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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Using Borders!




I thought that today I would share some of my favorite borders with you!  In doing my small daily devo in my calendar, I use different borders around the text.  I usually always put some sort of border on my  full page spreads as well, as I feel like they present a visual "Stop" for the page.

Try these out and incorporate. Them. Into your everyday, they are fun and easy! 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Utilizing back to School Sales!!

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A Coloring Page for you!



A coloring page for your pleasure! Print it out, color it in and pop it into your journal for today's Proverb: 18:6
Lord we pray that today we would have control over our hearts our thoughts, and---ultimately our mouth.  We pray that peace and grace would spill from us, rather than contention and strife.  Let us be the peacemakers and the presence carriers that You need in this day and age!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How I Bible Map

A creative Bible Study does not mean just pretty pictures.  We have been looking at using calligraphy, photo journalism, paintings, mixed media, and today....Bible Mapping.
This is a completed image of the entire page: 
Let me walk you through my steps:
First, of course, I need some pretty colors in the background!! For this page, the background colors are made up of spray dyes and stencils.
Next, I write the actual verse I am dissecting in the middle of the page:
My next layer contains research on the original meanings of the words.  If you look closely, you will see the concordance numbers for the main words.  Through Blue Letter Bible and Bible Hub, it is easy to cross reference different translations and the actual nuances and meanings of the original text.

My next box contains the words of the original language and their definitions.

Working outward from the central scripture, I now add another box around the original text, with commentaries.  Again, my two go-to sites for this purpose are blue letter Bible and Bible hub.  Reading what scholars have said about the scriptures add, yet another, layer of meaning within my heart.


Finally, what is the core of what I am taking away from this devo time and dance with the Lord?

For this particular scripture I took away that our words are jewels, and to be dispersed as such, never hurled at another. I give these words a prominent place on the page, so that I can remember as I pick up the pages and recount this holy time spent with the Lord!

Have questions?  Please comment below!  Have another way of Bible Mapping?  Please let us know how you do it!! 
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Words Are As Costly As Jewels



27 A truly wise person uses few words;
    a person with understanding is even-tempered.

Today we are looking at words, that are as costly as jewels..  To speak after great restraint, and with much thought. To think greatly and speak little. So many times we rush into conversations and bombard others with our emotions, choosing to react rather than respond.   Today we are reminded that those who are seeking a holy obedience to the ordinary, think and restrain from a vomit of reactive motions. 

When we can come under Wisdom in this area, we are found to be pleasant, amiable, cool headed and not heated with passion. When we enter into our conversations and daily dealings in this way we walk carefully and leave no footprints on another's heart.

Lord, we pray today, that we would learn control over our tongue.  When working out and building up stamina, strength can be found in resisting.  Help us build this spiritual muscle through the art of resistance!  Holy Spirit, speak to our hearts, in a way that pierces our passions, angers and emotions and causes us to stop, drop, listen and pray.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Experiencing a Creative Bible Study


Today I want to look at making a creative Bible Study manageable.  In embarking on a study, where color is used to enhance the entire experience of Scripture, it must become a manageable practice. I want to look at the use of a cell phone and photo apps as a way to bring the scriptures to life. 

My husband and I went on a walk and discovered this covered bridge. I snapped away and captured our afternoon, through the lens of my camera.  In using two different apps, I was able to transform our afternoon into a concrete visual of scripture. We all pray that as we raise our children we raise successful adults. We pray that we provide a bridge from infancy to adulthood, that incorporates Wisdom, love, compassion, character and a good moral fiber.  We are the bridge to adulthood, we only walk with them for a short while, before we release them into the world on the other side.

In using my camera lens in my creative Bible Study, I incorporate the wonder of God in my every moment.  I may not know where I will use the picture or how, but I take the pics and I wait for the Spirit to show the way.  As we walk through our day, searching for beauty, we find that we are breathing in His presence in precious moments and images, as we slow down. 

A creative Bible Study is just that: a creative way to interact with the Scritures.  There is no wrong way! Remember to join our free creative community to join in the fun with others and partake in a host of free groups! 
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