Focus

Happy Tuesday!

A special welcome if you are new here! It’s an honor and a privilege to connect with so many Sisters in Christ ❤

Today, I’m beginning with a bit of a confession…

Lately, I have been “focusing” on improving my watercolor techniques. I am a self taught doodler, with no formal art training. (Other than freshman high school art! Thank you Ms. Marsh!) I have so much to learn!

Yesterday, after spending several hours working with watercolor, (twice the time I spent with God) a twitter post from Lysa TerKeurst came across my iPad screen.

A good heart check for today: Whatever is holding our attention the most is what we’re truly worshipping.” -Lysa Terkeurst

OUCH! The Holy Spirit grabbed my attention in that moment, and caused me to evaluate my time management, which was quite telling of my focus & my heart.

So, I quit what I was working on, and got back to the business of prayer and study.

Later last night, I went to find that quote. It was still “on my heart” and I wanted to create a visual to remember it!

I have a twitter account, but I don’t really use it. I am so technically challenged, that I don’t even know why her tweet came across my screen?!!! 😂

ANYWAY, I was searching google for her twitter feed from yesterday, and the quote below came up from a few years ago…

Wherever we focus our attention the most, will become the driving force in our lives.” -Lysa TerKeurst

Well, that was right on point too! God, are you trying to tell me something?!

I think so.

I LOVE creating. I could sit and draw, paint, doodle…all day long. That is a misuse of the precious time the Lord has given me to share of His glory and fulfill the purpose He has made me for….I need to listen to the Holy Spirit regarding balance in my life.

Anyway….

I finished this visual today and thought I would share it with all of you!

Hope becomes a visual reminder for you as well…

 

 

 

 

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF

Bless you & your time with the Lord,

 

To the least of these…

Hello!

I’m writing from my bed today…after caring for several sickies, I have now fallen to the same end, & on my lap sits my iPad Pro. How amazing it is to be afforded the luxury of laying here with this miraculous piece of technology underneath my fingertips.  I am constantly in awe and wonder over it’s capabilities!

Below you will find my latest doodle 101 of a few cute woodland animals. Their evolution began yesterday, when I started working on a simple little sketch from a live “model” on my back patio…a mama dove on her nest with 2 babies.

2 years ago today, my Mom left this world to be with Jesus. When I returned home from the hospital, I found a dove nesting on my back porch for the first time.

(This is the original post I wrote the week I found that dove)

2 years ago, I experienced God’s presence with me, as I watched this dove make her home in my backyard.

A symbol of hope…a promise of new life…& eternal life.

She has come back this year, caring for her babies, as the circle of life continues. She reminds me that the Lord is faithful and good. She reminds me that He cares for us in such personal ways…often mysterious, often misunderstood. I am again reminded that this earth is not my home, but while I am here, God He has called me to follow His lead…

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” -Matthew 6:26

…to love without measure…to care for those I sometimes feel are unlovable… to serve the lost, the widow, the orphans, the poor…the sparrows.

Matthew 25:40

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

 

 

 

 

I hope to get back to my sketch book soon, to finish journaling about the Dove’s return.

Until then, happy doodling!

Bless you,

 

Leaky boat?

 

This post comes from a night well spent with High School students & a loving Spirit filled Youth Pastor!

The current sermon series for our High School group (Tribes) is entitled…”THIS (Jesus) CHANGES EVERYTHING”

Last night, the subject was sin. Not something most people, ESPECIALLY teenagers, want to chat about.

Here is my take:

The root of sin doesn’t stem from a list of do’s and dont’s. It comes from an ATTITUDE (self focused) that leads to an ACTION that separates you from God and from relationships. It leads to feelings of guilt and shame, which leads to isolation …where the sin festers and grows.

Peter, our youth pastor shared that when we sin, we develop holes in our boat (faith) which cause us to sink. We need to plug up the holes in our leaky boat with truth. Here are the steps he shared to accomplish this:

-Fill yourself with God’s Word

-Hate Sin (we can only do this when we operate with the Holy Spirit’s direction)

-Repent (a lot) (turn away and change your direction)

-Be accountable to people who love you

-Be humble (admit you need the Lord and come under His authority)

We must ASK the Lord to align our hearts with His. When this happens our attitude changes. Our perspective goes beyond what our human eyes can see. God’s desires become our desires.  Our job is to surrender…The Lord takes care of the rest!

Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”

Romans 8:1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus”

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

1 Peter 5:5 “And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

When we let sin in, and our boat (faith) develops holes, we are prone to sink down into shark infested waters. There the enemy waits to increase the size and number of our holes…until we drown.

Who is holding your life preserver? There is someone you love and trust who can be there, ready to throw you a line. We need one another. It’s the natural function of the Body of Christ. Instead of hiding in the darkness of shame and guilt, reach out (and up) for help! Bring your sin out into the light so that the truth causes it to lose it’s power over you.

Let’s be a life line for sinking boats and learn to reach for a life saver…in more ways than one:)

 

 

 



A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 1 completed!

Good Morning!

So…we have completed one week using the READ SCRIPTURE APP beginning in the book of Kings. See my previous post for more information on this if you are just now joining us!

(CLICK HERE TO READ THE PREVIOUS POST INTRO)

WEEK 1 included 1 Kings – 1 Kings 22

We open Kings to find that David has successfully reunited the 12 tribes, unifiying the Kingdom of Israel. Although David has a heart for God, like all people, he also has the problem of sin. It doesn’t take long for the rebellious heart of man to crumble and divide the kingdom once again.

David’s son Solomon (after the interference of Adonijah, another son of David) takes the throne upon his Father’s death. Solomon has a good start, with a heart that follows in David’s footsteps…desiring to love and serve God’s people. He asks for wisdom with honorable intentions, and God grants his request, beyond Solomon’s wildest dreams, blessing him with wisdom that exceeds all who are known.

Solomon prospers and makes preparations to build God’s temple, something David had longed to do. The temple is completed and the Ark of the Covenant is brought back and placed in the temple, and the “glory of the Lord” filled His house. Like his father David, Solomon had a weakness for women. God warns him, but Solomon follows his selfish desires accruing 700 wives! These ladies had a strong influence on Solomon, and he built altars “in high places” to their foreign gods. Not good Solomon.

Rebellion continued through the line of David with Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. The divided Kingdom (Judah in the south, Israel in the north) continued to war….enter Elijah (God’s prophet), who confronts the northern King Ahab. Like Solomon, Ahab is influenced by women…namely his wife Jezebel who worships Baal. Jezebel wears the pants in this family, and stirs up the pot of evil in the land. Elijah speaks truth, and Jezebel is out to “get him.” Eventually, in Chapter 19) we see Elijah flee in fear.

As Elijah gives in to doubt and fear, he ends up hiding in a cave. God mercifully speaks to him through the whisper of the wind. God is sovereign. God is powerful. God is righteous. God is merciful. God is love.

So….that’s a VERY brief summary of the week’s study:)

Are you following along? If you are, I’d love to hear from you! What has the Lord revealed to your heart?

I created the page below to put the Kings & Kingdoms in “order.” Hope it’s a help to you!

Click on the image for the pdf.

Below are two class projects. One from the reading/study material this week, and the next a preview into our reading/study for the week to come.

Like Elijah, if we are QUIET and lean in to hear the Lord speak, we will recognize His voice. He is faithful to meet us in our obedience with His presence and provision.

Products used for th project above: watercolor background, micron pen, uniball signo pen, tombow grey for letter shading.

 

A peek below into next week, as we read about Elijah passing the “baton” to Elisha…the prophet who will ask for a Double portion of Elijah’s Spirit:)


Products used in the project above: watercolor background and images, micron pens, Tombow grey brush pen for shading.

“How much of God am I transferring to the next generation?”

Below is an AWESOME teaching by Dr. Tony Evans (Priscilla Shirer’s Daddy!) on the passage above.

This week’s reading includes: 2 Kings 1 – 2 Kings 22.

If you are interested in purchasing a journal to use for this study, or any other study you are participating in, click on my etsy icon and you’ll find it in my shop:)

Bless you Sister!!!

much love,

 

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP

Hello!

Several weeks ago I menitoned that due to the Lord’s direction to concentrate more on one on one discipling and less on “blogging” I made the decision to limit my time online. I have to admit that even though I LOVE meeting one on one with women of all ages, I do also really like being a hermit. I enjoy being home…cooking, taking care of family, reading, studying, being STILL with the Lord and of course creating! (And sharing with all of you!!!)

It’s a tight rope we walk maintaining good balance in life, and if I’m being honest, I must confess that I’m often an “all or nothing” kind of girl. With that said, I must also confess that I’m in a constant “battle” for that balance. Most of you reading join me in a love for crafts…well, the enemy is the craftiest… with his own version of a glue gun and heat tool!  He leans in and manipulates our good work into something that can become an idol. (The very thing we “love”) This leads to pushing our agenda up front and center, without listening to the better plan and purpose our Father has for us.

I mention all this to explain my “seasons” of posting…they are not consistent, or neatly scheduled. One reason for this is that I repel numbers, schedules, and structure. (I can really drive my husband crazy!) I am most comfortable getting up each day to “wing it.” If the Lord whispers for me to change my plans mid stream…I usually welcome the change! It’s my hard wiring.

So, this is my awesome introduction to the next 6 weeks 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂☺😂🤣 a confession.

Many of you know that Jan 1st, I  joined my home church’s journey to READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR using the READ SCRIPTURE APP. As I explained above, I’m not a consistent or scheduled blog poster…BUT, because I highly value all you sweet Sisters out there who take the time to read my ramblings and use my doodles, I thought I would try to include you all in a class I’m teaching for the next 6 weeks. I have continued to read and journal through this process of reading the Bible in a year, but I have not kept up here with posting about it.

I will pick up right where we are in our year of reading and share what we are working on in class along with any resources, videos, tutorials, etc. that I use “live.” (Feel free to give me a shout out if you have an questions along the way! )

If you don’t have the APP and want to join us, go to google play or the apple App Store and download it (for FREE) CLICK BELOW

READ SCRIPTURE APP.  

Once on the APP make sure your SETTINGS are set like the example below:

I know it seems like you should be able to put in the START DATE using today’s date. BUT, if you want to have your days and readings follow the place we are CURRENTLY, you must enter the date JAN 1, 2018.

Once all your settings look like the pic above, when you scroll down in the app, the date will be correct for the current daily reading which happens to begin in 1 Kings.

I apologize for starting you a day late! You will have to do the reading from yesterday to catch up to the APRIL 5th reading which is 1 Kings 4-7. There are 3 chapters to read each day + 1 Psalm.

As I have mentioned here previously that this APP is so GREAT! The creative review videos included in the APP are enough of a reason to download! Go ahead….go get it…I’ll wait:)

Below is a sneak peak at the creative style they use if you need another nudge:)

We will be taking notes and journaling what we are reading/studying in a little something I created.

Because it is quite a lot of material to cover, I have included 7 pages (1 for each day of the week) to keep “bullet point” notes for each chapter you read. Within each weekly section I have also included 1-3,2,1 study sheet, a blank visual journaling page, and 1 page to record “Ah-Ha Moments.”

I break each day up by starting with the Wk/ Day / and scripture, then write, circle and highlight each Chapter number with a sentence or two / bullet points.

If you are not familiar with the 3,2,1 method of study (one that my sweet online friend Brecken Berning helped me develop!) I give an explanation of this in the journal I created.

Each week, I am teaching an “in class” project.

Below, is our project this week.

It begins with a lesson in Watercolor…practicing Paint to Water Ratio.

I did a short, very amateurish video to show the watercolor process. I did this one, to help the class get used to working with watercolor and to understand it’s “flow” properties…AND to grasp how to balance water to paint. You will find it below.

 

The above scripture is from the reading this week, and one that really “spoke” to me. Well, it was the Holy Spirit doing the talking:)

Sometimes, we simply need to change our posture to change our attitude and approach to the Lord. Like Solomon, when we simply take a posture of surrender…on our knees or with our hands lifted high…our mind & heart follow our body in surrender. While we are at it…following Solomon’s example of praise will bring us to a place where we meet with our God and He meets with us.

Sorry for the “side view” below…like I said, amateur! I was trying to fit the process into a narrow portrait frame:)

Once your watercolor dries, you can go in and pencil the simple cap letter words for the verse- 1 Kings 8:23, double the lines, then fill in the space with “hash marks” or any other fill you desire:) Go over pencil with pen….WAIT until the pen is dry…then erase pencil lines:)

Materials used:

Watercolor: Reeves student grade tube watercolor / personally, I most often use Koi, Sennelier, or Gansai Kurtake

Brush: Grumbacher #12 Round

Pens: Micron / #01, #005

If you are interested in purchasing the 3,2,1 Journal you can go to my etsy shop and find it there!

Blessings!

Sue

 

 

Psalm 33

Hello!

Today’s reading is in Leviticus (11-13) and the Psalms. It is definitely a nice balance. Leviticus is quite challenging to read and hard to understand. A big part of the challenge is cultural, but I think we also suffer the spoiled child syndrome.

In our sin nature and puffed up self, we can easily rationalize our “basic goodness.” “I’m pretty good…I’m definitely better than.______”

We have the luxury of the Holy Spirit…of the great atonement of the cross. We don’t live in the age of rituals…where we might fear that our God will stike us dead if we enter the Holy of Holies. Through His great love, He has “walked through the pieces” for us (Abrahamic Covenant). He is holding up OUR end of the agreement…His sacred covenant to Abraham extends to us and the future generations. Through Christ WE are seen as Holy.

Isn’t that so hard to wrap you’re mind around???!!

Oh what a good Father we have. He is patient, slow to anger, steadfast in love and mercy…and in that great love, willing to give us what we don’t deserve.

I am grateful beyond words for my new life. The old life was dark and dead.

It is with great joy and humbleness that I CAN say I “SING A NEW SONG!”

 

 

Happy Monday!

xo,

 

Let My People Go

 

click on the image above for the pdf

 

How’s your reading going? I am doing a combination of reading and listening by using an audio Bible app:)

It’s so awesome to be able to listen to the Bible…in the car, while I’m doing laundry, etc.

For those of you who are reading the Bible in a year with the app READ SCRIPTURE…let’s agree that it’s a hefty amount of reading every day:)

Hope these little doodles help you remember this section of scripture!

xo,

 

Genesis

Good day!

For those of you who have not read about my “Read the Bible in a Year” project, I will continue to post the details for those who have “stepped into” my blog for the first time:)

My church is using the app READ SCRIPTURE. It comes with great tools and videos that introduce each book as you go. You can find it HERE      

I highly recommend it!

We are getting close to the end of the Book of Genesis.

You have probably read/heard the story of Joseph and his beautiful coat. I can’t help thinking that as wicked as his brothers became, I’ll bet that many of us can relate to the feelings of jealousy they had. Dad clearly had favorites…especially Joseph. His brothers were not only feeling jealousy, but rejection and fear. Who hasn’t felt those?

When we act out of our emotions, we too, throw our brothers and sisters in a pit. 😔

So… things were’nt always peachy for the favored Joseph…and although he suffered many obstacles and trials, the Lord had a plan to use every step…for the good of Joseph, his family and the nation. Joseph was confident in his faith and did not lose hope because he knew His God to be good and faithful.

God provided exactly what Joseph needed every step of the way…even when it looked like all hope was lost.

Much like his coat, each separate color, became one, when the tailor weaved them together. It may not have looked like a beautiful coat, as the fabric sat in pile waiting to be sewn. The finished product would be hard for most to imagine…so we find it hard to grasp until it is finished. That is the thing about faith. We have to trust first….that the pile we feel under will be used for something more…something we cannot yet see…something for our good.

Joseph’s life is a great encouragement for us as we face obstacles in our life! Keep moving forward in the direction God is calling you to go and he will be faithful to provide exactly what you need. Even if you can’t “imagine” it.

 

 

Click on the image above for the pdf

Dreams can come true ❤️

 

Xo,