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 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27 ESV)

I just finished the Bonhoeffer biography I told you about last time. It was weighty, sobering, heart-breaking, and hope-giving. There are many treasures I took away from reading it, but one simple idea was the way Bonhoeffer taught his seminary students to read the Bible. They were so accustomed to dissecting each verse, theorizing and debating, looking up the Greek and Hebrew, that they were inept at actually knowing how to hear from God through His Word! So he made them meditate on a single passage each week and barred them from doing any formal research. They were to simply ask what God had to say to them in His Word. This proved very difficult and frustrating for some students, but in the end fruitful. It was a practice many of them would carry throughout their lives, and one that sustained Bonhoeffer in dark days.

I find that I am so prone to wander spiritually, so quick to seek joy elsewhere, so easily discouraged, that more than anything else, I need to hear daily from Jesus. Like the little Wemmick in Max Lucado's (You are Special) children's book who cares so much about the kind of dots others stick to Him, I need to come daily to my Maker. I need to hear His will. I need to confess my sin and know His grace. I need Him to lead me to be holy as He is holy. 

I am trying a Bonhoeffer-inspired approach to Scripture these days: reading a passage and then asking the Lord what He wants me to meditate on for the week.

Two weeks ago I came to this passage:
"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (1Corinthians 2:1-5 ESV)

I prayed over the idea that Paul "decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucifed." Since my main discipleship ministry is in my home to my children, what would it look like for a mom to not come to her children with "lofty speech or wisdom," but with single-minded focus on the cross of Christ? What does it look like for me to demonstrate and show the Spirit's power, so that my children's faith "might not rest on the wisdom of men but in the power of God"? What does this mean for me as a blogger, artist, and sister in Christ?

One thing I do know is that I don't have to be superwoman who has all the answers. That in itself won't convince anyone of God's greatness. Paul, the great missionary himself, came in "weakness and in fear and much trembling." 

Last week, I honed in on the verse, "'For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?' But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16). This week, I think it's "you are still of the flesh" (1 Corinthians 3:3). God has handed me precious treasures from His Word, worthy of the time to handle and examine and cherish.

My purpose here is not to advocate for any particular method of Scripture study, but only to encourage you to seek Jesus in His Word, to listen, and then to build your life on those words--whatever the particular method you're using at the moment. It doesn't have to be complicated and overwhelming, and can be as simple as reading a few verses each week and asking God what He wants to say to you through them. 

Then, God can make us like this verse below, despite the storms, the pounding rain, the floods (which will surely come):
Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from Matthew 7:24. You can download your page HERE in Spanish or HERE in English or by clicking on the images below!*

And for the first time, I'm sharing a version of the coloring page with no words HERE (or click  the image below). I've heard from several readers from around the world who speak languages other than English and Spanish, and are looking for Bible artwork they can use. If you add your own language lettering to this page, will you share it with me at mary@marydeandraws.com or on Instagram or Facebook? I'd love to see! 




*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!



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A life on the rock + Matthew 7:24 Bible coloring page in English and Spanish


I recently discovered the Gospel Taboo blog and read this article that captures a marriage lesson I see God pressing in on me recently. Kendra Dahl, the author, had an alarm set on her phone that said, "nourished and cherished by Jesus" that would go off before her husband was to arrive home. This was to remind her that only Jesus could fully nourish and cherish her the way Ephesians 5:29 describes. Knowing this set her free to love her husband and set him free from expectations he could never fully meet.
"In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church." Ephesians 5:28-29
I love Kendra's idea, so I made this month's screensaver to remind you and me of this truth. To get the image, just right click on the image below, save, and then set as your device's lock or home screen.



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Okay, I know it's not technically summer yet (see previous post), but . . . HAPPY SUMMER!!!

I am feeling so much better this week and settling into the groove of summer. I am reading Anne Brontë's (of the Brontë sisters) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and am ambitiously looking forward to reading Eric Metaxas's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and maybe David McCullough's John Adams biography (partly because we are studying the first half of American history next school year). Which one will I start first, and which will I finish, only time will tell. I'm also absorbing a ton of wisdom and encouragement from Paul Tripp's Parenting.

I got the chance to attend the HEAV (Virginia Homeschool) Convention in Richmond, VA this past weekend with my friend Katie. Every year I've gone has been encouraging for me as an educator and a parent. There's also a HUGE used curriculum sale and all kinds of fun homeschool vendors, in addition to the fun of being in Richmond with my friend talking, missing exits, and gushing over good food. It helps me to remember there is more to me than just "mommy," although I love and cherish that role. Have I mentioned how supportive my husband is? I came home to lots of mommy-missing kids, a clean house, and Thai food!

My girls are currently reading a lot of library books, mostly books with sparkly covers about magical animal adventurers. To be accurate, one is reading, and the other is mostly browsing and slowly, painfully, emerging as a real reader, which is amazing to witness.

The girls are also often listening to Jonathan Park during their daily rest time (we bought an online subscription for their birthday present). Here's a little trick that works for our us during rest time: I stream audio stories on my phone and give them a Bluetooth speaker (I got this one for Christmas) to listen to in the other room. I'm not comfortable with them having access to my phone or another tablet when I'm not in the room, so this is a simple solution.

As a church, we are taking a break from our regular community groups and doing some fun, member-created groups for the summer. Some friends and I are hosting two coloring nights where we'll get together over some snacks and tea or coffee and chat while we color my Bible coloring pages. This would be a fun and easy way to connect with friends over the summer! Besides all the freebie coloring pages on the blog, this set in the shop has a lot of fun coloring pages perfect for a ladies' night.

And speaking of coloring pages, I have a new one for you that I made a while ago, but just haven't gotten around to sharing yet!

We generally think that looking back is not a healthy way to move forward, but when recounting God's faithfulness, looking back can be crucial to our hope and confidence.

When looking back, we can see with clarity how God never abandoned us. The "recount" of His "wonderful deeds" fills us with hope that in the future, we will again look back and see the same faithfulness written all over the days we're currently living. I'm not convinced we'll look back and understand all the elements of our story, but I am confident we will see God's presence.

I know that in some seasons, it's hard to get our tired and worn hearts to begin the recount. Like a slow and weighted train, we feel immovable. Today, let's start at the cross, and the costly sacrifice on our behalf, planned before the world was spoken into existence, when He chose us in Him (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 13:8). Despite our fluctuating feelings, our whole hearts can, like that slow-starting train, begin to move forward in faith.

Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from Psalm 9:1. You can download your page HERE in Spanish or HERE in English, or by clicking on the image below!*

Spanish Bible verse coloring page

*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!

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The recount + Psalm 9:1 Printable Bible Coloring Page in English and Spanish


We kicked off our summer this week, although my daughter is insistent (under her daddy's tutelage) that we can't call it summer until precisely June 21. I see it more of a fluid kind of thing, but we shall agree to disagree. 

I was expecting a feeling of freedom as the weight of educating my children was lifted (formally) for a season, but I wasn't expecting a kind of heaviness of spirit to settle in these last few days. Is it my old traveling companion, Depression, come to walk with me for a while again? Or maybe it's the sudden loss of structure to our days that has thrown me off. 

I'm prone to jump to conclusions and blame when I feel uncomfortable like this. If I had a different vocation, I'd be happier. 

Then the Holy Spirit reminds. Remember how that's His role (see previous post)?

He reminds me that my weaknesses would follow me whatever the situation. He reminds me that my weaknesses are under His faithful care and providence. That He is faithful to keep me tucked under His wing when I'd rather be soaring independent. That He is faithful to keep me just slightly crippled, so I don't trip up on my ever-bubbling pride (see Psalm 91:4 and 2 Corinthians 12;7-8).

He reminds me that instead of being ashamed of my weaknesses, I can boast in them because they become the venue for His supply (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I am reminded of God's patience with me, and His call for me to wait patiently for Him. His work is never hurried, but never too slow. A slow season where each hour feels burdensome and difficult can be a rich season of walking with Him.

(Card from the "Words of Life #2" printable set in the shop here)
A less productive season can be a season of letting the soil rest and grow rich in minerals for the next season of planting and harvesting.

God is faithful in His afflictions, we know that.
"I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75
I read this C.S. Lewis recently: "“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

I don't know what this season hold for me. I may find tomorrow is lighter!

For today, I'm sharing this little screensaver from Psalm 68:19 to remind you that God's presence and love for you are DAILY. To get the image, just right click on the image below, save, and then set as your device's lock or home screen.






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He bears us up + Psalm 68:19 Phone Screensaver

"Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David." (Isaiah 55:2-3 ESV)

Do you ever imagine what it would be like to have been a friend of the in-the-flesh Jesus? What kind of conversations would you have? How would He make you laugh? How would He comfort and encourage you?

Jesus said something interesting things to his disciples about His presence:

"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you." (John 16:7 ESV)

However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.” (John 14:26 ESV)

If I’m understanding Jesus’ meaning, then being in a relationship with Jesus is not something just left to the imagination. It’s a real possibility. In fact, it’s been God’s desire since He created us.

Jesus says that what we believers have (post-incarnation, resurrection and ascension) is better that what the disciples had.

I think many of us (me included), settle for an outward check-list Christianity that is nothing like the living, breathing relationship the Bible describes and that believers through the ages have experienced. The idea of living life in God's presence seems mystical and strange.

I started reading The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer (free Kindle book HERE) and these quotes jumped out at me:

“That type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence only in theory. It fails to stress the Christian's privilege of present realization. According to its teachings we are in the Presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

“The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter. It is only after long and loving mental intercourse that the full possibilities of both can be explored.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

We believers are in a relationship with a God who desires to know and be known, who communicates, who has thoughts and desires, and with whom we can cultivate a real relationship with time and growing communication, knowledge, and experience.

I’m trying to pray a simple prayer these days as I try to cultivate this relationship that God is patiently calling me to. I’m asking “Jesus, what do you want me to hear right now?” as I navigate my days.

When I’ve hit the discouragement and exhaustion of mothering.
When I feel unsure of what to do next.
When I’m feeling discouraged about my work.
When I’m presented with a need or opportunity that I'm not sure is mine.
When I feel anxiety mounting.

It’s hard for me to pause and turn to Jesus. I’m naturally more of a wheel-spinner, keep-myself-distracted kind of person. In truth, my flesh is yet rebellious and resistant.

Can you imagine being so dependent on the voice of God, your “Helper,” that it would seem impossible to navigate life without Him? That idea is so backwards to our culture, isn't it? Yet it's the call of our God.

I am trying to communicate this with my children as well. Post sibling blow-up yesterday, we sat down and asked these questions:

“What would Jesus say to you if He were sitting here on the couch with us?
“How do we know what Jesus would say to us?”  Well, God gave us two things. He gave us a book of His words (how practical of Him!), and He gave us the Holy Spirit to remind us of everything Jesus said.

(Full disclosure: I was telling my husband over dinner about this great conversation we had, and the girls could recall ZERO details. He was so impressed. We’ll keep talking about this one “as we walk along” as Deuteronomy 11:19 says.)

Today I’m sharing a Bible verse coloring page of John 14:26, which will be part of a complete redo of my Good News printable set. It’s made up of my favorite Scriptures that highlight the story of God’s redemption from Genesis to Revelation, and will include full-color Scripture cards and black and white coloring pages and will also come in Spanish!!

This set is by no means exhaustive in explaining the Gospel story, but I hope it will be a helpful tool. I’m finishing up putting the files together and illustrating a few more Scriptures and then I’ll list them in the shop (and send out an update if you’re subscribed to my newsletter!).

You can download the printable coloring page* in Spanish HERE and in English HERE or click on the images below.



Scripture is from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!



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The Helper + John 14:26 Bible Coloring Page (English and Spanish)


Hi friends! Today I'm guest-posting "10 ways to be another mom's cheerleader" over at the JellyTelly blog HERE. You can also head there to download these encouraging Scripture verse cards! I hope you enjoy the post!

I was in the middle of a battle of wills with a child of mine. (This is the same child who responded to my observation, “You are being particularly difficult this morning,” with: “I don’t speak Spanish.”)

My dear friend and neighbor came over in the middle of this struggle, and I sighed and said, “Please just tell me I’m not a terrible mom.”

She looked and me and said with confidence, “You are a fantastic mom, and I think you’re doing a great job!”

Sniff.

Don’t we all need a cheerleader friend like that?

Read the rest HERE!

*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!



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Ten ways to be another mom's cheerleader + Psalm 103:9 printable Bible verse cards



Our pastor shared this video with us recently. I watched it last night and just had to share it with you. The thirty-plus minute video chronicles a pastor's journey to understand what it means to live at God's speed, a speed that allows us to know and be known (I've pondered this idea before HERE).

The pastor argues that when we run all the time, "we miss things," and that learning to live in the Spirit often means slowing our steps down to match His.

I'm challenged by this today. Isn't that every heart's cry, to know and be known? And isn't that what Jesus did in His earthly life? He called people by name. He lived His life out among relatives and friends in a small area of a small country.

Isn't that the call of a disciple-maker? That was the Apostle Paul's view of ministry:
"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Maybe we can't live like people do in small-town Scotland (watch the video), because God has placed us in the age and country where we are for His purposes. But what does it look like to keep in step with the Spirit in this age of ours, I'm wondering?

I'm trying something new today and sharing with you an image you can use as a screensaver or lock screen on your phone (if you're fancy like that). I hope it might serve as a reminder to bring your steps in pace with the Spirit today.

To get the image, just right click on the image below, save, and then set it as your device's lock screen or home screen.


*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the file. Thank you!!



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God's pace + Galatians 5:25 Screensaver


I can't think on much of anything more astounding than the sovereignty and patience of God in completing His plan for us.

"It is finished" was the final cry of Jesus on the cross as He surrendered up His human spirit.

Every prophecy was fulfilled.

A perfectly righteous life lived.

Every sin paid for.

The great enemies (Satan, death, and sin) defeated.

The veil (symbolic and physical) separating God and man torn (Matthew 27:50-51).

If "it is finished," where does that leave you and me?
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Rom 8:1 ESV)
"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him." (Colossians 2:13-15 ESV) 
"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:19-23 ESV)
"But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code." (Rom 7:6 ESV)
I could go on and on, recounting all that is ours in Christ.
"For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:16-17 ESV)
Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from John 19:30. You can download your page HERE in English or HERE in Spanish or by clicking on the image below!*




PRAYING the Word
Jesus, I want to grab hold of the joy that is mine in the work you finished on the cross. My heart can be so cold to glorious things. Forgive me. Thank you that I can draw near to you in full assurance of faith. Help me to serve you in the "new way of the Spirit," because you met the law's demands for me. 

QUESTIONS to consider:
1. What did Jesus purchase on the cross for you that you find most comforting today?
2. What did Jesus purchase on the cross for us that might be good news for someone else today?


*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!


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It is finished + John 19:30 Easter Bible Verse Coloring Page (English + Spanish)

Matthew 27:46 and Isaiah 53 printable


I don't have a lot to write about today's art. It's enough just to meditate on these words of Jesus and the prophet Isaiah.

Jesus was forsaken by the Father for us, so that we would never have to taste forsakenness. 
The Father turned His back on the Son as He bore our sins, an unimaginable disruption in the Trinity, so that God would never turn His back on us and our sins.


Meditate on these words when you feel unloved. 

Meditate on these words when you wonder if Jesus would still have you come to Him in your state. 

Meditate on these words when you find life dissatisfying

My prayer is that this would lead you to worship Him, no matter your circumstances today. Like this song says, "Now my soul cries out Hallelujah."




You can download today's Bible verse coloring page is from Matthew 27:46 and Isaiah 53:3-4 HERE or by clicking on the image below.*
Matthew 27:46 and Isaiah 53 printable
*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!



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Forsaken for me + Matthew 27:46 and Isaiah 53:3-4 coloring page

"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David." (Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV)

You know what I am confident that Jesus has to say to you right now?

Come.

That's what I hear Him speaking to my heart these days, and it's the message all over Scripture.

Creator God walks through the garden in the cool of the day, a garden now spoiled for His creatures by their own rebellion. God comes walking, and His creatures hide, thinking their nakedness and rebellious hearts are hidden from His sight (Genesis 3:8-9).

We are hiders, aren't we? We are fearful of His presence and His glory. We are wary of the light because "men love darkness" and light exposes our evil hearts (John 3:19).

I myself have every excuse for not coming:

My prayer life is a wreck. And what devotional life? Where do I even start?
Come. Let’s talk. Learn from me.

My life is chaos. If it would just calm down, then I could come. 
Come. 
Come poor and needy.
Come weak and wavering.
Come failing and distracted.
Come thirsty and hungry.

God can't possibly speak into this situation. Surely, He can't be what I need right now.
Come to me. Find rest in ME (Matthew 11:28-29). I am the bread of life. I am the living water. I have the words of life that you need.

Even in his dying hours on the cross, the hours that paid our debt and set us free, Jesus was still saying, "Come."
"One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."" (Luke 23:39-43 ESV)

Two men next to my Jesus. One hid from his own sins and hurled hate. One admitted his need and came to Jesus for saving. 

Jesus did not equivocate or lecture in response to the asking. Jesus does not withhold Himself from those who ask:
"For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:8-11 ESV)
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
We can draw near to God with boldness and confidence because we know the greatness of the Savior and the finality of His work. Any hesitancy to draw near to God is on our part, not His.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20 ESV)
The deceiver crafts intricate and deceiving lies tailored to our weaknesses to keep us from coming to Jesus. Father, reveal the truth to our hearts through your Spirit. 

Oh that we would know the breadth of God’s love for us. I love how this song captures this.



The thief crucified on Jesus' side could have thought of every excuse not to come to Jesus—too little, too late, too shameful, too much pain. But he humbled himself and simply came, and was taken in for eternity. 
"Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25 ESV)
"The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price." (Rev 22:17 ESV)
Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from some of these final words of Jesus on the cross in Luke 23:42-43. You can download your page HERE in English  or HERE in Spanish or by clicking on the images below.*



PRAYING the Word
Jesus, you are "the water of life without price." Ruin us for anything but your yourself. May we have "strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:18-19 ESV). Thank you, thank you, that you are always knocking on our wayward and stubborn hearts, always saying come. Glorious Jesus, we love you. 

QUESTIONS to consider:
1. What lies keep you from coming to Jesus?
2. What truth does the pattern of Scripture have to say to you?



Other printables you could use for Lent/Good Friday/Easter:
THE MANDATUM NOVUM + LOVE ONE ANOTHER COLORING PAGE (for Maundy Thursday)
EASTER SCRIPTURE PRINTABLE COLORING ACTIVITY PAGE (Isaiah 53:6)

*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Thank you!!



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Come + Luke 23:42-43 Bible coloring page (English + Spanish)