Soaked In Scripture Series – Memorizing the Bible One Verse at a Time – Week 2
I am currently working through a 14-day devotional from Illustrated Faith called “I Am”. While I was reading the scripture one day, I continued on reading past the foundational scripture. The verse that I read really threw me for a loop. 1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”
Whoa! Does this verse apply when I go to the grocery store and someone is taking up an entire aisle, not bothering to move out of the way or practice common grocery store courtesy, and I want to give them a piece of my mind, or at the very least, throw sharp daggers their way?? I would say I am kind of hating on that person. I certainly hate the grocery store. So, I can’t very well leave there with all this hate in my heart and claim to love God.
Today I am celebrating Independence Day along with countless other Americans. I’m also celebrating my DEPENDENCE on God. Because of my independence that so many have fought and died to defend, I am able to freely celebrate my dependence on God.
What does dependence on God look like for you? Easy? Hard? For me, dependence on God means I let go of worry and fear. Worry of the future, worry of my finances, worry of things that I cannot control. It means letting go of fear of failure and worry of acceptance. It means trusting Him with my marriage and not trying to control every aspect of my life and other’s lives. Easy? Not at all!
Hi everyone! I have a guest on my blog this week. Her name is Megan Daulton, and she is the wife of our youth pastor at our church. But, that is not why I asked Megan to guest here. I asked her because when I read her first blog post I could clearly see that she has a heart for God and a burning desire to live her life for HIM. Very refreshing for a young woman her age.
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did, and I also hope that you will leave a comment of encouragement and congratulations to Megan on her new adventure!
The new Illustrated Faith devotional kit, “I Am” is now available to order! This kit is simply gorgeous, I cannot wait until I get my hands on this kit.
Take a look at it here. I know you will love it! You can also watch the unboxing from Illustrated Faith’s Shanna Noel here! I am looking forward to see all of the beautiful creations that come from this kit. From what I am reading from the reviews the devotional is really resonating with many woman. See the description below, and I’m sure you will agree this is going to be good!
In the Illustrated Faith ‘I Am’ devotional kit, Melisa Garcia invites you on a two-week journey to dig deeper into knowing Christ. Join Melisa as she leads you to make room for Christ, to take steps in becoming fearless, to speak truth about who you are in Him, to be patient, to forgive. “…I learned early on that if I wanted to know who I am, I first must know the great I Am. You will know who you are when you recognize whose you are. So that is my call to you.” —Melisa Garcia
Day 1 – Fearless
Day 2 – Capable
Day 3 – Free
Plus 11 more!
1 plastic pouch
1 devotional booklet
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
2 cardstock sticker sheets
1 thank you card from Shanna
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Soaked In Scripture Series – Memorizing the Bible One Verse at a Time – Week 1
If you are anything like me, memorizing scripture is not an easy task. I have a few favorites that I have memorized and that is it. That is NOT a good thing!!
There are so many reasons that having scripture memorized is so very important. This time last year my mom passed away. No one knew that she was sick and within a month she was gone. I knew that my mom believed in God, but I was not sure what her personal relationship with Jesus really was so when I was not at the hospital with her, I was looking up scriptures that I could take back with me to talk to her about. When I spoke with her she was able to nod her head to let me know that she heard me and that she believed Jesus was her Lord and Savior. I know where my mom is now and that brings me tremendous comfort. But, it would have been nice to have had those verses memorized!
It’s been a few days since I have been able to really sit down and do some Bible journaling. Life is so fast that before you know it several days have went by and still no time to journal! That’s why I am so thankful for those who offer free printables that I can trace in my Bible. Oh, how I love printables and here are a few reasons why:
I’m not an artist, so anything that I can trace into my Bible that makes me FEEL like Picasso is a blessing!
Tracing with a FREE printable is easy and fun. You simply print the image, lay it behind your Bible page and trace.
This method gives me more time to really focus on God’s Word instead of spending time wondering what verse to use with what image, what colors to use, what mediums to use, and so on.
The maker of the printable does all of the work for you, you simply enjoy the process.
Juggling Work and Parenting – How to Keep it All Flowing
Facebook makes parenting look easy, doesn’t it? Every post is of happy smiling kids and parents enjoying an outing or making some super cool homemade project. I’m admiring their pictures wondering how they are juggling life to look so happy and content.
That’s not what my experience is with juggling work and parenting! Let’s take for example last Saturday. I had ONE thing on my to-do list that I really, really needed to get done, and that was to go buy a few things we needed for dinner that weekend. Kind of important–eating. So it’s 3 o’clock and I realized that I did not go and buy the food. The problem was the store that I needed to buy the items from closed at 3. It’s almost like life was mocking me that I realized exactly at the time of closing that I needed food!!
Who forgets to buy food for their family?! Apparently, me. There is so much happening in life that it is hard to keep it straight and orderly. Don’t you think? Kids, work, husbands, errands, chores, starting a new business, cooking, social life (what?), hobbies (what, what?), the list goes on and on. I feel like there is so much to do and so many things that need my attention, that NONE of those things get enough of my attention.
So what are we to do?! First off, give yourself some grace. Yes, the same grace that we are told to extend to others, pass a little on to yourself. I surely wasn’t feeling like mom or wife of the year last weekend, but we made it work. We went out to eat a lot, but whatever, we still ate! Beating yourself up doesn’t help and it sure isn’t going to make dinner for you! Don’t trash talk yourself into thinking you are inadequate!
When my son was around 5 months old I learned about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program sends free books to millions of children each month. Mine included! Cameron loves to get his book every month and it is absolutely free!
It took me a minute to wrap my mind around that concept. My child signs up on a website and gets a brand new book delivered to our home every month for free?! No strings, no commitment, nothing I need to do?! Nope, that is it!!
I want to say that he will get these books until he is 5 years old, but I’m not sure that is completely accurate, so if any of you know the age limit for sure, please let me know.
I read to my son every single night and, I’m telling you, his vocabulary at just turning two is pretty impressive. I’m positive that reading to him often has had a big impact in that area.
My local library has a sign-up area on their website. Your local library probably does too! You can also register your child directly on the Imagination Library website here.
Summertime is the perfect time to get your children involved in reading. It helps their own imaginations soar and is an awesome aid in developing their learning skills well before they are old enough to enter school.
What are some of your child’s favorite books? My son likes to read Arthur, McDuff, Llama, Llama, and lots of others. Share with us your child’s favorites in the comment section.
Also, for the adults, check out my bookshelf page here to see what I’m reading!
Hi everyone, I recently discovered Rebekah R. Jones on Scrapbook.com and WOW. She has a free 10-lesson class on that website that I love, love, love. There she gives you a plethora of techniques and tips to create amazing art journaling in your Bible.
In the very last class (Lesson 10) she did this beautiful entry in the Bible where she used Distress Inks to create a gorgeous galaxy page. Well, since I have been secretly drooling over everyone else’s similar pages, I knew I had to try this method.
Now, this was my first time using Distress Inks and I have to say, I think this will be my new go-to color applicator. The whole process was fun! It did take me a minute to get used to the blending tool that I used and to just get myself familiar with how the inks work on different paper, in addition to the blending.