Galatians 3:26-29 Family- what a JOY to be a part of God's family. Certinaly the blessing to think about in these days of Christmas. Things sort of settle down in the days after Christmas. Unless you add the excitement of a new grandson to the mix.
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And a family adds another son.
And four grandsons together for the first time. JOY DAYS indeed.
Bible Marginalia Series -#229 Jeremiah 31:15 Remembering the slaughter of the innocent children. And this cry still arises in the lands around Bethlehem. In all of our advancement, and technology inventions, we still wrestle with the very essence of our tainted ways of living with each other. The disrespect for human life. For the innocent children- born and unborn. Today a daughter is at the hospital in labor to bear a son. With doctors and nurses around to help and preserve life. Today we remember the young life of a college friend of the children in our family- taken in a car accident. We do not know the moment of our deaths, and the knowledge of salvation is monumental and gracious blessing when we lose loved ones. Dear Lord, Mayo guard and protect the children. May we find more ways to impact the lives and well-being of young lives. May the mothers in labor be kept safe and the babies born thrive. May these new lives be blessed with the gift of the knowledge of sure faith in the waters of baptism. May we be spurred on to share this life-saving blessing with all young families and their little ones. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
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in the flesh Begotten- to bring forth, beget, denotes the physical reaction of either parent to a child, used especially of God's act in making Christ His Son. Two words that hold the center of Christmas- Begotten and Incarnate. The Word Made Flesh. For God so LOVED the WORLD, that He GAVE His only begotten Son. I love thinking about this- and the wonder of it all. By faith, and the gift of grace, we too have seen Christ face to face. In the very full margins of John 1- a tip-in card works well. Supplies: Old Christmas cards collaged for the image Washi tape Fine-point Sharpie pen
Bible Marginalia Series-#224 Matthew 25 and (Matthew 24:36-41) "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, not the Son, but the Father only." I have often wondered if this is the only thing that Jesus does not know. He certainly lived His life under the shadow of His own end. And we would have to sit in the doom and gloom of a dismal eternity if it were not for the babe in the manger. Who came in love FOR ME, died and ROSE AGAIN, FOR ME. What hope this birth of a Savior brings, and with it the reminder- of what ADVENT preparation really is... preparing for His return. Oh, give thanks that we have that gift to celebrate. Supplies: Illustrated Faith Washi tape and paper clip Colored pencils Fine-point Sharpie pen Alpha Letters Tim Holtz Vial labels
Zechariah 9: 9-13 Behold your King is coming to you. Something about that is a heart in a manger kind of picture. The Coming King of Zion. Already been here. Coming again. Something about that is a God Loves Me Dearly chorus. Yes, Love Came Down. Still enjoying using old Christmas cards in the margins for Advent and Christmas. Supplies: Old Christmas cards Washi tape Colored Pencils Fine-point Sharpie pen
Isaiah 21: 11-12 Light in the Dark Watchman! Working to see in the dark- that makes sense on the day of least light for this year. The longest night. When we search for ways to bring a bit of LIGHT. We don't fear the darkness. We know the promises we have heard. And that might just add a bit of twinkle to our Advent.
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Zephaniah 3:14-17 Advent 24- Showers of Love and Mercy A reminder of HOPE. Just loving the terms and images here in this section. A Mighty one. The Lord is in your midst. He will rejoice over you. He will quiet you by his love. He will exalt over you with loud singing. He will rejoice over you with gladness.
This image was in the mail this past week-
when looking at hope,
when in the bleakest situations-
miracles can happen.
Just seems like this was a part
of the look at Zephaniah.
Thanking God that my Lord sees me, is with me, and rejoices over me. That is certainly showers of love and mercy. Supplies: Alpha letters Cross stamp Arrow stamp IF stamps Colored pencils Bible verse stamp Cardstock Washi tape Magazine add Fine-point Sharpie pen
Very God of Very God Isaiah 9:1-7 The symbol of a full sun, our Sun of Righteousness, placed within the Trinitarian triangle emphasizes the deity of Christ. A flip up- add-in. A lot of symbolism in this image. Supplies: Cardstock Sharpie marker Pearlescent watercolors Washi tape
Luke 1 Continuing with the Tree of Promise devotions found in the Files section here: Visual Faith Learning Community Had added the Karla Dornacher margin almost 2 years ago. The image for this devotion was a gift "box."
Finding that my collection of old Christmas cards
are a help for the visuals for the Advent devotions. One worked perfect for a "tip-in" added with washi tape.
Prepare the Way Isn't it amazing that any of us are privileged to be a part of the metanarrative story of Preparing the Way? A wonder moment if I think about just what that means. Zechariah and Elizabeth living out some rather unbelieveable "God Moments."
Thinking today about just how my choices work for preparing the way, or cluttering the journey. For myself, my family, my neighbors and all the others I meet along the way. A poignant thought in these days of "getting ready." Supplies: Cross stamped on cardstock (to cover a messed up embossed angel that failed) Acrylic paint- Target Washi tape Small manila tag Fint-point non-bleed Sharpie pen Stamps and ink Small words (gift from a friend)
1 Samuel 2 A look at a beautiful prayer from a mother who prayed over the gift of a child. Simple faith. Simple relationship. All in and all His. The realization that any of our children are simply lent to us. Every child at baptism is given to the Lord. May this trust hold be at the very fiber of being for all of our children and spouses, and grandchildren. And the generations to come.
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Bible Journaling Series- #212 Advent 15 Exodus 20:1-21 The Ten Commandments What ties us to the Lord of the universe in a loving relationship? The Ten Commandments. How to Live Life, to Live Well, and Love Others Well. The cross on the center of the tip-in (card flips up to read the words), crosses to the New Testament story. It is God's love, sending His son, that rewrites our "sorry state" story of not fulfilling the commands of God. By grace His great love, His heart for us, is the gift given in Jesus. The Law fulfiller- when we cannot. The cross binds our hearts in Christian love, that we may extend that love to others.
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