Take Me Deeper for 2015

His Kingdom Come is so excited to announce the preparations are done and we are ready to launch

Take Me Deeper™ is a free weekly journey at His Kingdom Come beginning Friday, January 2 2015. Take Me Deeper™ will be a weekly devotional and verse that will prompt us to spending time in His word. It is about each of us encouraging, sharing and studying the word.

Take Me Deeper 2015

Each week you will get the opportunity to translate bible study into art- mixed media, a journal, a photograph, or a digital page, poem, music. Every Friday HKC will post a verse, devotional, worship video and examples of how we interpreted the bible study in our art. We pray that these 52 weeks will change how you approach, engage and apply God’s word in your life and art. At the end of the year regardless of how many weeks you participated, you will have created a legacy of the faith walk. This legacy will show you how God has moved in your life!

Who can join?
We welcome anyone who wants to take their faith walk deeper into understanding God’s Word and deeper into their creativity. We will begin January 2, but you can join at any time during the year. You can’t be “behind” since this is about your personal journey with God and your creativity. The community at His Kingdom Come will walk with you, support and encourage you!

Where will the devotionals be?
Posts will be on the HKC site and on the HKC Facebook Page.

Where can I share and discuss my preferred art medium?
Discussions will be across all the art mediums, so feel free to check out each art group for ideas, questions, suggestions and creative ideas.

So how do I start?
First, become a member of His Kingdom Come. It is free and the first step in accessing all the creativity on the site. Beginning December 2014, HKC will have suggestions for making a journal, decorating a journal, what journal to use, and supplies to gather.

If I am doing other projects, can I incorporate them into Take Me Deeper?
Yes, if you are part of the Journaling Bible community, or any other art community or project, you can mesh all the projects together. Take Me Deeper will assist you in reading your bible, understanding God’s word, and helping you learn how to express your God-given creativity.

What about One Little Word or My One Word? How does that fit into this process?
So glad you asked! Part of Take me deeper will be the opportunity to participate in Logos365™- finding the word God gives you to focus on for an entire year. Logos365™ will be a component of Take Me Deeper. We will offer a worksheet for you to use to discover your logos365™, discussions about how to identify your logos365™ and how to live your logos365™ out through the year. Then, monthly Logos365™ prompts will initiate discussions about how you are doing living your word.

 

Go deeper
Find out how 52 weeks will change how you
Approach
Engage
& Apply God’s word

52 devotions
52 verses
52 art projects

Will you walk out in faith with us in 2015 and go deeper?

Come and have fun, faith and friendship for free at His Kingdom Come!

Join us at His Kingdom Come  and sign up for the Take me Deeper Group.

Crafty Blog Hop – With a Difference

Why is it a blog hop with a difference? You are given 4 questions to answer and you have to invite 3 people you know to blog the following week and invite 3 people. One of my new online crafty friends Bernice of Newly Creative invited me with her post last week.

What am I working on?

As I get ready to launch a blog design and hosting service, I am working on redesigning my sites and creating new sites for friends to build my portfolio. Through the process, I am discovering some great online tutorials for customizing WordPress sites and learning how to modify php and css files. It is so much fun to change a piece of code, click the refresh button, and see the page reflect the update on my screen.

I am the craft lady for the Sparks students (ages 5-8) in our Wednesday night Awana program. This is a Bible memory and discipleship program that meets weekly throughout the school year. I plan a craft activity each week to coincide with the Bible story. Last week we created an image of the earth with coffee filters, blue and green markers, and a spray bottle filled with water. I used an iron and an old towel to quickly dry the filters.

Jesus Storybook BibleOn Sunday mornings, I teach the preschool class (ages 2-5). I’ve chosen the Jesus Storybook Bible as the primary resource for our curriculum this year. I tell the story using the Kindle version of the book on my iPad. Since we usually have very fidgety kids, I’m finding or creating an item for them to hold in their hands during the story each week. For the story of creation, I purchased foam globes. For the story of sin entering the world, I painted some small wooden hearts and added a smiling face and a frowning face on opposite sides. I emphasized that God always loves us even when we disobey and make Him sad.

As Bernice mentioned, I’m also hosting a Psalm study on my blog this year. I write a short devotional each week and create an art journal page (often digital). This has been a great gift to me this year to keep me consistently in the Word.

How does my work differ to others of its genre?

I love both digital and hands-on paper crafting. For children’s projects, I want to give them the opportunity to cut and glue and have something to take home that helps them to retell the story to themselves and their family. This blog focuses on finding crafts to accompany each story from the Bible instead of just coloring pages and word puzzles.

The ease of digital (and my cluttered craft desk) has turned my creative energy toward computer tools for scrapbooking and art journaling. My Psalms pages are sized 4 x 6 so I can print them and include them in a small album.Psalm 69 DIgital Art Journal Page

Why do I write/ create what I do?

I started the 52 Weeks of Psalms project to hold myself accountable this year. God has blessed my time with Him in this book.

I enjoy being a resource for others. Long before Pinterest, I was collecting and categorizing online bookmarks for Sunday School crafts and scrapbooking and other paper crafts. This blog started as a way to share those crafts in an organized manner.

How does your creating/writing process work?

I usually create best against a calendar deadline. I research and collect ideas either online or from my bookshelf adding sticky notes to the pages. Then when the deadline arrives, the creating begins.

Thanks for reading through my projects and process.

Let me introduce you to three friends: Jacki, Erin, and Kristen who’ve been tagged to post their responses on Monday, September 29. Do hop over to see them.

Jacki blogs at the Jesse Tree Project and has published a book by the same name – a 24 day devotional from creation to Christ’s birth. I met Jacki at The Declare Conference in Dallas this past August.

Erin blogs at A Bird and Bean about crafting, cooking, and creating. She also teaches ESL to middle school students.

Kristen blogs at Celebrate Every Day With Me offering creative ideas for children’s activities, party planning, and creating memorable moments. She has published an ebook about 99 ways preschoolers can learn to serve and bless others.

I met Erin and Kristen at Bloggy Conference in Sandusky, Ohio.

Blessings,

Merri

About Me Link Up for Declare Conference

I decided about a month ago to register for the Declare Conference in Dallas.  I’m ready to move to the next level with blogging (whatever that might mean) and I thought a local conference might provide some more motivation and encouragement.  Based upon the podcasts I’ve already heard, I know I will be blessed.

As a getting to know you exercise, the leadership has asked us to share:

  • 4 THINGS ABOUT ME
  • 4 OF MY ENDEARING QUIRKS
  • 4 THINGS ABOUT MY BLOG & WRITING
  • 4 OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

About Me

  • I’ve been married for 27 years to a very kind and patient man.
  • I’m a mom to two boys who are 13 and 16 and the exact opposites of each other.
  • I work from home managing a church bulletin subscription business.
  • I homechool my boys using Cornerstone Curriculum’s World Views of the Western World.

Endearing Quirks

  • I’m an introvert who waits to speak until I believe I’ll be heard.
  • I’m a caregiver who loves to encourage and care for my extended family.
  • I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago which explains why my brother describes me as a frog jumping from lily pad to lily pad.
  • I love to read and believe the answer to almost anything can be found in the right book.

About My Blog & Writing

  • I just decided to combine my two blogs into one before attending the conference.
  • I’m a curator and a resource collector more than a writer.  I’ve been collecting and categorizing internet bookmarks for years and started my Bible Crafts blog as a way to share some of those resources.
  • I love creating projects and want to improve sharing and teaching online.
  • My theme is Connecting Faith and Creativity.  I want encourage folks who don’t think they are creative to do something hands-on as a means to express and remember their faith.

Favorite Things

  • I love to listen to hymns.  When struggling through several years of grief, hymns were my main connection to my faith.
  • I love collecting books on my Kindle and reading them as well.
  • I love paper crafting, card making, digital art journaling, and digital scrapbooking.
  • I love a good cup of coffee and quiet times at home.