“I’ve Pitched My Tent In The Land Of Hope”

A friend of mine, asked me to help lend a visual for a tent. After studying Acts 2:26 in Women’s Bible Study, it’s what comes to my mind whenever I think of, or see a tent:)

Acts 2:26

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope
(NIV)

This same verse is written like this in The Message

“I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.”

Thinking about tents a little further, I created a list of ”attributes”

  • Temporary Home
  • Shelter, Protection
  • Supported by an organized structure (The Church)
  • Held up by it’s frame (Truth)
  • Tied or “rooted” to the ground (Faith)

Abraham left all He had known to obey the Lord’s command and follow Him to a place that was foreign, and for a time, temporary. He lived in tents, and looked forward to the “city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, without knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

While we dwell here on earth, in our temporary home, let us “pitch our tent, in the land of hope!” For we can rest in the promise, that we will one day live in “a city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God!”

Revelation 21: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bridebeautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

ROMANS 14

Today’s post was inspired by a timely message given by Beth Guckenberger who is serving as Interim Pastor for a local church here, The Vineyard Cincinnati.

I’ve written many posts highlighting my friend Beth. She and her husband took and assignment from God some 20+ years ago to begin a great work caring for orphans.

Back2Back

“Back2Back Ministries is the best orphan care organization operating in the world today.”

-Steve Biondo, President, Tim Tebow Foundation

This year, Back2Back launched a new global ministry, TRAMA FREE WORLD.

Breaking the cycle of childhood trauma

Trauma Free World is a community dedicated to helping people around the world heal from childhood trauma. We are headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and offer training all around the world, as well as online for anyone with an internet connection or mobile phone. Trauma Free World partners with leading trauma researchers to adapt cutting edge trauma research into training that is accessible to all, regardless of literacy level, and applicable across cultures.

I hope you will take a look at these life changing ministries, and prayerfully consider participating in them!

Beth’s Message comes from Romans 14. “How to Love When We Disagree!” You can listen below…I promise you will be greatly encouraged by it!

Doodle 101 “Pocket Full Of Sunshine”

Happy Thursday!

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an Emma Stone Fangirl. She makes me laugh:) She was in a movie that I wouldn’t recommend (due to it’s content/theme) however, there is a scene in the beginning of the movie that keeps this song on repeat for me when I think of her:)

When I listen to this song….I think of JESUS. …my Pocket Full Of Sunshine:)

I like what Billy Graham has to say about sharing your pocket full of SONshine…below is an article from

Billygraham.org

So how exactly do you shine?

Do not be conformed to this world … —Romans 12:2a, ESV

“Being a light” sounds great, doesn’t it? But it’s also a little abstract. How exactly do you become this brilliant beacon to people around you? Here are 4 practical tips:

  • Be careful what you say. The Bible calls the tongue “a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Yikes! That’s pretty serious. And that’s how we should take our speech—seriously. Maybe a parent once told you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s not bad advice, even as an adult. Words are powerful and can be used for good or bad. You might even post this verse somewhere as a reminder: “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). Read How to Tame the Tongue.
  • Consider your entertainment. Where do you go for fun? What shows or movies do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? Would you go to the same places, watch the same things or listen to the same music if Jesus were sitting next to you? Or would you be embarrassed? It might sound silly, but asking those questions is a good way to keep yourself in check, whether you’re alone or with others.
  • Use social media wisely. People are watching what you post, whether they interact with your posts or not. Think about the things you’ve posted recently—articles, comments, photos and so on. Could they be seen as prideful? Self-centered? Rude? What’s your motive? To put others down or make them jealous? Hopefully not. Aim to make informed, respectful posts that represent the One you claim as Lord.
  • Think of others. Consider other people’s needs and help meet them. Encourage instead of criticize. Be patient. Give others the benefit of the doubt. If you hear gossip, distance yourself from it or change the subject. When you encounter a difficult person, remember that they were made and are loved by God. Above all, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31).

Point 2 is something that I’ve personally learned the hard way! It critical what you “put in.” I’ve heard this argument from my kids as long as I can remember… “Watching gory movies, won’t make me a slasher Mom.” Well… It does change your heart over time. It subtly shifts the way you see yourself, others, and even God. You become numb to things, and the line between right and wrong becomes blurred…God’s voice gets more distant, and you walk further and further away from Him and the Love, protection and provision He provides. This is the journey we often take towards the mess we can make of our lives. I’ve made plenty of messes. Every point on this list hits home for me, and it’s important to be reminded of them….especially in the culture and climate of today.

“Draw near to the Lord, and He will draw near to you.” -James 4:8

The rest of this verse goes like this… “Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

We don’t like to admit that we’re double-minded. The Holy Spirit keeps our thoughts clear on this.

”You can’t ride two horses with one ass sugar bean”

We can’t ride 2 horses…

Stay close to the light, and you’ll have enough Sunshine in your pocket to share:)

A Few New Doodle 101’s

It’s been so nice to hear from several of you out there! Thank you for taking the time to write, I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much!

It’s encouraging to know that there are so many Sister’s out there creatively studying God’s Word! At times I can allow the enemy to sneak in a jab… he whispers that what I’m doing here is not important or helpful. I know that this is not truth…it comes from the father of lies.

In this climate of unrest, the world needs more LOVE, not hate. Let’s band together in His name…hunker down, and look to the Lord as our source of help, strength, comfort, perseverance, patience, compassion, self-control, forgiveness and love! Each day is a challenge that can only be met with accomplishment through the One who gives us life. Any small part I can play in encouraging others to abide in Him, is fruitful ❤️

Here are a few new Doodle Pages for you! (You can also find these, and more, by clicking on Doodle 101’s Pdf Files in the menu)

“Dig” into truth, and build your house on a firm foundation so that you can be filled with life (and light) and extend it to this hurting world.

Doodle 101

I recently had an online friend ask about printing my Instagram Doodle 101s. She mentioned that she likes to print them first (when creating a Bible entry) and can only do so with the doodles I post here on my blog. (Not from Instagram)

I so enjoy “meeting” those who follow, and love to be of service! I don’t often hear from those who might be using these tutorials, but when I do, I am thrilled to improve what I do, to better come alongside all of you! This is the reason I have an online presence ❤️

When deciding how to best use my time, I have recently chosen to create more posts through instagram, thinking that those following me there, can easily use their phone to follow a doodle tutorial. I have to agree with my friend, I like to see things on paper too:)

So….I will try to get back to posting more printable Doodle tutorials and will be adding them more frequently!

Free Image Downloads for Phomemo

I have recently purchased a new little toy that many of you may have seen out there in the Big Wide Creative Net. Maybe you have one yourself! If so, this is the post for you!

The Phomemo is a tiny little portable thermal printer, that creates stickers and labels on the spot from your iPhone, Android, Ipad or Computer.

The model I have is the MO2. There is a MO2S available for about $20 more, but I am still unclear as to the difference between the two? (I am awaiting a reply to this question from the manufacturer) One roll of paper comes with the printer, but you must purchase paper/sticker paper separately. There is DEFINITELY a BIG difference between the papers available including plain white paper, white sticker paper and transparent sticker paper. NOTE: each paper has a specific duration for ink clarity. Some paper states the prints only last 2 years. Look carefully before you buy; my advise is to purchase the “longer life” paper that promises 20+ years.

If you are printing temporary mailing labels, notes, etc., the 2 yr paper is fine:)

You will also need to download the free Phomemo App to your device. In this App, there are lots of free printable graphics, & labels, along with a banner function and “Notes” section. If you want to add text to an image, you will need to save the image and download it to the “NOTES” section and there you can add text. Here you can also adjust the size of your image.

This is an example of the Transparent Sticker Paper.

I think the Transparent Sticker Paper is my favorite for use with my Bullet Journal or Bible Journaling. If you fussy cut the design, you can add simple color to the page with markers or watercolor, and then place the clear sticker image on top. Below are some examples that I created this way.

Transparent Sticker Paper / Fussy Cut/ Applied to top of watercolor
Transparent Sticker Paper applied to watercolor heart
Transparent Sticker Paper applied to watercolor background/tank
Transparent Sticker Paper (with all black print option) applied to gold watercolor background
This is cute little bird image is printed on long lasting white paper, with color added after printing, then glued to the page.

I have not experimented with all the paper available. There are lots more options, including blue ink print and gold, just to name a few.

I’d like to share these images with to try! If you don’t have a Phomemo, you can print these images on 8.5 x 11 transparent label/sticker paper:) The download file is linked below.

Below is a link to these images. These images were illustrated by me, and are for Personal use only please! Art copyrighted by 1Arthouse.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e8gi9f4ziuyepfw/AAAwE6GYuUXSaHB8TOB4bqSTa?dl=0

Happy Journaling and Creating!

Xo,

Doodle Devotions WK 5

If you are new to my blog, please go HERE to catch up on what I’m providing through “DOODLE DEVOTIONS

Hello!

This week we are studying Abraham and Sarah.

Below is a teaching video, brought to you by Crossroads Community Church Kids Club!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH

Remind your kids that God made a promise to Abraham and God’s promises are good.  God is always faithful and wants us to be faithful as well.

God promised that a great nation would come from Abraham. He promised that Abraham’s name would be great among the Earth, and that all people would be blessed through him.  God always keeps His promises.  God wants us to keep our promises too. 

Ask your Kids…

What kind of promises can you make that you can keep?  Allow children to respond.  

We can promise to be nice to our brother or sister, share with our friends or help our parents with something around the house.  Encourage your kids to think of a promise they can make.  Let them know, that keeping a promise is very hard, and they will need God’s power to follow through. We can stop and talk to God anytime, and He will help us!

Give them a piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture of the promise they have made. 

Write I promise to …….. on the top of the page. 

Hang the picture somewhere your child will see it daily, and explain that you want them to look at the promise each day, and remember to ask God to help them KEEP their promise:) Tell them, “God keeps His promises, and he wants you to keep your promise too.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF COLORING PAGE, THEN CLICK ON
THE TITLE TO PRINT.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF COLORING PAGE, THEN CLICK ON
THE TITLE TO PRINT.

BELOW is a fun craft project using STARS!

5 Point 3 Dimensional Star Wreath

FOR HELP WITH SCORING, CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE FROM MY PREVIOUS POST

Below is another fun Star Craft that takes you and your kids outdoors!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO TO THE LINK

Today’s Doodle Devotion, is just a “slice” of Abraham’s story! I pray that as you create opportunities to teach your children about God’s faithfulness, they will learn that He is trustworthy. The Story of Abraham can help them understand that good things take time, but if we know our God is faithful to His Word, we can trust that the wait is always worth it!

Bless you!

Happy Mail Encouragement Folder

Hello and HAPPY Friday!

These days, I need to look at a calendar to figure out what day it is!

Today, I am posting a project that came out of necessity (sort of) for me. I‘ve been thinking of ways to encourage friends and family without spending a lot of money AND without having to go to the post office 🤪

One of the most important things the Lord has taught me, has to do with what’s in my head. (The renewing of my mind) It’s so easy to FORGET who we are and WHOSE we are, when left to our own devices. I can wander off down the rabbit trail of plain ol’ wrong thinking. (Doubt, worry, self pity, etc.) To FIGHT heading off course, I need to stay connected with fellow Sisters in Christ for accountability, sharpening and encouragement. I must also be intentional about what’s “going into” my noggin and then rattling around up there.

God’s Word is for our benefit…

2 Timothy 3:15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16AllScripture is God-breathed and is useful forinstruction, for conviction, for correction, and fortraining in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…

SO, we must learn it and know it which allows us to be COMPLETE, and fully equipped for every good work.

It’s also helpful to commit our attention to what we are thinking.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Being intentional about directing our daily thoughts takes practice, and a running dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I find it helpful to write out or journal this process. I keep a list of things I’m grateful for, and a plan of action for specific tasks God has called me to, through my time with Him.

This leads me to today’s project…a pocket folder for the above mentioned:) A place to keep encouraging lists AND PERFECT to send loved ones through the mail!

SUPPLY LIST

  • 1 12 X 12 PLAIN SHEET OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER/CARD STOCK
  • 2 PRINT OUTS OF THE FILES I INCLUDE BELOW (for the inserts, it’s nicest to use white card stock, but not necessary)
  • 2-4 PATTERNED PAPER (not Card Stock, can be 8.5 x 11)
  • tape runner or glue stick
  • ribbon
  • business size envelope
  • scissors and paper trimmer (can make this without a trimmer)
  • OPTIONAL: Bone folder and Scoring Board, ring tag

Start by scoring your 12 x 12 piece of Card Stock at 4” & 8.” I did not have white card stock (which is what I wanted to use) but did have green. Green it is! You will be covering up most of this with other papers, so you don’t need a patterned paper.

If you don’t have a bone folder and scoring board, click on the bone folder options below. A metal ruler works best without the scoring board.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO GO TO THIS PAGE. THANKS BRAINBRIGADE!

NEXT, turn the paper and score again at 4” & 8”.

YOU SHOULD SEE 9 “SCORED” BLOCKS

Fold the bottom 1/3 up towards the top

Go over each fold with a bone folder or bone folder imposter tool of your choice 🤪

Next, fold in the 2 outside “thirds.”

Cut your PRINT paper (NOT CARD STOCK) INTO 7.5 X 3.5 PIECES. You’ll need 8 of these pieces.

2 of those 8 pieces will be cut into 3.5” squares for the bottom of the inside pockets. (It will help to look at the photos below, before you decide what paper you want to use for each section.)

I CHOSE TO USE THE SAME PRINT FOR EACH OF THE OUTSIDE SECTIONS & FOR MY INSIDE POCKETS.
UNFOLD THE INSIDE POCKETS TO ADD THE PAPER FOR THE BACKGROUND

As you can see, I only used 2 different (printed) papers. I adhered the printed paper with a tape runner. I used a circle punch to create the “access tab.” My punch is getting dull, and had a hard time going through the Card Stock + printed paper. Because it looked a bit jagged, I added the washi tape to cover it. 3 CHEERS FOR WASHI! THESE CUT OUTS ARE OPTIONAL.

I DIDN’T GLUE THE POCKETS DOWN. IF YOU DO, BE CAREFUL! ADD GLUE TO THE VERY EDGE, OR YOUR INSERTS WON’T FIT. (I THINK IT’S FINE TO LEAVE IT UNGLUED)
THE 2 INSERTS ON THE RIGHT ARE INCLUDED FOR WRITING DOWN A PLAN.
EXAMPLE: I WILL EXTEND LOVE TO MY FAMILY
-WASH MY HUSBAND’S CAR
-MAKE COOKIES FOR THE KIDS THIS WEEK
ETC.
I STUCK THIS EXTRA CARD IN THE GRATITUDE POCKET

Cut out the tag pieces (Ahavah) from the printables included, and glue them on using a glue stick. (You could also use a tape runner) Tie it up with a ribbon to keep it closed. The circle tag was something I happened to have on hand.

Those of you who read my blog, know I adore Beth Guckenberger and the incredible ministry the Lord has called her to! Beth has spurred in me, a love for Hebrew Words. Ahavah means more than just a sentiment, it is a feeling that is followed up with an ACTION. It does not simply mean “to Love” it means TO GIVE LOVE. For this reason, I created a little tag for our Encouragement folder ❤️

I added the “brads” for looks only. They are not necessary to hold down the tag:)

I am crazy about this ribbon. It’s elastic, and does not have to be untied to open the folder…it slips off. It’s the last of my stash. Hoping to find some more someday! Any ribbon you have on hand will work!

The mailing envelope for the variations above, was much less squished without the heavier elastic ribbon:)

Below are the Files used to create the insert pages. After they are printed, cut them to 7.5 x 3.5. I like to use white card stock for these.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT

Hope you will find this a fun and rewarding project! One that you share with others!

Bless you!