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These pictures are small enough to be easily drawn or traced directly into your journaling Bible.

All artwork in this supplement pdf is designed to accompany the lessons written by Bible Stories from the HeArT. To get the most from this faith growing experience, you will need the following two Bible study workbooks, “Exodus Study” and “New Beginnings.”

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Bible Stories from the Heart incorporates reading, writing, and artwork to help you meditate and pray over God’s Word in a deep and meaningful way. Our lessons and activities are written to lead you at an intentionally slow and steady pace. Each lesson will focus on the same scriptures for several days before moving on to new scripture. There are very powerful reasons why the lessons are written this way. We believe that moving slowly and intentionally through God’s Word helps create an actual relationship with God. By slowing down to reflect and create as we study we are actually training our spiritual selves how to quietly sit at our Heavenly Father’s feet. God wants a relationship with each one of us! This study will help retrain our over active bodies and minds to slow down long enough to actually interact with our amazing Lord!

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True Christmas Joy



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CHRISTmas Joy ~

May the joy of the season,
you come to know . . .
may the hope Jesus brings
in your heart, begin to grow.

May you be wrapped,
in the light of His love
may you find delight
in God’s gift from above.

May this season,
bring to you happiness
may your heart be filled
with wonder and gladness.

May you accept openly,
the gift of God’s grace
may the life of Jesus
in your heart, you embrace.

May the joy of the season,
become real to you . . .
may the hope Jesus brings
start in you, something new!


Psalm 32:11

“Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
ye righteous: and shout for joy,
all ye that are upright in heart.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

Our Savior is Born

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Luke 2:15-20  (NKJV)

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.


Thoughts from Leslie

 Notice in this passage that God deliberately announces the birth of Jesus first to shepherds.  The shepherds in this area raised sheep for a very specific purpose. The sheep that these shepherds raised and cared for were not the type of sheep used for ordinary purposes. The shepherds working there took care of the temple-flocks, which were actually the sheep meant for sacrifice. These particular shepherds were the ones who received this divine message. God sent His angels to announce to these specific shepherds that Jesus had just been born.  Jesus would be the ultimate sacrificial Lamb.  The shepherds in charge of raising sacrificial lambs would one day soon not have to see their beloved flocks sacrificed any longer. They were told by a heavenly that The Lamb of God had been born ! This Perfect Lamb of God would one day soon be offered as the ultimate, permanent  sacrifice!  As we read and study these verses this week, let’s allow ourselves to see the gift of Jesus for what He ultimately is: Our Perfect Sacrificial Lamb!



Lambs  were an important part of the worship of God.  God will not be around sin.  Because we have are all sinned, God will not allow us to draw close to Him without covering our sin first. God deeply desired to be close to each and every one of us, so from the very beginning of time, He provided ways for us to temporarily cover our sins. The Bible teaches us that the blood of an innocent animal must be shed in order for our sins to be covered and ultimately forgiven. (Hebrews 9:22) In the Old Testament the blood of lambs was used to cover sins.

The shedding of innocent blood took place very early on. When sin first entered the world in the Garden of Eden an innocent animal lost its life so Adam and Eve could be clothed. This was the very first time God required the shedding of blood as a symbol to cover sin. Genesis 3:21

Many years later, on the night that God delivered His people from slavery in Egypt He required that every family take care of a lamb for fourteen days. On the fourteenth day they were to kill the lamb. The blood from that lamb was then put on the doorposts of their homes. Then when the death angel went through their villages that night he would pass over the homes that had blood on the doorposts.  Through the innocent blood of the lamb, the family living inside would not lose their life. Exodus 12

A little later in the Bible when God’s people were living in the desert, Moses was given instructions to build a Tabernacle. This tabernacle would be a place where the children of God could go to worship. In the tabernacle there was a room called the Most Holy place. It was in the Most Holy place that the High Priest would take the blood of animals and offer it to God as a covering for the sin of the people. (Leviticus 16)

God allowed the blood of innocent lambs to be shed so the sins of people could be covered. This was done throughout the Old Testament. The people may not have understood it at the time but each time a lamb lost his life it was symbolic picture of the Savior God promised to send who would shed His blood so every person could have their sins removed and forgiven for all eternity. This Lamb would only have to die once so our sins could be completely removed. Hebrews 9:11-14

Since the time of Adam and Eve, God’s people had been waiting for the promised Savior. Each year many lambs lost their lives so the people could have their sins covered. This is where the job of a shepherd came in. Taking care of the lambs used as sacrifices was the job of shepherds. This was an important job whether people looked down on shepherds or not. Imagine how much the shepherds loved the little lambs and made sure they were safe from dangerous wolves and bears. Shepherds lived among the sheep so they could be cared for and safe.


Key Verse:

16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

haste-  noun

sudden passion filled motion; speed; swiftness;; expedition; applied only to voluntary beings, as men and other animals.

The shepherds heard where baby Jesus was, and they traveled in haste to both see Him and to be near to Him.

We have a decision to make during this holiday season, are we going to move in haste to intentionally draw closer to our loving Jesus,

or are we going to allow ourselves to get caught up in all of the other  minute details of the season and not ever actually make it to the “manger”?

Jesus is beckoning for us to draw near to Him today with the same haste as these shepherds had.


  1.  Moving closer to Jesus requires action on our part.  What actions do you plan on doing today to move closer to your loving Savior?
  2.  The people that heard about the birth of Our Messiah marveled ( which can be a temporary thing) ,  (verse 19) But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart (which is a more permanent- life changing thing).  Do you take the time to ponder what you read in God’s Word?  How does creating the art each week and completing the reflection writing help you?
  3. When the shepherds returned from seeing baby Jesus they praised God for what they had see.  What do you do on a daily basis to praise God?  What are some things you could add to your daily routine?

FaMiLy DeVoTiOnS fOr ChRiStMaS

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ChEcK ThEsE oUt…….

Wonderful (art inspired) Family Devotions to read for Christmas

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ChEcK tHiS oUt!!!!!
Cute gift idea for friends and co-workers…
1. Print out this week’s lesson and coloring page
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2. Tie a cute bow around it
3. add a box of crayons or a few colored pencils (optional)
4. Put a pretty gift tag on it
5. Give someone the gift of “Jesus” this holiday season:)

Angels We Have Heard on High


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Luke 2:8-15  New King James Version (NKJV)

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”


Thoughts from Leslie

Many of us are familiar with these verses in the gospel of Luke.  When we hear these verses taught, the focus is usually placed on the shepherds. Let’s read these verses again and focus on what this day must be like for the angels. We must not overlook the fact that an extremely large number, a multitude, of angels came down from Heaven on this day to join in the celebration:

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”


**** The FIRST Christmas Carol sung by the angels themselves 🙂



It is important to remember that thousands of years earlier the heavenly host of angels witnessed first hand Satan’s rebellion and fall.

The angels no doubt saw and heard the evil that was directed at their God by the prideful angel Lucifer (Satan) as he and other fellow angels chose to turn from the Lord.

Isaiah 14:12-17New King James Version (NKJV)

The Fall of Lucifer

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer,[a] son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

The remaining angels  knew how ridiculous and downright hurtful it was for Satan to even suggest that he would one day become more powerful than God.

They realized that their Lord would eventually show Lucifer (Satan) just how ludicrous his rebellion was.

All of Heaven had been watching in anxious anticipation as the fallen Lucifer mocked God and continuously tried to lie and cheat his way to the top.

They witnessed him repeatedly use and torment God’s children beginning very early on with the deceive Eve in the garden of Eden.

Satan did not stop with Eve, his goal was to cause distance between God and ALL of His children- which he did.

Once sin entered the hearts of Adam and Eve, sin was then a part of all humanity.

God is the opposite of sin.  He not only disapproves of sin, He also judges it very harshly.  The Old Testament is full of stories which demonstrate God’s wrath against sin. Because  all of humanity were sinners, they were all  living under God’s wrath.  There was no permanent peace on earth for mankind.  If a person wanted even a momentary amount of God’s peace in the Old Testament, they had to sacrifice animals to get it.  They had to somehow cover their sin with innocent blood so that God could draw near to them even momentarily.  This is so sad, but this would all change with Christ.  On this first Christmas day, hope was restored to all of God’s children.  Through the blood of Jesus later in His life, all of humanity would finally have the chance to experience PEACE from God!


Key Verse

Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

 It is important to notice that is reads, “Good will toward men” not “good will between men.”

This verse is actually referring to peace between man and God.  It is through Jesus in the manger that all of humanity can have peace with God.

The New international Version of the Bible does a good job of making this verse clear. It says:

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2:13-14).


Connection to Us

The world around us is a hostile place, but through the gift of Jesus we can have unlimited PEACE in our hearts!

 God is PEACE!

Thanks to God for offering us a Messiah, now we can forever be ONE with  God’s ultimate PEACE .

God can provide an unlimited supply of peace for each and every one of us.

Let’s open our hearts today and  accept This AMAZING gift!

PEACE……. What a WONDERFUL Christmas GIFT indeed!!



  • What does the word peace mean to you?
  • How does the sin in your life keep you from feeling peace?
  • Without the blood of Jesus and God’s ultimate forgiveness, every sin we commit would take us farther and farther away fro our loving  Heavenly Father.   What ongoing sin are you struggling with right now?  I challenge you to write it down on a piece of paper and GIVE it to Jesus.
  • What can you do today and from this day forward to allow yourself to FEEL God’s peace in your heart?











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Example Schedule


Hours of the day can be adjusted to fit your schedule. 



7:00-7:30   Snacks and social time


7:35- 7:40   Open in prayer and welcome members


7:40-7:50    Give instructions to highlight key words 


7:50-8:00    Members read the weekly lesson


8:00-8:10    Read a few of the questions and allow discussion         


8:10-8:15    Get out art supplies and preview weekly art piece


8:15-9:00    Play soft music and allow time for members to create


9:00- 9:15   Share art pieces and thoughts


9:15- 9:30   Pass out SOAP pages and close in prayer





Hospitality Ideas


  1. Serve a light snack each week. Members can volunteer to bring finger foods or desserts on a rotating basis, if desired.
  2. Offer a variety of both sugary and non-sugary drinks.
  3. Have plenty of plastic cups, paper plates, as well as napkins.
  4. Have name tags ready for members to fill out and wear.
  5. Remember people are coming for a purpose: to connect with others and to connect with God. Be sure that all members are introduced and feel welcome.
  6. Have chairs set in a circle formation to promote easy conversation throughout the lesson.
  7. Provide an “ice breaker” activity for the first few meetings: there are several fun ideas found on Google (Christian small group ice breaker activities).
  8. Make sure you have an area designated for the art activity. You may need to provide paper towels and plastic cups of water for watercolor paints (if needed).
  9. Have a few extra boxes of crayons on hand in case members forget their art supplies.



Lesson Time:

  • Leader will introduce the lesson and instruct members to open their workbooks to the correct page. Members will be given 10 minutes to read the lesson. Before they begin reading, they will be encouraged to jot down their thoughts directly on the lesson pages as they go.
  • Time is allowed after the lesson is read for members to share their thoughts with the group. 
  • The leader will then read a few discussion questions to the group and give time to allow members to answer and give collaborative feedback.

Art Time:

  • Time is given to prepare all art supplies and preview the weekly art example. Members can choose to bring any art materials that they wish: watercolors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.  There is no one way to create the weekly art pieces.
  • Members are encouraged to create their art in their Bible Stories from the Heart journals. Keeping the art pieces together is a wonderful way to document their spiritual growth and will make it easier for them to continue this process after this 6 week study ends.
  • The art tutorial pages are then reviewed. Members are free to recreate the piece exactly or create one of their very own. Members also have the option of not creating an art piece, but simply coloring the page provided in their workbooks.

The leader will then play soft music in the background and allow members time to reflect on God’s Word as they create their own art.

Meeting Conclusion:

  • The meeting will end with members sharing their art and thoughts with the group.
  • Each member will leave the meeting with an understanding of how to use their SOAP reflection page. They will be encouraged to go deeper into God’s Word in the next few days by reading the given scripture and then reflecting upon it. 



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