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
My daughter has 3 children, 2 school age and one very active toddler. She is a teacher by trade, so homeschooling during this Covid confusion might be easier for her, right? As I watched her breakdown in tears after walking her kindergartener through his first day of “virtual school” I realized that her pain over the loss of going to a classroom for the first time, meeting a new teacher, making new friends, and experiencing the joys she once had, run deep. It was heartbreaking. We want good things for our children (& Grandchildren!) We want the BEST for them. I want GOD’S best for them:)
I know from my own trial and (much) error, that the only way forward is through…and the only way to make it to the other side with joy and hope is by clinging to the Lord for every step. Is it easier? No, not really…BUT, in times like these, the Lord is so good to provide what we need if we dare to believe.
Getting used to a new normal, will never feel normal, if we are stuck in the past. It is so challenging to remember that this in NOT our home, and it will never feel normal. Here, we will always long for the garden. Each day we are required to choose. Do we choose to believe this is it or do we trust that our home is being prepared for us by our Groom. Our good Father gives us a new day….EVERYDAY, and this is our best hope! Our discomfort is the blessing and vehicle God uses to woo is bride…
I encourage you to read all of Job Chapter 36.
We are held down by our misunderstanding of restriction, when we view our world with the limitations of man. God has so much more for us if only we would look up. In the hope of a new day, there is always the blessing of a better way. One that we cannot find for ourselves. We must abide… pray continually…rely on God to order each step.
King Solomon knew that if He prayed according to God’s will, the Lord would answer…Solomon prayed for wisdom to better love and serve God’s people. Yahweh honored that prayer because it was motivated by love for both Himself and others. The Lord made Solomon the wisest King on earth.
Modeling this kind of prayer changed my life. No longer do I limit my requests to what my human mind can imagine, but trust that God has so much MORE than I could EVER imagine, when I am motivated by LOVE. (Ephesians 3:20)
I found an article by John Piper that explains Job Chapter 36 in great depth. With the link below, you can read or listen to this insightful teaching:)
For those of you who are in the midst of much “hard” know you are NOT alone. There are so many facing trials of all kinds. Each of us desperately needs God’s wisdom to evaluate each step we are to take. HIS WAY, is always the BEST WAY. <—— If you’re not sure this is true, keep track of your steps. You’ll see, over time, that when you are in the driver’s seat, the road you are on does not lead to the place of your dreams:)
Again, I encourage you to read Job 36…the whole chapter. I believe Elihu’s words to Job give us hope for the circumstances of “our day.”
PRAY PRAY PRAY for God’s wisdom, it will be given to you, and your steps will then lead to contentment…and life. Your suffering draws you closer to God, and is meant to refine, not destroy.
I am praying for you all, especially for my daughter, and Mom’s like her…who strive to honor their call to train up their children in the way that they should go. It’s not an easy road, but the Lord has given us His BEST GPS…We simply need to turn it on, and follow. We will arrive in God’s timing, to eternity.
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.
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.
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.
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I have decided to refine my weekly Doodle Devotions, to make them more closely aligned with my daily focus of committing time and space for studying God’s Word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and then creating a memorial to the Lord …a remembrance of what He has revealed…A record of the place we have met ❤️
This process can help our kids learn to connect with God on a personal level, hopefully and prayerfully instilling in them, a practice for their lifetime!
I will continue to post a fun teaching video from the Crossroads Kids Club “vault” along with a complimentary coloring page, doodle 101s, and group activities and/or craft projects!
As always, my heart is to come alongside YOU as an encouragement in your walk with the Lord and journey of documenting faith!
Week 4 is all about NOAH.
Here are some Doodle 101’s to help you and your children document Noah’s Story.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found something helpful, and may it bless you and your family!
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Today’s Post is WEEK 3 of Doodle Devotions! I started out with the goal of posting each week on the Friday before the week to follow, so that parents had a chance to look over the material ahead of time. I also thought some may decide to solely use the material to supplement Sunday Worship. I haven’t heard from anyone (except my SWEET friend Josie!!) about how your family is using the lessons…so, I didn’t rush the content this week!
I’d LOVE to hear from you if you are using the material, and would like to improve what I’m doing by listening to your suggestions!
Below is the video lesson for the week produced by the amazing CROSSROADS KIDS CLUB. There is SOOOO many FANTASTIC resources here, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you check them out!
The story of the Fall and all it’s implications can be a difficult lesson for young children to understand. If you choose to read the story to your kids ages 2-10, I would suggest doing so using a Young Readers Story Bible for Children.
When discussing this topic with young children, it is good to focus on the truth that God created the world and everything in it. He gave everything a special place in His world and a special job to do. He made us for LOVE.
We are created to live in peace with God, & with each other. Because of our selfishness and pride all those relationships are damaged and broken. Like Adam and Eve, we all believe lies. We choose our way instead of God’s way, and we end up running away from the God who made us and loves us. We fight with one another and blame each other for our own bad choices. Children can see the effects of sin and find examples of all these areas of brokenness in their own experience. This week it is important to talk about our need to ask for forgiveness… for going our way instead of God’s way. It is also important to give our children the good news of Jesus, and that we can trust Jesus to set things right in our own hearts and restore our relationship with God, with others, with creation.
Below is a Coloring Page
Below are the daily scripture study guides for 5 days
This week’s activity pages are below. I will try to add a few more soon!
This week’s Craft is Below.
Use Painter’s Tape to make a cross on a blank sheet of paper.
Make sure the tape is secure around all the edges. Kids can now color the whole page with markers, paints, or crayons.
When they are finished, and the color is dry; Peel off the tape!
Help your kids think through the decisions they are making this week. If they make a “bad decision” talk about how this relates to the choices Adam and Eve made, and discuss how they can STOP to talk to God before EVERY decision they make. (Remind them of Proverbs 3:5 each day) This will develop GREAT habits and help them to know that every choice they make is important and leads to consequences. Good or bad! God loves us so much, that He promises to help us with every step we take!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ICB)
Trust the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in everything you do. And he will give you success.
I have been spending a bit of time, looking for projects you might enjoy. I found this cute bound journal and wanted to share it! Perfect for Spring!
The video tutorial I used for this WATERMELON JOURNAL is below. Jennifer, from “Sea Lemon” provides easy to follow videos on simple book binding. She is enjoyable to follow!
I think Jennifer does a great job with her step by steps! I will admit, the cut out wasn’t as easy for me, so I folded the cover directly and in half and cut it with scissors to straighten up my shape.
I also reinforced that edge by applying little pieces of torn washi tape. I like the way it looks, and it feels more finished and sturdy to me:)
I added washi to all the cover edges. Again, a little more sturdy.
It’s a fun one for 10-16 year olds who could do it solo:)
I loved this project and enjoy productive crafting during these times of quarantine.
1 sheet of cardstock (or cut the side of a used cereal/cracker box)
1 sheet of Decorative Paper (not card-stock) See free printables below!
Glue Gun, glue stick, scissors, pencil
I used the video below, though I do have a few suggestions you should read before you start this project. THANK YOU Origmi4ik!
I used 4 sheets of paper for the interior pages. (You could use more, like the video, but it is a bit easier to work with fewer pages, especially for your first try at this)
Because you bind the interior pages with a glue gun, children should not attempt this alone. It is best to have an adult hot glue the interior pages together.
I used a paper cutter to speed up the process, though I did do a few books by hand. My paper cutter’s blade is dull, so the edges get a little rough at times and cutting by hand solves that problem.
4 sheets of paper cut, yield 60 interior pages.
A Few Tips learned the hard way 🤪
Messy folds and cuts yield wonky books. Take your time folding, creasing firmly and cutting as accurately as you can.
Use card stock for “cover pieces” but not for decorative final cover. It will be too thick to fold.
Crease the “binding area” (the box like space created with cover) once the decorative final cover has been glued on, before you insert the interior pages.
When glueing the interior pages to the finished cover, start with the back as seen in the video, then glue into place pushing down with the cover closed, making sure you have enough room to open the book fully. Then do the front the same way. (This one is hard to explain without going through the process! Hope my mentioning it helps!!)
Below are some FREE PRINTABLE PAPERS for you to use for covers! They are just the right size, though I do cut a little beyond the printed area for the “height” of the book to allow a little more room for folding and glueing.
Use your little mini book/journal for keeping notes, a gratitude list, food diary, etc.!
Beth Guckenberger has compiled forty life-changing messages to encourage a life of reckless faith. This devotional journey walks through the adventure and joy that follows a yes to Jesus. Through a unique approach of reflecting on experiences to create internal change and external action steps, each day tells personal stories of when she accepted a challenge to grow. Some stories take place on the mission field and some around her table, but all hold insight to inspire a life with Jesus, who longs to work in and through us all. This journey will help you: – Experience reckless faith adventures – Relate biblical truths to your daily life – Understand God’s heart for others
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.
Beth is the author of eight books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
Beth is an incredible story teller, and for this visual learner, she illuminates truth like no other. The Lord has blessed her with the ability to communicate spiritual truth with a humility and compassion that completely draws you to HIM. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you will be moved. She speaks from experience out in the trenches, doing God’s work…stumbling along the way, as she becomes more like Christ with each step. She invites you into her journey and you walk away friends:)
Today, I want to share my process for journaling this 40 day devotional with you. It can be used to journal any devotional or scripture study, but works perfectly with the way Beth sets up each daily entry in her book.
Above is my Journal. Baron Fig Confidant. (Slightly smaller than A5) There are definitely aspects about it that I don’t like. I fixed one issue by painting the front and back with acrylic paint. (It has a linen like cover that picks up dirt and grease, yuk!) The layout of the book and the size are certainly to my liking, but the pages are very thin, and don’t hold up well with any heavier applications of pen/marker or paint. I primarily use watercolor and microns, so I can manage, but below is my FAVORITE dot bullet journal that will take almost ANY product without bleed through! (And I love the wipeable cover!) Size/A5
Each of the 40 days in “Reckless Faith” contain: an Experience, a reflection Scripture, Probing Reflective Questions, and an Action step. Below is how I set up my spread to utilize these elements.
LEFT SIDE PAGE
I use the top left box (Date/March) to write the FACTS/TRUTHS I pull from the scripture highlighted(top right), using the 3,2,1 Method of Study.
In the “Action space” (left page top right space next to the Date/Truth box) I write my “Response” The ACTION God is calling me to take. I try to write this in the form of a plan that I can implement daily. Beth gives you a specific task to accomplish which is a great way to put what you’ve learned into DOING:)
RIGHT SIDE PAGE
In the top Right box I RE-WRITE the scripture. I find that the simple exercise of prayerfully re-writing scripture helps me meditate over it and remember it! Ask the Holy Spirit for direction and insight, He will teach you “the deep things of God that you do not know!” (1 Corinthians 2)
The vertical box on the lower left side of the right page is where I place a specific WORD that jumps out at me in the story Beth shares or a lesson point she makes. Sometimes, I write a phrase…it’s usually the main point for the day:)
On the lower Right Side (of the right page) I describe the Word box in more detail. Sometimes I add a visual using a drawing or photo.
I pre-cut thin, brown paper bags to use as a 3 x 4 background or I tear pieces of recycled bags and place “strategically” on any of the sections. I also pre-cut watercolor squares/rectangles to use for paintings/drawings. This way, you can create something outside your journal, and will get better results on watercolor paper. MANY TIMES, I cover up boo boos by adding paper! If I cannot correct an oops, I just grab paper, glue it in, and cover it up!
I spend a big chunk of time each morning studying and creating my pages.(1-2 hours) I save time by drawing out the page layout structure, a week at a time, on the weekend. I typically do one, 2 page spread, 5 days a week and use the weekend to layout my pages so they are ready to fill in during the week.
I’ve included a FREE printable that you can use to make your own stickers! You can find sticker paper on amazon HERE.
Hopefully I’ve given you some resources that will be useful to you as you spend precious time with the Lord.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’