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Free Hummingbird Colouring Page

Hello, friends! Cover smallerI got the urge to doodle last night so I took a little break while nursing a sore throat to create a surprise gift for you. Here are two versions of a colouring page, with or without the border, that you are welcome to print out and colour.

The downloads are free, but I’d love it if you shared the link to this post with your friends and, if you haven’t already, please check out my devotional colouring book, Restore My Soul. If you have a copy of Restore My Soul and enjoy it, would you please consider writing a review today? Thank you! That would be an enormous blessing to me. ❤

Here are your freebies! Have a blessed day. 🙂

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Joy Unspeakable

Growing up, I used to enjoy the vinyl records my parents played (I may have just given my age away!) and occasionally I hear some of the songs echoing in the far recesses of my brain. One of them was a hymn sung by a then-popular television evangelist, and it made me smile to remember it a few days before the new year because it is about a three-letter word that has become my theme in recent months: JOY!

Joy Unspeakable, written by Barney E. Warren in 1900, goes like this:

I have found His grace is all complete,
He supplieth every need;
While I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet,
I am free, yes, free indeed.

It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, full of glory;
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Oh, the half has never yet been told.

I have found the pleasure I once craved,
It is joy and peace within;
What a wondrous blessing, I am saved
From the awful gulf of sin.

I have found that hope so bright and clear,
Living in the realm of grace;
Oh, the Savior’s presence is so near,
I can see His smiling face.

I have found the joy no tongue can tell,
How its waves of glory roll;
It is like a great o’erflowing well,
Springing up within my soul.

Isn’t that beautiful? The Bible says that the peace we find in Christ is beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7). Similarly, it’s fitting to say that the joy He gives us is “unspeakable”—indescribable. How do you explain that deep, bubbling joy that begins far down in your soul and overflows even in the midst of pain, hardship, uncertainty and need? It defies human logic and flies in the face of worldly standards of happiness.

I don’t know whether you’ve made any resolutions or goals for 2019, but I have one overarching one: to seek my joy in Christ alone and to share that joy with others. One way I try to do that is through my daily posts on Facebook, which you can follow here. I hope you’ll come and visit and be encouraged.

Be sure to check out the “31 Days of Encouraging Others” challenge I posted. In case you don’t have Facebook, here it is in a nutshell:

January challenge

Oh, one more thing before I close: Click on the “Freebies” tab above to find my latest free colouring page (“Rejoice!”)

I wish you a joyous New Year!

Ann-Margret 

P.S. Thanks for your patience while I took a break from my blog. I’m not sure how frequently I’ll be posting but I’ll be around a little more often. 🙂

 

Hiatus

Dear readers,

I haven’t posted in a while, and I appreciate your patience while I take a break from blogging for a little while longer. I had big plans for this blog at the beginning of the year but I had more enthusiasm than time and energy. And a week from today I’ll be on my way to Armenia for three weeks, along with my Dad and my niece Alexis, for my fourth mission trip to my motherland. Please follow our trip on our blog or on Facebook.

In late September, I’ll be the keynote speaker at the InScribe Fall Conference in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, and then, in mid-October, I fly down to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Breathe Conference, where I’ll mainly be learning (and my friend Jocelyn Green will be the keynote speaker!) but I’ll also have the opportunity to co-lead a workshop and facilitate a creative activity.

I’m also working on a new book proposal so, as you can see, there’s a lot going on! I still post pretty regularly on Facebook, though, so I invite you to follow me there, too.

This blog is not over, friends. I’m just gathering some really good material to share with you when the time is right. Thanks for sticking around! 🙂

Have a blessed summer,

Ann-Margret ❤

 

Schedule Change

Hi folks! After reviewing the last three months on my blog and getting some training on productivity and platforms, I have decided to discontinue the Curated Wednesdays posts and shift things around a bit. Starting next week, I’ll be posting on Inspired Tuesdays and, as before, on Creative Saturdays.

In place of the curated posts, I’m going to start developing an email newsletter with highlights, fresh material and some of the types of goodies I would have included in those posts. I’ll give more details about all that and how you can sign up once I’ve got it organized. I might get that going in late spring or early summer.

Thanks for being understanding about this change. Quality over quantity, right? 🙂

See you again tomorrow. I’ve got a quirky project idea for you to work on (something kids or clubs may especially enjoy)!

Ann-Margret

 

Pausing…

A dear friend just gave me some advice, which I’m going to take. Current circumstances are going to make it tough for me to maintain my blog in the next few days, so I’m going to take a short break–just one week. I will start posting again on Monday, February 12 February 5. [Nobody pointed out that I accidentally gave myself two weeks off. Whoops!]

Thanks for understanding and see you again really soon!

Ann-Margret

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