by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 25th, 2017

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; & the government  shall be upon his shoulder, & his name will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God. Everlasting father, prince of peace.”
Isaiah 9:6
 
​Today's scripture (like day 2) about the birth of Jesus is not from the Christmas  stories as told in the Gospels, but rather from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah.

Having the advantage to be living today, after Christ’s birth and resurrection, we can make a clearer meaning of Isaiah’s prophesy than those in his day probably understood.

As we learned on day 2, all names and descriptions spoken of the Christ led people to believe that their deliverer would be a literal King who would deliver them in that day from the hands of their enemies.

But Christ came to deliver us from a far greater enemy.

The first foretelling of Jesus and his future deliverance was in Genesis 3:15, “ ..he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This is God speaking to the serpent in the Garden. God is saying that Christ may be bruised (temporary death on the cross) but that in the end, Christ will crush the head of the serpent. Hallelujah!

So from the very beginning, from the time when sin entered into this world, God set his plan in motion to offer salvation to those who would believe and trust and be obedient to him.

As Isaiah prophesized, a child was born, and the son of God was given to man. And although he did not sit in an earthly seat of government or power, as God, our Lord has governed all things from the beginning; not only of the world in general but of the church in particular.

Lord, wonderful counselor, mighty God, Everlasting father, prince of peace, we praise your holy name. We thank you for the gift of salvation, for eternal deliverance from the enemy. We are overwhelmed by your grace and mercy and compassion. Speak into our hearts and create a desire within each of us to share the message of your great gift with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessings Soul Friends,
For our Day 7 journaling, I used several of the printed pieces from our Every Good Gift printable. I printed most of my pages on clear label (full sheet sticker) paper. This gives them the transparent look. I simply selected the pieces I wanted to use and fussy cut around them, peeled the backing off and added them to my Bible page. 

​Then I lettered the names of Jesus mentioned in today's scripture. 
 
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by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 23rd, 2017

“May the god of hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing so that by the power of the holy spirit you may abound in hope.”
Romans 15:13
 
​Life is crazy and out of control. Or so it seems sometimes. Terrible and hard things happen. Sometimes, life may even seem hopeless.

Have you ever been there?

The world describes hope as "to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire."

We want something to happen, so we hope for it. We want a desired result, so we hope for it.

But this type of hope can be fruitless and empty.

What happens when we do not get the result we are hoping for? When we hope as the world hopes, we can be left ... hopeless.

But the Bible tells us of a better hope, of a true hope. The Bible tells us that God is our hope. And through this hope in God comes joy and peace - even if we do not receive the (worldly) result we have been wanting.

Because God provides us with the gift of a beautiful hope for more than earthly results and earthly things and earthly achievements and earthly healing... God provides us with a hope for the future, a hope for eternity with Him.

This hope is beyond any earthly hope and can sustain through our disappointments here, until we are there with God in eternity.

Thank you Lord for the anchored hope we can find only in you. Thank you for giving us a place to rest in this hope and for replacing our disappointments and anxiety with joy and peace. Help us to share this hope, joy and peach with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessings Soul Friends
This Journaling page spread was actually added to my Bible earlier this year. At this point in my Bible Journaling, I only lettered and colored with colored pencils. 

​So this spread was sketched in by pencil, then inked over with a Prismacolor marker, and lastly colored in using colored pencils (my set is a mix of Crayola and Prismacolor brands).

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by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 20th, 2017

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change"
– James 1:17
 
​Do you have a favorite gift you received from someone special? I have so many special memories of special gifts and the beloved gift givers.

It seems, especially this time of year, when there is so much giving going on, we can get preoccupied with the gifts instead of the givers. In my home are old quilts, handmade art, paper and popcicle stick ornaments, broken cracked & glued china, and many other items that wouldn't mean anything to anyone else but me. But looking at those things, bring sweet memories to my heart of people I love and have loved me.

Sentimental? Maybe. I'm sure a little maturity is mixed in there too.

Each one of these items - and so so much more - as well as the givers themselves, are all special gifts from God. James reminds us that everything we have is from the hands of God.

The beautiful home or shiny new car you just purchased because you worked so hard to earn that promotion and bonus at work. Yes, all of those things are wonderful gifts from God. The home, the car, the gas, the job, the position, the money... all of it - gifts from God.
 
Yes, you worked hard, yes they may be fruit of that work, but everything is from God. You know, for so many years I strived and took all the credit for the "luck and lovelies" that "I" earned. Then one day they were all gone. They had become my focus and my little gods. And they distracted me from God.

Now don't get me wrong, nothing I had was bad itself, just the prominence to it which I had given. And I have a feeling I'm not the only one that has found themselves in the same position.

So my prayer for each of us this Christmas - and every day beyond - is that we be more consumed with the Creator of all things rather than the things created.

Thank you Lord for your many gifts and blessings, and open our eyes and hearts to recognize each one. Show us ways that we can bless others with the gifts you provide to us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Blessings Soul Friends,
Today's Bible Journaling was hand-lettered and colored in using colored pencils. 
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by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 18th, 2017

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
– John 3:16
 
​There are two important components to gift giving. And no, it’s not shopping and wrapping. ha! The two important components to gift giving are giving and receiving.

In fact, the receiving might just be the most important part. Because what is a gift, if only given and not received?

John is telling us today about how much God loves us - ALL of us. God loves us so much that He has the most wonderful gift for us - for ALL of us.

The gift is eternal life with Him in Heaven. We are also taught by God's word that we all have sinned and this sin has separated us from God. But God loves us so much, that He is giving us the gift of restoring this relationship.

The gift has been given, it's right there for each one of us. But to actually have it, we have to receive it.

And as John explains, in the case of this gift, receiving is believing!
Have you received this beautiful gift from God?

If not yet, and would like to read further in God's Word, here are some scriptures in the book of Roman which tells more about God's wonderful gift and why each one of us are in need.

Romans 3:10-12
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9-10
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Thank you Lord, for the greatest gift of all! Amen

Blessings Soul Friends, 
For my journaling, I layered some of the printable elements from our Every Good Gift download. I have them printed on clear label (sitckers) so you can see through them but I love the effect. On the ribbon across the bottom, I used my favorite white pen - the UniBall Stablo. It writes over everything!
 
  
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by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 16th, 2017

" She will bear a son, & you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21
 
​Oh Jesus truly is the greatest gift of all! He was born with a specific purpose, to save us from our sin. To be a substitution for each of us, to bear the weight of the punishment of our sin, so that we would not have to.

Just as God has assigned a special unique purpose to Jesus before he was ever born, so has He done the same for you and for me. Yes, we each have our own very special purpose. And we too, are a gift to the people in our lives.

Jeremiah 1:5 tells how the prophet was assigned his purpose, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.".

God knew Jeremiah before he was formed in his mother's womb, God knew Jesus before he was formed in Mary's womb, and God knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb. And just as God assigned their purpose, He has also assigned your purpose, and my purpose, and every single person's purpose... all before we were ever a blip on our parent's radar.

Oh friend, you are so precious and so valuable! God knows you and sees you and knew you before you ever had a heartbeat. And know this without a doubt, YOU ARE A GIFT!

Can I admit, so many days I don't feel like it, a gift. I feel more like a failure, or sometimes a burden, or clueless as to what my God purpose is! Some days, I think I know, and then doubt sweeps in. The enemy loves to sprinkle doubt on our hearts, it can be so debilitating! Stopping us in our tracks, getting us off course and preventing us from realizing and achieving our true purpose.

But God's truth is more powerful than our doubt!!

And God's truth is this:
"___________ (insert your name), before I formed you in the womb, I KNEW YOU.
____________(insert your name), before you were born,  I SET YOU APART.
____________ (insert your name), I ANOINTED YOU as ______________________________“

Yes, that last blank is a big one. It's your purpose. It's why God has given you as a gift to this world. And only God can fill it in. Spend some time with Him in prayer, open up His word, ask Him for wisdom and seek His direction. He will provide it friend!! Your purpose, just as Jesus's purpose, was never meant to be a secret! Ask God, He will reveal your true purpose, He will fill in that blank!!

Now, go live out your God given purpose and be the beautiful gift that you are!

Blessings Soul Friends,
I journaled today's scripture using the ornament and red transparent washi strip from our printable. Printing these elements on clear label (sticker) paper makes them easy to include - just peel the back off and stick! And allows the print of the Bible to remain visible. 
 
 
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