Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colors, Emojis, Encouragement, Oh My!

I love colors! My favorite colors are purple and pink. But honestly, I just love color. If you were to look in my journal you would see purple and pink, of course, along with green, blue, and teal. And that's just the ink pens! I also use colored highlighters, washi tape, stamps and stickers. I love seeing all of the different colors.

Color is just one of the reasons that I am totally in love with this month's Illustrated Faith Bible journaling kit, Through Christ. This kit is full of color! Another thing I am totally loving in this kit is the emoji stamps. A little fact about me, I am completely and totally addicted to emojis. I use emojis in my texts all of the time!

Check out all the Through Christ kit offers:

The inspiration for this month's kit is from Meg Duerksen. The beautiful rainbow scheme matches her blog, Whatever. Meg's devotions remind us that through Christ, we can have confidence, protection, peace, grace, joy, strength, hope, love, forgiveness, and much more.

The kit includes:
• 1 devotional booklet
• 1 blue stamp pad
• 1 clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut outs
• 1 roll of washi tape
• 1 package of 3 Scripture cards
• 1 giant sticker
• 1 bow clippy

With all of the beautiful colors, fun emojis and inspiring devotions, this kit is a must have. To check it out, click the image below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

This Week's Blessings

Today at Woman to Woman, I am sharing 8 ways to bless your husband without spending a penny. Click HERE to join us.

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2050. A cool, fall-like day.

2051. Much needed rain.

2052. Sit down family dinners.

2053. My Papa who will celebrate his birthday later this week.

2054. My husband. We celebrate 19 years of marriage later this week.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Journaling Through Your Quiet Time

Have you ever journaled? I journaled my Bible reading and prayers as a teenager and loved it. When I became a wife and mom, I got out of the habit. Several years ago I began to miss it so I picked up a journal and remembered why I loved it so much.

Journaling through your quiet time. #journaling #dayspring #quiettime

Journaling your Bible reading and prayers is an incredible practice. Here are 4 things to journal and the benefits:

  1. Journal what you read. I always write down where I read in the Bible and then I write a verse that really hit me or maybe something that just stuck out to me. I have a bad memory so when I think of the verse later on but can't remember where I read it, I can go back to my journal. It also helps me to slow down as I read the Bible. Instead of rushing through the chapters, I am mediating on them as I write them out.
  2. Journal a gratitude list. I always write down a few things I am thankful for. Sometimes it's something big that God is doing in my life, sometimes it's just remembering to be thankful for God's provisions like my husband's job or our home and sometimes it's being thankful for scented candles or ice cream. This is a great practice because when I feel like my life has been void of blessings, I can go back and see that God is indeed blessing me each day. It also helps me be intentional about thanking God for each and every blessing.
  3. Journal a prayer request list. I always write out my prayer requests. I love doing this because then when God has answers my prayer, I can go back to the written request and mark the date that God answered. This is a great way to see how God is moving in my life.
  4. Journal your prayers. I write out my prayers. I don't write out every single word. Sometimes there are things that I don't want on paper so I pray them out loud or in my heart. But I do write out a good deal of my prayers. It is a great way to slow down and really think about my prayers. The first few months of journaling, I realized my prayers were mostly asking God for things and very little praising Him. There have also been times I wanted to pray but the words just wouldn't leave my lips, yet they flowed easily from my pen.
Do you journal? If so, what is your favorite thing about it? If not, have you ever considered journaling? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

$5 journal flash sale with Dayspring!

Today through Sunday, August 21st, Dayspring is having an incredible $5 Journal Flash Sale! With over 28 different journals to choose from for only $5, there is something for each person. Dayspring journals make not only a great treat for yourself, but they also make a great gift. Give a journal to your child's new school teacher, your pastor's wife as a 'thank you' for her work at the church, your neighbor, sister, friend, hair dresser, anyone! You can even stock up for Christmas gifts!

$5 journal flash sale with Dayspring!

To shop the flash sale, click: $5 Journal Flash Sale.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Live Original. Be You. Shine.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...
Psalm 139:14

Why do we have such a hard time being who we are, understanding that we are important, shining like the treasure we were created to be when we have this verse? Psalm clearly tells us that we were fearfully and wonderfully made. Hear that friends, wonderfully made. You. You were wonderfully made. A King, THE King of all kings, knit you together exactly the way He wanted you. He loves you, treasures you, wants you, and cherishes you, yet here we are afraid of being who He made us to be.

Live Original. Be You. Shine.  #liveoriginal #beyou #shine #fearfullyandwonderfullymade

We let outside influences tell us who they think we need to be. We listen to the media tell us that we need to wear a certain size, have just the right shade of perfectly white teeth, have hair just so, and wear a specific style just to be accepted. Listen close: God accepts you exactly the way you are. He doesn't care if your hair is frizzy, He made it that way. (This frizzy-haired girl is very thankful for this truth.) He doesn't care if your jean size is larger than a 6, if you can't sing, are horrible at DIY projects, have yet to master the perfect messy bun, tell corny jokes or have less than perfect skin. He loves you.

Memorize Psalm 139:14. Write it out several times and post it all over your home. Then, begin to live it out. When the enemy comes in and tells you lies that make you feel like you are not enough, remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Sadie Robertson, the 19 year old daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, is a modern girl next door. She loves to encourage those around her by living out and sharing her faith. Sadie's message to everyone is simple, yet profound. She tells us to live original. Sadie speaks to the young girl in any heart -teens, moms and grandmas alike. Sadie transparently shares her life on social media, including youtube videos. She began a ministry, also called Live Original, where she travels all over with some of her family and friends for a conference sharing her message. Next month you can find Sadie and her squad with Family Force and Love and the Outcome.

Sadie also has a beautiful line with Dayspring. You will find things like mugs, trinket dishes, notebooks, journals, cards and more with the message to live original, be you and shine.

Dayspring's Sadie Robertson line. #dayspring #sadierobertson #liveoriginal #beyou #shine #duckdynasty

Dayspring's Sadie Robertson line. #dayspring #sadierobertson #liveoriginal #beyou #shine #duckdynasty

Dayspring's Sadie Robertson line. #dayspring #sadierobertson #liveoriginal #beyou #shine #duckdynasty

The Sadie line makes great gifts for girls and women of all ages or a fun treat just for yourself. My daughters saw a box full of Sadie goodies and began calling 'dibs' before I even had a chance to look! We ended up dividing up the goodies fairly. My coffee addicted 18 year old is loving the Hold On Tight Travel Mug and notebooks and 15 year old writer is having a blast with the journal and notepad. Me? I love my Be You trinket dish and Shine cosmetic bag. As with all Dayspring items, these are high quality items at a fair price and everyone will love them. To check out Sadie's full line at Dayspring, click the image below.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blessed With Good Examples

Are you a selfish wife? Today at Woman to Woman we are talking about selfishness in marriage. Click HERE to join us.

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2045. My grandparents who celebrated 59 years of marriage last week. They are a beautiful example of love and commitment.

2046. My parents who celebrate 40 years of marriage today. They too are an incredible example of love and commitment. God has blessed my family with two amazing and Godly couples to look up to.

2047. Our first day of school today. I really cannot believe I have an 8th grader, 10th grader, 11th grader and one who will be starting college soon!

2048. Our JBQ, Junior Bible Quiz, kids at church quizzing against the adults of the church. Fun!

2049. Listening to my kids in the other room playing board games and laughing as I type this.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.