Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

A great season for this Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal!gratitude-journal-book-cover

Thoughtful prayers to guide and inspire,

space to write your own,

a little color to make the journal simply pretty on it’s own,

some creative art to color and personalize this journal,

beautiful and durable in a hardcover.

This would also be a wonderful gift idea for older girls, teens and ladies who enjoy journaling and coloring. The coloring isn’t overly complex, but very sweet designs and word art.

I wanted to share one of my favorite prayers from the journal, which was harder than I expected… so many good choices!

The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose

Lord,

I’m so thankful for this life! Today I’m going to enjoy reminders of the abundance you offer. You’re my joy in the mundaneness of the everyday, my hope during tough times, my stability in a mixed-up world. When my patience wears thin, you infuse me with your strength. I praise you for every opportunity for your Spirit to work in mine. Thank you for salvation, Lord.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. —John 10:10

Here’s some more other links….

·         Tyndale’s Inspire Creativity board on Pinterest has downloadable samplers and sharable coloring pages from our coloring and Bible journaling line, the Living Expressions Collection!

·         Check out www.livingexpressionscollection.com for the latest news and information on our coloring and journaling products.

**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Gospel Formed by J.A. Meddlers

J.A. Meddlers’s subtitle “Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life” is the reason I picked this book! Yes, I want Gospel Formed book coverthat to describe me…in my everyday life…with my husband, with our kids, as I homeschool, in my interactions with family, friends, strangers…!!

Meddlers recommends to read a chapter a day. I didn’t do that. However, looking back I would echo his suggestion. I used a color for a highlighter (as a mom with 4 kids there is always at least one around!), so my copy of Gospel Formed looks more like a coloring book now! There were so many great reminders and awesome “new-perspective” moments through out the book that challenged and inspired me.

“The Lord tells us, Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye” (Prov. 7:2). The “apple of your eye” is a love so strong that your heart hones in and will not look away. What twinkles in your eyes? What do you fixate on? Is God’s teaching the apple of your eye? How does the Bible rank in your life?” (pg. 64)

Yet, I want my heart to be effected, not just my head. I plan to go back through this book slower and then I may read it again aloud to the kids. I pray that they also will live a “grace-addicted, truth-filled, jesus-exalting life”!!

The book is broken down into five parts which all point to the Gospel in our our worship, identity, community, and mission. As Meddler explains, “Since the gospel is our message, model, motivation, and means, the gospel informs and shaped our worship, identity, community, and mission.” (pg. 28)

“What is Gospel Identity?” was my favorite section this time through the book. His reminders of our identity, how much we are loved and comforted and condemnation-free, and my role as a soldier really spoke to my heart.

From the chapter “You Are a Gospel Soldier: “Christianity’s aim is for us to experience new life in the kingdom of Christ, glorifying, exalting, and savoring Jesus. God seeks something far higher than good, clean, normal, comfy, morally upstanding people sitting in a church building on Sunday morning, nodding their heads to another great sermon. He is calling us to greatness in the environment of his grace. We are surrounded by grace, and that grace lead us to fight against our sin. Romans 8:13 is a declaration of all-our war on sin: ‘If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the boys, you will live.’” (pg. 129)

I could share so much from this book, but I won’t because you will color your own copy of Gospel Formed by J.A. Meddlers! 😉

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Super Bowl XLV & Faith

Here now is a sampling of gridiron faith at Super Bowl XLV. These quotes come from a variety of sources, including press conferences and print interviews. (…Excerpt from Jim Daly’s blog Finding Home.)

GREEN BAY PACKERS

#12 Aaron Rodgers: “We all have a platform, we all have a message in our lives. I just try to follow Jesus’ example, leading by example.”

“God always has a plan for us, a path. Sometimes we wish we knew it sooner,” Rodgers said with a bit of a laugh, “but He always shows up His way.”

#98 C.J. Wilson: “I think it does help when your superstar quarterback is walking with God. I’ve been blessed to be around him and see how God makes all things possible in our lives.”  Note: C.J.’s father is a Pentecostal minister in Mt. Olive, N.C.

#32 Brandon Jackson: “God comes first. There’s Christ, then my wife, then my children and then the game of football. I want to be Christ-like. That’s whose going to define me in the end: Christ, not football.”

#85 Greg Jennings: “I just want to let people know what it’s all about. One of the Scriptures I refer to a lot is, ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’ and I’m required to have a voice [for God] because I have a stage and a platform. Number one, all glory goes to God. That’s where it starts and that’s where it finishes.”  Note: Greg’s father is a pastor in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

#79 Ryan Pickett: “Jesus is a way of life. It’s everything to me.”  Note: Ryan has joined an anti-pornography campaign in the NFL. “I value my family and my wife.”

PITTBURGH STEELERS

Mike Tomlin, Head Coach: “First and foremost, I want people to know who I am and what the most important thing is in my life, my relationship with Jesus Christ. Football is what we do; faith is who we are all the time.”

“I want to lead with a servant’s heart.”

#43 Troy Polamalu: “I feel like faith is the foundation of everything I do on the field and off. It determines how you live your life when you love God.”

#9 Daniel Sepulveda: “Every time I hear Kurt Warner talking about his faith, I’m saying, ‘Yeah, give it to them.’ It inspires me to hear guys like that who are willing to share. The joy of the Lord is on them. He’s not on my team here, but we’re on the same team all the time.”

#21 Mewelde Moore: “God is number 1 in my entire life. That’s the way I’ve always looked at it.”

#37 Anthony Madison: “Let me tell you, God is so good. He has blessed me beyond my imagination. If you don’t keep your focus on the Lord, you can find yourself in some situations that you feel like you cannot recover from.”

…Excerpt from Jim Daly’s blog Finding Home.