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I Want to Be a Tree Part 4 of 6

When Wickedness Abounds

The wicked are not so,

But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

Psalm 1:4

It is easy to feel put out when we see ungodly people climbing the ladder of success. We can start to feel like the Prodigal Son’s older brother (Luke 15:25-32) if we are not careful. He was jealous of his younger brother’s blessings. He didn’t stop to notice how blessed he already was.

Psalm 1:4.

  • The wicked are not so, At first glance, ungodly people may appear to be winning, but they don’t have long lasting stability because their roots are not planted correctly.
  • But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. When the storms of life blow, the wicked will fall like dust and fly away with the wind.

This verse may be a comfort for a moment. It reminds us that our godly choices really do matter in the long run.

After further meditation though, I feel a sense of compassion for the unbeliever. They are living their life the best way they know how, but their best efforts are not enough. All of their ventures will turn to trash in the end. How tragic!

I believe that people all around us are searching for meaning. They know that there has to be more to life than what they are currently experiencing.

Action point: Let’s ask Holy Spirit to help us connect with unbelievers around us who are ready to hear the truth about God’s kingdom today! Let's spread seeds, water and fertilize sprouts, and nurture new young trees all around us. After all, trees should reproduce after their own kind.

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My sister-in-law who is an artist, sent me this amazing testimony that came out of last week's post Why I Color in My Bible.

Part 1: I have been thinking a lot about "coloring in my bible" ever since I saw your first post on it. <My husband,> John got me a Beautiful Word Bible with lots of room for journaling and drawing on the sides.... but I still haven't been able to jump in (so to speak.) One would think that an artist wouldn't be so hesitant. I think I have finally come to a place where I am ready tho. I am seeking peace.... it's something that doesn't come easy to me, but I NEED it so desperately.... my mind is anxious, and I'm so tired of it. I hope that this time I spend really meditating on certain scriptures as I draw will help quiet that. Thank you for inspiring me to take the plunge and deface my Bible.

Part 2:

So often people look to Christians or even just adults as having it all together. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people talk about other Christians as hypocritical because they mess up and do such and such, as if because they are Christian they should have it all together and never slip and never struggle. Well, I have been a Christian for 15 years now, and let me tell you, I have had my struggles! I have periods of time where I think I'm not doing anything right... lately I have struggled in the area of getting into the Word. I go to church on Sunday, and I cry out to God asking Him to forgive me because I miss that time with Him (and I REALLY want to spend that time daily), but then Monday comes and goes, and I don't. I fall into that Romans pattern of "what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." And then something comes along and a light bulb goes off... something really connects and you start to think "maybe this can help."

This is what I came to when I read my sister-in-law's blog about coloring in her Bible. I read it and "chewed on it" for a while, and then finally decided to try it for myself. This has helped immensely in my meditation of the Word. I cannot remember the last time I spent over an hour meditating on a small portion of scripture.... really getting it in my Spirit, which is what happens when I am coloring in my Bible. For once in a long time I am excited about the time I'm spending in the Word! Thank you, Beth.... really, I can't thank you enough!

PS- If anyone is interested in seeing my "artistic meditations in the Word" let me know.... I would be happy to share my Bible art and maybe inspire someone else like me that needs a boost. Sahra-Dora Olson.

Part 3: Thought I would share this morning's meditation with you. I really can't thank you enough for inspiring me to do this. I can't tell you the last time I spent time concentrating and focusing on a small portion of scripture for over an hour! I REALLY think this is going to revolutionize my time in the Word!
Ps. 12:1-5

I bet this makes you want to check out Psalm 12!

I bet this makes you want to check out Psalm 12!

Why I Color in My Bible

Genesis 6-8 Noah walked with God, and God remembered him.

Genesis 6-8 Noah walked with God, and God remembered him.

Artistic journaling is not just for kids! When I was 19 years old, I went to a missionary training school with YWAM Mercy Ships. Part of our graded course work was keeping an illustrated journal throughout the entire school. We had to turn it in each week to be graded. 

When I first heard about the illustrated journal requirement, I was offended. As they handed us boxes of crayons, I thought, "Do they think we are 5 year olds!" The crazy thing is that after a couple of weeks I fell in love with the process. I still have that journal 20 years later. It is a treasure to me.

If you flip through the journal, you can see a huge difference from the beginning to the end. In the early parts of the notebook I used stick figures and magazine cut outs. Towards the end you can see that I took my time to carefully draw what was happening in my life. I love having a creative documentation of the things I was learning, as well as the high and low points I experienced.

I pulled out that journal just the other day and looked through it with my daughter Zoe. She was very interested as I shared my stories with her. It was a great connection point for us.

Recently my friend Angela Meijer and I have started experimenting with Bible journaling. You can find out more about our projects by visiting Fireflies Aglow.

When we add an extra sensory process to reading the Bible, we get to go a little deeper. The time we spend drawing allows us to meditate on what we are reading and soak it in deep. I told you about my experiences with singing the scriptures. Coloring in my Bible works along the same lines.

I have a favorite old Bible that I have written notes in for many years. I decided to start coloring in that one. If you just can't bring yourself to write in your Bible, you could use a separate journal.

Psalm 1 #iwanttobeatree

Psalm 1 #iwanttobeatree