Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ Amazing Grace

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11

Free Scripture Printable


The hymn Amazing Grace is very popular.  Sometimes popular becomes common if we’re used to hearing it all the time.  The title of this hymn is just two simple common words. 
Websters 1828 dictionary states the definition of these words as follows:

AMAZING
Confounding with fear, surprise or wonder.
Very wonderful; exciting astonishment, or perplexity.

GRACE
Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God,
the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him

And if by grace, then it is no more of works…. Romans 11:6

You can find the full definition of GRACE here – it is quite lengthy but informative
If you put the two definitions together you have:
Very wonderful, free unmerited love and favor of God.
The source of all the benefits men receive from him.


Free Hymn Printable ~ Amazing Grace


John Newton, the composer of this hymn said:
Though I am not what I ought to be,
 nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
 I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . .
By the grace of God I am what I am!

John Newton, Composer Amazing Grace

Composed in the 1779, this hymn is probably the most popular hymn in the English language.  John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

I’m participating in a Hymn Challenge and thought I’d combine that project with Scripture Thursday.  You can read more about this hymn and its history at Triple the Scraps with Patter. Below is a digital page I made free for you, and for the hymn challenge.  Click for a larger size, right click and save to your computer.


Free for personal use or sharing


Okay my friends, your turn to show off what you've been working on this week. 
Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all of my readers, your comments and encouragement to me.  You are my blessings. 






18 comments:

Jonia said...

What a beautiful work you have done here Abby! I love your page for Amazing Grace. I need to get to work on the one for this past Sunday and when I do, I will be linking up! You are such a blessing to me! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with all of us!

Linda Young said...

Dear Abby, Amazing Grace, that song has always meant so much to me! Especially now, when this seems to be a "graceless age", His grace transcends all else, and because of Him I can have grace and show it in my life toward others..
My grandmother, Grace, lived with us in her final years, and we would call her Amazing Grace, and sing it to her. She lived to be 95.
A couple years ago, I read an exciting book of John Newton's amazing true story, which makes me even more attached to this hymn. I often cry when I play it on the piano, when I am all alone.
I love your scripture today!
Thank you so much!
Linda

Shoregirl said...

Wow Abby, your digital creations just keep getting prettier and prettier (if that's even possible!). I love the page you did for Amazing Grace and that flower you created with the verse on it! So very, very pretty!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I liked reading about Amazing Grace! Nice to know this info

Stephanie said...

What a great post, Abby. I didn't know your theme for the week ahead of time but the Scripture I used on my card came from a set called Amazing Grace. :)

GCgirl said...

Beautiful digital artwork befitting of this wonderful hymn. His grace IS amazing to save a wretch like me....:0)

Sü Smith said...

Wow Abby I ~*love*~ your scripture designs! They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the information about John Newton as well.

I did not know his story until reading this post. It's interesting because just two days ago my partner and I were discussing with our neighbors how the area where we live used to be an escape route for the slaves. When I got your message last night I quickly looked up "Amazing Grace" on youtube and was drawn to the gospel choir versions. It's interesting how these are all tied together.

So cool that you and Marcia are doing a giveaway. I love her scripture tags. :)

Natalie said...

Abby, thanks for sharing such a timely post. We live in a day where the grace of God is abused by many and anything goes in the name of "grace" not even taking in to consideration the command to obey. Perhaps the definition you shared will bring about a conviction that will restore many to Christ. Praying for you dear sister. BTW, your blog looks great and your digis are always so beautiful. You are such a blessing to those following your blog!

Marcia said...

Oh my, I stopped by since this morning but for some reason could not comment with internet explorer. I am now trying through google chrome. It has happened to me with two different pages today so it's most likely not your page but some other cause.
Okay, let me try this again. :) I love that Newton quote and I think I'm taking it with me, if you don't mind. :) Your graphic is gorgeous as usual. Love the verse and love the color combination. So perfect for spring.
Thank you for graciously hosting another party this week, Abby.
Much love!!

Carol said...

I love your digi art. I am doing the Hymn challenge also. I will link my Amazing Grace page to your post. Thanks for sharing.

Naomi Costales said...

Abby...Amazing artwork! I am going to use the printables for an art project that will be a prize at my future daughter-in-love's bridal shower. Oh, I can't wait to get started. And I love the hymn Amazing Grace. Words are exceptional. He does give amazing grace every day. Have a blessed weekend my friend. :o)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Nice to meet you! I am so happy to have found your blog! I love art with scripture verses! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Wendy M said...

Abby - your artwork is beautiful but more beautiful than that is the time you take to share your thoughts. Thank you.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi there Abby, love your blog and idea of a verse to link over on! have come over from Patsy's blog. :D
I do illuminated Bible verses as well as cards and am working on big one of Ps 27.1 and 3a, and when have it done - hopefully this week will link over - you may get some ore traffic which would be good - God bless, Shaz in oz.x

Monica @ Storehousewife said...

Would love if you joined our Wednesday Encouragement Link up! http://storehousewife.com/2012/02/14/wednesday-encouragement-link-up-2/

NickelNook said...

So funny, Abby! I came to link up my project but I was too late! lol :o)

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Beautful!! Thank you

LadyD said...

LOVE this post, so beautiful! "Amazing Grace" says it all and one of my favorite hymns to play and sing.