Doodle 101 / Butterfly / Christ in ME!

As we have come to the close of our Women’s Bible Study “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer I am revisiting so many “ah-ha” moments the Lord has spoken into my heart. Re-recording many, in hopes that I won’t forget them!

Priscilla asks the question…”If salvation was only meant to give us a ticket to eternity, what good would it do us now while we are still on earth? Do we just sit around waiting?”

“Receiving salvation is not the same as applying salvation. The first redeems us; the second restores, protects, and shields us daily from the attacks of the enemy.”

I love how she breaks down these aspects of salvation:

Justification : past

Glorification : future

Sanctification : daily

“Sanctification is a process by which we are continually delivered from the wrath of God on earth, fortified against the enemy’s attacks, and molded into the image of Christ as our minds are renewed.”

-Priscilla Shirer.

Is change happening daily? Are we growing to be more like Christ each day or are we stuck in our cocoon?

This is an awesome definition of salvation from the Lexham Theological Workbook:

“Salvation is the rescue from a state of danger and the restoration to wholeness and prosperity.”

We have been rescued from the danger of death to be restored to wholeness and prosperity! We were meant to fly with the power of Christ to accomplish/ overcome anything.

Applying salvation is not a passive assignment. It requires a daily strategy. It is the process of “renewing our human mind” plaqued with “wrong thinking”…limited by a sinful perspective.

Paul instructs us to “take every thought captive” -an ongoing action.

It is a lifestyle, a moment by moment strategy of abiding in Christ.

We must continually replace our sinful thinking (fueled by satan’s attacks) with God’s thinking. Righteous thoughts fueled by truth.

As believers, we have the DNA of CHrist within us! Our responsibility is to rely on Him, resisting our tendency to fall back to our human patterns of thought that take us on a daily emotional roller coaster.

Every piece of armor is rooted in God’s Word, which is TRUTH, which is Christ Jesus.

KNOW IT.  BELIEVE IT. REMAIN IN IT… AND THEN GO!

LIVE every day with your crown on.

One day after Bible study, my dear friend’s daughter (5 years old) walked in wearing a princess crown. She had just come from school, and had worn it there all morning.  What a precious reminder of truth she was for me that morning!

She loves her crown, and is not embarrassed to wear it anywhere!

I want sweet Mya to remember this forever.

We have an a rich inheritance we share with Christ ….

We can be secure, confident, and hopeful when we have it on.

Colossians Chapter 3

2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Take every thought captive. Replace negative thoughts with truth. Post it on your door posts…speak of it as you wake, as you walk and as you lie down. God’s perspective sees beyond all circumstance to the great hope He has prepared for those who believe.

Bless you,

sue

Weekly Bullet Point Journaling Sheets for The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

We finished our last video session (at my church) with Priscilla on Wednesday, but have one more week to meet. It is so encouraging to end our study time together with a final gathering for fellowship, worship and sharing.

When we are provided the opportunity to see God’s glory…His faithful provision in the lives of others… we can’t help but be inspired with hope for our future!

Isn’t it true, that often after God meets us in our need, we get up the next day and forget what He has done! Keeping a record (journaling) helps us with a tangible reminder. Like altars of stones, we can “see” the places God graciously reached down into our lives to rescue us.

So…I find it helpful to spend time at the end of a study recording the highlights…ah-ha moments…truth that jumped off the pages of scripture and into my heart, initiating change that moved me in the direction God called me to go.

I created these bullet point sheets to help with the process.


Click on the above images for the PDF files. (You will be directed to another page / click on the grey titles) All of today’s files are 8 1/2 x 11 Ready to be added to your journaling folder:)

I also created a journaling sheet for the 3, 2, 1 Method of study.

You can click on the image below for the printable PDF

Blessings,

Identity Card / free printable (3 per page)

From page 176 / The Armor of God Study by Priscilla Shirer

FROM EPHESIANS CHAPTER ONE

This is a GREAT exercise,.,.one that should happen daily, moment by moment…part of the 3 P process…PAUSE, PRAY, and then PROCEED.

I don’t know about you, but it helps me to have visual reminders. It’s part of the reason I love Bible Journaling so much. I’m a slow learner 😜

I printed these off on cardstock, cut them out and passed them out at our Bible Study.  If you like, feel free to do the same!

(There are 3 on each page) CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR THE PDF FILE

“Let the enemy know you mean business… Let your prayer resound with the promises of God over your life! “. -Priscilla Shirer

Bless you,

sue

Doodle 101 / Unpack Truth / from The Armor of God Study by Priscilla Shirer

This week begins our (my church’s women’s bible study) last in the Armor of God Study by Priscilla Shirer.

WK 6 THE HELMET OF SALVATION

“Salvation is meant to implement an entire new way of thinking into your life.”  -Priscilla Shirer

“What the brain is to the body, the mind is to the soul.”  -Priscilla Shirer

Until we allow God to renew our minds, our lives will remain the same…stuck in the limited and “wrong thinking” of our human minds.

I will repeat this truth again….We can have a mind like Christ! (1 Cor 2)

Let that sink in…

With a mind like Christ, we can see beyond any circumstance to the hope and GOOD PLAN for the FUTURE God has for us.

In the midst of losing a job…we can see hope

Beyond the chaos of challenging relationships…we can see who God is, and who He says WE ARE…AND that it’s not “all about me.”

Above the loss and disappointments of this earthly life, we can see the eternal.

We can live the full life Christ died to give us…understanding that our purpose is not to find “happiness for ourselves” but to Love God and love others…living as “the last” on earth with the promise that we will be first with Christ. To be FREE from the bondage of sin that keeps us in chains.

Our HUMAN MIND cannot “reason” these truths out.  Only the Spirit can renew our mind to “think like Christ.” (1 Cor 2)

The Helmet of Salvation is the truth that resides in our heart & mind…the belief and faith of our true identity. That Christ came to save us from ourselves…to bring us new life and a hope for our future.

We must know and act out our belief…trusting God …putting our faith into ACTION.

Today’s doodle comes from Priscilla’s analogy of her luggage.

She shares that she and her family travel extensively. Being a sought after public speaker, means traveling to events all over the world.

She confides in us that after some of these trips, she has a tendency to leave her unpacked luggage in the corner of her closet until she is looking for a particular article of clothing.  After searching in her drawers, washing machine, dryer and laundry basket, she finally realizes what she’s lookin for is still in her suitcase on the floor.

(I’m smiling right now, because I returned from a trip on Monday, and my unpacked suitcase remains on the floor of my closet!)

Her analogy goes on like this:

Our unpacked suitcase is much like the unpacked truth we carry around.  (Or leave on the pages of our sermon notes) We can walk out of church with a “bag” full of truth and leave it all, right in that bag on the floor of our closet…never actually using it…never “putting it on.”

Until we step out with our truth and put it into ACTION, our lives remain unchanged.

LIKE OUR UNPACKED SUITCASE FULL OF IMPORTANT ARICLES OF CLOTHING…We leave the power of God’s Word in the back corner of our mind…never “putting it on” …never allowing it to transform us and move us forward in the direction God has planned.

I just spent a few weeks with my Granddaughter. (She recently turned 6)

At bedtime, we read stories & then have girl talk, something we both look forward to!  One night, I was explaining the 3 P’s …PAUSE, PRAY & then PROCEED.  She’s a smart cookie, and seemed to understand what I was teaching her.  To her school’s credit, she is learning some incredible principles in the classroom…compassion, tenacity, craftmanship, courage, and self discipline. (After spending time with her class, it was encouraging to hear these 6 year old describe circumstances using these concepts!) Anyway, I told her that without God’s help, we can never fully achieve these characteristics. (Her school calls them “the way of the Blue Bear” ) Sometimes we don’t want to show compassion to the bully in our class, or use tenacity to overcome something that is hard…and sometimes we don’t want to use self discipline when there is cookie on the counter and no grown up in sight…we need God’s help.

(Pause, Pray and then Proceed.) She definitely pondered this and we prayed about it.

The next night, while reading stories, out of the blue she says, “Mimi, I like the 3 P’s, but I am going to also remember the 3 T’s.”

I said, Annabelle, that’s awesome…so what are the 3 T’s? And she replied, “I am going to TRY and THINK before I TALK.”

Kids are incredible…and capable of far more than we give them credit!!!

The point is…

We can “collect truth,” feel better for the moment we hear it, but never utilize it in our lives.  Truth is not meant to just be heard and filed away in our “suitcase” It is meant to become active in everything we do!

UNPACK YOUR TRUTH. It is meant to bring you LIFE ! As the Holy Spirit reveals truth to you, God has great purpose for that truth..purpose that will bring you blessing…peace, fulfillment, & joy! (FRUIT!) Purpose that reveals God’s glory.

Upack your suitcase…practice the 3 P’s (and the 3 T’s) and you will keep moving forward to the places God calls you to go.

Obedience develops faith…

It is the place God meets you and transforms you.

Click on the image below for the PDF file

 

Blessings,

 

IDENTITY- Paper hand game

 

I grew up in the 70’s and I sure remember these!

I didn’t know what to call them??? I actually don’t remember calling them anything:) After trying to “google” their name I found a few…fortune tellers, pick-a-number, salt cellars(????), cootie catchers…hahaha.

Whatever you might call them, I bet many of you out there remember them too!

Why did we like to play with these silly things? I think it was about using our hands, seeing a “picture in our minds,” & looking forward to uncovering a mystery. You didn’t know what you’d get each time you played.

I remember looking forward to an answer I wanted to hear…usually disappointed, but then I’d want to try again!

Isn’t that such a parallel to our life?

We keep “looking for love in all the wrong places” and are left feeling disappointed, lonely, frustrated, hopeless, and unloved.

I wanted to create one of these cute little things that was more than just a false  “fortune teller”

I wanted to create an “IDENTITY REMINDER”

An active and fun way to remind each other of who we are in Christ and what He has promised us.  Instead of landing on a false truth, we can uncover life giving truth…our true IDENTITY…not one the world give us, that leaves us feeling unworthy and never good enough…but the one our Creator assigned to us out of LOVE. That is definitely something to look forward to!

I was reminded once again, of my favorite Chapter in Ephesians.

Priscilla shared this chapter of Ephesians in her video this week. (Wk 6)

Ephesians Chapter 1 is a place I run to when I need to be reminded of who I am and the great love and blessing God longs to lavish on me.

It is the chapter I send young ladies to, who are struggling with who their peers say they are…It is the powerful sword of TRUTH we can use to fight against the lies of the enemy that bombard us every day.

May these be an active reminder of WHO you are and WHOSE you are ❤️

Below you can find both a Black and White PDF (if you’d like to color your own) or a copy of one I colored. Click on the image then click on the grey title on the next page:)

HOW TO FOLD——>  http://pin.it/SzA4PE_

Hope you have fun with these. Share them with your daughters:)

Bless you!

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,

Shield of Faith

This is Week 5 in The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.  It’s all about faith.

The Shield of Faith.

Priscilla mentions that if we are struggling to move forward in obedience, which is where our faith is developed, we do not need a BIGGER FAITH…we need to realize we have a BIG GOD.

We often have a distorted view of our God’s faithfulness, because we have not fully experienced it due to our lack of trust.

To develop an accurate view, we must take the first step, like a trust fall, He will be there.

I love Priscilla’s quote below:

“Whether or not a chair can hold my weight has nothing to do with how much faith I have. I could possess all the faith in the world, but my faith doesn’t make the chair any more strong or sturdy.” -Priscilla Shirer

We have to sit in the chair to become accustomed to it’s ability to carry our weight.  With each exercise of obedience, God grows our faith. We become more accustomed to His ability to carry our weight!

If you feel weak…fearful…or full of doubt…speak God’s promises of goodness and faithfulness…His Word is the power we need to move forward.

Our God is a bridge worth crossing…confidence, faith, strength, joy, peace, self control, patience, kindess, goodness and love wait on the other side:)

Let go of the hold you have on the lies of the enemy and declare the truth of the freedom the Lord has made.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE  BELOW FOR THE PDF

Blessings,

 

The Shield of Faith

I am in week 5 of the study THE ARMOR OF GOD by Priscilla Shirer..studying the shield of faith.

I have been a long time listener of her Father…Pastor Tony Evans.

This week, Priscilla quotes her earthly Daddy. Here is a very memorable quote from him this week!

 

More on the shield of faith later this week!

Blessings,

Flip your boat over

In the study The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer, Priscilla tells us a story about her neighbor’s canoe.

Having 3 boys, and living near a pond is beyond tempting.  Boys are made to play in the mud of a pond.

Anyway, she shares that all she has to do is say the word, and her neighbor walks down to the pond to turn over the boat and make it ready for the eager passengers…Happy to share his boat and his pond.

One particular day, this nice man was unable to meet them, but insisted they go anyway.

So, it was up to them to walk down and flip over the boat, knocking out any unwanted visitors, before they would get in for a turn.  As she tells this part of the story, (during the video) she scrunches up her nose and confides in us that she isn’t a big fan of the creepy crawly’s that hide under the dark, damp, boat. It’s scary…who knows what is going to jump out from underneath that cold, dark place…or what might still be hiding down in the bottom of the boat…ready to join them on their trip around the pond.

If left unturned, all sorts of creepy bugs, worms, and mold lurk underneath…growing and multiplying…inviting all their bug friends to move in.

Priscilla says this:

“I didn’t need to personally invite them (fruit flies) into my house, all I had to do was create an environment conducive for them, and they just invited themselves. The environment I created WAS the invitation.”

Unrighteousness is all the invitation the enemy needs to set up camp.

The “one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it” sins. (James 4:17) Sin exposes you to the dark dwelling creepy crawlers.

What a perfect visual for our need to flip over our boat! If we keep the schemes and lies of the enemy away from the light, they grow and fester in the dark and overtake us…affecting everything we do.

We have to lean in towards the light…everyday. Plug into the source. Surround ourselves with truth and truth seekers…so we aren’t distracted by what is lurking around the corner, or under our boat! Expose it to the light, gaining God’s perspective as He illuminates our life with truth and hope.

Let’s remember to flip over our boat daily!

xo,

sue