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Bible Painting – Have you tried it?

Word of God Speak – Bible Painting – Have you tried it?

Bible painting or journalling – what is it?

Bible painting

I posted this a year ago. I have continued to work on my Bible painting/journalling. Check out my Bible Journalling Page for more scriptures and pictures. I now have a link in my menu for Bible Journalling. Check it out. Join us on Facebook Word of God Speak.

I use watercolour pencils and felt pens and Micron pens.

Here is the post:

Bible painting is something new to me.

I would like to show you this week some of the watercolour paintings I have done in my Bible. I find, being a visual person, Bible painting helps solidify the scriptures in my mind.

It’s time for a review. I have studied, painted and memorized a number of scriptures since we started Word of God Speak. Each week I would use the SIMPLE method of Bible study to hear what God was telling me.

Here is a quick review with the scripture, my Bible journalling page, and my thoughts for each scripture. I am only doing a few of them this week. Next time I will show you new ones. Review is important. It’s time to go back and see what I have learned.

If you haven’t been following you can click on the link to see my thoughts of each scripture.

My Bible Painting

2 Corinthians 9:8  Have you found one word for 2016?

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9-8 Bible Painting

What I learned from 2 Corinthians 9:8:

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

John 1:14   What does it mean God came down?

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1-14 Bible Painting

What I learned from John 1:14:

I know God is leading me somewhere. Therefore, I will continue to watch where He leads. We are called to look after those who cannot look after themselves.

John 3:5    How to accept God’s Grace

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 3-5 - Bible Painting

What I learned from John 3:5:

I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends? I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.

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Lenten Review 2016

Lenten Review 2016 – Word of God Speak Linkup

This is a Lenten review 2016. For each week this year I used my S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method to study each verse. Then I painted in my Bible. I am trying to memorize these scriptures too.

Lent One: Read Mark 9:14-29

Memory Verse

Mark 9:23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

I Believe – If you can, I can.

I know that I am grateful that I believe, grateful for Jesus.

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Lent Two: Read Mark 10:32-34

Memory Verse

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Jesus Leads the Way – Follow Him

Reading through the passage made me see the word resolute, and determined. Learning from Jesus I need to be bold as well.

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Lent Three: Read Mark 11:27-33

Memory Verse

Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Time, how God can expand it.

I learned to submit to His authority and time expands to get done what He needs me to do.

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Lent Four: Read Mark 12:41-44

Memory Verse

Mark 12:44  “They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Put in Everything

To give without expecting to get anything back.

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Read Mark 14:3-9

Memory Verse

Mark 14:9 “Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Alabaster Jar – Giving it All to Jesus

I know I will worship Jesus by studying, praising and proclaiming His Word.

Lenten Review 2016Read Mark 14:66-72

Memory Verse

Mark 14:72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Peter’s Lesson

A look at how fear can cripple us. We need to be as bold as lions, not afraid. Or at least if we are afraid not to stop – but move forward with God at our side.
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My Emphasis – Where is yours?

My Emphasis – Where is yours? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

The reading this week for Lent led me to look at where I put my emphasis. You can either listen to the podcast or read the show notes. Either way I would love to hear your thoughts.

My emphasis

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My emphasis

Here are the show notes for this week’s program for those who would rather read than listen.

What is Your Emphasis?

I was studying a familiar passage in the Bible the other day and God changed the emphasis of the words.

Mark 12:41-44 where Jesus is watching the people give to the treasury of the temple. I looked at verse 44.

They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

My eyes had always looked at live and poverty. Totally poor, the widow was giving way more than the rich who gave such a small percentage of their wealth.

This time however I saw the words, Put In Everything. I know that at this point Jesus has been watching all the people give to the treasury – in 13 upside-down trumpet shaped vessels.

Put in Everything

This time God took me away from looking at the money aspect and made me look at the words “put in everything she had”. She had not much but she put it all in for God. Now she has only God left. She had emptied herself completely.

We have so much – and not just in money but in time, inspiration, creativity, family, love and education to name a few.

And the next week what passage came next in my Lenten study but Mark 14:1-9. In this story we read about the anointing of Jesus by a woman at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany.

This time I focused on the verses 8-9. Jesus says:

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

Reading these two passages gave me a double look at whole-hearted worship.

Giving it all to Jesus. Where is my Emphasis?

My question is: Are we investing it ALL to His glory?

I see Michael Hyatt’s book, Living Forward  through God’s eyes.

When Michael says to take a long careful look at our lives – investigate, think, pray and ponder He is talking about our WHOLE lives.

Michael chooses what he calls LIFE ACCOUNTS and gives these examples:

You, faith, health, spouse, kids, finances, friends, work and hobbies. But you may choose any accounts you want.

To give everything to God we need to see our every thing. In order to give every thing I need to know where to put my emphasis.

I’m reminded of Micah 6:8

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Listen to 1 Samuel 15:22:

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as obeying the voice of the LORD?

And Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.

And Isaiah 1:16-17

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

All those verbs are needed to be added to my life profile.

Act, love, obey, acknowledge, seek, encourage, defend, plead.

And the nouns:

Justice, mercy, humility, God, the Voice, oppressed, fatherless, widows.

I made the word art to remind myself of the emphasis I need in my life.

I haven’t started my formal written life plan yet but God is giving me Scriptures and words to help me when I do. Those words will be my emphasis.

Do you have a life plan? Or are you on autopilot with no plan but drift? (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

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Creative Tuesdays – Bible Pillows for Rest

Creative Tuesdays – Bible Pillows for Rest

7 Scriptures to help you find rest

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The prompt this week for Creative Tuesdays is PILLOWS.

This watercolour was done as a quick watercolour on only 90 pound paper. We had been learning the colour wheel in my art class – so I used what I had learned about mixing colours. Three colours were used: opera, quinacridone gold, and cobalt blue.

Again, I thought about this prompt all week. I prayed about it.

Pillows to me mean rest.

When I head to bed I love to tuck that pillow under my head and snuggle down to sleep. So my thoughts went to resting.

The best way I know how to rest is with God.

Here are the 7 Scriptures that I like for rest. Starting from the top:

God rested:

on the seventh day God rested from all His work (Genesis 2:2, NIVUK).

 Rest on the Sabbath:

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27, NIVUK).

Go away and find rest:

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:32, NIVUK).

Be still and rest:

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7, NIVUK).

Peace is rest:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and  your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NIVUK).

Salvation is rest:

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him (Psalm 62:1, NIVUK).

Jesus is rest:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIVUK).

If you are not getting enough rest – try a quiet time with God. You will feel rejuvenated, energized and at peace.

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How to Pray Through Memory

How to Pray Through Memory

by Kimberley Payne

Praying with a Memory

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And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made Thee a name, as at this day (Daniel 9:15 NIV).

In the Bible, we see that Daniel was a righteous man who prayed regularly to God. He spent time reading the scriptures and talking with God.

Daniel knew that God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies.

When Daniel prayed, he reminded God of the mighty acts He’d performed.

Has God moved in your life with answered prayer?

When you pray, do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in the past as you ask for His intervention in the present?

Next time you make a request in prayer, start by recalling all that God has done in the past. Include His miracles from the Bible as well as from your own life.

Praying with a memory will help grow your faith.

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Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

How to Claim Scripture When You Pray

How to Claim Scripture When You Pray

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Do you wonder about all the verses in the Bible? I do. There are so many and each verse can mean something to me a different way at a different time.

I learned something even more fantastic as I read through The Circle Maker. If we take a verse from God’s Word we can pray it back to God. I have done this a couple of times before. Now, though, it feels like it should be something I do on a more regular basis. We have written about praying the Scripture in previous posts. Here are some. You can search for more by using the search button on the sidebar.

Praying God’s Promises

Have You Prayed the Scriptures?

How Can We Pray Using the Scriptures?

When we circle someone in prayer, we can add Scripture to that prayer. For instance let’s say we are praying for our families (and we know we all pray for our families).  It doesn’t have to be fancy – I actually did my first one with all their names in it. I wrote it in pen in my journal. Then around the outside I circle that prayer with Scripture. This time I wrote the verses. Sometimes I write the words of one Scripture around the outside.

The Bible tells us that the Lord is watching over His word to perform it. There is nothing God loves more than keeping His promises. He is actively watching and waiting for us to simply take him at His word. (The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson, page 102)

Here are some Scriptures you can use for your family.

Luke 2:52

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

God is watching and waiting to favour His children. So we pray favour over them.

Philippians 4:4-8 (if anyone of your family suffers from fears)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Praying for peace over someone who fears, can be such a blessing. Praying that they think the right thoughts is a powerful prayer.

Do you get what I mean? Taking God’s Word and sending it back to Him as a prayer.

One more example. What if we wanted one particular outcome? After praying about and sensing that God is in agreement, then we write that desire or dream inside a circle. Then we find Scripture to pray around it.

Mark talks about a building that they wanted to buy. It seemed hopeless and impossible. They circle the building both physically and in prayer, using a Scripture that they sensed God would give them favour for the building. They prayed Matthew 18:18.

Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

They believed God had promised them the building so they prayed back His promise to Him. And they did get the building – at a reduced rate I might add.

Even this Scripture can be used because God wants to give gifts to His children. Joshua 1:2.

Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.

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I am in the learning stages of this way to pray. Have you used Scripture to pray back to God? Have you read The Circle Maker? What other ideas can you give us?

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Prayer:

Thank You for your Word. We are so blessed to have it. Help us to learn how to pray back your Word to You. Thank You again for listening to our prayers. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

Watchful Wednesdays – How Can I Learn Scripture?

Watchful Wednesdays – How Can I Learn Scripture?

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I found this blog today more than stimulating. Ann Voskamp really hits the truth in her post at InCourage. All quotes are from her post.

What if Jesus’ Word was more than useful to us? What if it was beautiful to us?

What if God’s Word was more than a manual in our lives — what if it was the masterpiece in our lives — that made our lives a masterpiece?

Ann questions whether we see Jesus as “useful” or do we adore Him. If we are using Him to make our lives better we are missing the whole point. We need to love Jesus – and get to know Him better through His Word – so we can be strong in Him.

This is a wonderful way to learn Scripture.

Christ’s weapon against Satan in the desert was memorized Scripture. And if you aren’t memorizing Scripture — what IS your weapon in your battle? Where is your defence, your arrow, your hope? We have got to do this thing. It. is. our. life.

This is the year we pick up a sword, that we carry our arrows, that we take aim —-

This is the year that we would fly.

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HOW TO USE HYMNS TO PRAY

How to Use Hymns to Pray

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by Janis Cox

There are many times that I find myself humming a hymn or praise song. Or I am reading a passage of Scripture and a song comes to mind. I sing it right then as a prayer to God.

This past month this has happened many times. One day I read this passage from Oswald Chambers:

Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 19).

The fact that God cares for us is the name of my blog/website – He Cares for You. Based on 1 Peter 5:7.

Cast all your anxieties upon him because he cares for you.

So what song came to me?

Safe and secure from all alarms.

Where did that come from? A hymn of course. And remember this verse from Mark 13:7, NIV.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

We remain safe and secure – He cares for you.
Don’t worry. Give everything to Him in prayer. (Tweet this.)

Prayer:

Father we pray for those who feel alarmed with health issues, family problems, world situations or personal problems. We ask You to pour out Your Spirit upon them. Help them to know You in a personal way, Jesus. Remind them that we are safe and secure from all alarms. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Here is the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. I hope you enjoy listening and singing with it in prayer.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

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HOW DOES GOD SAY, “I WILL HELP YOU?”

How Does God Say, “I Will Help You”?

by Rose Spillenaar Harmer

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Why Do We Pray?

Reading Psalms 139:13-14 (NLT) is amazing:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”

Of course I will help you.
Do not be afraid for I am your true strength.
You draw wisdom, understanding and knowledge from this hour with Me.

It is a quiet understanding that I will help you with all things,
Because I love and care for you
I will give you courage and boldness.

Remember the old adage ‘there are no stupid questions’.
It is only when you neglect to ask Me or others that
you stop growing and learning.

I know you feel comfortable with Me because we have had
a meaningful relationship for many, many years.

The times we walk and talk together are precious to Me.
I know you wonder how that can be since I am King of all kings.

However, I am the God who fashioned you in your mother’s womb,
and knows your inner thoughts and needs.

I love you, My precious child.

Sometimes, it is hard for me to comprehend that God truly is interested in everything we do!! Yet, He does care and wants to help us accomplish those tasks he planned for us to do.

Each day as I talk to God about even trivial concerns,
He helps me choose a better perspective. (tweet this)

Since we live in small places, it sometimes is difficult to entertain guests easily and I often feel stressed.

Yet one time, in the midst of a situation, God directed me to a scripture 1 Peter 4:8, 9 (NLT):

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay”. 

Reminders , such as this scripture from the Lord, are very wonderful as they encourage rather than discourage us and assist us in learning His way of living lovingly and peacefully.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LOVE?

What is the Greatest Love?

by Mary Haskett

God Loves Us - We can pray for others.

God Loves Us – We can pray for others.

The train rattled on past snow covered terrain from London, Ontario to Ottawa. I noted how the snow became more evident as we got closer to our destination. We arrived. My son-in-law and two little grandsons met me at the station. All smiles and chit-chat, we drove to their home. The snow pristine, with not a foot print in sight was piled high in their back yard.

The next day my daughter dressed the boys in suitable attire while my son-in-law prepared a snow slide from the deck to the bottom of the yard. Grandma—that’s me–watched as they, oblivious to the cold, squealed with delight as they rode the track on their toboggan and I filmed the action through the window!

I thought how secure and happy those little boys were, and I thanked God for their loving parents; although their love and attentiveness to their children is nothing compared to the love God has for us.

We are assured over and over again of God’s love for us in the Holy Scriptures. A scripture that is a favourite one for me is:

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3,  KJV).

I can testify of that everlasting love.  God loves even those who don’t serve Him.

Let’s pray that they too will experience and know His everlasting love.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for the love you have for me. Thank you for drawing me with your loving kindness. And because your love is so great for all mankind I trust my loved ones to be drawn in too. Amen.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com