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“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
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. 4 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.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 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. 9 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.
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, […]
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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 […]