Happy Tuesday! A special welcome if you are new here! It’s an honor and a privilege to connect with so many Sisters in Christ ❤ Today, I’m beginning with a bit of a confession… Lately, I have been “focusing” on improving my watercolor techniques. I…
I have been listening to Dr. Tony Evans latest podcast series entitled “Watch Your Mouth” If you’ve never heard Tony Evans preach, you’re in for a treat. I have mentioned him here before…he happens to be Priscilla Shirer’s Daddy:) The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
You can download his podcast app for free here.
These lessons are about our mouth.
“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing” We have the power to heal or destroy…to build up, or tear down.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” -Proverbs 18:21
God simply spoke and the earth was created. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…The Word was God.
Words are important to God. They need to be valued and used with great care, always tempered by the Holy Spirit.
Many of us have experienced the explosive dynamite that can come from someone’s mouth. Words that have caused us harm; words that have changed the way we see ourselves, others, and even God.
“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.” James 3:5-10
”No human being can tame the tongue.” As it says above, man can tame many beasts, but not the tongue. When it is unleashed it has the power to “stain the whole body!” I am sure many of us have experienced this kind of damaging fire that was started by one “small” match.
We are careless with our words, and often take the responsibility of speech lightly. We throw out words so recklessly, without giving thought to the effect they have…the fires they start.
As we allow God to tame our tongues, we can choose to bring life to others.
I cannot do Tony’s teaching justice, so I encourage you to listen to his messages on “the Mouth.”
Below is a doodle that was sparked by this powerful message! (Dynamite in your dentures)
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF
Tony uses the cow as an illustration in one of the other messages in this series…”he” (the cow) kept coming to my mind:)
Lord, help us practice the surrender required to give YOU the “reins” to tame our tongue…
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29
Equip us with self-control… to stop, and invite the Holy Spirit to direct our mouths.
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…
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!
WEEK 4 includes Isaiah 28-51.
Below is a brief Outline
A warning comes to receive the word attentively, “line upon line, precept upon precept” (Isaiah 28:9-14)
God will lay a new foundation with a strict measuring line (Isaiah 28:15-22)
Help is Not in Egypt (Isaiah 30-31)
The King (is coming) in His Beauty (Isaiah 32-33)
A king will right the wrongs (Isaiah 32:1-8).
Although in the nearer future Judah will undergo great suffering and loss, there is a time in the more distant future when a king will reign in a new Jerusalem that will never pass away. Those who dwell in this kingdom will be forgiven of their iniquity forever. Isaiah presents these facts.
Hezekiah‘s reign Isaiah (36-37)
(Isaiah 40-51) deliver a series of messages to Judah and the remnant of Israel. Isaiah looks into the next two centuries. He sees beyond the Babylonian captivity to the fall of Babylon, the rise of Persia, and the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and foresees…
-John the Baptist/ministry (Isaiah 40:3-5, Mark 1:1-5).
-Christ the Good Shepherd (Isaiah 40:9-11)
-Messiah, the chosen Servant of God (Isaiah 42:1-4).
-The Creator speaks of His glory (Isaiah 42:5-9).
In the last verse of chapter 44 Isaiah names a future king of Persia who would shepherd the remnant of God’s people and oversee the rebuilding of Jerusalem. All this came to pass.
God tells all the remnant of Israel to listen and remember. He reiterates that he is their true God and that He will save them from Babylonian exile when he calls Cyrus from the east, Cyrus the man of God’s purpose. (Isaiah 46:3-13)
God reminds Israel that he has chosen Cyrus to rescue them from the Babylonians (Isaiah 48:14-16).
Isaiah 49- 51 Christ for the world, God ’s love for sinners, Awake and listen to Me!
It’s so hard for our human mind to comprehend the fullness of God’s Sovereignty and at the same time to grasp the depth of His love and provision for His people.
Like Thomas, we want to see up close, for ourselves. We want to feel it, touch it, experience it…we want proof! We certainly have proof, if we take the time to step outside of ourselves and look up!
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.” -Isaiah 40:26
In our sin nature, we a drawn to be self focused. We have a message playing in the background of our mind that says what’s in it for me? We act, with expectation of a return on our investment. (even though it’s hard to admit this to ourselves) We often do good, with the hope that the favor will be returned according to our expectations. This is a heart problem. Our motivation to serve will come from a place of gratitude and selflessness when we start believing who our God is, and who He has made us to be. Loving God and loving others will become a natural response that extends from experiencing His presence and provision. We have to practice using our PAUSE BUTTON, to look up & see.
This is what I chose to capture as a visual : a memorial of God’s truth. It was the focus of one of our class projects. (Both “galaxy images” done with watercolor)
I had a few boo-boos in the one above:( Ink splotch from my messy fingers to name one!)
When I teach journaling classes, my goal is to meet each person where they are by providing some options. We are each in a unique place on our spiritual journey. We each respond to the creative process within the framework of our individuality. Some art forms are not appealing at first, but God uses them to stretch us beyond what we think we are capable of! As an instructor, this is one of my greatest joys…watching someone be challenged, stepping forward through fear, to grow beyond what they would have hoped or imagined. This mimimicks our journey of faith! As we take one step out into faith, trusting our God to provide what we need, He meets us there in our obedience and we get to experience His presence! (And His provision) It usually doesn’t come the way we think it will:)
While some who are taking class are ready to jump into their Bible to record visuals, others are not. I don’t EVER want someone to leave a class feeling frustrated or defeated. Class begins with time spent discussing what God has revealed to us throughout the week in our study. We are INSPIRIED & ENCOURAGED as we each share God’s specific provision and revelation. This is where the art starts….in the heart…having personal experience with our Father.
I am constantly learning from others, as God works His miracles through the body…stretching us, refining us, sharpening us. I wish I had some pictures to share with you from the group. This week, there were some powerful lessons shared through the visuals of truth God revealed to each heart. Some images were detailed, some were plain and simple…both powerful, MEMORABLE, and life giving.
My pages will never be perfect, there will always be flaws…just like me. BUT, I know my God is not flawed. I know that He has a perfect love and a perfect plan for me because I HAVE seen Him up close and personal. He provides for me everyday, when I take the time to look up & listen!
Below was a second project option. It is something that can be down in the margin, and a good example of a design that uses simple shapes and lines. This one was done with acrylics.
(The inspiration for this piece came from something I saw on Pinterest several years ago. I went back to try and find it and could not! I apologize to that artist!)
Below are a few more powerful, prophetic verses found in Isaiah.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me. -Isaiah 6:8
“They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” -Isaiah 11:9
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” -Isaiah 12:2
“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.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;” -Isaiah 1:18,19
“They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west.Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One.” -Isaiah 24:14-16
Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting? Does he not finally plant his seeds—black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat—each in its proper way, and each in its proper place? The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.” -Isaiah 28:24-26 (NLT)
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling.” -Isaiah 30:15
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” -Isaiah 40:8
“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.” -Isaiah 40:26
“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
”Draw near to the Lord and He will draw near to you!”
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)…
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!
WEEK 2 included 2 Kings – 2 Kings 22
In 2 Kings…
-God performs amazing miracles through his prophets as He sends these messengers to proclaim His will.
-The two kingdoms are far from the Lord and immersed in sin and rebellion. God’s prophets bring the only hope to this lost yet, chosen nation. We read of the rulers of the divided kingdoms who lead them to their fate in exile.
- The prophet Elijah concludes his ministry and hands over the reins to the next up and coming prophet, Elisha.
- God took Elijah in a whirlwind to heaven and Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. God granted this request (2:9).
- In Elisha’s ministry, he carries out twice as many miracles, as Elijah, as God does His will through his prophet. We also find in these chapters, details about kings and dynasties, which ultimately disobey and ignore God’s commands and provisions.
- Finally, during the reign of the last evil king, Hoshea, the Assyrians take the Northern Kingdom into captivity. They have neglected the warning and coming judgment announced by the prophet Hosea.
- The more evil of the two kingdoms (Northern Kingdom) goes into permanent captivity. (By the Assyrians) There is no record or evidence of these 10 tribes of Israel ever returning from exile.
- Hezekiah (son of Ahaz) does good. He has a heart for the Lord. He takes down the altars in High places, and tries encourages the people to turn back to God.
- Unfortunately, Hezekiah falls to sin and pride after receiving a gift from the Babylonians. He flaunts all his wealth and treasures… Isaiah rebukes him, explaining to Hezekiah that one day all that he boasted about, would be taken to Babylon along with his descendants.
So, we continue to see the sin of man “rear it’s ugly head.” We see repeated rebellion and division. The good new is, our God sees worth in His people as we have been created in His image…and although He instills discipline, He also has great mercy.
I love God’s renewed promise to Hezekiah, in the midst of his sin:
“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
-2 Kings 19:31
This is the scripture I chose for our class project using acrylic paint, micron pen, uni-ball signo pen, a foam brush & Q-tips! The larger flowers are done with a small round brush.
Below is a series of photos to see the step by step process.
1. Grey paint is applied with a foam brush, brushing in a touch of white and black for texture.
2. Green paint is applied with a plastic card. (Old gift card, key card, etc.)
3. Add touches of lighter green
4. Gather 5 Q-tips and dip in light blue paint. Group vines in 3’s
5. Create 3 clustered flower vines in varied lengths.
6. Using one Q-tip, create 3 medium blue “larger flower” vines in varied lengths. Begin to overlap flower vines.
7. Add a tiny bit of white to the medium blue flowers
8. Create a 6th color by mixing blues, light green and white
9. With the new color, create 3 vines of a “bell shaped” flower by brushing one Q-tip down at varying angles from the starting point. Alternating the angle of the flower as you apply them down the page.
10. Add a touch of white to the bottom of the “bell flowers.”
11. Layer 3 larger flowers in between and on top of vines. Start with light blue and add darker layers. Use a round brush.
12. Use the navy blue for the centers. 13. Next add tiny white flowers by applying white paint with a Q-tip using a cross motion followed by and “x” motion. (* <——-like this simple “asterisk”) I used navy for the center.
Keep in mind, this is an impressionistic style…you are giving the “impression” of flowers and vines without true form and precise detail. As you continue to add layers, step back from your piece. You will see it from a better perspective!
14. Add some simple leafy vines starting with dark green and then brushing on the lighter green for highlights.
15. I added “loose” details with a white Uni-ball signo pen, and then a black 005 Micron.
I also did this same process outside my Bible without the white details, see below. (I added a little more navy to the piece below with a single Q-tip, creating single berries)
*Inspired by Angela Anderson on You Tube:)
Good Morning! So…we have completed one week using the READ SCRIPTURE APP beginning in the book of 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 1 included…