My Love Dare with God – Week 7

wk 7Week 7 – Dare days 22 – 24  On the surface, some of the days may seem repetitive; but they aren’t – I believe each takes us one step closer to experiencing a deeper connection with God

This week we take a look at how Love

  • is Faithful – committing to show God we love Him even if we’re tired, sick, etc.
  • always Protects – taking a hard look at choices, priorities and balance
  • compared to  Lust – exercising our understanding of the difference between allowing God to fill voids versus turning to temporary pleasures

 

My Love Dare with God – Week 7

I’m still behind on video/audios, but I’m diligently working to catch up!  Please continue to be in prayer – it’s been a challenging few weeks health wise, but I’m getting there – thank you for your grace and patience!

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My Love Dare with God – Week 6

wk 6Week 6 – Dare days 18 – 21… yes, this is another really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Seeks to Understand – how do we gain wisdom, discernment, and deepen our trust in God?
  • is Impossible – we will take a look at the distinct difference is manufactured vs God given love
  • is Jesus Christ – the daily realization of just how desperately we need a Savior
  • is Satisfied in God – how do we ensure daily time in His Word to stimulate growth?

My Love Dare with God – week 6

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God Speaks

New to journaling? Welcome!!!!
I just love how God speaks to us on such a personal level!! I always try to encourage folks to journal – whether you write a few words, a picture, or any combination…it can inspire and encourage either yourself or others in ways you can’t possibly fathom!
I stumbled across this note from a binder…a BIG. BLANK. BINDER…
“Where to begin??? So much space to be filled!!!

 

Lord,
I want to follow Your lead and not get so focused on the canvas that I lose sight of Your artistry. Amen”

 

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My Love Dare with God – Week 5

wk 5Week 5 – Dare days 14 – 17… I realize I mention this each week, but this is a really good week!

This week we take a look at how Love

  • Takes Delight – we will explore how some areas can mean relearning some of the ways we express our love for God, which will open us to a truer love
  • is Honorable – how do we express a willingness and develop holy habits to sacrifice for God on a daily basis?
  • Intercedes – how do we become “wise farmers” and care for the soil of our lives so that seeds planted will reap a harvest in God’s timing; and
  • Promotes Intimacy – how do we love well by accepting ourselves and others as God accepts us

My Love Dare – week 5

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Who’s Ready?

My Love Dare with God Intro

2017 is coming to a close…. a time of reflection and a time of planning.  A few weeks ago I shared about the upcoming “My Love Dare with God” study – here’s a little intro video to help give you a better idea of what it’s all about!

Thanks in advance for your patience – posting videos is new for me and I’m learning as I go 🙂

Hang tight – the actual study begins mid-late January… click HERE for more details

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Etsy to the Rescue!

So often I read comments from Bible journalers who haven’t quite discovered their art journaling style – I’m still finding mine, but I vividly remember wanting to create something “worthy” as all the posts I saw on Pinterest or Facebook… the thing is, we all have a unique style – just like our relationship with God! And while I could talk on and on about all the pitfalls of trying to “measure up” – perhaps today is a perfect opportunity to share tools instead.

If you’re like me, you might need a launchpad to that road of discovery…. and what better way than to learn from those that have gone before us!

I’ve shared different artists in the past (Sue Carroll, Stephanie Ackerman, Lynn Shokoples, and  Nicole Plymesser Nelson) and today I stumbled upon a precious Etsy Shop run by Tammy Thompson, called For His Glory Studio

Tammy’s shop provides traceable Bible Margin Art – take a look! It’s a fabulous way to get started with little cost and GREAT potential for the aspiring artist!  Here’s a little info on Tammy:forhisglory

It’s 2016 and I’m faced with a nearly empty nest. I’ve always loved creating and have been crafty since I was a little girl. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the perfect mix of my very favorite things — my Bible and art. I love reading God’s Word. It has helped me through some very rough times in my life. Creating and meditating on God’s promises is very relaxing for me and it helps me to always remember where my strength comes from.

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My “Mess” is My Message

Today I received my copy of Stephanie Ackerman’s latest book Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist. Did I need another book on Journaling or Art? Well, apparently I did! Not five pages in, the photo to the left smacked me upside the head…kinda crazy, right? Stephanie, among other wonderful women, have encouraged me from afar with their zest for art, an insane love for God, and the desire to intertwine the two.

For the past month, God has really been working on me & my obedience factor… at the forefront has been a host of new cancer challenges…. but those challenges have been the catalyst to realizing I haven’t consistently been giving God my best.  I’ve been giving what’s easy and through numerous experiences… sermons especially ….(thanks Pastor Jim!), I’ve been convicted as to how I’m living my life I’m for God.

Stage IV Cancer, like so many other chronic diseases, is HARD.  It doesn’t go away.period. and more often than not, you get new challenges… like wonky lungs, blood clots, and such.  I am very thankful though – just think if God allowed cancer to hit you with everything all at once? No bueno!

While I thought I’d learned my new normal, I was still entirely too focused holding tightly onto the things I could still do.  Like grocery shopping, housekeeping, or walking the dog… yeah, call it what it is….PRIDE.  Don’t get me wrong, staying active is essential, but holding too tightly onto things is a slippery slope and sets you…me… up for missing great God opportunities.

As it is today, I’m in a season where those types of activities aren’t necessarily adding value to my days. Instead, little things, like going out to the grocery store, have the potential to set me back vs propel me forward.  So I’m learning to choose more wisely and it’s definitely a process!

My 2018 goal (starting now!) is to be more mindful and dig deeper in my relationship with God.  While cancer isn’t exactly what I may have chosen, it has given me the opportunity to focus more time on Him by not trying to balance a demanding and stressful full time job….HE is my full time job…and that is pretty darn amazing – not many get that opportunity!

If you’ve read my blog, the consistent thread has been my lack of consistency in writing. And writing is a big part of my relationship with God…to be vulnerable and transparent, and to share how He leads me daily to walk closer with Him.

If I had to choose ONE thing that propelled me into deepening my relationship with God, it was a little book you may be familiar with called The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It is a 40-day Christian devotional designed to strengthen marriages.  No, I’m not married – I’m not even dating or in a relationship.  God brought me the book as a dare to strengthen my relationship with Him.  Weird? Odd? Perhaps.  But I hope you will follow me as I share, and possibly help,  precious readers do the same… coming soon… My Love Dare with God.

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