Today’s Bible passages are: Leviticus 19, Psalm 23-24, Ecclesiastes 2, and 1 Timothy 4

psalm 23 artBy Erin Leigh

Today’s art is a response to Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (ESV)


Erin’s thoughts on her art follow:

I love Psalm 23.
All of it.
The Lord is my Shepherd
(The lover of my soul.)
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
(I go kicking and screaming.)
He leads me beside quiet waters.
(After I throw a little tantrum.)
He restores my soul.
(When I take the time to sit and listen and submit and let go.)
He provides for our every need,
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Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 22, John 1, Job 40, and 2 Corinthians 10

John 1 by Erin LeighBy Erin Leigh

Today’s art is a response to John 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

 

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

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Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 44, Mark 14, Job 10, and Romans 14

romans 14By Erin Leigh

Today’s art is a response to Romans 14:

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding… Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. (Romans 14:19, 22b, ESV)

Today’s Question: Where in your life can you be pursuing peace and mutual edification today?

ErinB_200Erin Leigh is a child of God, a wife, a mommy of two small boys, a first grade teacher, and a mixed media collage artist. She pieces together paint, paper, and found objects to create inspirational and scripture art. Erin’s artistic journey didn’t begin until her early thirties, when she was pregnant with her first son. Through playing and experimenting with paint and paper, Erin is continually finding her artistic voice. She loves fresh coffee, afternoon naps, vintage tablecloths, Henri Nouwen, and chipped paint. ArtByErinLeigh.Blogspot.com.

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Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 17, Matthew 16, Nehemiah 6, and Acts 16

01152014_ELBy Erin Leigh

Um, how have I never noticed this before?
Peter. Stumbling, bumbling Peter says
You are the Son of the LIVING God.
He gets it. He gets that this God of ours
who became flesh so that we might catch a glimpse of his glory here on earth,
he gets that this Jesus is LIVING and active and transforming.
he gets that apart from Him, I can do nothing.
And before Jesus has been raised from the dead
He gets that Jesus has come so that he can breathe life into this body of flesh.
He didn’t come so that I would follow the rules better.
He didn’t come to make me feel bad that I can’t follow the rules.
He came for me, because I can’t follow the rules good enough.
ever.
He came that I would have LIFE,
and have it in ABUNDANCE.
He came so that when he asks me,
“I don’t really care what everyone else is saying about me,
Who do you say that I am {with your life}?”
I start by answering,
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Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 19-20, Revelation 8, Zechariah 4, and John 7

By Erin Leigh

Zechariah 4

Today’s post is a response to Zechariah 4:
And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zechariah 4:1-7, ESV)
Following are Erin Leigh’s thoughts on the passage:

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Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Chronicles 13-14, James 1, Amos 8, and Luke 3

By Erin Leigh

James 1

Today’s art is a response to James 1:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (verses 2-4, ESV)

(Artist Erin Leigh’s introduction to the piece is as follows.)

So I have to admit, I chose this verse because I really, really don’t like it.

Not my favorite. Not by a long shot.

You won’t see it on my coffee cup or on my walls.

You see I have an aversion to pain,

but doesn’t everyone?

 

No, I hate it. I run. As fast as I can.

And this verse stops me in my tracks.

because the only way out of the pain is always through the pain.

That’s it. There is no around, it’s only a delay.

Either I deal with pain (and sin) now,

or I those around me have to deal with it.

I delay the it. and it festers. and gets worse.

 

But on the other side of the pain,

as I lean into God and let Him be my strength each day,

there is victory.

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Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Kings 3, 2 Thessalonians 3, Daniel 7, and Psalm 114-115

By Erin Leigh

2 Thessalonians 3

Today’s art is a response to 2 Thessalonians 3:

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 ESV)

Erin is making this art available as a free 4×6 printable, today on her site. Go HERE to get it, and enjoy!

Today’s Question: In what way do you need God’s strength or protection today? (Respond in the comments.)

ErinB_200Erin Leigh is a child of God, a wife, a mommy of two small boys, a first grade teacher, and a mixed media collage artist. She pieces together paint, paper, and found objects to create inspirational and scripture art. Erin’s artistic journey didn’t begin until her early thirties, when she was pregnant with her first son.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Samuel 20, 2 Corinthians 13, Ezekiel 27, and Psalm 75-76

By Erin Leigh

2 Corinthians 13Today’s pick is a response to 2 Corinthians 13:

For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

 

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

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