Friday, November 28, 2014

A heart of Gratitude-2

For a heart that has been blessed 
beyond imagination 
for the simple things and the intricate things-
 I give thanks.

For a God that delights 
in pure joy and pure beauty-
 I give thanks.

For a God that showed grace to redeem ME-
by sending a Son who died and Rose AGAIN-
I give thanks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Heart of Gratitude-1

For the times in life 
when my desire aligns
 with God's heart 
and I have a glimpse
 of the world with His eyes-
 I give thanks.

For the unexpected opportunities
when I am moved to give
 more than I would have thought-
 I give thanks. 

For the song in my soul
when I see how
God's grace
allows me to
be restored
 day after day-
I give thanks.

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 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bible Marginalia- A Day Like No Other

#31 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Hanging out in the book of Joshua

After our visit to Israel this past January- 
I have new eyes for reading these stories.

And thinking about the destruction
 that the Lord demanded of  
Joshua and his followers, 
as they took the land of Canaan.
This part of the story comes in with the Lord
 throwing down large stones
 from heaven at Gibeon.

Standing there in the land of Canaan.
And reading this story about Joshua-
 in this very personal relationship
with the Lord.
About asking Him to make the sun
 and the moon to stand still
 to help them in their battle.
AND... "The sun stopped in the midst of heaven
 and did not hurry to see for about a whole day. 
There has been no day like it before or since, 
when the Lord heeded the voice of a man,
 for the Lord fought for Israel." v. 12-14

a good thing to have the LORD-
on MY side of the Battle.

Colored pencils
Fine-point Sharpie marker- non-bleeding

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Be Strong and Courageous

#30 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Joshua 1:9

Sermon notes- 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 
Midlothian, VA

When God says VERY- pay attention.
When He says- YOU- Listen up.

A change of command.
Moses is no longer here.
Joshua is the one God choses to lead.
Over and over again-
 Be Strong and Courageous.

DO NOT be dismayed.


GOD also commands that His leaders -

Love how this part is the PEP Talk 
to the battle of Jericho.
and the saving of RAHAB-
 the lineage of David 
and Jesus Christ.

Colored Pencil
Fine-point sharpie Marker- non-Bleeding

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Our Heavenly Dwelling

#29 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Do not lose heart.
This body is going away.
But our inner self is being renewed each day.
Affliction now is preparing us for glory.
We look not to the things that are seen-
but to those things not seen.
The things we can see are transient,
the things we cannot see are eternal.
This tent of a body is being destroyed.
But, we have a house not made with hands-
waiting for us in heaven.

But, we are of good courage.
This body is our home now,
but soon we will be with the Lord.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

 2 Corinthians 4:16- 5:7

Graph paper used with watercolor
 Colored pencils
Fine point Sharpie- non-bleeding

Lots on this page- 
think there will be some more favorite verses.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Favorite Apps- vrsly

The iPhone App-VRSLY 
delivers new inspiration
 to your device every single day.

Save it, share it or create your own. 
Inspire others by publishing the finished product 
to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

VRSLY also gives you the ability to create
 your own inspiration with packs of VRSLY's artwork, 
frames, graphics and more.

• A daily VRSLY you can post "as is" 
or "use as an overlay" to create your own.
But, each one is only available THAT day.

 Artwork from walk in love
 and other artists
 are available to help you create
 your own VRSLY.

A simple statement on a photo
 can bring faith encouragement.

 Frames and graphics are available
 to help you create your own VRSLY.

It costs $.99 cents. 
Then there are all sorts of 
FREE things you can add.

Just a few added graphics for little heart.

Inspire others by publishing 
the finished product 
to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In a previous post, 
I wrote about 
Deploying Digital Missionaries.
eformation-Deploying Digital

This is one of the tools 
that allows you to take
 the photos of "your life"-
and bless the world.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bible Marginalia- The LORD is Faithful

                                                                                                                                                                              J. Meier
#28 in the Bible Marginalia Series

The LORD is Faithful.
He will Strengthen and Protect You.

It is about what the Lord does for us.

Hanging out with daughters this weekend.
All home for a friend's wedding.
They have all asked for a Journaling Bible.

Having fun seeing what oldest did today.
I like this so much- just gonna copy it.

Distress Ink
Fine-point Sharpie marker

                                                                                                                     J. Meier

The LORD is my Helper.
I will not FEAR.

Love Jessica's lettering style.
A simple way to make boxes
 around the words- 
to give them more dimension.

Colored Pencils
Fine-point Sharpie marker