Sunday, October 4, 2015

Visual Prayer- Intercessory

A Bible verse stamped 
on a 4 by 6 blank index card
The names of those prayed for 
and the church if they serve in ministry
Or using a premade card
from a set purchased at Michael's
sometimes extra designs
 are stamped right on to the card
As the doodles are added- 
and the color is done.
 Just pray.
Just pray with silent words whispered.
 With no words.
And sometimes it is just resting in the Spirit.
And Lifting UP someone in prayer.

Then make a copy of the prayer.
Send the original
 to the people prayed for on the card.
Add the prayer copy to a prayer journal kept for us.
(It is just a regular old photo album)
Then the prayer card is scanned 
and added to the Pinterest board-
 Praying for the Southeastern District.
Join me in prayer.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bible Margin Weaving

Bible Marginalia Series- #138

This week at a Creative Haven gathering 
we had guest artist Erika Quinn Radke in house.
She patiently showed us 
the step by step process of 
using small strips of water-colored paper
 and washi tape into the margins of our Bible.

She suggested this process 
could illustrate 
 Psalm 139:13- the
knitting together in the womb.
It could also highlight the making
 of the priestly garments and the fine
woven garments in Exodus 39: 1-3.

We used an Exacto knife on a self- healing mat
 to cut right along the lines in the Journaling Bible.
 We could choose every line or do every other line.
(mat in photo is not the cutting mat)

Erika had a beautiful set of Gelatoes.

We added the color to some watercolor paper.

Blending the colors with water.

On this section of Scripture-
 in Exodus I added simple color 
with iridescent watercolors-
in the same color palette 
as the watercolor paper.

Then we cut strips of paper 
about the same width 
as the lines in the margin.

Took a strip of washi tape 
and folded it back on itself
 to make it the same front and back.
Then cut the strip in half.
(Trimmed it to be near
 the width of the paper strips.)

Carefully weaving the 
strips of paper and the washi tape.
We varied in the strips that fit in the margin-
5, 6 and even 7.

The edges were finished with washi tape
 on the right side edge, 
and top and bottom
 with coordinating color washi tape.
This edge was done 
with lines cut on every other line.

Many tiny strips on this one.
Thanks Erika for helping us to have a
hands-on experience of weaving that connects to 
an Old Testament story and one in Psalms.

Exacto knife
Self- healing cutting mat
Watercolor paper
Variety of washi tape

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Prayer--Disturb Us , O Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Found this prayer in a book today-- and it spoke to my heart.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

just because.......

show me the pumpkins!

at the PUMPKIN Patch

some photos sent from an  Fall outing 
and the rest captured in a visit to Ann Arbor

this is most certainly true!

got my stick!

peek a boo  - can you find me?

mom helps on the big slide

raisins in my cereal and out on a walk

ah-- after church donuts

hugs and love

mr. inquisitive

and just because.....

Bible Marginalia- In Denial

Bible Marginalia Series- # 137

Keep coming back to the book of John.
  How many times haven't I given thanks
 that "I am not like Peter"?
That very faint glow that somehow
 tries to lift me up from this blatant
 denial of being a follower of Jesus.
And then I remember-
the times I remained silent,
could have added to a conversation,
but rather chose to be anonymous.

Day in and day out.
Denial- for what I could have said,
should have said, almost said.
Or maybe a diverting of the topic 
so I would have to do make 
"connections" for people.

Forgive me, Lord.
And then I rest on the grace.
Grasp it right to me.
For in each of those fallen times-
I yet, by grace.
 have been carried right to the new point.
Forgiven and Redeemed.
And by Grace will carry on.

Easy to do-
just paint and stick.

Acrylic paint- Target
Various Alpha letter stickers
Illustrated Faith - words and word washi
Washi tape
Colord pencils
 Fine point Sharpie- non-bleed pen

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Walk in Confidence

Bible Marginalia Series- #136

Walk in Confidence
A Looks at Proverbs 3:1-6
These were the study notes as I prepared for 
the breakout sessions for the 
Women's Leadership Institute 
Regional Conference in Ann Arbor
 on Sept. 19, 2015.
The stamped verse became
 part of a small tip-in for the center.

Writing in the Margins 
The Key points
So that I could 
 in order to
This margin is a design by Pat Maier.
 It comes with simple created space margins.
 Color it in. 
Go over the script with marker.
Add the study words.
Place it on a paint color swatch
 from Home Depot.
Add it to the margin 
with double -sided sticky tape.

Marginalia becomes part of the story 
of what a Communion walk LOOKS LIKE.
The Holy Spirit knitting the pieces together 
in soul-meshing ways only He can do.

This is the other side
 of this section of Proverbs,
A few notes.
The center of confidence walking.
 He desires for us to walk easy- 
in straight paths.
And the way for that is as a follower of Jesus.
Don't spend your time on unstraight paths-
it will delay you, 
reroute you, 
and you might even get lost.

and Keep the Lord's Commandments.
And walk with your head up 
and fix your eyes on Jesus.
 For the LORD is faithful.
And tell the story along the way.

 Would like a set of the created space margins?
email me at 
and I will send them to you
or notify me here on the contact form

printed margin- Pat Maier
colored pencils
Verse stamp
hand made paper for tip-in
washi tape
fine-point non-bleeding Sharpie pen
 Printed word washi- Illustrated Faith

Sunday, September 27, 2015

#VRSLY updates

#puremich skies

Grandson love

out and about in Ann Arbor

Sea of Galilee 

near Sedona Arizona

the whole wide world

on my windowsill

just Gospel and Light for the world
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