Meeting Place

Hello!

I am coming to you from the pages of PROVEN a study by Jennie Allen. Much of my posting over the next 7 weeks will be linked to this Bible Study, so grab a book and join me!

At my church we have an annual fall study that begins in September. This year, we have about 130 women participating in Jennie’s study PROVEN.

During the first week, we were asked to reached in and prayerfully asked ourselves & God…why do I keep trying to fill my broken cistern with water??? (Jeremiah 2:13)

“Christian, inside of you flow streams of LIVING WATER. Why would we ever go back to storing water in broken man-made places?” -Jennie Allen

“We were built to crave pleasure, joy, happiness…God built us for it, and when we don’t find it in Him and come to the end of ourselves we look for something to numb our reality.”

“As a culture, our God-given craving for fulfillment has driven us past God Himself.”  -Jennie Allen

Our issue isn’t that we can’t find the things we crave within our God, our issue is, that we often haven’t truly “connected” to the source.

We live in a world where we think we are TOTALLY connected…social media, FaceTime, cell phones, texting, internet…even seemingly “good connections” with other believers through blogs like this are not a substitute for the CONNECTION we must have with our God face to face.

This week in the chapter entitled CONNECTED, Jennie prompts us to prayerfully meditate on Psalm 84.

I’ve always loved the song BETTER IS ONE DAY by Matt Redman taken from Psalm 84.

 

Everything we could ever want or hope for is found as we DWELL in the presence of God.

 

Psalm 84 (ESV)

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

84 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

To DWELL…to STAY CONNECTED. Taking each step with the Lord…not solo.

Below is the “doodle” that came to me as I meditated on these Words of GOD.

Our meeting place isn’t limited to a church building, it’s right inside our own front door…and beyond those walls…

Psalm 139: 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

We cannot hide from our Father.

Let’s meet with our God…every moment.

There we are strengthened, blessed, favored, honored, & shielded…our heart sing with joy because NOTHING is withheld.

Bless you,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crazy for Procreate:)

Hello everyone:)

I am going to be posting a bit less over the next month due to an exiting project I’m working on! Hope to tell you all about it sometime next month!

Some of you out there are familiar with procreate…and iPad app for drawing. It has been invaluable to me, especially when creating Doodle 101’s!  Easier to create, easier on the eyes:)

I took some time this morning to experiment with a few new brush tools.

It’s amazing how my iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + procreate can create the look and feel of “mixed media!”

Here’s a link to the brushes:)

Hope you find the process interesting to watch!

 

Blessings!

 

 

Heat up those kernels!

Hello!

This morning I Iistened to a Podcast by Dr. Tony Evans.

If you aren’t familiar with Dr. Evans, he is Senior Pastor to the 9,500 member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He is also founder and president of The Urban Alternative, a national organization dedicated to Christian teachings.

He has raised a beautiful family including the charismatic speaker and teacher PRISCLLA SHIRER. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:)

Tony Evans is a colorful storyteller and gifted communicator. I highly recommend listening for yourself!

You can listen here!

Today, his sermon painted this picture below…

 

2 Peter 1:1-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Growth in Christian Virtue
1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have received a faith of the same [b]kind as ours, [c]by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence. 4 [f]For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral [g]excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

 

Let’s pop some corn!

Don’t forget the extra butter!

 

 

 

 

Doodle 101 / Blank Check

AM I WILLING TO WRITE BLANK CHECKS?

Wrapping up the 5th week in the Armor of God Study by Priscilla Shirer.

THE SHIELD OF FAITH

Priscilla shares a story about building their first house.

It’s a great application for understanding what it “looks likes” (practically speaking) to TAKE UP OUR SHIELD OF FAITH” in commitment to move forward in the direction God calls us to go.  (And He always has somewhere for us to go!)

The first step was to meet with the builder.

The next step was to sign the contract.

This part sounds easy ….just sign your name on a document, but more was required…a “hefty deposit.”  -Earnest money in good faith.

Writing a check requires a deeper commitment.

There is something to lose.

Writing the check demonstrates a level of trust, communicating that there is a belief that the “builder” is trustworthy to fulfill his part of the deal.  Pricilla and her husband had “decades” of experience with this builder and a personal knowledge of his integrity, which gave them great confidence in making the decision to write a check, knowing it was worth the risk.

In order to trust our God enough, that we are willing to write a blank check (daily) we must experience the faithfulness and “integrity” of our Father…which means we must first step out in faith…obedience grows faith. He will prove Himself dependable, trustworthy, and loving.

What is the check He is asking you to write?

In the sermon this week (at my home church) there was a guest speaker who shared about his process of honoring God in the workplace.

He shared this quote:

Everything we (have) are afraid to lose is not ours to begin with…

When we become “last” we become “first” ❤

The risk we feel is false…it’s the lie of the enemy.

God promises only good things for us when we step out in obedience…

NO RISK…ONLY REWARD.

Take up your shield of faith to put out those arrows,

Write the check…that will yield the HIGHEST RETURN:)

(CLICK ABOVE IMAGE FOR PDF)

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, the Lord said, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey. -Luke 17:5-6 (HCSB)

Thanks to Priscilla, for her obedience in stepping out in faith to write and teach.

I am so grateful.

Blessings,

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle’s Alphabet

Mail a Letter: Annabelle's AlphabetAnnabelle is loving her letters. (See original post here) I started out by mailing her a small candy treat with each letter…(That’s what Mimi’s are for, right?) Well, I guess I knew she might like the treat best…and yes, she did:)  So, now I am sending her non-edible extras like Dora the Explorer stickers.  Someday, if my dear daughter sends me a pic of the “mailbox expedition” I might post the results. Until then, 15 more to go!

Mail a Letter : Annabelle’s Alphabet

Annabelle's Alphabet /The letter H in a series of alphabet letters mailed daily to Granddaughter Annabelle  found at 1ArtHouse.wordpress.com
Annabelle’s Alphabet /The letter H in a series of alphabet letters mailed daily to Granddaughter Annabelle found at 1ArtHouse.wordpress.com

Today I completed H, I & J….yay! Only 16 to go!

Hoping my daughter will “capture a moment” of glee, when Annabelle opens her mailbox:) I’ve never known a little girl more crazy over the alphabet!