This week’s “Scripture Sunday” coloring page features James 1:2-3. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the testing of your faith, produces patience.”
That’s easily said. Harder to apply. But well worth the effort in the long run in terms of reduced stress, peace of mind — and obedience to God!
Final exams are just around the corner. So my college kids will be going through a very literal period of testing during the next couple of weeks.
Perhaps the verse on this week’s coloring page will serve as a good reminder. We all need to maintain a joyful heart in the midst of the stress that often accompanies such examinations.
And the verses that follow are equally fitting for such a time as this:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:2-5)
That’s a promise I’d be claiming right now if I were still in school. In fact, I routinely pray for wisdom, even without the pressure of finals!
Do you feel yourself lacking in either patience or wisdom? I urge you to pray for them as you color this week’s design. Doing both at once should melt stress away before your eyes!
More to Color
If you like to color, come back next Sunday for a new coloring page. Or download any of the designs I’ve posted in the past by following this link: Free Christian Coloring Pages
Incidentally, today’s design is from the second volume in my “Color the Word” series. If you prefer a bound collection to loose-leaf pages, we’ve got you covered. Best of all, these richly-detailed, Scripture-based coloring books can be enjoyed by all ages.
For those who enjoy journaling as well as coloring, my devotional journals offer the best of both worlds. With twelve volumes in this series, you’ll find something for every interest!
Ideas for using these free printable 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 — but only with supervision, as they are professional-grade and a little pricey.)
- I give these printables 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!
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