Bible Journaling

I like the idea of Bible journaling…only not in my Bible. ¬†I do write in my Bible (it’s a wide margin) and underline but I don’t want to do art work in it. ¬†For the longest time I’ve kept a commonplace book; basically just a place to write down quotes that I have come across and want to keep. ¬†Last year I started a prayer journal. ¬†This isn’t a journal of prayer and praises (I have another for that) but a journal of quotes, Scripture, articles, etc., all having to do with prayer.

I am new to the world of mixed media but I thought my prayer journal would be the perfect place to try it.

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I also tried my hand at mail art. ¬†I’ve done some before but mainly I use washi or just create an envelope out of scrapbook paper or old calendars. ¬†Here’s a recent creation:

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I had fun putting it together.  The images are from an old calendar and then I used some stamps that I had.  I like the way it turned out!

And finally a birthday card and envelope that is heading out today:

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The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

When I started this audiobook, I thought it was going to be a biography of Lloyd-Jones’ life so I was surprised when his whole life story was completed by chapter one! But the story goes on in detail about Jones’ passion for expository preaching and the influence of that passion even to today. It was fascinating! ¬†You would think most preachers (and their hearers) would want expository preaching in their churches but that wasn’t the case. ¬†I admired his focus on wanting to preach exactly what the text is saying and not adding his own “spin” on it. ¬†He encouraged others to do this as well and I was saddened to learn that he was met with some resistance to this. ¬†But he did not waiver in his passion! ¬†I’m thankful for men like Martyn Lloyd-Jones and that there are others today who are following in his footsteps to rightly handle the Word of God.

At times the narrator, Simon Vance, seemed a little monotone but for the most part he did well.  He kept me engaged throughout the entire reading and has a pleasant voice.

I would definitely recommend this!

I received this audiobook as part of the christianaudio Reviewer Program at christianaudio.com in exchange for a review.

Envelopes!

My friend, Pam, over at Lost Art, has some cute pictures of envelopes she made. ¬†I was inspired a few years ago to make my own and have really enjoyed it. ¬†I use scrapbook paper (if using regular and not two-sided, then you’ll need to make a liner), and old calendars. ¬†I use envelope templates that I purchased from Paper Source. ¬†Although there are free ones available online, I like these plastic ones. ¬†They have faired well through many, many uses.

Here’s some that I’ve made. ¬†I hope you will try this easy craft. ¬†It’s a nice way to brighten someone’s day when they receive this in their mailbox!

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Exciting News

Our first grandchild, a girl, was born almost a month ago. ¬†We are thankful to the Lord for her safe delivery. ¬†She is a tiny little thing, weighing in at 5.15 lbs. ¬†Michael and I call her “The Bean”. ¬†Ever since we saw the first ultrasound that has been her name. ¬† Michael is Grandpa and I am Grammie. ¬†I don’t know if those names will stick or if she will choose something of her own. ¬†I’m fine either way.

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I’m thankful that she is close by! ¬†My daughter-in-law is very sweet and sends me pictures several times a day. ¬†I can’t get enough of that lovely face and I look forward to every visit I have with her. ¬†It has been fun to see my son in the role of “dad”. ¬†He is very gentle and loving with her as I knew he would be.

In other news, I’ve decided to bring this blog back to life as it first started out: ¬†a journal of my life here at home. ¬†When I first started, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. ¬†Now I’m a stay-at-home wife…and now a Grammie! ¬†I’m no longer homeschooling but my days are full, although much quieter.

I hope you’ll join me as I try to be more consistent here. ¬†I do miss writing and I feel like Facebook has really taken away a lot of what I used to do here. ¬†So, Lord willing, I hope to visit here more often!