Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

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Creating:)

Creating:)

What a good Father we have. He never withholds. He graciously and generously shares the miraculous with us. Made in His image, He allows us to join in the process of creating…experiencing the joy of seeing love brought to “life.” Happy Weekend to you Sisters! […]

If you’re in Texas…

If you’re in Texas…

I will be teaching a few Bible Journaling workshops near Dallas, Texas in September at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills for their annual Women’s Conference. Hope you’ll consider attending! Click the image below for more details! Only 1oo miles from “The Silos!” -next […]

“Look to the ROCK from which you were cut” -Isaiah

“Look to the ROCK from which you were cut” -Isaiah

Hi sweet Sisters!

Do you ever get to the end of a great book and wish it would last longer?

This is how I feel about Beth Guckenberger’s latest book START WITH AMEN. 

In Chapter 12 (the last chapter 😩), Beth writes this:

I believe this is how God sees us, so firmly grafted into His tree that His history becomes ours. The stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are my stories. The tales of Daniel, David, Ruth, and Rahab are my family lore. Now that I am adopted into his family and considered a coheir with Christ, their faith is where I come from. “Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn” the prophet Isaiah challenged us (Isa. 51: 1). I am in this community, and by design, the more I identify with it, the stronger I will be.”

The Bible calls the community that goes before us the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12: 1). They fought battles and stood firm. They trusted when it was hard and let go, surrendering to a plan written long ago. They embraced this live-amen theology in ways that leave me breathless…”

Isn’t it reassuring, that the cast list of THE GREAT WITNESSES are imperfect…just like you and me:)

God’s story, our story, is filled with “players”  that have highs and lows, faith & unbelief, obedience and disobedience; but in the end…God uses them all for His glory and our good, and still does…the story isn’t over.

Our story isn’t over.

Our bloodline, our heritage…lies within this community of faith. A community of imperfect believers who were able to look beyond the circumstances of life on earth, because they obeyed. Through them, we can see the thread of God’s glory running throughout the pages of scripture from beginning to end.

AND…because of  His mercy and love, He chooses to rebuild…sending “someone from the outside” to enter in and level the playing field…It was His plan all along.

We’re messy and complicated…a dysfunctional family at best, yet at the core, very simple.

God is love. God loves us, despite our wandering hearts.

And it is by FAITH & through HIS POWER that we are able to join this cast of overcomers…we’ve already been written into the story.

We can’t easily grasp the reality of what lies beyond our human reasoning and understanding, but the faithful witnesses listed below chose to hunker down and lean in hard anyway, setting aside their own agendas for the will of God…

forever “growing” our family tree.

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Heb. 11)”

We are in this together Sisters! You and me, Abraham and Noah…Rahab and David.

And so amen. If you’ll ask me to administer justice and conquer kingdoms, so be it. If you rescue me from flames and swords and enemies abound, I’ll credit you. There is a better resurrection ahead. Amen. There is a communion with you I’ll prefer to any other. I confess my sins. Forgive me, amen. I adore you, your ways, your plans, your nearness. Where you go, I’ll go. I’ll struggle along the way, but I trust you’ll give me what I need. Oh, dear Jesus . . .” 

-Beth Guckenberger

Beth, I’d like to read more, but I know that the there is more story left in you. There is more to be written, so I will look forward to your next book…God’s good work in you, passed on to others.

“Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1)

Blessings fellow witnesses!

Amen!

 

Don’t forget to PLUG IN today!

Don’t forget to PLUG IN today!

Hello! I’m teaching a Bible Journaling class right now, and our study focus is ABIDING:) You can see my original mini study here. On day 2-  my 3,2,1 response is I MUST STAY PLUGGED IN -TO THE SOURCE! John 15 4 Abide in me, and […]

“It’s Time To Write A Scroll Of Remembrance”

“It’s Time To Write A Scroll Of Remembrance”

GOOD DAY! Today is a new week…a chance for a new start:) Thank you Father. In response to Chapter 12 in Beth Guckenberger’s book START WITH AMEN. The Book of Remembrance Malachi 3 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The […]

FREE on Friday / Bullet Journaling pages:)

FREE on Friday / Bullet Journaling pages:)

It’s Friday, and each week, to especially honor those of you who are following, I will be posting free art pages. Below is a weekly Bullet Journal page(s) that you can print off and store in your own cute 8.5 x 11 folder/binder. I especially like having some extra room on the weekend for fun Sat activities and Sermon Notes on Sunday! Hope you like them!!

For those of you who have noticed that things around here look a bit different…

I’ve had quite a time trying to improve the appearance and function of my blog. Oh, the poor tech helpers that have had to dig through my USER ERRORS!!!

Hopefully, the dust will begin to settle, and I’ll get things figured out. In the meantime, I apologize if I’ve caused you any frustration!

I unfortunately, had to change my site address…BIG UGH!!!! It is now 1arthouse.blog (NOT 1arthouse.wordpress.com) I was told that all followers would automatically be re-established. Hope that is TRUE!!!!

Have a great weekend!



Obedience, it’s not a four letter word:)

Obedience, it’s not a four letter word:)

I think we hear the word obedience as a “four letter word.” Why? Because we don’t like to be told what to do! And…we have our OWN agenda. “I want what I want and I want it NOW!” -Veruca Salt Speaking of not wanting to […]

What if EVERY city gave Jesus it’s keys?!!

What if EVERY city gave Jesus it’s keys?!!

Wow. God is mighty and just and He is faithful to bless obedience. He moves MOUNTAINS through it…He restores people, and churches, and cities! God WILL and DOES great things with the few and the weak.  It is when He moves in the most unlikely […]

Pillow Talk!

Pillow Talk!

Hello!

Happy Friday!

I am eager to share this little “doodle” and the the thought behind it with you today!  It evolved from a 4 day lesson on Abiding that you can find on my blog by clicking here.

It is the basis of study for a 6 week Bible Art Journaling Class I am teaching presently at my home church,

Many of you have read here on my blog about the 3,2 1, method of study. (If you haven’t, see the link above by clicking on the word “here,” )

It is the process of prayerfully studying God’s Word, verse by verse by…

3 -re-stating 3 FACTS you have pulled from the verse. (plain and simple)

2 -asking 2 QUESTIONS and then answering them. (Questions like, “what does this tell me about God’s character, Is there a promise for me, Is there a warning for me to heed…)

1 -responding with 1 ACTION

 

John 15:7-15

7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

To remain in the Lord, to abide in Christ…I must give Him my first thoughts, my last thoughts, and everything in between. It’s all about staying connected to the vine…without it, we will wither and die. (separated from the Father)

If I get up, having not surrendered my thoughts, my time, my schedule, my family, & my heart to the Lord… I will not be fruitful, I will not fulfill my purpose, I will loose faithful ground, operating in my own power for my own glory.

If I am not walking with Him, I am walking away from Him.

Simple but true.

I want to open my eyes…and before my head lifts from my pillow…I want to thank the Lord for a new day…as I surrender it. It is rightfully His.

 

“MAY I DECLARE YOUR STEADFAST LOVE IN THE MORNING AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS BY NIGHT!” -PSALM 92:2


 

-and when the day is done, as I lay my head down, it is with a thankful heart, & with my last breath, that I praise Him. For He is worthy of all glory and praise.

1 RESPONSE (3, 2, 1) PRACTICAL APPLICATION

As we “steep” in God’s Word there is CHANGE that is meant to occur. Growth, designed to lead us toward our purpose. If we leave God’s Word (which is power) on the pages of our Bible, never having wielded our sword, we will remain unchanged.

It isn’t easy for us to turn off our me me me attitude. It is a common occurrence to become distracted by our own selfish desires.

It takes PRACTICE, to turn from our sinful hearts to follow the Lord.

We MUST decide to get practical with our application of truth. Practical with our application of surrender. It doesn’t come to us naturally.

“Pillow Talk” is something that I practice. It takes time, but with repetition and commitment it becomes a habit. Like brushing your teeth.

Eyes first awake …talk to God. Acknowledge that He is God and you are not…Thankful for the gift of a new day. Eager to do what He has planne for your good.

Eyes close at night…talk to God. Thankful for HIs provision. Thankful for the opportunity of growth, to become more like Him. Grateful for the promise of another new day…whatever it brings. He works all things together for our good.

First thought, last thought…of the ONE who gave all things life.

 

Practice makes perfect…I’ve got a lot of practing to do!

Until the day the Lord completes me.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” -Phil 1:6

Bless you!

 

 

The Whole Earth is Full of His Glory!

The Whole Earth is Full of His Glory!

The whole earth is FULL of His glory! “We are without excuse!” “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without […]


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