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Romans 5:1-2 (ESV)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

This entry in my Journaling Bible is short and sweet, but I think simplicity can be a good thing. I used watercolors and a marker to make the feather. I tend to gravitate toward verses with the word “hope” in them, and this is a good one!

If you are interested in Bible journaling, I encourage you to check out a new Tuesdays to Create Bible Journaling Challenge . You don’t need a Journaling Bible to do this, by the way, even though it is really fun to have one. Any notebook will work as long as you have access to a Bible or a Bible app to look up the verses. I’ve signed up for Tuesdays to Create, and I’m looking forward to it.

Have a great Monday.

Teresa

A Foundation for Confidence

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2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Even before I picked confident as my One Word Resolution for 2016, I made this Bible journaling page. I thought of the scriptures as a foundation for confidence, and that’s why I drew Every Good Work inside of stacked boxes.

xoxo Teresa

 

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

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Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

People who are in Christ will exhibit the fruits in their lives as an overflow of what is in their hearts. I journaled about which fruits are evident in my life and which ones are more of a challenge. In particular, I wrote about love, and how easy it is for me to show love to my son and to children in general, while it can be so tough to show love to people who are critical or hurtful, especially people I have trusted who have let me down (which happens because we are all human).

Galatians 5:22-23 is a popular Christian verse, and it’s easy to see why. The fruits of the spirit are beautiful, and the image of fruit makes the qualities easy to remember.

For this page, I Mod Podged gold foil lining from a card envelope onto the page in the shape of a tree trunk, and then I used watercolor to do the rest of the tree. I prepped the whole page with gesso so that the watercolor would not bleed through.

Happy Monday!

Teresa

 

Psalm 27:14

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Happy Monday to you, dear reader. I used simple Paper Mate markers to create this word art. It is so hard to wait on God’s timing, but He comes through. On the opposite side of this Journaling Bible page, I wrote about how I have waited for God’s timing in the past and the challenges that I’m having with waiting in certain aspects of life right now. The Bible Journaling e-course challenge that I am participating in right now encouraged us to write out the verse on card stock and hang it up somewhere where we can see it, such as in the car or on a mirror. I do Project Life scrapbooking (so much fun), so the little pre-cut Project Life cards worked really well for that!

xoxo Teresa

Start the New Year with Bible Journaling

Misses Miscellany asked me to write a post about why I’m Bible journaling in 2016. Here’s my post, featured there today!

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I am new to Bible journaling, but I am quickly becoming attached to the practice. Journaling Bibles have wide margins, where a person can write, draw, paint, or take notes on different verses or passages. I won a Journaling Bible several months ago, and I thought it was so beautiful with its yellow cover when it arrived in the mail. I flipped through it and looked at it; on a tough day not long after that, I turned to The Lord’s Prayer and doodled the prayer with bubble lettering and little drawings. I read the prayer aloud and continued to think of the prayer as I drew. Then I started doing some writing, starting at the beginning of the Bible, about my personal journey of faith.

December got busy, and my Bible journaling fizzled out a little. Fortunately, I knew of a free e-course that was offering a daily Bible…

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Bible Journaling Challenge

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The Bible Journaling Challenge e-course that I have mentioned in past posts is well underway. The first day of the challenge was January 1. The first day’s verse was Acts 17:28. My journaling Bible is in English Standard Version (ESV), so that’s the version I am using for the verses. I am quoting a portion of the verse below, but you can click the Acts 17:28 link to see the entire verse.

“. . . ‘In him we live and move and have our being’. . .”
Acts 17:28 (ESV)

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I won’t be sharing every single journal entry, even though I do plan to keep up with the 31 day challenge and continue journaling after that too, probably using the daily verses from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I’m hoping to post about once a week.

As I drew my journaling doodles using Micron pens, I thought about what it means to live and move and have our being in Christ.  I wrote my answers to the day’s question prompts for the challenge on the opposite page, and I ended in prayer. As I was drawing, the image of a candle came to my mind, so that is why the candle light is on the house chimney for the word “live” and also on the word “being.”

 

Have a great Monday! Hope your New Year is off to a lovely start.

xoxo Teresa

 

 

First Bible Journaling Post for 2016

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Happy New Year! As promised in my post yesterday, here is one of my Bible journaling doodles to kick off 2016. I was inspired to pick Galatians 5:25 after reading an excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Here’s what my Jesus Calling desk calendar says for today.

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Much love to you today! If you have any questions about Bible journaling or how I made this page, feel free to ask in the comments. Also, if you do Pinterest, feel free to pin this and link back to the post (if someone wants to explain how to put a clickable Pinterest button on the blog images, I would like to hear how to do that!).

xoxo Teresa

Goodbye, 2015! Hello, 2016.

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As 2015 draws to a close, I’m sitting at my laptop, typing and drinking a green smoothie. I’ve resolved to drink one of these each morning. It has 1/2 banana, some frozen pineapple and mango, kale, coconut milk, dried mint, and green tea in it. I freeze all the fruits and veggies in individual Ziploc servings so that they’re ready to go in the morning, and then I pour the hot green tea over them to thaw them out a little before they go in the blender (green tea has antioxidants that are great for your body and skin). Tastes pretty good!

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Anyway, reflecting back on 2015, I wanted to share my favorite posts and then tell you about the changes that are coming for my blog in 2016.

My Favorite Five from 2015 (with links)

  1. Try a Relationship Goal Like This (Take a Hike!)
  2. My Selfie in Words
  3. Kelly Clarkson Concert Style (also my most viewed post for 2015)
  4. Fashion Inspired By Melissa McCarthy in Spy
  5. My First Art Show

My 2014 Favorites Too

  1. Let’s All Be Brave
  2. Finding Beauty in Scars
  3. A Beautiful Walk
  4. Pursuing the Intentional Life
  5. What Surprised Me Most About Motherhood

 

Looking Back at Blogging in 2015

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I had readers from 65 countries this year!

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In 2015, I focused on posts about plus size fashion for the everyday woman. I had a great time dressing up and writing about plus size fashion as a way to show my support for women of all sizes in an image obsessed culture. Even though I am curvy, I feel like I don’t have much in common with the plus size models who wear a lot of make-up and have perfect hair. That image is just not attainable (nor desired) at this stage of my life; the image most plus size models portray, while beautiful and admirable, still isn’t one I can relate to. I cheer on plus size models, but I realize even they are portraying something that’s not realistic for everyone (they still have to be a certain height and typically an hourglass shape, and they are Photoshopped too). I wanted to show what I was wearing because I felt like it was realistic and attainable. This was a great year to write about plus size fashion because Ashley Nell Tipton won Project Runway with her plus size collection! In 2014, I wrote mostly about motherhood and faith. Those posts were more reflective and serious, so I think 2015’s fashion posts were a way to just have some fun. I wore designs from great companies such as Boots by Pamela, Haiku Bags, e-Shakti, IGIGI, and Qurvii.

What’s Coming in 2016

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Life is about to get crazy busy as I prepare to go back into the career world after three glorious years of full time motherhood. So, I needed to find something to blog about that would be pretty simple for 2016. Also, I wanted to share something that is like a gift to my readers, something that will hopefully enhance their day and give them a break from the negativity in the world. Epiphany: Bible journaling! I am going to share my Bible journaling in short posts. I hope you will enjoy the doodles and sentiments, and I hope the verses will inspire you. I’m going to be taking a free Bible journaling e-course that will hopefully provide some inspiration. If your interest is piqued, sign up for the e-course too — and let me know if you do.

My first Bible journaling post will be on the blog New Years Day!

Happy New Year, dear reader.

xoxo Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

Women of Faith Conference Coming to Theaters

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Attending a women’s conference can be a wonderful way to build your faith and hear other people’s experiences in their Christian walk. Yet, some conferences are pricey, and you need the time in your schedule to go. Even if you are short on money or time, there is a neat opportunity coming up at movie theaters around the country.

The Women of Faith conference will be showing in select movie theaters February 18 and 20, or March 3 and 5. I have never been to a Women of Faith conference, but I have heard that they are amazing. I plan on going to watch at my local theater (I was very surprised my local theater is indeed showing it!). I’m especially excited because I’ve heard that Jen Hatmaker is one of the many women who will be in the film.

If you’re interested in going, visit the conference site at http://www.womenoffaith.com/ to see if it’s playing near you! If you end up going, let me know.

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Book Review

Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon

by Camilla d’Errico

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If you have been following my blog lately, you know that most of the art I’m making does not fit into the Pop Surrealism category. It leans more toward Impressionism, folk art, collage, doodling, and Bible journaling. Yet, I was interested in reading Pop Painting because it goes into great detail about how the artist, Camilla d’Errico, actually makes her art. It describes which paints she uses — a type of oil paint that interestingly works somewhat like an acrylic — and why she likes to paint on wood instead of canvas. The artist recommends using watercolor pencils to first sketch out a painting so that the pencil sketch will blend into the painting, which I thought was a pretty clever idea. She offers many pages of illustrated step-by-step tips. I am always learning, and I can appreciate creativity even when it is on the quirky side, so a book like this appeals to me.

As you can see from the book’s cover, Pop Surrealism as a genre is pretty eccentric. The photo on the cover is actually more subdued than many of the art pieces included in the book. The art from this genre has humor and whimsy, and it is very imaginative. It reminds me a little of Lisa Frank from my childhood (in terms of color and the subject matter) and Alice in Wonderland to the extreme (in terms of stretching the imagination). The author explains that Pop Surrealism has roots in Pop Art and in Surrealism. I am intrigued by Modern Art, even though it’s not what I necessarily create.

I believe this book offers a  lot of insight into an artist’s way of thinking and the art-making process. The art will not fit everyone’s taste, certainly, but if your initial reaction to the cover is one of curiosity, you will probably enjoy the art in the book. If you’re interested in making art, this book will offer a lot of great advice. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, but the opinions are entirely my own.

xoxo Teresa