But first let me give you some useful ways of using vintage book illustrations:
1. Copy or scan them for making cards or gift tags.
2. Scan them for image use on your blog (those past copyright).
3. Enlarge black and white illustrations for color pages for young artists.
4. Use books opened to illustrations on mantles and tables, especially as they fit a theme.
5. Use opened books or loose illustrations (from damaged books) as table centerpieces.
6. I'd love to hear your ideas for using vintage book illustrations, and I'd love to hear which of the following illustrations from this book is your favorite.
Don't have any old books? A great place to download free use vintage illustrations is the Graphic Fairy.
Since that time I’ve used the book on bookshelves and in décor arrangements throughout my home.
In fact, I've used it in three different homes--first in Budapest where we were living and doing Christian work, and two homes since returning to the States.
It’s been a “world-traveling” book, and I’ve not kept any special track of it.
But Someone has been keeping track of it.
You see, one day last week I took it off a bookshelf to use in my mantle décor.
A morning later, I woke up sad and discouraged. There are a million reasons I should be thankful, but there’s one situation in my life that grieves me terribly—something over which I have no control—and I can get discouraged at times, very discouraged.
As I was praying (a little hopelessly) about this situation, my eyes were drawn to “The Beautiful Tree of Life” sitting in a little suitcase on my hearth, and I noticed a small piece of paper sticking above one of its pages.
On closer examination, I found the paper marking a page with this text:
“God Makes No Mistakes. If God sends you tribulation you can get out of despondency simply by being patient under suffering, and you can be patient under it because you know God means the best for you, even though what he does toward you is quite painful..."
"In that comforting twelfth chapter of the Epistle of the Hebrews we are specially assured that God makes no mistakes in the chastening tribulation which he sends to us..."
Afterward it shall work out the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Thus assured we can be patient; and before a faith which will keep looking steadily toward the shining end despondency must flee.”
Tears rolled down my cheeks when I read this “word from the Lord” specifically for me in that moment of my day…that moment of my life.
If anyone tells you that God doesn’t speak to us specifically anymore,
please don’t believe them.
God’s wants to speak truth into our lives,
and He will use a number of ways to do that.
- An obscure author from the 1800’s
- A series of events that brought an English book to a used book store in Budapest
- My attraction to a vintage cover
- A marker left years earlier on a particular page
- My decision to use a book on my mantle where it caught my eye one morning when I was feeling low
If so, then we serve a God of “coincidences”—a God who wants to speak to us, assure us, rebuke us, train and instruct us.
Do you need a word from God today?
It may be right in front of you.
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