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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Learning Scripture the Visual Way

I can't think of a better New Year's resolution than to embark on the adventure of learning Bible verses in a new and dynamic way! Being an art teacher myself, I know that more and more people are learning through pictures. Here is an exciting new program for using pictures for Bible memory. The author, Amy Levis, created this new program and is here to tell us a little about it.

 What inpsired you to create this whole new system for learning Bible verses?

The inspiration for the Visual Bible Memory (VBM) books was a desire to learn Scripture myself. I've always had a difficult time memorizing and started to ask myself questions. Why was it so difficult for me to memorize? I discovered that connecting the Scripture to myself by using visuals improved my memorization of it. In fact, it became quite easy. I think that people do try to create a picture in their mind and try to connect it to themselves in order to memorize. The act of writing down the Scripture, drawing it, and drawing the text of the Book, Chapter, and Verse within the picture helped me to memorize it.  The process takes some time, but is extremely valuable!! The Holy Bible, God's words, change us from the inside out and lead us into a closer walk with our God. God's words are also our only weapon against evil.

The Visual Bible Memory (VBM) book one has three different levels. Book one green level has 13 verses to memorize; Book one orange level has 30 verses; and Book one purple level has 46 verses to memorize. If you have never memorized Scripture before, you may want to choose book one to start. Each book level is meant to carry you through one year. I usually think of school year, September through May or June, but you can take as long as you need. You will write Scripture and draw how it connects to you. Scripture memorization is not a race, but your journey with God. It's important to begin wherever you are in this process and wherever that is, it is good! Our journey with Him is for life. Thank you God, for our journey with You and for You. May You bless our endeavors and open new adventures for us through Your Word this coming year. AMEN.

About the Author
Amy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York, which was only a few hours from the beautiful Catskill Mountains. She spent her childhood fascinated by art and was involved in many projects. She is currently an elementary educator who brings her creative flair into all of her teaching environments. When asked about what she feels is her most creative endeavor she said, "The Visual Bible Memory books are the culmination of my creativity. This is what I was meant to do, share God's words with others and share what I've discovered. It can't get any better than this!"  She currently resides in Kingston, N.Y. with her family and pets.

For additional information, please go to www.amyllevis.com to view and order books. Check out the new book for learning vocabulary words debuting in the spring of 2017!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I AM Calling Devotion Offer

In this increasingly stressful and busy life there is an ocean of calm and wisdom waiting for you in the readings from I AM Calling. Would you like to receive a daily short inspiration during the month of January from this devotional? If so, just respond yes to this post along with your e-mail and you will be added to the list. I AM Calling is a lifeline of hope for the discouraged and a call to experience God more fully for you. The daily readings provide a word of encouragement and inspiration from the heart of God to you and have the potential to transform a discouraged heart into a vibrant one. This is a totally free offer with no obligation to buy anything. If you do sign up and decide to buy the book in February, you will receive a discount. I hope to hear from you soon so you won't miss your fist word from God's heart to yours.
Here is the first one to start of the year:

1.The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind” (Luke 4:18).
A new year is upon you. Light has dawned and a warm wind of the Spirit is blowing. It is a gentle breeze, so you must stop to feel it. It is a year of reprieve and favor from the Lord. It is the Word My Son proclaimed, “The acceptable year of the Lord” (Isaiah 61:2). Enter into His favor and do the works My Son did. Not by might or by your own power, but by My Spirit you will be able to perform them. Let the Spirit breath upon you and quicken your mortal body and give you vision. Let Him set you free from the things that have tripped you up all your life, roadblocks like worry, fear, bitterness, indecision and lack of revelation. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint” (Prov. 29:18), but this doesn’t need to be your story. I am sending you My Holy Spirit.  He will give you insight, wisdom and the strength to do My will.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

"I AM Calling" you to Me

For a number of years I've been writing down  some insights and 'Words from the Lord" based on scripture. They've been complied into a daily devotion " I AM Calling" which will be available t soon. Here are a few samples I hope encourage and minister to you.

  "Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

            I AM faithful. I will work in your life to the degree that you allow Me. It is My desire that you mature in spiritual matters as well as practical matters of living. Trusting Me is the most practical thing you can do. It releases faith and allows blessings to flow.
            I AM involved in the small details of your life as well as the big picture. I know all about you, your strengths and weaknesses and I use them both. I do not leave things undone. Unlike humanity, I finish the projects I begin. I began a work in you and it is I who will see it through. You need only cooperate because I do not trespass your will unless you give me permission.
            Be confident in this and do not doubt when the storm clouds roll in, for they will indeed bring rain. Yet rain causes living things to grow both in the natural and the spiritual. Look forward to your day of completion and be assured of its coming.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
            I provide all the grace you need. What is grace? My unmerited favor. You don’t earn it, but you can receive it, if you want. My grace abounds, that is it runs over freely. My grace will do a work in you. It will give you strength when you feel weak. It will give you courage when you feel fearful. It will give you hope when you feel hopeless. My grace will provide everything you need for every good work. Thank about that. Every good work, that’s a lot of works. You will not only have enough, but abundance. That’s how grace operates—abundantly. Once my grace is utilized, it keeps streaming like a gurgling brook. It’s full of life. It is thirst quenching and purifying. It cleanses the spirit and the soul. But only you can appropriate grace and take advantage of it. Angels and demons don’t need grace, human beings do. Are you ready for it? Then simply ask.

"Your command is exceedingly broad" (Psalm 119:98).         

            The Psalmist knew that My commandments are not burdensome. They are a lamp to your feet and they light your way in a dark world. My commands keep you on the best path. I know what is best for you because I made you. Contrary to what people believe, My way leads you into a broad place. Though the gate is narrow that leads to life, once you pass though it, it leads to a broad plain.
            My commandments show you how to come into a  place of mercy, kindness, goodness, forgiveness and love. Love is the broadest place you can live in and abide. But the problem today is that people misinterpret what true love is. That is why there are so many broken hearts and broken children today. My love is agape, unconditional love. Your love is limited and narrow. My love is broad and freeing. You can only know real freedom though My Son, Jesus Christ. All else in counterfeit.

 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

            Man’s nature is rebellious. It is the first sin of Adam to rebel against my plans and then blame another. I have given you much freedom, but many of you trample that freedom and bring yourselves into bondage. I have given you My commandments to walk in and abide by. They bring your rebellious nature under My authority. They reveal man’s need for Me in order to keep them. They show man what I consider to be just. The burden of My commands is light in comparison to the burden of sin. Sin weighs you down and ultimately leads to death. My appointed path brings peace and life. It will usher you into My presence. It will bring unending joy and a glorious eternal reward.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, which will be ready in late December or early January, you can PREORDER for  $12.99, which is four dollars off list price plus $3 shipping  price. Either leave a comment or e-mail me @ anitawriter7@ yahoo.com and I will give you the details.