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Bible Journaling

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So this is day 8 of the #Write365 project and I would like to incorporate the principle of the idea into our homeschool. I want to get our children writing.  I know the more writing they do now, the easier it will be for them later – when they have to write.  So I want some of the writing assignments to be ones they enjoy and want to write.

Another activity I want to incorporate into our homeschool is the idea of Bible Journaling.  This year I am attempting to participate in both the Documented Life project and the Documented Faith project.    Now I have to confess, life interfered and I did not get to really start either of these projects this past week.  But I am determined to spend some time this weekend catching up.  For Documented Faith, I choose to order the binder kit and spent some time this evening working on the cover.  This is what I have accomplished so far:

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We now have a better idea of when we are going to be moving to Texas – so it makes it easier for my to make plans and decide what to do.  For the moment, I decided it is in the best interest to do a limited amount of school until we move.  So this means Math and Language Arts will be where we focus.  Of course, the children will be able to continue working on anything of interest to them as well.  The remainder of our time will be spent preparing for the move.

Several boxes of books have already made their way out of our home, but we still have more to purge.  In the meantime, we are purging other items as well.  The more I get done on this end will result in less we have to do on the other end.  This will result in us returning to school faster.

So what is going on where you are?  I would love to hear from you.  Also, if there is anything I can pray about for you, let me know.

#Write365 #Homeschooling #DemandsofMoving

 

Posted in #Children, Bible, Bible Journaling, Christmas, Create, Delight, Faith, family

Preparing for 2016

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  So 2015 is quickly winding down and 2016 is fast approaching.  Last year, I read all over the Internet about picking a word for the year.  So I picked “Create” and I still plan on using that as one of my words and verses for the year.

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I want to continue “creating” in 2016.  I wat to create memories, dreams and new adventures with our family as we transition from life in central Pennsylvania to life in Texas.  I want to “delight” in where we are being placed by God.  I want to find the desires of my heart and work towards reaching those dreams.  I want to look to God as the source of my strenght and delight.  Even though I may not understand His plan for my life, I can choose to bloom where He has and is planting me.

In 2016, I want to strive to help my children reach towards these ideas ass well – especially in our homeschooling adventure.  Some many opportunities and doors will be opening with this move even though some doors are closing.  All my life I have lived on the East Coast, so this is a new adventure.  May God bless our steps and lead our paths in the ways He would have us go.

I also want to work on my Bible Journaling more.  I want to spend more time in meaningful interaction with my heavenly Father.  I also want to spend more time on creative pursuits – including crocheting, quilting,  and learning other artisitic pursuits.

I pray for your Christmas or holidays to be blessed.  Enjoy your time with your family and friends.

Posted in #blogboost, #blogging, #God, #NaBloPoMo, Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, Create

Journalling and Connecting

Today I spent time connecting with God’s word through bible Joirnaling.  I am currently participating in an online Bible study for The book of Ephesians.  Our first assignment was to do a page with the title Ephesians on it along with a page that showed an overview of the chapter.  Because I had a Bible with chapter titles, I used those titles for the overview.

Here are the two pages I created.

   

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Posted in #blogboost, #blogging, #Children, #God, #NaBloPoMo, Bible Journaling

Creating and Connecting

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So in the past 12 months, I have been trying to strengthen on my faith and my involvement with my faith.  Some of the things that I have been doing include: participating in Online Bible Studies, being a Facebook Small Group leader for an Online Bible Study, spending more time in prayer and in the Word, plus I have started to become involved in Bible Journaling.  Here is a piece I did earlier this year.

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I went on Amazon and found quite a few books on Art Journaling and Bible journaling to assist me in my journey.  I also have found quite a few blogs and Facebook groups to participate in as well.  Moreover,  I am making wonderful connections with people who are able to inspire me and give me ideas.

So I invite you to come on this journey with me.  I will be sharing my endeavors here.

So how do you express, show, demonstrate or enrich your faith?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in #blogboost, #bloggingAtoZ, Bible Journaling, Jacob, Joseph, Joy

“J” IS FOR Jesus, Joy, Journaling, Jacob and Joseph

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I am still participating in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge and today’s letter is “J”.  For me, some words and people that come to mind for the letter “J” include:  Jesus, joy, Jacob and Joseph.

Our family believes that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior.  He died on the cross that we might have everlasting life.

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“J” is also for the “joy” that comes from knowing that we have a personal Savior.


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“J’ is also for Bible Journaling., something I have just recently begun doing.  It is such a wonderful way of connecting with the word of God.  It is also a way of tapping into my creative side that I tend to not use.

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“J” is also for Jacob, who is my oldest son.  This child brings me much joy, love and happiness.  He brightens my world.  I am proud watching the man God intends him to be.

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Finally, “J” is for Joseph, my second born.  This is a child full of life and joy.  He is quite the instigator.  But his smiles melt my heart.  This is a young man of determination and dedication to God.  I look forward to seeing the plans God has for his life.

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So these are some things that come to mind when I hear the letter “J”.  What comes to mind for you?

Posted in Bible, Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, Blogging, Blogging A to Z Challenge, Faith, family

“B” is for Babies, Boys, Bibles and Books and Blogging

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So today is Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April along with the Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter of the day is “B”, which for me is for babies, Bibles and books.  We have four children who are 18, 16, 14 and 12 respectively right now.  While I miss them being babies to a certain extent, I enjoy seeing the people they are becoming.  Three of our children are boys and they truly are a handful.  Our youngest is our only girl and she is quite the princess.  My boys keep life interesting and one never knows what might be discussed when we sit down to meals or what they will attempt to do.

Bibles play a critical role in our family.  My husband became an ordained minister the same year we were married.  So we have worked to bring up our children in the word of God.  As we search for homeschooling materials, Biblical companies are the main one we use.  It is important to us to have a Biblical worldview and for our children to back up what they believe with Scripture references.  So we have quite the collection of Bibles, concordances, Biblical commentaries and dictionaries around our home.

The other thing our home is full of is books.  I grew up believing that books were my best friend.  I was never bored or lacked things to do because I always had books to read.  I have tried to instill the same love of reading in my children.  They have not all grabbed hold of the idea as I would wish, but we are still working on it.  It is fun when we prepare for a move to see all the books loaded into boxes.  We have Biblical books, Language Arts and Literature books, books on writing, books for Math, books for Science, books for History and books for the Arts.  On top of those books, we have books on homeschooling,  books to read for pleasure and various other books.  Each member of the family has at least one bookcase in their room.  Plus we have other bookcases scattered around the house.  Books make homeschooling much easier.  Even if I never bought any more curriculum for our children, I could homeschool from the books we have.  With seven people living in our home the books really add up.

“B” is also for blogging and Bible Journaling.   I started blogging as a way of keeping our extended family aware of what was going on in our lives along with providing a record for our children.  Writing makes things more real somehow and easier to remember.  Utilizing photographs helps keep those memories as well.

Bible Journaling has become a new pastime for me.  I especially love getting on Pinterest and Facebook to see what others are creating. Here is a sample of one of works.

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So what does the letter “B” represent or bring to mind for you and your family?  I welcome comments!

Posted in #WhatHappensWhenWomenWalkInFaith, Art Journaling., Bible, Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, Blogging, CHAP, chili, Crafts, Create, Faith, family, GRADUATION, husband, NaBloMo

Another Round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Well the first quarter of 2015 has flown by quickly.  We have spent the time working on school, beginning to hold church services at our home and making a relatively quick trip to North Carolina to see my husband’s side of the family.

With the start of the second quarter of 2015 beginning, I am pleased to be participating in the next round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  My plan for this blog for 2015 is to increase traffic to the blog and begin offering some freebies as well.  I am also going to learn how to use Photoshop and work more with PicMonkey to create my own graphics.

In April, the next Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible Study for Lysa Terkeurst’s book “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith” will begin.  Once again I will be serving as one of the Facebook Small Group leaders.

I am also participating in a Bible Study for Kay Arthur’s book “How to Study Your Bible” in order to learn more about the Inductive Bible Study method.  I am also going through the book, “Writing in the Margins”.  One of my goals for 2015 is to grow in Bible Journaling activities.  My one word for 2015 is “Create” and that is my focus for the year.

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In the realm of homeschooling, we are preparing for our oldest son’s graduation.  With that we will enter a new realm of parenting.  We are planning on him walking across the stage at the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the weekend of Mother’s Day.  Our next graduation will possibly take place as early as the next school year.

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So what is going on where you are

Posted in Bible Journaling, Bible Studies, family, Keep It Shut Study, Shopping

Where Did January Go?

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It seems like we just celebrated the New Year yesterday.  But instead it is now February 1st.  It is hard to believe the first month of 2015 is gone.  We spent the month homeschooling, cooking, eating, cleaning and sleeping.  Now it is February 1st.  In this month we plan on doing our major shopping trip in two weeks.  We will spend one entire day driving to and from our shopping destination while we visit a variety of stores including Sam’s Club, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Barnes and Noble, Staples, Aldi’s and possibly Big Lots.  We have to drive an hour just to get to our shopping destination.  It will take us another hour to drive home.  So this will be an all day affair.  But with a family of 7 to feed and such, it is necessary to travel this far.  I always try to make a list of the items I know we are going to need.  Plus I try to write down the extra things we may want if money allows it.  This really helps me stay on track.

Even though it costs us in gas, I know at the stores we go to, I can find food that is safe for our oldest son to eat.  He is lactose-intolerant to the point he can not even eat anything that is produced on the same line as other items that contain lactose.  It is worth the drive to keep him in food that I know is safe.

Hobby Lobby is just one of those stores that classifies as an amusement park type atmosphere for adults.  With my oldest son and youngest son getting into models and me trying Bible Journaling, it is an amazing place to go.  They have such a great selection and I love just walking up and down the aisles.

  1. The latest study for Proverbs 31 Ministries has started.  We just completed week 1 of Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman.  This week we have been talking about being #intentional.  I am really trying to concentrate on being intentional about my words and my Bible Study.  I love the ladies that have been placed in my group this time.  It is truly a blessing to be able to lead them and they all bless me so much.

Here is something I would like to share that I did for a Bible Journaling Prompt for one of my groups.

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So what are you plans for this month?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Art Journaling., Bible, Bible Journaling, Blogging, family

New Bible Studies, New Hobbies and Other Things in Our Lives

We are working towards getting back into a routine with homeschooling.  Organizing and decluttering are two words that are heard frequently about our home.  Dennis is in the process of getting his re-enlistment paperwork filled out.  Life just seems to be moving very quickly and so slowly all at the same time.

I am working on getting a Masters degree this year.  I have also become involved in something new, Bible Journaling.  So I am accumulating all kinds of information to assist me in the effort.  As I complete some things, I will be posting them here. One thing I have been doing with this is using PicMonkey to create Scripture Art.

I am really looking forward to digging into God’s Word in our latest Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study for Karen Ehman’s latest book, “Keep It Shut”.   This book is amazing.  Today we have been talking about being #Intentional.  I want to be more intentional about what I say and do and that includes blogging.

Here is something that I created today.

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I have joined a Bible Journaling community on Facebook and this something I created for a prompt in one f the groups.  So what is going on in your world?  I would love for you to share

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Been a While

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So it has been a while since I have posted.  The Christmas holiday has come and gone and a new year has started.  This past weekend we took down our Christmas tree and decorations.  The living room seems bare with it gone, and it is darker without the bright white Christmas tree lights.  We are starting to settle back into the routine of school.

I have been reading quite a bit and have completed several books.  Now I am getting ready to dive into Bible and Art Journaling along with trying to organize our home.  I am also prepared to get back to posting on a more regular basis.  What is going on in your world?   I would love to hear from you.