Carry them like a good shepherd. How often we forget that we are not the ones working things out. We are participating in an eternal story. When the down and out times come- and they do, and they will. Got to remember- He is on me side! That changes everything!
Bible Journaling Series- #282 Hebrew 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, (throw off everything) and sin which clings so closely, (the sin which so easily entangles) and let us run with endurance (run with perseverance) the race that is set before us, (marked out for us) looking to Jesus, (fixing our eyes on Jesus) the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Much of these verses seem appropriate during these days of the 2018 Winter Olympics. surrounded by a cloud of witnesses- the crowds watching the weight- the training and pressure the race set before us- the set course run with endurance- the ability to finish but then there is a focus change- fix our eyes on Jesus. It becomes less us and more of him- the perfecter of our faith. The joy Jesus found in the agony of the cross- or as we might hear- the "agony of defeat." Jesus is then seated on the throne- not the podium with the gold medal- but life everlasting with His Father. As we listen to all the commotion around physical races and finishes- let us watch closely the race we run. Let us be encouragers to each other to run the race that matters for eternity. Here is the link to download this image on the Visual Faith Ministry website: heb-12-psalm-51
DUST to DUST- often the start to a Lenten journey is revisiting our own mortality. We move through our days so quickly - often thinking we have it together and figured out. ASH WEDNESDAY brings that non-reality forefront and center. Working in my interleaved Bible gives me more space to see how things fit together. I used scrapbook paper that happened to be laying around on my desk. Black and white works well as a base. I tore out the image from the worship service folder. Then parts of the hymn. I couldn't fit the whole thing on. But loved the chorus- hear our penitential cry! Go- and be Reconciled. To each other. To our Heavenly Father. Lent is about coming back and turning away. Tabs from the $1 bins at Michaels with Alpha letters. AND a die-cut flower- reminder that out of this dustness- Jesus brings hope. New life waits for followers of Jesus.
Worship service folder
Bible Marginalia Series- #281 Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day on the same day. How often does that happen?
This year Ash Wednesday
and Valentine’s Day
are overlapping for the
first time since 1945.
So this is the first time in my lifetime.
The two dates have also overlapped
in 1923 and 1934
and will coincide again in 2024 and 2029.
Hanging out in Psalm 51- in my Large Print Crossways Bible. Using the printable margins from the Visual Faith Ministry website designed by Pat Maier. ash-wednesday-margins
Prayer time devotions:
mercy, steadfast, blot and transgressions
So I pray: There is NOTHING I can do to make up this great deficit in my life. May YOU, O God, come near. Create in Me a Clean Heart. Restore to me the Joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a wiling spirit. Rework what needs to go, and bless me with the gifts to be wholly and only your new creation, Amen.
What a blessing to walk into my church for Ash Wednesday services and see some of the resources from Visual Faith Ministry www.visualfaithmin.org ready for those that connect this way for LENT.
So, may we REMEMBER that on this day of ashes and turning back, that at the center of this great gift is the cross and the great LOVE our Father has for each of us. Supplies: printable margin- visualfaithmin.org colored pencils scrapbook paper assorted die cut printables fine-point Sharpie pen- non-bleeding