Friday, January 15, 2021

Light in the Darkness- Keep Silence


                                      Light in the Darkness- 

                   A Hymn Journal for Advent and Christmas

                        #7 Let All Mortal flesh Keep Silence                                                                                     

Unhurried coloring and listening for this reflective time.           Finishing up the pages for this chapter in the book.

Some time centering in Isaiah 6.

Veil Their Faces to the Presence. Some of our days lately have felt                                                         like going from bad to worse. But, we have a different ending to our story.

A little bit of the history of the hymn-                     
it tracks to about AD 275.
Finishing up with some work
 in the Isaiah 6 format.
Thankful for God's grace and restoration.

Mixed media- Christmas cards, vintage Ideals magazine,  
magazine cutouts, gel pens, colored pencils,
washi tape, watercolors, and Gelatos.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Worship into the Week- Newness of Life

Worship into the Week-

Romans  6:1-14

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Oh, What a gift we have in this gift of baptism.

We walk in the newness of life.

Christ's death and resurrection brings us great riches.

We are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I have been restored.


Visual Faith Ministry Printable


Magazine Cutouts, Colored Pencils

Sharpie non-bleed Gel pen

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Light in the Darkness- Noel

Light in the Darkness Hymn Journal-
#5 Noel
Mixed media 
Our Savior Has Come

The Noel card in my stash had a wonderful drawing
 on the back from the sender's children.
Noel- a bit of the history of the word.

May God's peace fall on all the pieces
 and people of my life.
Noel Noel Noel
Some study time- when angels speak the words 
Fear Not into the lives of ordinary people.
I need these words myself these days.
Wrapping up Fear- 
watercolors and
acrylic paint

Hymn written by Brooke Orozco.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Light in the Darkness- To Us

Still working in my ADVENT journal
 from Next step Press-
 Light in the Darkness.
Song #1- For Us.
Using vintage paper from
 1950's Ideals magazines.
I do the mixed media pages first and then 
draw the color for coloring from those pages.
Some Distress ink and collected Christmas stamps.
I used a Christmas card to cover
 the words for this page to add an image.

Another card and Distress ink
 with circle embellishments.

This song is an original by 
Brooke Orozco and Brendan Knorp.
Visual Faith™Ministry  artists 
did the artwork for this book
 for Next Step Press and Justin Rossow.
Available on Amazon. 
The plan was to do 1/2 of the book 
this past Advent and then the other half in 2021.
 I am still catching up-
 the Light in the Darkness
 is still a very good thing in January.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Worship into the Week- Epiphany


Worship into the Week-
Matthew 2: 1-12
The Visit of the Magi
Rejoiced exceedingly with great JOY.
 Lord, may I see the Star that brings LIGHT.
That I may go there!
Today I have thought about the Magi
 riding camels to Bethlehem.
(me last year in Petra)
John and I thought about following a star 
when we were in Petra last year.
 In our family Zoom worship this past week, 
we talked about camel riding tips.
So on this Epiphany day I will place this sign
 over the doorway to our home.
Epiphany comes from the Greek word- 
epi pha neia
It means appearance, manifestation.
One of the oldest festivals in the Christian world.
When Christ was made 
manifest to the Gentile world.
The blessing is:
Christus Mansionem Benedicat
May Christ Bless this House.
20+ C+ M+ B+ 21
Preferred is to include a cross
 between all of the symbols.
And Lord, may you bless this nation.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Into the New Year- with Intent


This first part of 2021 has been 
to set up some of the practices
that I will continue to use as 
spiritual formation resources in my life.
Here is a photo of the Joy Journal 
that I have set up in a monthly 2 page layout.
The left side has spaces for noting 
one gift a day, a blessing, a gift.
I have done this practice for over 10 years now.
You can see the count on the side of the page
and by the end of January 2021- 
it will be 3558 days of gifts.
I would not remember all of His goodness
 unless I wrote it down.
The right side is what I call-
 Prayers by the Month.
There is a Scripture to pray into the situations
and over the people collected here on this page.
This practice helps me to "Actually Pray"
for the things and people
 I say will pray for in my life.
This free resource is from 
Visual Faith Ministry.
This year I also set up my calendar 
tiny doodles journal for the whole year.
 I use a calendar from Concordia Publishing House
 and then cut it into thirds to fit my Traveler's Notebook.
This has a worked well for me this way now for three years.
 So, I will continue recording a phrase
 or image for each day from my daily devotions.
Any calendar will work and any devotion does also.
I choose 4 colored pencils 
for each month to make it simple.
 The calendars for the year can be downloaded right here:
Once a month I also set up my resources 
for the practice of Worship into the Week-
 using resources from Visual Faith Ministry.
There are half sheets, 
and Bible verses and the new resources
 has a Gelli print and some extra goodies. 
All I need comes right to my mailbox
 for setting up my 3 ring journal.
 I have been doing this practice for over 3 years now
 and it follows the 3 year Lectionary
 and has blessed my Worship life.

So- instead of making all sorts
 of New Year's resolutions- 
I used my time to set up a framework
 for being in the Word
 and recording the journey, 
so the I may tell the story
 of His Faithfulness in 2021.
Would you like to join me?
Print out the resources and come along!
Give the Holy Spirit something to work with!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Scripture Doodles- December 2020

Scripture Doodles

December 2020

Habits of the Heart-

Celebrating, Memorizing Scripture,

Reflecting on the Past Year,

Looking Forward to the New Year.

A phrase a day in a little square.
With a Scripture connection each day.
Thankful for this simple way to chart 
the Devotional Journey of time in His Word.