do not be drawn away

Still in James 1: verses 13-16 13 ~Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 ~But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 ~Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 ~ Do not err, my beloved brethren. Two things strike me as I continue with this reading. 1)-God wants us to have a proper view of temptations; and 2)-finding proper context is vital.  The previous verse tells us that enduring temptation, being tried, can bring us a crown of life. And even further back tells us to count it JOY when we have multiple temptations, because that works patience–and she has a perfect work to do in us. But today I read that God will not tempt me. My temptations come when I am drawn away... away-–from the previous admonition: ASK GOD FOR WISDOM… in faith, not wavering. And yet I know that temptations are to be counted joy.  Find JOY in being drawn away? Find JOY  in the wavering of our faith? This almost sounds… contradictory. I think the simple way to state what our view of temptations should be is found in another Scripture: Romans 8:27 & 28 ~ 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to...

equality & a promise

On to the next few verses… As believers, we’ve learned that trials work patience in our life. There are some basics in our Christian life: having Joy ~ facing trials ~ learning patience …back to having Joy.  It’s a cycle. And we’ve learned that we must be single minded and  Ask God for His wisdom ~ Be confident that He will lead us ~ Continue in this direction with faith!  Today we’re talking through James 1:9-12 9 ~Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 ~But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 ~For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 ~Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  I must admit, I do not recall ever having heard these verses taught, outside of the last one. It’s easy to want to talk about receiving a crown! But the poor should rejoice in being exalted and the rich should rejoice in being made low… and the reason for this upside-down-thinking is that we are each going to fade away from this life, as the grass withereth and the flower falleth. Since James is speaking to believers about trials and patience and asking for wisdom, I tend to think that James is telling us to realize we are all...

-ANYONE CAN DO IT-inspiration for Bible [art] Journaling

A reoccurring sentiment that I am finding among some of my friends when they ask me about my Bible Journaling is “I’m not artistic–I could never do that.” Well, I am going to tell you –ANYONE CAN DO THIS! anyone please read on! Last Thursday I ran across this lady’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge through her tutorials on YouTube. I have been so blessed watching them —for 2 days! hehe Her name is Rebekah R. Jones, and she began a weekly challenge in January–so there’s quite a bit to soak in.  Each week she delves into different art mediums and techniques, from very detailed drawing and watercolors to paint “splashes” with stencils and stickers–there REALLY is a technique out there for everyone If you feel you are completely non-artistic, as several of my friends are claiming when they talk to me about my journaling, here are a few of her tutorials that just a few $ of supplies will get you going: {please don’t skip my NOTE at the bottom}  Joshua 1:9 – Be BRAVE |uses die-cut letters and distress ink |on her blog Psalm 98:4-6 – Shout Joyfully | music: uses stamps and stencils and watercolors |on her blog Luke 24:49 – His Promise Remains | uses washi tape and alphabet stamps |on her blog I have also enjoyed hearing/reading how the passages from each of her challenges speaks to her–because THAT IS WHAT this is ALL ABOUT! {***NOTE: cutting your own letters or buying already die-cut letters, either can work!… and whatever selection of colors you can afford–OR just using a stencil and tracing the letters in pencil and coloring around them...

ask for wisdom, with single-mindedness

A little bit more from James 1: [you can read about the first few verses Here] 5~If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6~But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7~For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8~A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Wisdom is one of the most valuable things we can possess … but godly wisdom ONLY comes from God. [the book of Proverbs ] Wisdom: the discernment to make the right {Biblical} choice, before acting in haste {in emotion} I cannot rely on my experiences in life to give me God’s view of a matter. Thus: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God… He WILL give to us… liberally: simply and openly. [Proverbs 2:1-6] And He upbraideth not: He will not reproach or cast us down for asking! BUT, we must ask in faith, nothing wavering: not doubting {like Peter: Matthew 14:25-33} If we waver, we are like the sea–being driven and tossed to and fro. We will not be stable in our wisdom. Because we also learn that: A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. And a man that wavers cannot: think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. Ask God for His wisdom Be confident that He will lead you. Continue in this direction with faith! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~...

a step-by-step {patience}

As I was sketching this one out, I had the idea to take a photo every few steps into the process and post them! I don’t know if this will be a help to anyone trying to jump into Bible Journaling, but I pray so. I apologize that it is all very light, but I sketch lightly in pencil to make erasing more simple. First I wrote out the words, trying to figure out a pleasing layout [on a scratch paper] you can see I started with just the first part of the verse… …but I realized that I really needed the whole verse…. Patience will leave me “wanting nothing”… that’s important! Then I figured out margins… to help me stay on track and not get too close to one edge or the other. I wanted flowers on both sides… so I needed to move everything over a little bit Here’s my margins and word-guides drawn. You can see some are wider than others… to accommodate the different sized letters I’d already sketched. Then I lightly sketched the words… in this shifted over space: If you notice the bottom 2 lines… they shift even more when I pen them, because sometimes, that happens I like those thin petaled flowers {though I’m not sure how realistic they are}: They are just a small circle with thin petals coming out… I turn my page as I draw them to make it more comfortable for my wrist. and sometimes, there are mistakes that won’t get penned Then I drew large “blades of grass”  Then I added other flowers: just long lines with circles lining it OR a...

patience has a [PERFECT] work–IN me

I am not lightning quick when I study through a book. I would say a snail’s pace describes me. But, I am going to attempt to review a a thought or 2 from a few verses at a time… and there will be several references for looking up, if you choose. The best way to explain Scripture is with other Scripture! James 1:1-12 ¶ 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. ¶ 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James is speaking to Jews.  But he is also writing to CHRISTIANS… of which I am one. I pray you are also! And he is starting with the basics… having Joy ~ facing trials ~ learning patience. {It’s a circle of events in my own life. } As a believer, my joy will not come from the circumstances around me. It will not come from the people around me. It will not even come –from inside me.  My joy will come from following God –into and through the storms that rage. And when I follow Him, there will arise temptations [1 Corinthians 10:13]. …count it all joy when ye fall… Count: to see the end of a matter. We must look ahead and… | when: KNOW it WILL happen We will have need to rebuke one who desires to devour our very soul [1 Peter 5:8 & 9 | James...

[James] do not … must do {Ps 15}

Last post I tried to prepare myself for the difficulty of what these next verses mean… There is a reason there are so many promises for God’s strength and grace for us in Scripture.  Diving right into it: in answering the question from verse 1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 3~He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4~In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5~He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. So these verses continue with how am able to dwell in God’s Holy Hill (His tabernacle, now ME)…  I must NOT: backbite: slander or spy out against do evil to my neighbour be disagreeable, vicious, unkind or unethical towards ALL MEN [“who is my neighbour?” ~Luke 10:27-37] take up a reproach against [anyone] taunt or scorn or disgrace–my neighbor [anyone]. {{Is this convicting anyone else?}} still NOT: put out money in usury to be honest, this sounds as though we are not to make investments… and I cannot say that it is not saying that, though I doubt it; but I do know positively that in the OT, God warns us against lending money to a friend and charging a usury [interest fee] but encourages rather that we GIVE graciously to a friend in need… and only expect back the exact of...

A coloring page… [FREE] for you! {1}

So, I know I said “next post” would be more from Psalm/James… but because a friend asked… and my children like when I remember And because I needed to draw another one since my original was made into a bookmark and given as a gift {to a very special lady }… I drew this as a gift for you. If you download this, I would LOVE for you to leave a comment and let me know!! Right Click the image and SAVE LINK AS to download a print-ready-PDF And after you’ve colored it… you can share it on my FACEBOOK page or tag me on INSTAGRAM [@tascha @designing31]!! Related Posts:Thank you for your…a step-by-step…Thank you for your…Protected: Thank...

[James] let us be strengthened {Ps 15}

The last post broke down verse 2… in answering the question from verse 1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? If you missed it, there were some weighty questions I asked myself at the end. And the thoughts are continued in the next few verses…. 3~He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4~In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5~He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. I would like to just say up front, these are not easy or very comfortable points to talk about… Becoming a mature Christian is not an easy path, but God does have a few promises that I would like to point out before I continue: …lo, I [Jesus] am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20 Paul often ended his letters with: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:22 Grace be with you all. Amen. Titus 3:15 from Peter: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle...

[James] beginning to answer {Ps 15}

And a free download at the end… In my last post, I alluded to a relationship between Psalm 15 and the book of James… Verse 1 of Psalm 15 asks a very interesting question: Lord, who shall abide in they tabernacle…? We begin to see the answer with verse 2: He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. I like to break sentences apart and examine individual phrases (did I ever mention I was an English major in college?) as well as define words to their most basic meaning in order to understand. So this verse tells me that if I am to dwell in God’s Holy Hill (His tabernacle, now ME)… I must: walk uprightly to walk means to go the way of, a manner of life, traverse. uprightly means whole & entire, sound or perfect, in accord {agreement} with truth and fact, with integrity, wholesome and innocent. work righteousness work means to make or commit or do. righteousness is  justness of law; what is right; proper weights & measures [balance]; ethically right. speak truth in my heart truth is the state of being true, something accurate based on reality {in this instance, I would suggest that Scripture is our only truth… feelings and emotions will lead us astray every time. We must line up with Scripture} in my heart… my own heart. I must not try to deceive myself. I must be so in-tune with Scripture that I recognize a lie, whether I try to tell it to myself or another is trying to sway me. Is my manner of life whole and full of integrity? Do I walk...

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I’m Tascha. I have {mostly} been a stay-at-home-mom, learning about God & life, Biblical womanhood, friendship, nutrition, needle-work, natural health, photography & graphic design & most recently Bible Journaling! Woman was created to help man. She is His Gift {for him}, and this is a heart issue.  ~~It’s a fun ride, and I hope you will enjoy the glimpse you can spy through this blog.~~ signature



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