Book of Thanks, Pages 6,7,8

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At the very moment I am posting this, a friend of mine is going through some really bad stuff. I feel sad, mad and kind of sick. It is pretty hard to think about rejoicing and giving thanks. But lo and behold, this is exactly when God speaks, right? I can rejoice in my salvation, hope and a future. Certainly, I am praying for mercy for my friend. If I try to have a prayerful attitude all the time, and keep God in the forefront of my consciousness, that is when it becomes easier to pray short spontaneous prayers. And of course, I really have so much for which to be thankful. Even when it seems like evil trumps, I still have God Almighty as my Heavenly Father, and know that He is in control of everything that is happening. It is about focus, right?

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That right there? It makes me so very thankful. I have no doubts about the goodness of God and that he is mercy is everlasting. And it makes me sing the song, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.”

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Worry = lack of trust in God. When I have so much on my mind, that thing where I try to replace it with God on my mind is oh so very good. Some days it is easier than others, but the days I succeed carry so much less stress. When I get a flash of emotion, or of the bad thing, I turn it immediately into a prayer. It doesn’t have to be a manifesto, just a short prayer to remind me that God has this. I am working on that this very night.

I love how God reminds and comforts. I should be on page 16 today….just a little behind…but today is the day that I needed to work on these three pages. Another reason to give thanks to the Lord and His scheduling.
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Here is the printable pattern. Mine is 8 1/4″ tall and 7″ wide. You can see the lines to cut the piece into 3 parts. If you are not making a book, this make 3 nice size bookmarks. Color at will. I used watercolor pencils on watercolor paper, as usual. And I will put this into the book like it is one page.

Pray without ceasing, I Thessalonians 5: 17

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Book of Thanks, Page 5

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Today, I looked up the definition of thankfulness in the original Greek. Of course, you and I know what thankfulness is, giving thanks, being thankful, expressing gratitude.  But one of the definitions stood out to me: “The expression of joy Godward.” It made me think. Am I always thankful in joy? Sometimes I give thanks in relief, sometimes in amazement, sometimes in hope. What do you think? Are you able to express joy each time you give thanks to God?

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Sing with Thankfulness, Colossians 3: 17

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Book of Thanks, Page 4

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Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things! (P.S. click on any images to make them pop up larger and easier to see)

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Here is the page 4 pattern to print out.

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Paint or color it. I used a hole punch to make holes in the scallops.

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And here are the four finished pages stacked together.

These words were originally written as a hymn. They are simple and to the point. I did not have to do any word studies or read any commentaries to know that Isaiah is thankful to the Holy One of Israel for being his salvation, his strength and his song, His great deeds, His exalted name, the excellent things He has done. Someday, we will sing Isaiah’s song with him, but for today, let’s you and I pray this song back to our God with one heart and one mind. Let us delight in Him!

Shout for Joy! Isaiah 12: 6

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Book of Thanks, Page 3

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You know when you get into a bible study and something just zings out at you like it was written exactly for you today? Today was one of those days for me. This week, I have been trying not to struggle with a problem, and the fact that I have no idea what to do about it. And then God (via Paul) spoke…..

…our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all…we do not lose heart….

Even though my issue does not feel like a light and momentary trouble right now, of course it is. It will not last forever. But, the eternal glory I am gaining while walking through it and trusting that God will solve it soon? That lasts forever.

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Here is the pattern for Day 3.

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Note that I cut it the same size as Day 2, except I added a tab at the bottom right size.

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And, here are the first 3 pages lined up together with the edges peeking out on the right side.

Grateful these short bits of scripture from this project are speaking to me.

Fix your eyes on what is unseen, II Corinthians 4: 18

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Book of Thanks, Page 2

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Day 2!  I Corinthians 1: 4-9, and today, I am indeed thanking God for His faithfulness and His Grace.

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Here is the pattern. Print it out and color it in. Print it to be the same height as you printed Day 1. It will be a little wider. Check Day 1 for technique instructions.

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Again, I used watercolor pencils, and trimmed the right edge, following the design.

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This view is the back side of Day 1, where I have written Day 2’s verse from I Corinthians, and the front of Day 2. When you open the book, you see this.

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This view is Day 1 stacked on to of Day 2. See the edge of Day 2 peeking out behind Day 1?

Thank God always, I Corinthians 1: 4-9

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Book of Thanks, Page 1

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On Facebook yesterday, up popped a page called the Reading Plan (Thanksgiving) that offers a free Thanksgiving 30 Day Scripture Reading Plan. The idea is that you write out the scripture of the day, giving you time to think about it, cement it into your memory, and maybe fill a journal.

Loving the idea, of course…. I am going to try to make my pages into a book of scripture on thanksgiving. I cannot predict the future, so I might not get all 30 days completed, but even a couple pages will make a book, so I am working on it. I am already a day late. But, who cares?.

So, what you see here is day 1 of my book. I will give you the techniques I am using for the pages in case you would like to do something similar. It will be pretty easy. If you want, use the pages and do your own thing with them.

Book of Thanks Instructions:

  1. Print out the pattern. I printed mine onto watercolor paper so I could color mine with watercolor pencils. Mine is 140 pound paper and it went through the printer like a champ.

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2. Then I cut my page to about 7 1/4″ tall by 6″ wide. I also cut out around the leaves.

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3. Using watercolor pencils, color in the page as you wish. This tutorial will tell you all you need to know to use watercolor pencils. Use a damp paintbrush or a water brush to wet down the pencil. and that is it! I made a background on the back side of my page as well. I probably will not use the surface, but I don’t want it solid white.

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What a great scripture to pray back to God when you are delighting in Him!

Notice, I forgot to put the scripture address on the page. You will have to write it in, it is Psalm 95:1-7.

Sing for Joy to the Lord! Psalm 95: 1

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Praying Colossians 1

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Currently, I am doing a bible study on Acts. Before each lesson, we are encouraged to pray through Colossians 1: 9-12. So far, the study has been about the Holy Spirit. This comes at a time in my life when there is every possibility of great change, and I am relying on the Holy Spirit for many things. This scripture makes a meaningful prayer to me each time I sit to study God’s word, as well as each time I face a decision about my changing life.

This has been journaled in my Bible, and I turned it into a coloring page for you. It is narrow enough to slip into your bible as a bookmark, to add it to your own journaling bible. You can tack it to your bulletin board, or wherever. Let me know if you have a creative purpose for it.

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Print this on cardstock or watercolor paper any size you desire, and color it in. Enjoy! I pray you will find great use and meaning in it, as I am.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Ephesians 6:18

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Delight Yourself in the Lord

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For many years, I have been telling the Lord the desires of my heart. Yeah, I know He knows, but James 4:3 says I have to ask if I am going to get what I want.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3

Then this week, God directed me to this verse in Psalm 37:

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It is a comforting, hopeful, even exciting verse, isn’t it? And I realized, I have been waiting for God to grant me my desires, but I forgot about the first part of the verse. Have I been delighting myself in the Lord? And what in the world does that even mean?

So, yesterday, I spent 3 1/2 miles walking and talking to God about just that. How can I delight myself in the Lord?

  • Find the good parts of everything. Even in a day or a project that is frustrating or failing, I can find good parts, and be thankful for what I am learning, and the time I spent with God asking for His help.
  • Be in the word. I know it sounds like the Sunday School answer for all questions for believers. But, haven’t you been in study and read scripture that makes your heart flutter? Even if you have read it a hundred times before, TODAY, it brings you unexplainable joy? And it is so good that you have to call your friend to talk about it, and put it on your Facebook page? DELIGHT!
  • And sometimes when you are singing a song of praise to God, doesn’t it choke you up and bring tears to your eyes that God Almighty chose you to be His very own child?
  • The easiest way for me to find delight in the Lord is to go outside. I am a visual person (as you know from this blog), and I can walk for miles marveling about how many colors of green God has given us… how each season has it’s own beauty…. how the leaves on the wind make patterns in the sky? If I pay attention, I can do that all day. It is pretty awesome when I pay attention.

And then I did a word study on the word “Delight”, from the original Hebrew. I had to look it up twice because it did not make sense. But as I thought more about it, the better it got. In this verse, it means to be soft and pliable. Is it possible for me to delight in anything when I let the frustration crank me up? Or when I am not ready and open to hear the hope in God’s word or heartfelt praise in a song? This verse is saying be soft and pliable in the Lord, and He will give me the delights of my heart.

Think about that.

Meanwhile, to help keep it fresh in your mind, I am giving you a coloring page. Click on it. Print it out, any size you want.

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Here is what I did with mine. I printed on regular white copy paper and colored it with colored pencils. Add any patterns to the flowers and leaves that you want. Color it any way you wish. Click on my pic to make it large enough to see the details….just for ideas.

Then I tore the edges on a piece of watercolor paper, and did this watercolor background technique with watercolor pencils. I attached  the white paper (using double sided tape) to the background, and….

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…hung it on my bathroom wall. I will see it many times a day and it will remind me to be pliable in the Lord.

I would love to know how you delight yourself in the Lord, or how you are planning to delight yourself in the Lord. Please share your great ideas in the comments. And thank you!

…”burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

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Being Pruned

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This geranium is on my daily walking path. In the early summer, it was blooming like crazy, lush and in gorgeous color. It is sitting by the fence and it has not been taken care of. At all. It never gets watered unless it rains, and it has never been pruned. Gardeners know that pruning off the dead blossoms allows the plant to make new blossoms. When I walk by each day, it makes me sad. And I wonder if the owner would care if I deadheaded the blossoms when I walk by.

Even though it is sad that it can’t bloom well, it reminds me every day that My Father, the Vinedresser, prunes things from my life in order for new and beautiful things to blossom. I cannot be sad about that. Why would I want to hang on to things that are done?

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As a reminder of why it is good to have things in our lives pruned, I offer you a drawing of a geranium in bloom. I have been reading lately about how adult coloring books are the thing. Publishers cannot keep them in stock. Doesn’t it sound relaxing to sit and color while watching TV, or while waiting for your Dr. appointment? They say that coloring can take care of your stress and anxiety. Check them out on Amazon. They have a pretty decent collection.

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Print out the geraniums. Grab your crayons or colored pencils, or print it on watercolor paper, and use your watercolor pencils to color it in. No stress, just chillin’. I painted mine with watercolor cakes. It was fun.

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Burst out in songs of thanksgiving, Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

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Waiting on the Lord

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Right now, I have a pretty big need in my life and I am learning to wait on the Lord for it. I want it and need it now, and God is allowing me to wait for it. “Allowing” is the word I use, because God is giving me some room for growth as I learn to wait on Him.

A word study on the word “wait” (in Isaiah) tells us, it means:

  • to bind together
  • to expect
  • to look for
  • a forward look with assurance
  • it stresses the straining of the mind in a certain direction with an expectant attitude

Did any of those definitions surprise you? To bind together??

Once, I heard someone say that she thought of waiting on the Lord in the same context of being a waiter or waitress (yeah, I know that is not PC, and interestingly, today that person is called a server). It makes sense to me. What do you do if you are a good waitress?

  • Your main function is to serve other people. Humbling yourself to serve the needs of someone else, shows you place more importance on that person’s need than your own.
  • A good waitress is smiling and happy to be helping you.
  • She reacts quickly to what you need.
  • She brings you exactly what you ask.
  • By keeping an eye on you, she anticipates your needs, knowing when you are ready to order, need a water refill, or you are ready to pay your bill.

Is this how I am waiting on the Lord? Smiling and happy? Quickly doing exactly as He asks? Tuning in to Him so I know immediately when He asks me?

And, how do you react to a really good waitress?

  • You are pleased and you tip well. The next time you come in, you might look for her and ask to sit in her section. You might even eventually build a relationship with her, learning about her life, her goals, her kids. She likes to see you come in, and you like to see her walking up to your table.

I want this kind of relationship with God, one where I am pleasing to Him, one where He blesses me.

Now, I see how waiting on the Lord can mean “to bind together.” I can also see that He is allowing me to gain strength, and oh, I need that after the situation I just left:

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To remind myself that I am waiting on the Lord, and not to get ahead of Him, I made my waitress name tag. If you want to make one as a reminder, it is very easy!

 

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1. Click on the above template and print it out. Cut out the two pieces (front and back) of your name tag.

 

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2. Glue those two pieces back to back. Or, if you want something more sturdy, glue the pieces to an old gift card or hotel room key.

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3. Write your name on it! Put it in your bible, or place it where you will see it often. I think mine is going on the bathroom mirror so I see it at the start of every day.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act. Psalm 37:5,

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