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!


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)




*Inspired by Angela Anderson on You Tube:)


Blessings are to be a mechanism of transfer -Tony Evans

Hello Sisters!

Today’s post comes from Dr. Pastor Tony Evans message “Why God Wants to Bless Us” in his series The Key to Spiritual Victory.

I encourage you to listen! I’m ALWAYS inspired and challenged by Tony Evans! I’ve attached the audio below


The story comes from Luke 5:1-11.

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Jesus’ took the Bible study out on the water. He taught spiritual truth from the boat.
When the sermon is over (vs 4) Jesus has moved from a generic sermon to the multitudes…
from a sermon to everybody … to an instruction for somebody …Peter. (Simon Peter)

It’s One thing to come to church and hear a generic message for everybody…
It’s a another, when you get a message with your name on it. Jesus spoke truth then gave Peter something specific to do. It was a contradiction to everything Peter knew.

He obeyed (though it came from a place of doubt) and a miracle occurred…the greatest catch.

Peter responded by “falling to his knees” in recognition of who HE was, and WHO JESUS IS.

God tells us  “My ways are not your ways” (Isaiah 55:8) He confirms this through His blessing.

God Blesses you

so that you can…

see how much He knows vs what you know
see how Holy He is Vs. how sinful you (we) are
He wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing as you follow Him.” -Tony Evans

Tony describes blessing below:

Blessing: enjoying experiencing and transferring the goodness of God in your life.
If there is no transferring than you have prostituted the blessing.

The Lord desires for us to use His blessing as a mechanism of transfer.
He Blesses you so that you can then follow Him to the next step He has for you…to transfer the blessing to others.

Has God’s blessing caused you to follow Him, or has His blessing caused you to count fish? Are you spending so much time counting fish that you forgot the one who knew where they were located? OR are you so busy looking for what you desire to miss the blessing God has provided?

I love the conclusion of Tony’s talk. He addresses the fish. He asks the question WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE FISH? “THEY LEFT EVERYTHING AND FOLLOWED HIM.” (Vs 11)

HINT:  God Funds His purposes through the blessing.

LISTEN to the audio to hear the end of this powerful sermon!


May the Lord cause us to recognize His blessing that we might better understand WHO we are, and WHOSE we are. May He cause our hearts to be grateful, so that we can’t help but transfer His blessing to others.










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!





Mixed Media Journaling Page Tutorial using decorative napkins

Hi Sisters!

I have mentioned that I am teaching a Bible Journaling class at my home church and I thought I’d share a tutorial on a project we did in class using decorative napkins.

You can use napkins in a variety of ways, and if you adhere them with matte medium, or clear gesso, they will be semi-transparent…allowing you to see text underneath.

This is especially fun if you use them in your Bible! (A little more on that later)

Our class project was to use them as a background with mixed media layers on top.

Start with one piece of deli paper. (I buy deli paper at GFS / 500 sheets for about $5)

Read through the step by step process below before you start:)

1. Apply 1 coat of white gesso to your deli sheet with a foam brush.


2. After drying the gessoed page, separate the layers of your napkin by pulling off the backing. If you have a hard time finding a place to separate the napkin layers, tear a little off the corner to grab a starting point. Then, tear the top napkin layer into pieces. To apply them to the deli paper, brush the area  with matte medium or clear gesso, place the napkin piece on top, then carefully brush the top with more matte medium or gesso.

*Be careful brushing the top of the napkin, it can bunch or tear. If you have trouble with this, “pat” the matte medium on rather than “brush.”

3. With this “design” it is important to plan for the areas you will write a sentiment or verse. (Writing on top of the napkin can be a problem, due to the texture and random small “folds”) If you look in the photo above, I have planned for 2 spaces to be open for wording. (The middle left and bottom right)

4. After applying napkin pieces, then drying the page, apply a thin coat of white gesso or paint over the whole page, using a foam brush. Immediately wipe off some of the paint with a baby wipe, being careful not to rub to hard.

5. Wiping off some of the paint/gesso, will allow the flowers/color to come through, while providing a more muted background…allowing  the next layers to stand out.

6. Using a pencil, draw your flowers. I chose to draw some of them using the napkin flower centers as a starting point. I didn’t use the napkin flower centers for every one. You can erase pencil lines during this step, but be careful not to erase “back and forth.” I find that erasing in “one direction” (while keeping a “light hand”) helps prevent tears in the napkin. Once you are happy with flower placement, go over your pencil lines with a thin tipped micron pen.  Finish this step by erasing the remaining pencil lines.

7. Notice in the pic above that while the flower centers are the “same” the “doodle” flower I drew on top, is much different than the “natural” flower beneath.

8. In the pic above, I wanted you to see (for lack of a better way to say it) my “sloppy” lines. The first “penned” lines will disappear as I go over them later with a black watercolor pencil. Using a black pen for this step, helps me to see the flower lines a little easier. (You could skip this step, and go straight from pencil to watercolor pencil, but you won’t be able to erase your original graphite pencil lines without smearing your watercolor pencil) -make sense?

9. In the pic above, I wanted you to see a close-up of the watercolor pencil over the pen lines. Because you have added dimension and “body” to your deli sheet (with napkins and paint) in order for images to stand out, they must be a bit “weighty” to balance the page. Thin pen lines simply won’t show up very well on their own. The watercolor pencil lines can be left alone, or you can use a water brush to “activate” the color. Sometimes, I like to smear the watercolor pencil lines with my dry finger:)

10. Above is another pic to “confess” my sloppy sketching. I want you to feel FREE to be IMPERFECT through the process! It is the same for our lives…God continues to refine our “messy lines.” ❤️

11. Boy, I’m IMPERFECT & messy!!!

12. I’m showing a couple of things in the pic above. I “activated” all my black watercolor lines with water to give them a bit more depth. I “smeared” some of the center circle  lines into the bottom of each petal to add a bit of shading to the flower. You’ll notice that I also added some detail with a fine tip micron.  Acrylic paint was added  to my “open spaces” (Red and fuchsia) which will later have white lettering on top. (See below)

Finally, I “sketched” my wording in pencil, then went over the pencil with white paint using a round brush. I added scripture around the flowers using a 005 micron pen, and stenciled a few images. You could add more penned doodles, stamps or stickers:)

14. A few more tweaks and I stepped away:)

I add deli paper journaling pages to my bible using a product called zips. Adding washi tape to the outside edge gives the page a more finished look, and protects it from tearing.

You can find ZIPS here.

I need to hear this phrase daily…especially after I’ve decide to order my own day with me, me , me as the center of my focus…BUT REALLY SUE, WHAT DO I HAVE THAT IS NOT YOURS LORD????!!!!

Soooooo thankful the Lord is patient and kind…generous and faithful….slow to anger and constant in going after His LOST sheep.

Below is another example of napkin journaling. This time, using them in full color, as a focus rather than a background.

A few tips I’d like to share on using napkins in your Bible.

1. In a single layer, napkins are transparent once they are dry, if you apply them with clear gesso or matte medium.

2. If you double the napkin layer (laying one on top of the other) they will no longer be transparent:(

I learned this the hard way! I DO NOT INTENTIONALLY COVER TEXT in my Bible. It is my preference to never “cover” God’s Holy Word. UNFORTUNATELY, I have had a few mishaps…this being one of them. In the bottom left corner, I overlapped the flowers and then could no longer read the text…sooooooo, I re-wrote that section (verse by verse) in the margin on the right side 😬 HOPE THIS SAVE YOU FROM DOING THE SAME THING!

Happy Napkining!




DAY 11 / iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Day 11 / John Study / She Reads Truth


I want to shout it from the rooftops…my heart was broken and now it is healed, my eyes could not see, and now they’re wide open..

Amazing Grace saved this wretch.

And you know, Blindness is a condition we were all born with…our sin distorts our vision and causes us to stumble around in the dark.

and sometimes, just like the Pharisees, even in the light, we choose darkness.


I’ve been there… and even though it was an icky place to live, I am glad that I have a better understanding of the light! It all about the ABC’S.

Admit we are sinners. We aren’t perfect like our Savior. We make mistakes.

Believe that Jesus came to save us from the darkness. To unite us with our God.

Choose to accept what He has sacrificed for us. Choose to agree that we NEED a Savior…Choose to walk with Him…Abide in Him…and proclaim His Glory.

There was a time when I didn’t know what it meant to abide. I could admit I was a sinner, Believe that Jesus came to restore me, and even choose to accept that I had NEED…but the daily walking with Him…the daily talking with HIm and about Him, was something I just didn’t get. I didn’t even hear it in the churches I attended.

But, I did hear it when a Sister, who didn’t even know me, invited me to Bible Study, and I then SAW abiding…through other women who came alongside me…took my hand and led the way.

It’s not until we get deep down and personal with our Lord that we can see who He is and who He has made us to be. How can we really know anyone without spending time with them, without listening to their hearts, without “doing life” together?

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but if you’re anything like me, you need to be reminded daily…Who you are and WHO YOUR GREAT GOD IS 🙂

I love what the blind man said when others  denounced Jesus…

25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”


When we experience God’s presence in our lives, we learn to trust who He is…Each time you step out in obedience, God reveals Himself to you. He opens your eyes to see beyond the dark, to the hope that is just around the corner.

This is how our hearts learn the depth of His love.

As Erin said…

“Friends, the gospel is not a treasure to be hoarded. The call on each of our lives is to shout it from every rooftop, whisper it in every coffee shop, declare it to every fellow sinner” (Matthew 28:16-20)

What a treasure His love is…it is a precious bounty that we can give away and gain more! 

Do you know anything else that gives back more than you give away?

What a Good God we serve!!!


I AM SO GRATEFUL, that the Lord heals the blind.

Thank you for this good Word today Lord.



We are all unique, with specific gifting and purpose.  We also learn in different ways…

Do you learn by…

Seeing?    Doing?     Hearing?    Touching?  Repeating?

All of the above?

One of the many things I love about journaling as I study, is the benefit of “touching” more than one way of learning.

This is a JOURNALING study, but it is a BIBLE study first.

Our bread of life is God’s word…and we must EAT…but more than just eat…we must DIGEST, and then MOVE.

The 3 2 1 Method of Study is a process for YOU to hear from the LORD in a PERSONAL way…specific to you…The Lord is so good to meet us right where we need Him the most:)

Thank you Father!

This idea or process of study is similar to a lesson I learned from Anne Graham Lotz, but is simplified by my loving Sister in Christ…Brecken Berning. 

Brecken and I have spent months processing and discerning God’s direction for both of our lives, and although her focus is within Documented Faith (LOVE), I know that her heart and her prayers are with us!


So…let me repeat our “assignment from this morning”


TUESDAY’S SCRIPTURE STUDY: (record your “findings” in a journal or notebook)

Pray before you begin!



(Don’t forget you can print off the 3, 2, 1 Card for yourself!)

3 TRUTHS (simple facts)


EXAMPLES: (What do these truths tell me about God’ character? Is there a promise God is making to me? Is there a warning for me to heed?)


What is the action God is calling me to take?

There are NO right or wrong answers.  Being still takes practice, as does listening.

We Women are WAY better TALKERS, RIGHT?!

What you hear from God will be specific to you, but it may be something someone else needs to hear! Keep that in mind and ACT if God is calling you to share what He has taught you…but, always be motivated by His LOVE:)

I want you to be able to learn and use this method of study to DIGEST God’s Word for yourself.

Always measure what you hear against God’s Holy Word to discern if it is TRUTH. (ACT 17:11)

I’m going to show you my journal, just so you can “SEE” you visual learners!!

Stay with what YOU are comfortable with…You CERTAINLY DON’T HAVE TO MAKE YOURS AS DETAILED.

Simply listen, and write.  If  the Lord gives you a visual…doodle it out:)

Virtue of Contentment/Sue Carroll

Virtue of Contentment/Sue Carroll

Join me in this exercise of patience, while we wait for everyone to get their books.

I believe it is God’s plan!

Learning this method of study is life changing, and I’m so glad we have a little EXTRA time to work on it!

We will continue to study the word ABIDE, the rest of this week.

Please join in conversation on our FaceBook page! WHAT DID GOD TEACH YOU THROUGH THIS PASSAGE?

We will all benefit from connecting with one another!

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so

that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

Hebrews 3:13



John 15:4-5
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

3, 2, 1

Bless you Sisters!


Etsy Shop is RE-Stocked:)


I want to say a BIG thank you to all who have supported me in this endeavor!

(especially my husband, who never says no to my creative bones)

I have sold out twice…something I wasn’t prepared for! (hoping, but not expecting)

Thanks so much to all of you new friends who are following me here at 1Arthouse!

It is always an honor to connect with so many lovely people!

I look forward to hearing from you each day, and absolutely LOVE sharing faith stories!

Ps.  I would love to hear more from you!

Well, I’d better get busy packaging:)


Much love,


We were made for more…

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This week, along with 40 other beautiful women at my church, I began a new bible study written by Jennie Allen called Restless.  Audrey Assad’s song Restless, describes this study in one brief phrase…

“I am restless, until I rest in You.”

In any good story, the author weaves his tale to include many twists and turns…major and minor characters, emotional highs and lows, conflict & resolution.

We try desperately to write our own story, but without knowing what lies ahead, we often write the dime store version for ourselves, leaving our souls to yearn for more…in a state of “restlessness.”

We can be so busy trying to write our own story that we miss the fact that we are already in one. God’s story…and like any character in a book, we are unaware of what comes next…but our author is not.

He knows that His plan is the BEST plan…

He wrote the book “for Heavens sake.”

As long as we keep trying to write our own pages, we will be restless… searching for a better story line and a more satisfying ending.

Instead of filling the whole earth with His glory, we rely on ourselves, seeking our own glory.

I love how Colossians 1:27 puts it…

Christ in us would be the hope of glory.

We were made for more. We were made to do great things…and in those things, the whole earth will see His glory. And if we remain stubborn and silent, building towers in honor of ourselves, well, the Word tells us that “even the rocks will cry out,” in the end, God doesn’t need us, but He chooses us:)

May that be my motivation to take action.  Not to build a name for myself, but to proclaim HIS name above all names…to BE the HOPE of His glory…what an honor.



Getting settled…

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We are beginning to get settled in our new home.  As much as this new season brings about the exciting change of owning a brand new place, full of hand picked aesthetics, the Lord has put it all in perspective as we walk along side my son and his wife and their journey with Ethan. They are literally thankful for each breath their son takes…each time he opens his eyes…each moment of recognition, and each new day.

We often pray for healing, comfort, patience, peace, direction…but I am learning over and over again that Solomon had it right…we should remember to pray for wisdom…with wisdom, we will find God’s will.

From Proverbs 4…

3″When I was a son with my father,
    tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,
    that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
    and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
    guard her, for she is your life.”

With God’s wisdom, we have insight into the bigger picture.

There, we will gain confidence in knowing that God is good…

Bless you,