Sunday, September 25, 2016

Visual Faith Creative Assembly 2016

Time to Connect, 
Encourage and Equip

Ready for all those 
gathering for the day
in Springfield, Virginia.
Lots of Resources and ideas
 for Visual Prayer and Visual Faith Art
We came with friends.
We visited with old friends.
We made new friends.
 We talked about Visual Faith 
and Community.
We talked about all the things we have learned
 in the past few months about Visual Faith.

We talked about the challenges 
of sharing Visual Faith practices with others
 and dealing with distractions.
We talked about how to equip
 and encourage others.
We shared the delight of
 Bible Journaling Inspiration.
                                                                                                                                                    Claudia Brendan- photo
We were blessed with having author 
Lisa Nichols Hickman 
with us to share about the Golden Margin.

                                                                                                         Claudia Brendan - photo

We learn about our relationships 
in the margins- 
Go, God and the Golden Margin.
Visual Faith projects
Prayer and blessing cards.
 Hannah's Catering 
brought a great catered lunch.
Time to check out social media.
Event hashtag- #visualfaithca16

Visual Faith Art
to encourage the 
story telling of His Faithfulness.
Always great to catch up.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions-
Joen Schultz- Visual Faith-
Leading Workshops
Joen Schultz- Pinterest
Holly Borrasso and Bonnie Hughes-
Visual Faith- Praying Scripture
Holly- Pinterest
Bonnie Hughes- Pinterest

Karen Hunter
Visual Faith- Worship into the Week
Karen's blog-karen scraps
Melinda Ransdell
Visual Faith- Congregational Resources
Melinda's blog-unconditionally steadfast
Erika Radke
Visual Faith- Artist's Touch
Erika's blog-faithfully created
Sierra Burden
Visual Faith- Prayer- Moms and Kids
Sierra Burden- Pinterest
Sally Sulcove
Visual Faith-Blogging
Sally's blog-journaling the bible
Deployed digital Missionaries.
Coming Together-
To Learn to Lead Others-
Giving thanks for all those the Lord 
brought together for this day 
of equipping and encouraging.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bible Marginalia- the Living God

Bible Marginalia Series- #181

Jeremiah 10:10
Living and Everlasting
Longer life than batteries.
A crown of life for those who obey.
The Lord is the only true God.
Not very sure that the 
"whole earth trembles at his anger."
But the nations CANNOT 
stand up to his wrath.
v. 11- say this to those who worship other gods:
"Your so-called gods who did not 
make the heavens and earth, 
will vanish from the earth 
and from under the heavens."
Kind of a "take that" from our God.
OK to say when you are also the ONE-
who holds the keys to the heaven you made.

Inspire Bible
Washi tape
Colored pencils
Fine-point Sharpie marker
Iridescent water colors- (Michael's)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bible Marginalia-Do as I say

Bible Marginalia Series- #180
 Jeremiah 7:23

Think this pretty well sums up
 most of Jeremiah so far.
An obedience theme 
runs through these passages.
To my ear Jeremiah sounds
 like a broken record.
Doesn't anyone hear what he is saying?
 Then I stop short,
and remember- oh yea-
that's me too.
Listening to the call of the world, 
and my selfish desires,
and deaf to God's good plan for me.

Oh, Lord, help me to 
"pay attention"
to your call to my heart.
That all may be well.

Inspire Bible
Colored pencils
 Fine-point Sharpie marker
Washi tape


Monday, September 19, 2016

Bible Marginalia- Trust and Be Blessed

Bible Marginalia Series- #179
Jeremiah 17:7
"But blessed are those who trust
 in the Lord and have made the Lord 
their hope and confidence."

In the Bible that I have been using for 20 years
 I have a note that this is a section
 of Scripture I want for my funeral.
Think it is the part of being
 a tree planted by the stream.
Sends out roots 
and does not fear the drought.
In the Lord there is nourishment,
and no need to be anxious.
What hope is here.
And Jeremiah is needing to be reminded.
Over and Over again.
Just like me.

Bible Margin  and circle from Coloring book
Washi tape
Colored pencils
Fine-point Sharpie marker

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bible Marginalia- Worship into the Week

Bible Marginalia Series- #178

The readings in worship this past Sunday
 included this section of Ezekiel 34.
 It had been the reference 
for a Pastor's installation last year
 and then this week I revisited the text.
God's text message to me.
When I look at the verbs- 
it is simply stunning to see 
the work order that 
the LORD vows to do.
He says- I will:
Search and Seek
Rescue and Bring
Feed and Bring back
Bind up and Strengthen
Destroy and Judge

So my worship into the week 
has been to contemplate and pray
 over these verses.
To let the Word of God meet me in all the places
 He desires His Word to become part of my life.
A simple practice to
extend worship time
into the days and the hours of the week.
And when I try to take back 
the ownership of "making things Happen"- 
let me be reminded that it is THE LORD 
who begins, continues and brings to completion.
What a GIFT of grace that is to me.

Colored pencils
Washi tape
Fine-point Sharpie marker

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bible Marginalia- Run with the Horses

Bible Marginalia Series # 177

Hanging out in Jeremiah yet......
Chapter 12:5 has the words for the theme
 of Eugene Peterson' s book-
Run with the Horses.
The NIV has:
“If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out
 how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in safe country,
how will you manage 
in the thickets by the Jordan?

The ESV also has compete with horses.

The NLT has:
“If racing against mere men makes you tired,
    how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground,
    what will you do in the thickets
 near the Jordan?"

Maybe it is the tired and wearied part
 here I can identify with on some days.
Life often does feel like a 
foot race that I am losing.
But, then it is here in the "easy part" 
where we stumble.
What happens in the tough times?
(always interesting how different
 light makes the page look different)
 In Chapter 12, Jeremiah approaches God
with a humble complaint.
Why is it that it seems that the wicked people
 and their wicked practices are still successful?
Couldn't God just bring the wicked
 and their evil ways to an end? 
God rebukes Jeremiah about his uneasiness
 in the troubles at hand, 
and cautions him to prepare 
for even greater troubles.
Israel is in a sad state.
And so am I.
 God promises mercy.
He speaks to our hardheartedness 
and stubbornness.
 On days when I need to run, or compete, 
and generally without horses- I know
His wrath does not stand AGAINST ME.

When I wallow in self-pity for failing
 at yet another heroic attempt- at anything, 
I remember my calling.
When I moan about life being difficult,
I take another deep breath.
When I think that maybe this time,
it is easier to give up,
I choose not to settle.
When I am at my wit's end,
and realize that this "is the calm time,"
I reset my gaze.
When I feel despondent, 
that life is just easier for "others",
I will find Jeremiah courage.
"I'll run with the horses."

Target Acrylic paint
Folk Art stencil
Washi tape
Signo uni white pen
Micron pen
Illustrated Faith arrow and banner
Alpha Letters
Faber Castell Gelatos 
Tim Holtz Chitchat mini words 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oh Constancy

Sorting out vintage postcards for Fall.
 A bit too early to put out Thanksgiving ones.
Loved the leaves here and grabbed it to place on 
the window sill above the kitchen sink.
I love using small vintage flower 
holders to place postcards around.
And then I read it.
Oh more here than fall leaves.


Historically-  In the Middle Ages ivy 
was still associated with wine. 
A branch or bunch of ivy 
was often hung on a pole outside 
a tavern to indicate
 that the building sold wine or ale. 

The love language of flowers-
 wedded love, fidelity,
 friendship and affection.
Ivy is an English word that means 

The horticulture world often considers
 it a pest and a nuisance- 
you can never get rid of it.

The word constant means:
occurring continuously
 over a period of time.

 The name Constance means:
(Latin- Constantia) firm of purpose
(English from French-Constantia)
Standing together,
This card probably dates back to pre-1910.
 Sent for a penny.
to Wilbur Ries- in the City.
from Uncle Ferd and Aunt Becky.
 Not sure of the occasion- 
or the real message conveyed here.

the word Constant comes up here:
Constant suspense- Deut.28: 66
Constant grumbling-Num. 17:5
Constant distress-Job 33:19
Constant dripping- Prov.19:13
Constant terror-Isaiah 51:13
Constant friction-1 Tim. 6:5
yea- a bit on the negative side.

So I will focus on-
"But solid food is for the mature,
 who by constant use
have trained themselves
 to distinguish good from evil."
Hebrews 5:14 
And so my prayer:
Lord, let the constancy of my name
 bring you Glory for your constant faithfulness 
when I am not constant.
Let my life show the mature use
 of your Word- to bring honor to you.
Let me have a willing heart to be trained.
Let me seek solid food.
Let them say- that I cling to Thee.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.