Friday, February 22, 2019

Lent Booklet

* Here is the booklet as one pdf for easy front and back printing. click here
below you can print pages individually or one sided for cutting and pasting into your bible

I have put together a booklet with bible margin size pictures to color and a space for notes and prayers that corresponds to the book "40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond" by Phil Ressler. Each page is legal size and the files are cover inside and out and then numbered 1 -10. They are set up so you can print front and back starting with files 1 and 2. Then when placed with the cover on the bottom face down and the pages on top in ascending order, you can fold them into a booklet. Or if you want to print just one sided then you can cut out the margins and tape them into your bible. Also, if you want you could trace them into the margin of a journaling bible. Each margin is numbered to go with the devotion for that day. Day 1 starts Ash Wednesday and day 40 ends on Holy Saturday before Easter. Files are free to download. You may make copies and use them in a church or group setting. The links are under the pictures and titled by cover and number.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Sermon Note

This Sunday we are looking at Luke 6:27-38, which includes loving your enemies. This is a margin I created for the Lenten devotion "40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond." It works really well for this weeks Gospel lesson, too. Pray for your enemies.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

New Faith Book Inserts

I haven't really used my Faith Book in a while, I was trying something different for 2018. Recently, with the new year, I decided to go back to using it. I developed some new inserts to go with my new bible study and reflection needs. These tools include:

Weekly Sheets with a section for each day that includes a place for visual prayer, thanksgivings, and reflecting on the Gospel lesson (I use the questions in the St. John's Journal).

Lectio Divina sheets that walk you through this reflective process and gives you space to respond. These can be used for an indepth study of any scripture passage.

I also updated the Sermon Notes layout. There are just slight adjustments to allow for more space to write and draw. I included a margin sample from the new booklet I'm making for Lent. The booklet will include bible margins that correspond with the daily readings from the book, '40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond" by Phil Ressler. This one goes with day 30 Matthew 6:25-31.

For the updated layout of Sermon Notes blank click here to download

*as always, each file prints on legal size paper or letter size and trim off the extra.

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