A New Post 😉

I haven’t been present here on my blog for sometime. The main reason is something that I’ve mentioned before…The Lord has called me to be more intentional with relationships and discipleship, which limits my time online.

If anyone out there is still following, I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the content from my latest Bible Journaling Study I am teaching at my church.

In this study, I am incorporating both Bible Journal entries along with weekly bullet journal layouts. The Bible Journal entries become a memorial to the Lord, the time spent with Him, and a record of what He is revealing to our hearts. The Bullet Journal spreads are designed to focus on the action of practicing His presence…taking tangible steps to abiding…inviting the Lord to be apart of every moment. Stopping, Pausing, Asking, & listening before we take the next step. Anything we want to excel in takes PRACTICE 😬 It is UP TO US to choose what we find important.

The content for this study comes from a workbook I wrote entitled The Virtue Of Contentment. It is a lesson I have learned through the process of transformation, which started over 20 years ago when the Lord pulled me out of my pit. I began my journey with the Lord at age 15, but lived as the poster child for discontentment for years, due to the fact that I had no idea what it looked like to walk with the Lord daily…really relying on Him for my every need.

BIG IDEA (WEEK 1)

We can learn to be content in ANY situation if we are relying in and connected to our God, through Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:12-13

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or  in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Contentment is not found in circumstances but in the person of Jesus Christ.

Until we arrive at this truth, we can spend a lifetime looking for fulfillment in what we THINK we can obtain or earn for ourselves.  Our loving Father has all that we need to live a life of true contentment …..if we look to Him to meet ALL our needs. 

In our workbook this week, we dug into our daily emotions to uncover some deeper roots. Emotional triggers that might be linked to the past…things that have been said or done to us that have left us with a distorted view of ourselves, others and even God.

Emotional responses often set you on a course that can lead away from God and towards sin…which then ignites a chain reaction with the people around you…a snowball affect that started with something that might not even be true.

When I was first married, I brought with me a very distorted view. I learned growing up, that if someone hurt your feelings, they did so because they don’t love you. My poor husband never knew where all my emotional reactions were coming from. He would do things, unintentionally “hurting my feelings” and I would put it all in my unloved bank account. Boy, did this lead to a big snowball that rolled out of control!

With practice, we can learn to stop this chain reaction, by ABIDING. Stopping in the moments of a day to lean in, to ASK and to LISTEN for the HELP of the Holy Spirit.

This is what Jesus told His disciples would be even BETTER than remaining with them Himself …but rather, he provided the Holy Spirit that would be within them…accessible at ANY time. 

Contentment is a “SECRET we can learn” if we lean into listen.

This is the bullet journal we are using in class https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Journal-Notebook-Journals-Travelers/dp/B075QLWTK6
This is one example of a cover design
This is a spread used to track our emotions. Becoming more aware of specific emotions, what triggers them, and how the truth can lift us above our circumstance to see
with God’s perspective.
This is a hard bound bullet journal I am also using. The page weight of this one is a bit heavier, so less bleeding through.



I recently found a SWEET resource for “HOUSING” several journals at once

Chic Sparrow is a company that creates beautiful leather products, including journal binders.

This is what the inside looks like. It has pockets, and 3 elastics to hold 3 separate journals

It is so much more beautiful in person!

This is another spread that includes some personal journaling. Childhood memories, and a verse that speaks to my heart as I think about serving others and my city:)

We find contentment in God’s presence as He meets us in our obedience. We can experience great joy as we operate in the purpose He has created us for:)

I will continue to post about this class in the 5 weeks to follow!

Much love

In Him,

FREE on Friday / Bullet Journaling pages:)

It’s Friday, and each week, to especially honor those of you who are following, I will be posting free art pages. Below is a weekly Bullet Journal page(s) that you can print off and store in your own cute 8.5 x 11 folder/binder. I especially like having some extra room on the weekend for fun Sat activities and Sermon Notes on Sunday! Hope you like them!!

For those of you who have noticed that things around here look a bit different…

I’ve had quite a time trying to improve the appearance and function of my blog. Oh, the poor tech helpers that have had to dig through my USER ERRORS!!!

Hopefully, the dust will begin to settle, and I’ll get things figured out. In the meantime, I apologize if I’ve caused you any frustration!

I unfortunately, had to change my site address…BIG UGH!!!! It is now 1arthouse.blog (NOT 1arthouse.wordpress.com) I was told that all followers would automatically be re-established. Hope that is TRUE!!!!

Have a great weekend!



JULY Bullet Journal Calendar

I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who have been praying for my Dad. He is out of the hospital, but Docs are still a bit baffled by his recurring symptoms. Continuing to seek answers. He has been in so much pain, and it is always hard to see anyone you love experience this…again, thank you sweet Sisters, for your faithful prayers. Our Father meets us in our prayers and always has love to share with us.

Here is July’s Bullet Journal Calendar!

Happy Saturday!

 

DAY 25 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 25 / John Study / She Reads Truth

THE SON OF GOD

HELLO!

I apologize for my random and infrequent posts of late! It has been over a week with my dad in the hospital…every day has been a different experience! The doc’s cannot find the source of his illness/infection, and his symptoms travel up and down like a roller coaster daily.

It’s such a mystery and often a surprise the way the Lord speaks to us through our circumstances when we choose to listen. I hear Him reminding me of His presence in the midst of it all.

Yesterday, I sat and illustrated Amanda Bible William’s analogy using the kite…

Like Thomas, we want a visual proof. We are not convinced until we can “see” things with our human eyes and reason them out with our human minds. Jesus was so patient and full of grace. He knew this about Thomas, about all of us, and He addressed this weakness with love.

He meets us wherever we are, reaches down and picks us up like a Daddy who lifts his child to see beyond the crowd that blocks his/her view.

God is bigger than what we can see or imagine. Aren’t you glad he’s not bound to thinking and acting with our limited resources?!

The wind and the kite…

We can see the effects of the wind that propels the kite upward. We cannot grasp with our sight the wind itself, but we sure can witness the power it has.

We may not know the root of my Dad’s illness but it is present, we witness the “effects” / the symptoms, I liken it to the wounds we bear. They can be buried deep beneath the surface, but their effects too, can be seen. Wounds (of the heart) can fester and remain diseased, changing the way we see ourselves, others and even God. They change the way we process information and influence the choices we make. Keeping them alive and well in the dark, hidden from view, gives them the power to take us to darkest places.

When we allow the Lord to enter beneath the surface, into these dark places, He will take our hand and lead us out…Cure any disease and clear our vision to see the great hope beyond.

When this happens for us, we experience His presence, His faithful provision, healing, and love. Our wounds then change in definition.

Instead of defining who we are (unlovable, unworthy, rejected, betrayed, abandoned, loser, screw up, disappointment) they can identify us…forgiven, worthy, rescued, child of God, victorious, loved…through Christ.

Jesus showed Thomas His wounds…not to define Himself as defeated, rejected, abandoned, and crucified, but to identify  Himself as our Savior,..Victor over Death in the name of Love. Proof, that He was dead but rose to life. This is what we were meant for… to die to ourselves & live as Christ!

As we share our healed wounds we can show others the Glory of God.

 

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If you have wounds that are festering, they will only grow in the dark…uncover them! Allow the Lord to administer His healing power. Share them with a trusted follower of Christ. Bring your wounds to the Healer through prayer and experience new vision, new hope and increased faith.

You may not “see” the Lord in your current circumstance, but if you close your eyes, call His name, He will answer…and provide what you need. Most often, it is something you weren’t even looking for:)

Take a step into the light…He will do the rest.

Bless you,

DAY 23 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 23 / John Study / She Reads Truth

GLORIFY YOUR SON

John Chapter 17 is ALL about LOVE.

Love= assigning worth to another at cost to yourself.

This is what Jesus came to do. Love at ALL COST.

In this Chapter of John we are honored and privileged to “hear” our Savior and KING’S heart for His people. His most personal request.

Knowing that ALL would betray Him (even His closest friends) He prayed on their  (our) behalf!

He didn’t JUST pray for the Father to forgive us, or even for the Father to heal and restore us…

HE PRAYED THAT WE WOULD ALL BE ONE.

WITHOLDING NOTHING.

He prayed for more than we would have asked for…He prayed for what He knew we needed…beyond what we would even hope for ourselves.

and then, He died for us.

All of us.

You and me.

John Chapter 17 is ALL ABOUT CRAZY LOVE.

LOVE for us yes…& LOVE for the Father…above all else

JOHN 17: 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

As the Father is glorified, through the sacrifice of Christ…we are saved.

We were BORN out of love…and that love doesn’t end.

If I ever feel rejected, dismissed, looked over, forgotten, all things are put into perspective as I allow God’s Words to penetrate my heart.

John Chapter 17…The Love Chapter.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF FILE OF THE BULLET JOURNAL PAGE ABOVE

This is a well worn Chapter in my Bible.

It is the definiton of Love, plain and simple. It is the Glory of the Lord spoken from the heart of Jesus.

I thought it would be GREAT exercise for you to re-write John 17.

At least part of it. Let the love sink in.

That’s why I left more space for you to write ❤️

May you understand more fully, the Love your God has for you.

KNOW you are loved.

Blessings,

 

DAY 19 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 19 / John Study / She Reads Truth

THE TRUE VINE

Today’s scripture is so personal for me. It’s all about who we are, and who we are not. God is God, and I am not. Knowing this truth is one thing…BELIEVING it …another.

I am reminded of a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman…

 

Lyrics
And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know

And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust

God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God

And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I

Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass

Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through Him and from Him are all things

So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone

Abiding is all about being connected to the VINE. Understanding AND BELIEVING, that apart from it…we can do nothing.

And it’s all for our benefit. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be FULL!! 

Experiencing God’s presence and His provision happens when we abide…remain, sit, dwell with Him.  We are STUBBORN SHEEP, and we keep doing the same stupid sheep stuff…over and over again. We try to make a way for ourselves, when our Shepherd has made it clear that HE is THE ONLY WAY.

ABIDING = Connection. First with GOD and then with each other. We need one another to encourage this behavior…it’s a choice that doesn’t come easy for us.

We certainly know how to stay connected to our PHONES, RIGHT?!! Well, maybe we should “flip that habit over!”

I have a friend who happens to be an engineer.  She is smart and organized. ( I Love to surround myself with organized people, for I am not!) Anyway, she sets an alarm on her phone to go off throughout the day to REMIND herself to step away and have conversation with God.  Isn’t that a GREAT use for a phone!

Whatever it takes, we need to find practical ways to step into this obedience…stepping away from chasing our “tails” and trying to please people, and instead, walk with our Lord like He’s right beside us…’cause He is! The rewards are FRUIT…LIFE…JOY!

As you begin to REALLY listen to your Shepherd, you will come to know His voice and HEAR it above the noise of social media, consumerism, and the struggle to find acceptance.

“…My sheep hear my voice.” -Jesus

John 10:27  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”

CLING to the vine, for apart from it, we can do nothing and we will gain nothing.

“Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass

Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through Him and from Him are all things

So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone”

 -Stephen Curtis Chapman

Praise His name above all names!  The Vine…”The One who is worthy of worship alone.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF OF ABOVE BULLET JOURNAL PAGE

Bless you Sister!

DAY 18 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 18 / John Study / She Reads Truth

THE ONLY WAY

I’ve heard it said, many times, by many different people…

“There isn’t just one way to God.” (Oprah made this statement famous)

OR

“I’m a good person, I try to “do right” most of the time…that’s all that matters.

But, Jesus makes it very clear…HE is the ONLY way. If we believe Jesus to be a man of truth, then there is NO room for doubt.

Many believe Jesus to be a great teacher, a wise and honorable man…but not God. Hmmmm, BUT a great teacher and a wise and honorable man would not make false claims, if He did than He would just be a liar, right?

In this age of “political correctness” and fear of offending it is difficult to take this hard line…we most certainly meet opposition. Yet, if we claim Jesus as our Savior, we must also claim Him as our Judge.  He is both. We can’t all be right. If we do not believe in an ultimate truth, than there is no truth.

Love was Jesus’ first priority, but He also spoke truth. (He is truth) We are called to do the same. To LOVE first…but to honor God by sharing who He is and who He made us to be…and in the process, we must share the whole truth…that HE IS THE (ONLY) WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE for all people.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
- John 14:6-7

May the Lord give us the ability to speak truth in love, so that others might hear.

Blessings,

 

DAY 17 /iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 17 / John Study / She Reads Truth

John 13 / SERVANT OF ALL

When “squeezed” Jesus served…out of love.

In the study notes today Erin says it like this:

“I’ve heard it said that suffering reveals the real you. What comes out of our mouths when life squeezes us in its vise grip is the stuff we’re really made of.”  -Erin Davis

Can you even imagine?????!!!! Washing the feet of your friends whom you knew would betray you? That’s the kind of vise grip that causes us sinners to ooze out muck. And most of the time, even a gentle squeeze can produce stinky juices.

Jesus instructed us to follow HIS example:

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. -John 13

We certainly can’t produce sweet juice when squeezed without His help.

Thanks Erin Davis for this “picture” of our sin nature.  It will help me to remember to pray for sweet fruit…That I might be filled with the Spirit in order to better SERVE and LOVE.

 

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Blessings,