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 lds.org. 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!

Tomi


Monday, February 29, 2016

Trust in the Lord -- Coloring Page #6

Trust in the Lord -- it's as simple and as hard as that. It's a decision we have to make every single day, especially when things get rough. But I've found, as have countless others, that when we make that choice to trust Him, He truly does direct our paths, and He takes us places we never could have imagined. This is the perfect accompaniment to one of my all time favorite quotes from our prophet, President Monson -- "Do not ask for task equal to your abilities, but ask for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but YOU will be the miracle." It's all about what we become!

Enjoy this coloring page, and feel free to share!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Come Unto Me -- Coloring Page #5

This week's "meditate upon the scriptures" coloring page is another personal favorite: "Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. There is a never-ending stream of things to do -- mom stuff, wife stuff, work stuff, house stuff, social stuff, extended family stuff, service stuff, church stuff, and on and on. And it really does feel like we are "heavy laden" at times. Even when we aren't under the strain of a particular trial, just the work of everyday life can start to feel like it's grinding us down. I find that when I feel that way, it's because I haven't been asking for help from the Savior like I should. He truly will give us rest from the things - big or small - that weigh us down. For more on this, my favorite talk on the subject is "Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease" by David Bednar. Have a lovely week!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

All Things through Christ -- coloring page #4

This coloring page features my very favorite scripture of all -- "I can do all things through Christ which strentheneth me." Philippians 4:13 -- and it's my favorite one yet! I hope you enjoy it, too.

You just need to right click on the image and save it to your computer to be able to print it out. You can find all my coloring pages by clicking on the "coloring pages" tag below.