bible journaling

i’ve written about my faith journey a little bit over the years.

in 2013 i was trying to define mine and learning how to pray.

in 2014 and 2015, i lost it. i was hurt and stuggling to find anything to hold onto. i’m not sure i wrote anything about faith, because it just wasn’t there. i read my daily word everyday, but i just couldn’t find connection.

this year, i finally figured out how to be still, let go, and look for signs.

it hasn’t been easy, but i’m learning.

i’ve enjoyed bible studies and podcasts, but i have found something that i absolutely love that connects me to faith.

bible journaling.

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yes, coloring in my bible.

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not just coloring, but using creativity to really understand, connect with, and enjoy faith.

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not only am i stretching my creative boundaries, but i a growing in faith.

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i had no idea what to do at first, so i picked a verse and drew something…

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i’ve posted the above photos on instagram and been asked a few times what bible i am using. it’s a crossway ESV single column journaling bible.

if you are interested in learning more about bible journaling, search #biblejournaling on instagram or do a search on pinterest.

and, here is a quick start guide to getting started from one of my favorite resources, illustrated faith.
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i’m excited to share more about bible journaling here, so let me know what you think!

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foundation

we had a big remodel done on our house this summer…

  • 1+ year in the making
  • whole house
  • new paint, trim, doors, and kitchen
  • 5 weeks away from home

you would think i would be THRILLED to get home and put it all back together. have our family back together under one roof. in OUR home.

i didn’t want to go home. i was terrified. i cried. lots of tears.

i honestly thought about staying in colorado where, for the first time in a long time, i felt safe, loved, and supported.

you see, the problems weren’t in the old trim, paint, cabinets, doors, or countertop.

the problems were (are) in the foundation.

a house that feels brand new with a happy, bright yellow door might look good from the outside, but it will crumble to rubble eventually without a solid foundation.

the foundation has been cracked and patched up over the years. in fact, i’m not sure it was ever built well in the first place.

not literally.

figuratively.

metaphorically.

FAITHFULLY.

the name of this blog is “home is what you make it”…happy colors, cheerful words, and eclectic decor sure can make your home one of a kind. it can even make you happy, but it doesn’t build a foundation.

only FAITH can do that.

FAITH.

LOVE.

HOPE.

brick by brick.

day by day.

“the wisest of women builds her house” proverbs 14:1

rainbows

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between you and me and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

-Genesis 9:12-15

The covenant between God and the earth.

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If you know me, you know I love rainbows.

I’ve always loved color, but only in the last few years have rainbows been an obsession.

The day I sat down and read through Genesis, I was overwhelmed with understanding when I read those verses.

Signs.

Over and over.

Everywhere in my house.

For years, the signs were there, but I just didn’t understand.

R A I N B O W S.


November 2014, we surprised the kids with a new puppy.

We told them that they could pick out a name for her.

They chose Rainbow.

No arguments.

R A I N B O W S.


The day after I read through Genesis, my 98 year old grandfather passed away.

That day I saw a rainbow in the clouds.

And, the next day.

And, the next.

Everywhere I looked, for days, there were rainbows in the clouds.

R A I N B O W S.


On March 23rd, our dog Rainbow had puppies.

When we moved out to Oregon, one of our dreams was to raise dogs.

It had been put on the back burner for lots of reasons, but when we got Rainbow we knew that we would be having at least one litter with her.

She gave birth to EIGHT puppies.

It was amazing.

The kids were on spring break, and my in-laws were visiting and got to take part in the excitement.

Eight puppies.

Red.

Orange.

Yellow.

Green.

Blue.

Indigo.

Violet.

And, Pink.

R A I N B O W S.


When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on earth.

-Genesis 9:16

let go…

 

When the beginning of 2016 came around, I had a plan for the year.

I reworked a website, made lists, sent e-mails, and thought I had it all under control.

February came around and I fell apart.

Comparison stole my joy.

I saw others who were doing what I wanted to do and wondered why I couldn’t just make it happen.

I beat myself up.

I cried.

I stayed in bed.

I felt sorry for myself.

Then I saw signs…literally. One of my favorite artists is a sign maker. I have her signs all over my house. She posted a new one that was simple “Look for Signs”. Shortly after that, she posted one that read, “Be still and know”.

That’s when I knew. I had to let go and let God.

I had heard these words before. Heck, I had said these words before, but I hadn’t really put them into practice. I hadn’t put the “let God” part into practice. This time, He wouldn’t let me skip the “let God” part. You see, this is His plan, not mine. I was trying to control His plan. When I let go and gave Him control it was freeing.

Yes, MY plans are not taking shape the way I planned, but I believe that He has bigger plans for me.


I call myself a perpetual student of life.

If I could just got to classes and learn new things for the rest of my life I would be happy.

I love to learn new things.

In March, I decided that I was going to learn something new.

I decided that I was going to read the Bible.

At first, I thought I would follow a one year reading plan.  I started in Genesis. I read through it in a day taking notes, highlighting, and trying to figure out the ancestry. Wow, people lived for a LONG time when God first made the earth.

Within a couple of days, the whole catching up to March in the one year plan felt daunting.

However, an instagram friend mentioned she was following a study of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Gretchen Saffles of Life Lived Beautifully on periscope. I purchased the study and followed along. This was perfect for my introvert heart. I felt like part of a community, but I didn’t have to interact face to face. You see, I love being in a classroom. I sit right in the front row, take great notes, and soak it all in, but I’ve never been great at class participation, group projects, or even socializing after class.

I followed and participated in that study for the next four weeks. I learned to give myself quiet time learning that part of the bible each day.

I let go of the plans I had made for myself and let God lead me to Him.


I’ve spent more time reading in the last few weeks than I have in years. In fact, just yesterday I started Big Magic in the afternoon and finished it late last night.

I’ve also read The Best Yes and Love Does. In reading both of those I took notes and highlighted like I was studying for a test.

I’ve continued reading the bible with additional bible studies I have purchased through Life Lived Beautifully.

I’m not sure what God has in store for me, but I’m willing to listen.

“…it seems that what God does most of the time when He has something to say is this…He doesn’t pass us messages, instead He passes us each other.”

– Bob Goff, Love Does

 

{faith} defining mine

faith

/fāTH/

  • complete trust or confidence in someone or something
  • something that is believed especially with strong conviction
  • confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing
  • a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, especially when this is not based on reason
  • a specific system of religious beliefs

At the end of last year I decided that I wanted to explore my FAITH more.

I am surrounded by people of FAITH in many areas of my life, but am not quite sure what my FAITH is.

In a way, my goal, and my word for 2013 is FAITH.

WAIT! The year is 2/3 of the way over and I am finally sharing my word for the year?!

Yes.

This is an exploration of MY faith.

In a lot if ways it is an internal exploration.

And finding my own definition of faith.

I have chosen a few people to share this with.

Even more than that, I believe that there are certain people who have been chosen FOR me.

I am still in the very early stages of this exploration and definition…and know it is truly a lifelong journey.

However, I believe that I am ready to share this journey here, with you, in hopes that we can share with each other.

home is…sharing my journey.