My Journal Page for Ash Wednesday

My journal page for Ash Wednesday – Week 1 of Lent.

ASH WEDNESDAY INK SKETCH

I’m committed to doing one page with a Lenten theme for each of the 6 weeks. I’m not focusing on “making art,” but on what this season means to me. I have a 6 x 6 journal that I purchased last year to record scripture-related art that meant something special to me. I began the first page of that journal with the first week of Lent last year. Now, with this year, I will actually finish the last 7 pages of the journal with an entry for each week of Lent and one for the week of Easter. I think it’s rather amazing how that worked out.

(For any of you not familiar with the tradition of placing ashes on the forehead to publicly recognize the need for repentance and the beginning of this period of Jesus’ suffering for us, I’ll tell you that the spot on her forehead represents those ashes.)



 

A Page From My Journals # 5

GO YOUR WAY_0001

Jesus’ words to the 10 lepers who came to Him for healing in Luke 17:14:
“GO and show yourselves to the priests.”

Jesus’ words to the centurion who asked for healing for his servant in Matthew 8:13:
“GO your way; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

When we believe His Word, the work is done. Then as we go on our way and go about our normal lives, continuing to believe Him,  He sees to it that the work comes into manifestation.


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A Page From My Journals # 4

LOLLIPOP FLOWERS

“Rejoice in the Lord always: And again I say, Rejoice!”  (Phil 4:4)

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.”  (Psalm 32:11).

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22).

A grateful heart = a joyful heart.
A joyful heart = good medicine.
Good medicine = good health.
Therefore:  I will maintain a grateful heart so that it will help me stay healthy.


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A Page From My Journals # 3

GRAPE ARBOR - WITH CLONINGJohn 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine.”

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He was instructing them for their work in spreading the Gospel of His Kingdom. He wanted them to understand their relationship with Him and their dependency on Him for any fruit bearing. Describing Himself as the “True Vine” is important because one of the definitions of the word “true” is “honest.”  So Jesus was telling them, “I am the Honest  Vine.”

Jesus is the “Honest Vine.” What does that mean? It means He does not lie. He does not promise something and then fail to produce.  We can count on every word He has said being true and coming to pass for us if we will be true and honest in our faith in Him.

And equally important is that we be “honest” branches on that vine. We must not just look like we are attached to Him, but must be truly and permanently attached so that we will not fail to produce His fruit.

But Jesus continued His teaching:  “I am the vine; you are the branches. … Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Oh, may I remember that truth every day of my life: Apart from Him I can do nothing.

Apart from You, Dear Jesus, I can do nothing!


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A Page From My Journals # 2

In some of my journals, I draw or paint something that relates to the meditations and truths the Lord is sharing with me that day. I did that for this particular entry.


GOD'S TREE

The Gospel In A Tree

A tree was the instrument man used to rebel against God and cast the whole human race into a cursed state of enmity with its Creator.

So a tree was the instrument the Father chose to use to provide the means by which Jesus carried out His sacrifice to redeem His creation from its sin and the curse.

And a tree — of life — will grow eternally in the city of God, with health and life for everyone who will receive: an everlasting testimony to the victory of the Father’s tree.


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A Page From My Journals # 1

FOUNTAIN PEN, BOOK -- edited

During my 50 plus years in ministry, I have filled multiple notebooks and journal pages — and little loose pieces of paper — with the thoughts and truths the Lord has quickened to me as I studied or meditated His Word. I did finally try to stop using those “little pieces of paper” because it was so hard to keep track of them, and I’d spend too much time hunting for them when I started to think again about what I’d written on them. I switched to legal-pad notebooks — especially for planning Bible lessons — but even they tended to get lost or turn up. So in more recent years, I’ve tried to record all my thoughts and devotions in journals so that they would be easier to find and less likely to get torn or scattered far and wide.

But I often find myself re-reading pages of these journals and feel blessed by the encouraging things the Lord had me write on those pages. I’ll then consider what other material I’ve written — in other journals — that go along with that material to make a great Bible lesson. My next thought is that I need to get all those pages together and get the lesson written so it’s ready to teach at a meeting or on my  website or YouTube channel. Unfortunately, when I make that decision, that puts a hold on my sharing because I have to do all the work of rounding up all the parts of the material  and getting them organized — and maybe studying to add a few other bits and pieces to tie it all together — and that means I post much less often.

But this week the Lord seemed to stop me in the middle of such thoughts and suggested that I start creating posts where I share just what’s on one particular page of one particular journal each time.  If the truth that He shared with me was a blessing to me — apart from an entire lesson — then surely it could be a blessing to others as well. I felt He said that I don’t always have to teach an entire lesson, but can just enjoy passing on one important thought or one valuable revelation from His Word and His heart. After all, most of the wonderful things I’ve learned about Him have come to me in little bits at a time.

So I’ve decided to begin this series “A Page From My Journals” as a way of posting much more often and sharing some of the wonderful, enlightening, comforting, and sometimes life-changing things the Lord has given to me, small segments at a time. Today’s post is the first in that series, and I’m making it particular short since I’ve written so much here today already. I hope this series blesses you.


SUNRISE OVER GREEN FIELD -- super brightTheDigitalArtist

A Page From My Journals:

My Father is Light, and there is no darkness in Him. Therefore, I am a daughter of Light, and there should be no darkness in me.  ( 1 John 1:5).

My Father is the Father of Light, and there is no variableness or shadow of turning in Him. Therefore, I am a daughter of light, and there must be no variableness or shadow of turning in me either. (James 1:17).

I am spirit. I have a soul, and I live in a body. I (my spirit man) has been born again and has become the righteousness of God, so my spirit is full of light. (2 Corinthians 5: 21). But there is still darkness that must be cleaned out of my soul and body. I cannot cleanse that darkness out myself. But as I soak up God’s Word — which is light — the darkness is gradually washed away and replaced. When my focus is on Him alone, my eye is single, and His light can then fill all of me. (Matthew 6:22).


journal photo courtesy of Ulleo @ pixabay.com
sunrise photo courtesy of The Digital Artist @ pixabay.com

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