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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God’s Mighty Love

My goodness it’s been a busy crazy summer! So different from last year, yet equally insane.  

Last year I was feeling pretty lousy – cancer complications were problematic and I was coming off four weeks of intensive radiation, followed by a case of shingles that landed me in the hospital, all the while planning a wedding!

This year has truly been a great year cancer-wise – I’ve felt great & much more physically active. Over a period of six weeks I made multiple 6+ hr (one way) drives to visit my daughter & family tucked in between a super condensed 4-day trip to California to help pack my sister as she moves forward in her journey there. 

Somewhere in the mix, I overdid (yes, that’s a big DUH!) ….things were going so well… until they weren’t. All of a sudden I was constantly tired, sleeping more, and simple short walks weren’t so simple. A middle of the night trip to the ER revealed I had a blood clot that moved to my lungs – no bueno – especially when you have stage IV cancer. An ambulance ride, meds, days of extremely thorough doctor checks, and I was good to go….slowly!  

When I’m feeling good (aka not constantly reminded of physical limitations), I wanna be like the other kids! I wanna go for brisk walks, water aerobics, long trips, play time with my grandson….but, I’ve got to remember the pace… and be mindful what a blessing that I’m able to do those things! But maybe….just maybe, I do them in moderation so I decrease the risk of setbacks and increase the probability future fun. 

The absolute best part???? It’s so wonderful to feel well enough to spend time expressing faith through art again! Hands down, the Thrive Bible is my all-time favorite  – I love how God speaks to me through the devotions, causing me to often say to myself, “wow! I never thought about it that way!” and to continually be in awe of His Mighty Love for us

Lost in the Woods

Fair Breeze 040Last month I was visiting friends at their property in the country.  I’d been several times before, so I’d developed a sense of the layout.  I’d been on several walks, but never on my own.  My friends were working on a project where I was of no particular use, so I decided a walk through the woods would be nice before I set out on my way back to Houston.

There were numerous managed (i.e. mowed) trails to choose from – I chose the one I thought would take the longest – off I went with Buddy (their dog) leading the way!

In no time at all, we came to the end of the mowed path…the path ahead was still there…it just wasn’t clearly marked.  Buddy appeared confident in the direction we were headed and so I followed. Continue reading

Giving God Your Full Heart

August 7, 2010

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m participating in a bible study with an incredible group of women.  One of our “Growing Strong in God’s Family” course objectives is to establish quiet time with God.  Simple concept, right? Putting it into action? Well…not so easy.  Last year when I began this leg of my journey, one of the first things I was encouraged to do was spend time with God daily reading His Word.  Confession time: I avoided it like the plague!  I made feeble half-hearted attempts and received nothing in return. 

I hope you caught the full impact of that last sentence.  God doesn’t want half-hearted attempts!  He doesn’t want to “share the stool” (read my last post if you don’t get the analogy) with us either – He wants your FULL HEART!  Looking back, I’m not surprised my bible reading felt like…well, for lack of a better word, torture.  I was still going through the checklist of what I thought Christians should do, all the while hanging on to worldly values.  Bottom line?  If your heart isn’t fully committed? It ain’t gonna happen, folks. 

And if you’re still not sure, meditate on this scripture:  James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Yes…she just quoted scripture! Pretty exciting stuff, huh?????  When I first read that passage a year ago, I didn’t quite get it – sure, I got the idea of it, but not the full meaning.  Some things just take time and that’s okay.

Now, on to even more exciting news… I’m developing quiet time with God and it feels phenomenal!  He is revealing so many wonderful things in my life and it’s hard to keep up…quiet time involves more than reading God’s word and prayer.  It includes writing – nothing in depth, just jotting down scripture that stood out to me and my impressions.

But wait! There’s more!  God doesn’t stop there!  Yes, there are bonuses!!! Not only is it enlightening to go back and see where God has led me over the past few days or weeks, I’m finding that as situations arise, it’s a fantastic reference tool God uses to guide me in conversations – how cool is that?????