Choose your words and actions carefully, fathers, for those words and actions will influence who your daughter chooses to marry. If you don’t want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life show her how to love and don’t put those she loves down. Even if that at one point in your life, that which was exactly as you wanted, has changed and is no longer what you want, it’s still part of who she is and hurts deeply when you put the ones she loves down. This will be the greatest thing you can provide for your daughters, fathers. Be careful for your words can cut deeply and leave scars long after your done. She will look for the same dysfunctional type of love because it’s all she’s known and it’s what she’s familiar with. Her future spouse will put her down and treat her this way because it’s what she thinks is acceptable in her life. Most aren’t aware of what they’ve done or unwilling to accept they have played a part in this legacy. Don’t hurt her. Allow her to love. A child can never be loved by too many people or too much. Don’t allow your feelings to ruin her life because you hold hurt in your heart.
This one right here is by far my biggest supporter of all things including my art, my health, and everything I do. He’s my soul mate and my best friend. I love to write and create spreads in my art journals about my husband. Hes the one I will grow old with. I love the way he loves me. I love that he makes me laugh. He spends time noticing the things that make me me and he makes me feel special. Every woman should be her husbands princess and he should be her superhero. He definitely is my superhero. Before we got together I wondered if people made love sound like it was more than it was. I wondered if having a soul mate was a real thing or if I could love or be loved.Yes, having a soul mate is a real thing and actually loving and being loved by your spouse does exist. For those who are single I t’s worth the wait. Wait on god and don’t rush getting into a relationship you may regret. Love isn’t always perfect but if you learn to love as an action, not just a feeling, putting Christ and your spouse before your own feelings (and this goes both ways) true love does exist.
Journaling and doodling coloring pages is my therapy. I started doodling to find relief from chronic pain after cancer treatments. I found great relief. It took my focus off the pain and on something more positive. I started turning my art into coloring pages for others who need therapy.
I always loved writing in journals. I kept a journal of documented miracles and revelations from my bible studies. The real fun was found when I bought my first moleskine. I fell in love with the quality of the journal and thickness of the pages. I love books. I love to flip through a book and the smell of the pages. A bookstore is absolutely one of my favorite places to be for that reason and especially one with a coffee shop and the aromas of coffee brewing. Beginning an art journal soon became my new addiction. I fell in love with keeping a journal and documenting memories. I started going to therapy this year to help cope with the anxiety and depression that come with chronic pain after cancer treatments. Yes I said it, and I’m not ashamed either. A lot of people have anxiety and or depression and denying it makes it worse. My therapist encourages my art therapy through positive journaling. Ive started keeping positive quotes and uplifting stories in my art journals. I’ve found this to be most therapeutic and hope to bless and inspire others with my journals. I’ve saved each one full of my art, special memories with my daughter and other children when they visited and trips and dates with my husband. One day long after I’m gone these will become my daughters treasures. An art journal is something I would love to inherit from my mom. My daughter and I share a love for art and have a special bond. I know one day she will be so happy to inherit these journals and flip through the pages and see the detailed art and memories. If you create in a journal, what do you do with it when your done? Do you have plans for your journals? Do you keep detailed personal memories?
There’s plenty of opportunities to look for good in people. It’s much better to see people as people, accept we are all flawed, and look for positive qualities. In turn you will begin to feel more positive and spread positive vibes. People are drawn to other positive people. Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Phil. 4:6
The Gift is Yours. Seek knock and it will be given to you. Restoration and healing in exchange for forgiving the one who’s hurt you.
Forgive the one who needs forgiven because the benefits far outweighs the hardening of your heart for carrying in forgiveness in your heart. It’s not always easy but worth it when you’ve done it.
If forgiving someone who’s hurt you isn’t something you think you can do ask God for help. We aren’t meant to do things alone. The Bible tells us we are strong in him and he rejoices when we come to him. How much more can a perfect father give his children when we are imperfect parents and wish to spoil our children. He wants to help you. The Bible also says you do not have because you haven’t asked. Seek knock and it will be given to you. It’s ok to ask for help in forgiving those who are hard to forgive and its for you more than it is for the forgiven. It doesn’t matter if the one who hurt you deserves your forgiveness or if it goes unnoticed, remember the true gift is the healing you receive once you’ve forgiven.
The owl represents wisdom and the butterfly represents change and growth. Personal growth is important. Also important, taking authority over your thoughts, your words, and your life. Stay in His word and listen to positive words for a positive life. I always enjoy Joyce Meyer and her teaching.
As I read this bible study I enjoyed using pens, washi tape, and my new paper tags that I made flip with bible verse on them.
This first page I made a bible art journal entry full of fun doodles and artwork. I made fun doodles circle the main verses that stuck out to me when I was reading.
The tag reads “…for I know that through your prayers and the help of the spirit of Jesus Christ bus I’ll turn out for my deliverance, …whatever by life or by death, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:19,20 ESV
The verses I wrote on the tag are paraphrased from the verses I encircled in the picture. Just a fun way to make it stand out and more than once. Also a good way to remember how I felt God speak to my heart in this journaling entry.
The flip side says;
“Do all things without grumbling or dispute, that you may be blameless and innocent children of God. Phil. 2:14,15
Again, just a fun way to incorporate bible verses that stuck out to me in my bible study or quiet time into my art journaling. And this verse is also encircled on the second page.
Notice at the top of the second page I have some fun notecards inserted from Heidi Swapp. My husband said my pages here look like my planner. Well it kind of does but it sure was fun doing it.
The very last page of my Philippian bible journal study includes Paul thanking the people. He thanked the women for their help in sharing the gospel. I enjoyed drawing these little ladies in pen and markers and coloring on the page with colored pencil. I also added some more Heidi Swapp notes on the page for fun. I included part of verse 4:3 to go along with the ladies I drew, “bless these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel.” Phil. 4:3 (ESV)
In the center I cut my own paper to fit perfect for three cutouts and to add additional bible verses and more color to my entry.
These verses read;
1. “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13
2. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit Amen” Phil. 4:23
3. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19
I hope my bible art journing inspires you to design and creste entires for your journaling! Be blessed! ❤️
Bible study; part 1; Philippians 1, a study of Philippians 1
Bible verse: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil. 1:21
- Written by Paul
- A letter to the church of Philippians.
- Paul wanted to share joy can be found despite our circumstances.
- Philippeans is a warning about trials and teaches humility.
Saints are those who believe in Christ. When Paul is writing to the saints he is writing to those who helped start the Philippean church. However, since we are believers in Christ this term also relates to us. We are the saints who spread the gospel of Christ.
Grace and peace are free gifts from God and readily available to us, especially in a time of need.
It’s easy for us to see the faults of our children. How frustrating can it be when we give our child a gift and he/she doesn’t appreciate it. We fail to appreciate these two priceless gifts from God. In fact, many times we ignore them and resort to secular world gifts to find comfort in our sufferings. How many times do we seek comfort through things of monetary value rather than seek what our heart truly yearns for, inner peace and joy from God? What good are secular world things without joy or peace to enjoy them? Instead, we are clouded by things and stuff the world find valuable. I am not saying it’s not okay to have things but anything that we value before God is an idol. Thus making its value of very little to us knowing it isn’t eternal.
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
- God isn’t finished with me yet. He’s not finished with us until we are with Him again. As long as I live on earth He will continue to work in my heart, my spirit, and my soul.
- Gods work began in us the first day we believed in Him. The Holy Spirit guides us, speaks to our hearts, and through His word teaches us His knowledge in His great blessings of peace and joy and all free gifts and works available though Him.
” And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ -to the glory and praise of God.
Is there someone in your life you find it hard to forgive or deal with? Or a loved one, that no matter how many times you’ve told them they are on the wrong path they refuse to listen and you worry for them? Do you wish better for that person? The bible tells us to forgive and warns against worry. In fact, it suggests we allow tomorrow to worry for itself. Worry causes illness, stress, and a list of things God doesn’t intend for you. Sometimes the last thing we think to do is pray for that person and it is the first thing we should do. Seeking God for that person saves worry and heartache. Many times we can’t influence a person yet God is fully capable of changing a person’s heart. All too often we allow human emotion to hinder our prayer life. Next time instead of worrying seek God for the change you are seeking for yourself or another person. If you are finding it hard to forgive another person seek God for help in forgiving. God can change our heart. The bible says you do not have because you haven’t asked.
- Remember to pray and seek God for what you need.
- Remember to pray for others needs.
- Pray for discernment as Paul did for the church.
When it’s difficult to know what to pray it can be most helpful to plug names in prayers in the bible.
Example using Paul’s prayer, Philippians 1:9-11;
Father, my prayer is that your love may abound [my husband] more and more [Bless him] in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he [husbands name] may be able to discern what is best [for our home, marriage, finances…] and [he] may be blameless for the day of Christ, [bless my husband filling him] with fruit if righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God. [Father may there be power in praying your written word for my husband (or whoever you are praying for) in Philippians 1:9-11. Amen
This prayer can be done with almost any verse and for a loved one and for those you find it most difficult to forgive or love. In fact, I encourage you to pray for those you find it most difficult to pray for. It heals your heart while changing their heart in ways to add blessing to both of your lives.
…what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear to the whole palace guard that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and are all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
When we endure an adversity we can allow our hearts to become hardened or we can use our personal trials to help others. In an adversity are you willing to use your circumstance to help others overcome their trials? If you allow an adversity to advance His kingdom you will receive blessings of peace and joy during that season by advancing the kingdom of God.
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
- Secular world views include money as power, popularity among men as power, worldly knowledge to be above Spiritual knowledge
- In reality, power is in Christ Phil. 1:20
- Can you say with all that’s in you that to live would be to be in complete peace and joy with Christ fulfilling your inner spirit man? Paul is saying here he feels secure in his eternal destiny and to die is gain because to live eternally with Christ is gain.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… Stand firm in one spirit., striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.
Our trials, circumstances, and adversities are our chance to shine as a light for Christ. Those times are our opportunity to show the world who we represent.
- A time to turn to God and seek Him rather than the secular world and its views for comfort.
- Our trials are an opportunity to build our faith. We can use our trials to grow stronger.
- Trials and adversities serve as our chance to shine with the Holy Spirit in us before men.
- During adversity, when we seek Him we can receive peace and joy that comes from the Holy Spirit within us.
- Don’t forget to praise Him in trials and praise him for the peace and joy, free gifts from The Father. Be grateful for these gifts.