Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great shall be the peace of thy children -- Coloring Page #24



Happy Sunday, friends! This week's coloring page is in the style of an embroidery sampler, and it comes from Isaiah 54, and I think it's one that we all recognize and take comfort from as we try to teach our kids and raise them up to have faith in the Lord. Because this is really the end goal, isn't it? We want our children to have peace in their lives and in their hearts, and having a relationship with our Savior and our Heavenly Father is the way that peace can last whatever life throws at them.

To print this page, just right click on the image below and save to your computer, then print normally. Make sure you check "fit to page" so the edges don't get cut off. Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!






Sunday, September 18, 2016

Proverbs 31 - Coloring Page #23



I can 100% guarantee that if you are a mom, you have felt the strain of trying to balance all the things. If you are a mom and also trying to to figure out how to work a business or career in with it, the difficulty just multiplies. We second guess ourselves - are we giving enough to our family? Are we giving them the short end of the stick by trying to take care of them AND work? If we didn't, would we get so stifled and burned out that we wouldn't be a very good mom anyway? Not to mention the fact that many of our families depend on our income to make ends meet. Sometimes it feels like whatever we choose won't actually be good enough one way or the other.

And of course I don't have the answers because I'm right there in the thick of it myself, but I wanted to share an amazing scripture - Proverbs 31 - with you for this week's coloring page. My new friend Marcella of @ilovewoolies shared this with me and it pretty much blew my mind. It's the chapter of Proverbs that talks about a virtuous woman's worth being above rubies, and later on about her children rise up and call her blessed. I've heard those a million times, but I never noticed the whole chapter is about this virtuous woman WORKING, making things with her hands to sell, feeding and clothing her family, reaching her hands out to the poor, employing other women as well. You really need to read the whole chapter - it may give you a new perspective on your career efforts. Because after all that description, her children rise up and call her blessed. Of course our families deserve our very best, but we have so much capacity to work and to create and to grow - maybe we need to give ourselves a little more space to do that without heaping so much guilt on ourselves.

To enjoy this free coloring page, just right click on the image below to save to your computer, than print as normal. Make sure you select "fit to page" when you go to print so the edges don't get cut off. Feel free to share, and have a wonderful week!



Sunday, September 11, 2016

Be ye kind to one another - coloring page #22





This week's coloring page scripture has become an oft-repeated mantra for me. I recently found this passage from Ephesians 4:31-32 that hit me right right in the heart: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you." Now, not that *I* would ever let anger and frustration get the better of me, especially with the people I love the most, but... These words remind me so powerfully that those negative reactions accomplish nothing and need to be 'put away.' We need to turn instead to kindness and forgiveness and love.

To download this free coloring page (or the printable full color version this week, if you'd like), just right click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as usual. Have a really great week, friends!








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!