Doodle Devotions WK 5

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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!

Doodle Devotions WK 4

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HELLO!

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.

Click on the image to view the STORY OF NOAH

Here are some Doodle 101’s to help you and your children document Noah’s Story.

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




CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE RECIPE LINK
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE LINK TO THIS CRAFT.
YOUR KIDS CAN CUT OUT THE ANIMALS FROM THE PREVIOUS DOODLE PAGES OR DRAW THEIR OWN TO PUT IN THIS PAPER PLATE ARK!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found something helpful, and may it bless you and your family!

Much love,

Doodle Devotions WK 3

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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!

Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT

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

Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT
Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT
Click on the image for the pdf file then click on the TITLE to PRINT

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’d love to hear from YOU!

Much love,

Zine Making:)

Since we can’t DINE together, LET’S ZINE together!

Actually, it’s pronounced ZEEN…but that doesn’t rhyme with dine:) This is a GREAT project for the weekend! Xo

A Quick flip through!
Begin with an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper
Fold the paper in half “lengthwise”
Fold in half (short ends)
Fold the same way again
After creasing folds well, open up the sheet
Fold in half by short ends
Open up the center “hole” and pull far corners together so that you have 7 interior pages

Label all the pages with pencil or washi so that when you open it back up you know which pages are which:)
It’s easier to decorate the pages this way. I used washi, stamps, and cut outs using a “Gemi Mini” I found some scraps of paper that matched the washi I was using and went from there.

I’m going to fill it with HOPE…scripture for this time that we are in.

Feel free to ask any question you might have!

Happy Zeening!

Much love,

PIECES OF THE BIBLE

HELLO!

I have to share this VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY WITH YOU!

I have been workin on a project that is moving towards a larger production. As we work on the final puzzle project, we NEED YOUR HELP!

FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY, PIECES OF THE BIBLE IS OFFERING A FREE PUZZLE TO THE FIRST 250 PEOPLE WHO GO TO THEIR SITE AND PUT A PUZZLE IN THEIR “CART!”

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SITE FOR YOUR FREE PUZZLE!

We hope to get feedback from those who are able to snag one of these free puzzles, in order to make them the best that they can be!

THIS IS AN IMAGE OF THE PUZZLE GRAPHICS

Hope you will check out the website and learn more about these great puzzles and our Team!

In Him,

Doodle Devotions WK 2

Hello! I hope that the pages I’ve created have been a help for some of you! It is my heart, to come alongside others to encourage and support!

I’m especially sensitive to young Mom’s because I believe the call God has placed on their lives is of the utmost importance!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Click on the image above FOR THE VIDEO LESSON

God had a plan for His family all along. He knew that Adam and Eve would make some bad choices, which would separate them from their Holy Father. The thing is, God is all about love, and had a rescue plan in place from the very beginning. We are ALL made in God’s image, and through Christ, we are adopted as sons and daughters of the King. We are a Royal family.

Below are some pages for you to print and complete. Use the Doodle exercises to practice drawing people, and then add them to your Family Tree and “Snap Shot” page.

Note that the The family tree is not “Biblically complete!” I want your kids to know that from the time God created Adam and Eve, HE had THEM in mind, and one day, they would be born into God’s family.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
(SNAPSHOT PAGE)

The next 3 pages are Challenge Worksheets for Scripture Study for ages 6 and above. I use this 3,2,1 Method of study myself, and often teach it to adult classes. It’s a great structure of studying God’s Word verse by verse.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

The next 3 files are Scripture Study Challenge pages for non-readers.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print

Below is an Activity Page. It includes instructions for the paper “Floppy Ear Dog Project”, The Family Discovery Activity, and Encouragement Tag instructions.

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
*SEE A GREAT OPTION FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT CARDS WITH THE PRINTABLE

Below are step by step Photos of the Floppy Ear Dog Craft. Written instructions are on the activity page above.

Needed: Printed Dog page, scissors, glue stick

I initially watched the video below for this cute idea. It might help to watch it first, though it took me some time to figure out dimensions and how to make it work! It’s quick!

Dog demo starts at about the 0:24 mark

Choose to print in Black and White or Color. IF you print in Black and White you can color it in yourself!

Click on the image above for the pdf, then click on the title to print
(it is best to print this on cardstock)
Next, cut out each piece
On the background square, Cut a slit where you see a grey line
It’s easier to cut if you gently fold, but try not to create a crease line
Glue the tongue to the Ears like above
I added this tan “body piece” in the wrong order. Do this first, then work on the
dark brown face:)
Apply some glue to the back of the face piece (stay above the area where the face lays on top of the slit. You only need about the width of your glue stick at the top.) 3/4 of the face remains “free and unglued.” Line up the top straight edge of the face with the top edge of the background square. The tab should be sticking up above that.
Glue on eyes and nose
Flip the whole thing over again and fold the outside edges of the background piece to the back. (About 1/4 inch) Once folded, the final back piece should line up to be the same size with the edges folded down.
Fold the ears down, gently pull tongue to make ears lift up. He is listening to God’s Word!

The Last craft activity on the “Activity Page-Do It” are the “Encouragement Cards.” If it weren’t for our current Covid 19 status, these would be perfect to leave hanging on a mailbox, left for a delivery person, or hanging on your neighbor’s door. Save those ideas for another day, and make them for your family, or whoever you are quarantined with!

OPTION 2: You could take a photo of a finished tag hanging in YOUR HOME for someone you can’t be with in person THEN TEXT the photo to them!!! That would surely brighten someone’s day:)

I LOVE MUSIC, AND I LOVE MUSIC MAE from Crossroads Community Church Kids Club.
Each of my weekly post will include video lessons and songs from this FREE resource. KIDS, TRY THE CUP MOVES AND PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO!

My goal for posting is EVERY FRIDAY, so that adults have a few days during the weekend to look over the material for the following week. Some of you may choose to pick a few activities/lessons for use on Sunday morning. I’d love to hear how YOU are using these resources! It would help me a great deal in making these better for you!

The material this week took me much longer than I expected, so I couldn’t get this post ready until today! It was fun for me, I hope you enjoy it with your kids!

Much love,

Bullet Journal Spread for Bible Study & Devotionals

I am currently reading Beth Guckenberger’s 40 day devotional “Reckless Faith” -a 40 day journey to saying yes.

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

About Beth

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.

Click on the image above for the printable pdf

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!

Devotions / Sue Carroll/1Arthouse.blog
This is a COVER UP (left page bottom) over my notes section where I made a big boo boo!

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.

THE PODCASTS ARE GREAT!

I’ve included a FREE printable that you can use to make your own stickers! You can find sticker paper on amazon HERE.

Click on the image to access printable / then click on the title that comes up to print

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.”’

Freedom From Discouragement

A Message by Dr. Tony Evans

(You can listen to this message by downloading the Tony Evans free app.)

Today, I decided to type my notes, then re-write them on the pages of a journal. I have to admit, these hands are becoming less fluid with arthritis and when I draw using my ipad and Apple Pencil, I get help! In the program I use (Procreate) it magically straightens my lines, creates perfect circles, & erases with a tap:)

So…today, you’ll see my shaky pen, crooked lines, and maybe even some misspelled words:)

For the pdf of the notes above click HERE.

I am often overwhelmed with GRATITUDE when I stop and think about the way Jesus uses EVERY detail for OUR good and His glory. It should not be lost on us…each deliberate step He takes is designed to show us up close, who our SAVIOR is…and in a way we can understand. <——that is such LOVE. The gentle way He walks beside His friends… to lovingly teach them AGAIN…the things He has told them many times.

The Message today is rooted in Luke 24.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

“The SOLUTION to their DISCOURAGEMENT was ALREADY WITH THEM, but until they had FELLOWSHIP with Jesus, they could NOT see.” -Tony Evans

As they walked and shared their disappointment with Jesus, (though they did not recognize Him) Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken. DID NOT THE MESSIAH HAVE TO SUFFER THESE THINGS & THEN ENTER HIS GLORY?

WE WILL HAVE TIMES OF TROUBLE; for the disciples, this time must have felt like their greatest despair… BUT, as Dr. Evans shares

It’s hard to rise if you haven’t died.”

Jesus was trying to tell His friends that they had selective hearing when it came to the scriptures. They didn’t want to believe there had to be death before there could be life.

THEY WERE DEPRESSED BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY

WE DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, AND CAN BE PARALYZED BY THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE. There is something right around the corner, that we cannot see.

TRUSTING God, means believing that in ALL circumstances He has ONLY our good in mind…believing that our Father goes before us and has purpose for all things. It can be hard to grasp these truths in the midst of great hardship and tragedy. In the Message “Living In The Light Of Eternity” (you can see my post on this here) Tony Evans says this: “I work down here, but I live up there.” This eternal perspective changes everything, but is not possible without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 2)

The Disciples were no different than you and I…yet, they physically walked with Jesus and still had trouble believing!

“THEY DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM AT THE BIBLE STUDY (their walk with Jesus), & WHEN THEY GOT TO THE HOUSE, THEY KNEW THE SCRIPTURES BUT DID NOT KNOW JESUS…AND THEN…HE BROKE BREAD WITH THEM…

AND THEY EXPERIENCED THE RESSURECTION.” -Tony Evans

The disciples INVITED Jesus to stay with them, and through this INVITATION, HE manifested who He was as they gathered around the table, which removed the scales from their eyes. (Abiding)

Daily portion = abiding

Our responsibility is to send out the invitation daily. Inviting Jesus to be a part of everything we do. If we dwell with Him, we will find freedom from discouragement and we will experience His presence and provision.

We must all face trials in life, but our Good Father, provides what we need if we ask Him to “the table.” Our discouragement can either lead us to despair and death, or it can lead us to the one who writes our GOOD story.

He’s right here with us. Let’s remember to invite Him in!

Much love,