Proverbs 13

Hey look! I did a post on the right day!!!

So once again, didn’t journal in Proverbs. I had my weekly meeting with the woman who is discipling me, Jenn. And today we went through John 8. And since then, this has just been echoing in my head.

John 8:32

Um. Sorry. This doesn’t just speak to me. It yells at me! Its inspires me. It encourages me. The truth will set you free! Can you believe that? FREE. I am a free spirit. I think anyone who knows me will agree with that. Always have been. Probably always will be. I just enjoy the feeling of freedom!

And if you’ve ever been set free of anything, you know this feeling. So just imagine being set free in general. Being set free in your life. Not having to think of anyone else. Just you. And God. And the relationship you have with Him. You don’t have to worry about the things of this world. Money, status, popularity. You are FREE of THIS WORLD. That sounds amazing. And just thinking about it, I get a big grin on my face. Because being free is all I’ve ever wanted.

And I have it.

In. Christ.

Email me if you have questions on how to be set free. Or share your wonderful feeling of being free!

Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for sending your son to set me free. I will take my freedom to glorify you. And I pray that everyone else takes their freedom and glorifies you. In whatever it may be, I hope they use it to your pleasure. I want to make you happy. I want to please you. I serve you. And help everyone else to take the leap to serve you. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 10/11/12

So I find myself choosing between blogging and sleep. So sorry for choosing sleep the last couple days! It’s hard to stay on top of such a big commitment with a 5 month old, and the rest of life! Wow! Not to mention, I’m the worlds WORST at time management. Anyone who knows me can agree with that!

I look at this like my job. So when I get backed up, I find myself getting disappointed. So please forgive me while I try to juggle this commitment with all my others.

So Proverbs 10-12 is pretty much saying the same things. Which for someone like me who has a low reading comprehension starts to get confusing. And my journaling bible is a different translation than I’m used to. Which I knew early on would cause certain problems. So I find myself reading my NIV version, and journaling in my ESV version.

– Just so you know, I’m currently typing with one hand because Lucas is clingy today. So excuse any typos I don’t catch. And I’m also getting constantly interrupted. Life as a mother and a wife. –

But basically, what I got out of these three chapters, is to follow in the way of the righteous and to not lie. Don’t be prideful, slanderous or rude. But love instruction, love and discipline. Which is pretty much the last few chapters previously. So when it starts repeating itself, I need to slow down and really listen to what God is telling me. I reflect. And think. Sometimes I just journal after reading. I will right down prayers and thoughts to get it all out. And that’s what I did with these three chapters. I journaled prayers. And instead of journaling these chapters, I prayed to the Lord to speak through His word, and speak to me. And two words came to mind: love and truth. So, I went to my index, closed my eyes, and pointed on the page.

The verse that came for love was Romans 13:10. I read it. Loved it. And then read the whole paragraph. Love is a funny thing. I have love for my son. And I have love for my husband. I have love for those in family and those close to me. But do I have love for the stranger in front of me at walmart? Do I have love for the stranger next to me at the stop light? In today’s world, it’s hard to love strangers. It’s hard to think of others. And it’s even harder to think of others as your brother and sister in Christ. What if as a whole, we started loving everyone. We started loving others as God intended us to love them? What if we found the good and the light in those strangers? I bet love would come next. Because we are all made in His image. So look for Jesus in that stranger behind you. Look for Jesus in everyone and every thing around you. I bet you’ll start looking at them lovingly. And soon, you will start loving your neighbor.

And it’s funny. After writing that, I looked up the verse for truth: 1 Peter 1:22. I promise I didn’t look at it before writing what I wrote above. For a sincere brotherly love. I bet there are people reading this who think I wrote the above paragraph to link these two. And I can promise you, I didn’t. This was eyes closed, pointing to a page, writing the verses down and looking them up separately. God wanted me to tell you this. I don’t know who needs to hear this. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe, just maybe, someone else did too.

God is an all knowing God. He knows what needs to be said. And I’m just lucky enough for him to have convicted me to start this. Although, it’s not going in the direction I thought it would when I started, I know this is where He is leading me. This is what He wants to be said. And my faith is growing stronger by doing this. So even if no one else gets anything else from this, I am. And that’s what I was searching for anyway.

Dear Lord, thank you. Thank you for convicting me to this blog. Thank you for leading me to art worship. Thank you for speaking through me and to me. Thank you for letting me learn something new each time I post. Thank you for giving me the time and energy to continue in your word. Today, I’m not asking for anything. I’m just thanking you. You are holy. And I am thankful. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 8/9

Hello!

So for yesterday’s chapter 8, verse 35 was amazing. If you’ve ever been to life church, you know they say that after service. Or at least, the ones I’ve been to do. So I had a lot of fun with this one. I got some new pens, and learned some new tricks. So now I won’t dry out my pens. I will try to do a process video some time this week. But I’m not promising anything because I’m already falling behind on just what I’m doing!

Finds life. Man, isn’t that the truth. I have never been happier than when I’m avidly seeking Jesus. These last couple months have been amazing for me. Trying to learn his word and his will. It’s been great! And in just the week that I’ve started journaling, the community I’ve found is just wonderful!!! I love everything about my life right now. And it’s because I’ve been trying to find Jesus!

And on chapter 9 nothing jumped out at me to journal! So instead, I went to a verse that spoke to me a couple days ago on my bible app and journaled that!

I saw that taz + belly did a world embellishment, and LOVED the idea! So I put my own spit on it, and did it here! And loved this verse. That’s all I want to do is be a light to everyone around me. I just want to make people laugh and feel good about themselves! So this spoke to me personally. Because we ARE the light of the world. And it cannot be hidden. It should NOT be hidden! Remember the church nursery rhyme? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” Yes. Even as a 24 year old, you gotta let it shine!

And you can see, I’m still trying to perfect my brush strokes and get it to come out less “liney.”

Proverb a Day! [6/7]

I swear I will get caught up eventually! It’s been tough!

But super exciting news, I have an instagram for solemnly sisters! I will post my journaling pages and inspirational quotes and such! Give me a follow!

And I’m hoping to have some exciting news coming up soon! I got to connect with my good friend, Amber today! It was so thoroughly wonderful to see her and catch up. I love that girl. And I also got to meet with my friend, Jenn, who is discipling me! That’s always such a good conversation!

So, back to the proverb a day! Well, 6 was good. And 7 was good. But there wasn’t a verse in 7 that I felt the need to journal. So I may come back to that. As of now, I have 6.

I realize that you can’t really read what’s written. But its just verse 23 from chapter 6. This is not how it looked in my head. But, on my permission pages [which I will post soon when I get caught up and on a schedule] perfection is on my ‘this bible is not’ list. So I’m trying to be okay with it. It’s between me and God. I’m not trying to be pinterest-worthy.

I have always been poor at time management. My entire life. So, hopefully I can turn over a new leaf!

Dear Lord, I pray that all that are reading can take your commandments and keep them as a lamp and lead their path. Keep them from straying. Keep me from straying. Keep me on my path that you have lead me to. Thank you for bringing great friends into my life. And thank you for blessing me with people who are interested in the same things I am to create a wonderful community. Thank you for the blessings you’ve provided me and all those reading. I am thankful. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day! [4/5]

Hello! I’m just gonna add these two together! And unfortunately I’m not gonna talk about them very much because it’s bed time. And we have had a long day! I will come back to these for sure though because they were awesome!

Proverbs 4 was a really awesome passage. More along the lines of the past 3 chapters of staying away from evil. And I love the passage I chose, but to be honest, I’m not that happy with the page I did. It didn’t turn out the way it did in my heart. So I will probably go back and either cover it completely, or try to add some doodles to spice it up a little.

Proverbs 5 was a good reminder. I always enjoy reading where the ten commandments are explained a little more. It was about adultery and why you should stay away. It’s always nice to reread that. I as a married woman, not that I’m ever tempted, enjoy things that pertain to my life directly. I can’t imagine ever even wanting to cheat on my husband. But, it’s a rule I enjoy hearing. If that makes any sense at all. I chopped off the first part of this verse because it’s slightly inappropriate for this specific setting. [Talks about breasts] and that’s just a little more personal than I prefer to be! But the latter part of the verse is gold.

Sorry today is short and just pure journaling. I’m so tired. And am burning the candle at both ends lately. Finally my husband has his day off tomorrow, so I will be able to get caught up on the necessary household stuff and hopefully get some real quiet time. 
Dear Lord, be with the people that are reading this blog, and bless them and their heart. Listen to their needs and make your will done through them. Remind them of the important things and let go of what’s not important. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day [3]

Salutations my friends! It’s been a busy couple days! So this was actually written yesterday. Sorry for the late post! But I will double post tomorrow!

One of my good friends came to church this morning. And man was it a good sermon. You know how sometimes when you invite a friend to church you want them to like it so much, the only thing you can focus on is how they are liking the sermon and how they are taking it? Not today. I didn’t have time to focus on how my friend was feeling because it was really hitting home in my own heart. I enjoyed the speaker’s testimony of his life and how you just need to follow what God is telling you. And to not be prideful and think you can do it on your own. Because too many times have I tried to take my own wheel and do it on my own. That’s just not how it works. You have to have God lead and guide you. Or else you won’t get anywhere.

Proverbs 3 had a lot that spoke to me. Of course there is the common favorite verse 5. Which leads right back to the sermon today. But because that verse is so strong on it’s own, people tend to forget to keep reading. Like verses 6-8 really hit home with me today too. Acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Similar to my blog yesterday. Then, don’t be wise in your own eyes and turn from evil. Don’t think you’ve got it all on your own. And turn away from evil. I tend to forget that last part. I think I can be around evil and not partake in it. Which, was mentioned again today in the sermon. [Guys, the sermon was really stinking good.] And then in verse 8, it will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Maybe it’s just me, but that makes me feel calm and relaxed. It’s comforting to hear.

Proverbs 3:14-15 was what I chose to do my journaling over. I thought it would be a lot of fun. I think some people get this confused with a woman. I don’t believe it’s talking about women at all. I think it’s referring to the wisdom and understanding. And that makes a lot of sense.

Verses 25-27 I think are really important in this day and age. With all that’s going on in the world, and I won’t get in to politics because this isn’t the place for it, but I think these verses are crucial to remember. Do not be afraid of sudden terror…the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Do not withhold good to those who it’s owed when you can provide the good. Any normal church official would immediately turn verse 27 into tithing. And I encourage you to tithe. We tithe what we can, and when we can. We are working on discipline to do it even when we can’t and to work up to the 10% God asks of us. But truly, even if it’s not tithing, giving to the needy or poor would work as well! There’s just something so gratifying about giving to others without expecting anything at all in return.

Well that’s all I have for this chapter. I just really felt like God was truly speaking to me. And those are the best days of all. I hope you all had a blessed day.

Dear Lord, lead those that read this entry to seek and gain your knowledge and to use it for good and keep them thirsting and hungry for you and for your word. Remind us that we can’t do this alone, we need you. Every part of us needs you and all that you do for us. Help us to recognize that, and to crave that. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a day! [2]

Hello! Day 2! Shockingly, I didn’t get to do this early this morning. I’ve kind of been working on it throughout the day while Lucas naps and such.

So this was Proverbs 2. I really enjoyed this chapter. Especially verse 20. I feel like it kind of fits my theme to my year. I want to stay on the path of the righteous and walk in the way of the good! I think everyone really does. But that verse I felt just fit my life at this moment. And really enjoyed painting this one.

But, I painted and then wrote. Well my beloved sharpie no bleed pens did not like writing on paint. At all. Dried the tip out. And so now I’m gonna have to find another pen. I will update you as soon as I find what I want. To finish this post, I just used a regular fine tip sharpie. And yes, it did bleed through. So if I eventually decide to do the page behind this, I’m going to just do embelishments to hide that.

I will try to do that tomorrow on top of chapter 3. Let me know if anyone is joining me in this! I would love to see your work and hear what verses stand out to you!

-Even if you’re not journaling with me, I hope you’re reading the chapters with me! And even then, I would still love to hear what verses you enjoy!-

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and giving me the energy and conviction to see this through another day. Thank you to all the people reading this and staying with me. Help me continue to reach to others. And help all who are reading to continue to stay hungry for your bread. Keep all of us in the path of the righteous. And to walk in the way of the good. In your sons name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day!

Happy New Year!!! I hope all of your evenings were fun and wonderful and filled with love, laughter, friends and family!

Now normally, I don’t do new years resolutions. Honestly, I don’t like breaking promises especially when they are to myself. Not a fan. But, this year, I have made a few! And to keep myself accountable, I will share the less personal ones (which I have shared with family).

Top resolution: Glorify God in all I do every day.
I know. That sounds kinda silly. Like, “Shouldn’t you be doing that already?” Yeah. I should. But I haven’t. I try. Mostly, if I’m honest, when it’s convenient. But, every thing I do should be to the glory of God. And I’m going to make more of a point to that.
Resolution 2: Proverb a day for the month of January.
Well I want to start with a bang! I want this year to really benefit my faith and strengthen the specific parts of my life. So, Proverb a Day! Get my mind set and focused!
Resolution 3: Spend every month in a specific study.
Oh yeah. After January, I’m hitting it hard! I want to learn all I can this year. I want to be sitting at December 31st, 2016 and say, “Whoa. I know so much more than I did.” Yes!

And of course, you’ll be with me through this journey! I hope to hear your resolutions too!

My first goal is to do a Proverb a Day. And journal. Yaaaasss. Journal! I want to dive in, head first to the world of journaling and hopefully it will exceed my past studies and help me remember!

And today I had a bit of a rocky start if I’m gonna be honest. Once again, I was exhausted, and slept in. We had a pretty packed day. We took down Christmas, my mom sent me to the store, we watched War Room (which was unbelievably fantastic and inspiring!!!) and then had New Years dinner per annual tradition. On top of being at my son’s beck and call as every day goes, all of that is a lot. So to get quiet time to myself? Leave it to the life of being a mom to only have it early in the morning, (which was not the case today, nor is it usually the case any day. I like my sleep.) or late at night. As I am doing now. But I really wanted to get it posted today. So, here I am, for y’all!

Proverbs 1! The beginning of knowledge!

I really enjoyed this. And personally, verse 7, stuck out to me the most. So therefore that’s what I journaled. No rhyme or reason to my method. I wanted something original. I wanted something fun. But also, I needed something not as detailed, because it’s already 11:30. This took me all in all about an hour. That includes my prayer time, my read time and my journal time. I made sure to promise myself to not stress about perfection. And this also isn’t to show off any ‘art skills’ I may have. This is purely for me and me alone.

Just some simple lettering and water colors. Nothing too fancy. So tomorrow will be day 2! And wish me luck. I am hoping to wake up before my son for quiet time. But I really like my sleep.

Dear Lord, I pray that you allow Proverbs 1 to jump out. Make it easily relatable and speak to someone who needs it. Thank you for everything you do. For that, I am not personally worthy. I hope you take our lives this year and change them for the better. I pray you continue to use me to reach to all those who need a hand and to guide me to guide others to you. Let us take the wisdom and instruction others give us, and to not be so quick to dismiss. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Bible Journaling: What I Use

I meant to do this yesterday. But there was so much to do yesterday. Plus my son, Lucas, decided to wake up 7 times the night before and I wasn’t having that so I slept in while my momma watched him for a bit. (Because she’s super awesome.)

So, I’m starting bible journaling. Bible journaling is really a great way for hands on, creative types to really connect with the bible. I am hands on and my creative mind won’t shut up half the time. Growing up, my bulletin from Sunday service inevitably had doodles all over. Sometimes, I had to steal my mom’s to draw on too. So to hear about bible journaling, I was instantly intrigued. It is perfect for me.

Normally, I don’t remember what I read; whether I read it aloud or silently to myself. I have terrible reading comprehension. So from what I’ve read, this could help! So here is my list of supplies. I know this list will grow. If I had about $200 to blow on myself and my hobbies, I would have a much longer list. I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby. Minus the bible which was purchased from Mardel’s. And you can get it much cheaper online. Clicking all the pictures should send you to a link of where to find such items.

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible – To be honest, I’ve never used ESV, I am an NIV kind of girl. So reading a new translation should be fun. Worse case scenario, I just use one of my hundred other bibles or the app on my phone. But I think this is gorgeous! And who doesn’t love a brand new bible?
Washi Tape – I saw washi tape from Taz and Belly who is another bible journaler/blogger who is a lot of my inspiration. I found this at hobby lobby for $4. But apparently they are also at target in the dollar section. I haven’t seen them, nor have I gone looking for them either. But I will get back to you on that.
Prismacolor Magic Rub – This is for erasing my pencil marks. It doesn’t rub into a nasty color some other erasers. And it also doesn’t smear my ink. 
Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue – I’ve been using this for about a year now I think. And I use it for all my crafts. I’m a pretty big fan because it has a precision tip and a larger side for bigger projects.
Bazzill Basics Paper – Card stock! And my favorite color as of late, gold. This was $7.
More card stock. I’ve had these since July 2014 for my bridal shower. People wrote encouraging notes and advice on the back. This was left over so I’m not positive where this came from. But knowing me, most likely hobby lobby. They have a lot of choices. I will use these card stocks for tabbing and embellishments!
Crayola Watercolors – Simple crayola watercolors. Nothing fancy. Got this big pack for $5 maybe? I just loved all the colors! I almost got these instead. But went with traditional because I’m afraid of change.
These are my writers. Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna go with. First is just a simple mechanical pencil. Nothing special except the color, which happens to be my favorite, purple. The next is my pen. This is the Sharpie pen. It’s bleed free. Then we have what I will use for white, which is a Tree House Studio Paint Markers. This size is my favorite because its a fine point.  And of course, we have a paint brush. This is the same one that came with the watercolors. Nothing special. 
So like I said, it’s a short list. And as it grows, I will let you know what I find! And how I like it! But now, my son is asleep, my husband is asleep. So I get my quiet time. And I’m gonna journal for the first day! Hopefully, I will have the outcome later tonight!
Once again, happy new years y’all! 

Restatement of my basis.

Well, I thought I would share why I’m doing this. I have been accused as of late that I’m trying to become famous by talking about something I don’t have a true grasp on.

Firstly, that hurts my feelings. I have a true grasp on my faith. I have a true grasp on who I know the Lord to be. I have a true grasp on the fact that Jesus is God’s only son, and that Jesus died for my sins after leading the perfect, sinless life so that I could be loved by God and accepted.

Secondly, I didn’t not start this because of fame. I don’t want to be famous. I have zero interest in being famous. I am a wife, and a mother. I have no time for fame. I barely have time for this blog as it is. Point in case, my nearly month long absence during the holidays.

Thirdly, I started this plainly because my dream, my ultimate dream job would be a youth pastor. But because I am a woman, I cannot lead a youth group. Which, bothers me, but its not my place. So, to reach out to young teens as I am trying to do, I have created a small corner of the internet for girls to come and read, and learn and to ask questions. That’s it; that’s all.

Fourthly, never ever have I said I know everything. I am learning with you. I learn every time I do a blog post. I pray over each blog post, including this one. I want the Lord to speak through me. Because He has called me to do this. He has put an unshakable conviction in my heart to speak about the word and to speak truth. I believe that because He has called me, that I will eventually reach the people it needs to reach.

Lastly, I have had several people tell me that I have hit home. And honestly, I am proud of that. That means that what I have been called to do is doing what it is meant to do. And that is pure evangelism.

So. To those of you who have emailed me and said mean things, I laugh. I laugh because that is purely the devil trying to get me to stop. Because I believe that I am doing the RIGHT thing. And when you’re doing the RIGHT thing, the devil will always try to bring you down. Well… Not today and not tomorrow Satan. Keep trying. I have the Lord on my side. I need no other validation than His.

Proverbs 31:25 – John 15:18

And with that, I’m excited to announce that for the month of January, I am doing ‘A Proverb a Day’ going through the book of Proverbs! I hope that you join me. And learn just as much as I’m going to learn! So excited. This also may be paired with a Bible Journaling that I’m going to start! So keep a look out for January 1st!

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