Galatians 5:22

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











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:

http://www.rebekahrjones.com/bible-art-journaling-challenge/deeper-still/

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.


Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah


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.



Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Watch Your Mouth

Did your mother ever tell you to "watch your mouth" or "bite your tongue," when you got a little sassy as a kid? I will admit mine did. Every once in a while I would forget myself and get a little sassy and she would say one of those quotes to me. Sternly. I deserved it. I was out of line.

Thinking back on this the other day, I decided to do a Bible study on the words tongue and mouth.

Here a few of my favorite verses.

Job 27:4
My lips will not say anything wicked
and my tongue will not utter lies.

Psalm 12:3
May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue

Proverbs 10:19
...but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 10:30
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

Acts 2:26
Therefore my heart is glad
and my tongue rejoices;
my body will also rest in hope.

Romans 14:11
...every tongue will acknowledge God

1Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of man or of angels,
but do not have love,,
I am only a resounding gong
or a clanging cymbal.

There are many others, but I can't share them all.

I also documented this study in my Faith Journal.


All images are from Google images. I choose the pink washi tape, because it reminded me of open mouths. I used the dogs with tongues hanging out, because I thought they were cuter than humans with their tongues hanging out. :-) And I believe ALL tongues give praise to God.
Anyway, it makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too and gives you food for thought.

Someone once said that we use our mouths to Praise God and to tear down our fellow humans.
Let's all try to pause before we speak and think about our words.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts that might never have been
1. My son Donovan
2. My son Travis
3. My life

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!!

Happy New Year, everyone!!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Mine was lovely. Quiet, but nice.

I feel 2017 is going to be a good year.
I'm hopeful.
I have new focus.
A new outlook.
I have new goals.

There are snowflakes falling outside my window as I write this.
Each one is unique and different and beautiful.
God created them that way.
Just like He created us that way.
Find kindness in your heart this year for everyone you encounter.
Look out from God, instead of at God.
You will see a whole new world.


The cover page for 2017 in my Faith Journal. You may need to click on it for a better view. The blues are showing up kind of light.

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

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

Gratitude
1. Each of you
2. Snowflakes
3. A new year, a new beginning

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent - Joy - Faith Journal Update

This week of Advent the topic is Joy.

1Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen Him,
you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now,
you believe in Him
and are filled with an inexpressible
and glorious joy;
for you are receiving the end result
of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

I think this passage is so beautiful.

How is your Advent journey going?
Are you doing a study?
I'd love to know in the comments below.


I'm enjoying documenting Advent in my Faith Journal. Do you think I overdid the pink this week? I really had fun with it and love spending time with the Lord this way.

The color of the candle we light for this week is pink. In the church, the color pink represents joy. This week's candle is also known as the shepherd's candle. The shepherd's surly knew joy when they found the babe as the angel said they would.

My favorite Christmas songs for this year are:

"Mary Did You Know?"
(My favorite verse is "When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of the God.")

"O Holy Night"
(My favorite verse is "Long lay the world in sin and error pining; 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.")

Do you have a favorite Christmas song?
I'd love to know that, too in the comments below.

Gratitude
1. Joy in the Lord
2. Believing without seeing
3. The Gospels

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent - Peace - Faith Journal

This week we are studying about Peace.

Other verses I found regarding Peace are:

Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say,
"Peace be within you."

Proverbs 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give you.

Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace
and to mutual edification.

My Faith Journal for this 2nd week of Advent.


Gratitude
1. God's peace
2. His timing
3. SNOW!!!

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

Romans 15:33
The God of Peace be with you all.
Amen.

Blessings,
Deborah

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