Galatians 5:22

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











Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Proverbs 31 - Lesson 8

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Proverbs 31:17 (NIV)
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

That sure describes Ruth, our woman of the Bible for this lesson. She worked day after day gleaning the left-over barley from the harvest in Boaz's fields to feed her mother-in-law and herself. Ruth is a generous, determined, loyal, patient, strong and loving woman. The way she cares for her mother-in-law is a lesson we can learn from.
Boaz, a kinsman, later takes Ruth as his wife and she gives birth to Obed. She is not a young woman, estimated to be about 90 years old. She is not the only women of the of Bible to conceive at an old age. Their son, Obed becomes the father of Jesse who becomes the father of David and so the lineage of Jesus begins. Some say this is the purpose of the Book of Ruth to show the lineage of David.
I love how God shows that everyone, regardless of race, nationality, status or gender is important to Him and how He uses "little" things to accomplish His great plans.


Gratitude
1. God's love for everyone
2. God's great plans
3. The Book of Ruth's inspiration

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

Blessings,
Deborah




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Proverbs 31 Challenge - Lesson 7

Welcome! It is so nice that you stopped by.

Proverbs 31:16
She considers a field and buys it:
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

Lesson 8 will be the second part to this lesson of Naomi & Ruth. We are taking a break and letting our teacher, Robin heal from an illness. We will be slowing down the lessons, probably only two per week, as most of us fall behind for one reason or another.

Naomi and Ruth's story is one of loyalty, determination and dedication.
My favorite verse is:
Ruth 1:16
"Where you go I will go
and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people
and your God will be my God."

Ruth says this to her mother-in-law, Naomi when Naomi decides to go back to Bethlehem after her husband and two sons have died. The famine is over and she wishes to return to her homeland. Naomi tells her two widowed daughters-in-law that they should return to their families. Orpah returns home, but Ruth says the above verse to her mother-in-law.
To give up everything she has ever known, her family, city and religion, to follow and stay with Naomi is a very brave and loyal thing to do.
I wonder how many of us would have done the same?
Not sure I would have been able to do that.



I only did a little verse mapping today. After the art work I wanted to add it didn't leave me much room, but I managed to find some history on Bethlehem and Moab.
One fact is that they are 136 miles apart, so Naomi and Ruth traveled quite a distance to get home. 
The picture of Naomi, Ruth and Orpah was painted by William Blake. 

Gratitude
1. Friendships
2. BFF
3. Rain

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Proverbs 31 Lesson 6 and Hannah

Welcome!
Hope you are having a blessed day.

Proverbs 31:15
She rises while it is still night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.



Hannah's story, found in 1 Samuel 1-2:11, is one of faith and diligence. Hannah prays to God for a son and God finally grants her prayer.

1 Samuel 1:27
For this child I prayed,
and the Lord has granted me
my petition that I made to Him.

petition - make or present a formal request to (an authority) with respect to a particular cause.

Commentaries:

Michelle Osherow tells us that Hannah represents the character of the earnest petitioner and grateful celebrant of divine glory. Hannah was an important figure for early English Protestantism, which emphasized the importance of private prayer. The Jerusalem Talmud took Hannah as an exemplar of prayer. The story of Hannah is the Haftarah reading for Rosh Hashanah.

Nelson's Bible Commentary 1 Sam. 1:27
Hannah offered a testimony of what God had accomplished on her behalf. By telling others, she exalted God and praised Him for His gracious acts towards her.

Gratitude
1. Answered prayers
2. Children
3. My sons

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

The link for the Proverbs 31 class if you would like to join us.
https://biblejournallove.teachable.com/p/proverbs-31-bible-journal-class

Blessings,
Deborah








Monday, August 7, 2017

Lesson 5 - Proverbs 31 Class

Welcome and hello!
Thanks for stopping by.

Proverbs 31:14
She is like the ships of the merchant:
she brings her food from afar.

(How easy it is for us today to find "food from afar" in our local markets!)

The woman of the Bible for this verse is Phoebe.
Her story is found in:
Romans 16:1-2 (NIV)
I command to you our sister Phoebe,
a deacon of the church in Cenchrea.
I ask you to receive her in the Lord
in a way worthy of his people and
to give to her any help she may need
from you, for she has been a benefactor
of many people, including me.

NIV = deacon
KJV = servant
CJB = shammash

deacon - an ordained or appointed minister ranking lower than a priest.
syn. = cleric, clerk, ecclesiastic, minister

benefactor - a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause.
syn. - patron, donor, supporter, sponsor

Cenchrea, now called Kikries, is a port of Corinth. It was a place of some commercial note and the seat of an early church. (Rom. 16:1-2)


My never ending supply of washi tape was added to enhance the beautiful graphics provided in this study.

Gratitude
1. Ships
2. Food from all over the world
3. Benefactors

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lesson 4 - Proverbs 31 Class

Happy Sunday and Welcome!

Due to working the past two days, I am a little behind in my studies. This will always happen on Friday and Saturday with catch-up on Sunday.



Proverbs 31:13 (NIV)
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

The woman we are studying for this verse is Dorcus, also know as Tabitha and her Hebrew name is Tavita.
Dorcus' story is found in Acts 9:36-42. She was a generous seamstress to the poor, especially widows. She is thought to be a widow of means that allowed her to care for the poor.  She died and Peter was sent for and he brought her back to life. God used this miracle to make believers of those who heard about her story.


I love the hexagon graphics Robin gave us for this story and all the little sewing tidbits. She also made a verse mapping sheet for us to explore deeper. She is so generous. I added my own washi tape again. I have an embarrassingly large amount of the stuff. lol

I wanted to include the link for this study again, just in case you'd like to join us.

https://biblejournallove.teachable.com/p/proverbs-31-bible-journal-class

I can't say enough good things about the lessons she writes and the graphics she provides. It is an exceptional bargain for learning about the women of the Bible and studying Proverbs 31.

Gratitude
1. Cooler weather!
2. A caring family
3. Semi-retirement

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

Please keep my cousin, Nancy in your prayers. She is experiencing mild liver transplant rejection.
May I pray for you. Please leave me a comment below and I will add you to my prayer list.

Blessings,
Deborah




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lesson 3- Proverbs 31

Good afternoon and welcome!

Today's verse is Proverbs 31:12 (NIV)
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

The woman we are focusing on for this verse is Esther, one of my personal favorites.
(Seems I have a lot of favorites when it comes to the Bible. *smiles*)



Esther was born Hadassah. Her story, The Book of Esther, is the basis for the celebration of Purim in the Jewish tradition. Purim commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. Esther's determination to save her people was a very brave thing to do. My favorite verse from her story is:
Esther 4:14
...And who knows
but that you have come to your royal position
for such a time as this?

Have you ever felt you were at the right place at the right time?
Or that you had gone through something terrible that caused something good to happen?
Esther had, but her position saved her people.
We don't always know or understand God's plans, but if we remember to have faith and believe in Him we can overcome so many things.

Gratitude
1. Esther's inspirational story
2. Grace from God
3. My readers

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 and I will add you to my prayer list.

Blessings,
Deborah






Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lesson 2 - Proverbs 31 Challenge

Thanks for popping in! Welcome.

Lesson 2 of Proverbs 31 Challenge is verse eleven.

Proverbs 31:11 (NIV)
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

CJB
Her husband trusts her from his heart,
and she will prove a great asset to him.

Robin is bringing in women of the Bible who fit the theme of the verse.
Today we learned about Rahab and trust.


Once again I added some of my own washi tape (don't you love that green vine down the right hand page!) and verse mapped a little.
I looked up synonyms for trust and value.

Trust - confidence - belief - faith - reliance

Value - worth - usefulness - benefit - profit

How important is trust to you?
It is very important to me. Once trust is broken it is hard to get back. I have trust issues with a family member. They lied to me on several occasions and although I forgave them and still love them, I can't trust them anymore. There comes a point when you have to say - enough.

In Rabbinic literature Rahab marries Joshua and their descendants include the prophets Jeremiah, Hilikiah, Seraiah, Mahseiah and Baruch, and the prophetess Hulda.
They are also the parents of Boaz from the Book of Ruth. Boaz marries Ruth and their son is Obed, father of Jesse and grandfather of David.
I love the history stuff!

Gratitude
1. Biblical heroines (so inspiring)
2. Verse mapping
3. The ability to create

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

Blessings,
Deborah


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lesson 1 Proverbs 31 Challenge

Hello and Welcome!

Proverbs 31:10 (NIV)
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

A Rabbi I know says Proverbs 31 was written by King Soloman about his mother.

The first lesson in Proverbs 31 is done. I found it thought provoking and insightful. She spoke about worth and reminded me - I AM a daughter of the KING!! I am!

She gives us lots of pretties in the downloads to make our pages special.


I added a little of my own washi tape to the wonderful downloads. There are too many to use on just two pages!!
Of course, those of you who really know me know that I turn any Bible study into Verse Mapping. Just can't help myself. *smiles*

I am working on Lesson 2 that I will share tomorrow.

Gratitude
1. Robin Sampson
2. Washi tape
3. Working AC (Yea!)

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

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, July 30, 2017

There's a New Challenge!!

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!!

There is a new challenge and you know how I love a good challenge. We will be creating this in a Travelers Notebook Insert. If you know me, you know I could not resist this. :)
This one is about Proverbs 31 and I find this scripture so interesting. It has caused many good debates. One thing we must always remember is the women had servants! We could all accomplish all that is talked about in this scripture if we all had servants. Right?!!

Here is the link for the details. It begins tomorrow. She also offers some lovely bonus printables for those who buy the class. It is $22, but if you use the coupon you get it for $12 less. Did I remember to use the coupon? Heck no.  But I know you will be a lot smarter than me and cash in on this deal.

https://biblejournallove.teachable.com/p/proverbs-31-bible-journal-class



I am not being paid or receiving anything to promote this.

Gratitude
1. A new challenge!
2. AC on a 100* summer day (mine broke) :(
3. My mother-in-law

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 and I will add you to my prayer list.

Blessings,
Deborah




Sunday, July 23, 2017

Verse Mapping Psalm 62:8

Welcome and blessings.

I just finished Lesson 3 in the Deeper Still challenge and once again combined it with Verse Mapping. I added something I hadn't tried before. I personalized the verse.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge.

Personalized:
Trust in Him at all times, Deborah;
pour out your heart to Him,
for God is your refuge.

This gave it a whole new meaning for me.
Try it.
I'm going to do this more often when reading or studying scripture. It adds a whole new dimension.

In the Bible Study Tools Commentary it says, "Faith is an abiding duty, a perpetual privilege."
Faith is a duty and privilege. That really spoke to me. I found it to be an interesting perspective and true. Had you thought of that before? I hadn't in quite that way.


My art work in my Faith Journal is inspired by Joann Fink of Zenspirations. I love her stuff. So inspiring.

Gratitude
1. God is my refuge
2. Faith
3. Visiting grandkids!

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bible Journaling & VM Micah 7:7

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by.

Today I am sharing my study on:
Micah 7:7 (NIV)
But as for me,
I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior,
my God will hear me.

I combined the challenge "Deeper Still Lesson 5" with Verse Mapping.


The images I used are from "The Complete Guide to Bible Journaling," by Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder. This is a fabulous book that everyone who bible journals should own. I have linked to it in previous posts.

This is also a verse on patience; something I'm not always good at doing. It depends on the situation, but I'm a "get it done now" kind of gal.
Wait? How long?
THAT long?!!
It might not work for me.
Pacing and toe tapping might happen. lol
But, when the Lord is involved, He has His own timeline and we don't always understand that.
It is good thing we have His word to remind us.

Gratitude
1. Warm summer days
2. Forest fire close to my town is contained 100%!!
3 All Firefighters

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

Blessings,
Deborah



Saturday, July 15, 2017

New Adventures

Hello, my dear friends.
Many things have happened since my last post.
1. My father-in-law passed away on May 10.
2. On May 12, we began moving in with my mother-in-law to care for her. (In my world, "move" is a four letter word.)
3. I am just beginning to find my sanity again. Not totally, but getting there.

I have not Versed Mapped since my last post on that topic, nor have I done any kind of studying or Bible journaling. To say I miss it is a vast understatement. I miss the communities I am involved with on Facebook and YouTube and here that teach and inspire me.

I'm feeling I may be able to get back on track very soon. I have set up my craft space and know where most of my supplies are. *smiles*

I did do one art challenge page the other day and am feeling more centered and at home than I have in awhile.


It was a 4th of July spread. My theme was redheads, family and red, white and blue. It was fun and got my juices flowing.

While going through my Faith Journal today I came across this quote:

   "When God sees you, He sees a beloved creation that is known from head to toe. You are worthy of love and restoration simply because He is intimately invested in who you are as your Creator."
by Ed Cyzewski

I really needed that today.

Please keep me in your prayers as I settle in this new adventure. Hopefully, I will have something to share with you soon in the study department.

Gratitude
1. A new home
2. Supportive friends and family
3. Fresh peaches from the Farmer's Market

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

Blessings,
Deborah

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