Coloring Fun: The Open Door

the open door:revelation 3:8

When traveling in bad weather, Jeb depended on the open door policy of the church in Philadelphia.

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
Revelation 3:8 KJV

coloring fun:the open door:revelation 3:8

Coloring Fun:The open door:Revelation 3:8.

Coloring Fun: Steadfast Anchor

steadfast anchor

Will your anchor hold? Inspired by the hymn “We Have an Anchor” authored by Priscilla J. Owens.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”
Hebrews 6:19 KJV

coloring fun:steadfast anchor:hebrews 6:19

Coloring Fun:Steadfast anchor:Hebrews 6:19.

Coloring Fun: Walk in the Light

walk in the light:ephesians 4

A Festival of Lights in Agate Beach helped unify the community, even as the wind and waves tossed the ships, both great and small.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
Ephesians 4:14 KJV

coloring fun:walk in the light:ephesians 4

Coloring Fun:Walk in the light:Ephesians 4.

Sew Comforting

trail map in stitches

Harriet carefully stitched essential details into her cloth trail maps made to fit into a scout’s pocket to help lead wagons west.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

Star Witness

Sonrise on the beach

During an overnight camping trip, an ocean sunrise inspired Montana and Susanna to consider the great cloud of witnesses recorded in Hebrews 11.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 KJV

Cloud of Witnesses

Dear Readers,

For today’s post, I’ve chosen to share some possible spiritual applications of Time warp: Sonrise on the beach, the cartoon featured in Star Witness. Many of my cartoons have multiple levels of meaning, but I prefer to allow each person to choose their own level of listening. When I discuss my cartoons, I sometimes hear: “I never would have seen that!” After reading this aside, and viewing the cartoon, do you have a fresh insight on faith? Share your comments below.

Creative story

Montana and Susanna, newly married, are camping on the beach. They wake up to a painted sky that mixes stars and sunbeams.

Spiritual application

Inspired by a friend’s favorite passage, (Hebrews 12:1-3) I featured the “cloud of witnesses” detailed in Hebrews 11. With my limited human imagination, this could have been one way God explained to Abraham that the generations of believers, through Abraham, would be as the stars (Genesis 15:5, Genesis 22:17, Genesis 26:4, Psalm 147:4, Daniel 12:3); as the sands (Genesis 22:17); using elements that surrounded Abraham to affirm His promises.

Abraham and Sarah, newly married, by faith leave familiar behind and travel into the unknown. They camp overnight in their tent on the sand, waking up to a visionary sunrise. God provides a visual explanation of His promises—a panorama starring the generations from Abraham through the sands of the ages; showing the stories of believers, until an Earth made new—washed clean (beach waves, campfire); without sin (the Holy City—sometimes a sunrise/sunset shows the closest visual of Revelation 21 that I can imagine).

Can you find?
  • Enoch’s sandals
  • Joseph’s bones
  • Shells: sand dollar, conch
  • Rahab’s scarlet cord
  • Horses: Pepper, Blue Star, Orion
  • False light (Susanna chooses to follow God, the true light)
  • Moses’ crown
  • Believer hiding in a cave
  • Tumbled walls of Jericho
  • Tent (packed, ready to travel wherever God leads)
  • Holy City
  • Cats: Faith, Hope and Love
Sidenote

See how Jacob (Genesis 32), Moses (Exodus 32) and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 9) use God’s promises to Abraham in their prayers.

Christ’s Bride: Waiting for the Lamb

servant washing

As Judy washed her daughter’s feet, she experienced the hope of new beginnings.

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
Revelation 19:6-8 KJV

Mary: Waiting for Redemption

best for last

The bride chose a peach beverage for the reception, shipped in blue bottles and packed in silver crates. At the Gettysburg depot, Judy hurriedly loaded the wagon with brown crates wrapped in silver and blue ribbons, not discovering her mix-up until the wedding guests called for “more of that delicious apple punch!” Judy sent a telegram, describing her mistake to the other company’s manager. He replied: “No problem. Possible peach lemon bubbly as new product. Congratulations to the new couple.”

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”
John 2:9, 10 KJV

Bathsheba: Waiting for Renewal

quilt hug

Harriet comforted mother and child as they awaited the jury’s verdict on the ship’s captain—and baby’s father—
accused of drowning the mother’s sailor husband.

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”
Titus 3:3-6 KJV

Ruth: Waiting for Inheritance

sowing and reaping

Susanna allowed the pioneer family to glean fallen apples as they looked for a permanent home in Orchard Valley. When the children discovered blueberries nearby, Susanna shared her own wagon train story as she helped bake a blue apple pie.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
Ephesians 1:17-19 KJV