Galatians 5:22

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deeper Still, VM & Faith Journal

Sorry I was away for a while.
I had to cover for the boss' vacation and worked six days a week for two weeks. Didn't leave any time for study, art or anything really.
I have recovered and am trying to get caught up with everything.

Yesterday I did the Deeper Still Challenge, Lesson #2, by Rebekah R. Jones.
Joy is the theme of:

Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
You make known to me the path of life;
You fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Indicates the eternal life given by the resurrected Savior to all who trust in Him.

I also did a short Verse Mapping in my Faith Journal.

I covered the letters of JOY in washi tape and cut them out. I used a pink washable marker to color the page behind the letters. Almost wish I had chosen a lighter pink. On the second page I added some flower stickers and found synonyms for the two words that stood out for me. Like I said, this is a short verse mapping as I am still a little tired.

I am going away for the weekend and will be shopping for a Bible Journal. I have finally decided that I want one. I am leaning towards the Inspire version, but we shall see. I love the headings for each book in that one.

1. Catching up
2. You
3. Bible Journals

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

I always say a prayer of thanks for each of you that have stopped by. If you have a specific need for prayer, please leave a comment below and I will pray for you.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Rev. 1:10-11 & Verse Mapping

John was in the Spirit!!
Are you?
I'm feeling I'm being led by the Spirit to continue this study of Revelation and learn all I can.
My favorite has become cross referencing. I love seeing the New Testament mirrored in the Old Testament. Brings it all together and makes it feel even more real to me.

As it says in Exodus 17:14 and Revelation 1:11, "Write this on a scroll..;" I feel that writing down the scripture helps me to remember and understand it better. Remember back in grade school that Monday night's homework was to write our spelling words five times each?
Writing helps the brain recall what you read.

Rev. 1:10-11 (NIV)
On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

I can't wait to see what Jesus tells John to write to these seven churches!

I was feeling the need for a little more art in my Verse Mapping. The scroll is a Goggle image and I traced the dove from another Google image. I love the new feather washi tape I found. It was perfect for this page, don't you think?
(Click on the photo for a bigger image.)

1. Being in "the Spirit"
2. Art work
3. OT and NT

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

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


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rev. 1:8-9 Verse Mapping

Another wonderful morning spent studying the word of God in the book of Revelation!

Traditionally it was believed that the Apostle John wrote Revelation, but more modern scholars reject this idea. Nobody really knows who this "John of Patmos" is. Well, God does and that is all that really matters, eh?

I have always loved it when God calls Himself the "Alpha and the Omega." Maybe because they are Greek words and my father was Greek. I love most things Greek, as I associate them with him. I just like the way they sound. Alpha and Omega! The Beginning and the End of all creation.

Christians still go to Patmos Island on pilgrimage to see the cave where John had his vision. I think I will add it to my "Bucket List" of places I would like to see.  According to the pictures in a search I did on Patmos, it is a beautiful island in the Aegean Sea. Lots to see and do.

My Faith Journal showing Verse Mapping of Revelation 1:8-9. 
The Alpha and Omega picture was found on Pinterest. Artist unknown.
The map was found on Bing doing a search of Patmos.

1. The Alpha and the Omega
2. John of Patmos
3. Visions

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 below if you are in need of prayer.
I would be honored to pray for you.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Revelation 1:6-7

I am loving this new study of Revelation using verse mapping.
I have added cross referencing and am finding this very interesting.
I found out that the book of Daniel is an outline for Revelation.
Didn't know that!

Did you know that the New Testament mirrors the Old Testament?
I heard of this a while back.
I'm finding this to be very true.

Daniel talks about his vision of "the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven" which is also talked about in Revelation 1:7 "Look, He is coming with the clouds."

In Zechariah 12:10 it says "...and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son." Revelation 1:7 says "all the peoples on earth will mourn because of Him."

I made the translations I printed from Bible Gateway look like clouds in my Faith Journal, added some washi tape, defined some words, did some cross referencing and looked up a couple of commentaries. Verse Mapping completed!

1. Our Savior
2. The Bible
3. Study of His Word

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

May I pray for you?
Please leave your prayer requests in the comments below.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Revelation Study

I am doing a study on Revelation. I plan to do verse mapping and lots of reading on the subject. It has been a book I have wanted to study for years.
Time to conquer Revelation!!

I skipped to verses 1:4-5, since 1-3 were the Prologue. I do love verse three:
3) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Isn't that beautiful?

In verse four "the seven spirits before His throne" caught my eye, so I looked it up in four different commentaries.

Nelson's Bible Commentary says:
May refer to the angels of the seven churches. (Used this for my art. See picture below.)

The notation at the bottom of the page in my NIV Bible says:
That is, the sevenfold* Spirit.
*sevenfold = seven times as great.

Bible Gateway says:
A literal translation, perhaps referring to the perfect fullness of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. says
These spirits also said to be the "seven eyes," which are the Seven Spirits of God sent out to all the earth. (Rev. 5:6)

Can anyone add to this for me?
Please leave a comment below.

I am excited to begin this journey!
I have challenged the "Verse Mapping, Bible" group on Facebook to join me. Please join the group and the challenge to follow along and post your own work.

My Faith Journal photos:

Graphics found on Google images and traced on vellum.

Amplified Bible (AMP) translation with footnotes printed from Bible Gateway.

Remember you can always click on the photo for a larger image.

Hope you join this challenge!

1. Angels
2. The Holy Spirit
3. Commentaries

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

If you have a prayer request please leave a comment below.
I would be honored to pray for you.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Bible Journal Art Challenge

I love challenges!
Can you tell? lol
I have taken on a new challenge today.
It is a 52 week Bible Journaling challenge over at Rebekah R. Jones' site and the challenge is called,
"Deeper Still."
Here is the link if you are interested:

Rebekah also has a Facebook page so you can share your work with the group.
You can find the link to her group on her website.

If you follow here regularly, you know I don't journal in a Bible, but do so in my Faith Journal.
I decided to go "Deeper Still" and verse map the verses a little with a word study and one comparison of verses 10-13.
Those verses spoke to me the deepest.
(see photo below)

The graphic is a free one from Rebekah for taking the challenge. She also links to her YouTube channel and shows you how do it all. She has many wonderful videos, as she has given these challenges for a couple of years. You can still do those, also.

Let me know if you take the challenge in the comments below.

1. Challenges!
2. The Psalms
3. Restoration by God

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


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Verse Mapping

How many of you have done Verse Mapping?

I did it here for the month of November, but I have never done it like this.
(see photo in my Faith Journal below)

This is a study on:

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
For it is by grace 
you have been saved,
through faith -
and this not from yourselves,
it is a gift from God -
not by works,
so that no one can boast.

The only thing I left out was Bible comparison, which I will try to incorporate next time.
I simply forgot.
But, I did add the history of Ephesus.

This is a great way to do a more in depth study of God's word.
I really enjoyed this.

I hope you will give it a try.
Let me know if you do or have.

1. Salvation
2. Gifts
3. Snow

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

Please leave any prayer requests in the comments below.
I would be honored to pray for you.