This week’s coloring page gets right to the point: Rejoice Always.
Notice that God doesn’t tell us to “feel happy.” God commands us to “rejoice.”
“Happiness” is a noun, a thing, an emotion, whereas “rejoice” is a verb, an action, a choice.
What’s more, it’s the right choice. It’s the response God expects from us:
- When I am tired and weary, I can choose to rejoice.
- When things don’t go my way, I can choose to rejoice.
- When trials come, I can choose to rejoice.
- When my faith or patience is tested, I can choose to rejoice.
- When my heart is heavy, I can choose to rejoice.
- When time is fleeting, I can choose to rejoice.
- When life grows busy, I can choose to rejoice.
- Whether my family is close or distant, I can choose to rejoice.
- Whether my work is rewarded or goes unnoticed, I can choose to rejoice.
- At every opportunity and in every circumstance, I can choose to rejoice.
Is the choice to rejoice one that you are willing to make?
There’s a little food for thought… something for you to ponder as you work on this week’s coloring page:
Ideas for using these coloring pages:
- If your younger children have a hard time sitting still through church, let them color these Scriptures during the Sunday sermon (older kids might rather take notes with this printable)
- My children and I enjoy coloring these sheets together while my husband reads aloud to us in the evening. (For a special treat, I let them use my Prismacolor pencils.)
- I give them to my children during school time so they can color at the table while I work with their older siblings, and vice versa. (Since each of them has their own devotional journal, I’ll sometimes just assign pages out of that for them to fill in or color — that way, they get some handwriting practice, too!)
- I do one of several things with the pages once they’ve finished coloring them (and none of them wind up on our refrigerator): Sometimes we send them in letters to penpals. I might glue one into a child’s scrapbook or tack it on his bulletin board. Our littlest guys have even been known to frame them as a creative arts entry for the State Fair — there’s nothing like winning a ribbon and cash premium to motivate them to do their best job coloring future pages!