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, 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

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






Friday, November 25, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 25

Day 26 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
2Corinthians 4:15
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

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

Day 25 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Da6 25 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Nehemiah 9:5 (NIV)
And the Levites - Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabinoiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah - said,
"Stand up and praise the Lord your God,
who is from everlasting to everlasting."

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

Digging Deeper

Other Translations
KJV
Then the Levites, Jeshua and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabnoiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said
"Stand up and bless the Lord your God
for ever and ever:
and blessed be Thy glorious name,
which is exalted above all blessings and praise.

everlasting - forever - eternal - endless - perpetual

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The importance of the name of God can scarcely be overestimated.

Art and Faith Journal


Verse written with a green micron 5 pen. "Give thanks" picture by Debbie Mumm.

Gratitude
1. An everlasting God
2. Time spent with my son and girlfriend
3. A day off with family

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving to those in and from the USA!!!

Day 25 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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

Day 24 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 24 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 145:1-2
I will exalt You,
my God the King;
I will praise Your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise You and extol Your name
for ever and ever.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
I will extol Thee, my God,
and I will bless Thy name,
for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless Thee;
and I will praise Thy name
for ever and ever.

MSG
I lift You high in praise, my God,
O my King! and I'll bless Your name
into eternity.
I'll bless You every day, and keep it up
from now to eternity.

AMP
I will exalt You, my God, O King,
and (with gratitude and submissive wonder)
I will bless Your name
forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You
and lovingly praise You;
Yes, (with awe-inspired reverence)
I will praise Your name
forever and ever.

exalt - worship - revere - elevate - promote

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The psalm expresses God's grandness in the universe and reminds us of how small we are in His presence.

Art and Faith Journal


Micron 5 brown pen was used to write the psalm. Comfy chair stamp in green ink to give thanks for my reading chair. "Give thanks" picture of turkey by Debbie Mumm.

Gratitude
1. Family day
2. Safe travels
3. Turkey and all the fixings

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 23

Day 24 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 69:30
I will praise God's name
in song and glorify Him
with thanksgiving.

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

Day 23 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 23 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Exodus 15:2 (NIV)
The Lord is my strength and my defenses -
He is my God,
and I will praise Him,
my father's God,
and I will extol Him.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
The Lord is my strength and song,
and He is become my salvation:
He is my God,
and I will prepare Him an habitation;
my father's God,
and I will exalt Him.

MSG
I'm singing my heart out to God -
what a victory!
He pitched horse and rider into the sea.
God is my strength,
God is my song,
and, yes!
God is my salvation.

(How did NIV go from song to defenses?!! I like song so much better. Interesting.)

extol - praise - acclaim - exalt

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Because "my strength and my song: is such an unusual pairing of words, some have thought that the word translated "song" must mean "power," "fortress," or something similar. A person of faith may regard the living, omnipotent God as the reason for singing!

(Ahhh. That explains it! I don't know about you, but I always feel like God is a reason to sing!)

Art and Faith Journal


The rest of this week, I am going to add things I am thankful for along with writing the verse. They may not always be art pertaining to the verse alone. Today I used stamps and a magazine clipping of a beach for the art. The verse was written with a purple Pilot G2-07 pen.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts only in Christ
1. Salvation
2. Eucharist
3. Risen in Him

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

Blessings,
Deborah





Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 22

Day 23 - 30 day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Jremiah 33:11
...the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,

"Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
for the Lord is good;
His love endures forever."

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the Lord.

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

Day 22 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 22 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge



Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 150:1-2
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
Praise ye the Lord.
Praise God in His sanctuary:
praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for His mighty acts:
praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

CJB
Halleluyah!
Praise God in His holy place!
Praise Him in the heavenly dome of His power!
Praise Him for His mighty deeds!
Praise Him for His surpassing greatness!

sanctuary - refuge - haven - shelter

surpassing - incomparable - outstanding - exceeding

Nelson's Bible Commentary
A psalm of praise.

Art and Faith Journal



I used ink and colored pencils to make the drawing and an orange micron pen for the verse. God loves when we spend time with Him reading His word and/or adding art. The important thing is spending time with Him; whether we are gifted artists or a novice like me. :)

Gratitude
1. Sanctuaries
2. God's greatness
3. Holidays

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Monday, November 21, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 21

Day 22 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Daniel 2:23
I thank and praise You,
God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
You have made known to me what we asked of You,
You have made known to us the dream of the king.

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

Day 21 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 21 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 31:21 (NIV)
Praise be to the Lord,
for He showed me the wonder
of His love when I was
in a city under siege.

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

Digging Deeper

Other Translations
KJV
Blessed be the Lord;
for He hath shewed me His mavellous
kindness in a strong city.

MSG
What a stack of blessings You have piled up
for those who worship You,
ready and waiting for all who run to You
to escape an unkind world.

CJB
In the shelter of Your presence
You hide them from human plots,
You conceal them in Your shelter,
safe from contentious tongues.

siege - surrounded - attack - assault

Nelson's Bible Commentary
God makes His people safe in the intimacy of His friendship.

Art and Faith Journal



This is a copied file from Monica of Bible Journaling by Monica. Here is her YouTube link.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4X9ILzXOTX7n99ME74WHw
If you join her channel and Facebook page you will have access to her wonderful Bible Journaling files on Facebook. She makes beautiful art to worship our Lord. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Monica.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts family
1. Shared memories
2. Birth Mother and adopted Mother
3. Belonging

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

Blessings,
Deborah





Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 20

Day 21 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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

Day 20 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 20 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
Continue in prayer,
and watch in the same with thanksgiving.

MSG
Pray diligently.
Stay alert,
with your eyes wide open
in gratitude.

CJB
Keep persisting in prayer,
staying alert in it
and being thankful.

prayer - a reverent petition to God.
a request - entreaty - supplication - thanksgiving

devote - commit - assign - pledge

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Paul encourages the Colossians to be diligent in prayer and thanksgiving.

Art and Faith Journal



Last pocket and tag for this week.


This whole week of pockets and tags. I think it makes a nice spread. Tree and acorn from Pebbles die cuts packet.

Gratitude
1. Prayer time
2. Art time
3. Devotionals

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

Blessings,
Deborah






Saturday, November 19, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 19

Day 20 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good;
His love endures forever.

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

Day 19 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 19 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 148:7-10

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail,
snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do His bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds.

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

Praise the Lord!!
Praise the Lord!!

Digging Deeper

Nelson's Bible Commentary
All of the universe is called to boast of the wonder of God. Verses 7 - 10 switches to the earth. All creatures below are to praise our great God.

This is my favorite Psalm. Psalm 33 is my second favorite. All the rest take third place, but I love them all. The Book of Psalms is my favorite book of the Bible. I find so much comfort there.

I'd like to share a YouTube video by Louie Giglio who gives a very moving talk about the universe praising God.

It always takes my breath away and makes me cry in joyful praise of our Lord and all the wonders He has created for us.
Please treat yourself and take a moment to watch this.
Praise the Lord!

Art and Faith Journal


I do believe that even the wild animals praise the Lord and everything under the heavens.
Using more scrapbook paper, I created pocket #6 and added a giraffe from a Cocoa Daisy paper I had in my stash. Once again, the tag has the psalm written on the inside.

Gratitude
1. The Universe
2. Wild animals
3. Sea creatures

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Friday, November 18, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 18

Day 19 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
1Timothy 2:1-3
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

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

Day 18 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 18 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 92:1
It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to You,
O Most High.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
It is a good thing to give thanks
unto the Lord,
and to sing praises unto Thy name,
O Most High.

MSG
What a beautiful thing, God,
to give thanks,
to sing an anthem to You,
the High God!

CJB
It is good to give thanks to Adonai
and sing praises to Your name, 'Elyon.

AMP
It is a good and delightful thing
to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to Your name,
O Most High.

Nelson's Bible Commentary
A psalm of descriptive praise, celebrates the person and work of God in an exuberant way.

Art and Faith Journal



Continuing with pockets and tags.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
A gift made, shared, passed on
1. A quilt
2. Food
3. Love

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

Blessings,
Deborah





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 17

Day 18 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
1Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name,
make known among the nations what He has done.

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

Day 17 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 17 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Colossians 1:12 (NIV)
and giving joyful thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of His holy people
in the kingdom of light.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
Giving thanks to the Father,
which hath made us meet
to be partakers of the
inheritance of
the saints in light.

CJB
giving thanks to the Father
for having made you fit to share
in the inheritance of His
people in the light.

qualified - adequate - trained - instructed - sufficient

inheritance - something from the past that is still important or valuable.

light - illumination - radiance - gleaming

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Believers can never be qualified on their own; instead God must make them sufficient through Jesus Christ. The inheritance is not one we have earned, but is based on being qualified by God.

Art and Faith Journal


Another pocket and tag. I like the key motif. It reminds me that God's word is key to my existence.

Gratitude
1. Being qualified
2. Being in on the inheritance
3. His light is a lamp unto my feet

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 16

Day 17 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 100:4
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him
and praise His name.

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

Day 16 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 16 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 56:10-11 (NIV)
In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise -
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
In God will I praise His word:
in the Lord will I praise His word.
In God have I put my trust:
I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

MSG
I'm proud to praise God,
proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
what can mere mortals do to me?

Trust - confidence - faith - belief - reliance

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The double insert of this shout of praise shows the psalmists great enthusiasm for the praise of God.

Art and Faith Journal


Another pocket and tag. I can't wait to show them all to you at the end of the week. :)

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts silent
1. Falling snow
2. Light rain
3. The moon

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 15

Before I start today's challenges I would like to say something about our recent election in the US.
No matter who is president in this country or any other country, God is King. If we can meet each other there, in God, and talk and comfort and listen, we can heal and make this country great again. We cannot do it through violence and rage at each other. We can only do it through the love of God.

May your day be blessed with holy things. Amen

Day 16 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilnd
Ephesians 5:3-4
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

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

Day 15 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 15 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

I hope you are enjoying digging deeper into these scriptures as much as I am. I find the commentaries particularly interesting.

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Leviticus 7:12 (NIV)
If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness,
then along with this thank offering they are to offer
thick loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil,
and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded
and with oil mixed in.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
If he offers it for a thanksgiving,
then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving
unleavened cakes mingled with oil,
and unleavened wafers anointed with oil,
and cakes mingled with oil,
of fine flour, fried.

(Other translation were similar.)

Expression - utterance - pronouncement - declaration

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The sacrifice of thanksgiving required three kinds of unleavened cakes and leavened bread.

Art and Faith Journal


I wrote part of the verse on the outside of the pocket with a fine point sharpie and added the floral drawing. I wrote the complete verse on the tag.

Gratitude
1. Bread
2. Cakes
3. Cookies

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Monday, November 14, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 14

Day 15 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 9:1
I will give thanks to You, Lord,
with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.

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

Day 14 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 14 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

John 6:11 (NIV)
Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed to those who were seated
as much as they wanted.
He did the same with the fish.

Digging Deeper

KJV'
And Jesus took the loaves;
and when He had given thanks,
He distributed to the disciples,
and the disciples to them that were sat down;
and likewise of the fishes
as much as they would.

thanks - gratitude - appreciation - recognition - aknowledgement

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The miraculous multiplication of the food demonstrated Jesus' deity, because only God can create. This is the only miracle of Jesus that is recorded in all four gospels.

Scion of Zion.com
Jesus could have caused everyone there to have the food placed in fromt of them miraculously instead He gave the loaves to the disciples and they distributed the loaves. This is the great method of gospel distribution the Christians will use until the Lord returns.
Read entire commentary here:
http://www.scionofzion.com/gospel_of_john_6_11_15.htm
I encourage you to read this. It gives more detail on the passage that was too long to retype. Very interesting.

Art and Faith Journal





I am using pockets and tags this week. The tags are used to write the scripture verse.

Gratitude
1. Miracles
2. Lunch with granddaughter
3. Dinner with family

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

Blessings,
Deborah











Sunday, November 13, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 13, Weekly Journal Update

Day 14 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live your lives in Him,
rooted and built up in Him,
strengthened in the faith
as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.

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

Day 13 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 13 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Joel 2:26 (NIV)
You will have plenty to eat,
until you are full,
and you will praise the
name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
And ye shall eat in plenty,
and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
and my people shall never be ashamed.

MSG
You'll eat your fill of good food.
You'll be full of praises to your God,
the God who has set you back
on your heels in wonder.
Never again will my people be despised.

plenty - abundant - sufficient - ample

wonders - miracles - surprises - amazing

Nelson's Bible Commentary
God can restore people to usefulness in spite of past disobedience.

Art and Faith Journal


I used washi tape to make a pencil and wrote, "write this down," with a black #3 micron pen. The acorn image is from Google images (I do love acorns!!) and the verse was written with a brown micron pen. I then used a brown colored pencil to color over the section.


The entire week.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts acorn small
1. Acorns (I love them!)
2. My turtle figurine
3. A pretty rock found while walking

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

Blessings,
Deborah






Saturday, November 12, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 12

Day 13 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Jonah 2:9
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to You.
What I vowed I will make good.

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

Day 12 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 12 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Daniel 2:19-20 (NIV)
...then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:
"Praise be to the name of God
for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are His."

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations

MSG
Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying,
"Blessed be the name of God
forever and ever.
He knows all, does all."

CJB
...Dani'el blessed the God of heaven in these words:
"Blessed be the name of God
from eternity past to eternity furture!
For wisdom and power are His alone;

wisdom - intelligence -knowledge - sense

power - ability - strength - energy

Verse by verse Commentary.com
God's "name" stands for His revealed character. This is more than a label or a title. Daniel draws attention to two characteristics of God: His wisdom and power are His alone.
Principle: God should get the credit for what God does. People who understand grace are relaxed people because they understand where the glory belongs. Grace orientation produces a well-rounded person.

Art and Faith Journal


Verse written with purple Pilot G-2 pen. Image from Google images.

Gratitude(prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts preparing
1. Bible study
2. Food for meals
3. My life

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Friday, November 11, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 11

Day 12 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
2Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

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

Day 11 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 11 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 107:1-3 (NIV)

Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good;
His love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord
tell their story - those He
gathered from the lands,
from east and west,
from north and south.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
O give thanks unto the Lord,
for He is good:
for His mercy endureth for ever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom He hath redeemed from the land of the enemy;
And He gathered them out of the lands,
from the east, and from the west,
from the north, and from the south.

MSG
Oh, thank God - He's so good!
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God,
tell the world!
Tell how He freed you from oppression,
then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds,
from the seven seas.

redeemed - saved - recovered - reclaimed - restored

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The key point of this psalm is that God's mercy endures forever. He is always willing to restore those who call on Him.

Art and Faith Journal


Using colored pencils, I made a scroll, then shaded and colored it. I used a brown micron pen to print the verse.

Gratitude
1. Being redeemed
2. Fish
3. Rice

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 10

Day 11 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
2Chronicles 5:13
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

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

Day 10 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 10 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 106:1
Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good;
His love endures forever.

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

"His love endures forever" appears in the Bible forty-three (43) times!
I think it is trying to tell us something, eh?

Digging Deeper

Other translations

KJV
Praise ye the Lord.
O give thanks unto the Lord;
for He is good:
for His mercy endureth forever.

MSG
Hallelujah!
Thank God! And why?
Because He is good,
because His love lasts.

endures - experiences - survives - abides - suffers

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Psalm 106 is about forgetting - specifically God's people forgetting His mercies. It calls for the praise of God.

Art and Faith Journal


My art today is inspired by Joann Fink of Zenspirations. It is a zentangle/doodle combination using Sakura micron pens and glitter pens for color.

Gratitude
1. A God worthy of praise
2. Freedom
3. Art supplies

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 9

Day 10 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
1Thessalonians 5:18-19
Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you
in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.

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

Day 9 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 9 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 35:28
My tongue will proclaim Your righteousness,
Your praise all day long.

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

Digging Deeper
KJV
And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness
and of Thy praises all the day long.

MSG
"God is great - everything works together for good for His servant."
I'll tell the world how great and good You are,
I'll shout Hallelujah all day, every day.

righteousness - good- virtuous - excellent

Adam Clark Commentary
I, who am chiefly concerned, and who have received most, am under the greatest obligation; and it will require the constant gratitude and obedience of my whole life to discharge the mighty debt I owe.

I love this commentary!
We all owe this much to God.

Art and Faith Journal


Sometimes, lettering is art. Verse written with an orange micron pen.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts harvest
1. Pumpkins
2. Wheat
3. Brussel sprouts

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 8

Day 9 - 30 Days of Thanksgiving Prayer by Rosilind
Psalm 7:17
I will give thanks to the Lord,
because of His righteousness;
I will sing the praises
of the name of the
Lord Most High.

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

Day 8 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 8 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 33:2
Praise the Lord with the harp:
make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre.

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

Digging Deeper

KJV
Praise the Lord with harp:
sing unto Him with the psaltery
and an instrument of ten strings.

MSG
Good people, cheer God!
Right-living people sound best when praising.
Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!

Lyre - the lyre is similar in appearance to a small harp, but with distinct differences.
You can hear one played here:


Nelson's Bible Commentary
God sees the praise from believers as beautiful. Throughout the Psalms, many instruments are used to praise the name of the Lord to Him.

Art and Faith Journal



The art today was made with a little washi tape and a green micron pen to write the verse and draw the music notes and lyre.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
A gift sweet, salty, sipped
1. Hershey bar
2. Peanuts
3. Lemon Ginger Tea

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Monday, November 7, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 7

Day 8 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.

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

Day 7 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study
Day 7 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Are you beginning to feel the joy of giving thanks?
Does gratitude resonate with your soul?
Is it changing your thoughts in any way?
Share your ideas in the comments below.

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Psalm 9:11
Sing the praises of the Lord,
enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what He has done.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
Sing praises to the Lord,
which dwellth in Zion:
declare among the peoples His doings.

MSG
Sing your songs to Zion-dwelling God,
tell His stories to everyone you meet.

CJB
Those who know Your name put their trust in You,
for you have not abandoned those who seek You, Adonai.

Zion - is a place name often used as a synonym for Jerusalem. It commonly referred to a specific mountain near Jerusalem, Mount Zion, on which stood a Jebusite fortress of the same name that was conquered by David and was named the City of David.

proclaim - announce - declare - profess - manifest

Bible Study Tools Commentary
Being full of gratitude himself, our inspired author (David) is eager to excite others to join the strain and praise God...
Read entire commentary here:
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-9-11.html

Art and Faith Journal Challenge



Art supplies I used today were felt pens and bird stencils. I added the verse in brown ink using a micron pen.

Gratitude
1. Instruments for making music to God
2. Commentaries
3. A wonderful day off

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

Blessings,
Deborah










Sunday, November 6, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 6

Day 7 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
1 Timothy 4:4-5
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

Write the verse in you Prayer Journal and pray it through out the day.

Day 6 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 6 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Scripture Study

Psalm 98:1
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm
have worked salvation for him.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
O sing unto the Lord a new song;
for He hath done marvellous things;
His right hand and His holy arm,
hath gotten Him the victory.

MSG
Sing to God a brand-new song.
He's made a world of wonders!
He rolled up His sleeves,
He set things right.

Nelson's Bible Commentary
One of the royal psalms that is an exuberant psalm of praise.

Art and Faith Journal Challenge


I wrote the verse and added my own zentangle ink pen art.




The entire week.

Gratitude
1. God's victory
2. God's mitigation
3. His Holy Day

May I pray for you today? Leave me a comment and I would be honored to pray for you.

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Saturday, November 5, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 5

Day 6 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Colossians 3:16-17
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach
and admonish one another with all wisdom
through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit,
singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Write the verse in your journal and pray it through out the day.

Day 5 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 5 - 30 Day Art and Faith Journal Challenge

The past four days I have focused our studies on the harvest and food due to this fall season. It was a good place to start. Whether you grow your own food or depend on others to supply your needs, it is always a good and joyful thing to give thanks. Remember the farmers and ranchers in your prayers who grow/raise our food and own the land.

 Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

2 Samuel 22 1-51 (Focus on verse 50) NIV
(I encourage you to read David's entire Song of Praise)

50) Therefore I will praise you, Lord,
among the nations;
I will sing the praises of Your name.

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

Digging Deeper

KJV
Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord,
among heathen,
and I will sing praises unto Thy name.

MSG
That is why I am thanking You, God,
all over the world.
That is why I'm singing songs that rhyme Your name.

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Because God delivered his own David vowed to praise Him.

Nations - people - tribe - kin - ethnicity

Art and Faith Journal Challenge


I used my hexy punch on various scrap paper and wrote the verse on the papers.

Gratitude
1. Songs of Praise
2. This work day
3. Healing

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Friday, November 4, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 4

Day 5 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Jeremiah 30:19
From them will come songs of thanksgiving
and the sound of rejoicing.
I will add to their numbers,
and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,
and they will not be disdained.

Write the verse in your Prayer Journal and pray it all day long.

Day 4 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 4 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge

Deuteronomy 8:10
When you have eaten and are satisfied,
praise the Lord your God for the good land
He has given you.

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

Digging Deeper

Other translations
KJV
When thou hast eaten,
and are full,
then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God
for the good land which He hath given thee.

MSG
After a meal, satisfied,
bless God, your God,
for the land He has given you.

Satisfied - content - pleased - fulfilled
\
Praise - thankfulness - gratitude

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The proper response to plenty is thanksgiving and worship.

Art and Faith Journal Challenge


Today I used a pumpkin topiary stencil, colored it with felt pens, added a leaf sticker and the verse.

Gratitude
1. Food at each meal
2. That God is good
3. The Broken Way

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 3

30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge by Rosilind - Day 4
1Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good;
His love endures forever.

Write this in your prayer journal and pray it all day long.

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Challenge - Day 3
Art and Faith Journal Challenge - Day 3

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Challenge

Proverbs 3:9-10
9) Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops,
10) then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Write down the verses in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging deeper

Other translations
KJV
Honour the Lord with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase;
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

MSG
Honor God with everything you own,
give Him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.

Honor - high respect - glory - recognition

Wealth - abundance - treasure - prosperousness

Overflowing - spare - inundation - ample


Nelson's Bible Commentary
The command to honor God with wealth and to give to Him from the firstfruits of all income is a part of what it means to worship God. Fullness of barns and vats was a blessing. It is not a formula to get rich. They speak of what righteous people can reasonably expect in life, not what God promises in return on investments.

Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Today I used acrylics to paint the background and then used a tree from magazine clippings and a barn image from Pinterest. I used the wavy line technique to write the verse title.

Gratitude
1. My job
2. Farmers
3. Ranchers

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

Blessings,
Deborah





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 2

Day 3 - 30 Day Prayer Challenge by Rosilind
Isaiah 12:4
In that day you will say:
Give praise to the Lord,
proclaim Hid name;
make known among the nations what He has done,
and proclaim that His name is exalted. Amen.

Write this in your prayer journal and pray it all day long.

Day 2 - 30 Day Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study
Day 2 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Deuteronomy 26:9-10
"He brought us to this place and gave us this land,
a land flowing with milk and honey;
and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord,
have given me."
Place the basket before the Lord your God
and bow down before Him.

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

Digging deeper

Other translations
KJV
9) And he hath brought us into this place,
and hath given us this land,
even a land that flowth with milk and honey.
10) And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land,
which thou, O Lord, hast given me.
And thou shalt see it before the Lord thy God,
and worship before the Lord thy God.

MSG
9) And He brought us to this place,
gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.
10) So here I am.
I've brought the firstfruits of what I've grown on this ground
You gave to me Lord.
Then place it in the Presence of God,
your God. And rejoice!

Firstfruits - the earliest gathered fruits offered to God in acknowledgement of the gift of fruitfulness.

Bow down - prostrate - lie down - to yield sovereignty to God

Nelson's Bible Commentary
The worshiper needed to say aloud what he was doing as he did it. This added solemnity and dignity to the offering.

Art and Faith Journal




I added two images found on Pinterest and the verse to my Faith Journal. I love the old metal milk jug tipped on its side and the flowers planted to look like milk spilling out. Very clever.

Gratitude
1. A bountiful garden this year
2. My property
3. My house

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Let Us Give Thanks - Day 1

Day 2 - 30 Day Thanksgiving Prayer Challenge
1Corintians 1:4-5
I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge-

Write the prayer in your Prayer Journal and pray it all day long.

Day 1 - Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study Challenge
Day 1 - Art and Faith Journal Challenge

Praise and Thanksgiving Scripture Study

Leviticus 19: 23-25 (Focus on 24) NIV
23) When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree,
regard its fruit as forbidden.
For three years you are to consider it forbidden;
it must not be eaten.
24) In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy,
an offering of praise to the Lord.
25) But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.
In this way your harvest will be increased.
I am the Lord your God.

Write down verse 24 in your journal. Add art, if you so desire.

Digging Deeper into Verse 24

Other translations
KJV
But in the fourth year all the fruit shall be holy to praise the Lord withal.

MSG (The Message)
By the fourth year its fruit is holy, an offering of praise to God.

Holy - dedicated or consecrated to God
           sacred - sanctified - hallowed

Offering - gift - contribution

Praise - approval - admiration - commend - acclaim

Nelson's Bible Commentary
Young trees need to preserve their strength for growth rather than fruit. The owner probably would have clipped off the blossoms in the first three years. The harvest of the fourth year was a kind of firstfruits.

Art and Faith Journal





I glued the picture of fruit that I had in my magazine clippings file to an index card, then wrote the verse on the back. I used it as a tip-in for my Faith Journal.

Gratitude
1. Fruit
2. Gifts
3. Growth

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

Blessings,
Deborah