Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Choose This Day

Bible Marginalia- #35

Joshua speaks a word 
 of warning to the people of Israel.
They must make some challenging choices.
The culture will call to them
 and slyly capture them.
They will be caught without knowing it.
They must fear the Lord.
Serve Him in sincere faithfulness.
They must choose whom they will serve.

Joshua declares that he 
and his house will serve the Lord.
Somehow this admonition is
It is a call to heed today.
It is an active choice -
rather than be swept away.

So much to be thankful for--
our patient God-
 who continues to call to all of us.

Colored Pencil 
Black Sharpie- non-bleeding

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bible Marginalia-As the Lord Said

Bible Marginalia- #34

The Story of the Battle of Jericho.
Joshua 6.
Been muddling this over for days now.
And finally for me-
 the synopsis is:


Paint swatch from Lowes.
(Project Leftover)
Gold Metallic Sharpie
Stamped cross

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bible Marginalia-Obey, Remember, Tell the Story

 Bible Marginalia #33

Somehow after reading Joshua, 
I have not ended up doing the journaling 
in chronological order.
The Spirit calls in His order.
Joshua 2
Mulling over the story of 
Rahab and the Spies.
A woman who was SEEKING the heart of God.
Hearing the stories of this GOD OF WONDER.
Who had REVEALED His desire for the 
inhabitants of the land.
Who BLESSED the people
 who followed after His leading.

 Chapter 3 and 4
Israel Crosses the Jordan
The 12 Memorial Stones

The people OBEY the God of Israel.
The Lord will be with Joshua
 as He was with Moses.

It is important for you to
 REMEMBER this story.
Do this as a helpful sight to
 enhance your storytelling-
that there may be a sign among you.
So that when your children ask-

 This is what the two page lay-out looks like.
Simple, and a few words 
condense the take-away for ME.

Square punch
Circle punch
Fine-point Sharpie marker
Colored pencils

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bible Marginalia-Not ONE Word

 Bible Marginalia Series- #32

Still reading Joshua.

Seeing the hand of faithfulness.
Because of who God is...
His character is shown.
He makes a promise-
He is held to fulfill it-
because He cannot lie.

had failed to come to pass.
Helps me to stand and hold on-
to His promises in my own life.
When I fail-
over and over -
to keep my promises.
Simply because I have a God
who fills in the margins, 
erases the debts,
and hands out 
limitless grace.

Materials used:
Colored pencils
Sharpie fine-point non-bleeding
Tim Holtz Ideaology-chit-chat 
(the little word stickers)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Advent- Awaiting the Wonder- Part Three

Awaiting the Wonder-
Dreading the Season?

In years of ministry with women, 
one of the things that I have often heard
 is how the season of Advent-
 of Christmas preparations has got out of hand, 
and often misses the mark for the 

Even conversations with young families
 show how quickly the culture
 we live in seeps into
 the lives of Christian families.

 Years of listening
 and learning from women
 has allowed me to develop
 a list for some thoughtful planning
 for personal and family Advent
 preparations for Christmas.

1.   Have a family meeting in October  - or NOW- 
to specifically talk about the HOW of Christmas this year.

2.   Have each person write down 3 things 
that are their personal favorite things of Christmas. 
 (this "makes" Christmas for them)

3.   See how many are the same-- where the overlap is.

4.   Vote on the the top 5 for THIS YEAR-- 
favorites can be rotated at other Christmas celebrations.

5.   Have a honest look at your budget
 and see where you need to make changes-   
     and how you might as a family
 make choices to bless "others"
 in the margin of our lives and around the world...
     Heifer International, Lutheran World Relief

6.   Speak specifically about tasks and the workload
 and talk
 about how to make relationships the priority.

7.   Does our family Christmas celebration 
spotlight Jesus in the manger, in our lives?  What needs to go?
     What do we need to keep?

8.   Women often put the "perfect" and ideal celebration
 on the list themselves.....
 how can we see where we add to the "pressure"
       and lists ourselves.

9.    In our family celebration of Christmas
 is it clear for our non-Christian
 friends to see the difference?

10. In the ideal of our family traditions- 
what would we like to see our children carry on
 as part of their own celebrations?
      Have we communicated that with them?

11.  Seasons of life establish "new traditions"- 
plan to evaluate and make changes every 5 years
 as a family grows and needs shift.

12.  As a group of women,
 what can we do to help daughters have a "healthy" focus 
and workload for the Christmas season?

These thoughts might be the beginning
 of a reevaluation-
  just what you are:
witnessing to others, 
believing and
for Advent this year.

It is never too late to make changes,
and recenter your Christmas plan
for celebrating the birth
 of the Christ Child.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advent- Awaiting the Wonder- Part Two

This Advent event 
was planned as a catered event.
Hannah's Fine Foods
Melissa Williams

Table hostesses volunteered 
and brought a nativity set
 to decorate the center of round tables.

All the tables were different.
Some were set beautifully with paper plates, 
others with china.

Some tables had a "gathering" of
creches or nativity sets.

A double buffet line
 served the dinner quickly.

A time to invite neighbors,
 friends, and co-workers.
This event included an open invitation
 to a neighboring church-Prince of Peace.
A wonderful gathering of faith sisters.

Copies of Sybil MacBeth's book
 were available for purchase.

Here is a bit about this book:
"Advent and Epiphany are the often-neglected parentheses around Christmas.
 Sybil MacBeth wants to change that. 
The Season of the Nativity – Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany –
 deserves more attention and better publicity. 
As the opening three acts for the liturgical year, 
it sets the stage for our yearlong journey
 through Scripture and salvation history.
 This book combines memoir, front-porch theology,
 and pages of spiritual practices and activities
 to invite individuals and families into a deeper relationship
 with a time of year you may have never discovered before. 
It gives simple tools and exercises for word-weary, 
distracted, and busy people –
 perhaps to experience a serious
 and playful nativity season for the first time."

Most of all-
Time set aside to think
 about preparing hearts for Advent.
The Christ Child gift to all.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Advent- Awaiting the Wonder- Part One

 Advent- preparing and waiting.
Gathering at Messiah Methodist in
Springfield, VA.

To encourage a time
 of waiting and wonder for families.

To share ideas for hands-on
 activities for children.

Age appropriate nativities
 to tell the story
 of getting ready for a Birthday.

Books to read with children for ADVENT.
Activities to do with children for ADVENT.

Advent calendars- coloring in one day at a time. 
Perhaps using one word from devotion time
 that depicts your own
Advent Journey.
Praying in Color tools from 
Sybil MacBeth.

How to count the weeks of Advent- 
with the things you have around the house.

Lighting a new candle each week-
counting down the days of Advent.

Preparing Advent hearts-
some devotional ideas.

Resources for creating your own Jesse tree-
 to talk about the Old Testament promise
 and the New Testament fulfillment.

Handmade ornaments-
printables to use for a Jesse tree.

Making an Advent journal-
collecting resources to help
 teach the "next generation". 

Creating a "Jesus" tree filled with symbols of 
this Christ Child gift, and nativity ornaments.

Helping to point to the reason for the season.
The heart renovation-
 that is the Spirit work of