Monday Matters

So much of the time, once Monday rolls around we get in a slump and aren’t excited about the day. That’s not me today though! I have so much to look forward to. I confided in you about some of my struggles in my previous post but although I struggle, I have hope.

This Monday morning I am excited about the day. For the first time in awhile, we meal prepped last night and I am stoked to share the recipes with you. Also today, a friend of mine and I are beginning our Advocare challenge. Today marks day 1 of the cleanse phase. Then tonight, my second season of Run for God begins. We participated in the program a few years ago but haven’t stuck to running. During the program last time I completed my very first full 5K run. Usually, I had just walked them. I felt like I was on top of the world and to be honest, was probably in the best shape of my life then. I’m ready to get that me back! It’s coming.

Now, for the meal prep last night. I made a delicious one pan dish that included chicken, green beans, and red potatoes. I also made vinegar cucumbers and clean deviled eggs. Just look at how delicious all of this looks! I will be sharing the recipes in separate posts.

Make it a marvelous Monday!
Hollie

Cheerful and Crafty!

I made a couple trips to our local Hobby Lobby store this weekend and have so much to be a happy crafter about.. new washi tape, tab puncher, scrapbook paper, and stamps. I have seen people making their own Bible tabs and instead of purchasing a set on Etsy, I wanted to try and make my own. I haven’t started but I have stocked up on what I need to begin!

My obsession with washi tape is pretty obvious, although isn’t everyone? Okay, maybe it’s just me but how can you resist the tiny little prints that bring so much life to your planners and Bibles. Oh!! Side note, I purchased a new life planner by Erin Condren. I cannot wait for it to arrive, it’ll be my first EC planner and I will definitely be posting about that in the future. Back on track, my new stamps. Oh em gee, so cute! I purchased six new stamps because they were on sale for 50% off, we all know how expensive stamps can be. All of the ones I purchased dealt with photography in some way except for one, my mason jar. Totally precious!

Have you made any recent craft supply purchases? I’d love to hear about them and what your current go-to product is. Mine is obviously, washi.

Happy crafting! Xo.

 

Made to Crave

I have to be honest, I crave food more than I crave time with God. I’d like to take the easy way out and blame it on stress but in reality, I have allowed food to control my life. It’s time for that to stop. I am starting the Made to Crave 21 Day Challenge. This is a devotional plan on the Bible app for those of you who would like to join me. It’s time I take back control and allow my life to be led by the One who breathed it into form. It’s not going to be easy but it’ll be worth it, are you in?

Growing Closer to God Through Art, Design, and Journaling.

I am human and I fail. I don’t live the way I should all the time but I try. I make mistakes yet He loves me anyway. How astonishing is that? He blesses me with so much even though I don’t deserve it. How can anyone know that and not want a deeper, more personal relationship with Him? I want to love like Jesus loves. I want to trust in Him ALWAYS, not just when it’s convenient. I want to be confident in myself and see myself through His eyes. I am valued, a one of a kind original. I was handpicked by the King of Kings.

Despite knowing all of this, I always feel that my relationship with God isn’t where it needs to be. So, I spent some time searching different approaches to really studying scripture and gaining a deeper relationship with the Lord. I came across the process of journaling in your Bible. I hadn’t heard of journaling Bibles before coming across Shanna Noel’s blog and Valerie Wieners Art. These two ladies have inspired me to start my own journaling Bible experience. One of my resolutions for the new year is the create a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God through my journaling Bible. I hope that through doing so and sharing my experiences, I’ll inspire someone else just as I was inspired.

So here it is, my first round of supplies on this new journey.

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I purchased the ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway. After looking in a few stores, I was able to find it on hand at Lifeway. Other supplies you see in the picture are Erin Condren extra fine colored pens (these were a gift and I absolutely love them!), Crayola twistable crayons, different washi and duck tape designed tape, stamps and stamp pads, flag punch, and stickers. I am going to decorate the outside of my journaling Bible but not all at once because I’m sure I’ll run into other sticky fabrics, stickers, and tape designs I like and would like to display. So I’ll provide you with a before and after (so far) of the front cover.

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I had so much fun making it my own. The sayings on the front cover are from a sticker sheet that I purchased at AC Moore. “What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” How powerful is that? It really touches me and puts things into perspective. The other one, “Draw closer to God and He will draw closer to you” is one that I felt connected to mainly because I am terrible at not doing my daily devotion or personal prayer time simply because “I don’t have time.” This is reminding me that when I MAKE TIME, the Lord will make time for me in other areas. Without Him, I wouldn’t have any time, so I really need to do a better job at taking that time for Him.

Have you ever had a journaling Bible or maybe currently do? I would love to hear about your experience if so. I will be posting more as I make my mark with how I’m interpreting the scripture. Hope you’ll find it inspiring!