Friday, March 23, 2018

I can do All Things- through Him

I received this packet at the 
Best Practices Conference 
in Phoenix in February.
Just getting around to opening it up.
 I like the Send a Prayer-
Send a Blessing title.
 This preprinted card 
was in the packet.
It was stamped and addressed
to a recent graduate 
of Concordia Seminary.
The instructions on the envelope
 gave the directions
 to pray for the pastor on the label.
You could add another prayer thought
 and put it in the mail.
So today a prayer card went in the mail to
Rev. Timothy Roth.
 I prayed for his family
 and congregation-
Saint Peter Lutheran Church
 in Humbolt, Kansas.

I like this simple method of 
praying for others 
and then blessing them 
with the prayer.
This could be a way for a church
 to begin 
or strengthen their prayer ministry.
Verses could be printed on a card and then
a Visual Prayer added to the back side.
and prayer for others 
done in community.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bible Marginalia- In His Word I Hope

 Bible Marginalia Series- #287

Psalm 130: 5-6
In His Word I Hope.
Today was a challenging day.
Hearing about the unexpected
 death of a dear friend.
Another friend had the unexpected
 death of her brother-in-law.
Often death comes unexpected.

"Out of the depths 
I cry to you, O Lord.
O Lord, hear my voice."
Some days we are in the depths.
Nothing makes it better-
 or changes things.
In these challenging places I am reminded
of His Goodness.
"Wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my souls waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning."

In memory of my friend-
Vivi Diefenthaler

Tri-Art Gesso
Colored pencils
Finepoint Sharpie pen

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bible Journaling with Kids

It is always good to 
share great resources.
Chelsea Wojcik
was at Creative Haven 
early March for a book signing
 of her newest book-
Bible Journaling with Kids.
It has been a blessing to be a part of 
watching this journey.
Chelsea is such an encourager 
for those who desire to bring 
this processing tool 
for time in His Word
 and share it with children.
 She shared pages from her Bible
 and stated that it is simply-
pray, read and talk.
 It is not about having your children 
"copy" your pages.
She loves it when her children surprise her with
their simple understanding.
It may be a basic Biblical truth that becomes
 the focal point of a Bible page.
Chelsea gives practical guidance 
for using supplies "in the house." 
Her education background shines
 in the way of making 
complex topics "come alive"
in approachable and tactile ways.
Blessings in this journey?
Time of worship with her children,
marking the journey along the way,
and awe-inspiring truths about God.
Sharing our goodbyes.
The Women of Margin Madness-
the Bible Journaling Ministry 
at Burke Community Church
 in Burke, Virginia
has been a rich blessing 
in the Visual Faith journey.
L to R- Connie, Sara McCormick,
 Michele Bowden, and Chelsea. 
Some are moving to new places 
and we give thanks to our Heavenly Father- 
for bringing us together along the way.
I am thankful for having the opportunity
 to write the forward for Chelsea's book.

May the Lord bless these friends 
as they all continue to serve in His Kingdom.
Books can be ordered from her website:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lent and Easter Words- Tag Booklet

Some photos of the 
Keep the Faith Project-
 Lent and Easter Words-
the Tag Booklet
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday
Lent and Holy Week
Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday
Gethsemane and Good Friday
Golgatha, Tenebrae
Strepitus and Hymn 
 John 14:1-4,  Holy Saturday
Easter and Resurrection
 Christ the Lord is Risen today!
A favorite hymn
The project can be downloaded
 in Resources on the
Visual Faith Ministry website

Scrapbook paper 
Old Hymnal
Fibers and ribbon
Washi tape
12 #8 size manila tags
Assorted die-cuts
Distress ink
Thrift store Bible
Paper Clips

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bible Marginalia- Living Hope

Bible Marginalia Series: #286

1 Peter 1:3-9

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
It brings us the blessing by His mercy,
to be born again
This inheritance is imperishable, 
undefiled, and unfading, 
kept in heaven for me- and you.
This inheritance, by God's power, 
is being guarded by faith 
for a salvation 
ready to be revealed in the last time.
We can rejoice, 
even though we have trials and 
A genuine faith - tested by fire, 
is more precious than gold. 
Though we have not see him, 
we love him.
Though we do not see him now, 
we believe in him.
what a gift.
Each day, every hour-
an alive HOPE.

Interleaved Bible
Used the printable verse from
napkin from Tuesday Morning
Alpha letters
Washi tape

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grandson #5

 Isaiah John
Born March 9, 2018
9 lb  8oz   22in

 Mom Sara--doing well
Dad Joshua-
 looking at his new son

Papa with Isaiah
Smooshy face
Never gets old-
these little ones 
Gigi going to love
 these snuggles

Big Brother Levi-
 gonna figure out all this 
new stuff.
He's got this.

Heavenly Father,
 we give thanks for your tender care
 for this new little one.
We are thankful for the ways you
will care for Isaiah 
and continue to bless the life of this
loved one..
We give thanks for the safe delivery
 and health of his momma too.
In the name of Jesus we pray.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bible Marginalia- Remember

Bible Marginalia Series - # 285

Deuteronomy 8
Remember the Lord Your God

This chapter certainly lays things
 out for us about the commands
 that God has given us.
Time to be humble.
Take care lest you forget.
the Lord your God.
God gives you the power
 to get wealth.
And IF you forget the 
Lord your God
and go after other gods
and serve them and worship them,
you shall surely perish.

Sometimes we have a 
difficult time reading
 this passages in the Old Testament.
 It is much easier to say-
 that was then and this is now.
Maybe these commands 
do not apply for us today?

Moses had charged parents
 in teaching their children,
to impress the Word of God upon them.
The best way to teach this is the frequent 
repetition of the same things
 over and over again.
So in this chapter, Moses is using the 
same principles with instructing 
the Israelites as his children.
Obey God.
Remember the great things 
God has done for them.
Be cautious about the temptations
 of a prosperous condition.
There is a warning about consequences
 of disbelief in God.
What do we do now?


Colored pencils 
Washi tape
Fine-point non bleeding Sharpie pen
Crayola Crayons