(Image above colored by Lisa Cobler)
Jesus is the reason for the Season! Enjoy this free adult coloring page from ColorMonthly.com!
Have some worries and cares to hand over to Father God? Here’s an adult coloring page you can use to occupy your hands while you think, pray and Let Go.
Maybe you’ll doodle notes about what you’re letting go of in the balloons 🙂
Download:Let Go And Let God(PDF)
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.
“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!
I am not easily offended. It’s not that folks aren’t saying things that could offend me, I’m just not picking up the offense and holding onto it.
Some take offense where none is intended.
Some actually look for offense on purpose to support a preconceived notion about the other person.
Some grab up an offense and hoard it, a reason to withhold trust and push others away.
All of this is a crap way to live.
The truth is that people will offend you, on purpose or on accident. It’s gonna happen. Big offenses, little offenses.
But YOU get to decide whether to take offense and I want to encourage you to start dealing with them differently.
When someone says or does something you find offensive, you can make like a duck and let it roll off your back. Imagine that you’re an elastic super hero and flex away from the offense – just don’t let it land on you! You can do it if you will do it.
Did she really mean to cut you down like that or was she simply unaware of how it would make you feel? Choose to believe the best about her. Wouldn’t you want others to believe the best about you?
Whether an offense is accidental, inconsiderate or downright mean spirited you need to find a way to forgive the offender. Holding on to unforgiveness is a sure way to become bitter and unhappy. You’re hurting yourself, not the other person.
Consider praying this simple prayer: “Father God, I forgive ____ for ___________. I forgive ____ for making me feel _____________. Please bless ___ and show me how to move on…”
It may be emotional and difficult to go through but it is ultimately a freeing experience.
Maybe you’re going to want to let the person know you’ve forgiven them, but maybe not – pray about that too.
When you forgive someone, you choose to let the offense go. You put it down and walk away from it forever. Forgiving someone doesn’t ensure that they’ll never hurt you again – resist the urge to run back and pick old offenses up. You’ll undo all of your good work and make things worse.
Just Let It Go! Yes it will be hard! Ask God to give you the grace to do it and I believe He will certainly do so.
We’ve all seen ‘Facebook Guilt’ in one form or another. I’ll share a couple loosely quoted examples:
We get it. You feel strongly about this. Reading your message you’re sending is akin to being whapped over the head with a frying pan though and we’re not going to re-post your message.
I think it’s great to share prayer requests with your family and friends on Facebook – but when you see a sensational, heart tugging story I encourage you to do a quick search in Google to see if it might be outdated or even a fake story altogether. The internet is loaded with ‘urban legends’ and sadly that includes some of these emotional stories. When you post them without at least doing a quick fact check, you’re contributing to the problem.
This situation came up just this week, a friend of mine joined Facebook and came across this request and posted it. I recognized it and sent her a link to show her it is at best outdated, at worst, a complete lie. She was relieved to hear it and sad to know she’d been praying for a situation that didn’t exist.
The worst sort of Facebook Guilt I’ve seen perpetrated by believers goes something like this (again, loosely quoted – I actually held back some of the worst of it):
“I believe in Jesus and I’m not ashamed to post it here for all the world to see. Do you believe in Jesus? If yes, repost this status on your profile for one hour today to prove it to everyone. Some believers will do this. Some will not. Those who don’t are denying their savior. I know who my Christian friends are and I’ll be watching to see who stand for Christ with me!’
As I read this, my heart filled with horror.
I’m sure they had the best of intentions, I don’t believe they meant to be so mean spirited. Consider that the next time one of your well meaning Facebook friends posts something like that and send them a private message with a link to this post.
Facebook and other social media sites can be a great mission field. When we live out our live on these sites we have the opportunity to demonstrate our faith through kindness, encouragement and friendship. If you feel led to share your love for Jesus with your friends and family, I pray that you’ll do it with wisdom and love.