Nana Campana http://nanacampana.com Exchanging the Ashes of the World for the Beauty of the Lord! Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:47:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Growing Pains http://nanacampana.com/2017/06/growingpains/ http://nanacampana.com/2017/06/growingpains/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:47:04 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2456

Growing is an inevitable process in life. It is true that everything that is alive will grow, but that growth can look different depending on who is doing the growing.  My children tend to complain of aches and pains in their extremities often.  They are now 8 and 9 years old – and I always remind them that growing pains are simply a part of becoming who the Lord intended them to be.  Little do they know that the growing pain they currently experience in their bodies, will soon also be felt in their soul as they sort out through the events and choices they will have to live through.

I recently started to allow myself to be creative again – to speak in the language of colors and not simply words.  There is something to be said about letting go of all control and allowing the Lord to take over the creative process.   I guess you can say that I am allowing myself to be vulnerable again; giving myself permission to be moldable and reachable.

As I sketched the sunflower in this page, every line reminded me of the different paths I have taken in life.  Some have been very straight, but others have been filled with curves and sharp turns that many times caused me to completely head in the opposite direction I was headed to.

Yet, as I started filling in the blank spaces with color, something beautiful emerged: ALL of my life (every single event) has had a purpose. The Great Sculptor knew exactly where He was laying the boundaries that would form the image He had decided to engrave in me.  The colors He has chosen to lay out before me (whether dark or light) have been placed EXACTLY where they belong in order to have His Glory shine forth.

When I decided to outline the petals with the markers so that the details of each petal would stand out, I was reminded of the many times it feels like I am right back where I started with certain seasons in my life I simply do not wish to relive as often as I do.  

But, when I finished going over each of those lines over and over again, I realized that each stroke of my hand made the beauty of the flower stand out even more.

As my Great Artist continues to paint the canvas of my life, I hear Him whisper “Be Strong and Courageous. Be Brave – for the Gospel is growing and bearing fruit.”  (Joshua 4:1-4 and Colossians 1:6 )  Regardless of what may come my way, His Truths remain the same.  Even the difficult things that I may have to endure are a part of His huge plan – where the Gospel grows and hopefully bears lots of fruit in me and those around me.

His plans are greater than mine – and though I don’t always understand them, I know that He is for me and not against me. My Father – my Creator, my Redeemer lives – and He chooses broken vessels to showcase His Strength.

May the Gospel continue to bear fruit and grow in you this week.

Love in Christ,

Nana

General Supplies: 
Faber Castell Markers and Colored Pencils (Email me for specific colors)
Beautiful Word Bible
Me & My big Ideas Planner Stickers

 

 

 

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Knit in My Mother’s Womb http://nanacampana.com/2017/06/knit-in-my-mothers-womb/ http://nanacampana.com/2017/06/knit-in-my-mothers-womb/#respond Sat, 03 Jun 2017 22:46:12 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2448
Hi beautiful!

I wonder how God created me in my mother’s womb…  I wonder if the tools He had were all laid out in front of Him and He knew exactly how to mold them.  I wonder if like me He chooses to place things one way only to then change them around to make them look different.  I wonder…

I created this card thinking about the process of creation.  I am well aware that He formed me (and continues to do so) and so I tried to look at the process of me forming the design of this card through His eye.

Here is the tutorial:

Materials:  I used Jillibean Soup and Bazzil Basics to make my card.

Once I gathered my papers, I used the Distrezz-it-All to distress the corners of my background paper. I then adhered the background paper along with both strips of paper.

 

I then decided where all the embellishments would go and placed them accordingly.  Once I liked the placement of the butterflies, I used a Bazzill Mystical Flourishes jewel template to mark with a pencil the path I was to follow as I hand stitched.  I love the fact that the jewel templates, as well as the in-stitch templates can be used for stitching or jewels… 🙂

I then took a needle and some Bazzill thread and stitched the path the butterflies had flown through.

I finished the design with a flower and a sticker button, plus a heart attached to the wing of one of the butterflies.  As you can see the flower flew off and only a red dot is left behind.

I think it is soo interesting how God works EVERYTHING for His Glory.  You see, I intended to create a card my way, and at the end my little flower was gone.  As I ponder on that I was very quickly reminded of how God causes things in our lives that leave behind a mark, or a trace, and we have no other option but to recognize the fact that He is God.

As I look at the card, I love the fact that it all comes together as one.  Even the distressed edges are part of the whole design…  May I suggest to you that the Lord intends for all things (including your pain) to be part of the design that glorifies Him!!

As He pokes you this week, may you be reminded that in order for me to mark the track the butterflies had taken, I too had to poke deep holes into my card.  May this illustration serve as hope for those of you that feel as though God is not there, or as if the world is slowly coming to an end…  Maybe, just maybe, the Lord is also embellishing you with the marks that will complete you…

Have a blessed week!

Love in Christ,

Nana

PS: La traducción al Español viene mas tarde…

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The Good News http://nanacampana.com/2017/05/goodnews/ Mon, 22 May 2017 04:52:42 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2409

Good news always make my day!  There is just something wonderful about receiving news that make your heart hopeful.  So far in life I have had the privilege of living through some pretty amazing news, but NONE compares to the news I received the day I attempted to commit suicide.

Depression is a tricky disease because somehow it takes over areas of your mind you never thought were even at risk.  Humans are built naturally to survive. If you tried to hold your breath for more than 50 seconds, your heart would begin to pump faster while every cell in your body would desperately beg for air. Even if you tried with all of your might, your body would find a way to intake the air it desperately longs for in order to function properly.  In contrast, suicide is the result of a manipulating thought process a mind entertains while depressed.  Depression convinces its victim into believing that dying is a better option than the natural instinct to survive.

When I considered suicide, I genuinely was convinced that there was no hope – no forgiveness – no chance that anything that I felt was ever going to get better or go away.  I stood in my dorm’s bathroom (knife in hand) thinking to myself “My life is not worth living.”

Up to that point I had never “felt” loved.  My family tried hard to make me “feel” loved, but depression has a way of causing you to become numb to the things that you long for and very sensitive to the things you want to run away from.  So that day, while in the bathroom, I was surprised to finally “feel” loved when I encountered Jesus while reading His word.

The Good News that I could have life abundant in spite of the chains and sin I carried came forth like a tidal wave.  That night I “felt” loved in ways I could not have even dreamed of.  It was as if His very hand was caressing and healing areas of my heart I desperately wanted to rip out.  At no point did He shy away from the hideous condition He found my heart in – instead I heard Him say:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
How long will you wander,
unfaithful Daughter Israel?” Jeremiah 31: 16, 22

The journey has not been always smooth, but in my glass tunnel I am no longer alone.  He has filled my cup with joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.  And when I fall, I hear His sweet voice say:

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool. – Isaiah 1:1

It is true that we have all fallen short of the Glory of God – we are all sinners.  It is true that I have missed the mark and will continue to miss it.  It is true that my sin separates me from God, yet I continue to willingly sin – but the Good News do not change:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

I don’t know about you, but knowing that I am forgiven and cleansed from the things I have repented of opens up my heart to receive the love I was incapable of receiving before.  My prayer is that somehow the Lord would grab the mess I once had and make it His message. The Good News is that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

I may not have many things, but what I have is enough for eternity.

Love in Christ,

NAna

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Paper Rose Tutorial http://nanacampana.com/2016/10/paper-rose-tutorial/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:16:34 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2446 Hello Precious!  I pray you have had a wonderful week..

Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to create a paper rose:

Enjoy!

Love in Christ,

Nana

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Hola Chica Linda!  Aqui está el video que les explica cómo hacer la rosa que ven aquí:

Espero que lo disfruten! 


Besitos en Cristo,


Nana

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I Failed… Again! http://nanacampana.com/2015/05/i-failed-again/ http://nanacampana.com/2015/05/i-failed-again/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 01:23:04 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2105 failed

For years I have hidden- hidden from my past- from my mistakes- from the things that I am incapable of doing.  One by one I have failed the people I love the most- the friends that have proven to be true, the family that has been entrusted to me…  Instead of making things right –  I run.

There is this sick side of me that believes that eventually I will get it just right- that I will not have to admit that I was unable to do the task I said I would do.  The fear of being known as the one that failed- the one that did not get to do this or that- the one that never finishes what she starts haunts me, so I catch myself in a cycle of perpetual failing.

I fail = I hide because I failed which in turns leads to more failure … and so the cycle goes on.

I have let many people down.

I overcommit and then shut down.

I am unable to produce what is expected of me.

I don’t have the courage it takes to actually say no or to admit my failures.

I take time looking at myself and my inabilities and I spend countless hours doing one of three things:

  1. reinventing a way to be able to make “the task at hand” happen
  2. “soothing” my guilty conscious with mindless tasks that keep me occupied
  3. thinking I have other important things to do other than simply fulfill what has been asked of me

And so I wonder… Am I the only one that goes through this?

I am tired of living life carrying a load I was not meant to carry once in Christ- trying to act my way through life as though I did not need anyone or anything.  The reality is that if I did not need anything- if indeed I am capable of doing anything out of my own accord- then I would have had no need for the Savior that gives meaning to my entire existence.

The more I try to hold on to my life- the more I lose it (Luke 17:33)…  The more I try to act like I am fine- the more lonely I feel.  The more I tell myself I can do it- the least I am able to function.  Who am I kidding?  God is not fooled! (Galatians 6:7)

It was the broken that wept at His feet and found healing- the ones who dared to look past the dirty looks of those around them – it was these who saw His gaze and were transformed.  So like the woman who bled for 14 years (Matthew 9: 18-25), or the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-45) that chose to draw water alone, or perhaps like the woman that wept at His feet and washed His feet with her tears (Luke 7: 36-50)– I stand in front of you and say – I am not well under the masks and the facade.

God did not save me so that I would act my Christianity- or simply know about Him- He saved me so that He could live through me.  The God that created the entire universe- The ONE whose voice holds the earth in its axis lives inside of me- so even when a failure – I am His daughter… and so are you!

Women all over the world are faking it..  Acting their way through their Christian life as though that would make the doubts and the pain go away.  When did it become ok to simply fit in to the mold the world laid out for us?  When did we stop taking God at His Word?  When did we stop believing that His power and love is meant to transform even our lives?

Hosea 4:6 showcases a plea the Lord makes to His people.  In it He states that His people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge.  I am tired of being defeated and destroyed simply because I do not know Him and who I am in Him. I am tired of seeing other women struggle in the same way.

I invite you to my broken journey.

I choose to let go of the 10,000 things I hold on to, and choose to simply let the Lord’s 300 be enough….

Would you walk this journey with me – in full transparency and frailty… ?  It is time!

Love in Christ,

Nana

PS: If you are willing to start walking this journey with me, please leave a comment. I would like to know how I can pray for you..

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An Instrument of Who You Are http://nanacampana.com/2015/03/an-instrument-of-who-you-are/ http://nanacampana.com/2015/03/an-instrument-of-who-you-are/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:32:20 +0000 http://nanacampana.com/?p=2110 Your fingerprints are marked in every tender memory of my life,

in every sorrow,

in every wound,

in every pain,

in every smile.

There is not much I recall, Abba,

about my days growing up,

except for the fact that I refused to give in to death

just to prove that I was strong.

I emptied out my soul through ink or through lead,

in order to make space for the brokenness that waited just ahead.

I see now that even the hardest lessons lived,

traced the path that finally led me to be free.

You made me stubborn, and a fighter;

persistent and a writer

sensitive to brokenness

and willing to stand up from it.

You made me capable of seeing beyond one’s masks and inabilities

into the true silhouette of Your creation:

the whisper of Your intentions.

So here I am Lord, just as You found me;

maybe with some cuts and bruises,

but with no remnant of the excuses.

Create in me Lord, a heart like Yours,

a heart that beats to love the broken and the lost.

Transform and mold me into what you will me to be

for even if you break me, only you can set me free.

I want to serve you

to live for you

to be used by you!

Create in me a pure heart,

and allow me to be an instrument of who you are.

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Let Your Smile Be Your Umbrella & a little tutorial http://nanacampana.com/2012/11/let-your-smile-be-your-umbrella/ Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:57:39 +0000 http://www.nanacampana.com/?p=875 Hello Beautiful!
When I saw the quote “let your smile be your umbrella” , and the butterflies in the Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee Celebration Paper, I immediately thought about freedom.  There are so many times in life that no matter how much we desire to see the sun in our lives, all that surrounds us is rain and cloudy skies.  It is during these times, that smiles can truly be the umbrella of the heart- the only thing that can shelter our very hearts from turning dark! 🙂
With that in mind I decided to create this canvas so that  I could hang in my studio to be reminded of this at all times.
I have an obsession with dimension so propping up the wings of the butterflies was a no brainer to me.  In order to do it, I cut a second set of butterflies from the Pink Paislee paper and glued the center of each butterfly to the one that was already printed on the background paper I chose.  Here is a close-up of that:
I must admit that my absolute favorite thing in this canvas are the flowers I created using Punky Sprout’s Lil’ Blossoms Lacey Paper and Parchment.  If you have not had a chance to play with this, you NEED to get your hands on these like yesterday! 🙂  These are, by far, the most versatile papers I have, and find myself reaching for them for almost every project.  The neutral color in both is perfect to either use as is, or to dye it using your favorite medium with the promise of achieving the perfect color.  
The flowers were topped with a Bazzill Jewel button that reminds me of that beauty we are able to reflect in the sun, so I thought it was the perfect element to bring the meaning of the quote full circle.  
Here’s a little tutorial for you to be able to make your own flowers:
English tutorial:

Spanish Tutorial:

May your rainy days be filled with smiles! 🙂
Love in Christ,
Nana
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Do you Believe in God? – Christianity Explored http://nanacampana.com/2012/10/do-you-believe-in-god-christianity-explored/ Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:56:41 +0000 http://www.nanacampana.com/?p=1825 There are many people around the globe that claim to be Christians.  There are others that claim to be atheist.  There are still another group of people that claim to be agnostic.  Whatever camp you land on, the truth is you probably have lots of questions, and would like to receive an answer.

Like you, I am filled with questions, with doubts, with ideas that shape and form my thinking and my beliefs.  If indeed my actions are directly linked to what I believe in- then it would be wise to stop and really consider the things I have come to believe as true.

What would you do if you were offered a monetary gift?  Would you go back and cash it, or would you throw it away?  Take a look at this video and learn what hundreds of people did when faced with this choice.

 

The Bible talks about the narrow road being a difficult one to walk on, yet the only way to actually get to Heaven.  Lots of people are offended by the exclusiveness of that statement, but very few take the time to actually explore and see whether these claims are indeed true or not.

I want to invite you to join me in this conversation – I want you to join me as I explore Christianity.  Whether you are a believer or an atheist – you are invited to join me in this 7 week journey of exploring the truths that Christianity lays out.
                  
I would like to begin with a very small and intimate group of 5 of us that would meet once a week for seven weeks via the internet. If you think that you are ready to REALLY look at what you believe with an open mind to allow truth to prevail- then leave me a comment or send me a message.  I would love to have you join our online journey of Exploring Christianity.

What tough questions have you not been able to answer yet?  If you are ready for this journey, leave me a comment and tell me why you want to go through this journey..  )

Looking forward to journeying with you…

Love in Christ,

Nana

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Did You Lock Yourself Out? http://nanacampana.com/2012/10/did-you-lock-yourself-out/ http://nanacampana.com/2012/10/did-you-lock-yourself-out/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:41:57 +0000 http://www.nanacampana.com/?p=1811 Do you ever feel like you do not belong, like you just do not fit in?  Have you ever felt like you are longing for something, and yet have no idea what it is?  These are all signs of being locked out of your very own home – which happened to me today in a very REAL way.

I would love to hear about your experiences of being locked out, so please leave me a comment telling me:

1. Have you ever (or are you now) locked out of “Home”?

2. Did you find your way back in?  If so, what did you do?

3. Is there anything I can do to pray for you?

Looking forward to seeing your answers..  🙂

Love in Christ,

Nana

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Journey Across the Northern Hemisphere http://nanacampana.com/2012/08/nolongerinsane/ http://nanacampana.com/2012/08/nolongerinsane/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 05:11:30 +0000 http://www.nanacampana.com/?p=919 Welcome to the Journey blog hop around the UK, Canada and the United States.  We are a group of ladies who met through an online business course and other creative courses.

We have chosen Journey as the theme for this blog hop.  It’s a word that can be interpreted spiritually, physically, literally and creatively and we hope you will enjoy your journey as you hop around our blogs.

Here’s your itinerary:

Bernice

Carolyn

Marjolaine

Paula

Anita

Susan

Nana  <—-You are Here!

My Journey from Insanity to Sanity

It is said that when a person does the same thing over and over expecting different results – they are considered to be INSANE!  and before you decide to click off the page because I am declaring myself officially insane, I ask that you please stay for just a bit..

This is the story of how I walked from insanity to sanity…  from hopelessness to being joy-filled… from a nobody to being fully accepted and loved by the ONLY ONE that matters.

I don’t know about you, but I had deceived myself to believe that if only I was a bit skinnier, a bit prettier, a bit more prepared, or simply did a bit more – then somehow I would be OK.  For years I have carried the burden of having to BE the “perfect” picture of everything I admired:

  • a great mom
  • the perfect wife
  • the best business woman
  • the holiest of Christians
  • the best artist…
  • (you get the idea!)

All along my walk through life, I found myself picking up more and more titles I needed to excel in – only to end up feeling overwhelmed, disappointed, and ashamed.  I would spend time looking at others who seemed to have it all together and I would try to conform myself to their standards by doing what they do.

Have you ever done that?  Have you ever looked at someone you admire and decided:  “I want to be just like her!”?  Well, I did that often.  In the process I found myself more lost than found.  It wasn’t until recently that I truly began to understand who I am not – which in turn allowed to me see who “I AM” is.

The Bible says that those who lose their life will find it- that those who die will live.  Although I cannot say that I have it all figured out, I am finally free to be me.  I realized that in my search to be the “best” in this world, the one with all the attention and the glory – I lost my capability of being just that.

I was created to be ME…

  • not another artist
  • not another entrepreneur
  • not another mommy or wife…

God formed me in my mother’s womb for one purpose: to glorify Him – not myself.

God is most glorified, when I am most satisfied in Him, and when I live my life trying to find satisfaction in anything other than Him – I lose my ability to see and understand Him.  

So my journey has been long.  Like the Israelites, I have wandered in the desert hoping to reach my promised land… until now!

For the first time in years I am not afraid!  

I am clear now in who I am and what matters.  I am willing to boldly find my satisfaction in Christ without having to straddle the line because of my huge fear of being rejected.  Whether or not you like me is of no importance to me – not because somehow I am better than you, but because I am clear that there is nothing about me to like.  Everything good in me has been a gift, and so all I have to boast in is Christ!  

Do you want to know the crazy part? (yes it gets crazier)

The moment I finally came to terms with the truth about who I am not (because I am NOT the best mommy, artist, wife, entrepreneur, or anything for that matter), I found the freedom to finally see the One who thinks the world of me! I am dearly loved in spite of me.  I am accepted as if I have ALWAYS obeyed…  I am called his daughter and He sees me as if I never have sinned!

For a person with a record like mine, THAT is freedom!

So, this is the journey I have begun –

I am committed to live out loud as I seek my satisfaction in Christ – and I want to take you for the ride.  I have told the Lord that I will forever serve Him, love Him, and obey Him.   Will you dare to join me as I embark on this journey?

The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart”

 

My project is not complete because my journey has just recently begun… 

Will you dare to share your journey with me? 

Leave me a comment with the story of your journey. I want to know how the Lord has been working in your life… 🙂

Thank you for walking through this journey with us…  It has been a true blessing to have you visit! 😉

Love in Christ,

Nana 

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