Free At Last

A message by Dr. Tony Evans


WOW, my fingers got tired typing the notes from today’s lesson! There was so much! (You can listen to it for free by going to your App Store and searching Tony Evans)

John 8:31-36

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

In a nutshell, Tony teaches the above text like this:

We can live like we believe we are free, but we operate within the prison walls we have set up for ourselves due to our sin. (Which will always keep us separated from our Father, and the good things He has for us)

We need to gut the room, instead of covering it up with more wall paper. We need surgery, but instead, we take pain relievers to deal with a problem that will not go away without the Great Physician. “Rejecting the truth, is killing us.” -Tony Evans

Freedom-is being liberated or released from illegitimate bondage or limitations in order for us to become all that we were created and then redeemed to be.” -Tony Evans

UNLESS we abide (remain, rest, dwell, stay…in God’s Word) we will not know truth, which will keep us from the freedom Christ is waiting to give us! We can hear truth, but to live it, we must step forward and take the hand of Christ.

A final thought Dr. Evans gave us today came from John 11.

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Jesus told Lazarus to “come forth!” and Lazarus comes walking out of the grave, yet he was STILL “tied up in death clothes”

——>So, Jesus said to THEM “take off the grave clothes and let him go.”


I am eternally grateful to so many women!

GOD, in His great mercy, ALLOWS US TO COME ALONGSIDE SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS THE SAME PROBLEM WE ONCE HAD, to help them unwrap their grave clothes. ❤️

When the bail is posted (truth) you feel better right away…you have the paper work for freedom…

BUT, it’s when the door is unlocked (the Son has the key) that you are FREE INDEED.

Blessings and FREEDOM to you Sisters!


Time To Cross Over

A lesson from Dr. Tony Evans

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We’ve all been stuck in a boat that is caught in a storm. I’ve been in quite a few…some of my own doing. I STEPPED WILLINGLY INTO THE STORM.

I have a dear friend who has been in the boat such a long time. The thing is, her kids are in the boat with her. Their storm is a very physical one. Medical issues that are unrelenting.



  1. not yielding in strength, severity, or determination.

My heart aches with her…Her kids are fighting a storm of health issues that are NOT YIELDING IN STRENGTH OR SEVERITY…DAILY. If you are a Mom, you can probably relate to the deep pain you experience, watching your children suffer in ways you cannot relieve…if you could, you’d gladly take this pain from them…but lack the power to do so.

These are the circumstances when we have NO CHOICE but to completely LET GO OF OUR GRIP …we must let go of the stern to take hold of Jesus hand. (Mark 4)

“Mortal words” never make a dent in the wall of suffering some endure…

In an Article by Sarah Walton she says this:

Distress teaches us to rest in God’s sovereignty.

What has gradually changed my perspective on my life, my child, and my family’s struggles is that it’s never been about me. When I believe that life is all about my happiness, when I think that I could do more if I didn’t have this hardship or that I am missing out on what life could have been, I get discontent, anxious, and downcast. But when, by God’s grace, I trust that nothing happens apart from his will and sovereign plan, I am encouraged and strengthened, knowing he is working in and through even my darkest days, to make me more like him. It is in the midst of our darkness that his light shines most brightly to those around us. 

As much as we would like answers and help for the painful, confusing, overwhelming circumstances, we must remember that Christ himself is the answer that we need in both an earthly and spiritual sense. He knows each member of our family intimately and is working out his good purposes in each of our lives (including the children he calls home and those living with disability or illness), often in ways we never would have expected. As we learn to trust Christ in our grief, despite what seems hopeless, we can begin to grasp more deeply the profound hope of the gospel. 

If you have been entrusted with a road that has been marked by loss in your parenting and are struggling to see beyond the pain, I pray that you will be strengthened by remembering that your family has been divinely chosen to display God’s glorious redemption story. Although we aren’t promised healing (physical or mental) on this earth, we are promised that Christ will not waste one tear we shed over the painful effects of sin and brokenness within our world. You are not hopeless, you are not alone, and your losses will not have the final word.

Entrusted with this pain? How can we ever wrap our human mind around this truth? How did Job do it?

In a recent post, I shared a story Tony Evans told about the Shoe Cobbler.

“I work down here, but I LIVE UP THERE.”

I only know of ONE WAY to reconcile the storms of life we find ourselves in… “THIS IS NOT OUR HOME, and GOD IS GOOD AND ONLY HAS GOOD FOR US.” <—- ok, maybe that’s two ways:)

ONLY the Lord can give us peace in the storm…hope, in the storm, power, in the storm. He promises these things to His children. We either believe Him or we don’t. If we do believe, then the next VERY DIFFICULT STEP is to let go of the stern and trust Him for everything we need to keep moving forward… cause let’s be honest, there are days when taking another step feels absolutely impossible. Our head know that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST, but our heart has a bit of trouble with this.

Most days, all I can do is lovingly listen to my friend…then pray. There are no “words.”

I know that there are times when we have weathered a storm so long, that we stop asking for help. Do you know what I mean? We think that others are bored with our struggles and needs…but this is not where a TRUE friend resides.

I am reminded of Moses…

…As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed; but when he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it.Then Aaron and Hur held his hands up, one on eachside, so that his hands remained steady until the sunwent down. -Exodus 17:11,12

Love isn’t love without sacrifice. “Love is ascribing worth to another at cost to oneself.” (Greg Boyd)

The power to extend Selfless love only comes from the author of Love.

Lord, give me the heart and the strength to love what you love…to be like Aaron and Hur…a friend who will stand in the gap…who will hold up some arms.

Bless God’s name for how He’s going to take you to the other side.

He may be calling you to hold up another’s arms. (In His strength)

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:6

Much love,

Experiencing God’s Best In The New Year

It’s a Tony Evans week! (Bet you’ve noticed!)

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a bit like a fish out of water. My husband and I (We are empty nesters😬) have recently left the church we attended for 12+ years. I was deeply rooted in women’s ministry and loved the TRIBE I have been a part of for all these years.

We all know that there is no perfect church—->they are filled with imperfect people…and I am the first to admit my failings. We have been extremely intentional about “sticking with” our imperfect family and have weathered our fair share of storms. But I’ve (we’ve) run ashore this time, and I find myself flopping about on the sand, yearning for the community of Sisters in Christ.

We are not “church hoppers” but church *gophers 😂 and yet, here we are…without a home. (*dig in deep, provide a place to see a way out)

This message from Dr. Tony Evans ministered to my soul and encouraged me that I am to use what I have were I am.

Those of you who have been following me, know I’m not a very consistent
“poster” so the increased time I have (due to less responsibility) has allowed me to use these little fingers to post more often. (Like, almost every day🤪)

WHICH…brings me to today’s lesson, brought to us through the ministry of Tony Evans.

God has purpose for us every day, and He has already graciously provided us with the means to achieve it.

Moses had a stick. David had a sling shot. Shamgar had an oxgoad.

I have my ipad and my pencil 😊

What do you have?

The first critical step is this: Knowing whose VOICE we are listening to…God provides all the rest. FAR beyond what we could hope for or imagine.

Start where you’re at. Trust God for direction and provision. Learn to use what you have, so that when the 600 come, you are ready to use what God has already given ——->for VICTORY.

You don’t need much!

1 seed produces 1 Stalk of Wheat. 1 Stalk of Wheat contains 3 heads which house 15-35 kernels. Those kernels produce close to 100 which will then become 1 million!

What do you already have that you can use to serve God and others TODAY?

Much love,

Living In The Light Of Eternity by Dr. Tony Evans

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Tomorrow we say goodbye to 2019. Time sure does fly when you grow older! At 20, time couldn’t move fast enough. Now at 56, I want to turn back the clock. (Not back to age 20, but maybe 40?????)

I’ve learned so many hard lessons by running ahead, motivated by misplaced expectations, wrong thinking & prideful desires. I’m extremely grateful to be here at 56…having learned the secret of contentment. It is simply placing my complete trust and reliance on the Lord. Paul tells us that it (contentment) is a secret we can learn, if we are willing to listen. This is the subject of the study I wrote called “The Virtue Of Contentment.”

And, even though I have a more steady walk of faith, like all human beings, I continue to stumble and lose my way. Dr. Evans says this:

“Where I look, will change the way I live.”

I spent so much time looking inward when all I needed to do was look up! Over time, the understanding that “this is not our home” was able to penetrate my heart and mind…changing my perspective…the way I think.

Having an eternal perspective can only come from the Lord, and this girl is ETERNALLY grateful that the Lord has been so patient…not confined by our understanding of time…waiting patiently for me to turn my eyes toward Him…for “He wants no one to perish!” <——that means YOU ❤️

 The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.  – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.

 Time is money. – Benjamin Franklin.

 Time waits for no one. – Folklore.

 Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare.

Lost time is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin.

 Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. – Theophrastus.

 Time is the wisest counselor of all. – Pericles.

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. —Harvey Mackay

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. Charles F. Kettering

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. -J. R. R. Tolkien

ALL WE HAVE TO DECIDE IS WHAT TO DO WITH THE TIME THAT IS GIVEN US. It’s a choice we each must make, every minute of every day. We are either moving TOWARD God or AWAY from Him. I don’t think there is anything in between. Living with an eternal perspective is not in our nature, but if we simply practice LOOKing UP…what we DO WILL MATTER…for eternity ❤️

A friend of mine practices this by setting her WATCH. During her work day, she sets her watch alarm to go off several times a day, reminding her to STOP and Look up. I LOVE THIS! We need help with this practice, and how fitting that she relies on her watch:)

I’ll close with this…

Dr. Evans tells the story of the Shoe Cobbler…

A man walks into the Shoe Cobbler’s shop, hoping to have his shoes repaired. It was late, and the man thought he might be turned away. The Cobbler said “of course, I will fix your shoes now.” The man was surprised with the time being so late, and asked the shop keeper if he might need a ride home. (Since he saw no other car in the lot) The Cobbler said no, I won’t need a ride

“I work down here…but I LIVE UP THERE”

Let’s continue to rehearse for the final show, getting better with each daily run through! As we experience the confidence we gain through the presence and provision of the Lord, our expectations will move toward “heavenly behavior” and victory will be won.

Here’s to a New Year that begins by Looking up!

Much love,

Stones Of Remembrance

A teaching by Dr. Tony Evans (you can listen to this message on the FREE Tony Evans app)


I have long used this scripture (Joshua 4:1-24) when describing the function of Bible Journalingto create an altar to the Lord…a lasting memorial of the place where God has met with me. I like to imagine that one day, my children and hopefully their children will read of the great work God has done in my life through the pages of my Bible and my journals.

It was so convicting to hear Dr Evans speak of the generation of people (in the book of Judges) who had not been told of God’s great faithfulness and suffered from that knowledge not being shared with them.

Sharing our stories happens in many forums…in the workplace, church communities, social circles, & even Target:)

It is through our stories, God reveals His glory…and if we don’t speak of it, even the rocks will cry out!

Luke 19

36As He rode along, the people spread their cloaks on the road. 37And as He approached the descent from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of disciples began to praise God joyfully in a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:

38“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!”

40“I tell you,” He answered, “if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out.”

Since my kids were little, I have collected rocks. Mostly from our travels. They remind me of the gift of time the Lord has given us…allowing our family to spend time with one another experiencing His glory in the most beautiful places.

My rock bowl from Spain 😊

I consider these rocks altars to the Lord, as I am reminded of His provision, His Glory and His Majesty.

God required these altars be built for the people’s good. Our Father knows that we are stupid sheep that are easily lost. We desperately NEED to be reminded of God’s faithfulness, lest we forget! We are easily fooled by our pride into believing that the good work we do is achieved by our meager efforts. Our pride trips us up and causes us to stumble and fall in so many countless ways.

When we are intentional about remembering what God has done in our lives, it gives us confidence in His faithfulness and we can learn to trust Him with more! (Instead of falling back into our old habit of self reliance and self focus)

Find a way that you can build your own altars to the Lord….a collection of “things” that remind you of the moments He has clearly provided for you. (Rocks,feathers,journals,photos, etc.)

Keep these altars in a place you will see them and be reminded.

May they be for the next generation, so that they will HEAR of God’s Glory!

Much love,

Understanding A Thorn by Dr Tony Evans


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Today’s post comes again from Dr. Tony Evans’ podcast. You can listen too, by going to your App Store and downloading the Tony Evans app.

If you give it a listen, you can follow along with my notes 😊


This message comes from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. We find Paul pleading (3 x) with the Lord to remove a thorn.

Do you have an irritating thorn in your paw right now? If so, I pray that you will find relief and hope through this message. It’s a GOOD one!

Dr. Evans tells a story about Billy Graham. In this story, Dr.Graham was sited for going 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. The monetary fine he received was $100. When the Judge asked if Graham was guilty, his response was yes. It was then that the Judge connected this unmistakeable voice with the person standing before him & he was shocked…overcome.

He took out $100 and paid Dr. Graham’s fine, then asked him if he could buy him a steak dinner! Billy Graham received GRACE because of WHO HE WAS.

SOMETIMES we receive “A TICKET” in order to receive grace…BUT, we have to KNOW WHO (AND WHO’S) WE ARE.

DR. EVANS also tells a story about a building without enough elevators.

In order to shift the public’s focus from the thorn of waiting for an elevator, the building installed mirrors on every floor.



I hope you will find some time to listen to this encouraging teaching, and then in the quiet…journal what you have learned…and maybe even add one of the images above to create a memorial to the Lord of the place He met with you ❤️

Much love,

Seeking God’s Kingdom First-Dr. Tony Evans



HELLO, on this Good Friday, Dec. 27th!

For those of you who have been following my journaling, you know I’m an avid listener of Dr. Tony Evans!

You can listen to his podcasts with his free app.

Just when I think I truly understand a section of God’s Word, the Lord gives me a fresh perspective!

The Podcast I listened to this morning is titled “Seeking God’s Kingdom First” posted on December 23rd. (From Matthew 6-25-34)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The following quotes really stood out to me in this teaching on Matthew 6:

  • “What food is to the body, righteousness is to the soul.”
  • “The antidote to worry, is the repositioning of God’s place in your life”
  • “Are you running so fast to catch your plane, that you out run even the Pilot? You’re not going anywhere without the Pilot!”

Living in the present WITH God, is to abide. It’s a constant effort of obedience to seek His will in every moment of every day. It’s not something that comes naturally for any of us. We can only walk hand in hand with the Lord by opening up our hands… Putting down the other thing(s) we are holding instead & Daily REPOSITIONING Him as the first priority in our life. This is the key to experiencing fruit. (Love, joy, peace, patience, etc. / Gal 5)

It’s our nature to race ahead, to get to the plane first, and fly solo. How crazy is that? Would we attempt to fly and airplane without it’s pilot? Learning to follow takes time, but with each step of obedience we take, God meets us with His presence and provision. Experiencing this (HIM) is what grows our confidence in His faithfulness to provide…and from this, our desire to position the Lord first in our lives will grow.

Let me know if you like these printable note pages and I will work on creating more!

I created the sticker page and you can find them in my Etsy shop.

Bless you!

The Virtue Of Contentment


I’ve been away from my writing desk for quite some time. While I’ve continued to post Doodle 101’s on Instagram, I have set my blog aside due to other priorities in my life. I’m a Mama of 4 and Mimi to 5, and love every minute of these very important roles! I have also been focused on Women’s Ministry and connecting deeply with the precious Sisters God has allowed me to walk beside. I am in another season of change and have found time to update my Bible Journaling Study The Virtue Of Contentment.

This study is deeply personal for me, as it came from my difficult journey out of a miry pit. I am so grateful to be rescued and it’s an extremely rich blessing to have the opportunity to use both my passion for God’s Word and my love of creating together to glorify the Lord!

His rescue plan for me included Women like you; caring Sisters who lovingly walked with me as witnesses to the relationship I could have with the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Out of desperation, I slowly took the important steps towards obedience and God met me there with His presence and provision. 

Out of deep appreciation for His love and kindess, I have a sincere desire to share the good news with others. Everything I have and everything I am is a gift from God. He has so sweetly allowed my passion for His word and my passion for creating to come together in a way that brings Him glory.

This Book was created as an aid, to facilitate both a Bible Study and the process of journaling. This study was birthed through my own personal journey to restoration.  In this workbook you will find the 3,2,1 Method of Study, weekly questions, journaling prompts and doodle 101’s. These short journaling lessons will help you take the truth God reveals to you and create a lasting visual of His Word. It’s less about creating art, and more about connecting multiple senses in the process of meditating on God’s Word. Journaling can simply be re-writing scripture, keeping a gratitude list, or tracking your plan of obedience and journey of faith. These expressions of truth and praise, will become an altar to the Lord… a lasting memorial of the place where God has met with you. (Gen 12:6-9). I pray that you will meet with your Father daily, relying on Him for all things. To Him, all glory is given!

I will continue to add Bullet Journal Options to compliment this study. You can find them by going to my Home Page Menu.

If you’d like to order the Study, you can find it in my Etsy shop. Click “My Etsy Shop” on the side bar of my blog or go to ETSY.COM and search for my shop 1ARTHOUSE. THE BIBLE STUDY WORKBOOK COMES WITH A STUDY GUIDE BOOKMARK AND SCRIPTURE STICKER FOR YOUR PERSONAL BULLET JOURNAL.

As always, I’m here to answer any questions you have along the way!

Look for more info coming soon about another exciting project I’ve been working on…

Puzzles to facilitate community and conversation about God. Kickstarter coming soon!

Much love,