Sunday, June 26, 2016

I am a disciple -- Coloring Page #16

Hello again! I finally have another coloring page for you -- this scripture was a request from my friend Wendy, and I finally have it finished only 10 days too late for the event she needed it for... Sorry, Wendy! But I really do love this bold declaration of discipleship found in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, written by Mormon, the prophet who compiled all the records which would one day become the Book of Mormon. His life was so hard - he watched as his whole nation turned away from God until he and his son Moroni were the last disciples of Christ left - but that didn't change his determination to do all he could to follow the Savior and do what he could for his people and for all who would come after. And his identity as a disciple of Christ is what kept him from despair! It gave him joy and courage and wisdom and love, even in the face of the greatest adversity.

I decided to try something different for this week's page and go full-on folk art with the design. I've always loved the intricate flowers and bold shapes, and I thought this would give us lots of fun nooks and crannies to color. Have a lovely week, and check back in next week -- I've already got a page in the works that I really like.

To download this page, just right-click to save to your computer. Make sure you click "fit to page" in case the margins aren't quite right for your printer. Feel free to share!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tomorrow the Lord Shall Do Wonders -- Coloring Page #15

This week's coloring page was a special request from my dear friend and former mission companion Lindsay Young. She sent me the story of the meaning behind it, sent to her by her friend Michelle, and it's so lovely I had to share it with you:

"I love the scripture that Elder Holland quoted in his last conference talk from Joshua, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” The story that goes along with that is the Israelites came to the Jordan River to go into the Promised Land, and it was overflowing so they didn't know how they would cross. The Lord said to the priests that carry the ark of the covenant  "as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests...shall rest in the water Jordan" that he would stop the water.  The priests acted in faith and went into the river Jordan and the Lord stopped the water.  When everyone was safely on the other side, the Lord said that one member of each of the twelve tribes should go back into the riverbed and get a stone before the priests crossed and the water flowed again. They were then to take these stones and build a monument or memorial so that when their children and their children's children walked past this monument and asked, "What means these stones?" (verse 6 and 21) they would remember all the wonders that the Lord had done among them as their deliverer and redeemer."

There are times in our lives that we feel we're sure to be swept away by the deep river we're called to cross. I feel the Spirit testify so strongly that if we just move forward in faith, the Lord can make it possible. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story with me, Lindsay -- your timing for what I needed was truly inspired.

Fun sidenote about this one -- the wildflowers on this page are some that actually grow in Jerusalem. I loved the idea of beautiful things growing up around the monument as time passed. Thanks, Google!

Enjoy this week's free coloring page, and as always, feel free to share!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Heart, Might, Mind & Strength -- Coloring Page #14

Today's coloring page is one of my favorite missionary scriptures - "O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength..." (D&C 4:2) But I think it's for more than just full-time missionaries -- it reminds me that I need to be all in, present and intentional as I seek to create a whole life that is in the service of God. The verse continues: "...that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." Not perfect, but purposeful -- we do what we can and our Savior does the rest through the Atonement. Our best -- our heart, might, mind, and strength -- is enough.

Enjoy this free coloring page by right-clicking on the image below to save to your computer. There are two versions -- one has more of the verse and one is just the anchor image above. As always, feel free to share!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lift up your head -- Coloring Page #13

These are some of my favorite words in the Book of Mormon. Heavenly Father doesn't want us to hang our heads in sorrow and discouragement. He wants us to take comfort in the covenants we have made to follow Him, to remember the promises He has made to us as well as the ones we've made to Him. He recognizes our efforts and He has a plan to fulfill every promise He has made to us, even if we don't see how it could possibly happen. A wonderful friend once told me, "If you give up on your miracle, you close the door on it ever happening." So hold your head high, even when things are really, really hard - God has not forgotten you, and you can be confident in that.
You can download this free coloring page by right-clicking on the image below. Feel free to share!

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.