Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Proverbs 31 - Lesson 20

Welcome and Happy Tuesday!

Proverbs 31:29 (NIV)
Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.

Woman of the Bible = Rebekah

Rebekah's story in an interesting one to me. First of all, any woman who will leave the home she has always know and travel to places far away is very brave. It takes her 20 years to conceive her twins, Jacob and Esau. She then favors Jacob and plots with him to deceive his father, Isaac, and cheat his brother Esau out of his birth right and blessings. The plot works, Esau gets very angry and says when their father dies he will kill Jacob. Jacob leaves for his mother's homeland to escape Esau and his plans.

Robin, the teacher for this class, believes that God gives us examples of imperfect characters so we see how God can use us in our imperfectness. I tend to agree. What do you think?

I used Robin's beautiful graphics to create this two page spread, adding some washi tape and a little verse mapping. 

Here is the link to the Proverbs 31/Women of the Bible class by Robin Sampson.

1. Imperfect Bible characters
2. Hope in God
3.Family coming for Thanksgiving!!

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.

May I pray for you? Please leave a comment and I will add you to my prayer list.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Prayers of Blessing for Your Friend


Starting a new challenge today, because, well, it's what I do! lol

Go to the link above and begin praying for a friend or friends this month.
There is even a booklet you can print out. It is a traveler's notebook style.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Proverbs 31 - Lesson 19

Welcome and blessings.

Proverbs 31: 28
Her children rise up and call her blessed
her husband also and he praises her.

The most appropriate woman of the Bible to fit this verse is Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Some aprocryphal accounts say Mary was betrothed 12-14 years old and died when she was 41.

Twelve to fourteen years old.
Sit with that a moment.

The angel, Gabriel, comes to her and tells her she is to give birth to God's son.
Sit with that a moment.

If you had a daughter that age and she came to you and said an angel told her she was going to give birth to God's son would you believe her?
I wonder if her parents did at first?

The Bible doesn't say an angel visited them, like an angel visited Joseph and told him everything would be okay and to go ahead and marry Mary.
How would you feel?
Would you believe her?
Interesting question.

Other questions to ponder are asked in the song, "Mary Did You Know?"
Above is the link to my favorite version by Pentatonix.
The song makes me cry and makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

The wonders and mysteries of this story are amazing in the least.

Scripture verses to reference this story of "The Incarnation" are:
Betrothed to Joseph - Luke 1:27
The Annunciation - Luke 1:30-31
Mary visits Elizabeth - Luke 1:42-45
Mary's Song - Luke 1:46-55
Jesus' birth - Luke 2:4-16
The Flight to Egypt - Matthew 2:14

Have you ever realized that if we only had the Gospel of Mark, we never would have heard the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus? Mark picks up the story with the baptism of Jesus.

I used vellum to copy the Song of Mary and used it as a tip-in. 

1. Mysteries and wonders of the Bible
2. Thoughts to ponder
3. God's promises

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Proverbs 31 Lesson 18

Happy Sunday and welcome!

Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Jochebed, mother of Moses, is our featured woman of the Bible in this lesson. We find her story in Exodus 1:22 - 2:1-10. Imagine Pharaoh making a law that all Hebrew boys were to be killed and you had a son!! This happened to Jochebed, so she took a basket and laid her baby son, Moses, in it and placed it in the Nile river. Pharaoh's daughter found him in the reeds and had her maid pull him out. She raised him as her own. There is much more to this wonderful story that you can read for yourself in these verses. We all know the wonderful story of Moses being called by God to set His people free. What a proud Mother she must have been.

As usual, I have done a verse mapping with the story, added some washi tape and used Robin's beautiful graphics she provides with the lessons. The link below will take you to her website where you can sign up for this class. It is self paced.

1. Biblical inspiration
2. God's influence
3. God's laws

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Proverbs 31 Study - Lesson 16

Good morning and welcome!

Proverbs 31:25
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.

She can laugh, because she is prepared.

Luke 1:5-80 is our story today. It is about Elizabeth, Zachariah and Mary. Elizabeth is old in years and she and Zachariah are childless. Zachariah is visited by the angel, Gabriel who tells Zachariah that he and Elizabeth will have a son. The story is similar to Sarah and Abraham, who were also in advanced years and like them, Zachariah found it hard to believe it could happen. God made him unable to speak until the baby was born. In the meantime, the same angel visits Mary and tells her she will have God's son. Some time later, Mary goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth and when Elizabeth sees Mary coming she feels her baby move for the first time and has a revelation that Mary will give birth to the Messiah! Pretty heady stuff.
Once more, God has rewarded people who are righteous and faithful.
Elizabeth's son grows up to be John the Baptist, a prophet who tells of the coming of Jesus.
Elizabeth was of the daughters of Aaron. She is revered as a saint in the Catholic Church as the patron of pregnant women.

I just love the llamas Robin provided in this lesson! Aren't they cute?

1. Everyday heroes in our country
2. Creative days
3. Crisp, sunny Autumn days

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Proverbs 31 Challenge - Lesson 15

Welcome and Blessings!

Proverbs 31:24
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchants.

The Widow of Zarephath found in 1Kings 17:7-24 is our story for today. Zarephath was a small Phoenician town, now Surafend, about a mile from the coast. God told Elijah to go there during the great drought and He directed a widow to supply him with food. When he came to the gate, he saw the widow and asked her for water and a piece of bread. She was very poor and told him she barely had enough oil and flour for her son and herself. Elijah told her to not be afraid that the Lord told him if she does this the flour and oil would not run out until God sent the rain. She did what Elijah told her to do and she fed him, her son and herself everyday until the rains came. The flour and oil never ran out. She became a believer in the God of Israel.

Sometimes it hard to remember that "the Lord shall provide," isn't it?
I remember several years ago I was always stressing about having enough money to cover everything. Stress. Stress. Stress. Worry. Worry. Worry. Then one day, while reading Matthew in my Bible, I came across verses 6:25-27:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to you life?"

Since that day, I turned my finances over to the Lord and I have never been unable to pay my bills and put food on the table. He is our Provider!

1. A Lord who provides
2. Art
3. Crafts

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Two Challenges, One Story

Welcome friends! Hope you are having a blessed Sunday.

I was doing my Proverbs 31 Challenge and was all caught up and thought to myself, "You really need to get caught up in the Deeper Still Challenge!" So I checked the lesson and, lo and behold, it was the same story!

Proverbs 31:23
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.

When you think of this verse, who comes to mind? Sarai/Sarah? Yes. She is perfect for this verse.
This story is found in Genesis 18 and is about the time when three men/angels come to visit Abraham. One of them tells Abraham that this time next year Sarah will have a son. Sarah is listening and laughs, for she is an old woman beyond child bearing years. The man asks Sarah why she laughed and she denies having laughed. He tells her she did laugh and to believe all things are possible with God. Sarah had a son and they named him Isaac.

The Proverbs 31 Challenge, Lesson 14:

The Deeper Still Challenge , Lesson 6:

As usual, I verse mapped the story.
I used all my brown washi tape to make the tree. I love how it turned out. We were supposed to paint the tree, but that is not my cup of tea. :) 

1. A Lord who provides
2. My job
3. My marriage

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.