Saturday, May 14, 2016

Faith, Hope, Charity & Love -- Coloring Page #12

I've always loved this scripture. It doesn't say being perfect qualifies us for the work, or always knowing what to do, or anything else. It says that if we want to help Heavenly Father in His work of saving souls (including our kids', our families', and our own), what we need is faith, hope, charity, and love. Sometimes I have just enough faith to hang on to hope, and sometimes it's hope that sustains me when my faith is struggling. Charity gives us patience with others and with ourselves, and love is the point of the whole thing. So when I feel overwhelmed by life, by all that seems to be required of me, I remember this verse and I try to realign my priorities and my expectations for myself.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Better than you think you are -- Coloring page #11

Happy Mother's Day! Being a mom is not for the faint of heart -- loving these little people with every ounce of yourself and worrying every day that you're screwing the whole thing up, wanting to give them the best of yourself without going completely bonkers in the process, trying to act like you know what you're doing when every day seems to throw some new craziness at you you have no idea how to deal with. There are days your heart feels so full, and days you feel totally empty. Wherever you are on that scale today, may these words lift you up. They're from a wonderful General Conference talk called "Behold Thy Mother," and would make a lovely read for today. You could even watch it while you settle in with a coloring page!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Lord looketh on the heart -- Coloring Page 11

Happy Sunday! I've been thinking about this scripture a lot lately: "for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7. I'm so grateful that the Lord knows my heart. He sees every part of us and loves us for the total person we are. We can bring every bit of us to Him, without reservation. I love this quote from Chieko Okazaki: "Heavenly Father doesn't want to hear only nice prayers. He wants to hear real prayers, honest prayers.....He doesn't want polite platitudes. He wants you! All of you!. He wants to be the center of your total life-the worried you, the mad you, and the sad you, as well as the inspired, happy, obedient, loving you." How often do we try to hide the parts of ourselves we don't like, because we're afraid others - and even our Heavenly Father - will like us less because of them? But He already knows all those parts of us, and none of it can ever diminish His love for us or our worth in His eyes. And as we bring our whole selves to Him, we can create a much deeper relationship with Him. And He is mighty to save.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Come, follow me -- coloring page #10

"Come, follow me... and do the things which ye have seen me do." -- a mashup of 2 scriptures, one from the New Testament and one from the Book of Mormon. Jesus did a lot of things during his short ministry, but the great motivating factor behind each was LOVE. Drawing people has never been my strong suit, but when I was figuring out what to do for this page I was moved by the image of Jesus with his arm around someone who was in pain, helping them continue down the road. I thought about the story of Lazarus dying, and how Jesus mourned with his sisters. He knew their pain would soon turn to joy, but He was still filled with compassion for their sorrow and wept with them. I couldn't think of a better image for the kind of disciple of Christ that I want to be - a person who supports people wherever they are on their own rocky path, helps them to move forward AND feel surrounded by love.

But boy, this page has given me fits. I really loved how the lettering turned out, but I tried about a dozen different things for the rest of the page without finding something I really loved. I'm using this for Primary (the children's class in our church) tomorrow, so I wanted to do something that would appeal to the boys as well as the girls, which meant my go-to florals were out. So that's why you get three different options for download this week!

Simply right-click to save to your computer for printing, and feel free to share!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Coloring Page #9 - Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Happy Sunday! And happy General Conference, to all you LDS friends. For those of you who aren't, here's a brief explanation: In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we have prophets and apostles just as Jesus organized the Church when he was on the earth. Twice a year we have General Conference - two days of very special messages from these and other leaders of the Church. I woke up with these words in my heart today, so excited for the glorious things of God that would be spoken today. If you would like to know more or check out some of the messages, it's all available on Have a lovely Sabbath day!

(To download, simply right-click on the image below, and save to your computer. It's sized for an 8 1/2x11 page, so you should be able to just print it right off. Feel free to share!)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hosanna! -- Coloring Page #8

Happy Palm Sunday! I was teaching my kiddos about Palm Sunday today, and how the people waved palms in the air and strawed the Savior's path with them - they believed that He was the Messiah, come to deliver them. But they had such a limited view - they believed that He was come to deliver them from the oppression of the Romans - and when He didn't fit what they wanted, they crucified Him. But He came to deliver us from so much more than our temporary earthly problems. He came to deliver us from death and hell! His resurrection broke the chains of death for every single one of us so we can know that death is never the end. His atonement saved us from permanent separation from our Heavenly Father, the definition of hell. We can be together with our loved ones and with our Savior and our Heavenly Parents because of Him. That makes me want to shout Hosanna!, too.

I hope you enjoy this coloring page! To print, just download to your computer then print normally. It's sized to fit a regular page. Feel free to share!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

GRACE -- Coloring Page #7

I have been really trying to learn more about grace lately. I've been struggling with some health and anxiety issues, and of course trying to do way too much. Because I'm a woman and who of us doesn't? This scripture really stood out to me - 2 Corinthians 9:7-8:

"7. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."

I had always focused on the "cheerful giver" part, trying to do everything, give everything, and do it with a cheerful attitude. But I think I've been leaving God's grace out of the equation - He is the one who gives us the abundance we need to do all these good works without self-destructing. He is willing to help us, but we have to be willing to accept that. I'm still figuring out how all that works, and praying for His grace to make it happen, but it reminded me very much of one of my favorite quotes by Thomas S. Monson: "My dear sisters, do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to yours tasks. Then the completion of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle."

That's not to say we can't or shouldn't say no, set boundaries, and be realistic. I think it means that God sees our potential so clearly and wants to help us get there. He can help us when it feels like we're so overloaded we're going to self-destruct. His abundance can be our own.

Also -- I just read the most wonderful, amazing talk by Patricia Holland, called "'One Thing Needful' - Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ." It is everything my heart has been yearning for, the kind of thing you need to read over and over again and take into your heart. Please click that link and read it for yourself!

I hope you enjoy this coloring page -- you can save it to your computer to print as a full page, and feel free to share!