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A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 5

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 5

Hello!!!

We have now completed week 5 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   . See my previous post for more information on this if you are just now joining us!

(CLICK HERE TO READ THE PREVIOUS POST INTRO)

WEEK 5 includes Isaiah 52 – Hosea 10

Isaiah

a brief summary from this weeks reading

The end of chapter 51 describes Jerusalem and its people. Isaiah’s speaks of a period about two centuries after his own life. It is 65 years since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city. The present inhabitants have only known rule by foreigners.

God will rescue Jerusalem (Chapter 52)

The Lord’s people come home from Babylon (Chapter 52)

The Lord’s Servant will suffer, but He will have victory (53)

The number of God’s people will increase vastly (54)

The Lord’s invitation:

Come, all you who are desperate to drink. Here is water! Come, even if you have no money. Buy grain! You need no money. Eat all that you want. Come, buy wine and milk. It is all free” (55)

The Lord declares, ‘My plans are not your plans. Neither are your ways my ways. v9 As the sky is so much higher than the earth, so my ways are much higher than your ways. My plans are so much higher than your plans. v10  Rain and snow come down from the sky. But they do not go back again before they have watered the ground. That helps the ground to grow corn. And so the ground provides seed for people to sow and bread for them to eat. v11 So it is with the word that I speak. My word will not return to me without any result. My word will perform my plan. It will carry out my purpose.’ (55)

God’s people will include all nations (56)

God’s loyal people may suffer

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (57:1,20

Wrong practice of religion/Right practice of religion, Holy Days (58)

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (59:1,2)

God’s Servant brings good news. (61)

The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name. (65:1) NIV

Below is a video from the read scripture app. (these videos are so well done and bring scripture to life!)

Aren’t these videos awesome!

It is heartbreaking and convicting to understand that God’s righteous judgement was so slow in coming. Each time, He warns, each time He pleads with His people…

I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found but no one was looking for me!”

Isaiah continues to relay God’s message of judgement, but it’s always tempered with HOPE!

(Without Righteous judgement there is no justice!)

The Hope was coming in the form of a Servant King. God’s plan to redeem His stubborn, prideful people.

The video above touched me so much.

The visual of this truth in “doodle form” came from what was captured in this clip.

Jesus sets aside His deity (coming down from the mountain / beside His Father) to bring an urgent message of GOOD NEWS. (Euangelion/ Greek for Good news!)

He steps into human flesh with the knowledge of his eventual betrayal, torture & death because He would rather DIE than be WITHOUT US.

Click on the images for the pdf files:)

Use the image below to trace in your Bible!

 

* I choose not to cover up text (God’s Word) when I journal. Occasionally it happens by accident, and when it does I re-write the text that was covered. (This happened with the word beautiful, above. Definitely not intentional!)

Hosea (1-10)

Hosea, brings this message good news to “life” through his own personal story. God allows us to see the struggle we have with sin, through Gomer. We can easily relate to the huge challenge Hosea faced.

Forgive the “unforgivable” the underserving… even when they turn away from you in betrayal.

This is a picture of God and His people! He gives us undeserved forgiveness. (Grace)

He doesn’t stop there!

He washes our dirty rags (sin) with the blood of the lamb. (Jesus) When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Father sees us clean! Righteous…Holy.

I had a conversation with my daughter about the challenge we have in reading and understanding the Old Testement. She reminded me of something Jennie Allen said:

”The Old Testement is written to show us we can’t do it ourselves!”

I’m so thankful that I am digging into the whole council of God. We need to know the WHOLE story to understand the message…it is all about LOVE…it is all about Christ:)

 

May this be a blessing to you as you spend time with the Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 4

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 4

Good day! We have now completed week 4 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   . See my previous post for more information on this if you are just now joining us! (CLICK HERE TO READ THE PREVIOUS POST INTRO) WEEK 4 includes Isaiah 28-51. Below is […]

Page Design 1

Page Design 1

Hello! Those of you sweet friends who are following my blog, know that I have been posting about the “classroom happenings” as I teach a Bible Journaling class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP.  (As we read through the Bible in 1 year) This week, I […]

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 3

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 3


Good Morning!

So…we have completed week 3 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   and we just finished our first week in Isaiah. See my previous post for more information on this if you are just now joining us!

(CLICK HERE TO READ THE PREVIOUS POST INTRO)

WEEK 3 includes Isaiah 1 – 27

Isaiah is the first book in the section of the Bible called Major Prophets. They are called Major Prophets because of the large amount of material they wrote. 

The name Isaiah means “YAHWEH is salvation.” <——-love that! It’s such a foreshadowing of Isaiah’s life and ministry! He was given great purpose in proclaiming truth and hope in our Lord Jesus!

Isaiah differs from Jeremiah and Ezekiel in that his prophetic ministry blends foretelling (the seer seeing far into the future) in a greater measure with forthtelling (preaching the truth to a sinful people). 

Isaiah prophesied under the reign of four Judean kings—Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1)—and he likely met his death under the evil King Manasseh. (Hezekiah‘ s son) 

It contains foreknowledge, in incredible details, about the Messiah, and the future reign of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the book of Isaiah was to call God’s nation, the nation of Judah, back to faithfulness and to declare the coming Messiah “Immanuel”. God calls and commissions His prophet to declare to Judah and Israel condemnation, conviction, and ultimately great hope.

Isaiah insisted that his prophecies be recorded for future generations: “Go now, write it on a tablet…that it may be an everlasting witness. For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction” (Is. 30:8, 9).

In Chapters 1-39, Isaiah points out the sins of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. He declares severe punishment to them and all the neighboring nations around them, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight Cease to do evil” (1:16). He proclaims great hope of the coming Savior, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (7:14), this passage was fulfilled in Matthew 1:22-24, in the New Testament.

Here is a short list of Isaiah’s prophecies:

Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah foreshadowed the virgin birth of Jesus

Isaiah 9:6-7

There would be a son called God

Isaiah 11:1-10

Nations would seek the counsel of Jesse’s descendant

Isaiah 13:17

Babylon would be attacked by the Medes

Isaiah 13:19

Babylon’s kingdom would be overthrown, permanently

Isaiah 14:23

Babylon would be reduced to swampland

Isaiah 27:12-13

God promised to restore the Jews

Isaiah 35:4-6

He would perform miracles

Isaiah 40:1-5,9

The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger

Isaiah 42:1-9

The Messiah would be a light to Gentiles

Isaiah 45:1

Babylon’s gates would open for Cyrus

Isaiah 49:6

God’s salvation would reach the ends of the earth

Isaiah 49:13-17

God will never forget the children of Israel

Isaiah 50:6

Jesus was spat upon and beaten

Isaiah 53:1-3

The Messiah would be rejected

Isaiah 53:4-6

God’s servant would die for our sins

Isaiah 53:7

God’s servant would be silent before his accusers

Isaiah 53:9

God’s servant would be buried in a rich man’s tomb

Isaiah 53:12

God’s servant would be “numbered with the transgressors”

Isaiah 61:1-2

Isaiah foreshadows the ministry of Jesus

THE ABOVE LIST IS FROM BIBLEPROPHECY.COM

Like I’ve mentioned before, if you are reading the Bible in one year, it is VERY challenging to dig in and study the amount of reading required. With that said, as we prayerfully open the Word of God and “eat” the Lord provides what we need. I am encouraging my class to listen to the Holy Spirit as He draws each of us to truth, revealing what we need to know.

By using the 3,2,1 Method of study for at least one passage or verse each week, Will allow you time to do a little deeper digging. I created a journal for taking daily notes, recording the 3,2,1 study guide questions & creating a personal  visual recording.

 

If you’d like a journal like the one above, you can go to my etsy shop by clicking on the ETSY icon in the sidebar. It can be used for any study:) 

Below is my “visual” page for the week. I long to have this mantra daily…..intentional to listen to the Lord’s direction, and follow through with obedience! Isaiah knew his limitations and sin, but knew he could rest in God’s provision.

 

Below is one of our class projects using decorative napkins.

 

Begin by drawing a “rough oval” for the “wreath” keeping pencil lines light. (I actually go back and erase most of them keeping a faint outline as a guide)

Next, I “fussy cut” the flowers from this napkin. Once cut, separate the napkin layers, using only the top printed layer. You want to work with a single layer for a few reasons…it will better adhere to your paper, looks less like a napkin and more like part of the drawn/painted design, and is somewhat transparent.

Next apply glue to your page in the area you will place the napkin piece. Work slowly and carefully to prevent tearing the napkin. Once it’s down, lightly “pat” the top with more glue. You can use Matte medium or Mod Podge. (I usually thin Mod podge with a little water, it’s too thick for napkin application)

Next, in pencil, I drew rough lines as a guide and wrote the text.

Next, go over the pencil with permanent pen (I use microns) adjusting as you go when needed. I tend to “clean up” my lines with the pen, not always adhering to the original pencil sketch.


I went back over some of the “down strokes” and curves and doubled the lines, then filled in the space created with “hash marks.”

 

Let the ink dry….then, carefully, keeping a light touch, erase the pencil lines.

I finished this piece by adding watercolor as the background and details using a 005 Micron pen and a white uni-ball signo pen.

Below is another napkin project. In this one, the napkin is less noticeable in the overall design and blends into the background as layers of mixed media are applied.

With my class this week, I touched the subject of page design, using lines and shapes.  Below is an example of that using the above scripture from Isaiah.

I will be posting a few more thoughts on page design and color in the days and weeks to follow!

Are you following along? How is your study time and journaling going?

As always, I’m happy to help you in the process, just ask!

Bless you,

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 2

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 2

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A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 1 completed!

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 1 completed!

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A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Hello!

Several weeks ago I menitoned that due to the Lord’s direction to concentrate more on one on one discipling and less on “blogging” I made the decision to limit my time online. I have to admit that even though I LOVE meeting one on one with women of all ages, I do also really like being a hermit. I enjoy being home…cooking, taking care of family, reading, studying, being STILL with the Lord and of course creating! (And sharing with all of you!!!)

It’s a tight rope we walk maintaining good balance in life, and if I’m being honest, I must confess that I’m often an “all or nothing” kind of girl. With that said, I must also confess that I’m in a constant “battle” for that balance. Most of you reading join me in a love for crafts…well, the enemy is the craftiest… with his own version of a glue gun and heat tool!  He leans in and manipulates our good work into something that can become an idol. (The very thing we “love”) This leads to pushing our agenda up front and center, without listening to the better plan and purpose our Father has for us.

I mention all this to explain my “seasons” of posting…they are not consistent, or neatly scheduled. One reason for this is that I repel numbers, schedules, and structure. (I can really drive my husband crazy!) I am most comfortable getting up each day to “wing it.” If the Lord whispers for me to change my plans mid stream…I usually welcome the change! It’s my hard wiring.

So, this is my awesome introduction to the next 6 weeks 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂☺😂🤣 a confession.

Many of you know that Jan 1st, I  joined my home church’s journey to READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR using the READ SCRIPTURE APP. As I explained above, I’m not a consistent or scheduled blog poster…BUT, because I highly value all you sweet Sisters out there who take the time to read my ramblings and use my doodles, I thought I would try to include you all in a class I’m teaching for the next 6 weeks. I have continued to read and journal through this process of reading the Bible in a year, but I have not kept up here with posting about it.

I will pick up right where we are in our year of reading and share what we are working on in class along with any resources, videos, tutorials, etc. that I use “live.” (Feel free to give me a shout out if you have an questions along the way! )

If you don’t have the APP and want to join us, go to google play or the apple App Store and download it (for FREE) CLICK BELOW

READ SCRIPTURE APP.  

Once on the APP make sure your SETTINGS are set like the example below:

I know it seems like you should be able to put in the START DATE using today’s date. BUT, if you want to have your days and readings follow the place we are CURRENTLY, you must enter the date JAN 1, 2018.

Once all your settings look like the pic above, when you scroll down in the app, the date will be correct for the current daily reading which happens to begin in 1 Kings.

I apologize for starting you a day late! You will have to do the reading from yesterday to catch up to the APRIL 5th reading which is 1 Kings 4-7. There are 3 chapters to read each day + 1 Psalm.

As I have mentioned here previously that this APP is so GREAT! The creative review videos included in the APP are enough of a reason to download! Go ahead….go get it…I’ll wait:)

Below is a sneak peak at the creative style they use if you need another nudge:)

We will be taking notes and journaling what we are reading/studying in a little something I created.

Because it is quite a lot of material to cover, I have included 7 pages (1 for each day of the week) to keep “bullet point” notes for each chapter you read. Within each weekly section I have also included 1-3,2,1 study sheet, a blank visual journaling page, and 1 page to record “Ah-Ha Moments.”

I break each day up by starting with the Wk/ Day / and scripture, then write, circle and highlight each Chapter number with a sentence or two / bullet points.

If you are not familiar with the 3,2,1 method of study (one that my sweet online friend Brecken Berning helped me develop!) I give an explanation of this in the journal I created.

Each week, I am teaching an “in class” project.

Below, is our project this week.

It begins with a lesson in Watercolor…practicing Paint to Water Ratio.

I did a short, very amateurish video to show the watercolor process. I did this one, to help the class get used to working with watercolor and to understand it’s “flow” properties…AND to grasp how to balance water to paint. You will find it below.

 

The above scripture is from the reading this week, and one that really “spoke” to me. Well, it was the Holy Spirit doing the talking:)

Sometimes, we simply need to change our posture to change our attitude and approach to the Lord. Like Solomon, when we simply take a posture of surrender…on our knees or with our hands lifted high…our mind & heart follow our body in surrender. While we are at it…following Solomon’s example of praise will bring us to a place where we meet with our God and He meets with us.

Sorry for the “side view” below…like I said, amateur! I was trying to fit the process into a narrow portrait frame:)

Once your watercolor dries, you can go in and pencil the simple cap letter words for the verse- 1 Kings 8:23, double the lines, then fill in the space with “hash marks” or any other fill you desire:) Go over pencil with pen….WAIT until the pen is dry…then erase pencil lines:)

Materials used:

Watercolor: Reeves student grade tube watercolor / personally, I most often use Koi, Sennelier, or Gansai Kurtake

Brush: Grumbacher #12 Round

Pens: Micron / #01, #005

If you are interested in purchasing the 3,2,1 Journal you can go to my etsy shop and find it there!

Blessings!

Sue

 

 

Checking in ❤️

Checking in ❤️

Hello and a BIG welcome to those of you who are new to my blog! It is such a gift to be able to connect with Sisters in Christ from all over the world! I never dreamed it possible! I have been a busy girl […]


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