Grace & Truth ~ What to Do When Your Past Revisits You

We all have a past.  Things we wish we hadn’t done.  Pain we wish hadn’t been inflicted upon us.  Relationships we’d hoped would’ve turned out differently.  Somehow, we ‘move on’ – because life goes on.  And then…when we least expect it – a piece of our past returns.  Our hearts get broken – again.  We feel the grief of ‘what should’ve been’ but never was.  

I know all of this all too well.  And it hurts.  That’s why I chose Tiffany’s post, What to Do When Your Past Revisits You, as my feature for Grace and Truth this week.  Hop on over to her site to read her encouraging post!

Tiffany, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil?

You know how you read a post and the author sounds angry…or judgemental (maybe both) – and you leave the site feeling condemned?  Oh, my, if people ever felt like that after reading any of my posts, I’d be quite concerned about what I was writing!  Convicted – yes (this comes from the Holy Spirit).  Condemned – never – because it would come from me.  But finding these kinds of posts is pretty easy – even when you search for a topic as harmless as Bible journaling.  Wow!  There are some strong opinions out there!  And, friends, that is exactly what they are – opinions.  So, I thought I’d address the question Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil? in my last post in the series.

Your desire is to live in obedience to God because of your love and devotion to Him. You are also a creative person and you’ve heard about Bible journaling. You love the idea and you see it as a way to draw you and the Lord even closer. But you’ve also heard bad things about it – bad enough to make you worry that you might be doing the devil’s work. You wonder Is Bible Journaling Wrong? Or Even Evil? I address these questions in this post.

There are a few arguments out there against Bible journaling – let’s go one-by-one. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Ways I Practice Self-Care Everyday

“What about ‘me time’?”  

Isn’t that the lament of almost every mother?  We want demand ‘our time’.  It seems to be the mantra these days – the forever sought after ‘mommy time’.  However, in our search this elusive point in time, we often miss out on the TRUE mommy quite time.  We hunt for the experiences that only temporarily fill us while negating the moments that satisfy our souls.  

And, really, isn’t that what we desperately need?  Soul satisfaction? 

That’s why I appreciated Rosanna’ post from Extraordinary Everyday Mom.  Her post, 3 Ways I Practice Self-Care Everyday, are not only practical, but can probably be fulfilled almost every day.

Rosanna, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?

This year has been so hard for many marriages.  Whether it be a ‘celebrity’ Christian or a friend.  This year has been HARD.  At the end of last year, Courtney Joseph announced the end of her marriage, causing her to take a break from writing this past spring.  My heart broke for her precious heart.  And then, more recently, Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 ministries, announced her divorce due to her husband’s infidelity, substance abuse, and his refusal to repent anhttp://lysaterkeurst.com/2017/06/rejection-heartache-and-a-faithful-god/d turn away from his sin.  Both of these beautiful women wrote on Godly marriage.  How can this happen to them??  We want to know because it scares us.  If it can happen to them, it can happen to us.  We wonder, “Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?”

With the number of Christian celebrity marriages falling apart, doubt and discouragement can infiltrate our hearts. We grow concerned about our own marriages. Is there anything that can be done to ensure our marriages are immune to such disaster? We wonder “Can I Divorce-Proof My Marriage?”

I don’t think there is a magical formula for divorce-proofing.  I’m sure if there was, these ladies would have used it!  We can do everything in our power to prevent affairs and divorce, but in the end, if there is unrepentance, the marriage will disintegrate. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 6 Of The Best Reasons Why We Need Our Dads

Father’s Day has come and gone.  How did you spend yours?  We had a quiet afternoon after church.  It was good.  I am thankful that we were able to celebrate my husband on Sunday.  We talked about what it meant to be a good father – and how he has pointed our kids to Jesus Christ.  

It really was a good day.

However, I know it wasn’t an easy day for many.  Maybe your father was absent growing up.  Or maybe he was around, but not really present or available.  Maybe your father was abusive.  Maybe you never knew him.  I get this.  Really, I do.  My father was an alcoholic and was killed in an accident when I was 3.  He was the driver.  He killed his friend, too.  

I know healing and restoration is possible, friend.  I know because I have experienced it.  And that is why I chose Julie’s post, 6 Of The Best Reasons Why We Need Our Dads, as my feature this week.  She addresses just how important dads are – and because they are so important, it breaks our hearts when our dad isn’t the dad God intended him to be.  I appreciate how she briefly discusses how to seek help and healing for those wounds.  The stats she shares are not surprising, but still hard to read.  It is a great post – and I hope that it blesse you as you read…and brings healing to your heart.

Julie, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Bible Journaling Tips for the Not-So-Artistic Artists

I scrolled through my Pinterest search results for Bible journaling, each image bringing discouragement and intimidation.  There is NO WAY I can draw like that!!!  There is so much detail in those hands.  The colors are blended perfectly.  The lines are straight.  I was tempted to shut my journaling Bible and give up.  But I didn’t.  And I’m glad I didn’t!  I figured out how to journal my way – a way that honors my heart for God.  And I think that’s the key here, right?  Not perfection (we are all a work in progress, after all, right?).  But what brings me closer to God.  I thought I’d share a few of my Bible Journaling Tips for the Not-So-Artistic Artists.  

If you have felt intimidated by all the beautiful art work that comes with Pinterest searches of Bible journaling, you aren’t alone. Here are my tips for getting started with Bible journaling without worrying about what everyone else is doing. Bible Journaling Tips for the Not-So-Artistic Artists.

While in university for my teaching degree, I had to take a special art class for teachers – how to teach art.  Part of the requirement was to keep a sketchbook AND to create specific pieces of art using various tools.  Many of us found this task overwhelming.  We weren’t talented artists like some of our peers were.  However, before we could voice our complaints concerns, our professor told us something I’ll never forget.  She said, “You are all artists.  You can all draw.  I’ll teach you how.”  And she did.  She did teach a little bit of technique, but mostly, she encouraged us to find our own art ‘voice’.  She saw us all as artists.  And, slowly, throughout the year, we started to see ourselves as artists, too. Read More

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Beyond The Bible Journaling Basics

Last week, I introduced you to some very simple and basic Bible journaling tools.  Today, I’d like to show you some of my favorite beyond the basics’.  When I say ‘beyond the basics’, I mean still simple tools any beginner can use – nothing crazy artistic here!  Most are basically the same as a basic tool but with a bit more pizzazz.  So, don’t worry if you are not artistic or creative, these tools will be simple enough for you to use – trust me!  Here are some of my favorite Beyond The Bible Journaling Basics.

You’ve covered the basics of Bible journaling and you are ready to kick it up a notch. Where do you start? What’s next? What else is there besides regular pencil crayons and stickers? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with Beyond The Bible Journaling Basics! Nothing too fancy or difficult, but enough glitz to vamp up a page!

Glitz

I love glitter and sparkles.  I’m just going to say it.  The more glitter, the better.  So, why not add some to Bible journaling??? Read More

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My Favorite Basic Bible Journaling Supplies

I love Bible journaling.  However, I don’t get to journal as often as I’d like to.  But once in a while, I will sit and color or draw in my Bible.  I find it very therapeutic as I think about the passage or scripture verse I am illustrating or printing out in an elaborate font (trying to, anyway!).  I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I’d like to share with you some of My Favorite Bible Journaling Supplies.

Are you looking for beginner Bible journaling supplies and tips? Are you wishing to start Bible journaling, but not sure where to begin? Here are my My Favorite Basic Bible Journaling Supplies.

The Bible

Let’s start easy, ok?  The Bible…  What Bible should you use?  Do you even need a Bible?  2 great questions, right?  Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Why It’s Important to Date Your Husband

When my kids were little, I trained them to stay in bed by telling them that the evening was ‘mommy & daddy’ time and we needed to have this time to help keep our marriage strong.  They liked the idea of ‘helping’ us in our marriage.  And it worked.  The kids remained in bed unless there was an emergency.  This was our ‘date’ a lot of the time.  Sometimes we’d go out – or my husband would feed the kids early and cook us a later dinner – he is a fantastic cook!  But, most of the time, it was a quiet evening at home watching something o TV (I know there are some against watching TV together instead of ‘talking’ – but we’ve been happily married for 19 years now – we both work from home and I homeschool the kids – and we are still MADLY in love – like seriously sappy and mushy – so, clearly it works for us).

So…that’s why I chose Joy’s post, Why It’s Important to Date Your Husband, as my feature this week.  I appreciate that she didn’t say there was only one way to date your hubby – in fact, I think it is a state of the heart that comes into play here, too.  But she gave a few suggestions that included staying at home.  And, you know what??  Those at-home dates make getting to the bedroom quicker;)  Right?

Joy, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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When You Need To Let Your Fruit Prove Your Reputation

As I read the narrator’s description of her, I knew she was a woman of great integrity.  It was clear that her incredible reputation was well known in the land.  This account forced me to consider my own reputation.  Is it a good one?  For what am I known for?  One of my regular prayers is to be seen as a woman who is full of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, wisdom, and patience.  These are the very qualities this woman was known for.  And I hoped I would be, too.  This post is for When You Need To Let Your Fruit Prove Your Reputation.  PS – get the downloadable worksheets for this post at the end…

What do you do when people spread lies and gossip about you? When they try to ruin your reputation? Do you fight back? Or do you take it to God in prayer? When You Need To Let Your Fruit Prove Your Reputation.

I dove into my study of 1 Samuel 25 – a chapter I had not ever read before.  And, honestly, I really did not know this story.  As I read the account of Abigail, Nabal, and David, I was moved by the narrator’s description of Abigail.  She really must have been quite the woman!  Not only was she spoken highly of, she had the fruit to prove it!  I think that is key.  People will say what they will – but it is our fruit that will prove those statements true or false. Read More

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