Living full in an empty world + Colossians 2:9-10a Bible verse coloring page

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

fullness in Christ
Do you ever find yourself scrambling to fill a need you can't even clearly identify? 

Chocolate!
Coffee!
Social media feed!
Something to distract me!
Love me, love me (husband, friends)!
Just one more cute shirt!

For me these searches quickly turn into discontentment and irritation. Well, that didn't work . . . on to the next thing.

And it's exhausting.
"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." (Isa 55:2 ESV)
One of our pastors said something recently that captures this tension I feel. He said, "It's not that following Jesus is burdensome, but this world is a hard place to delight in Jesus above all else."

Jesus is incomprehensibly good, but we battle the one-two-three punch of the world, the flesh, and the devil. 

And only the Spirit is up for that fight, friends.

I'm reading a book called How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp and the authors explain it this way:
 "The Bible describes us as defectors and enemies of God who want to fill ourselves with things in creation rather than the Creator . . . Scripture's approach calls us to forsake the things we have sought to fill our emptiness. Before we can be filled with God's grace, we must engage in intelligent, honest repentance. We have to forsake and demolish the god-replacements that have supplanted the true God in our lives. Repentance is a form of emptying the heart." 
Have I tried to set up created things in the huge vacuum of God in my life, like a teacup of water spilled out on a cracked and dusty desert? Most certainly. And I (and my relationships) suffer for it daily.
Measly teacupfuls evaporate almost on impact. What we need is a deluge from heaven.
"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 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." (Col 2:8-15 ESV)
Colossians 2:9-10a
Glorious, right? Full in Christ. Sinful flesh circumcised. Raised with Him through faith. My debts forgiven.

I believe these things . . . but sometimes I just don't.
"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Mark 9:24b
I believe that I no longer live, but Christ lives in me through His Spirit (Galatians 2:20), but often I'd rather be known for my own personality and confidence (and spend lots of time analyzing these things).

I believe Jesus is my bread of life (John 6:35), but I want to be filled by my own comfort (and might react badly if you mess with it).

I believe Jesus is my constant Counselor and teacher (John 14:26), but I'd rather just have an easy marriage and compliant children, and not rely on Him to teach me how to live by the Spirit.

I believe Jesus died on the cross, but I resist the fact that my sins sent Him there, and in Him I am freely forgiven along with every other sinner who falls on His grace.

I believe Jesus fills me up, but sometimes I'd just prefer my husband to be perfectly in tune with all my needs and desires (here I get an eye-roll from him, ha).

I know in my head what Jesus offers. But sometimes I just don't want those things. I want lesser things. My appetites are unsophisticated, earthly.

quick and easy cup-o-noodles over homemade pasta in carefully brewed broth
oily canned tuna fish over prime steak on the grill
dry powered donuts from a bag over hand-made ones fresh off the fryer

The lesser, easier stuff, just doesn't satisfy long-term.

All I know is that developing a taste for "rich food" is something only Jesus can do in us. The current of our thoughts carry us in a particular direction. And while deeply ingrained, they are not immovable. The greater current of God's Spirit can shift them over time as we empty ourselves and ask Him to fill us.
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." (Col 3:2-4 ESV)
"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." (Rom 8:6 ESV)
God is working these things out in me these days. Do I believe what I believe in the simplest of moments? Because that's where real change happens.

When you feel strung out and discontent: 
"I am full in Christ. There is nothing He hasn't given me today."

When you are weary and discouraged:
"I am full in Christ. There is nothing He hasn't given me today."

When you feel like you're at the end of everyone's list of priorities:
"I am full in Christ. There is nothing He hasn't given me today."

When you look in the mirror and wish for something better.
"I am full in Christ. There is nothing He hasn't given me today."

I think I'm only beginning to taste fullness in Christ, friends. And it's oh. so. good. And free! 

There's nothing keeping you from coming to Him for fullness today. Jesus has already set the table for you. You only have to come.
"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." (Isaiah 55:1-2 ESV)
To keep these truths on your heart, I'm sharing this printable Bible verse coloring page from Colossians 2:9-10a! You can download your page HERE or by clicking on the image below!* (This image is also in full color in my "Mission: Motherhood" Scripture card set HERE!)
bible verse coloring page

PRAYING the Word

Jesus, thank you for choosing to fill us with yourself. Teach us to delight in YOU above all else today.

QUESTIONS to ask about the verses:
1. What does this verse tell you about the person of Jesus?
2. How does it feel to be "full" in Christ?
3. What things do you try to fill yourself with? How do they make you feel?


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when imperfect motherhood leads us back to grace + printable "stand in grace" Romans 5:1-2 coloring page (Spanish + English)

Thursday, August 4, 2016


At one point this week, one of my children screamed from the bedroom, "I hate this place so much!" 

To be honest (which I always try to be here), I wasn't loving "this place" so much either.

Summer has been trying at times here for us (well, mostly me). We're off our regular routine of friends, community, and school. I'm dealing with some allergy issues. My husband is in the middle of some demanding projects at work. And let me just point out, it's my first time raising these particular human beings (and combination of human beings), and goodness, it can be hard. 

(In all of these things I realize I'm so blessed--husband's job, amazing community, my children. But blessings are not always easy.)

There are many joyous and beautiful (and Instagrammable) moments of motherhood, but there are also plenty of "I hate this place" moments.

Sometimes I want
to tap out
a new career path
a stunt double?

Mothethood rubs raw every area selfishness. It pushes me past all comfort (and boy, do I like my comfort!). It reveals all my messiness right along with theirs.

And then of course I feel like I'm failing them. But would "perfect mommy" convince them of their need for grace and the surety of God's provision of it through Jesus? 

Well first of all, there is no perfect mommy, so that's really a silly question. There's really only either honest, Jesus-needing mommy, or hypocritical, Pharisaical, lying to herself mommy (who says and thinks things like "I can't believe you would do something like that!" and forgets that she did something similar five minutes ago. Oh, just preaching to myself here).
"Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:20-21 ESV)
I don't understand all of this particular part of Romans, but I do get that God's grace is always greater than our sin. If you keep reading in Romans 6, Paul answers the next question that pops in our minds after reading the last verses of Chapter 5: does this mean we're "promoting" laziness about sin so we can experience more grace? Paul replies, "Certainly not!" How can you resurrect a dead person that no longer lives? How can we, made alive by the Spirit, return to slavery to sin? And how can we, who love our Savior, delight in heaping more sins upon Him?

Grace is not a license to sin, but it's the only effective place from which to obey and flourish and grow--out of gratitude for a great debt paid--not obligation. It's where Jesus graciously starts all of us who come to Him in faith.

Jerry Bridges explains this idea really well in one of the first books I read that introduced me to the idea of God's daily grace. He writes, 
"Nothing cuts the nerve of the desire to pursue holiness as much as a sense of guilt. On the contrary, nothing so motivates us to deal with sin in our lives as does the understanding and application of the two truth that our sins are forgiven and the dominion of sin is broken because of our union with Christ.” ― Jerry BridgesThe Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
I'm challenged as I write this that "good motherhood" and discipline-making means helping my children continually step into the starting place of grace--so that I too can join them there. 

Guilt does not motivate them to grow; grace does.

Yes, discipline, teach, train (see 2 Timothy 4:2 below), but somehow we need to learn to do it without condemning. Like Jesus does it (see Jesus and the woman caught in adultery in John 8:11).


(printable card from the "Mission: Motherhood" set in the shop)
On the days that bring us to shouting, tears, and weakness, we need to know that grace can still abound. What clearer "preaching" of the Gospel is there in the home, I wonder?

Child of mine, let's start here together. It's a good thing Jesus loves sinners like us, isn't it?  

And this place--I love. 

Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from Romans 5:1-2! You can download your page (in English or Spanish) by clicking on the images below!*

PRAYING the Word
Thank you that we get to stand in your grace right now! Thank you that you did all the work to make us holy and at peace with you. Help us remember and rejoice in this today!

QUESTIONS to ask about the verses:
1. Where does our peace with God come from? What about our access to God?
2. Do you feel God's grace for you today? Can you do anything step out of God's grace? (Hint: Did you do anything to get it?)
3. Are you rejoicing in hope today? If not, what do you need to be reminded of?



More on grace here:

GRACE FOR THE GROWING


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Bible doodling: a simple introduction + free printable basic lettering guide

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Basic Bible doodling with Marydean Draws
Hey friends! I hope you enjoyed last week's post on ways we can work towards racial unity, starting in our homes (and hopefully then in our nation)! I know this is still on my heart.

Today, I want to introduce you to one of my favorite ways to study the Bible, and it's so simple that anyone can do it and all you need is a pencil, some paper, and your Bible.

While there are a ton of resources and nifty supplies out there for Bible journaling right now (and I love seeing women engage in the Word in creative ways), for my personal studying, I work best with a pencil and any scrap of paper nearby!

So why Bible doodling?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Col 3:16 ESV)
I find this is one of many ways I can think more deeply on God’s Word. It’s a way to let God’s words “dwell in me richly” and thus radically change my life and thinking.

When I write out God’s Words and think of them in a visual way, I find I think on them longer and recall them better. It's as if I've created a "hook" in my brain (I think music works in a similar way).

I think Bible doodling is especially effective with kids. I use it when teaching Sunday school all the time.

So what can you draw? Here are some possibilities:

1. Parts of a passage.  Start by reading your focal passage over and over. My current Bible study method is to choose a book and read through it a bunch of times--sometimes super slow and sometimes in larger chunks. You'll see that I'm reading through Colossians.

As you read, underline key words and ideas. Pay attention to where you see ideas or words repeated. Who or what is the subject? Think about what the words mean and how they fit in with what the passage or book as a whole is communicating.

Then try sketching from the passage.  Use ALL CAPS, underlining, different lettering styles, images, and line breaks to communicate the meaning.

Here's an example from my reading in Colossians 3:

2. Write and illustrate a single concept or excerpt from a verse. TIP: Draw in a frame so you can separate your drawings on a page.

Here, I drew the concept of the Word dwelling in you richly (I have no idea where the anthropomorphic hearts came from--just an oddity of my brain, I guess):

3. Summarize and illustrate a passage in your own words. Ask yourself, “How would I sum up this passage in the simplest way?” Or write out a prayer based on what you’ve read.

TIP: If you don’t know how to draw something (like a throne, say) try googling an image. I do this all the time! I don't always know how to draw something, but I do know how to see it.

Don't forget the heart of it.

This is not really about making pretty art, using fancy materials, or perfecting your lettering (although have fun with it and enjoy being creative)! And it's not even about growing in knowledge alone. This is a way you can grow in love for the God who loves you and wants to speak to you through His Word. Then you can grow as His follower and help others follow Him too!

Want a little extra help with your lettering? I'm sharing my favorite ways to "dress up" letters in a free printable today! You can download your printable lettering guide HERE or by clicking the image below.*
A simple introduction to Bible doodling with Marydean Draws
AND . . . I recorded two lettering videos. The first is me playing with some capital letters (using a heavy Tombow graphite pencil--my fav. I told you I'm not fancy, right?):



And in this one I letter a (mind-blowing) concept from Colossians 1:22-23 with some messy fake calligraphy (using a fine tip Le Pen--a gift from my mother-in-law and fun to use. So maybe I'm a little fancy . . . ):


Well friends, welcome to basic Bible doodling! I hope this inspires you (like it has for me) to dig into the Word and draw some truth!


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Conversations with my kids about race + Psalm 139:13 Coloring Page

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Psalm 139:13 printable bible verse coloring page

My friend Katie and I talk about how sometimes circumstances in our lives "kick the bucket" of our hearts and cause what's already in there to spill out. It's not that the ugly wasn't there all along--it just hadn't been exposed.

I feel like the events of the last few weeks have kicked our nation's collective bucket and our mess or racial disunity (which has been there so long) is spilled out in front of us. We can tiptoe around it, ignore it, throw blame, or stop, take a long look, and ask God how we can help with the clean-up.

I was raised in a pretty diverse environment, but in the end I'm realizing that I don't know what it feels like to be an African American in this country, or a person of any color for that matter. I've watched African American friends in my church and online grieve in a way I didn't understand. So I've been challenged to learn and listen. Do you want to join me?

The best way to start is probably to sit down with our friends that look different than us and ask them some questions that will probably make us squirm:
  • How do you feel about what's going on in our country right now?
  • Have you ever been made to feel like your life doesn't matter?
  • Are you scared for your family members?
  • What does it feel like to be the minority in this country/city/church?
I'm thankful for some wise, gracious, and Jesus-loving sisters in Christ who have spoken and written online about how they feel about our current events. I'm going to defer to these ladies and encourage you to listen and learn from them here:
We have so much to gain if we're ready to calm our emotions and bear each other's burdens. That's what the family of God is called to, because we belong to each other.
But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:24-26
Unlike the mamas in the podcasts above, I don't have to have the gut-wrenching conversations with my son in which I have to explain that some people might not value his life, so he has to be ultra-submissive and calm with police officers if he ever has an encounter--so he can just come home to me.

I just don't have to think that way.

But if I want to be a part of making those kinds of conversations a thing of the past in our country, I can start, first in my own heart, and then by talking to my kids about race. 

And I'm talking about everyday, as-we-go conversations (complete with plenty of inappropriate kids comments) along with intentional education.
"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV)
Now and over the years as we raise up these children in our home, I hope we talk about these things:

Let's talk about how people are valuable because God knit them together Himself.
Every person came together in the mind and heart of God. Think of the care you've taken to raise your own children, how much you've invested in them. Multiply that by the greatness of God's love for His image-bearers (see Genesis 1:27). Yes, we're sinful, fallen, broken, but none of that changes the core of our identity.


"you formed my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb"

It should grieve us greatly when a person is seen as less than God sees him or her. And maybe we need to toss this idea that God is colorblind--or that we should be. Our color is part of the way that God has knit us together. Because He delights in color and diversity, so can we! 

Let's talk about our country's history and how we're still entwined in it. 
Race will always be a part of our family's story, so we're going to talk about it. My kids already know that they are a mix of black and white. They know that some of their ancestors were slaves and some were probably slaveowners (you can read all about it in this book: The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White). Other ancestors were immigrants. 

Let's talk about the sinful things people have done to each other in this country (and many others around the world) and how, even though we don't do them anymore, we're still affected by them--in our neighborhoods, our cities, the workplace--and in our hearts.

To do this, we've got to go off-textbook with our understanding of history. There are some recommended resourced HERE that you might want to explore. Knowing our history helps us understand how we got where we are today.

Let's talk (in age-appropriate ways) about the things going on in the news. Ask them how they think people are feeling and why they might feel that way.

Let's talk about how everyone has a story worth knowing
The way we look is one part of our story. Each human is a fascinating mix of their family background, their talents, their interests, their experiences, and all the other things that make you YOU. Let's learn to seek out each other's stories.
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Phil. 2:1-8 ESV)
In our church, we call this seeking out of another's story "rocking Philippians 2" from the passage above.

Let's talk about how different is fascinating, not intimidating, and give them them plenty of opportunities with "different."
I remember when I returned from Thailand, an elderly woman I worked with asked me very sincerely, "What are they like over there? From the pictures their eyes all look so vacant."

"Well, they're people just like us," I said. "Yes, their culture is completely different, but they love their families and struggle and worry and enjoy life just like we do."

I realized that my friend didn't have much experience with people outside her own culture, so to her, Asians were so mysterious. I think this is true for many Americans, who are raised in a sort of cultural bubble.

Let's help our kids out of that bubble. I think the more our kids are exposed to different, the more they'll realize that people are different, but really not different, in the most fundamental ways. Then they can learn to delight in different instead of being intimidated by or afraid of it.

When we know people who look different than us personally, it's easier us to empathize with other human beings. When we see a story about someone like Philando Castille on the news, we think of how he reminds us of our friend Tasha's younger brother Marcus who ran track and played the drums in church, not just another black guy.
"Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor." James 3:17-18 (The Message)
It takes work to get to know people different than us. It takes a willingness to live with "awkward." It takes a willingness to feel like an outsider. If you're white like me, you've probably spent most of your life in the majority culture, so it feels strange to be in situations where you're the minority. 

Let's talk about how our silence in the face of wrong equals agreement.
The first time I heard the "n" word used was in a car with a group of kids driving me home from a high school event when I first moved to North Carolina. "That's where that n- cop lives," the teenage boy said (the cop was our neighbor). I didn't say anything, just burst into tears when my mom met me at the door.

The next time I heard it was in the dark at a sleepover with some girls from school. It was tucked into a racist joke. I dug deeper into my sleeping bag and didn't say a word.

Later in college, I was getting a ride home from a friend when we stopped for gas in a mostly black neighborhood. She made some comment about the "n's." Finally I found my voice. "That really offends me," I said. She gave me a surprised look, as if the possibility hadn't crossed her mind.

I was surprised to realize that my silence would have communicated complicity. That's very sobering to me.

So let's talk our kids through what they can say if they see or hear something they know is wrong. Let's give them the words they can use so they're prepared.

What if we raised a generation of kids who really valued others, especially the marginalized, so that no one would have to question if their lives mattered to us?

The (capital C) Church has a HUGE advantage when it comes to racial unity.
Friends, I don't know what's going to happen in our country, but I know that there is great hope for the Church (the body of believers). Ya'll (I've lived in the South long along to use that, right?), we have the same Spirit. I know that doesn't make this easier, but it makes us empowered in a way the outside world can't imagine. 
"Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all." (Col 3:9-11 ESV)
"Here," where we're made new and being made new through Christ, we are ONE. 

Because we've been forgiven, we know how to forgive. Because we're so well-loved, we know how to love well. Because God is so patient with us, we can be patient with each other. Because God overcame huge obstacles to love us, we can do what it takes to love each other well.

So, what are some practical things we can do?
Okay, so the most practical, right now thing we can do is to daily submit to the Holy Spirit and let Him and His word have their way in us. 
"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (Col 3:16 ESV)
Let's also daily make little disciples in our home and ask God to transform their hearts and lives through His Spirit.

Then, we can try a few of these other practical ideas in our homes:
  • Read books about a variety of people and cultures. We like this simple mostly-picture book ("A Country Far Away") and this one too ("People").
  • Expose your children to different languages. 
  • Put yourself in situations where you're the minority. 
  • Support a child from a different country through and organization like Compassion. Write to them and pray for them. Know their names. Think of them as part of your family.
  • Talk well of people of different colors.  
  • Watch the upcoming Olympics and talk about the different races you observe. Talk about how beautiful people are who look differently than you do. We liked this Karen Katz book, "The Colors of Us."
  • Watch Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speach" on MLK Day and talk about our history.
  • Talk to people who look different than you in the grocery store (but try not to be creepy).
  • Go to or visit a church that is diverse.
  • Visit local international restaurants or markets.
  • Go to the park and talk to people from different cultures or abilities. Don't shy away from them just because they don't speak English or have a disability. Talk to your kids about them. Introduce yourself and your child. Ask them questions. 
  • Talk about your own family's history. Unless you're Native American, we all come from somewhere else.
  • Expose them to music and dance from different cultures. Pull up a Christian Gospel station on Pandora.
  • Maybe it sounds silly, but buy your kids baby dolls of different colors. 
  • Invite new friends into your home. Get involved in an international exchange student ministry if you live near a college or university. Most are looking for families to help students learn about American culture.
  • Check our some more ideas for talking to your kids about racism at this post HERE
  • PRAY with your kids for our nation!
If this kind of talk makes you uncomfortable, remember that God is so gracious and He longs to be merciful to all of us sinners. If God shines light on something sinful in your heart, He is only being loving to expose it. Let's let Him graciously heal us.  
"Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him." (Isaiah 30:18 ESV)
And let's show the same grace to our kids as we try to teach them these things.

Although I know this is weighty subject, I hope it is helpful. I know people have all kind of feelings on this subject. I love the advice Chrystal Evans Hurst shared in her podcast. She encouraged us to have REAL conversation within REAL relationships (rather than emotion-driven online "conversations"). So friends, let's all do that, okay? But first, let's pray.
"Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9-10 ESV)
Now it's time to break out your variety of skin-toned crayons and color this Bible verse coloring page from Psalm 139:13! You can download yours in Spanish HERE and in English HERE (or by clicking on the images below).*


*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! All artwork and photos are ã Marydean Draws. Please share freely by posting a link back to this blog post. Please don't repost the actual file. If you share this, you're awesome (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. Any other uses, just ask! Thank you!!



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HIS workmanship printable coloring page (in English and Spanish)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Spanish bible verse coloring page

Hello friends! There are many things marinating in my heart and my blog drafts folder, but none of them are quite ready to share, so today I'm simply sharing this coloring page with you.

Spanish Bible verse coloring page

I illustrated this verse as the start of a Scripture card set on our value in Christ. What other verses would you include in that set?

This printable Bible coloring page is from Ephesians 2:10. You can download yours in English HERE and in Spanish HERE (or by clicking the images below).* You can check out all the other coloring page (including more in Spanish) HERE.

Spanish Bible verse coloring page


PRAYING the Word
Thank you for taking such care to create us. I pray that, in Christ, we will walk faithfully in the good works you've prepared for us to do.

QUESTIONS to ask about the verses:
1. God calls you His workmanship. How does that affect how you see yourself?
2. God calls other people His workmanship too! How does that affect how you see them?
3. This verse says you were created "in Christ Jesus for good works." What does "in Christ Jesus" mean and why is that a key part of the verse?
4. What does this verse say is your part in what God has prepared for you?


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the courage to wait + Psalm 27:14 Bible verse coloring page (Spanish + English)

Monday, June 27, 2016

As I wade through various circumstances in my life, this verse comes to mind, so I'm sharing this artwork with you today!

It takes courage to wait on the LORD to move in us, to move in others, and to move in our world. 
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:3-6 ESV)
I recently started reading "How People Change" by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp (which has been great for my heart and which I got for free for my Kindle, along with a lot of other great Kindle books from David C. Cook ebooks, which you can sign up for HERE--which is a whole lot of "whiches," I now see).

Lane and Tripp write about the above verses in Philippians:
"No matter what you face today, you can be encouraged that God's good work continues in your life, even when you don't see . . . As you have that tough conversation with a friend, you can say to yourself, 'Christ is working right now to complete what he started in me. As you struggle with your finances, you can say to your spouse, 'We can get through this because Christ is working right now to complete what he has begun in us.' . . . do you see the problems through the eyes of Christ, with hope in his presence, his work, and his power to change you?"
(Scripture card from the "Graced Life" set in the Etsy shop)
That Jesus is at work in my mess gives me such hope, the kind of hope that helps me to "wait on the Lord; be of good courage, be strong; Yes, wait for the LORD" (Psalm 27:14).

PRAYING the Word
Give us the courage and strength to wait on you, Lord. Help us see our circumstances through your eyes, knowing that you are up to your good and glory in all things.

QUESTIONS to ask about the verses:
1. What is particularly hard for you to wait for right now?
2. Why does it take such courage to wait? 
3. How can you know when it's time to wait and when it's time to act?

Today's printable Bible verse coloring page is from Psalm 27:14! You can download your page in English here or in Spanish here, or by clicking on the images below!*



*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 PDF file. Thank you!!



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a father's day printable coloring page!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

i love my dad printable

I created this simple little printable for our church Sunday school classes last year, so I thought I'd share! You can download your page here or by clicking on the image below!*

father's day printable coloring page
*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 PDF file. Thank you!!



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