Meeting Place


I am coming to you from the pages of PROVEN a study by Jennie Allen. Much of my posting over the next 7 weeks will be linked to this Bible Study, so grab a book and join me!

At my church we have an annual fall study that begins in September. This year, we have about 130 women participating in Jennie’s study PROVEN.

During the first week, we were asked to reached in and prayerfully asked ourselves & God…why do I keep trying to fill my broken cistern with water??? (Jeremiah 2:13)

“Christian, inside of you flow streams of LIVING WATER. Why would we ever go back to storing water in broken man-made places?” -Jennie Allen

“We were built to crave pleasure, joy, happiness…God built us for it, and when we don’t find it in Him and come to the end of ourselves we look for something to numb our reality.”

“As a culture, our God-given craving for fulfillment has driven us past God Himself.”  -Jennie Allen

Our issue isn’t that we can’t find the things we crave within our God, our issue is, that we often haven’t truly “connected” to the source.

We live in a world where we think we are TOTALLY connected…social media, FaceTime, cell phones, texting, internet…even seemingly “good connections” with other believers through blogs like this are not a substitute for the CONNECTION we must have with our God face to face.

This week in the chapter entitled CONNECTED, Jennie prompts us to prayerfully meditate on Psalm 84.

I’ve always loved the song BETTER IS ONE DAY by Matt Redman taken from Psalm 84.


Everything we could ever want or hope for is found as we DWELL in the presence of God.


Psalm 84 (ESV)

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

84 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

To DWELL…to STAY CONNECTED. Taking each step with the Lord…not solo.

Below is the “doodle” that came to me as I meditated on these Words of GOD.

Our meeting place isn’t limited to a church building, it’s right inside our own front door…and beyond those walls…

Psalm 139: 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

We cannot hide from our Father.

Let’s meet with our God…every moment.

There we are strengthened, blessed, favored, honored, & shielded…our heart sing with joy because NOTHING is withheld.

Bless you,


















Free “Journaling in the Margin” printable:)

Happy Thursday!

I’m so blessed by all you readers and fellow Sisters seeking the Lord through creative journaling!

I’m so “drawn” to these verses from Colossians (3:15-17) A sweet friend shared this passage with our Bible Study Leadership team recently as an encouragement for us to overcome our fear of not measuring up… (thank you Susan!)

We are ONE BODY…all important in the unique role we play. When Christ “rules our heart” there is no room for fear and doubt…all we have is love for one another!

Below you will find the free printable page for these verses.

Print these out on card stock and cut them into 7 x 1.5  inch strips that will fit right into the margin of our Bible!

Print one 8.5 x 11 sheet and cut it into 2…one for YOU and one for a friend!

I have left the PDF file black and white so you can color them in:)


If you’d rather, you can trace them through your bible page:)

Click here for the PDF / then click on the title that come up:)

Let His peace rule your heart and live as ONE body…doing all things in the name of the Lord!


Quick little watercolor bookmark (process video)

Hello again!

I’m going to try and improve my tech abilities! As I learn, I’ll be posting some short process videos for your enjoyment! Hahaha!!!!

I apologize for the shadows and off camera moments! I lost my morning sun and had to work with the light I had:)




Watercolor brush:


Hairy drains:)


Hoping this post finds you well and that you are drawing close to the Lord…He will sustain you.

For many, August/September is a time of change, a time for schools to begin, vacations to end…the start of a new yummy pumpkin latte season and a new year approaching.

My husband and I have just one more chick ready to fly out of our nest, as he begins his junior year of college. As I dug into yesterday’s devotional by Oswald Chambers I was later reminded of the Dead Sea I can become as I worked to unclog the bathtub drain.

My last chick, has beautiful long hair. He is often mistaken for Jesus:) I mean no disrespect…he really does bring to mind our humanized “picture” of our Savior…with his long wavy brown hair, sweet face, sandled feet, & calm demeanor.

As I set out to clean, I found his shower/tub full of that beautiful long hair. A tub full of stagnant water…a clogged drain, with no chance of clean water flowing through the pipes. Yuk.

It became a visual connection for me….to the devotion I had just studied in the morning.

Below  is a link to that devotion.

Fountains of Blessings

The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. —John 4:14

“If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow.”

-Oswald Chambers

“Living water” is not meant to stay within us, it is meant to move through us…and then flow OUT of us…to others.

Like a fountain, who’s water bursts out…a constant flow that continues to pour out, flow back in, and then out again.

If our flow is obstructed, we have lost our connection to the water source…our drains get clogged and our life resembles the Dead Sea.

Our Father is so very good to us.  He doesn’t ask us to clean our own drains…He simply asks us to connect to His water source and then HE CLEANS OUR PIPES!  As we tap into the “living water” that He promises, our lives miraculously become unclogged fountains that overflow with clean water. He gives us new life, that pours over others.

It is our Savior, who reached down and got dirty…with the ultimate sacrifice…to wash us clean, and “unclog” our pipes.

As I reached in and pulled out all that hair in the drain, it became more than a chore. It became a reminder of our King, and how He set aside His deity, stepping down off His throne, to come alongside us and our dirty pipes…to save us from the dead sea…to unclog our drains, wash us clean, and GIVE us new life with the promise of water overflowing…allowing us to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.

Are you experiencing a clog? You don’t have to clean it out yourself. Go to the water source, and your fountain will flow again!

It is  a promise from our promise Keeper:)