Just some doodles:)

Hi again!

I have a sweet online friend/artist, that asked if I could make these doodles available for use in a Bible.

Deirdre…here you go! ( I added a few more to fill up the page!) ❤

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF. Feel free to trace in your Bibles! If you post your beautiful work, please share my blog or Instagram account 😘 Thank you!

-sue

 

The Power of the Tongue/ Dynamite in your Dentures- by Tony Evans

Hello!

I have been listening to Dr. Tony Evans latest podcast series entitled “Watch Your Mouth”  If you’ve never heard Tony Evans preach, you’re in for a treat. I have mentioned him here before…he happens to be Priscilla Shirer’s Daddy:) The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

You can download his podcast app for free here.

These lessons are about our mouth.

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing” We have the power to heal or destroy…to build up, or tear down.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” -Proverbs 18:21

God simply spoke and the earth was created. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…The Word was God.

Words are important to God. They need to be valued and used with great care, always tempered by the Holy Spirit.

Many of us have experienced the explosive dynamite that can come from someone’s mouth. Words that have caused us harm; words that have changed the way we see ourselves, others, and even God.

“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.” James 3:5-10

”No human being can tame the tongue.” As it says above, man can tame many beasts, but not the tongue. When it is unleashed it has the power to “stain the whole body!” I am sure many of us have experienced this kind of damaging fire that was started by one “small” match.

We are careless with our words, and often take the responsibility of speech lightly. We throw out words so recklessly, without giving thought to the effect they have…the fires they start.

As we allow God to tame our tongues, we can choose to bring life to others.

I cannot do Tony’s teaching justice, so I encourage you to listen to his messages on “the Mouth.”

Below is a doodle that was sparked by this powerful message! (Dynamite in your dentures)

 

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF

Tony uses the cow as an illustration in one of the other messages in this series…”he” (the cow) kept coming to my mind:)

Lord, help us practice the surrender required to give YOU the “reins” to tame our tongue…

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29

Equip us with self-control… to stop, and invite the Holy Spirit to direct our mouths.

Blessings,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Kind of Selfie

 

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3) BUT, do we seek to fill our needs with the Lord’s provision or with the “world’s.”

It is hard to admit our deep tendency to seek our worth in the opinions of others rather than our Creator God. It is a practice repeated over and over throughout history.  Isn’t this at the root of the “selfie stick?

Before the selfie stick, there were golden statues:)

There are so many daily habits rooted in self focus…many start out innocently enough, but become the things that rule our mind and our hearts. Inviting the Holy Spirit to guide us in “self examination will help keep us from being ineffective and unproductive.”  -Oswald Chambers

Click here for Full devotional from Oswald Chambers

2 Peter sheds light on this process:

2 Peter 1:3-21

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Making every effort to add faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, & love, does not come naturally within our human nature. WE MUST PRACTICE setting our selfie stick down (surrendering our will to the Lord’s) and then invite the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and change our hearts. It is a moment by moment surrender.

If it helps, keep a log of your practice. If we are more aware of our actions, we can be more intentional in our surrender which will increase our faith as we experience God’s provision in our life! It will become habit forming❤

We will see fruit. We will attain the very things we crave and can never gain with a selfie stick.

Click on the image below for a journal page to “track” your habits:)

 

Print off  the above chart and use it to track and increase your daily (godly) habits. The numbers represent each day of the month. Check the boxes you have accomplished. When we have a little accountability, even with ourselves, it helps us maintain our focus:)

Click on the image below for a pdf of the doodle 101.


 

 

Much love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 5

Hello!!!

We have now completed week 5 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   . 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 5 includes Isaiah 52 – Hosea 10

Isaiah

a brief summary from this weeks reading

The end of chapter 51 describes Jerusalem and its people. Isaiah’s speaks of a period about two centuries after his own life. It is 65 years since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city. The present inhabitants have only known rule by foreigners.

God will rescue Jerusalem (Chapter 52)

The Lord’s people come home from Babylon (Chapter 52)

The Lord’s Servant will suffer, but He will have victory (53)

The number of God’s people will increase vastly (54)

The Lord’s invitation:

Come, all you who are desperate to drink. Here is water! Come, even if you have no money. Buy grain! You need no money. Eat all that you want. Come, buy wine and milk. It is all free” (55)

The Lord declares, ‘My plans are not your plans. Neither are your ways my ways. v9 As the sky is so much higher than the earth, so my ways are much higher than your ways. My plans are so much higher than your plans. v10  Rain and snow come down from the sky. But they do not go back again before they have watered the ground. That helps the ground to grow corn. And so the ground provides seed for people to sow and bread for them to eat. v11 So it is with the word that I speak. My word will not return to me without any result. My word will perform my plan. It will carry out my purpose.’ (55)

God’s people will include all nations (56)

God’s loyal people may suffer

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (57:1,20

Wrong practice of religion/Right practice of religion, Holy Days (58)

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (59:1,2)

God’s Servant brings good news. (61)

The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name. (65:1) NIV

Below is a video from the read scripture app. (these videos are so well done and bring scripture to life!)

Aren’t these videos awesome!

It is heartbreaking and convicting to understand that God’s righteous judgement was so slow in coming. Each time, He warns, each time He pleads with His people…

I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found but no one was looking for me!”

Isaiah continues to relay God’s message of judgement, but it’s always tempered with HOPE!

(Without Righteous judgement there is no justice!)

The Hope was coming in the form of a Servant King. God’s plan to redeem His stubborn, prideful people.

The video above touched me so much.

The visual of this truth in “doodle form” came from what was captured in this clip.

Jesus sets aside His deity (coming down from the mountain / beside His Father) to bring an urgent message of GOOD NEWS. (Euangelion/ Greek for Good news!)

He steps into human flesh with the knowledge of his eventual betrayal, torture & death because He would rather DIE than be WITHOUT US.

Click on the images for the pdf files:)

Use the image below to trace in your Bible!

 

* I choose not to cover up text (God’s Word) when I journal. Occasionally it happens by accident, and when it does I re-write the text that was covered. (This happened with the word beautiful, above. Definitely not intentional!)

Hosea (1-10)

Hosea, brings this message good news to “life” through his own personal story. God allows us to see the struggle we have with sin, through Gomer. We can easily relate to the huge challenge Hosea faced.

Forgive the “unforgivable” the underserving… even when they turn away from you in betrayal.

This is a picture of God and His people! He gives us undeserved forgiveness. (Grace)

He doesn’t stop there!

He washes our dirty rags (sin) with the blood of the lamb. (Jesus) When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Father sees us clean! Righteous…Holy.

I had a conversation with my daughter about the challenge we have in reading and understanding the Old Testement. She reminded me of something Jennie Allen said:

”The Old Testement is written to show us we can’t do it ourselves!”

I’m so thankful that I am digging into the whole council of God. We need to know the WHOLE story to understand the message…it is all about LOVE…it is all about Christ:)

 

May this be a blessing to you as you spend time with the Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

A weekly PEEK into my Bible Journaling Class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP/ WK 2

Good Morning!

So…we have completed week 2 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP   and we are currently in 2 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 2 included 2 Kings – 2 Kings 22

In 2 Kings…

-God performs amazing miracles through his prophets as He sends these messengers to proclaim His will.

-The two kingdoms are far from the Lord and immersed in sin and rebellion. God’s prophets bring the only hope to this lost yet, chosen nation. We read of the rulers of the divided kingdoms who lead them to their fate in exile. 

  • The prophet Elijah concludes his ministry and hands over the reins to the next up and coming prophet, Elisha.
  • God took Elijah in a whirlwind to heaven and Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. God granted this request (2:9). 
  • In Elisha’s ministry, he carries out twice as many miracles, as Elijah, as God does His will through his prophet. We also find in these chapters, details about kings and dynasties, which ultimately disobey and ignore God’s commands and provisions. 
  • Finally, during the reign of the last evil king, Hoshea, the Assyrians take the Northern Kingdom into captivity. They have neglected the warning and coming judgment announced by the prophet Hosea. 
  • The more evil of the two kingdoms (Northern Kingdom) goes into permanent captivity. (By the Assyrians) There is no record or evidence of these 10 tribes of Israel ever returning from exile.
  • Hezekiah (son of Ahaz) does good. He has a heart for the Lord. He takes down the altars in High places, and tries encourages the people to turn back to God.
  • Unfortunately, Hezekiah falls to sin and pride after receiving a gift from the Babylonians. He flaunts all his wealth and treasures… Isaiah rebukes him, explaining to Hezekiah that one day all that he boasted about, would be taken to Babylon along with his descendants.

So, we continue to see the sin of man “rear it’s ugly head.” We see repeated rebellion and division. The good new is, our God sees worth in His people as we have been created in His image…and although He instills discipline, He also has great mercy.

I love God’s renewed promise to Hezekiah, in the midst of his sin:

“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah

will take root below and bear fruit above.

For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,

and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.

“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

-2 Kings 19:31

This is the scripture I chose for our class project using acrylic paint, micron pen, uni-ball signo pen, a foam brush & Q-tips! The larger flowers are done with a small round brush.

Below is a series of photos to see the step by step process.

1. Grey paint is applied with a foam brush, brushing in a touch of white and black for texture.


2. Green paint is applied with a plastic card. (Old gift card, key card, etc.)

 

3. Add touches of lighter green

4. Gather 5 Q-tips and dip in light blue paint. Group vines in 3’s

5. Create 3 clustered flower vines in varied lengths.


6. Using one Q-tip, create 3 medium blue  “larger flower” vines in varied lengths. Begin to overlap flower vines.

7. Add a tiny bit of white to the medium blue flowers

8. Create a 6th color by mixing blues, light green and white

9. With the new color, create 3 vines of a “bell shaped” flower by brushing one Q-tip down at varying angles from the starting point. Alternating the angle of the flower as you apply them down the page.

 

10. Add a touch of white to the bottom of the “bell flowers.”

11. Layer 3 larger flowers in between and on top of vines. Start with light blue and add darker layers. Use a round brush.

 


12. Use the navy blue for the centers. 13. Next add tiny white flowers by applying white paint with a Q-tip using a cross motion followed by and “x” motion. (* <——-like this simple “asterisk”) I used navy for the center.

Keep in mind, this is an impressionistic style…you are giving the “impression” of flowers and vines without true form and precise detail. As you continue to add layers, step back from your piece. You will see it from a better perspective!


14. Add some simple leafy vines starting with dark green and then brushing on the lighter green for highlights.

 

15. I added “loose” details with a white Uni-ball signo pen, and then a black 005 Micron.

I also did this same process outside my Bible without the white details, see below. (I added a little more navy to the piece below with a single Q-tip, creating single berries)

 

Blessings!

 

*Inspired by Angela Anderson on You Tube:)

 

Checking in ❤️

Hello and a BIG welcome to those of you who are new to my blog! It is such a gift to be able to connect with Sisters in Christ from all over the world! I never dreamed it possible!

I have been a busy girl finishing up a morning and evening Bible Study SEAMLESS (by Angie Smith), and hosting Jennie Allen for our annual Women’s Conference! I’m a bit behind in my journaling through the Bible in a year!

I have continued to read (we are in Judges), using the READ SCRIPTURE APP, but need to put my “thoughts” down in pictures:)

Currently, I am preparing for an upcoming 6 week Bible Journaling study using the READ SCRIPTURE APP. I will be sure to share with you, some of the material I create for it!

Below you will find a free printable for a bookmark a Sister out there requested. Her church is gearing up for their women’s conference! I am ALWAYS happy to support the work you are all doing as you love and serve in your communities! ❤

This is from one of my FAVORITE Chapters…Ephesians 1.

Happy Monday!!

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF TO PRINT

 

 

 

Love,

 

Seamless Study Review Sheets

Hello Friends!

We have a few weeks remaining in our (my church) Women’s Winter Bible Study Session SEAMLESS. Recently, Angie (Smith, the author of the study) shared that she grew up in my home town. (I didnt’ know that!) She actually attended the same school I did…but, MUCH later! Hahahahaha.

I can’t begin to tell you how much the ladies at my church have LOVED this study! Some even sharing that it is the BEST study they have ever done:)

I think one of the reasons for this, is the common stumbling block we all share. The Bible is a BIG book! It is a LONG story with incredible detail and most of us have spent time reading separate books within scripture, without ever understanding the WHOLE story and how those books fit together to tell one story…. a LOVE story.

If you are considering studying SEAMLESS  I assure you, you won’t  be disappointed!

I have created some study sheets using the icons Angie provides in her book, to help us with a visual reminder of each section of the Bible. These icons have been so GREAT, and are right up “my alley” in the journaling process of creating a visual reminder of God’s truth.

Click on the image below for the COVER PAGE

Click on the link below for the content pages.

(If you print the content separately from the cover sheet, you can print them front and back)

Seamless Review Sheet/ Content pages

Just thought I’d share:)

xo,

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,