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Monday, May 23, 2016

Journaling Bible: Accepting who You are!


Good evening! Today I was feeling a bit under the weather, but was determined to meditate on this verse;

Isaiah 43:1
1 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

I believe we have ALL dealt with ACCEPTANCE at some point in our lives. Not only feeling like we are not  accepted by others, but accepting WHO we ARE! 
I, myself, have suffered from self acceptance...
from not being pretty enough, 
not being smart enough, 
not being thin enough, 
not being patient enough, 
not being strong enough, and it goes on.  

In the end, I have to remind myself that God made me! I am HIS! And by questioning why and how He made me, I am not honoring Him. I am saying, "God...you didn't do good enough!"

So someone may think that I am not pretty enough, smart enough, good enough, etc....but in the end..
I am a Child of God! I have to remind myself of that daily...and just be ME!!!


Bible used: NIV Journaling Bible by Crossway, girl with crown image was found on Google, This is actually a "tip in" piece because I had already worked on this page. 
This shows the original journaling that I did last September. I used Washi Tape to adhere my new piece and it flaps over the original work. I can still enjoy both.
Like always, I used supplies I had on hand. A Martha Stewart border punch, ric-rac from Walmart ($1), Washi Tape, liquid glitter, patterned paper scraps, inks, and shiny doo-dads. All in PINK, my favorite color!!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Be Blessed!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Proverbs 31:25-She is Clothed with Strength.....

This is one of those LATE posts! I meant to post this during Mother's Day weekend as I felt it was a very appropriate verse, but well, life got busy and I didn't get to work on it and post it.
I have read this verse so many times, and really love it!!!! 
 Proverbs 31:10 is titled: The Woman Who Fears the Lord.
From Verse 10 all the way to Verse 31 it describes a God fearing, Christ serving woman....it is  very humbling. Its also a wonderful reminder of the woman we should try to be. In this life, it is not always easy, but by reading these verses daily, we can strive to be better women and better examples to others around us. I can think of many women in my life that are humble, speak with true kindness, wise beyond measure, generous, always willing to pray for others, and are truly God fearing women.

My favorite verse is Proverbs 31:25--
"She is clothed in Strength and Dignity and she Laughs at the Time to Come."
As I read this verse, one of my favorite photos came to mind. It was taken over a year ago, all three of our children were home, which is a very rare event due to their schedules. But when they are ALL home, I am at my happiest!!! I guess you can see this in the photo on my bible page.
 
I'm using a NIV Journaling Bible by Crossway. I used various stickers from my stash, washi tape, a flower stamp and chalks to color. The photo was printed on my computer and adhered to a piece of patterned paper. Decorative twine was stapled up at the top to mark my page.
 
 
Have a Blessed Week!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Isaiah 1:17-Always Seek to Do the Right Thing

Well, the week has begun!!! I really enjoyed my weekend, but as they say...
All good things must come to an end!

My Monday wasn't too bad. It was super busy at work, I came home tired and made us an awesome meal of hamburgers and fries. Yes, comfort food. And now...
I get to share this week's prompt with you. 


You can read more about the prompts here: HOMEGROWN HOSPITALITY
This is Week 18: 
"Learn to do what is right. Treat people fairly. Help those who are treated badly. Stand up in court for children whose fathers have died. And do the same thing for widows."
 Isaiah 1:17 NIRV

Seems like a simple verse, but sometimes not so simple to do. In short, the bible says, "Always seek to do the right thing.". I think if we all strived to live this way, the world would be a much better place. 
So we should all try our hardest not lie, steal, cheat, say evil words, put eachother down, judged,etc. and instead, we should ENCOURAGE one another, lend a helping hand, lift up those that are feeling down, feed a hungry person, or animal (yes, I love all of God's critters!), and the list could go on and on. 

I love using my rubberstamps for my bible journaling. When I saw this House Mouse Stamp in my stash I knew I had to use it along with this verse. 



Have a great evening!!!!
And a blessed week ahead!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Journaling Bible: Proverbs 23:7

I hope your weekend has been a blessed one! This morning in church, we had the pleasure of hearing a message from my sister in law, Elizabeth. She has been singing and preaching God's word for many years now and has such a gift for this. 

This morning she spoke from several chapters of the Bible, but this one stuck with me:

PROVERBS 23:7  
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." 

I love reading the bible, and hearing verses, and thinking, 
"How can I apply this to my life? 
How does this pertain to my life?"  

For many months now, I've taken a different approach at life. In order to have peace and well being, I have told myself to stay away from negativity, from drama, for evil doers, from gossipers. It's NOT always easy, but it's something I TRY  to do. 
And for me...it WORKS. I feel so much better. I'm less stressed. 

I have the thinking of: if it doesn't hurt me or concern me...than I DON'T CARE! It's not that I don't care for my loved ones or people, I just don't care of the nonsense. I don't care to be brought down by negativity, I don't care to be discouraged because they choose a different walk in life, I don't care to be hurt or angry about something I can't control. And I have to keep reminding myself..everyday....For what I think in my heart, makes me who I am. 


This entry isn't anything spectacular, only because I kept thinking of this verse, and how it applies to my life. I was doing this, more than thinking, "how can I make this page beautiful." 


Here are the supplies I used. Its stuff that I have, no special purchases. My bible is a NSV Journaling Bible by Crossway.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening!!!!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Journaling Bible: Jeremiah 29:13

Happy April Fool's Day! Thank goodness I haven't been the victim of a prank today! 
I worked on this the other night, and hadn't had a chance to share it...until today!

This was the Documented Faith verse for Week 12:
You can read more here: Homegrown Hospitality

Jeremiah 29:13:  
"When you look for me with all your heart, you will find me" 


I used a little bit of everything in my stash. A vintage page sheet from some ephemera I received in a swap. Not sure how old these pages are, but they are almost brittle. A variety of stickers, some scrap patterened paper, metallic water paints and pearl stick-ons. A paper doilie and a bling paper clip, I believe its made by The Paper Studio...I've had it for years! 

I love this verse, because it's a reminder to honestly seek God with all of our hearts. And when we do...we will feel His presence!!!

Have a blessed day!!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April in my MAMBI Happy Planner!!!

Happy Tuesday to you!!! I finally got some time to get to my MAMBI Happy Planner lastnight and decorate my pages just a bit. I used to sit and plan every Sunday evening, but lately my routine has been thrown off by something or other. 
Anywho.......here is my April spread. My colors seem a bit off in this photo, is washed out the word? LOL 
I did stick with pastels! I love starting out spring with pretty pastels. I made the ribbon paperclip to match. 


And here is this week's spread. I'm sorry for the low quality photos, I took these lastnight on my counter. 

And this is our "rescue pup", the shelter owner named her Audrey, after me! 
My husband rescued her last week from the median of a busy highway. Sadly she had been dumped by her owners and left to fend for herself. I fostered her for about a week, and today, she goes to a wonderful shelter in San Antonio to be adopted. 
She had to keep me company at work this morning until our local shelter, Judy's Ark, opened up. 
This morning she was going to get groomed, and then transferred to be neutered and then adopted out to a new, SAFE, home!
I really enjoyed having her, but with 5 dogs of my own, I could not keep her. 
I just have to remind myself that this makes room for more dogs to rescue/foster in the future. 
It's a bittersweet day for me. 


Have a wonderful day!!
audrey

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring has arrived and my Pinterest Fail!

Oh MY gosh!!! Where has the time gone!? It has been forever since I have updated this blog. Life just seems to get in the way of my "ME" time. I honestly haven't had much time for crafting, this includes my bible journaling. I miss all of this so much and promise to be back in the swing of things soon.  I am SOOO excited to be getting my own craft room!!! I still need to decorate it and do some organizing, but when it's done, I will surely share it with you! 

I love Spring! It's like a rebirth for earth. What once was gray and brown, is now green and filled with bright colors from all the flowers! The birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and flowers are blooming!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter, these crafts aren't anything spectacular, but I wanted to make my kiddos a little Easter treat. So here it is:

 My 3 are all in their 20's, I also included my son's fiance. Boxes are from WalMart, they are filled w/ candy and for the girls I added some of the Target $1 sticky notes. Jars are recycled, and these little bunnies barely fit. I added some Foiled wrapped chocolate eggs,  but they would only fit in the back. 
This was a Pinterest Fail! LOL 

I also wanted to share some cute critters from around our place, just for fun!

Meet Otis, my neighbor's miniature donkey:

This is Mocha! My 2 yr. old Chocolate Lab.


And her brother Cocoa!



                              These cute little kittens don't have names, as we are hoping to find them a good home soon!



Have a wonderful Monday!!
Blessings, 
audrey