Journal Through The Bible – Week 13 {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!

New! I will start doing a brief life update at the end of these post. Make sure to scroll all the way down to see it!

 

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

 

The Reading:

I’m way behind in my reading this week. It has been another big transition for our family and the kids have demanded a lot of my attention. Not that that is an excuse really. I MUST get into a good routine of getting up before them to do my Bible reading/study/quiet time. I will be ready two sections a day until I’m caught up this week. I am still reading through Joshua about the Israelites taking the promised land. It is an exciting chapter but I have to admit I struggle to understand the harshness of God’s orders to destroy all of the people including women and children. I think this is just one of the things I won’t understand this side of heaven (if ever) but I must trust there was a good reason.

 

The Journaling:

I chose this relatively simple coloring page to do this week because I was feeling overwhelmed with life and certainly not in a state to do my own art. I am really glad this Bible has the coloring pages in it! I used mostly gel pens because I wanted a bolder look than I get with the colored pencils.

 

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
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!

 

Make sure you check out those who linked up to last week’s post. We had some of our “regulars” who I LOVE because they have become such an important part of this series! And we had a new linker, Angel from Living Life Well shared about her Craving Connection and Community Bible Journaling Kit from Dayspring!

 

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.
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Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible


Update:

As I mentioned above our family has been through another big transition this past week. It has been endless change and transition for the last six months. Moving, baby, etc. This transition is not something that needs to be shared but is the reason I didn’t have any posts last week. The kids were needing ALL of my attention and energy. This coming week I have a review coming up and I hope to post an update on our homesteading activities so be looking for those! Friday is First Friday Featured Ministry and will be my quarterly Operation Christmas Child idea post. Blogging may be slow this month as we get used to our new normal once again.

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea Scribbles.
Scripture and Snapshot                                

Peabea Scribble Pad

 

Journal Through The Bible – Week 10 {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!

 

The Reading:

The Israelites are getting ready to go into the promised land. They are still acting foolish most of the time so there was the whole snake thing…and the ground opening up and swallowing people thing….you would think they would learn!! It is quite interesting though because I am reading a historical fiction book (review coming soon!) based on this time period! Pretty cool to also be reading it in the Bible itself.

 

The Journaling:

I went with the coloring page again. I thought about drawing some quail near the passage about God sending quail but decided my artistic abilities aren’t up for that yet. I wasn’t happy with how this page was looking about half way through doing it. I used the pens more than I usually do so it was a bit different. Now that it is done I kind of like it although it isn’t my favorite color scheme.

 

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
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!

 

Make sure to check out the linked posts on last week’s entry:

Dani at Paulette’s Papers mentioned using Gesso on your Bible journaling and linked to a post about that. This is something I definitely need to explore more, check that out!

Peabea shared her thoughts on what the Bible says about rest – something I need to work on! Show them both some love by visiting their posts!

 

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!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible




This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea Scribbles.
Scripture and Snapshot                                

Peabea Scribble Pad

 

Cute DIY Tea Wreath

I like hot tea. I generally drink chai but I love to have a variety of tea for guests or when I just feel like having something different. However, a bunch of boxes of tea in my cabinet is not very pretty and it isn’t a great way to display options for guests. I found a few suggestions on how to make a wreath for your tea but I didn’t love any of them so I came up with my own method.

 

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All you need is:

A wire wreath frame
Clothespins
A selection of tea packs

You could also incorporate paint, ribbon, glitter or other decorations but that is not required.

The instructions are simple: Clip the clothes pins to the wreath and stick the tea packs on! You can put clothespins going out and into the middle or just around the outside.

Here is what it looks like with tea in the middle:

diy tea wreath double layer

 

You can paint and/or decorate the clothespins if you want. You could run a ribbon through the wires. But the wreath looks great with simple, plain clothespins and tea.

You could use the same concept to display cards, seed packets, pictures (although it may mess up the pictures) or anything else you can think of! I’m going to make some with clothespins painted red and green for Christmas cards and to display our Advent study ornaments.

Watch the video below for a visual on how to make this cute, easy craft!!

 

 

 

What do you think? Super easy right? If you try this let me know in the comments. Make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel for upcoming tutorials, reviews, and more!!

Easter Traditions

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I don’t think we do Easter justice…..

I feel like Easter should be at least as big of a celebration as Christmas. Christmas is important because Jesus came, but Easter is essential, without the death and resurrection nothing would have been accomplished. I am still working on adding to our Easter Traditions to make this holiday a big celebration.

Here are a few things we do to celebrate Easter and make it fun and meaningful:

Eggs

My kids can’t have food dye so coloring eggs can be tricky. We have come up with some solutions.

We paint wooden eggs and then use them as decorations.

 

Painted wooden eggs
Wooden eggs painted a by my children a couple years ago.

We make confetti eggs.

Blown out dyed and painted eggs
Blown out and painted eggs waiting for confetti.

To make confetti eggs we blow out any eggs we use during the month or two prior to Easter. To do this use the point of a knife to make a small hole in the top (smaller end) of the egg. Then use the knife to make a somewhat larger hole in the bottom (larger end) of the egg. Blow into the top hole to force the egg out through the bottom hole. Rinse the egg shell gently and let dry.

We then decorate the eggs, sometimes we use normal egg dye and sometimes we just paint them. BE VERY CAREFUL!! Then we fill with “confetti.” We don’t want to trash the areas where we use the eggs so we use birdseed, flower petals and biodegradable paper.

Finally, we cover the holes with small pieces of paper and thinned glue (just add some water to glue, or even better, make flour glue). Then we have fun confetti bombing each other!

We also paint some of the blown out eggs and run a ribbon through the holes to make decorations. I am hoping to get an egg tree this year to hang them on.

We hunt eggs.

When we do our egg hunt we include a set of Resurrection eggs. This is a great tool for sharing the Easter story in a way children can understand.

Resurrection eggs

Resurrection eggs

We also have the book Benjamin’s Box that goes along with the resurrection eggs.

Benjamin's Box book

Easter Cross

My kids’ favorite tradition is our Easter cross.

I have a metal cross that stands on its own. On good Friday I place it on our table with a black cloth draped around it. The black cloth symbolizes Jesus’ death. We encourage our kids to be solemn from Friday through Saturday night-of course with four small kids solemn and quiet are relative. We read about Jesus’s arrest, crucifixion and death during these days.


Cross in mourning

Then on Sunday the kids wake up to find the black cloth gone and the cross covered in flowers and draped in a white cloth to symbolize HIs resurrection.


Celebration cross

We also have a cross that hangs on our door that we do the same with. The kids love this and look forward to finding the flower covered cross on Easter morning.

Other Things:

We don’t really do the Easter Bunny but we do usually get the kids some candy and small gifts, usually a Veggie Tales movie or devotional book or something along those lines.

Here are some of our Easter themed items that have been given in the past:

Buck Denver and Friends Present Why Do We Celebrate Easter? (Curriculum)
The Easter Carol Veggie Tales DVD
The Parable of the Lily Book by Liz Curtis Higgs

  IMG_2806 The Parable of The Lily book

I hope these ideas can inspire you and encourage you to develop your own Easter tradition and make it a special celebration in your own home.

Do you have any great Easter tradition? Share them in the comments! I would love to get some new ideas to add to our traditions!