Sunday, August 28, 2016

Be Ye Doers of the Word



Happy Sunday! For the last few weeks I've been thinking a lot about this scripture from James 1:22: "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only..." We know from the scriptures that we are saved by the grace of the Savior - it is only through His power and Atonement that we can be forgiven and come back to live with our Heavenly Father. No amount of good works, without His grace, is enough. So why the admonition to be doers of the word and not hearers only? I had a picture in my mind of bees gathering nectar -- they go from flower to flower collecting all that sweetness, and that is like hearing the Word of God. It's sweet and wonderful. But the real magic only happens when they take it back to the hive -- the bees are able to turn that nectar into the honey that sustains them and their whole hive. Being a "doer of the word" - being willing to keep the commandments and DO the things Jesus taught - is like taking the nectar to the hive -- taking the sweet thoughts and feelings we experience when we hear the word of God and turning into actions that help us BECOME like our Savior. That becoming is what sustains us; it's the whole point of all that we're commanded to do. Our Heavenly Father wants so much happiness and sweetness for us, but we've got to bring that nectar to the hive to experience it.

To print out this coloring page, just right click the image below and save to your computer. Then print, making sure to select "fit to page" so nothing gets cut off. Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Seek Learning -- Coloring Page #20

All the kids are starting to head back to school, so I thought this would be a great week for a learning themed coloring page! (Maybe I should follow it up with a "and there was much rejoicing!" page for the moms, eh?) :) Enjoy!

To print out this coloring page, just right click the image below and save to your computer. Then print, making sure to select "fit to page" so nothing gets cut off. Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!



Sunday, July 24, 2016

God is our refuge -- Coloring Page #19

Happy Sunday! I hope you enjoy this coloring page, and remember that your Heavenly Father loves you. He is never far from you, especially when your heart is troubled. Sometimes we want to protect ourselves when we're hurting, and we are afraid to open our hearts even enough to let Him in. We don't want to be disappointed on top of the pain we're experiencing. But He is with us, always present, always ready to provide refuge and strength.

To print out this coloring page, just right click the image below and save to your computer. Then print, making sure to select "fit to page" so nothing gets cut off. Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

What doth the Lord require of thee? - Coloring Page #18



Happy Sunday! This week's coloring page comes from Micah 6:8 "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Sometimes I think we like to make long lists for ourselves of all the things we think the Lord requires of us - all the things we're supposed to be and do - when really it all boils down to the basics. If we can do these, everything else grows naturally from that. I think it's when we get it backwards, when we try to force all the to-do stuff without grounding ourselves in these basic principles and the 'why' of discipleship that we start to feel overwhelmed and even inauthentic. I'll be putting this one away in my mental file of things to remember when I get feeling that way, so I can take a deep breath and begin again.

To download this free coloring page, just right click on the image below and save it to your computer.  Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

God has not given us the spirit of fear -- Coloring Page #17


Happy Sunday! This has always been one of my favorite scriptures -- I turn to it when I feel fearful or weak, and it reminds me that those feelings do NOT come from God. He wants us to feel powerful and full of love. But the part that means the most to me at the moment is the promise of a "sound mind." Mental illness runs rampant in my family, with everything from depression and anxiety to paranoid schizophrenia. I thought that I had dodged the bullet, but this year I have been struggling with intense anxiety that hit from out of nowhere. It has attacked my confidence in myself and in my faith, but Heavenly Father continually pulls me back from the brink and reminds me that those feelings of doubt and uncertainty and fear are not His message to me. If I hold on to Him and let Him pull me out of the spiral, I can feel that confidence of a "sound mind." I am so grateful for His love and grace and the power that comes through Him. And I repeat this scripture as a mantra to myself, to help me remember Him and His love in those moments of darkness. Power, love, and a sound mind are our heritage from God, and He can help us get there.

To print out this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below and save to your computer, then print as normal. Make sure you click "fit to page" so the edges aren't cut off. Feel free to share, and I always love to hear how you use my pages!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

I am a disciple -- Coloring Page #16

Hello again! I finally have another coloring page for you -- this scripture was a request from my friend Wendy, and I finally have it finished only 10 days too late for the event she needed it for... Sorry, Wendy! But I really do love this bold declaration of discipleship found in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, written by Mormon, the prophet who compiled all the records which would one day become the Book of Mormon. His life was so hard - he watched as his whole nation turned away from God until he and his son Moroni were the last disciples of Christ left - but that didn't change his determination to do all he could to follow the Savior and do what he could for his people and for all who would come after. And his identity as a disciple of Christ is what kept him from despair! It gave him joy and courage and wisdom and love, even in the face of the greatest adversity.

I decided to try something different for this week's page and go full-on folk art with the design. I've always loved the intricate flowers and bold shapes, and I thought this would give us lots of fun nooks and crannies to color. Have a lovely week, and check back in next week -- I've already got a page in the works that I really like.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tomorrow the Lord Shall Do Wonders -- Coloring Page #15

This week's coloring page was a special request from my dear friend and former mission companion Lindsay Young. She sent me the story of the meaning behind it, sent to her by her friend Michelle, and it's so lovely I had to share it with you:

"I love the scripture that Elder Holland quoted in his last conference talk from Joshua, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” The story that goes along with that is the Israelites came to the Jordan River to go into the Promised Land, and it was overflowing so they didn't know how they would cross. The Lord said to the priests that carry the ark of the covenant  "as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests...shall rest in the water Jordan" that he would stop the water.  The priests acted in faith and went into the river Jordan and the Lord stopped the water.  When everyone was safely on the other side, the Lord said that one member of each of the twelve tribes should go back into the riverbed and get a stone before the priests crossed and the water flowed again. They were then to take these stones and build a monument or memorial so that when their children and their children's children walked past this monument and asked, "What means these stones?" (verse 6 and 21) they would remember all the wonders that the Lord had done among them as their deliverer and redeemer."

There are times in our lives that we feel we're sure to be swept away by the deep river we're called to cross. I feel the Spirit testify so strongly that if we just move forward in faith, the Lord can make it possible. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story with me, Lindsay -- your timing for what I needed was truly inspired.

Fun sidenote about this one -- the wildflowers on this page are some that actually grow in Jerusalem. I loved the idea of beautiful things growing up around the monument as time passed. Thanks, Google!

Enjoy this week's free coloring page, and as always, feel free to share!