Christian Adult Coloring Page: Blessed To Be A Blessing

What a joy it is to discover that my long time love for doodling connects beautifully to a new trend around adult coloring pages.

I penned this one just for Women By Grace readers :)

Print out a copy and enjoy a little ‘just for the joy of it’ relaxation.  Many say coloring pages like this helps them to let go of stress and feel more at peace.

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“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2

Download the Coloring Page: Blessed to be a Blessing (PDF)

Oh, and please share with your friends!

How Do You Approach God?


Have you ever had to remind your family to wash up before eating? Sometimes a reminder is needed after an afternoon outside, but it can also serve to teach us how to approach God with clean hands and a pure heart. In this excerpt from The Grace Impact we are encouraged to take the necessary steps to approach God.

It’s late afternoon, the kids are outside playing in the sandbox, and they are starving.

“Time to eat!” They respond to mom’s call, bolt into the house, sit down, and start to fill their plates while mom is still putting a few dishes on the table. She notices they have not washed their hands and sends them to go scrub before dinner. Leaving the table, they gripe and poke at each other and return with even grumpier attitudes because they got into a fight while at the sink.

Rewind. Take two.

“Time to eat!” Mom calls from the kitchen. The kids have been playing outside in the sandbox and are starving. They bolt into the house but this time remember to go wash their hands before sitting down at the table to wait for everyone. The meal begins, and pleasant dinner conversation follows.

Two scenes, the same people with ultimately the same outcome, but the attitude is different. In approaching God, we are similar to the kids. We can rush into His presence forgetting the need for inner cleansing, or we can pause to prepare our hearts. It‘s better for us to come near to our heavenly Father with the attitude of knowing we have dirty hands — sin in our heart — and seek His cleansing before rushing into His holy presence. While the Lord accepts us as we are, we need to continually seek His forgiveness and cleansing from sin.

In Psalm 24, David shows us who can approach the Holy God of the universe.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and pure heart—who does not trust in an idol or swear by what is false.” (vs. 1,2)

This challenges me to refocus self-centered thoughts back onto God’s desires, to resist the lure of being drawn into a spiritually toxic situation that could lead to anger or bitterness. These “soul pollutants” are what Paul wrote about in Colossians 3:8-10. “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can put off the old self and put on the new self. This leads to the process of purifying the heart because sin has been confessed.

The woman who has clean hands and a pure heart is offered grace to stand in His presence. Through God’s grace, He accepts us as we are and grants inward and outward cleansing when we ask. Our intentional confession of sin and repentance puts us in a position to approach God with a clear conscience.

Because of the grace impact, God allows us to respond to Him so we can come into His presence with clean hands and a pure heart.

NKGrace0231-214x300Nancy Kay Grace is speaker and author who is captivated by God’s grace and loves to share about embracing it in everyday life. She has contributed stories to several anthologies and published magazine articles. Nancy is married to her best friend, Rick, who is a senior pastor in northwest Arkansas, United States. They have served the Lord for more that forty years, seeing His grace at work in many countries. Now they enjoy the stage of life with two married children and an increasing number of grandchildren. To learn more about her ministry, please visit

Grace Impact CoverNancy’s devotional/ Bible study study book, The Grace Impact, is published through CrossRiver Media and released April 17. It is also on Amazon.

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Everyday Expectation

Blog Tour Spring Forward 2014 200I expect that it is going to be a great day here over at Women by Grace.  I’m so glad to be here.

What about you?  What kind of exceptions do you have about life on a day to day basis?

Do you expect to have a “good” day or a “bad” day?

Do you expect to get stuck in traffic?  Or do expect to have a smooth sailing ride?

Do you expect to have an argument with your spouse or expect a meaningful conversation?

Do you expect to see God and all the beauty in the world?

How did you answer those questions?  Be honest!  Today I challenge you to see God and all the beauty in the world. Perhaps it is better to say I’m going challenge you to expect God to show up.

What we see is often affected by what we expect to see.  Expect the Unexpected

When we expect God to show up, you have sort of raised what I like to call your “God antennas” up.  With your “God antennas” up you may just be surprised at how your mind will start to see His goodness–His handwriting.

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I speak to you today with love and kindness because I am speaking from a place of understanding.   There are times I start to slip through my days taking much in life for granted. When I stop seeing God’s beauty all around me, a shift begins to take place.  As I forget to be expectant and I forget to be grateful for the goodness around me–I start to become negative.  I start to expect the worse to happen.  Yep, I expect to get stuck in traffic instead of expect the smooth ride……..can you relate?

Try this out!  Write down daily for one week when your little “God antennas” pick up on the beauty and goodness of God.   I believe there is power in journaling so I designed a printable sheet for the Woman by Grace readers that you can stick on your fridge or in a notebook so you have a pretty place to write these God sighting moments down.  Just sign up for the tour updates and you will get the download link.

Remember…..there is beauty everywhere…expect to see it!

This post is part of a Sheryl’s Spring Forward blog tour for Overcoming Your Negativity, her new self-paced course which is a 21 day journey to positive thinking, a better attitude and a happier you. You can read other posts in this tour by going to her blog at For more information on the self-paced course click here.

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