This week, I’m sharing a printable coloring page that’s one of my favorite verses. The verse reads, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
Sadly, I often fall short on applying this principle to things like preparing meals or putting away laundry. While I usually do my work without grumbling or complaining, I don’t always tend to chores with as happy a heart or as much cheerful enthusiasm as I’d like. So this reminder is as much for me as for anyone.
This Old Testament verse is echoed several times in the New Testament
- Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”
- Philippians 2:14-15 – “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God…”
- Ephesians 6:7 – “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
- Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Those were the verses I was thinking about as I colored this page in my new devotional journal, How Do I Love Thee?
I’ve learned that happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of chance as it is a matter of choice. Choosing to be happy means choosing to think on things that are good and noble and right and lovely and pure.
When it comes to marriage, that means dwelling your spouse’s most positive, admirable, and endearing qualities. Our marriages can’t help but benefit when we discipline ourselves to do this.
That’s the purpose of this journal in a nutshell. Every page, prompt, and verse is designed to help you recall and record the things you love most about your husband. To reflect on your most cherished memories. And to recognize God’s hand at work in your relationship as you allow His Word to shape your life and marriage.
More pages to color
Need more free printable coloring pages? You can find all the designs I’ve posted in the past right here: Christian Coloring Pages. Or check out my line of devotional journals — with twelve titles in the series, there’s something for everyone.
Or, if you prefer a bound collection without all the word studies and journaling prompts, you might prefer my Color the Word series:
Ideas for using these coloring pages:
- Help your kids stay quiet and still in church by letting them color Scripture 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!