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I almost forgot to write a blog…

Its been a busy day!

6:50am- Studying the Book of James, today we did verses 2:14-17 and then we colour code and S.O.A.K it.. So that takes a while.

Then I read half a chapter of my book, checked my online things like my emails and Facebook etc.

8:00am time to get up and get the Star Son off to School, by the time he leaves I’ve usually started a load of laundry, made the bed and done the dishes. So by 8:45am the house is clean, the Galah Charlie has been fed and entertained.

Each morning I start a fresh journal page and put a check list of jobs or things I want to achieve. It looks like this…

  • Bible Study- James 2:14-17 
  • Art-
  • Crochet-
  • Book-

Then as I have done the thing I make a note and tick it off..

Art– Yesterday I did a Bible page from Rebekah R Jones series called “Heaven is Calling” I am really loving the way Rebekah breaks down each lesson and shows us how she did her page and also breaks down the scripture so that we understand it more, LOVE that! 

And today I finished the page I began preparing yesterday, we had to do two layers of base coat and allow to dry then go over it with water colour which absolutely soaks the page.. While still wet we had to lay some cling film on top and smoosh it all around and then leave it to dry. I will confess that I was nervous about that process because let’s be honest I am yet to find a bible that has thick pages, so I waited with baited breath to see how it would turn out.


Cling wrap over wet water colour, a few nervous moments…

This is the final result. This was lesson 5 in Rebekah R Jones series “Heaven is Calling” we discussed how an Angel came to Gabriel and spoke to him, but he doubted that it was a message from God because “Why would God talk to me?” Well, now OUR God as I am getting to know him, and knowing how much he loves us, my question for Gabriel is “Why NOT me?” 

Anyways.. As you can see the cling wrap came off nicely and I am totally in love with how this background turned out, in fact, so much so I will definately be using that technique again. In Rebekah’s instructional video, she used a rubber stamp with white ink to make the word “Healed” I didnt have either of those so I hand wrote it and used a white posca pen, not the best choice, Im not happy with the “whitenes” I really prefer Rebekah’s brilliant white, but hey, we work with what we have and so overall I love this page! Yesterday I also started prepping todays page, again, another two coats of sealer were required. 

Today’s “Heaven is calling” lesson was anout Mary and Martha. When they met Jesus, Mary dropped at his feet and listened intently to all he had to speak of, but Martha, poor, Martha was side tracked preparing the feast and looking after everyone and so she asked Jesus “Lord, dont you see what Mary is doing? Leaving all the work for me to do? Are you not going to tell her to come help me?” (side note… I can hear MY voice coming out Martha’s mouth!) Jesus gently rebuked Martha and told her that Mary was doing the right thing and that she was having doing a good thing and he would NOT rebuke her and that Martha should “Choose the good portion” hmmm, something to think about next time I am wanting to moan about having to do all the work. Here’s what my version looked like…


So my Bible art is well and truely back on track and I am loving it and realising I have been missing my small bite sized chunks of art!

I am also working on a FREE art journaling class with Allyson Bright, she also has us in a FB group, so we can add our work there and ask for feedback if we want it. So here are some of those pages… Today was lesson number 5- the prompt was to do a page about an animal we love, we we have plenty to chose from but I found this lovely photo of my poodle Ambrosia so I did a page on her.

Yesterday- I did day 3- “What is your Name?” Now since no one uses my name much, I chose to honor the other names I am called. Mum, Marley, Mumsy, Mumma from my children. Grandma and Me Maa from my Grand babies, amd my husband AKA “The Bloke” calls me “His Sheila” so this page represents all that. 

Also yesterday, because the boys were at late football training and I had some spare time I did another page, this was for day 4- a list of “Things that make me happy” .. I love lace, pearls, glitter, chocolate, coke a cola, roses, my Bible study lots of things! 

Next on the list is crochet, I am currently crocheting a blanket for my soon to be born Grand daughter, and I chose to do it in chunky wool so it’ll be nice and warm and quick to make. I am doing corner to corner again, since my daughter loved the last blanket I made for my niece’s baby due in November. 


Then we have reading.. Well I have to schedule that in as well or else it doesnt get done, so I am currently reading yet, another Di Morrissey book, this one is called “The winter sea” I love that most of her books are set all in Australia or at least partly Australia and partly another country. So I got a chapter and a half of that read.

So that brings me up to fate. i thought I would share my arty stuff only occasionally so you dont all get bored.

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Bible study or more than one…

Oops I did it again… I slipped and fell into another bible study… I need to slow down or risk over doing it…

Over at Good Morning Girls we are currently doing the Book of Job. Last week I was doing The Book of Acts and The Book of Job at the same time, but thankfully today I finished The Book of Acts and so I am just doing Job. Today is Job 6 and here is the question for today..

“Job earnestly wants to know what he has done wrong and the lesson he needs to pull from this” Name a time in your life when you struggled to find what God was trying to show you?

Oh boy, there have been a few times in my life, where I have wondered “What did I do to deserve this?” That was before I started studying the Lords words and even back then I kind of thought there was a God but he wouldnt know me because I didn’t know anything about him, how wrong I was back then.. He KNEW me from when he grew me in my Mothers womb, my life is written in his book.. But back then I just wondered “What did I do to deserve this?” Now I look back and I can SEE what GOD wanted me to learn from those hard times and those painful places. Therapy and journaling have helped but now I know God’s got a plan for me and everything is a learning curve I am like “Ohh that makes sense” even when back then it hurt and didnt make sense.

 

 

Then I signed up for a bible study on Love, we all need that right?! So that is over at Cooking up faith. We are spending the year doing a study on 1 Corinthians.. Here’s a teaser from the website…

* Thank you for joining us in our Love in 2016 series. We are studying 1 scripture (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) throughout 1 year, to make 1 very big difference in our lives. Come back every Monday for a new post in our LOVE series.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

So for the first week of this study, we studied

Jeremiah 14:22

“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves bring down the showers? No it is you Lord, our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this”

Then we use the S.O.A.P method and we do a study on the Scripture.

Without sharing my whole study, I took this Gem from the scripture, “That there is only one God, he is the beginning and the end, he made everything in the world and so therefore we should not question him.”

The next Scripture we had to S.O.A.P was Isaiah 8:17

“I will wait for the Lord who is hiding his fac from the descendants of Jacob and Imwill put my trust in him”

“Isaiah trusted the Lord even when it seemed like he had turned his back on Jacobs people… Dont give up on the Lord he does things in his timing.”

The third S.O.A.P for week one was Michah 7:7

“But for me I will watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior, my God will hear me”

if you read the whole chapter Michah is talking about how people turn on each other, Im sure we have all experienced that, it says “Sons against Fathers, daughters against Mothers, wives against husbands” but the Lord never turns away from us, which is why we should put pur faith in the Lord not in the “world” ( or people)

I am looking forward to week two of this study.

Then I got invited to take part in a study group on Facebook, I had asked last year and missed out on that study group, so the Lady remembered me this time and invited me. This one is through a webpage called Love God Greatly

Each day we are given a Scripture to read and again using the S.O.A.P method. Today was day one and we had to read Acts 41-47 and do S.O.A.P on Acts 2:42 which reads: “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” We were asked the question “How is prayer important to the Christian community?”

I believe prayer is important because its like our own private hotline to the Lord, so we can share our lives with him, in good things we thank and praise him, in worrying times we give him those worries and he eases the burdens. I personally often chat away to God through out the day, when the weather is nice or when something nice happens un expectedly I thank him for it all.

The verse for us to memorise this week is

” Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receieve mercy and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16

So thats been my Bible studies for this week. I am also working through a study guide called “Plant my feet on higher ground”  by Victor M Matthews. This is unit #4 of 144 for my Diploma of Bilical studies.

Three things coming soon…

Oh I am so excited!!

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Good Morning Girls

We are currently working through the book of Proverbs and I am enjoying it a lot. But for many months I have had “Proverbs 31” bookmarked in my Bible and I would read it each day!

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character Proverbs 31

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I just love everything about the Proverb 31 woman!

I mean really… who doesn’t want to be worth more than rubies? and have her children call her Blessed?

Charm is deceptive.. and beauty (if you have it) is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised!

I just LOVE this verse.. so I am so excited today when Courtney announced…

A one week, in-depth look at the Proverbs 31 Woman
Begins Monday, July 27th

New Series Begins Proverbs 31 Woman

Yay I cannot wait!! Then in August we are doing the book of Solomon. I don’t know anything about Solomon so I am excited for that too but not as excited as the Proverbs 31 Woman study!!

Wanna join us..it’s free no signing up, you can join in on FB if you are on FB or just go along to Courtney’s website.here to find out more. And if you blog along you can link up with Courtney and the group, I keep forgetting to do that!

Spiritual Sunday.. Exodus..

Spiritual Sunday

Hey this is like three weeks in a row that I’ve done my Spiritual Sunday actually on Sunday, yay me!

This week we were doing Exodus 21 through 25.

Exodus week 5 reading plan

 Monday- Scripture- Exodus 21:12-16

Personal Injuries

 “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death. However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen, they are to flee to a place I will designate.  But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death.

 “Anyone who attacks[a] their father or mother is to be put to death.

 “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.

Application-

  • These laws are to do with killing other people, it’s a pity they are not still in place today.
  • Anyone who attacks Mother or Father shall be put to death (Emotional death in my case)

Tuesday- Scripture 22:28

 “Do not blaspheme God[a] or curse the ruler of your people.

 Application-

  • Blaspheme- The action of speaking against Lord our God, profanity, sacrilege, disrespect, Do not do that!
  • Do not curse the ruler of your people (a solemn utterance intended to invoke supernatural powers, do NOT do that!

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Wednesday- Scripture- Exodus 23:20-22

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.  If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.

Application-

  • God looks after you always, even sending Angels ahead of you when he feels you need it.
  • When you are a believer God supports you in good and bad times.

Thursday- Scripture- Exodus 24:15-18

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it,  and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.  Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Application:

  • Do not fear the Lords commands he has good plans for those who believe
  • When the Lord makes commands follow them.

Friday- Scripture- Exodus 25: 1-7

Offerings for the Tabernacle

The Lord said to Moses,  “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.  These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;  blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;  ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather acacia wood;  olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense;  and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece

Application- 

  • Do things as directed  and to a plan
  • God gives us directions to follow them, he wants things exact.
  • Tabernacle -residence or dwelling place. A portable altar for the Lord.
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Blogging through the Bible

So now we are about half way through the book of Exodus, and God is telling Moses the Commandments he was us to live by.

Find out more at Courtney’s site: http://womenlivingwell.org/

Spiritual Sunday.. on Sunday! Surprise!!

Spiritual Sunday

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Monday – Scripture- Exodus 16:28-30

“Then the Lord said to Moses “how long will you refuse my commands and my instructions?Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath: this is why o the 6th day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where thy are on the 7th day: no one is to go out? So the people rested o the seventh day.”

Application:

  • The Lord says we should work hard and gather supplies for six days and on the seventh day we rest.
  • Just as God created the world in six days and on the seventh he rested

Tuesday- Scripture-Exodus 17:14-16

 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Application;

  • Keep a record of your doings, do not attempt to argue with the Lord
  • The Lord is the LORD, no other discussion is needed

Wednesday- Scripture-Exodus 18:24-27

“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.  He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country”.

Application:

  • Instead of wearing oneself out doing all the chores.. delegate! Let others help with the load,
  • I can be the overseer of chores!

Thursday- Scripture- Exodus 19:23-25

“Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.”So Moses went down to the people and told them.”

Application:

  • be faithful to the Lord and he will look after you.
  • The Lord will use you to speak to others.

Friday-Scripture- Exodus 20:24-26

“‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.  If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it.  And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.”

Application-

  • Make an altar to the Lord, as naturally as possible… no decoration.
  • Sacrifice burnt offerings in God’s name, by blessing the Lord he will come and bless you.

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So that is my take on this week in the Bible. I am loving this new bible study method, I am Really enjoying it.

 

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Blogging through the Bible

NaBloPoMo.. catch up… day 27

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tell us about your morning routine. What is one thing you want to change?

my morning routine consists of waking up between 6.40 and 6.50 am, once my eyes can focus I start my bible studies… at the moment we are doing Exodus and so I read that and then use the S.O.A.K method… (stands for S-Scripture, O-Observation, A-Application and K-Kneel in prayer.) Thats get written in a small ring binder. Then we use a colour chart to colour in the chapter, so my bible is getting very colourful and at the start I found it to be “time-consuming” but now I am enjoying it because my word for 2015 is “Deeper” and with this method you really have to pay attention to whats written there and use different colours for different things.

What is one thing I would like to change? Maybe to have a bit more time to soak deeper.. but I get my studies done and then I have to get the rest of the household into their morning routines.

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GMG Bible Coloring Chart

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Spiritual Sunday

I know I know it’s Monday… again, it’s been a weekend from Hell.. and I will be glad when it’s all over..

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Scripture- Exodus 11:4-8

“So Moses said “This is what the Lord says “About Midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every first-born son in Egypt will die, from the first-born son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the first-born son of the female slave, who is at her hand-mill, and all the first-born cattle as well. There will be a loud wailing throughout Egypt worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelite’s not  dog will bark  at any person or any animal. Then you will know that the lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.”

Application- 

  • Be like the Israelite’s who believed in God and apply his words to your life.
  • Avoid the wrath of God like Egypt who were bombarded by disasters.

Scripture- Exodus 12:31-36

“During the night the Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said ” UP! leave my people; you, and the Israelites! Go worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said and go! and also bless me.” The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country “For otherwise” they said “We will all die” So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing, The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed towards the people, and they gave them what they asked for, so they plundered the Egyptians.”

 Application-

  • The Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years but they never gave up listening to and praying for the Lord.
  • “good things come to those who wait” you ask the Lord for a thing and then you wait for his timing.

Scripture- Exodus 13:20-22

 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Application-

  • When you believe in God he will guide you to safety,
  • The Lord goes ahead of us to bring us through the hard things. He is our guide and safe keeper.

Scripture- Exodus 14:29-31

 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Application-

  • The Israelites followed the Lord no questions, they just did it.
  • Pharaoh got his just deserts and finally saw the work of the mighty Lord.

Scripture- Exodus 15:19-21

When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[a] went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrel and dancing. Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.”

Application-

  • Follow God’s lead, no matter where to and then rejoice at the Conclusion
  • Praise the Lord with song and dance to honor him in his guidance.

 

Blogging through the Bible

Blogging through the Bible

So that was how this week looked in Bible study.

You can find out more about Courtney’s studies at http://www.goodmorningirls.org

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