I was finally able to finish up the rest of the Bible Journaling bookmarks for chapters 5 and 6 of Ephesians! Yay!! (You can find them in my shop here.)
Honestly, Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the Bible… maybe because of the strong visual imagery, but also because of the powerful word pictures that speak so deeply to the heart and make you want to get up and go take action!!
Funny thing is… that one of the actions we’re called to actually requires us to be still first. In verse 5:18, God tells us to “be filled with the Spirit” and even though we are to be consistently filled and refilled throughout the day… at some point we need to purposely sit under the faucet of God’s Presence and allow His Spirit to wash over us, cleanse us, and fill up our hearts and thoughts with His love and truth.
He then goes on in this verse and the next, telling us how to speak to one another, to make melody to the Lord in our hearts, to give thanks always and for everything, and to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. The reality is that apart from the Holy Spirit we are prone to do exactly the opposite. Our tendency is to speak about one another and not always nicely… to grumble in our hearts rather than make melodies… to be discontent and complaining rather than giving thanks… and to always be on guard with others rather than submit to them.
God’s Little Teapot…
So what are we to do??? Well… do you remember the song… I’m a little teapot… short and stout? I loved that song and the gestures that go with it!! So I want you to imagine yourself, for a moment, being God’s little teapot. It doesn’t matter if we’re short and stout or tall and slender. It doesn’t matter if we’re brown earthenware or fine china. What does matter is what’s filling us up… because what’s brewing on the inside is what eventually comes out! So my encouragement to you… and to me… today is to take the time to be filled with God’s love and the truth of His Word so we can honestly say “here I am Lord… use me… send me… tip me over and pour me out… whenever and on whoever you so desire!” And the fun thing is that if you’re willing to be filled to overflowing you will just naturally splash out God’s love and grace and goodness wherever you go!”
Colored Pencil Video…
So now to creating colored pencil gradient lettering…. enjoy the video… and please leave a comment and let me know if you found it helpful and if would like more like it!
(Oh just so you know… those noises were from my cats knocking stuff around trying to distract me. I didn’t even realize how loud they were until I was done! haha!)
with love and God-hugs…