Galatians 5:22

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











Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent - We Rest & Faith Journal

Matthew 11:28
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.

Today in the Advent Study
we rest.
We ponder last week's lessons.
We prepare for next week.

I loved the lessons this week, especially the song I shared in my last post. I have listened to it several times. I hope you listened to it and enjoyed it, also.

This is Week #1 in my Faith Journal.


The two pre-printed verses from Isaiah 9:6 are from Monica. I have shared her links before. IF you would like the link again, leave me a comment and I will post it for you. She has some beautiful files to share to use in your Bible journals. I listed this week's lessons and wrote a few of them down.

Next week's Advent topic is peace. I can't wait to read the lessons.

May the Peace of the Lord be always with you. Amen.

Gratitude
1. The feelings of Hope I've had this week.
2. Rest
3. More rain

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent - We Wait

Advent

And so we begin the journey to Christmas.

Advent - a season of prayer and fasting.
A time of waiting.

Wait. - delay - holdup - pause - bide one's time

And so we wait.

We wait to celebrate His birth.
We wait for His re-birth.
We wait.

How easy is it for you to wait?
For anything?
Are you a patient person?
Or do you pace while waiting?
Or chew your fingernails?
Or have anxiety?

Me? I'm somewhere in the middle.
It depends on what I'm waiting for.
This Advent I'm feeling patient.
I'm longing for this walk to the manger and all it represents.
I'm excited to read the next day's scripture to see what it reveals.
This first week in Advent is teaching me about Hope.
It teaches me to put my trust and hope in a God who never fails me.

Today's reading is:
Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If You, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve You.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in His word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

A reminder that this Advent I am following Sara Laughed's Advent Bible Journaling Study.
http://www.essenceofme.com/advent-illustrated/

Today she suggested we listen to this song, "My soul Waits For the Lord."
It brought me right into the season of waiting. This young girl has an amazing voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG-Q9YhC2Dg&list=PLMnV-hAJigmoD6F0OuT3xC9Q3MgX5PGsS

Gratitude
1. A God who never fails
2. Hope
3. The Wait

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah








Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 30 & Advent

Thanks for joining me on this journey of praise and thanksgiving to our Lord these past 30 days.
I hope it blessed you in some small way.

Day 30 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 30 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Revelation 7:12 (NIV)
"Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"

Write this verse in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging Deeper

Other Translations

KJV
Saying, Amen: Blessings, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

(Other translations were very similar.)

Amen - so be it - assent - approval

Strength - strong - magnitude - advantage

Barnes' Notes on the Bible
The word "Amen" here is a word strongly affirming the truth of what is said.
The general idea is, that the highest kind of praise is to be ascribed to God; everything excellent in character is to attributed to Him; every blessing which is received is to be traced to Him.

Art and Faith Journal


Verse written with Micron 05 brown pen. Arrow die-cut from Pebbles Co.

ADVENT
Verse for today is:
Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Gratitude (Prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 Gifts Astonishing!
1. This election outcome
2. God's mitigation
3. This world

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 29 & Advent

Day 30 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Revelation 11:16-17
And the 24 elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign."

Write this verse in your Prayer Journal and pray it throughout the day.

Day 29 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 29 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 136:2 (NIV)
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

Write this verse in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging Deeper

Other Translations

KJV
O give thanks unto the God of gods:
for His mercy endureth for ever.

MSG
Thank God!
He deserves your thanks.
His love never quits.

CJB
Give thanks to the God of gods,
For His grace continues forever.

forever - everlasting - eternally - incessantly

Nelson's Bible Commentary
"Give thanks" means to give public acknowledgement; it is one of the principal words for praise in the Psalms. Mercy & love are the most significant terms used in the Psalms to describe the character of God.

Art & Faith Journal



Wrote the verse with an orange Zig Millennium pen and included the Angel for the art using drawn hearts to border it in.

ADVENT
Reading for today is:
Psalm 62:5
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 Gifts red
1. A cardinal
2. A candle
3. A red Tootsie Roll pop

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah





Monday, November 28, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 28 and Advent

Day 29 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 107:8-9
Let them give thanks to the Lord
for His unfailing love
and His wonderful deed for mankind,
for He satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.

Write this verse in your Prayer Journal and pray it throughout the day.

Day 28 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 28 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Ezra 3:11
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
"He is good;
His love toward Israel endures forever."
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

Write this verse in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

Foundation - base - substructure - bottom

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The returnees to Jerusalem celebrated laying the temple's foundation in almost the same way that the previous generation had celebrated the first temple.

Art and Faith Journal


Scripture written with brown Micron 05 pen. Foundation wall drawn with colored pencil. Angel found on Pinterest.

ADVENT

Scripture reading for today is:
Isaiah 9:2
"The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned."

Gratitude
1. Temples
2. Churches
3. Family safely home

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Give Thanks, Advent and Faith Journal

Day 28 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Hebrew 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.

Write this in your Prayer Journal and pray it throughout the day.

Day 27 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 27 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

1Peter 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

Write this in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

(In order to keep this post from getting too long, I will not be "digging deeper" today.)

Art & Faith Journal


Today I am thankful for my dogs. I used a dog stamp with brown ink and wrote the scripture with a Pilot dark red G2-07 pen. Remember, you can click on the picture for a bigger view.


The entire week.

ADVENT

I wanted to share the Bible Journaling Advent Study by Sara Laughed that I am going to personally be doing. If you would like to join me you can buy the ebook or hard copy here:

http://www.essenceofme.com/advent-illustrated/

Sara also has a Facebook page for this study. You can find it on the same link.
Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent. She has the study set up that Sunday's are the day we rest, get caught up, etc.
I haven't decided whether I will do all 6 days each week, or pick between 1-6 days. Whichever I choose I will share it here. If you have an opinion on how many days you would like me to choose, leave me a comment below. I will take it under advisement. :)

I hope all of you in the USA had a lovely Thanksgiving, (I sure did) and Happy Advent.

Gratitude
1. Family, family, family!
2. My son and his girlfriend
3. My husband

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 26

Day 27 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 34:1
I will extol the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.

Write this in your Prayer Journal and pray it throughout the day.

Day 26 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 26 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 47:7 (NIV)
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to Him a psalm of praise.

Write this in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
For God is the King of all the earth:
sing ye praises with understanding.

MSG
Applause, everyone.
Bravo, bravissimo!
Shout God-songs at the top of your lungs!

CJB
Sing praises to God,
sing praises!
Sing praises to our King,
sing praises!

psalm - song - poem - hymn

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The repetition of this command is similar to the angelic voices singing of the holiness of God in Isaiah 6:3. The reason for the call is clear: God is the King of all the earth; He deserves our praise.

Art and Faith Journal



Today I am thankful for my cat and he is represented by the cat stamp. Earth picture is a Google image. Psalm written in light blue Pilot G2-07 pen.


This is my real cat, Maverick. Isn't he a pretty boy?!! I love how he always crosses his feet.

Gratitude
1. Cats
2. Birds
3. Elephants

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah