Another colouring sheet… 😉
The scripture for this one was suggested by Fran on the FB page. Got to admit initially I had no idea where to start with it, but as I began God really spoke to me through it. We are at a bit of a crossroads (or will be soon) with lots of things hanging in the air – largely because this time next year we’ll be moving and have no idea where to. This means home, church, schools, for me – work, everything will change.
Through all the stuff with my back it has certainly made us reassess things and so we decided to ‘put everything on the table’, and ask God to guide is in what is still right for us. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING! This will be a process that will take some time and definitely a heap of prayer but drawing out this sheet and colouring it in I felt so peaceful about it all.
The thing that sometimes bugs me about people quoting this scripture is that they take it out of context. The truth is God was speaking to exiles from Jerusalem (who had lost everything) and is telling them to bless where he had put them, he’s talking about putting down roots, about recognising where they are. THEN he says this, which is actually about the long term future (70 years!) for them:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
So this really spoke to me as I think and pray about our future, that no matter where or when he sends us, that we just need to embrace the here and now, recognising we are where He wants us to be…
I’ve had a little bit of trouble with photographing these and uploading them as I’m still rather incapacitated but do leave feedback on the print quality etc. Seems to be a bit grey on mine but might be different on others printers. Also I tend to do them a bit faded so the lines don’t stand out too much – what do people think? In the colouring books they tend to be darker but my preference is not for that – thoughts on that anyone? which would you prefer?