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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Answering a Request!

Answering a Request!

I had a sweet follower on Instagram, ask if I had the following graphic in pdf form to print. This is for you Gail!😘 Click on the image below, then click on the title that pops up:)   Xo,    

Checking in with a few Doodles:)

Checking in with a few Doodles:)

Hello! Hope you are well! Those of you who follow my blog, know that I have stepped away a bit to dig into what God has placed before me…His people. I continue to study and Doodle, and work through the Bible in a Year. (See […]

Get Out Of Your Camp

Get Out Of Your Camp

Good day!

I am enjoying my last few days in CO, a place where I always feel closer to God. The beauty of His Glory is undeniable, and causes me to pause with such gratitude!

Below are a few photos from our Monarch Lake Hike:)

My husband & I are spending more and more time here, and we were finally able to visit a local church here in town.

It was a Spirit filled service grounded in sound Biblical teaching. It was so refreshing to study scripture together as a congregation…verse by verse. Above all else, we are to look to God’s Word for life. Pastor Doug Toller, Senior Pastor at Winter Park Christian Church has been leading this flock for 30 years. Like my church back home, the Holy Spirit was welcomed and present ❤

Pastor Toller finished up a series he has been teaching on Leadership. As we studied Acts, Numbers 11, Titus, 1 & 1 Peter we learned that Leadership (overseers of God’s church) have a supernatural responsibility to their church. Elders are to be Spiritually mature men who are trustworthy & respected by others. They are to be chosen through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and are to lead through His power. There are Holy qualifications to be met by the Elders, only possible through the supernatural help of the Spirit. They are to hold firm to the Word above all else, standing on the WHOLE council of God.

He concluded his message in Hebrews.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”  -Hebrews 13: 11-14

To Lead like Jesus. This is direction for us all. We are to serve, often suffering, as Jesus served. We are to get out of our “comfortable” CAMP, to reach those outside the gate. Our Savior, set aside His deity, stepping outside His “camp” to lay down His life for us.

Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”

Like Jesus, we are called to a rescue mission…one that is uncomfortable and requires that we step outside the safety of the walls we build up for ourselves. Let us ask God  for an increased desire to “share with others” the hope that is found beyond these earthly borders; that He would give us His heart & perspective to see the lost, willing to put others before ourselves. 

This is pleasing to God.

What is outside “your camp?” How can we each answer this call? I don’t know about you, but I spend way more time inside the bubble of “the church” and personally needed to be reminded to DAILY ASK the Lord to send me to those who are in need and ready to hear the good news.

Thank you Pastor Toller and the body of Christ you serve here in Grand County. We felt welcomed, loved and accepted, and heard sound teaching from the Word of God ❤

CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR THE PDF

 

Bless you!

 

 

The Jesus Mission

The Jesus Mission

Hello! Yesterday, a Pastor at my church was scheduled to give a sermon, but could not speak due to illness. The decision was made to show a video of a previous guest Pastor’s sermon. Our sermon series this month is called PREACH IT, which is […]

Ecclesiastes / Read the Bible in a Year with the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Ecclesiastes / Read the Bible in a Year with the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Good Day! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! For a few days, we are in the book of Ecclesiastes. If you’ve just joined me, I am participating in my home Church’s journey to read the Bible in one year using the […]

A Different Kind of Selfie

A Different Kind of Selfie

 

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3) BUT, do we seek to fill our needs with the Lord’s provision or with the “world’s.”

It is hard to admit our deep tendency to seek our worth in the opinions of others rather than our Creator God. It is a practice repeated over and over throughout history.  Isn’t this at the root of the “selfie stick?

Before the selfie stick, there were golden statues:)

There are so many daily habits rooted in self focus…many start out innocently enough, but become the things that rule our mind and our hearts. Inviting the Holy Spirit to guide us in “self examination will help keep us from being ineffective and unproductive.”  -Oswald Chambers

Click here for Full devotional from Oswald Chambers

2 Peter sheds light on this process:

2 Peter 1:3-21

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Making every effort to add faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, & love, does not come naturally within our human nature. WE MUST PRACTICE setting our selfie stick down (surrendering our will to the Lord’s) and then invite the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and change our hearts. It is a moment by moment surrender.

If it helps, keep a log of your practice. If we are more aware of our actions, we can be more intentional in our surrender which will increase our faith as we experience God’s provision in our life! It will become habit forming❤

We will see fruit. We will attain the very things we crave and can never gain with a selfie stick.

Click on the image below for a journal page to “track” your habits:)

 

Print off  the above chart and use it to track and increase your daily (godly) habits. The numbers represent each day of the month. Check the boxes you have accomplished. When we have a little accountability, even with ourselves, it helps us maintain our focus:)

Click on the image below for a pdf of the doodle 101.


 

 

Much love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaky boat?

Leaky boat?

  This post comes from a night well spent with High School students & a loving Spirit filled Youth Pastor! The current sermon series for our High School group (Tribes) is entitled…”THIS (Jesus) CHANGES EVERYTHING” Last night, the subject was sin. Not something most people, […]

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 […]

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

Good Morning! So…we have completed week 2 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   and we are currently in 2 Kings. 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 2 […]


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