A Brand New Bible Study Method + a Free Printable

A Brand New Bible Study Method + a Free Printable

Have you attempted Bible study before, and thought, “where in the world do I start??”

Do you find your mind wandering as you read through the verses? 

Do you secretly wonder if you're reading your Bible to check it off your list?

Does the thought of reading the Bible without a book to guide you make you a little nervous?

You’re not alone!

What if I introduced you to a method of study that helped you stay focused, fit in your schedule, and showed you how to dig into the Scriptures?

Would you give it a shot?

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10 Myths About Bible Journaling

10 Myths About Bible Journaling

Sometimes we will tell ourselves anything to keep us from starting something new or out of our wheelhouse. 

If you have been wanting to start Bible journaling, but have been nervous about it, here are 10 things you might be telling yourself…but they are totally not true!

1. I have to be artistic  

You don’t have to be a great painter, draw well, or even write pretty to Bible journal. If those things make you uncomfortable, you can use stamps, stickers, die cuts and anything else you can find at your local craft store that you think would look good! I have a blog post about Bible journaling supplies you can use when you don’t feel artistic. 

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The Secret to Taking Better Pictures of your Bible Journaling Pages

The Secret to Taking Better Pictures of your Bible Journaling Pages

If you have looked at images of other people’s bible journaling pages on Pinterest or Instagram, you might have found yourself wondering how some people get such professional looking pictures of their pages.

I do happen to be a professional photographer, but I never use my actual camera or any special lights or tools to take my pictures.

I’ll bet that 99% of the images that you see of Bible journaling pages are taken the same way.

The secret is easy, simple and most importantly, it’s free:

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6 Reasons Why You Should Love Instagram

6 Reasons Why You Should Love Instagram

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I spend a lot of time on Instagram. I love it there! 

Today I want to tell you a few reasons why I love it because the reasons might just be something you’re seeking right now.

1. It’s simple

All you need is an account and a phone capable of using apps. To set up your Instagram account, download the app from the app store, and use your email to sign up. Super easy!

If you’re new to Instagram, you might be a little apprehensive, but it really is pretty simple. Just give it a chance! You post a picture. The end. You can choose to add captions and hashtags if you want to (I’ll tell you later why you want to). But that’s all it is. It’s a platform to share images that mean something to you.

2. There’s community.

I don’t know if you’re familiar with hashtags, but on Instagram, you can bundle your images into categories. These categories are communities, sort of like your neighborhood!

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7 Tips to Improve Your Coloring Technique

7 Tips to Improve Your Coloring Technique

Hey gang! 

Hopefully, by now you have a copy of my coloring book, and you’re diving right in!

Or maybe your copy is laying on your desk, crisp and untouched because you’re a little overwhelmed. 

Today I want to give you a few tips to make you feel more confident when you start coloring your first page, or maybe you’re just looking for some tips to take your artwork to the next level!

1. Practice. 

As with anything in life, unfortunately, we have to practice at them to get to where we want to be. If you’re not happy with the way your pages are looking, just keep trying! Relax. Smile. :)

2. Color in one direction. 

Be sure to color in the same direction so you can’t see your pencil lines. When you color in the same direction, your picture will look more consistent, and your lead will blend together easier.

3. Don’t push too hard. 

Instead of pushing hard when you first pass over the spot you want to color, build your color up. This way you will be able to blend your colors better, and you can add shading easier. If you want something darker, just go back over it. This will also help you keep from breaking your pencils or ruining your marker tips.

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How to Choose a Journaling Bible: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Choose a Journaling Bible: A Comprehensive Guide

Today I wanted to address something that I didn’t really have to think about when I started Bible journaling — how to choose which journaling Bible is right for you. 

When I started Bible journaling, pretty much the only option that you had was an ESV journaling Bible from Crossway. To make your decision you just needed to decide if you wanted single or double column and which cover you liked best. Since then, they’ve come out with lots of different translations and styles and they just keep coming!

The Crossway ESV journaling Bible is my favorite, but I wanted to give you guys some examples of the many journaling Bibles that there are to choose from now. 

Keep in mind that this list isn’t exhaustive, but it does include many of the most popular styles and translations. I want to try and make this post informative and helpful without being overwhelming.

I’m going to break this post into two sections. Bible Translations and Bible Styles.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Coloring

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Coloring

In the last few years adult coloring books have become extremely popular. You can find them pretty much anywhere in almost any theme you can think of. 

But why? 

Why would anyone want to sit down and color in a coloring book? Especially a grown adult?

If you ask me, I think the reason might be because life is rough. 

Guys, it’s challenging sometimes being an adult, and it’s nice to just sit down and refocus!

As adults, we face multiple things daily that stress us out and make us feel overwhelmed, and sometimes it’s really hard to find a way to unwind that is healthy and constructive. 

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The Secret to Drawing Outlined Letters

The Secret to Drawing Outlined Letters

Have you ever seen words that look like they are outlined or 3 dimensional? And then you try to draw them yourself, and you just can’t get them to look right? 

Today I want to share with you a secret to getting your outlined letters to look great!!

I have included a video so you can watch me draw them, so as usual I just want to tell you that I drew them fast and sped the video up to save time. As always, I recommend you do what I do, but slower!

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Forgiveness- especially when it's hard

Forgiveness- especially when it's hard

Forgive?!? But what he/she did was REALLY bad…

Is forgiveness hard for you?

If you answered no, high five to you.

If you answered yes, I'm right there with you.

I would love to sit here and tell you that it's easy to forgive those that have hurt you... but let's keep it real... it's HARD! As in the brutal variety of hard. Especially when the person doesn't "deserve" forgiveness.

Over the past couple of weeks, the Lord has done some strong convicting on my lack of forgiveness. And then, low and behold, in the midst of my reading of Mark, the Lord once again brought forgiveness to the forefront of my unforgiving heart.

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How to Draw 15 (Effortless) Flowers for Bible Journaling

How to Draw 15 (Effortless) Flowers for Bible Journaling

Hi guys! 

For today’s blog post I made a video for you showing you how to draw some simple flowers to add to your bible journaling pages. 

You can take all of these flowers that I have drawn separately in the video and put them together to make little bouquets, wreaths, and bundles to make your bible pages super pretty!

These are just a few different kinds of flowers you can draw. There are so many different ways you could draw flowers that I could never begin to show you all of them, but I think that these will help you get started.

Just like my banner video, I thought it would be easier if you watched me draw them instead of trying to read a written description (although I did add short descriptions below), especially because there are so many!

Please keep in mind that I drew these pretty quickly AND I sped the video up about 2x, so do what I do in the video…except way slower! :)

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15 Bible Journaling Supplies for the Non-Doodler

15 Bible Journaling Supplies for the Non-Doodler

Lately I have been sharing a lot of “how-to” posts that have all included tutorials on doodling or drawing different things like banners and lettering.

I’ve focused on these things because they’re what I do and what I know best, but I know that isn’t everyone's style. So, today I wanted to share something a little different.

Knowing that not everyone is a doodler and not everyone feels comfortable with drawing, I wanted to share a blog post with supplies that you can use when you’re NOT someone who enjoys doodling or drawing but still wants to do Bible journaling.

With these supplies, you can almost think in terms of scrapbooking or card making. Stickers, stamps, tip-ins*--you name it; it will totally work.

In my last post about supplies, I pointed out pencils, pens and erasers that I recommend, which would apply here too! So make sure you go check those out!!

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What to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say

What to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say

I've spent a lot of time over the past several years studying prayer.

For anyone who really knows me, you know I’m sort of a ‘city’ girl. I love high heels, convertibles, and copious amounts of mascara. You know, girly stuff.

As a child, my best friend Cindy’s family lived in the ‘country’ and had livestock. I could barely stomach walking down to the pasture while Cindy had to feed the cows. It was dirty, usually a little muddy, and kind of stinky.

Fast forward 30 years and my father now has cattle. But here’s the deal, I love them. I found myself volunteering to go with him when he fed them. I even bottle fed one of his calves in which the mother had abandoned.

Now did the cows change? NO! They are dirty, the pasture usually muddy, and they too, are stinky.

So what changed?

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5 Verses to Help You Overcome Comparison in Your Bible Journaling Pages

5 Verses to Help You Overcome Comparison in Your Bible Journaling Pages
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt 

Comparison is an ugly game that we all have played at least once in our lives (but more realistically, probably daily). 

Envy is usually the result. 

We all know that envy is not fun and God isn’t a fan of it.

The internet makes it worse. 

It can encourage you and discourage you in the same breath. 

We know what everyone is doing, or at least what they want us to know (the good things). 

It’s so easy to scroll and scroll and have disappointment and jealousy grow with every thumb swipe.

Bible journaling is one of those things that can very easily make you discouraged. Here you are trying your best to worship and find encouragement and all that you find is that you’re disappointed.

I have been there…often. In fact, that’s the whole reason I’m writing this. 

Just the other day, I was scrolling through Instagram looking at other people’s gorgeous Bible pages, reading their inspiring captions, and I got this twinge of “I’m not _________ enough.” You can fill that in with anything.

And believe me, the devil will try to force you to fill that blank.

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How to Draw 5 (Super Simple) Banners in Your Bible

How to Draw 5 (Super Simple) Banners in Your Bible

It’s been a while since we first talked about bible journaling. I pray that you’re chugging along really well and finding tons of blessings along the way!

I thought that while you’re making some extremely amazing pages, you might want a few tips on some elements to add to your pages!

I’ve already gone over hand lettering, another really fun element to add to your bible pages. You can find that blog post here.

So now, I wanted to give a few tips on how to draw banners.

Banners are something I really like to add to my bible pages. They can really add dimension, interest, and fun to your artwork!

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