While living in Ukraine on mission for nearly a year in 2016, my dear friend, Sarah Janisse Brown, talked me into teaming up with her to publish a couple of devotionals. She is a fabulous artist who started a successful publishing company, The Thinking Tree Publishing Company, in 2009 that specializes in homeschool curriculum geared toward children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism.
Our first venture turned out to be a 31 day devotional on the book of Proverbs, one of my favorite books in the bible. I wrote the devotionals in a way that hopefully everyone in any circumstance can relate. God’s word in timeless, and each time I read a proverb I glean a new application! Years before the adult world hit the coloring craze Sarah realized the therapeutic value in doodling for both children and adults! Thus was born a devotional and doodles journal!
From the devotional’s introduction:
“A proverb a day. Does it really work? I believe so. Sometimes those short daily “reminders” keep us jolted into the right direction. The Proverbs contain a mountain of common sense. I would not be surprised if the biblical Proverbs are the most quoted of all idioms. They get into your soul. Small quotes are easy to remember…and small candid quotes seasoned with God’s infinite wisdom have the power to guide us to better lives.
I once read an interview with Billy Graham who said he reads a Psalm a day to improve his vertical relationship, and a Proverb a day to improve his horizontal relationships. (Vertical meaning with God, horizontal meaning with Man) I’ve found his words to be true. Though simply reading the bible won’t fix all our problems, it has to be applied. We have no better source than God’s word to give us tools to cope with our everyday problems.
As you begin each devotional, pray for the Lord to show you what he wants His spirit to speak into your life today. I encourage you to begin your daily devotions by reading the chapter in Proverbs that correlates with the day in the devotional. The book is designed for interaction between God’s word, your creativity, and journaling. Grab a set of colored pencils or gel pens to work through your devotions. At the end of each devotional, feel free to journal your thoughts on what God is showing you in His word and how His wisdom can be applied to your life.
My prayer is that you draw from His living water, not solely relying on this devotional or any other book written by man. Not only does His word speak truth, it speaks individually to each of us according to our unique situations. Ecclesiastes 3:9 says, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” This is why God’s word is timeless. Sin is sin, forgiveness is forgiveness, and grace is grace, no matter the century, country, or culture. And God’s love stretches beyond time.”
If you enjoy devotionals that you can doodle as you study God’s word, with beautiful artwork by Sarah Janisse Brown, my devotional journal can be found on Amazon here: A Proverb A Day ~ Devotional & Doodles Journal.
In the spring of 2017, after a post on social media, Sarah asked me to put together a devotional that would minister to those who are suffering from a loss. A Creative Journal & Coloring Book for Comfort & Healing in Times of Loss was created to give encouragement through therapeutic doodling, journaling, and stories from others who walked in your shoes.
From the journal’s introduction:
“God of all comfort;
who comforts us in all our affliction,
that we may be able to comfort those
who are in any affliction…”
~2nd Corinthians 1 (WEB)
This little book was written to give comfort to anyone going through a time of loss, a time of trial, or for a simple daily uplift. This book contains letters of encouragement shared by women all over the world in hopes that their words will help others. Grab your gel pens and find creative healing through the artwork scattered throughout the journal.
This little book is not meant to be a counseling session. It is not meant to be a “how-to” book. This book was created to give encouragement through the experiences of 25 contributors who have suffered grief in times of loss and how they were able to heal. You will see as you work through this book that each experience is unique and that you are not alone in your feelings of grief and loneliness. Our hope is that you will be encouraged and see Hope.
Drop this little book into your purse, on your nightstand, or inside a gift basket. You will then have it close by to draw comfort from when you need a little help getting through your day. Then, be sure to pass on to others this book with its words of comfort and encouragement.
We pray God’s blessing, peace, and joy on every person reading these words!
Sarah & Nora
If you enjoy journals that you can doodle as you find encouragement through others, with beautiful artwork by Sarah Janisse Brown, our journal for comfort and encouragement can be found on Amazon here: A Creative Journal & Coloring Book for Comfort & Healing in Times of Loss
Another book I designed that you might want to read, or give to someone who needs to know they can succeed no matter their circumstances is: Rags to Riches ~ A Story God’s Unfailing Love By: Joshua Scott Zeitz. This book is raw, real, and redemptive!