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, April 13, 2017

I Won! & a Book Review

Welcome!

Recently, there was a contest on a Facebook group I belong to called "Bible Study from the Heart (Faith Journaling and Bible Study). You had a chance to win the "Faith Sprinkles Adult Coloring Bible Study" book by Leslie Eaton.. I entered and I WON!! I was and am so excited. I just received the book in the mail today and I love it. It is a combination Bible study, testimonial, devotional coloring book for adults. Very heartwarming and just what I was looking for. I wanted something to enhance my Bible Journaling an this will do the trick quite nicely.

This is the Amazon link to the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Bible-Study-Sprinkles/dp/0998090565/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_w_dc_8S87ybW5RZ67K_lm

This is the link to her YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1JvoKj5NQzJqUYBBUX-_w

Leslie'sYouTube channel has the link to her Facebook group where you can find files to download and lots of inspiration from Leslie Eaton and other members of the group. She is very generous with her printables  and even has links for the lessons if you can't afford to buy the book. You will be blessed by this lady.

Before I got my book, I download Week #2's lesson and the printable. Before I printed the picture, I shrunk it by 50% and then printed it on vellum to glue in my Bible Journal as a tip-in. I love the picture and how it turned out. It is based on John 4:39-42.

 After attaching it in my Bible Journal.

What it looked like before inserting it in my Bible.

The cover of the book I won.

I highly recommend this book. I am not being compensated in any way for this review. I simply wanted to share with you something I think you will like, also.

Thank you, Leslie Eaton for giving me the chance to win your wonderful book and for all you do to share your faith with others.

Gratitude
1. Leslie Eaton
2. Study books
3. Inspiration from others

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

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

Blessings,
Deborah





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Catching Up on Lent

I've been playing catch up in my Lenten Studies of the "Fruit of the Spirt" lessons.

I'll share the pictures without a lot of commentary beginning with the most current.

Lessons #10 - Gentleness
Phil. 4:5
Let your gentleness
be evident to all.
The Lord is near.



Lesson #9 - Faithfulness
For we live by faith,
not by sight.


Lesson #8 - Goodness
Romans 12:21
Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil
with good.


(Lesson #7 was posted on 3/23/17 Bible Journaling for Lent)


Lesson #6 - Patience
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.







 This picture is Lesson #6 after I put the tip-in in the Bible.

Gratitude
1. Time to catch up
2. Another rainy day
3. Laundry done

Ephesians 1:6
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.

Blessings,
Deborah

Monday, March 27, 2017

VM Revelation 2:1-7

Hello! Welcome.
Are you seeing Spring in your area?
Lots of things popping up and budding here.

Verse Mapping (VM)
Revelation 2:1-7 is the letter Jesus told John to write to the church in Ephesus.
Seems they were slacking a little on the love they had at first. He told them they needed to repent or He would remove their lampstand from its place and they would not be able to eat from the tree of life. In other words they would be judged and found lacking.
He did like the fact that they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans as he did.
According to Nelson's Bible Commentary the Nicolaitans were a heretical group that troubled the churches at Ephesus and Pergamos.
The commentary also says that Ephesus was the most important city in Asia Minor when Revelation was written. It was the center of worship of Artemis the goddess of fertility. Paul invested nearly three years in establishing the church there.




The second picture shows a tip-in of a map of Asia Minor. I will include this map each time I VM the 7 churches and circle where they are. It may be hard to see in the picture. Remember you can click on the pic for a larger view. It still may be hard see. I think I found the map on Wikipedia when doing a search for Ephesus.

Gratitude
1. Jesus' love
2. Trees and flowers budding
3. Gentle rain

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bible Journaling For Lent

Happy 3rd Day of Spring Everyone!!

I'm a slacker.
No big news there, eh?
I am so far behind in my Lenten study it is not funny.
Not at all.
I did the first lesson and stopped. Not for any one reason, but many and not because I don't like the study. I do. Very much.
Instead of going in order I decided to just start with this week's lesson #7. If you remember the study is on the Fruit of the Spirit. Today's lesson is kindness and the lesson focuses on:

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other just as in Christ
God forgave you.

It is so important to be kind to one another. We are all on the same journey and for some people the roads are bumpier than others. When I get a cranky person in the store I just love on them. I smile more, say a silent little prayer and try to be as helpful as I can. They usually leave smiling and treating me better than when they came in. My little trick and it seems to work.

When looking up "Fruit of the Spirit" art ideas, there is no consistency on which fruit stands for which attribute. Sometimes kindness is a pineapple, sometimes it is lemon and another it is a cherry. I chose to go with the lemon since I love them so much. I am snacking on lemon drop cookies as I type. How appropriate. (smiles)



This is my second entry in my new Bible journal. I decided not to do my own art this time and used magazine cut-outs instead. Works for me. Much less stressful. You've seen my art so you know what I'm talking about. (smiles)

Gratitude
1. Fruit
2. Cookies
3. Lemons

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

VM Rev. 14-20

Welcome back!
Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day.

This post is about the verse mapping (VM) of Revelation 1:14-20.
I decided to do all these verses together, because they are describing Jesus.
He sounds just like I picture Him; full of light and glory.
I'm still enjoying the cross references and have shared a few here in my Faith Journal.




Daniel 7:9 describes His hair like white wool, just like in Revelation 1:14.
Daniel 10:6 says "His eyes like flaming torches" compares to Rev. 1:14 "His eyes were like blazing fire."
I love the rich metaphors in all these verses. Very poetic.

Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
A gift salty, sweet, just right
1. Chips
2. Chocolate
3. White wine

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Would the Apostle John Have Been a Blogger?

I read a post by Arabah Joy today that tickled me and got me thinking.
Go here to read her entire post. It is not long, but really got me thinking.

http://arabahjoy.com/5-surprising-tips-for-being-a-successful-christian-blogger/

In 1John he talks about how much he writes. He mentioned the word "write" 13 times according to Arabah in this small book of the Bible.

That made me wonder...if John lived today would he be blogger?

I'm pretty sure he would be. Don't you?

He would have some powerful things to say, eh?
Some wonderful stories to share.
The thought just made me smile.
I never thought of him as a blogger before.
I kind of like that thought.

1John 2:12-13
I am writing to you, dear children,
  because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.
I am writing to you, fathers,
 because you know Him who is from the beginning.



Gratitude
1. Bloggers
2. Writers
3. Rainy winter day

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

VM Revelation 1:12-13

I'm sorry it took me so long to update and continue my study of Revelation.
Life sometimes gets in the way of what you really want to be doing.

Revelation 1:12-13 (NIV)
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands and among the lampstands was someone like a Son of Man, dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest.

I focused on the lampstand for my study and learned a few new things about its meaning.

1. A lampstand is a menorah.

This may be quite clear to others, but in my many readings of Exodus 25:31-40 that describes the making of the lampstand ordered by God, it never occurred to me that it was a menorah.
DUH, Deborah.

2. The lampstand with seven lights also stands for the holy truths. (Zech 4:2,3)

3. The lamp denotes the Divine and the light, faith. (Rev. 22:5)

4. The seven golden lampstands represent the seven churches named in v. 11.

5. The signification of the lampstand is the Divine spiritual in heaven and in the church from the Lord.

Verse Mapping (VM) in my Faith Journal:


Nelson's Bible Commentary
1:13 One like the Son of Man is a reference to Daniel 7:13. Comparison of these two passages, along with Jesus' common use of the name Son of Man (Matt 20:28) for Himself, indicate that Christ is the subject of vv. 12-18. The robe and sash indicate the glorified Christ is dressed like a high priest. Christ was fully human and fully God.

Please share anything you can add to this study in the comments. I always like to learn as much as I can.

Gratitude
1. Learning new things
2. Verse mapping
3. Enlightenment

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

May I pray for you specifically today? Leave me a comment and I will do so.

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday, We Begin

"Lent is a time of reflection as we prepare ourselves for the Good News of Easter Sunday.
We must always remember the glimmer of hope as we remember what is to come: love and redemption."
Sarah Laughed

I am beginning a Lenten Study by Sarah Laughed, same lady I followed for Advent.
If you would like to join us, here is the link. It begins today.

http://seasonsillustrated.com/announcing-lent-illustrated-2017/

I hope you'll take this walk with me.

Today's reading is Genesis 3:19 (NIV)
...for dust you are and to dust you will return.


My first entry as a Bible Journalist. Like I've said before, I am not an artist. My plate of ashes looks more like a hat. lol
But time spent in His Word is precious. Don't be afraid to try this form of spending time with God. If you don't want to try the art, then just do the lettering and take some notes. BE with the Lord daily.

In this Lenten study, there are two verses per week until Holy Week, then there is a lesson everyday. Time well spent. Be blessed.

Gratitude
1. Lenten Studies
2. Clear, sunny skies
3. Bible Journaling Groups

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Bible Journal

I did it.
I bought a Bible Journal.


This is called the Canvas and it is 'The Message" version.
I bought it because it is partially illustrated with Zentangles and ZIAs. I have taken classes to learn how to Zentangle and almost squealed in the store when I found this!

Here are a few photos of some of the  pages.


There are a few 2 page spreads throughout the book that are awesome!


Each book of the Bible has a beautiful drawing on the first page.
Click on the picture for a closer look.

 
Some pages are more simple, like this page.


And some are more elaborate, like this page.

There are plenty of blank pages with lines to do your own art or note taking.

I'm excited to begin this new adventure of Bible Journaling.
I will still use my Faith Journal for Verse Mapping and other studies.

Gratitude
1. Bible Journals
2. Time with spent with God in a new way!
3. Sunny days of Winter

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

Blessings,
Deborah




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.

Gratitude
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.

Blessings.,
Deborah

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.)

Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah

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.

Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah



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!

Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah



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.

biblestudytools.com 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!

Gratitude
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.

Blessings,
Deborah




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