Take a Look at my Bible Flip Through Video for Fresh Ideas in Your Own Bible Journaling!

Hello everyone! I’ve prepared a Bible “flip-through” so you can see some different mediums you can use while journaling your faith in your Bible! I enjoy watching all kinds of flip through videos of others Bible journaling adventures and hope you enjoy this one as well!! Here is a highlight of a few of my favorite entries from the video.

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My Permission Pages
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Permission Pages Allow You to Make Mistakes in Your Bible Journaling Journey

Permission Pages for Bible Journaling - Thinking Closet
Permission Pages from thinkingcloset.com

My sweet, sweet husband bought me my first journaling Bible in February of 2017. I was so excited to start!! I had one rule, ONE rule!! No covering words in the Bible. My very first entry, guess what?? Yep, I covered words in my Bible! I was so upset that I was on the brink of deciding this journaling stuff wasn’t for me when I came across a blog by Lauren at thinkingcloset.com.

My Permission Pages - www.fortytwoandtwo.com
My Permission Page helps me accept not-so-perfect pages.

Permission Pages! How genius! She created permission pages for just that reason that I wanted to quit. Because she knows words will get covered, pages will get wrinkled and crinkled, pages my bleed through or stick together. Stuff will happen that you didn’t quite intend to happen when working with paints, and stickers, and washi tape.

Isn’t that a lot like life? Things happen that you didn’t plan, things get messy and go the wrong way. You messed up —again –when you were sure that THIS TIME you had it all together. Messes happen in Bible journaling and in life. Thankfully, we serve a Lord that understands messy. He gets it!! He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, so why do we expect perfection out of ourselves? He loves us mess and all. In life and in Bible journaling.

Please don’t beat yourself up over a page that didn’t turn out right or the dinner that you burnt!! Be sure to check out the Thinking Closet and take a look at how she came up with this fabulous idea. You can find her page here.

Blessing until next time!


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Surviving the Terrible Twos!!

Mommy and Cameron (forty-two and two)!

This is Cameron. He is the “two” of “forty two and two”. He is the cutest, most fun-loving little boy ever, but he has a dark side. It’s a condition called the temper-tantrums of the terrible twos. This condition has brought this mama to tears, and had me considering jumping in my car and driving forever!

Now, I know this is a temporary condition and this stage shall pass, but how do I keep my cool in the meantime? There has been days that I have felt like a complete failure as his mom because it seems I can’t control these outbursts. They sneak up out of nowhere and usually in full public view. I have suggested to my husband that we just stay indoors until he is 18, but my husband enjoys the outdoors.

The bright side to his dark side is that I run to my Bible often and pray fervently for strength and patience. God will get me through this time, with reminders that I will miss these days, and that Cameron is the most precious gift I could have received from God.

God will also give me moments of little chubby hands grabbing mine and telling me to “c’mon mommy”. He will allow me to feel little boy kisses and hugs. He will open my ears to hear my son tell me how pretty I am and that he loves me. He will keep my heart from exploding when my boy tells me “no go to work, sit down, mommy!”

Yes, God will get me through this time and give me the strength I need for another day.

Are you a mom experiencing the “terrible twos” (or threes or fours or fives)? Then please leave me a comment with your go-to tips on keeping your sanity! I could use all the encouragement that I could get right now!!



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So, What Supplies Do I REALLY Need to Start Bible Journaling?

If you have asked yourself, “So, what supplies to I really NEED to start Bible journaling,” I can help! I first ran across the idea of Bible journaling on Pinterest, and wow, it knocked my socks off! But, before I could even find my socks again, I was quickly overwhelmed with this beautiful and awesome form of worship! Sure, I make notes in my Bible, and highlight here and there, but this is way beyond all of that. This is watercolors, and acrylic paint, and hand lettering beauty!  Stickers and stamps and tip-ins and tip-outs….whew.

I did not know some of this stuff existed, let alone that I could use them in my Bible. So many supplies, where do you even begin? And, don’t get me started on the price of my “wish list”! Yikes!

So, I’m going to tell you, like I told myself, “breathe, slow down, think about this Cookie Monster!”

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A Mom’s Story of Losing Her Son Puts Bible Journaling in Perspective

Perfection…how many of us try to achieve this on a daily basis? I know I do. Perfection is wasted energy, especially in the eyes of Jesus. He’s not wanting perfection from us. He’s not interested if your page is cuter than Jane’s page. He wants YOU, just as you are. Messy hair, don’t care!

When I first started Bible journaling, I would get a little upset if my page wasn’t turning out the way I had hoped, or if ideas weren’t flooding my head at a rapid pace. Who am I kidding? I still get a little upset at times and strive for perfection.

Sweet Joshua

Let me tell you a story that puts that stinkin’ thinkin’ in perspective. There is a lady that is part of the Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Community on Facebook, her name is Amy, and one day she posted a testimony that hit me straight in the gut (and heart). She posted a sweet picture of her little boy Joshua’s handprints in her Bible . She went on to say that those handprints were placed in her Bible by the funeral home after her son had drowned. She shared how she understood that we all want our Bibles to be pretty and look just so, but she would give anything to have her son with her to write in her journaling Bible.  There was a bright spot to her story, though, when she shared of her son’s love for Jesus.  He told her just that day that Jesus lived in his heart.

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Launch Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of Forty-Two and Two, I am giving away this super cute starter kit from Illustrated Faith . This kit is perfect for the beginner or the more advanced creators! Follow the link provided above to see what is included in the kit! To enter find the items for the scavenger hunt listed on this post then comment your findings! Have fun and good luck. I will choose a random winner on May 29 and announce them on Instagram and on the blog! Follow @fortytwoandtwobiblejournaling on Instagram!

Scavenger Hunt

What is the book of the month for June on the Book club page?

What are some of the services that I provide?

At the bottom of the Bible Journaling page there is a quote. Who is the quote from?

Comment your answers on this post!

Here is an example of a page I created in my Bible using the Illustrated Faith Starter Kit. The possibilities are endless with this kit 🙂





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Book of the Month for June

Hello everyone. This month’s featured book for the book club is A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin. Visit the book club page for more details! Please let me know if you have any questions. This is the first month for the book club, so it is entirely possible I may have overlooked a detail, so please let me know. Or, if you are an experience book-clubber please share your suggestions on how to improve this process!

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God’s Plan ‘vs’ the World’s View

I shared a little bit with you about having my son at age 40. If I can be honest with you all, it was a TOUGH time for me. When I first found out I was expecting, I cried for a solid month. Not your typical response to expecting a child. I was very selfish at that time, focusing a lot on ME and how MY plans were going to have to change. To sum it up, I didn’t want another baby. Jeremiah 1:5 came up a lot during this time. Thank GOD! “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God already knew my baby and had formed a relationship with him!

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Hesitant to Journal in Your Bible?

When I am admiring someone’s amazing Bible journaling skills on Pinterest or Instagram, a lot of times I come across a comment that someone will leave saying, “I love your journaling, but I could NEVER, EVER, EVER do that to my Bible.”

Can anyone relate? I can. When I was a young girl, I went to a Pentecostal church with my grandmother, and I can clearly remember her views on what you should and should not wear to church, and it was well-known what you could and could not do in the sanctuary — you get the idea.

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