Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 1

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

Sometimes when I’m reading Genesis I miss things because the stories are so familiar I find myself reading the words but not really paying attention. So I really try to look for things I have missed before. One thing I noticed is that in Genesis 15:6 it says “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” This is BEFORE Abram had any children, before Sarai gave her servant Hagar to him to bear children for her, and before Abraham laughed at God for promising him and Sarah a child in their old age. God KNEW that Sarai would not have faith and would try to take control of the situation in her own way, He also knew that Abraham would doubt God’s ability to give an 80-year-old woman a child….but God still “counted him as righteous because of his faith” IN THAT MOMENT. How lovely that when we do something right, even in our feeble, flawed, human way, God gives us more credit than we really deserve. It is like he is LOOKING for the good in us.

 

 

The Journaling:

This week was fun! I am determined to improve my art and expand my knowledge and techniques this year and, at least for this first week, I achieved that goal!! I was invited by a sweet friend to a hand lettering class and I thought that would be a perfect new skill for my journaling. I had a BLAST at the class and met some really wonderful ladies who I can’t wait to get to know better AND I learned a fun new skill! So, of course, I had to run to Hobby Lobby on my way home for supplies! Check out what I got:

New supplies for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible

The Pentel Slicci Pens aren’t for hand lettering but I LOVE my Metalic Slicci pens so much I picked up some in basic colors to use as well!

For hand lettering, I got Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and a Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium. Of course, I also needed a book and Creative Lettering and Beyond has been on my wishlist for a while!

In Genesis 17:1 Abraham calls God El-Shaddai. Y’all know I have a thing for the Names of God and love including that in my journaling so that was a perfect chance to try out my new lettering skills. I’ll be very honest, I cheated a bit. I was terrified to try the lettering directly on the Bible page so I cut strips of paper and worked on it on several until I had one I liked then taped it into my Bible.

 

My practice sheets for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible for the first week in 2018.

 

I definitely need to keep working on my lettering skills but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. It includes the Hebrew word in our alphabet, the English translation and the Hebrew word in Hebrew (to the best of my ability) which I looked up in my Knowing God By Name book.

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Markers

in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

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Update:

We have had a pretty good first week of 2018. We didn’t have many places to be so we were really able to start working on family routines. I’ve been focusing on smooth morning and bedtime routines with my kids and working on getting the baby to sleep better. We have another relatively slow week before more of our normal activities resume so I’m looking forward to more calm family time.

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that I linked directly to the Facebook group above. I’ve decided to make it easier for everyone by linking directly rather than requiring newsletter sign up. I’ve also made this change for the Bookclub Facebook group where we are discussing The Life Giving Home. I hope this makes it easier for everyone to find and I hope you will join us there!

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair

I’m super excited to be participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. I wanted to give you a quick heads up about the fair and let you know what to expect.

*Note: I originally had graphics that said there were 17 bloggers in the fair. There are actually quite a few more! I changed my graphics but your browser may still show the old graphics if you have not recently cleared your cache.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

The fair starts Monday and will run through the rest of January. Each week will have a specific theme and we have a large group of amazing homeschool bloggers who will post their own unique perspective on that theme.

 

New and seasoned homeschoolers alike are sure to find ideas, inspiration, encouragement, and hopefully a little fun at this fair, and all from the comfort of your own home.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

Simply visit any of the fair blogs each week and you will be able to read that post and navigate to all of the other fair posts for that theme. We will all have ALL of the posts for that week of the fair linked in our post to make it easy for you to read them all! Grab a cup of coffee and join us Monday morning (or whenever it fits into your schedule!

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Schedule:

as the fair progresses these will each link to my own personal post for that week where you can also find the links to every other fair blog for that theme. 

Week 1 (Jan. 8th): The Reasons We Homeschool

How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue)

Week 2 (Jan. 15th): Our Method of Homeschooling

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why”

Week 3 (Jan. 22nd): Our Homeschool Curriculum

How do we cover it all?

Week 4 (Jan. 29th): Enriching Our Learning

What do we do for enrichment?

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

Visit the bloggers participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair:

Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Laura @ Four Little Penguins

Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

Jenn K. @ A Peace of Mind

Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset

Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Jen Duncan @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

Lori @ At Home: where life happens

Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool

Annette @ A Net In Time

Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

Michele Pleasants @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Sarah @ Delivering Grace

 

Will you be joining us for the fair? Let me know in the comments! Want to make sure you don’t miss any of the fair? Sign up for my newsletter and you will get an email when new posts go live!

Journaling Through The Bible – Week 52 {Link Up}

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2017. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. I will also have a linky for anyone who would like to participate to share how their Bible reading and journaling is going!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

This is it! The last entry for the year!! I will be continuing this series in 2018 with extra ways to participate! See below for more details! 

 

The Reading:

Revelation. This is not a casual read through. It is an amazing book when you can study it in depth but not light reading at all. I read it and resisted the urge (it wasn’t hard because my kids don’t exactly give me a ton of time) to dig deeper out of commitmet to the process but I don’t have many thoughts to share right now.

 

The Journaling:

I thought this page was perfect for New Year’s Eve!! I played around with my gelatos and tried to give some depth to the flower by outlining in pen.  I haven’t decided yet if I like how it turned out.

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

What I used for this entry:

Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils
Pilot G – 2 Gel Pens
Gelato Set
Sargent Art Watercolor Pencils
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

The Link-up:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

I want to thank Peabea and Dani for their regular participation in this series. I have enjoyed each of your posts so much throughout the year and they provided encouragement to keep going! We had a few other participants pop in throughout the year and I appreciate you as well! I would love if you would share this series and linkup with your friends and perhaps we can get more participants in 2018!

 

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up ONE post from your blog relating to reading through the Bible in a Year OR Bible Journaling in general.
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

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In 2018:

I will once again be reading and journaling through the Bible in 2018 and will continue to share my thoughts and journaling pages here. I will continue to host the linkup where you may share anything pertaining to what you are reading in the Bible, Bible journaling, scripture writing, or a similar topic. I will also host a group Pinterest board where you may pin related posts and a Facebook group for those reading through the Bible chronologically where we can discuss scripture reading in more detail and share our journaling. I am expanding my personal study with some scripture writing on specific subjects as I find those scriptures in my reading. The topics I will be looking for are Marriage and anything pertaining to women; parenting, family and behavior; and emotions and characteristics of God. I am putting each set of topics in its own notebook in hopes of gaining new insight into each of these subjects. I will share these scriptures in the Facebook group along with our other discussion.

Join us here:

Read and Journal Through The Bible Facebook Group

2018 Bible Journaling Pinterest Board*

*(follow then send me a message with your profile and I will add you as a contributor)

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy and the weekly Review Crew linkup.
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 

 

January – A Life Giving Home Discussion {Link-up}

Welcome to the first monthly discussion of The Life Giving Home (take 2)! I hope you had a chance to read the January chapters in both the book and study guide. If not feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

Get The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. (Click the images to go to Amazon)

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and link up

 

How this study works:

  1. On the last Friday of each month, I will post my overall thoughts on the chapter for the upcoming month and what suggestions from that chapter I plan to try. I will also share how things are going with previous ideas I have tried.
  2. In our Facebook Book Club we will discuss the chapter in more detail and work through the questions in the study guide.
  3. I will check in with everyone weekly in the book club group to see how we are all doing implementing suggestions from the book.
  4. You can also interact in the comments to discuss your thoughts on the chapter and/or link up your own blog post discussing the chapter using the linky.

 

My Thoughts:

Sally describes the new year as a new start, a clean slate, out with the old and in with the new! I agree with this and am excited about a fresh start in a new year. That said I tend to take the approach of wipe the slate clean and plan out a whole new schedule and routine and new ways of doing things and attempt to implement it all on January first. It took me quite a few falls flat on my face to get through my head that making changes that way rarely works. So this year I am making new plans and goals for changes in the rhythm, routine, and culture of our family but I will be implementing them very slowly, one or two changes at a time until they become habit and routine. I expect it will take most of the year to start seeing the changes in myself and in my family that I hope to see. I am learning to be ok with that and am just making a list of things to work toward….slowly. Sally also describes the culture of home as a garden that needs to be planned, cultivated, and worked. Gardens require a lot of work before you see the fruit of that labor. Sometimes it takes weeks or months to see the results of your work but sometimes it takes a year or more. Berry bushes generally take a couple years to establish themselves enough to bear fruit. Trees can take several years. I am viewing 2018 as a year of planning and cultivating and giving myself permission to slowly and intentionally build our family culture. Starting with the most important things we need to work on and slowly working my way through my list of goals a little at a time.

Sally touches on making plans within the limitations of our current circumstance, strengths, weaknesses, personality and the needs and personalities of our family members. This is another lesson I’m learning. My time is limited, very limited. My children have many and a wide variety of needs and my husband’s job keeps him away often. These and many other circumstances are what I need to keep in mind when setting goals and making plans. If I am overwhelmed and frustrated it is because I have overestimated my time and abilities and it is not fair for my family to suffer because of my own poor planning. Improving in my ability to realistically plan is one of my main goals for this year! One thing I have recently heard many times is that God gives you enough time in a day to accomplish all that HE has set out for you to do (not necessarily all that you want to do). If you can’t get it all done there is something there that doesn’t belong. I’m working on removing the things that don’t belong and focusing on His plan for my life.

Sally goes on to talk about planning and give a variety of suggestions to help in your planning. She then discusses routines and rhythms that we could work on in our homes. Making plans for my family, listing the things I currently do and those I want to do and then prioritizing and choosing based on how much time I actually have is one of my plans for January. I will also be setting up chore lists, our ideal daily schedule or routine and goals for my family. But as I said before I will choose one or two things to work on at a time as we develop new and better habits. I will be starting with working on our bedtime routines (and children staying in bed when they are told) and our morning routines. I think if we establish good rhythms at the beginning and end of each day it will set the tone for the rest of the day. I really want to incorporate Sally’s morning blessing into our day. I think that would really help my children feel loved and start out the day on a positive note. Once we have developed good morning and bedtime routines I will slowly add in many of the other routines Sally recommends.

This year I expect my planning and organizing will take most of the year. For example, I hope to thoroughly declutter my home but I don’t expect to get it done in one month. I also plan to overhaul and streamline my meal planning and grocery shopping but again that may take several months. I am also working on setting up a homemaking binder, another project that may take a while. Hopefully, doing these things slowly, intentionally, thoughtfully, and prayerfully will mean future years’ planning will be easier.

 

 

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the January Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. You have 3 ways to share:

  1. Here on the blog in a comment
  2. In the Facebook Book Club Group
  3. On your own blog via the Link-up below

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and linkup

 

Link-up Rules:

  • ONLY link-up a post that discusses the January chapter of The Life Giving Home book.
  • Copy and past the linkup button into your post or blog sidebar (or at least create a text link back to this post).
  • Visit at least one other post in the link-up.
  • (Optional) Share this post on Social Media to spread the word!
A Life Giving Home Discussion and Link-up



Facebook Discussion:

I am hosting a Facebook discussion group for this study. We will delve deeper into the book and discuss the study guide. We can keep each other accountable and encourage each other in our goals and efforts in creating our own Life Giving Homes. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Next Month:

I will post my thoughts on the February chapter and what ideas I plan to try on January 26th.