Speaking Truth in Love ❤️

Hello!

I want to share the process of speaking truth in love in a personal way with you today.

This is something I talk about often, especially with women in my close circles. As a wife and mother, I have learned this lesson MANY times over the years. The receiver will have closed ears if they hear even the hint of anything other than LOVE. (Anger, frustration, condemnation, etc.) Motivation to speak “truth” often comes from these places of frustration, anger, etc. and changing this natural human response could only happen once I acknowledged my own need for correction, and…that without the power of the Holy Spirit, I would not be able to deliver truth IN LOVE. (The message would always be slighlty tainted by “my flesh.”)

Correction is important to our growth, but until it is motivated by love and tempered with that love the recipient will not “hear” a “hard” truth. NONE of us like to hear or “see” our own faults and stumblings.

“And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, or lose heart when He rebukes you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.” -Hebrews 12:5,6

In order to speak truth and have it be heard, we must first develop trust within the relationship. It is only through time that we can develop a “track record” of loving responses that will enable the other person to see our true motivation is a matter of the heart.

I love the example Jason Weimer from CRU shares about this topic

What Makes Talking With You Taste Good?

Consider salt. Yes, salt.

In the ancient world salt did more than just make French fries tasty. Before refrigeration, salt preserved meat to keep it from spoiling. These dual purposes – flavoring and preserving – offer context to verses like Colossians 4:6 – “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Asking questions, listening, and seeking to understand is a great start to this. We can also encourage people with Scripture blended with snapshots of how we experience it personally.

We can give people a taste of Jesus.

My wife experienced this firsthand recently. We had just bought four chickens and put a coop in the back corner of our property. Our neighbor’s dog became obsessed with them, feverishly sniffing along the fence and refusing to do his other backyard business.

A few days later my neighbor saw my wife in our yard, stormed over, and confronted her.

“I’m not okay with the chickens,” he said.

My wife was taken aback, but she took a breath and whispered a prayer before responding.

“Can you tell me what’s bothering you?” she said. “Maybe we can work something out that would be good for both of us.”

His demeanor immediately changed, as he was expecting defensiveness. It was like my wife had disarmed a bomb, and through peaceful conversation they were able to agree to a solution.

This salt-seasoned interaction with my wife warmed him and our relationship has grown ever since.

So, back to the my personal story:)

Yesterday, I created a post and Doodle 101 regarding Wisdom. Below is the original image I created.

Later that day, a sweet online friend and Sister in Christ sent me a message that was salty, BUT tasted good:) In her message, she tempered truth with such love. She began by encouraging & supporting me, and in a gentle way, asked me about the modesty of the image of “wisdom” above.

She said…”Somehow wisdom with a hint of immodesty don’t seem to go together.”

In all honesty, I hadn’t given it a thought! Often, when I create a drawing tutorial, I consider what will be the most simple and direct way to the end goal. When I drew lady wisdom above, I wanted to draw a simple top, using minimal lines. I also wanted to convey a hint of grace and a posture of “knowing.” I instinctively drew what I would call a “ballet scoop neck” without even thinking about her slightly bare shoulders.

I have to agree with my friend, any form of immodesty and wisdom do not go together! Thank you Sister, for taking the time to not only encourage me, but to also speak truth in a loving way!

I especially liked something else she said that further “tempered” this truth she delivered…

I totally mean it with gentleness and love, one sister speaking with her sister to maybe help her to see something that she may have missed. Kind of like I would say to a friend that may have some broccoli stuck in her teeth. :)”

What a beautiful example of speaking truth in love.

Here is my new drawing for Wisdom:)

 

 

AS ALWAYS, CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE,

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…

 

 

 

 

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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,

 

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)

 

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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,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis 18

Hello!

As I mentioned yesterday, my home church body has committed to read through the Bible in one year. I also confessed that the Lord has been stirring my heart to set aside some of the time I spend creating blog material to spend time  ———> deepening relationships through discipleship.

So, my posts may be shorter in nature, and less frequent than in the past, but I have a feeling that I will be sharing the process with you through my journaling and doodling:)

In a week, I will also begin the study “Seamless” by Angie Smith with the ladies at my church. It is a study that tackles connecting the whole counsel of God to help us understand the “big picture” and the story of Jesus that weaves throughout the Old Testament and New Testament.  A perfect addition to our church wide call to read all of scripture in 2018.

We are using an app called “READ SCRIPTURE” by Crazy Love Ministries. It’s definitely worth checking out Sisters! It provides a daily reading plan as well as additional videos that describe each book of the Bible as you go. They are very clever and helpful! The link for it is below:)

http://www.readscripture.org/

Genesis

Genesis 18

When I can, I will provide some commentary…more likely, I will be sharing some visuals (which help me to recall what I’ve learned!) for those of you who are reading with me!

Thanks so much for sharing with me. It was encouraging to hear from others who are taking this year to read the WHOLE BOOK ❤️

Check out that app!

Much love to you,

 

Year of the Word

Hello!

I’ve missed you:)

I haven’t posted in quite awhile…for many reasons really…but the primary reason is…

The Lord has been prompting me to step away from too much “alone time” and back into more intentional discipling.

I’m not sure if it is His Will for me to step away from my blog completely, but the intense time it takes to write and develop art along with step by step doodles has definitely pulled me away from what I feel the Lord has purposed me for…encouraging others in their faith…up close and personal.

Like all of you, I also have many other responsibilities in caring for my family and extended family, church work, etc. Life is a balancing act, and one we me must constantly go to the Lord to for direction.

I hope to continue with my blog, praying about what that might look like.

For now, I want those of you who take the precious time to read my heart here at 1 Arthouse to know how much I value you, appreciate your time, YOUR heart and your life! It is for you that I post. Anything I have to give, I do out of gratitude for this life the Lord rescued. I want the same for you. I desire His best for you.

My church is taking this NEW year to start at the beginning of God’s Word and read His book of life from cover to cover.

We are 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 had a sweet instagram friend ask me for a print out for the art below. Hope it is something you will all enjoy!

Click on the image below / it will take you to the pdf in my Dropbox

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Sleeping with Frogs

Hello!

I haven’t officially posted for quite a few days…here’s why:)

My husband and I have a vacation home near my Daughter’s family in Winter Park CO. We had a trip planned with them…our first time to stay in the summer!  Many of you know that my Dad has been ill, and I almost stayed in Ohio to be with him. BUT, his good sons came to stay and see to his care, along with his constant caregiver Karen, and so off we went to CO. So thankful for my brothers and for Karen!

I thought you might like to see this friendly Moose we ran into boating yesterday! He was actually with some buddies, and it was a thrill for us  to meet them all! He was so unimpressed with us:)

Before I go on, I do have great news…Dad is improving daily and I am sooooooo very grateful!  Again, many thanks to those of you who have been praying!!!!

So, I have to rise very early in the morning to “beat” my granddaughter up, in order to have some quiet time:) I’ve been reading such a AMAZING book by Beth Guckenberger called Start With Amen. I must admit, I have a hard time reading too many pages at once, because my mind and my heart are flooded with images due to the fact that BETH is an AMAZING story teller and writer.

I HIGHLY recommend her book!!!! You can find it here.

Today as I read in Chapter 4, it’s happened again!  Beth brings a new perspective to this chapter in Exodus…personal in application and loaded with great imagery.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“The book of Exodus records a scene in which Moses, the one God called to rescue his people from slavery, and Pharaoh, the evil ruler holding them captive, squared off with the plagues in the let-my-people-go story:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’” (Ex. 8: 1–4)

I want to imagine myself always on God’s side, fighting for him. But sometimes I choose to align myself with the enemy. It’s usually because I have a habit I don’t want to break, a sin I refuse to confess, or a grudge I would rather hold. Whatever it is, that sin gets in my bed and into my palace. I find it in my oven and in my kneading trough and on my people . . . Eventually, if I go long enough without confessing, I can’t see anything else, and like the frog, it’s everywhere. Then, like Pharaoh, choking on my own poor choices, I must go to the One who has the power to take it all away.

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” (Exodus 8: 8–9)

I love how Beth highlights the fact that it was UP TO PHARAOH to ask for Moses to pray to the LOrd to remove those frogs…and instead of asking immediately, he chose to wait! As we read this story, we scratch our heads and wonder why he wouldn’t want to get rid of them as quickly as possible…and then, realize…that’s our constant state, our sin nature, our pride….it causes us to either hold onto what we think we need or think is best, or we find it hard to admit we can’t handle things on our own.

Sometime the frogs are quiet, and they lurk in the basement. We might not realize they are there until there is an infestation…they are everywhere.

It is our responsibility to “go to the ONE who has the power to take them all away.”

What a great “picture” of what our sin becomes…and infestation.

If we don’t remain proactive (abiding daily) we will find ourselves knee deep in frogs.

Let’s all decide to look (calling on the Holy Spirit, our Helper) for those frogs, and then ASK the Lord to take them away!

Thank you Beth, for such a great lesson, straight from God’s Word and through His Spirit!

Ribbit.

 

 

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.

 

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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,

 

A Gentle Whisper from the Lord

1 Kings 19

9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The Lord spoke to Elijah in a low whisper…a “gentle voice”

In Hebrew, the phrase is Kol D’ mama dekah.

What a Good Father we have. What a tender Shepherd.