My DIY Hand Painted Ceramic Bowl

So I had to give this hand painting thing a try and out came my ceramic cereal bowl and a permanent marker. I love how it turned out. I hear you are supposed to bake it at 300°C for 30 minutes to cure it. Maybe I’ll try that later. Right now, I just wanna eat cereal from my ‘new’ bowl. Will let you know how long it lasts.

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Love,
Omo

SEASONED FOR SERVICE

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good morning,

Read: Matthew 5:13-16

“Ye are the salt of the earth:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?” Matthew 5:13

Should you and I watch Hollywood movies, read the latest best-selling novel, or listen to music that doesn’t mention Jesus by name? Is a woman working in a dentist’s office doing “secular” work while her pastor is doing more important “spiritual” work? Christians have long grappled with how we should engage in the culture of the world around us.

Today we’re looking at the first of two metaphors Jesus uses to help us understand what our relationship with the world around us ought to look like. In ancient cultures, salt served many purposes. Since it was a preservative, it was often seen as a life-giving agent. For that reason, God instructed his people to season their offerings with salt (Leviticus 2:13). This was a sign of God’s life-giving relationship with his people.

Jesus suggests that we are the life-giving agent in this broken world. God calls us to bring renewal into politics, science, art, education, and every other area of culture. When we live out our Christian faith in all of these spheres of life, we give our world a foretaste of the world to come. This is not a mere human effort. It is the out-flowing of what God has begun in us, through Jesus.

God kept his promise to preserve the world even though it meant going to the cross. Now he expects us to be agents of preservation and life. How will you do that today?

Prayer: Faithful God, you preserved this broken world at a cost we cannot imagine. Help us live out our faith so that the world may glimpse your life-giving power in us. Amen.

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 119. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

IT IS FINISHED!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good morning,

Read: John 19:30

“…he said, It is finished……and gave up the ghost” (Jn. 19:30)

Imagine looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre museum. Would you think of adding more brush strokes to it? Of course not! It is a masterpiece done by a master, with no need of improvement.

We are to look at Jesus’ work on the cross in an even greater way. We cannot improve on a completed work. Our salvation is won, all our sins are all forgiven, we are made forever righteous by His blood! Christ paid completely and perfectly for our total forgiveness, righteousness and every blessing! So that was why he cried out, “It is finished!”

Today, it is not our works that will bring us salvation and blessings. It is Christ’s finished work. Christian living is not about doing, but believing in His finished work. Under the law, we must do, but under grace, it is done!

Maybe you are faced with overwhelming odds today. Jesus promises, “It is finished!” In Christ, you are not going to be, because you are already healed and delivered. The work is finished. The victory is won. Our blessings have been bought by His blood! Live life knowing that there is victory for you already won by Jesus – only believe! It is finished!

Prayer: Dear God, let me live my life, knowing that there is victory for me already won by Jesus. I strongly believe that it is finished!

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 114. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

Spray Painted Striped Candy Jar + Pre-Birthday Post

Yeah yeah. I know its been a while but anyone who knows me knows that end of the quarter activities in my office is a killer. Anyways, on to better news. My boss has these beautiful jars in her office where stores all kinds of candy. She added another jar to her collection recently and  got me one as well…yay…go boss!

Well you know I had try out something. Here was a beautiful canvas and my hands were just itching. So I was browsing the internet for inspiration and came across this project by Darby Smart and said ‘why not?’

 

spray painted jar 2

 

What You’ll Need

  • Candy jar
  • Spray paint (I used gold and yellow)
  • Painter’s tape

 

Instructions

spray painted candy jar

 

1. Cover the spaces you do not want painted with painter’s tape. Press down the tape properly to ensure that no paint seeps through.

2. Take your jar outside and spray light and evenly round the jar. Really, it’s that easy.

 

What was not so easy was spraying on  another colour. Thankfully, I had decided beforehand to paint the yellow above the gold. So after the gold paint had dried, I covered the painted areas with a nylon bag and taped off the other unpainted areas, leaving only the section where I wanted to apply the yellow.  Then I left it to dry.

I think it turned out OK, don’t you? Its sitting pretty on my office desk, full of candy. I mean what’s the life of a beautiful spray painted candy jar without candy, right?

I’m trying my hands on hand painted glass and porcelain using different paint mediums. I’ll let you know how that goes and will post pictures as well.

By the way, I turn 30 tomorrow…yay….urghh….yay. Yeah, I have conflicting emotions about that. I am excited, trust me and I’m for where I am and who I’ve become. But I can’t help feeling if I’ve done enough; if I am enough. Well enough of that for now (hahaha, that was not intentional). I’ll see you tomorrow (or the day after) and hopefully, I’ll have enough pictures to fill you in on the details.

I would really appreciate it if you follow my blog (button is to your left) and do remember to share this project (and many others) with your friends.

Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world.

Lots of love,

Omo

A HOUSE OF PRAYER

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Good morning,

Read: Mark 11:15-18

 

And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”Mark 11:17

Once again, we learn from Jesus—not only from what he said, but also from what he did. God’s temple was a symbol of God’s presence among his people, but the religious leaders had allowed the courts of the Gentiles to be filled with vendors and money changers. They were providing helpful services by selling animals for use in the temple sacrifices and by providing currency exchanges for travellers from all parts of the empire. But they were robbing people of a place to pray and offer worship to God with praise and offerings. And all this was in the part of the temple where God welcomed people from all nations.

So Jesus drove the buyers and sellers and money changers out of there. Just imagine the scene! Can you see Jesus overturning tables, hear the changers and dove sellers yelling, their coins scattering and doves fluttering with feathers flying?

Jesus wasn’t smiling as he banned this merchandise traffic. He was rightly angered by the exploitation of his Father’s house. And he was determined to make this a house of prayer for all nations, as God had intended it to be.

The church today should be a place of prayer and worship for God’s people from all nations as well. Is yours so?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for Jesus’ teaching by his words and actions, showing us what is most important. May our churches today honour you in everything they do, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 104. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).