.

The Next generation…

Fast forward to the next generation…

Isaac married Rebekah and after years of infertility she conceived twins, Jacob and Esau.

And we see in Genesis 25:28 that Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite “Isaac, who had a test for wild game, love Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”

So much so that in Genesis 27, Rebekah conspires with Jacob to steal his brother’s blessing from the aged, blind, and dying Isaac.

After Jacob stole Esau’s blessing, he then had to run for his life when Esau pledged that once their father was dead, he would exact his revenge.

So, Jacob ran…once again brothers who were separated by jealousy and favoritism.

Where does it end?

Three generations of brothers… all torn apart by jealousy.

  • Isaac & Ishmael
  • Jacob & Esau
  • Joseph & All his brothers

Three generations of family separated by miles and years.

Where does it end?

It ends with Joseph.

Yes… Isaac and Esau offered forgiveness later in life, they still didn’t reconcile to living near each other.

Joseph however… took things a step further and brought his family, including the brothers who had sold him into slavery, to Egypt where they could live, thrive, and do life together.

In their story, Joseph’s colorful coat was a sign of favoritism, pride, and jealousy. One that he could have easily held on to once his brothers came back into this life.

Just like I remember the embarrassment of my vest fiasco, Joseph could have remembered his beautiful coat and the embarrassment, humiliation, and anger of what his brothers did to him.

But instead… we never hear about the coat again.

He let it go.

He broke the generational curse that had plagued his family for so long.

And the same can be done for you.

Yes… my silly vest story still haunts me, but it is nothing compared to the things I know so many of you have gone through.

So many things that we sometimes hold on to because we don’t know what to do with the emotions or the situations or the people who have caused us harm.

BUT the beautiful thing is… we get to decide what we carry.

We don’t have to carry the embarrassment, humiliation, anger, pride, hurt, jealousy, or other emotions JUST BECAUSE the generations before us chose to do so.

You have free will to move forward and leave the technicolor robe in the past… because it’s not doing any good in your present nor is it helping your future.

You get the choice to take off the vest and leave it in the past.

 

 

Journaling Questions:

  • Is there an event in your past that you hold on to, even though it didn’t happen to you? If so, how does it make you feel and impact your current life?
  • What would your life be like if that event had never happened?
  • Is holding on to the emotions surrounding that event positively or negatively effecting your life?
  • What can you do to start breaking the cycle?

 

Project

Supply List

  • Faith Impressions Kit – Straight Edge Border Plate
  • Gel Press Economy Brayer
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paper (cut into thin strips)
  • Letter Stickers
  • Journaling Bible
  • Texture Stamp
  • Black Ink Pad
  • Stickers
  • Pens of Your choice
  • Matte Gel Medium

STEP 1

Cut your paper into thin strips.

STEP 2

Create a solid background by brayering your acrylic paint across you Faith Impressions Border plate. Using light colors work best. This will make the background color of your plaid pattern.

STEP 3

Start building your stripes!

Brayer a contrasting color of acrylic paint across your border plate and then lay your thin strips of paper across you plate. Press OVER your existing background.


STEP 4

Continue building your stripes, alternating vertical and horizontal to create your plaid pattern.

NOTE: Play around with spacing and paper strip sizes to create different styles.

 



Along the way… I did a ghost print!

STEP 5

To create a cohesive page for the next steps, I added a layer of Matte Gel Medium to the entire page, including over the plaid print.

Step 6

Add your finishing touches.

I decided to add some texture stamps from Carabelle Studios, some stickers and highlight my verse.


Here is another look at the finished page:

Thanks for joining me today!!!

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XOXO,

Keri Sallee

Signature Designer – Faith Impressions Collection

Creative Team Artist

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