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Deep Thoughts on Coloring Pages

I am not a creative person. There are probably several people reading this right now who would disagree with that statement but I know a crafty person when I see one and I am definitely NOT one of them. You know those people that look at something on Pinterest and actually MAKE it?! I don’t have those skills unless someone is holding my hand every step of the way.

However, with the ability to read mysteriously gone for now, I’ve had to get a little creative with my devotions and they have taken a mildly crafty turn. I’ve been using coloring books. Yup, you read that right. The person who loves a good theology book is using coloring books for her devotion time. Ironic, no? I’m sure you’ve seen them- the “Adult” coloring books that are supposed to help you relax (unless you are Type A) and these ones have Bible verses on them. So I color a page and meditate on the verse while doing so. It usually takes me at least two days per page because of the detail.

The other day, I finished up this page:

img-5513.jpgAs I looked over the completed page, I chuckled to myself about how much time I had spent on that border versus the words. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a lot of times, that is exactly what we do with the gospel. The gospel is so simple that a child is able to understand it but we try to crowd it with extra stuff sometimes and spend way more time on that when we should just be focused on Christ.

You can find other analogies too. What if that center box represents Scripture and the border is everything else in your life. What do you spend more time and energy on? What is your focus on? Do you allow the busyness of life to crowd out your time spent with the Lord or is it the other way around?

All that to say, I guess you can learn stuff from crafts. Well, I don’t really think I learned it from the coloring book… ūüôā

 

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Devotions

 

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When Dreams Fall

I always thought that dreams had to be something big. Like a dream job, how you want to change the world, or the perfect marriage. But I’ve recently learned that dreams can come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t always have to be something life-altering. Sometimes, a dream can be something that is small but important to you. Actually, I think that is really the key: importance.

How did I come to this conclusion? Hmmm…when I first tried to understand the idea of not working for a while and needing to rest, I hated the thought. Mostly, because I am not very good at resting. I like to be doing stuff and I like to be working so the idea of giving that up frustrated me. But suddenly a wonderful thought popped into my head and slowly a dream started to form. I started to envision all this time that I would have to study God’s Word and do my devotions. I thought about quiet time without time restraints and unlimited hours to read great books and really get closer with the Lord. And I got a little excited. I ordered a few new books and stared at them, waiting for the time to come where I would finally have time to read them.

And the time has come. Do you know what? I can’t read. This has happened before, right when I first started having seizures, but I find myself really unable to read for any length of time. My eyes jump from line to line and the amount of focus it takes to read is so incredible that my head starts to pound and I get worn out very quickly. Everyone tells me to get audio books but I am the worst auditory learner IN. THE. WORLD. It’s like background noise and I just tone it out. (I’m sure some of you are thinking I’m crazy but maybe you don’t like reading at all so picture something else. ūüôā )

In my disappointment, my heart and mind cry out “Lord! How can this be good?! How can it be good for me to not be able to read your Word? I don’t understand!”

And you know what? I will honestly say that I don’t know the answer to that question. But I know that I don’t need to know all the answers and I can also honestly say with Job, “The¬†Lord¬†gave, and the¬†Lord¬†has taken away; blessed be the name of the¬†Lord.‚ÄĚ I read this simple quote the other day and I feel like I should write it down and put it up all over my apartment so I don’t forget it! It said, “And if not, He is still good” Just let that sink in. You can put whatever thoughts you want in there and it won’t matter:

He. is. still. good.

What a beautiful thing to rest in.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in contentment

 

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Book Recommendation

Thanks to a late-night babysitting engagement last night, I finally finished The Answers Book!  So now I have the happy job of writing my two-cents about it.

Over all, it was an amazing book.¬† Some of the science was a little over my head but even with that, I could still gain the point of each chapter.¬† I wasn’t even aware of some of the ridiculous arguments people make against the Bible.¬† Hopefully, I’ll be able to use the information in this book to be better informed and to better articulate and defend the accuracy of the Bible.

I loved the chapter on the dinosaurs.¬† I laughed at the chapter entitled:¬† “Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Days.”¬† Well, duh, he IS GOD!!

Anyway, it was a great book and would benefit anyone who reads it!

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in books

 

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Five Things: Rebecca

Five things I love about my little sister Becca!

1. How she devours books. Literally, she reads faster than ME, a 20 year old. At first, I didn’t believe her so I quizzed her on a book and yes, she had read the whole thing.

2. The way she thinks that as soon as she is taller than me she will have something on me. Haha.

3.  The way she tries to be kind to everyone she meets.

4. When she searches through the Bible, attempting to find evidence of aliens. That’s a recent hobby.

5. She is such a momma’s girl. She gets up every morning to go snuggle Mom after Dad leaves for work.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Five Things

 

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Dreams Come True- at the Library

Random Fact: We went to the library today.¬† Everyone knows that libraries are magical places filled with wonderful things,¬†¬†aka…books.¬† And we all love books. We used to take a laundry basket to carry all of our books in until all of our baskets broke. Now we just have a regular basket.¬† It’s fun to go to the library because a couple of the librarians groan when they see us walk in.

Another Random Fact: I love David McCullough. I’ve read 1776, John Adams, Truman, and Mornings on Horseback. I like the reliability of his facts and the interesting way he presents them.

So, I told you all that in order to tell you that I found a golden treasure today at the library. They got a new book-

The illustrated edition of 1776!  It is huge and comes with replicas of original documents, letters, and maps in pockets on the inside!   It costs about $60 and I can read it for free!  I ran to Caroline to tell her the amazing news and she gave me a funny look. Obviously not a history fanatic.

 

Needless to say, my day was made.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in books

 

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Now the Irresistible Grace Post

I’m finally done reading Grace Unknown!¬† What an amazing book! It is the best and clearest book I have read on Reformed Theology.¬† The chapter on election was especially helpful.¬† I’ve been thinking a lot about grace lately and how undeserved it really is.¬† Hence, I was very excited to read the chapter on irresistible grace.¬† And I was not disappointed:

 

“To say that the grace of regeneration is irresistible is simply to say that this grace, which is so¬†vital to our salvation, is sovereign. This grace is dispensed sovereignly and freely by God. It is truly grace, with no mixture of human merit of any kind. by this grace the captives are set free and the dead in sin are raised to a new life. This is the manifest work of the tender mercy of God, who stoops to rescue his children from sin and death and who, as he did in the initial work of creation, takes pieces of clay that are spiritually lifeless and breathes into them the breathe that quickens them.”

 

My favorite quote from the whole book is: “Grace that is owed is not grace.”

That really started me thinking.¬† It’s makes sense.¬† Grace is something that is undeserved but given anyway.¬† It can’t be owed if it is undeserved.¬† Grace cannot be owed. If it was owed, it would not be grace. Grace is something that God gives us willingly and freely. He certainly doesn’t have to, but he chooses to anyway.¬† We do not deserve grace and we cannot earn it. We deserve hell, and that would be the just thing to give us.

Thankfully, God is full of grace.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Calvinism

 

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Book Recommendation

A few years ago, during the month of December,¬†I read God in the Manger by John MacArthur.¬† It is a great book and¬†if you want to get in the TRUE spirit of Christmas, I would highly recommend it!¬†¬†MacArthur helps to see that night through the shepherd’s eyes and he gives biblical evidence for the virgin birth.¬† He really helps¬†the reader to understand the¬†significance of the fact that the GOD of the UNIVERSE became a human baby.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in books

 

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