Monday, November 13, 2017

The power of finding beauty - free gratitude coloring page

I saw this quote on instagram the other day (thanks to the talented @merryletter) and it struck me so forcefully. This is gratitude and abundance - opening our eyes to the beautiful lives we have and the beautiful world around us, finding joy in what we already have and truly seeing the gifts we've been given. What a gift that would be to the people we love and to ourselves! And then this very morning I started the @smallseed daily gratitude devotionals with my kiddos and found this quote: "because the beauties of life are so abundant, sometimes we take them for granted. Our minds have a marvelous capacity to notice the unusual. However, the opposite is true as well: The more often we see the things around us—even the beautiful and wonderful things—the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds—even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time. " -- Joseph B. Wirthlin

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gratitude! - free Thanksgiving coloring page





Ah, November! This month all our happy quotes coloring pages will center on gratitude, because it really is the key to happiness in our own lives and in all our relationships. Here's one of my favorites, by Melody Beattie, complete with some lovely fall foliage. The acorns are a symbol that gratitude is a small act that grows into something so strong and beautiful in our lives. Enjoy!

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happiness is a form of courage - free happy thought coloring page




Is it courageous to choose happiness? I believe it with my whole heart. There is so much out there that could drag us down into a permanent state of doom and gloom - personal struggles, financial problems, family stress, the scary things that happen in the world, you name it. We could live in fear of the next bad thing that is going to happen. We could live with low expectations so that we’re never too disappointed. But we would miss out on so much! There is so much good and lovely and wonderful in our lives and in the world, and if we are brave enough seek out and cherish all of that, we will only find more and more of it.

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

I love the simple papercutting look myself, but you can also make it as colorful as you like. You can also download this cheerful sunshine-y version from my Etsy shop. Feel free to share, and have great week!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cheer Yourself Up - free happy quote coloring page




I love this happy thought by Mark Twain - it's that practical no-nonsense wisdom that made him famous. And it's true, isn't it? There isn't much better when you're feeling down than being the bright spot in someone else's day. I've been trying to teach my kids lately about what it means to turn outward instead of inward - I know when I get into those downward spirals, it always starts because I'm overthinking about myself and my issues and my struggles. Turning outward and trying to bring a little light to someone else reminds me how beautiful my life truly is and brings the sunshine back. It's soul-expanding instead of soul-crushing.  

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Monday, October 9, 2017

What is done in love... happy quote coloring page!



Happy Monday, friends! I finally have a new free coloring page for you - I ran across this quote the other day and it made me so happy. I truly believe we can't go too far astray if our motivation is love. And it's inspired me to do a new coloring page series based on happy, encouraging quotes - I'll have them on my blog for free download just about every Monday morning to get our weeks started off right. So tell me - what are YOUR favorite happy thoughts?

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

PS The full color version is available now in my etsy shop - download instantly to print as an 8x10 or 5x7!


PS - I know my last post said I was going to do hymns next, and I'll definitely still be working on those, but I think the happy quotes are going to take priority for a bit. :) Just in case anyone was wondering why I'm so ADD... I can't help myself - there are too many things I want to do!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mercy, Love & Devotion - free "I Stand All Amazed" coloring page




Hello, friends! With the completion and launch of my second coloring book "The Colorful Word: Modern Inspiration," I'm ready to take on a new challenge! The new series of coloring pages will be based on my favorite messages from beloved hymns - I hope you'll enjoy them!

This week's coloring page is based on the hymn "I Stand All Amazed." Today this line really stood out to me: "I think of His hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt. Such mercy, such love and devotion, can I forget?" He never forgets us, never abandons or forsakes us. But in the midst of fear or doubt, it is tempting to forget all that He has done for us. Sometimes it seems like doubt will overcome my memories of all that He has done for me. But remembering the miracles I've seen in my life, and trusting in the reality of those experiences, brings me back to Him. I'm so grateful for all He has done for me - how could I ever truly forget that?

I hope you have a wonderful week, and that you'll take the opportunity to remember what the Savior has done for you, both through the Atonement and during special experiences in your life. If you're not sure what those experiences might be, ask your Heavenly Father to open your heart and your remembrance. I truly believe He wants to help you feel His love.

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Respond with Love & Kindness - free LDS Christian coloring page


Today we wish a very happy 90th birthday to our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson. An instagram friend posted these words from him this morning and I felt two things - first, that this is exactly what the world needs in this crazy, heartbreaking mess going on right now. I mean seriously - whatever faith or world view we come from, I believe most of us can agree on this. And second, that these words perfectly epitomize the teachings of President Monson. So much of what he has taught us over the years centers on love and kindness, service and charity and faith in others. That is the kind of person I want to be, so thank you, President Monson, for pointing our hearts to love!

To print this free coloring page, just right-click on the image below to save to your computer, then print as you would a picture. Make sure you click 'fit to page'. Feel free to share!