Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year Affirmations

A couple years ago each family member got a photo frame and in it we put a print out that had prayers that we filled in for ourselves to say throughout the year. This new year, I decided it was time to update with affirmations about God's love for us. These truths, found in the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero, help to counter any false identities we or the world try to place on us.  I also included our family verse that we used to create a crest for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We talked about each affirmation, then colored them as we reflected on them. Finally, we placed them in our frames to hang in our rooms where we can see them everyday.

Epiphany Blessing

Tomorrow is Epiphany, when the church celebrates the arrival of the Magi from the East. I put together a handout with a traditional blessing and the meaning behind the symbols that you chalk above your door. Feel free to print and use.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Advent 2018 Visual Faith Devotion

I'm so excited to be able to quickly put together some simple pages for an Advent Devotional booklet for St. John's here in Dover. Of course, you don't have to been a member of our church to use it!

This year we are focusing on the Light, specifically the light God gives us in Jesus that lights up the darkness and gives us comfort. Kinda like a night light. That was our daughter's idea when we were planning Advent services and thinking about this year's theme verse Matthew 5:16, "Let your light shine before others, that they may see you good deeds and glorify your father in heaven." And what does Advent worship services on Wednesday nights offer us? Comfort in the darkness. Hope in a dark world. Jesus is our Night Light.

Each page prints on 8.5 x 14 paper. There is a front outside cover and an inside for the other side of it. Also, there is a candle page for each week of Advent and Christmas day. Each page has scripture to about light and the epistle, a place for notes and responses, a candle to color, a prayer, and actions to take to live out your faith. Click the link below each picture for its free download. Enjoy! Happy Advent!

Monday, August 20, 2018

What I've been up to!

The best place to see what I've been doing in the Visual Faith world is on Instagram or Facebook. Links to the right > My main hashtag is #unconventionallysteadfast. I use #visualfaith a lot, too. You can also find me on Pinterest as Melinda Ransdell. I have boards for Visual Faith and Bible Journaling. Visual Faith Ministry is also a great resource I am a part of on Pinterest and Instagram. The website, with free resources is

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Sermon Notes

A last minute creation. Print some for yourself and your friends if you get a chance before church this morning. Enjoy! Happy Earth Day. Remember to care for God's creation.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Some New Margins

I've been working on a bible journaling worksheet on forgiveness for our ladies retreat, Lutheran Women in Missionary League. I'm very thrilled to lead the Visual Faith portion of the retreat. Not only have I uploaded the worksheet for free, I have also put a file together with four margins and bible references on forgiveness. As an added bonus, I put together my holy week margins. Use them to reflect back, an easy place to start, or save them for next year.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bible Margins

I recently started to teach a Visual Faith class to our church's middle school. So far, they are loving it! I use the explanation and worksheets for Praying in Color and Bible Journaling found under the Visual Faith Resource tab. I decided to put together some bible margins they can take home with them from the Sermon Notes I have done. You can download and print them to use from this post. I'll also add them to the Visual Faith Resource tab. There is a scripture reference for each margin. You can cut them out and paste them right into your bible, I'd suggest coloring them first. Or you can trace them in. Each file is regular 8.5x11 size printer paper.